It’s that time of year again: the time when we start planning for the end of summer. Though the weather may stay the same for an extra month or two (thanks, Global Warming!), we all must return to the usual day-to-day patterns and relinquish those shortened summer Friday’s. But fear not! There is still plenty of time to get in some last-minute summer fun! The size of our city often belies the immense amount of options available to us. This Labor Day Weekend take advantage of all the summer fun New York City has to offer. Below is a list of some of the things you can do to have a banging LDW. This list guarantees that you will have some epic stories to tell come the first week of September. So, get off your duff and start planning for a killer Labor Day Weekend in NYC!
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The Riis Park Beach Bazaar is an experience that is quintessentially New York. If you are a native, you’ve probably already been to Jacob Riis National Park. This is one of the city’s best beaches and has an atmosphere that can’t be beat. If you take a stroll along the boardwalk between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend, you will find food, booze, and shopping. Once you have exhausted those options, take in a concert at Bay 9 or attend the Lobster Boil on the beach. The events are spread throughout the summer, so check out their calendar and plan accordingly.
If you like the outdoors, but prefer to watch others perspire, you should check out the U.S. Open. This annual event draws a diverse and enthusiastic crowd. Get general grounds admissions or buy seats to the big show in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Either way, you will get to see some amazing athletes compete at the highest level of their sport. Whether you are in one of the bigger venues or a small side court, the crowd is always electric. Don’t forget to try the signature cocktail from one of the Grey Goose stands sprinkled throughout the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
If you want to take in a little culture with your end of summer partying, consider heading out to Carnival 2018 brought to you by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association. Though there will be events all weekend, on Monday, there will be a proper Labor Day Parade NYC style. Join thousands upon thousands for this colorful, captivating parade. Drink and dance as steel drums march down the street, followed by feathered dancers and other enthusiastic revelers.
Speaking of culture, from August 24 through September 3rd, the Metropolitan Opera runs its annual Summer HD Festival. Join up to 3000 other New Yorkers this upcoming LDW, as they sit in front of the Metropolitan Opera House and watch screenings of famous operas. The final show is Madam Butterfly, September 3rd at 8pm. What better way to celebrate Labor Day Weekend?
It is the tenth anniversary of Electric Zoo, the annual electronic music festival that takes place on Randall’s Island. Each year, this festival hosts up to around 150,000 music lovers. Food and drink vendors abound, but know that you will only have access to hard liquor if you purchase a VIP ticket. So, if you don’t like wine or beer, it is in your best interest to buy the VIP experience. Since this is one of the few music festivals that comes to New York, it seems imperative that everyone go at least once. So, stop by Urban Outfitters, buy your best festival gear, and enjoy the Labor Day events at Electric Zoo.
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The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit is an annual event that allows local artists to sell their wares. There are usually some great finds for reasonable prices. If you like supporting local artists and need to adorn your bare walls, this is the place to be over Labor Day Weekend. The artists are selected by a jury of their peers, so the competition is stiff. Even if you aren’t a connoisseur of the fine arts, it behooves everyone to take a stroll down University Place and check out the scene.
Finally, if you are looking for one last great party over Labor Day Weekend, check out one of the amazing club crawls from New York Epic Club Crawls. The special feature of this particular LDW crawl is that you get the usual perks (drink specials, VIP access, no cover charge) plus what they promise is an epic limo ride. Hit four different hot spots in NYC and party until your feet and liver hurt. A club crawl is the most exciting way to send off summer, so book your tickets now!
Though it is sad to see summer go, Labor Day Weekend is a great opportunity to take advantage of the best of what New York City has to offer. So, get out there and celebrate Labor Day Weekend NYC style!