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Make the most of Labor Day 2013 and your three-day weekend with the best parties, beaches and barbecues in and outside NYC.

The West Indian American Day Carnival happens Mon 3.

The West Indian American Day Carnival happens Mon 3. Photograph: Syd London

Labor Day 2012

Little Neck–Douglaston Memorial Day Parade

  • Free

Honor fallen members of the United States Armed Forces at the largest of the city’s Memorial Day parades. Bring your handheld Old Glory and cheer on local members of the military, veterans, marching bands, Brownie troops and Boy Scouts as they march westward along Northern Boulevard in Queens from Great Neck to Douglaston. The parade is preceded by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Veterans Monument in the courtyard of the St. Anastasia Church (45-14 245th St at Northern Blvd, Douglaston, Queens; 11am). Parade route: Northern Blvd from Jayson Ave to 245th St, Douglaston, Queens. Subway: 7 to Flushing–Main St, then take the N20/N21 bus to Northern Blvd–Jayson Ave. Go to lndmemorialdayparade.org for more information.

  1. Parade route
  2. Until Mon May 27
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Summer Salute to Heroes: Memorial Day Weekend Kickoff

  • Free

The Intrepid launches its summer programming over Memorial Day weekend, kicking things off with a free screening of classic Cruise flick Top Gun (May 24 at 7:30pm). On May 25 and May 26, watch demonstrations and performances by the U.S. Coast Guard, USO Show Troupe and others. Honor fallen servicemen and women at a Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony (May 27 at 11am), or listen to Emmy Award–winning news anchor David Ushery discuss the nation’s segregated WWII armed forces with veterans (May 28 6–7:30pm; R.S.V.P. to educationevents@intrepidmuseum.org).

  1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, Twelfth Ave, at 46th St, 10036
  2. Tue May 28
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Historic Green-Wood Cemetery Memorial Day Concert

  • Free

The ISO Symphonic Band airs works by some of the cemetery's permanent residents—including Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Leonard Bernstein—at the 15th annual Memorial Day concert. After the musical interlude, join historian Jeff Richmond on a trolley mini tour ($15; reservations recommended), highlighting military points of interest such as DeWitt Clinton’s bronze statue, Battle Hill and the Civil War Soldiers’ Lot.

  1. Green-Wood Cemetery 500 25th St, at Fifth Ave
  2. Until Mon May 27
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Mad. Sq. Eats 2013

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Save yourself the subway fare—for 28 days only, this semiannual pop-up market brings the best grub from throughout the five boroughs right to Madison Square Park. Third Rail Coffee will collaborate with Brooklyn locavores DreamScoops on an affogato, ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. Meanwhile, fest standby Momofuku Milk Bar returns with crowd favorites (crack pies and cereal milk), and Bushwick pie maestros Roberta's bring back their popular Margheritas. Along with Mexican-meets-BBQ sliders (pulled pork with guac and pickled red onions), Mexicue will pour out brand new South of the Border quaffs—classic margaritas and a Mexican lemonade—all made with agave wine in lieu of tequila.

  1. Madison Square Park E 23rd St to E 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves
  2. Fri May 31
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The Campilongo Trio + Tony Scherr Trio

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

You can bank on versatile guitarist Jim Campilongo's long-running Monday-night residency for soulful grooves, stinging licks, friendly vibes and the occasional superstar sighting. Sharing the bill is jazz bassist and soulful journeyman guitarist Tony Scherr.

  1. The Living Room 154 Ludlow St, between Rivington and Stanton Sts, 10002
  2. Until Mon Sep 23
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Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Good news for Brooklyn comedy: The show to fill the Monday night void at Littlefield will be booked by Hot Tub producer Marianne Ways and hosted by The Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac.

  1. Littlefield 622 DeGraw St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Mon Apr 21 - Mon Dec 29
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Friends & Family

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Downtown arty-party guru Earl Dax (Pussy Faggot) brings you this week-starting shindig, featuring performances, readings, guest DJs and whatever else he feels like throwing out there. Come early for bingo with Murray Hill and Linda Simpson (starting at 7:30pm).

  1. Hotel Chantelle 92 Ludlow St, between Broome and Delancey Sts, 10022
  2. Mon Jun 24 - Tue Jun 25
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Deviation: A Red Bull Music Academy Special

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

London's Deviation affair is a night of rumbling bass and booming beats headed by Benji B, who—among many other claims to fame—hosts a show of wide-ranging underground sounds on BBC Radio 1. He'll be at this shindig, of course, but there's much more: Ninja Tune's talented FaltyDL, Dorian Concept (performing live), Ireland's Orquesta and Finland's Somepoe will all join the sonic fray.

  1. Sullivan Room 218 Sullivan St, between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
  2. Until Mon May 27
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Deep Space: Dave Q

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Dance-music deity François K and his Deep Space soiree—focusing on dub in all its glorious, echo-drenched forms, but extending its reach to all types of underground dance music—have been ruling Monday nights for years. And we're guessing they will for years to come; it's simply one of the best things going in NYC clubland. Mr. K is away this week—but he's leaving the shindig in good hands, with Dub War's Dave Q delivering his low-end musings.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Until Mon May 27
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