The tropical drinks and endless balmy nights of summer are already fading, but not without one final blowout weekend. Do Labor Day weekend right with our guide to the best events over all three days.
The trip to Syracuse is worth it for theNew York State Fair(through Sept. 5), which got a $50 million infusion for a major revamp that includes the new Super Cyclone roller coaster — one of over 70 rides — upgraded grounds and new food vendors serving treats like cookie dough eggrolls and The Defibrillator, which crams an entire deep-fried Thanksgiving dinner into a sandwich. Closer to home, there’sElectric Zoo, with three days of EDM-fueled partying led by Bassnectar, Tiesto and Hardwell on Randall’s Island from Sept. 2-4. Or if you’ve got kids to entertain, hit up Riverside Park’s freeWest Side County Fairon Sept. 4 for carnival rides and games, live music, sideshow performers, reptile shows and plenty of local food vendors.
If you didn’t get out of town this summer, you can at least feel like you’re on a beach getaway at these parties. Kick off Labor Day weekend on Thursday atThe Hall at MP’s Caribbean Jerk & Reggae Fest, where live bands bring the island vibes while you feast on jerk chicken, Jamaican hot pepper shrimp and more (through Saturday). TheOne Love Day Partyat Space Ibiza’s Orbit Nightclub on Sept. 4 starts with a rum punch open bar (3-4 p.m.) then rolls into a free soul food buffet. Looking for a pool party? The McCarren Hotel is transforming its deck into theCorona Electric Beachon Sept. 5, headlined by Major Lazer member Jillionaire plus beer tastings and the usual menu of signature hot dogs and housemade ice pops.
Outdoor grilling, outdoor dancing, outdoor everything is coming to an end, but not without one last blowout. On Labor Day, get to Bushwick’s House of Yes for a 12-hour marathon of partying that is the Yes BBQ Extravaganza with “hot meat, dirty dancing and delicious chillness." Wear your best red, white and blue ensemble (tip: best dressed often get to skip the line) and get ready for wall-to-wall patriotism from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oh, and it’s FREE to get in withRSVPuntil 4 p.m., and only $10 after that.
Come Labor Day, Discovery Times Square is making room for new things by closing its three major exhibits: the revealingStar Wars and the Power of Costume, the intriguing Body Worlds and the surprisingVikings Exhibition. The Met has extended its fashion-meets-technology showManus x Machinathrough Sept. 5, and will stay open until midnight on Friday and Saturday. And on Broadway, the acclaimed revival of “Les Miserables” closes Sept. 4. Hurry, you've been warned.
It’s forecast to be a rain-free 80 degrees all weekend, so going outdoors should be a viable option again. Governors Island’s scenic Hills await, and so does its newguided nature tourand free kayaking starting Aug. 31. Coney Island just got a new 18-holeminiature golf course, in case you haven’t made it to the city’s ultimate summer destination yet, or celebrate Britney Spears’ new album with a ‘90 pop-themed skate party atLola Star's Dreamland Roller Discoon Sept. 2.