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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.