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The Couples Guide To Labor Day Weekend 2019

By: Shayna Gunn

Happy Labor Day, friends! And don’t worry. We aren’t going to ask you to do any, you know, labor, except read about all the great things you can do in the city while the rest of the folks are off on their final summer excursions. Here’s what’s happening in the city that never sleeps on the last weekend of summer.

The Ten Best Things To Do This Labor Weekend

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival
30 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan

Get your fancy on with fellow opera lovers for a weekend full of glass-shattering performances from some of opera’s brightest stars. See different shows on different days and the best part? Cost of entry is totally free. They have shows running all weekend, so be sure to check their website to find the best one for you!

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US Open
Arthur Ashe Stadium, 124-02 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens

A beloved Labor Day tradition, tennis lovers flock to Queens every year to watch the greats claw their way to a win. So put on your tennis whites, sit back and enjoy the show. Tickets start at $85, with the option to purchase passes for multiple sessions. The event runs all weekend long, so there are plenty of chances to catch of glimpse of the pros.

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Generations in Jazz Festival
Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan

Need a great way to spend your Monday off? Head over to Dizzy’s Club’s 10th annual Generations in Jazz Festival. A month long jazz celebration kicks off on September 2nd, with some modern jazz greats singing the works of legendary Duke Ellington. Lose yourself in the music and the romance as you sway to the rhythm all night long.

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New York Caribbean Carnival
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

The Labor Day parade is certainly a sight to be seen, but there’s also a whole weekend of events leading up to this end of summer tradition. Check out Dimanche Gras on Sunday, where they crown the king and queen of masquerade. Get your tickets online in advance and check out the entire lineup on their website.

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Electric Zoo
20 Randall's Island Park, Manhattan

Make your way over the bridge to one of electronic music’s biggest events. Electric Zoo started in 2009 and ended up giving us some of the biggest names in music. It’s been going strong ever since, and returns this year with a killer lineup. See Diplo on Friday, Afrojack on Saturday and Armin Van Buuren on Sunday. Check their website for the full list of performers, then put on your neons, some comfy shoes and prepare for an experience like no other.

Electric Zoo
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Riis Park Beach Bazaar
16702 Rockaway Park Beach Boulevard, Queens

Send off summer with sun, sand and drinks in your hand at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar. From 12-6 on August 31st, DJ Nick @ Nite will spin tunes while partygoers soak up the last rays of the season. Cost of entry is free, and they’ll have some great vendor options for food and cocktails throughout the day.

Riis Park Beach Bazaar
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Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
East 13th Street and University Place, Manhattan

Head down to the village for this twice annual outdoor art exhibit. Spanning from University and 13th street, all the way down to Washington Square, spend the day browsing works from local, national and international artists and vendors. Some student work from surrounding universities is also featured, so who knows – you just might stumble on the next big thing!

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Great North River Tugboat Race
Pier 1 in Riverside Park South, W 70th Street, Manhattan

For the 27th year in a row, tugboat racers will put their boats to the test. If you’re lucky, you could even score a spot on the spectator boat to be up close to the action. The tugboats race all the way over to Pier 84, so if you want to see the winner cross the finish line, you may want to show up there instead of at the start. And when the race is over, be sure to stay and watch the winners get crowned. It’s a great way to get some sun, without having to leave the city.

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Coney Island Fireworks
Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk, 37 Riegelmann Boardwalk, Brooklyn

While Coney Island does have fireworks on most Friday nights throughout the summer, this display is a must see because a ton of people have left the city. That means that it’s one of the best opportunities to get prime seating on the boardwalk when the show kicks off. Grab a snack, grab a drink, ride some rides and cuddle up when the sun goes down.

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Othello in Bryant Park
The Lawn, Bryant Park, Manhattan

Broadway’s cool, but have you ever watched theatre outside? It’s a whole new experience and one that you definitely shouldn’t pass up this Labor Day weekend. The Drilling Company has put together a stellar performance of Shakespeare’s Othello and the show kicks off on August 30th. The cast is seriously talented and since they have showings all weekend, you have ample chance to catch it. Bring a blanket to snuggle up on or borrow one of the 250 they lend out during performances. They even have lawn games leading up to the show, so get there a little early for Jenga!

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