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What to do Labor Day Weekend 2016

For those of us not in the food or service industry, Labor Day is an annual escape from the work week and a celebration of fair labor laws established by labor unions in the early 1900’s. Celebrate your escape from work this year with a visit to the greatest city in the world and make something special out of your long weekend.

Electric Zoo Music Festival

Fri Sep 2 – Sun Sep 4 | 20 Randalls Island Park, New York, NY 10035

Get ready to go wild this Labor Day weekend with the 8th annual Electric Zoo music festival on Randall’s island park. With four stages hosting the biggest names in EDM, like Steve Aoki, Datsik, Porter Robinson, Bassnectar, and many more, this year’s Wild Island promises a weekend of electrifying music and crazy fun, all wrapped up in an unforgettably eccentric package.

NYC Unicycle Festival

Sep 2 2pm, Sep 3 and 4 12-5pm | Battery Park to Central Park/Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island

Find a new sense of balance with this celebration of a lesser known means of transportation and gather with enthusiasts, inventors, amateurs, and many more attendants all looking to enjoy an unusual but exciting time exploring everything a single-wheeled vehicle is truly capable of.

Twelfth Night

Fri Sep 2 – Mon Sep 5 | 81 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Add a little humor to your Labor Day weekend with a musical adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Twelfth Night. This humorous tale plays out at the Delacourt in Central Park thanks to The Public’s continuing Public Works project and is free for all to attend, but if you plan on going, make sure to pick up your tickets early as there is frequently a long line.

West Side Country Fair

Sun Sep 4 1-6pm | Pier I in Riverside Park South, 500 W 70th Street, New York, NY 10023

Presented by Summer on the Hudson, the West Side County Fair brings the best of a small town fair to the big city. Complete with carnival rides and games, bands, performers and delicious local foods and merchandise, this fair brings the small town charm to the big city in an exciting way. The best part is, it’s completely free!

BR Day New York

Sun Sep 4 | Little Brazil – West 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, New York, NY

Celebrate the Brazilian day of independence with the festivities in Little Brazil. Held every year on Labor Day this celebration features traditional food dishes, dancing, and music from popular Brazilian entertainers like Preta Gil, and Jota Quest.

New York Caribbean Carnival Parade

Mon Sep 5 11am-6pm | Schenectady Ave and Eastern Pkwy to Brooklyn Museum

Following a weekend of festivities, join nearly 2 million revelers as they take to the streets in sequins and feathers accompanying a parade of floats in one of New York’s most colorful and exciting parades. Dance along and indulge in the culture through music, cultural displays, and delicious traditional cuisine like jerk chicken.

Great North River Tugboat Race

Sunday Sep 4 9am-2pm | Pier 83, West 43rd Street and Hudson River Park, NYC

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with the hardest working ship of all, the tugboat. Witness the race for superiority at 10:30 from either the pier or on-board a spectator ship, and stay after the race for more nautical themed fun. A Popeye-style spinach eating contest tests your true strength while line-toss and nose-to-nose pushing contests allow guests to compete as well. The event is fun for the whole family with plenty for all ages to participate in.

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Treat Dad in the City

Every year, millions of Americans celebrate forgetting Father’s Day by presenting their father with a brand new screwdriver or taking him out to the local Outback Steakhouse. This year, don’t forget your dad, celebrate him the right way with a day out in New York City filled with the best excursions, beers and restaurants the man, who made you into the amazing son/daughter you are, deserves.

Excursions

Beer-Brunch Cruise

Start Father’s Day the right way with a combination of some of every dad’s favorite things: beer, brunch, and boats. Wake up to live jazz music with a bountiful brunch buffet as you cruise around Manhattan past landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge. As the day gets going, fill up your supplied Hornblower Beer mug with beer and mimosas to keep dad happy and prepare him for the rest of the day!

Brooklyn Maker’s Market

Appreciate the bygone era of handmade goods at this bazaar showcasing American-made crafts, furniture, clothing, and more. Featuring the handiwork of some of Brooklyn’s foremost crafters, this show is the perfect way to spend some time with your dad and perhaps pick out a gift that he’ll actually be able to use.

Glass Workshop

Does your Dad like Beer? Does he like making things with his own hands? If the answer to either of those questions was yes then a glassblowing workshop may be right up his alley. Even though this event takes place the week after Father’s Day, it’s still the perfect way to spend some time with your dad and leave him with a gift that he’ll not only remember, but be able to use as well.

Food

Peter Luger

There is no other name for steak in New York City than Peter Luger. While copycats have emerged in recent years, the quality and pride of this iconic steakhouse is impossible to match. If your Dad is a fan of perfectly cooked cuts of the finest quality, there’s no better meal to celebrate his special day.

St. Anselm

If you’re looking for steak without the price tag, try out St. Anselm instead. The well rounded menu manages to combine and perfect Mediterranean, Asian, and American flavors while still delivering some of the best cuts of meat available in New York city, and for a slightly more affordable run than your other steakhouses may offer.

Gato

If steak isn’t cooked to your dad’s liking, try a unique alternative for dinner at Bobby Flay’s canteen Gato. Featuring a more eclectic menu with items like lamb tenderloin with salsa verde and a mushroom-kale-and-egg paella, this delicious option will give your dad a taste of some of the hidden gyms of the New York dining experience.

All’onda

Introduce your dad to true New York fusion at Chris Jaeckle’s All’onda. Inventive modern Venetian dishes like roasted strip loin with mostarda and Parmesan potatoes are paired with an all-Italian wine program to add a splash of class to your father’s special day.

Drink

Twist & Smash’d

After a successful Father’s Day out in the city, there’s no better way to wind down the evening than kicking back for some sports and beer. With over 55 TV’s and nearly as many beers on draught, Twist and Smash’d provides you and your dad some much needed libations while you cheer your team on to victory. An ample bar menu also provides some delicious options to fill any room left after dinner.

Stout

This three-level bar lives up to its name with over 32 stouts on draught, and more sports than you know what to do with. Try the pub grub like oysters and fish-and-chips and let your Irish side show a little bit.

The Black Horse Pub

Take your Dad to a taste of Britain with this soccer focused pub. Featuring plenty of beer and a menu that will make you think you’ve just hopped the pond, The Black Horse Pub offers a taste of England right in the middle of Brooklyn and creates a jovial atmosphere perfect for ending your Father’s Day with your pops.

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Easter in the City

With spring and its promise of warmer weather, pastel hues spring to life across Midtown Manhattan in preparation for the coming of Easter. Make your hunt for Easter eggs throughout the city a little easier with this list of holiday events sure to fill your basket to the brim with fun.

Macy’s Flower Show

March 20 – April 3 | 151 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001It wouldn’t be spring without flowers, and nobody knows flowers better than Macy’s. The annual Flower Show is back and better than ever with this year’s theme of “America the Beautiful”. Elevate your Easter holiday in the city with the myriad colors of America rendered through the beauty of nine unique gardens.

It wouldn’t be spring without flowers, and nobody knows flowers better than Macy’s. The annual Flower Show is back and better than ever with this year’s theme of “America the Beautiful”. Elevate your Easter holiday in the city with the myriad colors of America rendered through the beauty of nine unique gardens.

Barnyard Egg Hunt

March 26 11am-3pm | 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY 11004

Start the weekend off right with an egg hunt on New York’s oldest continuously farmed land across 47-acres at Queen’s County Farm Museum. Egg hunts happen all day in the orchard and the farm’s mascot Whiskers the Buny will greet kids of all ages along with an assortment of other farm animals. Enjoy an egg toss and egg rolling games, or participate in a Bunny Hop or a hayride as you escape the hustle and bustle of the city without ever needing to leave.

The Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

March 27 2pm | 8 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016

Hosted by Pogo Events this egg hunt involves more than pastel colored plastic full of treats. Use your smarts as well as your athleticism to solve the various clues and complete the hunt before the other teams in order to win prizes including tickets to Quite Clubbing and Shake Rattle & Roll. Show off your super sleuthing skills with your friends or show up solo to be assigned to a team of fellow detectives. Both an adults-only and family friendly version of the hunt are available.

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

March 27 10am | 5th Avenue from 49th to 57th Sts.

Take your Sunday best to a higher level at this festive annual parade showcasing some of the most elaborate finery of the season. An Easter tradition since the 1870’s the parade was immortalized by Irving Berlin and has continued to delight both participants and attendees for generations. Grab a spot along the route or grab your bonnet and join in the parade yourself.

Full Bunny Contact

Through March 27 | 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002

For those who are searching for a less traditional Easter experience, the city never fails to deliver. From the creator of “Nightmare Haunted House” this four day carnival offers an assortment of offbeat games that culminate in an egg-hunt cage match where participants are challenged by rabbit costumed gladiators. Food trucks and an on-site bar enhance the experience for both spectators and those brave enough to participate.

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