2021 Schedule

All events, times, and locations are subject to change. Follow the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

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All Weekend Virtual Events

2021 Virtual Photo Show
Click here to go to the photo show web page, where you can access the link to view all of the amazing photos entered into this year’s virtual photo show, as well as a link to an online form that will allow you to vote for your community favorites!

2021 Virtual Art Show
Click here to go to the art show web page, where you can access the link to witness Greenbelt’s amazing artistic talent displayed in this year’s virtual art show, as well as a link to an online form that will allow you to vote for your community favorites! 

Friday, September 3

2:00PM
Hot Shot Basketball Contest & 2 Ball Tournament for Youth

City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Youth Center Gym

4:00-8:00PM
Greenbelt Elementary PTA Used Book Sale
This year, the sale is in a hybrid format. Like last year, there will be a number of neighborhood yard sales (map) on Saturday. There will also be sales tables in Roosevelt Center at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, though not as in past years. Visit the PTA Labor Day Book Sale website for complete and up-to-date information.

5:00PM           
Table Tennis Tournament- Adults
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Youth Center

6:00-9:00 PM
Food Trucks click here for full list

6:30-7:15PM
Opening Ceremonies
Police and color guard. The national anthem will be sung by Melissa Sites. Introduction of dignitaries. Presentation of Outstanding Citizen Award, the major civic event in Greenbelt each year, honoring all the outstanding citizens who make Greenbelt great.
Stage

7:15PM
Community Drum Circle with Katy Gaughan
Gather together at the stage to join in the fun of the joyous vibrations of the drum. Participants will connect with one another and make music together! No experience necessary. All ages welcome. Drums will be provided for participants, although you are welcome to bring your own.
Stage


Saturday, September 4

11:00AM-9:00PM
Food Trucks click here for full list

12:00-7:00PM (RAIN DATE Sunday)
Greenbelt Elementary PTA Used Book Sale
This year, the sale is in a hybrid format. Like last year, there will be a number of neighborhood yard sales (map) on Saturday. There will also be sales tables in Roosevelt Center at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, though not as in past years. Visit the PTA Labor Day Book Sale website for complete and up-to-date information.

10:00AM         
Diaper Derby- Crawlers and Toddlers
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Braden Field

10:45AM         
3-Legged Race 
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Braden Field

10:00AM-4:00PM
Information Day & Community Exhibits
Visit the information and display tables set up by local groups and learn about your community.
Roosevelt Center

11:00AM         
Water Balloon Toss
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Braden Field

11:30AM         
Pie Eating Contest
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Braden Field

12:00PM
Virtual Art and Photo Shows published online
Check back for links to viewing the Virtual Art and Photo Shows and see all of the amazing photos and artwork that were entered this year! You can also see who got ribbons.  Vote for your favorite art and photos using the online Community Favorites submission form that will appear on Saturday.   Community Favorites winners will be announced on Monday.

12:00-2:00PM
Live Performance – The Relics
This 60’s hits group have two things in common, they all love playing music and they all attend Greenbelt Community Church! The Relics formed in 2015 to raise money for the church’s outreach programs and local charities. Their music ranges from good old rock and roll to classic Motown to everything in between including a few originals. This is the Relic’s second performance with the Labor Day Festival. Their rain-soaked appearance in 2018 was a hit for the few who braved the weather. This year in between their two sets, they will welcome another church member, Betty Ladas. Drawing from her years making music in New Orleans and Nashville, Ladas sets real life to music. Her wryly observant song stories cherish workaday people making what they can of life and its quandaries.
Stage

1:00-4:00PM
Balloon Art with the Tea Fairy
Roving  

1:00PM         
Scavenger Hunt – Youth, Adult, Families
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Braden Field

2:00PM
Compost Tour
Join master composter Danny Lewis to tour composting operations in the center of Greenbelt. Danny will lead a short walk beginning at the New Deal Cafe to the 3-bin hot composting station near the Aquatic Center, where food waste from the Co-op Supermarket is transformed into compost wormfood, followed by a visit to the worm condos behind the New Deal Cafe, where worms supercharge that compost. You will learn about hot composting, worm composting, and how volunteers are recycling organic waste from the food co-op and, coming very soon, food scraps from the New Deal Café as well. Meet Danny at the Green Team Information table.
Roosevelt Center

6:00PM
Memorial Gathering
Come to honor those friends and relatives who have passed. Please feel free to bring flowers to lay on the hill during the memorial service.
Grassy area behind Mother and Child statue


Sunday, September 5

All Day Virtually – Vote for your community favorites!
Today is the last day to vote for your community favorites for the virtual art show and virtual photo show!

Click here to view the 2021 Virtual Art Show.
Click here to VOTE for your ART Show Community Favorites!

Click here to view the 2021 Virtual Photo Show.
Click here to VOTE for your PHOTO Show Community Favorites!

9:00-10:45AM
“Tour de Greenbelt” Bike Ride
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department

Join Mayor Pro Tem Emmett Jordan along with Jeff and Laurie Lemieux from Proteus Bicycles on a bike ride around Greenbelt. The ride will take place in two stages, both starting at the New Deal Cafe:

  • The first stage will leave at 9AM and go down Crescent Road, across Kenilworth Avenue, and over the Beltway to the Greenbelt Station neighborhood in Greenbelt West, and then back to the New Deal Cafe.
  • The second stage will leave at approximately 10am and cross the Spellman overpass, go through Eleanor Roosevelt HS, across Greenbelt Road at the pedestrian signal and down to Schrom Hills park, returning to the New Deal Cafe via Hanover Parkway.

Note, this is not a supported ride, although we will take an easy pace. Most of the ride will be in bike lanes but there will be some riding in traffic, such as on Crescent Road, so it might not be suitable for families with very young children riding solo. It’s a great way to explore commuting around Greenbelt by bike! Helmets are required! Please make sure that your bike is in working order and your tires are inflated. Don’t have a bike? Rent one from our Capital Bikeshare stations.
New Deal Cafe

10:00AM         
Egg/Spoon Race
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Braden Field

10:15AM         
Sack Race
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Braden Field

10:30AM         
Badminton
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Braden Field

11:30AM         
Water Relay
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Braden Field

12:00-9:00PM
Food Trucks click here for full list

12:00-8:00PM
Craft Fair
Visit with local artists as they display and sell their handmade crafts.
Roosevelt Center, 109 Centerway Drive, Greenbelt Md 20770

12:00-4:00PM
Zipline and Climbing Wall (Donations Appreciated)
For the thrill seeker in all of us, experience the rush of the most exciting mobile Zipline in the world. Zip 28′ in the air up to 100′. The 26′ solid Rock Wall provides the same level of experience found in natural outdoor cliffs, but this one comes to Greenbelt!!!  NOTE: Weight restrictions. Adults must sign waiver. Children will need parents in attendance to sign waiver.

1:00-4:00PM
Bubbles with the Tea Fairy
Near Stage

1:00-4:00PM
Greenbelt Museum Retro Town Fair

Greenbelt Museum
The Greenbelt Museum Retro Town Fair is much like those the earliest Greenbelters enjoyed starting back in 1939. Ribbons will be awarded for the best entries in a number of categories, including flowers, vegetables, baked goods, canned goods and needlework/sewing. Entries accepted 10-11:30AM. Winners on display 1-4PM. All items must be picked up between 4-5PM.
Greenbelt Museum house grounds at 10A and 10B Crescent

1:00PM          
Children’s Bingo
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Youth Center

1:00PM         
Cornhole Tournament – Adult
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Braden Field

2:00PM         
Table Tennis Tournament – Youth
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Youth Center

2:00PM         
Horseshoe Tournament – Adult
City of Greenbelt Recreation Department
Braden Field

Monday, September 6

10:00AM-12:00PM
65th Annual Greenbelt Labor Day Parade

The parade will entertain you with a variety of groups, demonstrating our community spirit and accentuating our city’s diverse cultural background. The Greenbelt Police Department Color Guard will lead off the parade, which will include a pipe and drum corps, marching band, numerous local community groups and businesses, fire trucks and local politicians. The Grand Marshal is Greenbelt’s Outstanding Citizen. Master of Ceremonies will be Dave Zahren, host of “It’s Academic.”
Parade Route: Down Crescent Rd. from Greenhill to Southway. Parade is marshaled by the Prince George’s County Emergency Radio Association (PGCERA) with assistance from the Prince George’s County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (PG-ARES) and the Eleanor Roosevelt High School National Honor Society.

10:00AM-6:00PM
Food Trucks click here for full list

12:00-6:00PM (Blackout game 5:30PM)
Bingo
St. Hughs
Bingo players are asked bring a TV tray, small card tables, chairs, blankets to socially distance.
Community Center Lawn

12:00-6:00PM
Greenbelt Elementary PTA Used Book Sale
Visit the PTA Labor Day Book Sale website for more information. FREE BOOKS – Donations appreciated.

1:00-4:00PM
Balloon Art with the Tea Fairy
Roving

3:00-6:00PM
Live Performance – Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes
Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes’ playlist is inspired by classic blues material from Chicago to West Coast Swing, Motown to Muscle Shoals, and all the rock ’n’ roll in between. Their goal is to get you up on your feet, and they never miss their target!
Stage

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