Labor Day is almost here and for many that means a long weekend and finding something special to do with the day off. In an effort to economize New Yorkers are looking for ways to have fun without breaking the budget. Here is a list of free and discounted activities to do on the holiday weekend.
- Summer Restaurant Week was extended through Labor Day so spend the weekend dining at your favorite spots or exploring new ones.
- Street Fairs-There’s always a street fair popping up and on Labor Day weekend farmer’s markets and fairs will line the city streets.
- U.S. Open-Volleying for your attention, the U.S. Open is playing through September 11, 2011. The game is on for scoring a deal to the serving. Tip-Craigslist has been seen offering half price tickets to the match.
- Children Museum of Manhattan-The Children’s Museum is honoring the American worker. Teaching children using informative learning activities and arts and crafts they will get an understanding of history. The Museum is taking part in Target Free Fridays so anytime after five enter for free.
- Shop to you drop, the weekend sale is on. Woodbury Commons and Barney’s Warehouse have already announced their sales. Get ready to charge ahead.
- Sink or Swim: Come on in the water is fine. After Labor Day the city’s pools and beaches will be closed until next year.
- Barbecues and Picnics-Grab that picnic basket and head to one of the city’s parks or picnic locations. A fun and inexpensive way to spend the weekend with family.
- Electric Zoo Music Festival is playing on Randall’s Island where the venue will host a music festival with seventy artists performing. Tickets are available on a daily basis or a weekend package can be purchased.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be open on Monday. Get purposely lost wandering around the museum’s many attractions and make sure to take in the views from the roof deck as well as the Anthony Caro’s sculptures.
- Eventbrite is grilling up a Labor Day BBQ Party at Empire Hotel. The Roof Deck will be rocking from 5:00PM to the midnight hour. A Rolling Stones cover band will jazz things up from 6:30-9:30PM.
- 26th Annual Brazilian Festival will be celebrating their independence day in Little Brazil. There will be dancing in the streets from 42nd-56th Street on 6th Avenue. The neighborhood block party is the largest Brazilian event outside Brazil and the crowds are expected to reach over a million people.
- Bridging the gap between Manhattan and Brooklyn, partygoers should venture over to Grand Army Plaza to take part in the West Indian American Day Carnival and Parade. It’s New York City’s largest cultural parade and festival with each year having over two million people in attendance. Live music and Caribbean/American Cuisine will be featured.
- Run to Remember: The 5-K will be run in honor of the victims lost as well as honoring the heroes of 9/11.
Don’t labor too long in making a decision as some of these events are filling up fast.