Labor Day weekend is great for a number of reasons: it celebrates hard working men and women all over the country and gives us all a sweet three day weekend. Unfortunately, Labor Day weekend is also the beginning of the end of summer.

Although fall temperatures and pumpkin spice lattes are great, parting with summer is such sweet sorrow. But don’t let summertime sadness get you down! Dance your way through Labor Day at one of these holiday weekend happenings.


1. Last Weekend of PS1 Summer Warm Up

For the past 18 years, the MoMA PS1 has been hosting one of the city’s biggest summer dance parties. Summer Warm Up brings dance, music, and art enthusiasts from all over to Long Island City for an eventful day of live musical performances, art installations, and of course, a ton of dancing.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out this year’s Warm Up, Saturday September 5th is your last chance! The party takes place at the MoMA PS1 courtyard in Long Island City. Doors open at noon, but the party goes from 3 PM until 9 PM.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, but LIC residents in zip codes 11101-11109 get a free ticket! To check out the art displays, music lineups, and other information, head over to the MoMA PS1 website.

2. Labor Day’s Black & White Affair

Our Long Island City residents are lucky enough to be right near the action at MoMA PS1. However, if you weren’t planning on borough hopping this weekend, then you can head to the West Village for the Black & White Affair.

Since you don’t have work the next day, throw on your best black and white attire for a night of drinks and dancing 49 Grove from 9PM to 4 AM on Sunday September 6th. Advance tickets are available online for just $10 and can be purchased here.


3. West Indian-American Day Carnival

Labor Day isn’t the only holiday being celebrated this weekend. Monday September 7th is West Indian-American Day, and to honor this occasion, West-Indian Americans from all over the city will flock to Brooklyn for the 48th annual parade and carnival.

Carnival goers can expect to see beautifully elaborate costumes, live musical performances, and delicious Caribbean food lining the parade route on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.

The carnival is a free event that begins in the wee morning hours and lasts all day long. But the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association will be holding ticketed concerts throughout the weekend. To learn more, visit their website.

BONUS: Two Tried-and-True Labor Day Weekend Traditions

All night dance parties and parades are fun, but not for everyone. If you still want to get out this weekend, there are a few more laid back, family-friendly options.


Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition

Tugboats know a thing or two about hard work and also deserve to celebrate this weekend. The Working Harbor Committee will be holding the 23rd annual tugboat race and competition at Pier 84 in Hell’s Kitchen, right near the Intrepid.

Aside from racing tugboats, attendees can participate in an amateur line throwing competition or a spinach eating contest. (Gross, yes. But imagine how funny it would be to see the look on the competitors faces as they try to wolf down spinach? Not to mention, the endless Popeye references…)

To learn more, visit their website.


Labor Day Parade

In case you do decide to head to the beach Labor Day weekend, you won’t be missing out on the Labor Day Parade. Held on Saturday September 12th, hardworking New Yorkers from all different career fields will be marching down 5th Avenue from 44th street to 67th street.

For more information, visit their website.

This summer may be coming to an end, but luckily we don’t have time to dwell. There are way too many great things happening in your neighborhood to keep you occupied and end this summer on a high note.




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