Triumph Guide to 2017 Labor Day Fun in NYC

August 18 2017 | Events

Labor Day. Just seeing those words can bring a tinge of sadness as we prepare to say goodbye to summer. But you don’t have to be sad. After all, the end of summer means the beginning of fall in NYC, which, as usual, will be amazing.

In New York City, we prefer to make Labor Day a celebration, a day to remember all the good times we’ve had over the summer and a time to look forward to all that’s to come in the fall.

And of course, there is the origin of Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. What a great thing to celebrate! You!

You deserve a day off.

So why not plan a day or weekend trip to the city. Here are some ideas to make your end-of-summer celebration even better.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit 

First, it’s free! Whether you’re headed out for lunch or to a Broadway show, make sure to stop by the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. You’ll find 120 artists exhibiting and selling fine art, photography, crafts, and sculptures.

When: September 2 - 4 and 9 - 10

Where: On the sidewalks of University Place from East 13th Street south to Waverly Place. Download the Spring 2017 Guide for a list of featured artists and booth locations.

West Indian American Labor Day Parade 2017

Color — vibrant, expressive, and in motion. You have to see the New York Caribbean Carnival to truly appreciate all the beauty of this celebration of Caribbean culture and history. Expect incredible costumes and infectious reggae and calypso music. 

When: Aug 31 - Sep 4, 2017

Where: Brooklyn; see the map here

Great North River Tugboat Race

This is a great event for the kids! More than a dozen tugboats take part in the competition, which will have them racing side-by-side. But you’ll also get to see nose-to-nose pushing contests and a a line-throwing competition by tugboat crew members. Then, after the winner is crowned, you get to try it!  See if you can toss a line as well as the pros and, if you dare, enter the spinach-eating contest.

When: September 3, 2017

Where: Pier 84 in Manhattan


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