When you think of LDW (Labor Day Weekend), the images of beaches and celebratory BBQs most often come to mind. But for others, LDW means watching the city empty out and enjoying all of the amazing parts of New York without the crowds. If a long weekend getaway isn’t accessible for you (which is the case for many New Yorkers), there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the days that are dedicated to acknowledging the contributions of workers throughout the country.

From food and drinks to live sporting events, it’s easy to find activities to take part in with friends and family while you say goodbye to summer and prepare for fall. Here are a few ways for you to celebrate LDW like a true New Yorker!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry at Maison Premiere: Many restaurants extend their happy hours or offer discounts on food over Labor Day Weekend but our favorite way to celebrate is at Maison Premiere in Brooklyn. Opening at noon on Labor Day, enjoy live jazz, fresh seafood and BBQ specials while sipping on delicious drinks. To check out all of the details and make a reservation, click here!

Watch the Classics at The Met’s Live in HD Festival: The Summer HD Festival hosted by The Metropolitan Opera runs from August 23rd to September 2nd and features ten amazing performances, including Aida, Carmen and Luisa Miller. Join over 3,000 of your closest friends and neighbors (not kidding) as they watch the music come to life. Bonus: it’s free! Check out the full line up of performances here.

Experience the West Indian Day Parade: There ain’t no party like the West Indian Day Parade party… which also happens to fall on Labor Day! This parade is the culmination of New York Caribbean Carnival Week, ending with a seven hour carnival that runs down Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer while immersing yourself in Caribbean culture AND some amazing costumes!

Attend a U.S. Open Match: The U.S. Open Tennis Championships start on August 26th bringing the best tennis players in the world to Queens. With multiple games going on each day, you have plenty of options to fit this thrilling tournament into your schedule. Need recommendations for where to eat while you’re there? We got you covered.

Take a Dip in Astoria Park!: Sometimes you just gotta beat the heat. And if you’re looking to cool off anywhere, make it at the Astoria Park pool. The largest swimming pool in NYC, it’s conveniently located under the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and walking distance to some of the best bars and restaurants that Astoria has to offer. But don’t miss your chance- it closes for the season on September 8th!

 

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