Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and there's plenty of ways – some of them FREE! -- to celebrate it in a big way here in town, whether you get out to the beach, a backyard (or roof) bbq or take advantage of some of the city's killer happenings.
Get in one last splash or one last ride this weekend. A last-minute deal will reopen Dreamland amusement park in Coney Island for Labor Day weekend, as landlord Joe Sitt and his tenant, the park operator, put aside their dispute about unpaid rent that shut the rides down on Aug. 21.
Returning for the 42nd year, the West Indian-American Day Carnival culminates on Labor Day with a parade that is among the City's largest. Tens of thousands of spectators lined the parade route along Eastern Parkway, from Rochester Avenue to Grand Army Plaza, to view masqueraders, elaborately designed costumes, live performances and more.
In its last weekend of the season, the Summer in Little Italy Festival on Mulberry Street concludes with a bang. Listen to a free concert by Johnny Alleyva, watch the first annual Miss Little Italy competition and sample traditional Italian cuisine from 6–11pm this Friday, 11am–11pm on Saturday and 11am–9pm on Sunday.
This weekend, Washington Square Park welcomes its 158th Outdoor Art Exhibit, a biannual event started in 1931 by Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Works by more than 200 craftsmen, photographers, sculpture, jewelry makers and other artists will be on display Saturday through Monday, from noon to 6pm.
Party and shop at the Brooklyn Urban Arts Market, featuring live music, visual art performances, food from Myrtle Avenue restaurants, and 50 local, DIY vendors selling fashion, art, and accessories. Starts Sunday, Sept. 6th at Myrtle Avenue between Grand Ave. and Emerson Place.
NYC & Company's Go Local initiative encourages New Yorkers to take advantage of the 1,500-plus free activities and being offered throughout the five boroughs this summer.
For more information on these listed events visit nycgo.com/golocal.
And for even more stuff to do, check out our "What You're Doing Tonight: Labor Day Weekend Edition."