The Best Things To Do in NYC This Labor Day Weekend (9/2–9/5)

A weekly, curated list of the best events happening in NYC this weekend!

Though President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, the occasion was first observed on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City.
— Brendan I. Koerner

All Weekend

Electric Zoo ($109+, Randall’s Island) is your best bet chance to wile out before fall. This year the biggest names in electronic music including Tiesto, Bassnectar, and Big Gigantic will take over Randall’s Island. Friday-Sunday, September 2–4th

US Open ($80+, Queens) — The annual tennis championship runs from Aug. 29-Sept. 11. The tournament includes both men and women’s singles and doubles. Ticket prices vary based on the day and competing players, some of whom include Andy Murray and the Williams sisters! Visit to see the full schedule and purchase tickets.

Manus x Machina (Free with Museum admission, Upper East Side): The Met has extended its fashion-meets-technology show through Sept. 5, and will stay open until midnight on Friday and Saturday.


Alicia Keys Free Summer Concert (Free, Rockefeller Center): Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis on the TODAY plaza, located at 48th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues in New York City. To get the best spot, fans should try to arrive by 5 a.m. Generally, concerts happen rain or shine. Starts at 8am

BUCKY: Thank F#@% It’s Friday! ($10, East Village): Blow off steam from your crazy work week with Bucky. Members of BUCKY have been featured on NBC, Comedy Central, MTV, HBO, VH1, FX, College Humor, Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer and 30 Rock.

Caribbean Night Skate Party! ($15, Brooklyn Bridge Park): LIVE DJ will be playing SOCA & REGGAE all night long. Come represent your favorite country while skating with family and friends alongside Brooklyn’s best views! Starts at 7pm


Nerd Is the New Black ($5, Queens): The comedians featured on this show headline clubs and colleges all over the country and are also featured on MTV, VH1, NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Saturday Night Live. Whether its a date night or a fun night out, you won’t find a better show at a better deal! Starts at 7:30pm

The Color Run 5k Brooklyn ($45, Brooklyn): The Color Run Tropicolor World Tour is bringing an island-style 5k right to Brooklyn! New this year is a limited-edition participant kit, Tropicolor Zone™ on course, and an amped up finish festival featuring Rainbow Beach, music, dancing, photos, and more! Starts at 9am


The Reunion Paradise Garage ($25, Hell’s Kitchen): Relive one of the glory days of one of New York’s most influential clubs, the Paradise Garage. Honoring the legacy of DJ Larry Levan and the music of 1976–1972 gay New York, this joyful party brings together generations of partygoers to turn back time and get down.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($27-$129, Midtown): A teen student on the autism spectrum goes on a heroic journey in this long-running Broadway drama, which closes soon. Only through Sept 4

Bad Boy Reunion Tour — Diddy, Mase, Lil Kim & more ($62+, MSG): The Bad Boy Reunion Concert has launched a multi-city tour after it’s recent success in Brooklyn where Diddy surprised the crowd with everyone from Mase to DMX to Swizz Beats and Lil Kim. Starts at 8pm


West Indian-American Day Carnival (Free, Brooklyn): The annual West Indian–American Day Carnival draws close to two million people to Crown Heights in Brooklyn each year. During the seven-hour New York carnival, steel-pan and calypso bands in elaborate costumes march down Eastern Parkway, and vendors sell homestyle island grub along the route.

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