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Perfect last-minute things to do in NYC for Labor Day weekend

By Time Out contributors

Hurricane Hermine may ruin your weekend beach plans—and she’ll most-likely screw up anything you plan to do outside on Sunday. But you can still make the most of your three-day staycation with these awesome last-minute things to do on Labor Day weekend (primarily tonight and Saturday). From Labor Day parties and parades, to free things to do on Labor Day, it’s going to be epic. Just make Sunday your Netflix day!

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Labor Day in NYC

Backyard blowout at the Bronx Brewery
Kick off your three-day weekend with outdoor jams courtesy Scott Rocco and Bronx Brewery brews at 5pm. Theatre East will also stop by to give two special readings from their shows Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon from 7–9pm. 856 E 136th St, Bronx (718-402-1000, Fri 2 at 5pm; free.

Lola Star’s Roller Disco
Have you ever wanted to dress up like a character from XanaduThe Great Gatsby or the “Thriller” video and then go dance in a park with a lot of other like-minded people? Join the insanity at Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco, at which you’ll need to unleash your inner Rollerblade vixen to keep up with the crowd. Prep your patent leather catsuit for the "Oops I Did It Again" party tonight! Lakeside at Prospect Park, 171 E Drive, Brooklyn ( Fri at 7:30pm; General admission $15, with drink tickets $25. 

Pizza Zoo
Load up on carbs and chill out at NYC’s biggest adult pizza party, where you can get down to dope jams, try your hand at chalkboard art and dig into endless slices from Williamsburg Pizza. No need to feel guilty: You’ll be dancing off the pizza all weekend long. Space Ibiza New York, 637 W 50th St ( Sat 3, 3–10pm; $23.

Craft Beer Tasting Sail aboard the Clipper City
Throw back a few beers while sailing the on the New York Harbor this Saturday. There will be food to munch on while you try to snap the perfect picture of the Statute of Liberty. Departs from The Battery, Slip 2 ( Sat 3 at various times; $75. 

Fun With Friends: Freesome
In celebration of the New York Caribbean Carnival on Mon 5, the party collective Fun With Friends shuts down a Brooklyn warehouse for a wild block-party throwdown and encourages guests to bring the flag of their nationality. Get into the vibe with soca, reggae and hip-hop beats from DJ Ernz, free burgers grilling on Pulled Together’s food truck, dancing and plenty of new friends. Location TBA, Brooklyn ( Sat 3 2–10pm; $15. 

The Freedom Party: ’80s vs. ’90s
If you haven’t experienced this NYC dance-party institution, now’s your chance to jump, grind and shout to hip-hop, pop and rock jams from DJs Cosi, Herbert Holler and Marc Smooth. This week’s ’80s vs. ’90s theme promises to deliver all the Prince, Lauryn Hill, Duran Duran and Madonna you could hope for. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St (212-505-3474, Sun 4 at 10pm; $20.

New York Caribbean Carnival Parade
After a year of frantic hot-gluing and float-building preparation, NYC’s West Indian–American community gathers for another epic parade down Eastern Parkway. Join nearly 2 million sequin- and feather-clad revelers as they rejoice to booming sounds of calypso, soca, salsa and more. If you need to refuel, indulge in Caribbean street food like roti wraps and jerk chicken while you dance. (And believe us, you’ll be dancing). Schenectady Ave and Eastern Pkwy to Brooklyn Museum (718-467-1797, Mon 5 11am–6pm; free.  

YES Labor Day BBQ Extravaganza
Throw together your most patriotic getup and bring your holiday to a thrilling end with 12 hours of all-American raging in House of Yes’s yard, where hot dogs and patties (with veggie options!) are doled out all day, barely clad partyers dance to house beats, and the alcohol keeps coming. House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn (646-838-4937, Mon 5 2pm–2am; free, after 4pm $10.

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