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10 Things to Do Over Labor Day Weekend 2017 in New York City

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Updated: 13 August 2017
It’s true that New Yorkers work hard, but we play even harder. This Labor Day Weekend, enjoy a much-deserved day off at any of New York City’s hopping holiday events. From ethnic fests to all-American affairs, here’s what’s on in the city this Labor Day Weekend.
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US Open

This Labor Day, sit back and watch others work—up a sweat, that is—at the US Open. New York City’s own USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will host the 2017 installment of this renowned tennis tournament, where you’re just as likely to spot top sports stars on the court as celeb fans in the crowd.

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, Flushing, NY, USA, +1 718 760 6200

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New York Caribbean Carnival: Labor Day Parade

Cultures combine at this sizzling street fest celebrating all things Caribbean. Attendees of the New York Caribbean Carnival: Labor Day Parade can expect energetic entertainment, including live reggae and calypso music, ethnic dancing, and kaleidoscope-colored costumes. The closest thing many of us will get to an island getaway this holiday weekend, this cultural carnival is a must-see.

New York Caribbean Carnival: Labor Day Parade, Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY, USA

NYC Broadway Week

Turn your mini-break into a major vacation by playing tourist this holiday weekend. This Labor Day kicks off the summer installment of NYC Broadway Week, a much-beloved local tradition delivering the best Broadway deals to clued-in show-goers. Enjoy two-for-one tickets, upgraded seats, and more at the theater world’s hottest shows.

Various locations

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Brazilian Day

Missed out on this year’s July Fourth fetes? Celebrate a different independence day at Brazilian Day, a lively commemoration of Brazil’s independence. Expect mouthwatering food, animated performances, and a boisterous atmosphere at this 25-block-long street party.

Little Brazil, West 46th St between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, New York, NY, USA

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Electric Zoo Festival

Festival fans, rejoice: we haven’t seen the last of summer entertainment in the city. This Labor Day Weekend, unleash your wild side at the Electric Zoo Festival, an international event showcasing electronic music and its many sub-genres. With globally beloved artists such as Zedd and Deadmau5 gracing the Zoo’s main stage, this fest is shaping up to be the best party of the weekend.

Electric Zoo Festival, 1 Randalls Is Rd, New York, NY, USA,

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NYC Labor Day Parade

The NYC Labor Day Parade reminds us of the real reason behind the holiday: America’s workforce. Teachers, construction workers, and other hard-working professionals are all represented at this laborers-led procession, held the Saturday after Labor Day. Extend the celebration of your neighbors and self at this classic belated bash.

Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, USA

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Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

More than 80 years ago, a pair of starving artists set up shop on a New York City sidewalk in the hope of earning a few bucks. Today, this tradition, started by one Jackson Pollock and Willem DeKooning, is kept alive by the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, occurring every Labor Day Weekend as well as the weekend which follows. Admire works from dozens of sculptors, photographers, and craftsmen at this open-air art extravaganza.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, One Stuyvesant Oval, New York, NY, USA,

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Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition

Indulge in some all-American fun at this year’s Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition. The event, now entering its 24th year, comprises a Popeye-inspired spinach-eating competition, an amateur line-toss contest, and a nail-biting race between the harbor’s top tugboats. Tip: for a front-row seat, take to the sea, where you can race alongside the vessels from aboard the Circle Line Spectator Boat.

Pier 84, 555 12th Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 627 2020

Enjoy an all-American meal

A summertime classic, barbecue tastes even better when prepared (and cleaned up) by someone else. Celebrate the national holiday by digging into all-American fare at New York City’s own Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue, Fette Sau, or Hometown Barbecue.

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NYC Unicycle Festival

Searching for something memorable to do this Labor Day Weekend? Look no further than the NYC Unicycle Festival. Billing itself as “[four] days of one wheel madness,” this unique event will feature everything from freestyle contests to course challenges to unicycle sumo wrestling (you read that right).

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