Things to do on Labor Day Weekend

Check out all the best things to do in New York City this Labor Day Weekend

Don't cry, kiddo. Labor Day may mean the end of summer, but at least we get an extra day off of work to process all the fun we had. Luckily for you, there's a ton of things to do on Labor Day so you won't be stuck without plans on your day off. Celebrate the three-day weekend by lounging at one of the best beaches in New York City or sip a fancy cocktail at one of NYC's best rooftop bars. Whatever your style is, we've got you covered!

Left Bank Picture Show

You don’t have to be a cinephile to love this epic Italian dramedy about the magic of moviemaking. Cinema Paradiso (1988) follows the perspective of a kid who has a slight obsession with films, and with the whimsical feel director Giuseppe Tornatore added to the film, you’ll almost wish you were a kid too. Oh, who are we kidding, grade school was the worst. Since a restaurant is hosting this movie night, expect delicious Italian food made especially for the feature.The flick is free, but the meal will cost you.

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Left Bank Sun Aug 10–Sun Aug 31 Free

The Moth StorySLAM

Critics' pick

Ten stories. Three teams of judges. One winner. The outrageously (and deservedly) popular storytelling series pits local yarn spinners against one another, challenging them to deliver an impressive tale based on a specific theme. This week's theme is beauty. Storytellers: Come prepared to be chosen at random to tell your tale. Get in line early for $8 tickets or splurge a bit in advance, as spots for narrators and spectators alike go quickly.

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The Bell House Tue Aug 12–Mon Sept 1

Dream Up Festival 2014

Theater for the New City hosts the fifth edition of this diverse fest of 24 shows, nearly all of them world premieres. Selections include works from France, Israel and Scotland; visit dreamupfestival.org for details.

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Theater for the New City Sun Aug 17–Sun Sept 7

US Open

Critics' pick

For two weeks each summer, New York becomes the capital of the tennis world as the sport's final Grand Slam of the year thwacks its way into Queens. Watch stars play under the lights during the popular evening sessions.

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USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Mon Aug 25–Mon Sept 8

New York International Salsa Dance & Music Festival

The saucy and feisty dance from Latin America comes north to New York City to stir the passions in all of us. ¡Ay ay ay! Can you handle the fuego as hundreds of the best salsa dancers strut their stuff to compete for prizes and bragging rights? ¡Muy caliente!

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Hilton New York Wed Aug 27 - Mon Sep 1

Electric Zoo Festival

New York—just like the rest of the world—goes gaga for EDM (electronic dance music) and shows its love at this annual three-day dayglo rave-up on Randall’s Island. In its four year history, the fest has seen headlining DJ sets and live performances from Skrillex, Deadmau5, Avicii, Pete Tong and Moby—yep, the big names. Sadly in 2013, there were two ecstasy-related deaths at the festival, and its last day was canceled. This year’s edition is set to go ahead, however, and also sees the first installment of Electric Zoo Mexico in Mexico City in May.

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Randalls Island Park Fri Aug 29–Sun Aug 31

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation

Head to Queens for a pseudo getaway at this naturey obstacle course that will make you feel like you're back at summer camp. The event features same-day registration, so arrive early to reserve a spot.

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Alley Pond Park Sat Aug 30–Wed Sep 3 Free

NYC Unicycle Festival

Critics' pick

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents three days of one-wheeled races, games and exhibitions. Demonstrate your cycling prowess on a 13-mile ride from City Hall to Coney Island in honor of Brooklyn Unicycle Day (Aug 31 at 3pm; unibridgetour.info). On September 1 and 2 join New York’s legendary King Charles Troupe for team activities—all on a cycle—including hockey, basketball and even sumo wrestling. Expect attempts to break Guinness World Records, DJ Sky King spinning and plenty of beginner lessons for newbies.

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Governors Island Sat Aug 30, Sun Aug 31 Free

Silly Dance Contest

Critics' pick

Here's your to show of your amazing dance moves without the haters: the crazier the better. DJs Max Power and Maggit will play grooveworthy jams while you twerk it (or attempt to). The prize is well worth it: $50 and $25 bar tabs for first and second silliest dancers, respectively. Even if you don’t win the big bucks, free shots are given to the silliest dancers after each round. Goofy costumes are heavily encouraged.

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Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk Sat Aug 30 Free

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