As quickly as it began, summer is already approaching its finish. Labor Day weekend is the bittersweet unofficial end to the season. There are plenty of things to do in New York City during the holiday weekend. If you’re staying in town, we’ve got you covered with the following seven ways to have festive fun in the city.
1. The Electric Zoo festival returns to Randall’s Island for its 11th year. The theme for this year is “Evolved,” which centers on the next phase of Electric Zoo after last year’s 10 year anniversary. Headliners include Diplo, Zedd, and AfroMath. Tickets are still available online, and the festival will be a cashless event with ATMs available on site.
2. Head to the Brooklyn Museum for the annual West Indian American Day. The event brings hundreds of marchers in bright feathered costumes, vendors selling authentic Caribbean cuisine and live music throughout the day. It draws a huge crowd, so get there early for a good view.
3. The free Unicycle Festival is scheduled to bring one-wheel madness to the city. Events include long distance rides, unicycle hockey and an area for people interested in learning how to ride. The festival’s main event takes place Sept. 1 and 2 at Governor’s Island.
4. See exhibitions from artists all over the world at the Washington Square Outdoor Art exhibit. The twice-a-year event dates back to 1931 when Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up their works on the sidewalk in a last-ditch attempt to pay the rent. Now, artists present their work for the opportunity to win cash prizes in various categories.
5. Join the Green Team at Brooklyn Bridge Park this Labor Day weekend. Head to Pier 1 to join the park’s weekly, gardening meet-up and help mulch, remove invasives or otherwise help keep the park beautiful. The program runs from 10AM-12PM and requires participants to sign a waiver.
6. Experience Brazilian culture during the Brazilian Independence Day celebrations on Sunday September 1st. Held in Little Brazil (West 46th St.), the festival includes live music, dancing and food vendors. Expect a huge crowd to join in the celebrations.
7. With everyone out of the city, it might be the time to finally be a tourist. City Sights NY offers a boat tour with amazing views of the NY skyline & iconic landmarks. There are convenient hop-off stops, allowing you to explore different areas of city.
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