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New York Today: A Labor Day Staycation

Good weather for one last summer barbecue. Credit John Taggart for The New York Times


Good morning on this fabulous Friday.

And T.G.I.F.

It’s a splendid weekend to stay in the city — we’ll be graced with comfortable highs around the 70s for the next few days, and enough sunshine to hold us over into the first unofficial week of fall. (We’re expecting a small stretch of rain, but only late Saturday into early Sunday.)

If you’re planning to stick around, here’s our Labor Day weekend guide, with festivities for those looking to celebrate, and quiet for those hoping to relax. The events are free, unless otherwise noted.


• Join the annual New York City Unicycle Festival, “four days of one-wheel madness,” with rides, classes, shows and contests. Today’s Brooklyn Unicycle Day event, a 13-mile ride across the Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island, begins at 3 p.m. Full schedule here.

• Watch a production of “The Tempest,” Shakespeare’s play about anger, love and forgiveness, on the upper terrace of Bryant Park in Midtown. 7 p.m.

• Catch some holiday fireworks on Coney Island. The best place to watch is on the beach or boardwalk, between West 10th and West 15th Streets. 9:30 p.m.


• Take a child to the Richmond County Fair on Staten Island, with rides, contests and other attractions. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Monday. [Prices vary]

• Check out the final event of Warm Up, an outdoor performance series with live music, at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens. Noon to 9 p.m. [$22]

• Celebrate Beyoncé’s birthday, which is on Sept. 4, during a Bey Nite tribute dance party at Brooklyn Bowl on Wythe Avenue. 11:30 p.m. [$15]


• Take the “Labor History and Madison Square” walking tour — about labor conditions and labor rights in the 1800s and 1900s — starting at the southwest corner of Madison Square Park in the Flatiron district. 11 a.m.

• Visit Little Brazil for Brazilian Day, a 25-block celebration of Brazilian culture, with live performances on the stage at 43rd Street and Sixth Avenue. 11:30 a.m.

• Listen to live music and do Zumba as part of the Bronx Summer Concert Series at Orchard Beach, in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. 1 to 5 p.m.

Labor Day

• Revel in West Indian pride at the J’ouvert parade, which marks the start of Carnival in Caribbean cultures, beginning at Grand Army Plaza and ending on Midwood Street in Brooklyn. 6 a.m.

• Skip town for a day trip to the New York Renaissance Faire, inspired by 16th-century Elizabethan England, in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. Schedule of holiday weekend festivities here. [Prices vary]

• … Or trek to Syracuse for the grand finale of the Great New York State Fair — featuring competitions, rides, food, entertainment and more. Schedule here. [$1]

And if you’re looking to satisfy your sports fix, you can watch the Liberty (hosting the Stars on Friday), Yankees (hosting the Red Sox on Friday, Saturday and Sunday), or Mets (hosting the Phillies on Monday). The U.S. Open also continues in Queens.


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