LongIsland.com’s 2014 Labor Day Weekend Fun Guide

Food, Wine, & Dining, Family & Parenting, Music, Movies & Entertainment, Community, Charity & Cause, Arts & Culture, Seasonal & Current Events

Summer is drawing to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner filled with ...

Summer is drawing to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Labor Day, which is celebrated the first Monday of September, gives us one last three day weekend to say goodbye to Summer. Luckily for Long Islanders, this year’s Labor Day Weekend is packed with tons of festivals, carnivals, and family fun.

Labor Day recognizes and commemorates the economic and social achievements of American workers throughout our nation’s history. This yearly national tribute to the hard work of the American people celebrates their strength, perseverance, and dedication to the growth and prosperity of our country.

For many people Labor Day Weekend also signifies the end of the summer and the beginning of back-to-school. This weekend is well-known for its myriad of parties, parades, festivals, carnivals, block parties, and barbecues. Use this holiday weekend to spend some quality time with your family or catch up with friends before everyone gets swamped with school and work. Have you completed the rest of your summer bucket list?

Here are a few different ways you can spend your long weekend and last hurrah before school starts up again.

Festivals, Fairs, and Events
It wouldn’t be Labor Day on Long Island without plenty of fairs, festivals, and events to attend. Take the family out for a whole day filled with fun, food, and festivities.

6th Annual Westhampton Festival of the Arts FREE
The Great Lawn of St. Marks Church, 35 Main St., Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Saturday, August 30th - Sunday, August 31st at 10:00 AM

Saturday and Sunday the Great Lawn across from St. Mark’s Church will blossom with artwork brought to Westhampton Beach by a spectacular cast of national and international artists that will weave a tapestry of extraordinary original artwork. Festival will take place from 10 AM-6 PM.

Broadway Mall Summer Craft Fair FREE
Broadway Mall, 358 N. Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801
Wednesday, August 27th - Monday, September 1st

This 6-day indoor craft fair will take place during regular operating hours at the Broadway Mall. The fair will feature unique gifts and handmade crafts by local and regional exhibitors.

Emma’s Garden Party FREE
Behind the Pelletreau Silver Shop, 80 Main St., Southampton, NY 11968
Saturday, August 30th at 3:00 PM

See the wonders of Emma’s garden with friends and family and explore explore the agricultural project that is happening right in the middle of Southampton Village. Flowers, vegetables, and herbs will be on display and talk with Emma Woodward about how to grow your own garden at home. Refreshments will be served! Rain date: Sunday, August 31st.

"Last Chance Before School Starts" Free Fishing Clinic FREE
Captree State Park, off Robert Moses Causeway, Babylon, NY 11702
Saturday, August 30th at 6:00 AM

Don't miss out on the "Last Chance Before School Starts" Free Fishing Clinic at Captree State Park! Enjoy the day together as a family before school begins again. Clinic will take place all day from 6 AM-7 PM.

Faith, Food & Fellowship Festival FREE
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 368 Greene Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554
Saturday, August 30th at 10:00 AM

Head to the church’s annual festival (held rain or shine) which will feature Greek and Slavic café, children’s activities, Chinese auction, flea market, 50/50 raffle, vendors and live Balalaika band. Prayer services and church tours will be offered throughout the day.  Admission is free!

7th Annual Street Fair in the Park FREE
Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
Saturday, August 30th - Sunday, August 31st at 10:00 AM

Enjoy a fun-filled day with the entire family and shop and browse among a variety of professional vendors who tastefully present quality, hard to find items at recognizable savings.

Southampton Antique Fair FREE
Grounds of the Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Ln, Southampton, NY 11968
Sunday, August 17th at 11 AM

Come visit the big red barn to see what antique treasures you can uncover. The antique fair will have furniture, artwork, vintage clothing, collectables, ceramics, glass, and other miscellaneous antiques.

Seaford Summer Festival FREE
Seaford LIRR Station, Sunrise Highway, Seaford, NY 11783
Saturday, August 30th through Monday, September 1st at 11:00 AM

Summer Festival will feature arts and crafts, new merchandise and antiques. For more information please call or visit our website.
9th Annual Ronkonkoma Street Fair FREE
Hawkins Ave., Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Sunday, August 31st at 11:00 AM
Don't miss out on the 9th Annual Ronkonkoma Street Fair held on August 31st! Fair will be held from 11 AM-6 PM and will feature a variety of unique vendors selling lots of great items.

9th Annual Ronkonkoma Street Fair FREE
Hawkins Ave., Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Sunday, August 31st at 11:00 AM

Don't miss out on the 9th Annual Ronkonkoma Street Fair held on August 31st! Fair will be held from 11 AM-6 PM and will feature a variety of unique vendors selling lots of great items.

Eisenhower Park Fair on the Green FREE
Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Ave., East Meadow, NY 11554
Saturday, August 30th - Sunday, August 31st at 10 AM

Don't miss out on the Eisenhower Park Fair on the Green beginning Saturday, August 30th! Fair will feature an outdoor craft and gift show with handmade jewelry, home decor, clothing, crystal creations, hand blown glass. Free parking available only at Field 8 at the intersection of Merrick and Stewart avenues.

The Feast of Mother Cabrini FREE
Suffolk County Community College, L.I.E exit 53 and Wicks Road, Brentwood, NY 11717
Wednesday, August 27th - Monday, September 1st

Enjoy thrilling rides and delicious food at the Feast of Mother Cabrini! Admission is free and rides are $5 POP. Weekdays the feast starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m. On weekends and Labor Day the feast begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. There will also be a fireworks display on the night of September 1st.

Shinnecock Powwow
Shinnecock Powwow Grounds, West Gate Rd. off Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968
Friday, August 29th - Monday, September 1st at 3 PM on Friday & 10 AM Saturday - Monday

Tribal dances, ceremonies, crafts, storytelling, native foods, demonstrations, dance and drum competitions; fire lighting at sunset.

Multinational Cultural Festival of NY 2014
Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, 74 Hauppauge Rd., Commack, NY 11725
Saturday, August 30th at 12:00 PM

Head to the Multinational Cultural Festival which will feature the heritage and customs of countries in Asia, South America, North America and Europe. There will be a food court, small business and corporate vendor tables and raffle drawings. Admission to the daytime festivities is free. In the evening there will be a live stage performance with professional dancers, musicians, mimes and other exotic performers. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for children 7 and under.

Long Beach Labor Day McAvoy Run
Riverside Blvd. Beach, Long Beach, NY 11561
Monday, September 1st at 8:45 AM

Don't miss out on the Long Beach Labor Day McAvoy Run on September 1st! Enjoy this 5-mile race on Riverside Blvd. for all ages. Admission: $20, $25 the day of race.

The 39th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show
240 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Sunday, August 24th - Sunday, August 31st

The Hampton Classic’s equestrian competition begins on Sunday, August 24 and continues through Sunday, August 31, with hunter, jumper and equitation competition daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The show also features more than 70 boutiques, an international food court and farmer’s market, pony rides, petting zoo animals, special attractions, and much more. The show ends on Sunday, August 31, with the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier. Bring the whole family; it’s only $20 per carload. Children under six are admitted free. The action takes place on Snake Hollow Road, off Rte 27 in Bridgehampton.

Backyard BBQ
Chabad of East Hampton, 13 Woods Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937
Sunday, August 31st at 4:00 PM

The best Kosher BBQ in the Hamptons is back for another season! Featuring an all you can eat buffet full of all the classic bbq dishes. Bring your family and friends for a delicious and kosher night out! Please RSVP!

Anniversary Tent Party
Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, 168 Hill St., Southampton, NY 11968
Saturday, August 30th at 6:00 PM

Enjoy a tent party on the great lawn to mark the 106th anniversary of Basilica Parish of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary featuring cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dancing. Pricing: $35 in advance, $40 at the door

Share A Celebration of Education
Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Ave., North Fork, NY 11971
Sunday, August 31st at 5:00 PM

Enjoy live music, light farm fare, wine, beer and an auction. All proceeds to benefit Peconic Community School. Admission: $100 paid in advance.

Live Music
The tail end of summer is upon us so why not catch a live musical performance and enjoy the last bit of summer left before back-to-school begins.

Complimentary Concert & Fireworks FREE
The Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill, 55 Bicycle Path, Farmingville, NY 11738
Saturday, August 30th at 5:30 PM

Enjoy a free concert and fireworks show this Labor Day Weekend! Billy Joel tribute band, Captain Jack, will be playing along with UnCovered, a regional main stream classic hits band. Gates open at 5 p.m., the concert begins at 5:30 p.m. and the fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m.

Huntington Lighthouse Music Fest FREE
Huntington Lighthouse, P.O. Box 2454, Huntington, NY 11743
Saturday, August 30th at 11:00 AM

Drop anchor or raft up with friends and listen to Long Island talent performing rock, country, Motown, reggae and more atop the lighthouse (avoid rocks on south side of the lighthouse) This event is boat only and will last until sunset. Rain date: Sunday, August 31st.

Five Stone FREE
JC Cove Restaurant, 229 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday, August 30th at 7 PM

This high energy, club and party, five piece, professional full band plays the best of pop, classic, dance, party, and top 40 music. Five Stone will ignite some fun get the party started - for free!

The Jukebox Explosion FREE
Mesita Coastal Cantina, 201 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Saturday, August 30th at 9:30 PM

The Jukebox Explosion, a 1960’s music tribute band, plays all the best tunes from the British Invasion and the American Revolution. Some favorites they play are, The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling, Stones, and many more. Enjoy some grub while you listen, the performance is free.

Glen Cove Downtown Sounds FREE
Glen and Bridge Streets, Glen Cove, NY 11542
Friday, August 29th at 7:30 PM

The free weekly concert series ends with this being the last Glen Cove Downtown Sounds performance of the season. Come out to listen to some tunes and kids can enjoy the smaller stage, between 1 and 3 School Street, that features shows for children and acoustic arts.

Jettykoon Live Music FREE
Sole East Resorts backyard, 90 Second House Rd, Montauk, NY 11954
Friday, August 29th at 7 PM

Groove along as Jettykoon sets the tone. You can sit poolside or quickly nab one of the open day beds to listen to the relaxing tunes.

New York Minute Band FREE
JC Cove Waterfront Restaurant, 229 Woodcleft Ave, Freeport, NY 11520
Friday, August 29th at 7 PM

Looking for something different to listen to? New York Minute Band combines the elements of DJ and music band as one. Experience their performance for free at the Freeport Nautical Mile restaurant.

Full House and Desert Highway FREE
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Merrick Ave & Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
Friday, August 29th at 7 PM

This free concert hosted at Eisenhower Park features Desert Highway, a premier Eagles tribute band, and Full House, an 8 person band who likes to mix things up playing music standards, classic rock, ballads, and dance & party music.

The Cast of Beatlemania: Labor Day Beatlemania
Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. Main St., Smithtown, NY 11787
Saturday, August 30th at 8:00 PM

Head to the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts for The Cast of Beatlemania: Labor Day Beatlemania! This tribute to The Beatles will begin at 8 PM.

Old Time Music Weekend: Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd. Old Bethpage, NY
Saturday, August 30th - Sunday, August 31st

Go back in time with popular music of the Civil War period and learn traditional 1800s contra dancing and listen to the sounds of a military brass band.

Jeff Bridges and The Abiders
The Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
Friday, August 29th at 8 PM

Aside from being an insanely successful actor, Jeff bridges is also a very talented musician. His self-entitled album, “Jeff Bridges” has featured many great musicians and songwriters, like T-Bone Burnett. Tickets for the show start at $39.50.

Kip Moore
Brookhaven Amphitheater at Bald Hill, 55 Bicycle Path, Farmingville, NY 11738
Friday, August 29th at 5 PM

This up and coming country music singer-songwriter, whose debut album released in 2012 won best-selling album by a male in both 2012 & 2013, is gracing the stage at Bald Hill. The show will also feature musical performances by Chris Stapleton, LoCash Cowboys, and Brothers Osborne. Tickets cost between $25 - $45. Country lovers won’t want to miss this performance!

Motley Crue and Alice Cooper
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Friday, August 29th at 7 PM

Come witness the heavy metal workings of American rock group Motley Crue and the macabre shock rock stylings of Alice Cooper. Tickets cost between $20 - $125.

Zac Brown Band
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Saturday, August 30th at 7 PM

Zac Brown gigged as a solo artist for several years with jaw-dropping flat-picking skills and an extensive catalog of originals, as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of popular songs. Tickets for the show start at $31.50.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
The Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
Saturday, August 30th at 8 PM

You won’t want to miss out on hearing four-time Grammy award winner Pat Benatar belt her heart out alongside husband Neil Giraldo on guitar. Tickets start at $39.50.

Danger Danger
Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Road, Amityville, NY 11701
Saturday, August 30th at 8:30 PM

Come down to Revolution Bar & Music Hall, formerly Ollie’s Point, to listen to this 80’s glam metal musical group. Original lead singer Ted Poley is back too, after an 11 year absence. Tickets cost $25.

Chris Isaak
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Saturday, August 30th at 8 PM

Mr. Isaak pays tribute to the roots of Rock n’ Roll with his smooth baritone voice and latest album “Beyond the Sun.” The audience will be in awe as Chris Isaak sings moody ballads like, “Wicked Game” and “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing.” Tickets for the show cost between $150 - $200.

Fantasia
NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
Saturday, August 30th at 8 PM

Enjoy the beautiful sounds and stylings of Fantasia at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury. Tickets to the show start at $69.50.

1964: The Tribute
NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
Friday, August 29th at 8 PM

Using period clothing, hairstyles, their sound, and onstage banter, 1964: The Tribute brings the spirit of The Beatles to the stage. Come out to experience this nostalgic trip through rock n’ roll history. Tickets cost $39.50.

Rock of the Eighties
NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
Sunday, August 31st at 8 PM

Join the fun with a night full of rockin’ 80’s hits performed by The Romantics, The Smithereens, and Tommy Tutone. Tickets for the show cost between $49.50 - $69.50.

Car Shows
Car lovers and spectators will have the time of their life scoping out all of the classic cars and motorcycles at the car shows going on during Labor Day Weekend on Long Island.

New York AutoFest Midsummer Nights Dream Cruise FREE
Ransom Beach, 12 Bayville Ave, Bayville, NY 11709
Friday, August 29th at 5:30 PM

This event taking place in the middle of the Bayville area provides fun for for the entire family. Come out and see who will win the weekly award presented to the Best in Cruise vehicle. Admission: Spectators free, $5 show vehicles.

New York AutoFest Hot Summer Days Show
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Rd.,
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Sunday, August 31st at 9:00 AM

Don't miss out on this auto show at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park. Admission: $5 spectators, children under 12 free, $20 show vehicles.

Hot Rides Cruise Nights at Bald Hill
Bald Hill, 55 Bicycle Path, Farmingville, NY 11738
Monday, September 1st at 6 PM

Join the fun and come out to see all of the cool cars and motorcycles that show up for Cruise Night at Bald Hill. There will also be drinks, giveaways, food, vendors, live music, and more.

Boy Scout Car Show
Peconic Lane School, Peconic Lane, Peconic, NY 11958
Saturday, August 30th at 9 AM

Cruise on down to the Boy Scout Car Show. The show will feature classic, antique, collector, steam, street rod, and custom trucks and cars. Admission: $5 and free for children under 12 with a parent.

Singles Events
Looking to plan some fun outings for Labor Day Weekend? Why not meet up with other Long Island singles and spend the day having a blast all the while meeting new people and making new friends.

Walk ‘n Talk Singles FREE
Jones Beach Boardwalk, Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY 11793
Monday, September 1st at 5:30 PM

The group will meet at field 6 of Jones Beach, on the west side of the concession building, and enjoy a nice stretch and walk beginning at 6 p.m. Let the socializing commence!

7 in Heaven's Singles Landlubber & Lobster Fest
Cedar Beach Hut, Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY 11702
Sunday, August 31st at 5:15 PM

All ages are welcome to attend this singles event which will feature introductions, beach volleyball, and other games! Live music entertainment (at the nearby Beach Hut) BBQ food - burgers/ hotdogs/ chicken, veggie burgers, salads, fruit / desserts, soda/water. *BYOB Bring your own beer. Wine or frozen drinks can be purchased by the Beach Hut.

7 in Heaven's Comedy Night Out!
Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, NY 11710
Saturday, August 30th at 6:45 PM

Enjoy a night out at the Brokerage Comedy Club while meeting and mingling with other singles! Tables for the show will be arranged by age, groups will meet at 6:45 PM. When you arrive, enjoy open mingle introductions and passed appetizers. Then Laugh freely and frequently at some very funny comedians while making some new single friends. Must reserve ahead of time, 2 drink minimum. Admission: $25

Fun You Can Enjoy All Weekend Long!
Whether you’re planning a fun-filled weekend that doesn’t stop from start to finish, or you’re looking for a little bit of laid back entertainment, we’ve got you covered!

One Last Weekend At The Beach
Celebrated as the unofficial end to Summer, Labor Day Weekend is the perfect time to soak up the sun at one of Long Island’s Beautiful Beaches. Why not grab a towel, pack your beach bag, and head out to your favorite beach for a day of relaxation!

Host A Goodbye To Summer BBQ
Have you spent the whole Summer perfecting your grilling techniques? Then why not show them off! Labor Day Weekend is the perfect excuse to bust out the grill one last time this season, so why not!

Enjoy An Open Water Excursion
The weather is still nice so why not board a charter boat for a full day of fishing or take the family out for a relaxing cruise floating out on the Long Island Sound. Long Island has plenty of party and charter boats eager to show guests a wonderful time out on the water.

However you choose to spend your Labor Day Weekend, above all have fun and be safe. If you are drinking during the festivities and need a ride home Long Island has many taxi and designated driver services to call for a lift.

How will you be spending your Labor Day Weekend?
Let us know below in the comments!

Photos
comments powered by Disqus

Join Our Weekly Newsletter

Sign up for a free weekly newsletter covering things to do, hottest local headlines, and everything Long Island! Read more here or enter your email to signup.

   
     Newsletter Archive
Advertisement
Advertise With Us
 
Open Feedback Dialog