How To Spend Your Labor Day Weekend In NYC

Labor Day Weekend is rapidly approaching, ready or not. It’s quite depressing that the unofficial end of summer is right around the corner. The end of summer means back to school, back to work, and that soon your Instagram feed will be crawling with Pumpkin Spice Lattes and tailgates. We must admit, we are excited for the fall, especially following this NYC heat wave. Fall means cooler weather, football, pumpkins, and the holiday season approaching…what's not to love!? We just don’t know if we are ready to trade our flip flops and bathing suits for boots and sweaters QUITE yet.

This Labor Day Weekend, get out and enjoy your last days under the summer sun. Instead of being sad, we channeled our energy into compiling a list of 6 things you can do this Labor Day Weekend in New York City to end your summer with a bang.

1. Head to the Beach

Tired of being cooped up between buildings in the New York City streets? Visit a beach for salty, open, air with the added bonus of an ocean view and sand in your toes. Various subway trains can take you to Coney Island, Rockaway Beach, or Brighton Beach. Grab your surf board, sunscreen, and flip flops and spend your last moments of summer where summer is meant to be lived – the beach.

2. Go to a music festival

Every Labor Day Weekend for the past 10 years, over 150,000 EDM enthusiasts head to Randall’s Island for the two - day Electric Zoo dance festival. This year’s headliners include Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Alesso, Cash Cash, and more!

3. Check out the US Open

The US Open is the nation’s biggest tennis tournament held annually at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York City from August 27 – September 9. Everyone loves a good sporting event – see the legends at the US Open by getting your tickets here. 

4. Eat lobster and drink beer

You don’t have to tell us twice! On Saturday September 1st from 11am – 6pm, Hester Street hosts their fourth annual Lobster and Beer event. Drink beer from local vendors and indulge in the best lobster the city has to offer. Old Blue Last is the unofficial $4 beer for the Hester Street Fair.

5. Dance at the Caribbean Carnival

The New York Caribbean Carnival Parade is an annual celebration held on Labor Day that showcases the beauty of Caribbean pride and culture. The parade features dancers in colorful costumes, reggae music, Caribbean food, and vendors. The event draws over 2 million people and is definitely the party you want to attend to end your summer. The event takes place from 11am – 6pm on Monday, September 3, 2018 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

6. Listen to Opera outside of The Metropolitan Opera House

Who doesn’t love a free performance under the stars? The Summer HD Festival features 10 thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinemas transmissions. There are about 2,800 seats set up in front of the opera house each night for the showings.

Labor Day Weekend schedule:

Friday, August 31, 8 pm L’Elisir d’Amore Donizetti

Saturday, September 1, 8 pm Un Ballo in Maschera Verdi

Sunday, September 2, 7:15 pm Der Rosenkavalier R. Strauss

Monday, September 3, 8 pm Madama Butterfly Puccini

Photos: Getty Images

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