Photo of Great North River Tugboat Race by Mitch Waxman via Working Harbor Committee
It’s Labor Day weekend! Check out all our recommended events to discover starting this weekend and into next week in New York City:
Friday, September 1st
Crawl out of bed and crawl over to venues in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, which will be hosting the Brooklyn Bugs Festival, New York City’s first ever festival dedicated to entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs, for this Labor Day weekend, starting September 1st. The festival will host various tastings and events that highlight and open the conversation for the gastronomical, sustainable, and ecologically friendly benefits of entomophagy.
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Saturday, September 2nd
Want to learn about the origin of Bowling Green’s name? Come join us for a walking tour of the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam on September 2nd at 2 pm. The tour includes walking along the city’s original coastline, seeing the remains of Manhattan’s first City Hall, and other experiences that cover the extensive history of Dutch New Amsterdam. The tour will take approximately two hours so don’t forget to come in comfortable walking shoes.
Join the peak of the festivities of one wheel madness at the 8th Annual NYC Unicycle Festival on September 2nd and 3rd on Governors Island from 12-5pm. Activities range from races, exhibitions, and unicycle sports such as basketball, hockey, and sumo, as well as spectating the skills of world famous riders.
Hungry? Head over to Hester Street Fair at Bryant Park on September 2nd for their second Lobster and Beer event, where there will be plenty of local vendors providing the best beer and lobster they can. It will be a great way to enjoy the last weekend of summer while supporting local businesses.
Sunday, September 3rd
Kick off your Sunday funday with us at 12:30 for a tour at Rooftop Reds, the world’s first rooftop vineyard, hidden inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Take in the rooftop views as you sip on some wine in a hammock. All guests will get 20% off purchases of Rooftop Reds take-home bottles as an additional perk.
If you want an action filled Sunday, the 25th Annual Great North River Tugboat Race might be more for you. Passengers will board at Circle Line Sightseeing Pier 83 at 9 a.m. and cruise up to W. 70th street where the starting line is and be a part of a nose-to-nose tugboats’ race back to Pier 83. After the race, spectators are welcome to participate in various activities such as amateur line tossing competition, as well as their popular spinach-eating contest.
Monday, September 4th
Moping over missing out on a Caribbean Vacation this summer? Say no more, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association is bringing the Caribbean carnival vibes to Brooklyn once again for their annual New York Caribbean Carnival Parade on Labor Day (September 4th). Enjoy a day full of colorful costumes and lively music and Caribbean cultural pride with a parade along the Eastern Parkway starting at 11:00 a.m. from Schenectady Avenue, until 6 p.m. with their grand finale at the Grand Army Plaza.
It’s the last day to see the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, which will be held September 2nd to 4th from 12 – 6 pm. This exhibit has been held for over 80 years and will feature pieces from artists working in painting, sculpting, photography, acrylics, and crafts, among other works. It’s a great opportunity to see some of the city’s finest art as the exhibit awards donated cash prizes to select artists chosen by judges.
Tuesday, September 5th
Fun Fact: It’s Penn Station’s Birthday! If you’re in the area, give your best wishes to one of New York’s integral infrastructure that has seen and been through so much transformation. If not, here are 10 fun facts about the current Penn Station and 10 secrets about the original station. Maybe you’d fancy an upcoming tour of the Remnants of Penn Station with us with your new appreciation.
Get your groove on with the first Bodyroll Workout with VIVA! This is a free ‘90s-inspired dance aerobics class at The Plaza at 66th Street in Riverside Park which will be held everyday Tuesday between September 5th and September 26th at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Get yourself feeling “suppa duppa fly” after a long day at work.
Wednesday, September 6th
Relive the dazzling 1960’s with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation through their film screening of The Golden Age of Second Avenue. This documentary by Morton Silverstein celebrates Yiddish Theater in America and Second Avenue’s former place in stage history.
Park enthusiasts, urban designers, and New Yorkers who care about their communities! Come join Janette Sadik-Khan, Principal for Transportation at Bloomberg Associates and Mitchell J. Silver, NYC Parks Commissioner, at their panel discussion which covers topics on the benefits, challenges, and opportunities in transforming urban public spaces through creative design, programming, and partnerships. This free panel discussion will be held at the American Museum of Natural History Kaufmann Theatre from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.
Thursday, September 7th
Rewind and relax with a glass of wine in the “secret” 19th century garden in bloom at The Merchant’s House Museum this evening. Guided tours of the house included with admission starts at 6:30 pm, rain or shine, and offers light refreshments.
Fancy to indulge in a film or looking for last minute hangout or date plans? You’re in luck, grab a blanket and some snacks. Here are several outdoor movie screenings happening tonight throughout the city.
At Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Harbor View Lawn you can watch NYsferatu; Symphony of a Century by Andrea Mastrovito, a hand-animated silent film that recreates Friedrich W. Murnau’s class 1922 film Nosferatu in Contemporary New York City accompanied with musical improvisation by The Michael Leonhart Orchestra.
Or you can enjoy The Wild Child (1970) by Francois Truffaut, a story that follows a Doctor’s dedication to re-integrating a boy into society at Low Memorial Library in Columbia University.
The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) will also be screened tonight at the basketball courts in De Witt Clinton Park. Based on a true story, the film introduces us to Molly Brown (Debbie Reynolds), as she wangles her way into Denver High Society.