The New Yorker’s Guide to Labor Day

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8/31/18

Labor Day lands on September 3rd this year, and in addition to marking the unofficial end of summer, the day pays tribute to the hard work and determination of America’s labor movement in securing the rights we enjoy today. New York swells with things to do and see, so we’ve made it easy for you. Here’s the New Yorker’s Guide to Labor Day 2018.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

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The park’s annual outdoor art exhibit sees hundreds of exhibitors all varying in experience and mediums take over the New York hotspot. Check out all the jewelry, photography, sculptures, paintings, woodcraft and more on select days between September 1 and 9.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit: Washington Square Park.

Met Opera Summer HD Festival

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Each year the Met Opera hosts a collection of special outdoor performances throughout the summer, seating an audience of around 3000 in front of the opera  house to watch videos of staged operas. September 3rd will see a beautiful rendition of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. The production from Anthony Minghella’ stars soprano Kristine Opolais as the geisha, opposite tenor Roberto Alagna as her unfaithful American husband. Free opera? Sign us up.

Click here for a full list of performances.

Electric Zoo

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If opera’s not really part of your Spotify Daily Mix, don’t despair… Labor Day weekend also sees New York’s favorite annual electronic dance music festival, Electric Zoo. The three-day festival is held on Randall’s Island, and sees a lineup of some of the hottest talents that bring our favorite hits to the club.

Electric Zoo starts on Friday 31 August, ending on Sunday 2 September.

Click through for ticketing information.

Worth the trek: New York Caribbean Carnival Parade 2018

Celebrate one of New York’s most colorful and vibrant events in Brooklyn this Labor Day with the annual NY Caribbean Carnival Parade. Spanning seven hours, the Labor Day party sees vivacious costumes, live music and authentic street food all along the famous Eastern Parkway – Cultural Row.

Festivities to begin at Schenectady Avenue along Eastern Parkway with a finish at Empire Boulevard. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

See here for official details.

Also worth the trek: The beach

Sometimes Labor Day is best spent doing absolutely nothing at all, which is why a day at one of New York’s many beaches has become a crowd favorite to city locals. This year we recommend skipping down to Jacob Riis Beach in Queens for live music, DJ sets, boardwalk snacks and soaking in that last bit of summer sun.

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