NYC’s labor Day weekend is absolutely jam packed with annual events, some completely free and some with paid elements. And of course there will be sales galore in NYC shops, restaurants and bars but why spend time indoors during the day when so much good stuff is available outside. So here goes. what is available on each day of the Labor Day weekend 2015.
8TH ANNUAL GOVERNOR’S ISLAND ART FAIR
Quit the mainland and catch one of the frequent ferries from Battery Maritime Building, 10 South St Lower Manhattan, to Governor’s Island. Artists, scuptors and multi media artists are showing 100 works housed all over the Island, some even in underground chambers beneath Fort Jay. A glorious opportunity to have a look at all sorts of different places on Governors Island all with great art work to admire. On from 11am- 6pm 407 Comfort road. Go to Governor’s Island Art Fair 2015
85TH BIANNUAL WASHINGTON SQUARE OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION
As you can tell from how long this art show has been going, it’s a big deal. It showcases 125 artists working in a range of mediums who put up their work for you to look at and also see if they can snag a prize. Heavy hitters like Jackson Pollock got their start here, so it draws in some serious talent. Go to Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibition
23RD ANNUAL TUGBOAT RACE AND COMPETITION
On from 10am to 2pm West 44th St and Hudson river Park, this is totally great. There’s a tugboat race, plus tugboats trying to push each other around, spinach eating contests and tattoo contests, in other words about as nautical as you can get. Tremendous fun and if you watch it from the shore it’s completely FREE but you can hop on a spectator boat for $25 and see it up close. Go to North River Tugboat Race for all details.
13TH ANNUAL WEST SIDE COUNTRY FAIR
Who knew, NYC has it’s very own Country Fair on over Labor Day weekend. On from 1-6pm at Pier 1 Riverside Park South at 70th St, enter at 68th St., you can’t help but have fun. There’s everything that you would expect, carnival rides, sideshows, aerialists, bands, reptile artists and of course cotton candy as well as other food. Not FREE, you’ll have to pay for all the rides and sideshows but it’s way, way easier that driving upstate to catch one. Enjoy!
NYC’S ANNUAL WEST INDIAN DAY PARADE
It held in Crown Heights Brooklyn and starts at 11.00am and goes until 6pm. It goes along Eastern Parkway at Uttica Avenue and finishes at Prospect Park. Hands down the most colorful of all NYC’s parades, it draws a crowd of 2 million plus and West Indian women and men dress in amazingly colorful feathery, glittery and brief costumes. This year the theme is Greek Gods and godesses so expect a lot of gold everywhere. Completely FREE.