Labor Day is celebrated every year on the first Monday of September and serves as the unofficial end of the summer season. With everyone off from either work or school, people will be out and about, trying to savor the remnants of summer. Luckily, New York City and Long Island are home to some great Labor Day weekend activities that you’re not going to want to miss.
Can’t-Miss Labor Day Weekend Events
Seaford Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair
From 10am-5pm on September 3rd-5th, the Seaford Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair is taking place at the Seaford train station near the corner of Jackson Ave. and Sunrise Highway. This free event showcases the very best in local artists’ crafts. You can purchase their homemade goods and unique merchandise at a reasonable price. For the kids, there will be inflatable rides, face painting, and games.
Great North River Tugboat Race
On Sunday September 4th, climb aboard the Circle Line Spectator Boat for a first-hand look at the 24th Annual Great North River Tugboat Race, boarding from Pier 83 at W. 43rd St. and Hudson River Park. The tugboats will compete in races, nose-to-nose pushing, and line-toss contests. Spectators also have the chance to take part in amateur line-toss competitions and the fan-favorite spinach-eating contest. There’s even a kids division, too! The boats starts boarding at 9am and the event ends around 2pm. Tickets are available here.
NYC Unicycle Festival
If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path, the 7th Annual NYC Unicycle Festival is the place for you. On September 3rd & 4th on Governors Island from 12pm-5pm, there will be a day of festivities centered on one important theme: unicycles. There’s going to be races, competitions, games, tutorials, unicycle sports like basketball and hockey, and a Hell on Wheels trial course challenge for the more experienced riders. Some of the world’s most famous unicyclists will also be on hand to show off their unique expertise!
Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Labor Day marks the last event of the Riis Park Beach Bazaar summer season with their “Get Summered” event on September 5th. The historic boardwalk in Rockaway Park, Queens, will be the site of live music, pop-up shops, local food and drink, and plenty of hula hoops. For the beachgoers, Riis Park will provide chairs, umbrellas, and recreational rentals. Spend the day checking out the vendors or chilling out on the beach as their team of DJs provide the perfect atmosphere.
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
From September 3rd-5th, the Washington Square Art Exhibit will take place along University Place from E. 13th St. down to W. 3rd St. in Manhattan. Artists and creative types from the tri-state area and around the world will be in attendance to display photography, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, and much more. Nowhere else in the world can you find such unique, one-of-a-kind goods.
The Feast of Mother Cabrini
Admission is free all Labor Day weekend at the 45th Annual Feast of Mother Cabrini. It’s held at Suffolk Community College’s Michael J. Grant Campus in Brentwood. The doors open at 6 P.M. on Friday and 4 P.M. the rest of the weekend.
On Friday, international food sampler day will showcase delicacies like sausages, tacos, gyros and other foods from around the world. Saturday is Italian Night. There will be an outdoor mass, live Italian classics, Mother Cabrini’s statue procession and the annual zeppoli eating contest. Sunday is all about the fireworks. On Monday, the fair will have live music, an exotic petting zoo, thrill rides and games for their family fun day.