Celebrate Labor Day NYC Style

Labor Day is full of celebrations from beach bashes to brunch parties to festive parades. Looking to experience something different? New York always has you covered with plenty of fun—and sometimes eccentric—activities to partake in. Consider this your guide to celebrating Labor Day NYC style. 

Related Content: Long Island Labor Day Weekend Celebrations 2017

Brooklyn

What: West Indian-African American Labor Day Carnival
Where: Eastern Parkway, Flatbush Avenue
When: Monday, Sept. 4, 11am
Why Go: Between vibrant, eye-catching outfits, reggae music and delicious food, this celebration of Caribbean culture is a must-see for anyone in NYC. All kinds of vendors will line the streets selling art, books, jewelry and more. Click to go

Brooklyn and Manhattan

What: NYC Unicycle Festival
Where: Battery Park to Central Park (Thursday) • Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island (Friday) • Governors Island (Saturday & Sunday)
When: Thursday, Aug. 31–Sunday, Sept. 3
Why Go: Take up a new hobby while exploring NYC at this pre-Labor Day festival! All ages and ability levels are welcome. Races, competitions, performances and a variety of activities will provide entertainment at the Governors Island bash, and a live DJ will keep the beat pumping. Click to go

Queens

What: Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Where: Jacob Riis Park (Rockaway Beach Boulevard)
When: Friday, Sept. 1–Monday, Sept. 4
Why Go: It doesn’t get much better than listening to music while relaxing in the sand. Check out Riis Park’s lineup that’ll get your Labor Day grooving. Click to go

Brooklyn

What: Beats and BBQ
Where: LP & Harmony (683 Grand St.)
When: Monday, Sept. 4, 3-11pm
Why Go: The 10th season of Beats & BBQ is back for Labor Day! Enjoy “soulful dance music” from live DJs, barbecue food and a good time with the Williamsburg community. Click to go

Manhattan

What: Labor Day BBQ Beach Party
Where: La Marina (348 Dyckman St.)
When: Monday, Sept. 4, 3-11:30pm
Why Go: End summer the way you started it: with a beach party. La Marina’s waterfront venue will provide the views, the food and the music you’re looking for. Click to go

Manhattan

What: NYC Labor Day Yacht Party
Where: The Capitol Princess (2430 FDR Dr.)
When: Sunday, Sept. 3, 7-10pm
Why Go: The Capitol Princess is set to sail—hop aboard for views of quintessential NYC landmarks, a three-hour open bar, live DJ and barbecue buffet! Ages 21+. Click to go

Manhattan

What: Labor Day Weekend Rooftop Celebration
Where: Sky Room (330 W. 40th St.)
When: Sunday, Sept. 3, 10pm
Why Go: Dance the night away at this exclusive rooftop event with panoramic views of New York City. Click to go

Manhattan

What: Booze, Brunch & Beats
Where: Angel of Harlem (2272 Frederick Douglass Blvd.)
When: Saturday, Sept. 2, 12-7pm
Why Go: Join Angel of Harlem at the epic brunch and day party for heaping plates of eggs rancheros, chicken and waffles or whatever strikes your fancy. Anything pairs well with bottomless brunch cocktails and a DJ that keeps the house rocking. Click to go