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LongIsland.com’s 2016 Labor Day Weekend Guide

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Labor Day Weekend is almost upon us! Complete the last few items on your summer bucket list with these great local events.

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Thousands gather for a day of fun in the sun at Jones Beach!

Photo by: Joe Shlabotnik via Flickr

With Labor Day, Long Islanders are encouraged to celebrate with one final summer bash before the season formally comes to a close! Falling on September 5th this year, Labor Day not only traditionally means a day off of work, but an entire extended weekend of holiday events. This year is certainly no exception to that rule, as a jam-packed entertainment schedule guarantees fun for the entire family!  
 
Locating the origins of Labor Day takes us back to the late 19th century, where trade unions were beginning to set the wheels in motion for a holiday devoted to labor. Oregon was actually the first state to make it an official holiday in 1887, and after more than two dozen states followed, President Grover Cleveland made it a federal holiday in 1894.
 
While we have come a long way since the 1800s, the core idea of the holiday will always be relevant - celebrating the contributions of workers! With family festivals, outdoor concerts, farmers markets, and other assorted fun planned all weekend long, this Labor Day Weekend is shaping up to be one of the best in Long Island’s history!
 
So grab your planner and be sure to pack it with some of the great events below! 
 
Festivals, Fairs & Assorted Fun
Outdoor events are a staple of Labor Day Weekend, so the challenge will not be in finding one to attend, but deciding on one! From family-friendly street festivals and art vendor fairs, to nature walks and historic tours, grab some comfortable shoes and prepare for a few days of outdoor entertainment!
 
Westbury Market Fair & Flea Market at NYCB Theatre - FREE!
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-669-7541
Saturdays & Sundays, August 6th through December 20th, 8 AM - 4 PM
Free Event
Head to NYCB Theatre's parking lot for the highest quality merchandise, original crafts, and vendors selling a variety of wares perfect for all ages and interests! Whether you're searching for a watch or a painting, the Westbury Market Fair has the one-of-a-kind items that you have been searching far and wide for!
 
Sunday Summer Fundays at Hotel Indigo East End - FREE!
1830 Route 25, Riverhead, NY 11901
516-318-6004
Sunday, September 4th, 4 PM - 7 PM
Free Event
Hotel Indigo will be celebrating Labor Day Weekend with an evening of live music performed by Mambo Loco, local tastings, dinner specials, and outdoor dancing.
 
Motorcycles and the Open Road Exhibit at WMHO
Village Center on Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Friday, September 2nd through Monday, September 5th, 10 AM - 5 PM
$5 Adults / $3 Kids
This popular exhibit showcases the evolution of motorcycles across the 20th century with memorabilia, artwork, and more.
 
New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals at Citi Field
123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, NY 11368
Friday, September 2nd & Saturday, September 3rd, 7:10 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing
The New York Mets will be facing off against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on back-to-back nights this Labor Day Weekend.
 
100 "Natural Things" Tour at William Floyd Estate - FREE!
245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach, NY 11951
631-399-2030
Saturday, September 3rd, 9:30 AM - 11 AM
Free Event
The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary and William Floyd Estate will be honoring it with a hunt for 100 natural items.
 
8th Annual Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts - FREE!
35 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
941-487-8061
Saturday, September 3rd through Sunday, September 4th, 10 AM - 6 PM
Free Event
Westhampton Beach's Great Lawn will be turned into a massive outdoor gallery filled with handmade art created out of a variety of materials and done in endless styles.
 
Seaford Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair - FREE!
Jackson Avenue & Sunrise Highway, Seaford, NY 11783
516-317-7729
Saturday, September 3rd through Monday, September 5th, 10 AM - 5 PM
Free Event
In addition to small business vendors selling unique merchandise and crafts, there will be inflatable rides and face painting for kids.
 
Greenport Craft Fair at Greenport High School - FREE!
1 Front Street, Greenport, NY 11944
631-846-1459
Saturday, September 3rd, 10 AM - 5 PM
Free Event
75 vendors will be present on the front lawn of Greenport High School selling uniwue handmade crafted items.
 
Magical History Walking Tours of Manhasset Bay
Town Dock, Port Washington, NY 11050
516-365-9074
Saturday, September 3rd & Sunday, September 4th, 11 AM - 12:30 AM
$8 Adults / $5 Seniors / $1 Kids (Under 12)
This 90-minute tour will take visitors through some of Port Washington's most historically-rich locations to help see the town with a new perspective.
 
Pinesfest Beach Festival 2016
Fire Island Pines, Fire Island, NY 11782
Saturday, September 3rd through Monday, September 5th, 12 PM - 10 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing
Pinesfest will be taking over the Fire Island Pines for three days of live music that celebrates both the LGBTQ community and Long Island as a whole. In addition to live music, the event will feature beach parties, tarot card readings, a beer and wine garden, art experiences, and more.
 
East End Seaport Museum's 2016 Bug Lighthouse Tours
3rd Street & Wiggins Street, Greenport, NY 11944
631-477-2100
Saturday, September 3rd, 4 PM
$35 Adults / $30 Seniors / $20 Kids
Enjoy a guided tour of Bug Lighthouse on this 2 hour boat ride that will take you to the lighthouse and around its surrounding waters.
 
Saturday Night Movies On The Beach - FREE!
Lincoln Boulevard Beach, Long Beach, NY 11561
Saturday, September 3rd, 7 PM
Free Event
A family-friendly screening of Back To The Future will close out Long Beach's Summer Movie Nights on September 3rd. Don't miss your chance to see this 80s classic with the beautiful backdrop of Lincoln Boulevard Beach.
 
Southampton's September Antique Fair - FREE!
17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-2494
Sunday, September 4th, 9 AM - 3 PM
Free Event
Antiques, furniture, jewelry, vintage clothing, glass, ceramics, artwork, collectables and more will be sold inside the Red Barn and on the grounds.
 
2016 Ronkonkoma Street Fair - FREE!
Portion Road & Hawkins Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
631-963-2796
Sunday, September 4th, 11 AM - 6 PM
Free Event
The Town of Ronkonkoma's Annual Street Fair will feature a tremendous amount of booths, vendors, food and beverages, and entertainment for all ages.
 
Old Time Baseball at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
516-572-8400
Sunday, September 4th, 12 PM - 3 PM
$10 Adults, $7 Kids/Seniors, Free for Kids 4 & Under
Two teams from the 1864 League will be facing off in a baseball game that adheres to the rules and customs of the 19th century.
 
Live Music & Performances
With the stresses of work and life sometimes making it hard to relax, this Labor Day Weekend, simply follow the beat! Whether you’re looking to enjoy an outdoor concert at a town park, or visit one of Long Island’s renowned music venues, there are live performances for fans of every genre of music under the summer sun!
 
Jones Beach Bandshell's 2016 Summer Concert Series - FREE!
Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY 11793
Friday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 4th
Free Event
Head to the Jones Beach Bandshell for three nights of music this Labor Day Weekend! Friday, September 2nd is Billy Joel tribute, Songs In The Attic (8 PM), Saturday, September 3rd is The Beatles tribute, Beyond Fab (8 PM), and Sunday, September 4th is Latin Night (7 PM).
 
Summer Concerts at The Bellport Bandshell - FREE!
Bellport Village Marina, Bellport, NY 11713
631-286-0327
Friday, September 2nd through Saturday, September 3rd, 8 PM
Free Event
Celebrate the conclusion of the summer concert series at the Bellport Bandshell with two nights of live music! Friday, September 2nd is doo-wop act, Somewhere In Time, and Saturday, September 3rd is The Journey, a contemporary christian gospel group.
 
My Fair Lady at Bay Street Theater
Bay Street & Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-725-9500
Friday, September 2nd (8 PM), Saturday, September 3rd (8 PM), Sunday, September 4th (2 PM & 7 PM)
See Event Listing For Pricing
Bay Street Theater's production of My Fair Lady will conclude its run across four performances on Labor Day Weekend, with three evening performances and an additional matinee on Sunday.
 
Sounds of Summer: Bluegrass & BBQ at Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway , Water Mill, NY 11976
631-283-2118
Friday, September 2nd, 5 PM
Free With Museum Admission (Up to $10)
This summer celebration will be full of toe-tapping and hip-swinging thanks to music performed by the Edith & Bennett Band. 
 
Westbury's 2016 Summer Concert Series - FREE!
Piazza Ernesto Strada on Post Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590
Friday, September 2nd, 7 PM
Free Event
The Julie Lyon Quintet will be performing a the Piazza Ernesto Strada with a special appearance by environmental artist and painter, Ron Becker.
 
The Edward Twins - Celebrity Impersonators at Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-928-9100
Friday, September 2nd & Saturday, September 3rd, 8 PM
$45 Per Person
The Edward Twins, renowned celebrity impersonators, will be performing at Theatre Three for two special nights as part of the venue's summer concert series.
 
Stand-Up Comedy With Kevin Downey Jr. at Governor's
90 Division Avenue, Levittown, NY 11756
516-731-3358
Friday, September 2nd (8 PM) & Saturday, September 3rd (7 PM & 9:30 PM)
$17 Per Person
The hilarious Kevin Downey Jr. will be at Governor's of Levittown for three performances showcasing his comedic brilliance.
 
My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm In Therapy at Landmark on Main
232 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
1-855-448-7469
Friday, September 2nd (8 PM), Saturday, September 3rd (2 PM / 8 PM), Sunday, September 4th (2 PM)
$40 - $55 Per Person
Steve Solomon's smash hit comedy arrives at Landmark on Main Street for a string of performances running through September 4th!
 
Rapunzel at John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport, NY 11768
631-261-2900
Saturday, September 3rd (10:30 AM) & Sunday, September 4th (11 AM)
$15 Per Person
The timeless tale of Rapunzel will be brought to life at John W. Engeman Theater for the entire family to enjoy.
 
4th Annual Sound of Summer Music Series at Strong's Water Club & Marina - FREE!
2255 Wickham Avenue, Mattituck, NY 11952
631-298-4739
Saturday, September 3rd, 4 PM - 8 PM
Free Event
Enjoy a live outdoor concert by Southbound and enjoy the sunset at Strong's Water Club.
 
The English Beat at The Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Saturday, September 3rd, 7 PM
$80 Per Person
The English Beat will be performing at The Stephen Talkhouse for an unmissable night of live music by an iconic 80s act!
 
Beatlemania! at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
2 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-724-3700
Saturday, September 3rd, 8 PM
$40 Per Person
The yearly tribute to The Beatles will once again be returning to The Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts for a Labor Day Weekend performance.
 
The Will Rogers Follies at BroadHollow at Elmont
700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003
516-775-4420
Saturday, September 3rd (8 PM) & Sunday, September 4th (2:30 PM)
$23 - $25 Per Person
The spirit of Will Rogers lives on with the Will Rogers Follies, a unique show dedicated to the humor and wit of the great personality.
 
Lakeside Theatre's International Music Nights Concert Series - FREE!
Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-572-0355
Sunday, September 4th, 2 PM - 9 PM
The International Music Nights Concert Series comes to a close with a full day devoted to the music of Latino Americans!
 
Farmers Markets
When it comes to locating the freshest fruits and vegetables on Long Island, a local farmers market is a sure bet! From the juiciest berries to the crispest vegetables, eating right and staying healthy is almost too easy when you have access to a town farmers market! Plus, be sure to  pick up a wide variety of other items, including baked goods, cooking oils, and handmade treats, just to name a few!
 
Patchogue Train Station Farmers Market - FREE!
39 Funaro Court, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-323-3653
Sunday, September 4th, 9 AM - 1 PM
Free Event
The Patchogue Farmers Market at the Patchogue Train Station sells plenty of fruits and vegetables, pickles, baked goods, jams, jellies, breads, and flowers.
 
85 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Saturday, September 3rd, 9 AM - 1 PM
Free Event
From fruits and vegetables to baked goods and cooked dishes, the Westhampton Beach Farmers Market has all the items you and your family need for healthy and delicious eating.
 
Seaford Farmers Market at Seaford Train Station - FREE!
Sunrise Highway, Seaford, NY 11783
631-323-3653
Saturday, September 3rd, 7 AM - 12 PM
Free Event
Fruits, vegetables, flowers, breads, soups, vegan items, coffee, teas, wraps, wines, pretzels, dog treats - the list of items available at the Seaford Farmers Market is seemingly endless
 
Islip Farmers Market at Islip Town Hall - FREE!
655 Main Street, Islip, NY 11751
631-323-3653
Saturday, September 3rd, 7 AM - 12 PM
Free Event
Looking for fruits, vegetables, olive oils, baked goods, seafood, or anything else under the sun? The Islip Farmers Market is where to find it!
 
New Hyde Park Farmers' Market - FREE!
1441 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
631-944-2661
Saturday, September 3rd, 8 AM - 1 PM
Free Event
With renowned vendors selling a tremendous variety of edible delights, New Hyde Park is where you’ll want to be on Saturday mornings to stock up for the week ahead.
 
Northport Village's Farmers Market - FREE!
Main Street, Northport, NY 11768
Saturday, September 3rd, 8 AM - 12 PM
Free Event
Head to Northport Harbor on Saturday mornings for a farmers market filled with the freshest foods and tastiest treats!
 
Sunny Side Farmers' Market in Lindenhurst - FREE!
Village Gazebo, Lindenhurst, NY 11757
631-991-5990
Saturday, September 3rd, 9 AM - 2 PM
Free Event
Enjoy a diverse selection of fresh produce, baked goods, breads, yogurt, and live cooking demos and music!
 
Mount Sinai Farmers Market - FREE!
739 NY 25A, Mount Sinai, NY 11766
631-987-8938
Saturday, September 3rd, 9 AM - 2 PM
Free Event
Support Mount Sinai's vendors and peruse a massive selection of fresh produce, locally grown items, and original favorites.
 
Havens House Museum's Farmers Market - FREE!
16 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
631-749-0025
Saturday, September 3rd, 9 AM - 12:30 PM
Free Event
Come support local farmers, craftspeople and business owners selling local produce, flowers, herbs,fish, breads, pies, pickles, and more.
 
Eat Local Long Island Farmers Market at Tanger Outlets - FREE!
Arches Circle (The Fountain at The Piazza), Deer Park, NY 11729
516-694-2859
Saturday, September 3rd, 10 AM - 3 PM
Free Event
Eat Local Long Island Farmers' Market is absolutely brimming with fresh fruits, vegetables, and a wide variety of other items!
 
Rockville Centre Farmers Market - FREE!
Railroad Parking Lot Number 12, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
631-323-3653
Sunday, September 4th, 7 AM - 12 PM
Free Event
The Rockville Centre Farmers Market has coffee, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, pickles, wines, and plenty of items you wouldn't even think of looking for!
 
Huntington Farmers Market on Main Street - FREE!
East of Route 110 North, Huntington, NY 11743
631-323-3653
Sunday, September 4th, 7 AM - 12 PM
Free Event
Regularly filled with fruits, vegetables, olive oils, baked goods, spices, and more, the Huntington Farmers Market is a must-visit.
 
Babylon Village Farmers' Market - FREE!
Railroad Avenue & North Carll, Babylon, NY 11702
Sunday, September 4th, 8 AM - 1 PM
Free Event
Browse local produce, cheeses, breads, fresh pasta, sauces, jams, and a number of vegan and gluten free items.
 
Sunny Side Farmers' Market - Hillside Avenue - FREE!
234 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, NY 11596
631-991-5990
Sunday, September 4th, 9 AM - 2 PM
Free Event
Featured products include produce from Sujecki Farms, Carucci Greenhouses, Bee My Honey, Knot of this World, Poppys Bakeshop, Costal Craft Kombucha, Gianni's Chicken Burgers and more!
 
Sunrise Mall Craft & Farmers Market - FREE!
5801 Sunrise Highway, Holbrook, NY 11741
631-667-3976
Sunday, September 4th, 11 AM - 5 PM
Free Event
Enjoy a wide selection of jams, breads, vegetables, handmade items, accessories, and even live music and entertainment!
 
Low Key Ways to Enjoy Labor Day Weekend
Looking for a more laid back way to celebrate the last weekend of summer? No problem! There’s plenty of laid back family fun to be had throughout the three day weekend - you just need to know where to find it! 
 
Soak Up Some Last Minute Summer Sun at Your Favorite Beach 
Between Nassau and Suffolk Counties, there are well over 100 beaches that are ideal for soaking up some of the last rays of the summer! Whether you’re looking to relax with a good book or cool off with a refreshing swim, Long Island’s sandy shores are perfect for all kinds of beach activities.
 
Head Out On The Water For An Afternoon Adventure
Thanks to numerous local rental shops, you don’t need a canoe or kayak to enjoy a beautiful day on the water! Pack a lunch, gather the family, and enjoy a leisurely drift through Long Island’s network of gorgeous waterways!
 
Journey To The Coastline To See A Local Lighthouse
Appreciating Long Island’s extensive nautical history only takes a brief trip to one of the Island’s premiere lighthouses! With more than a dozen structures, you don’t have to travel far to revel in the glory of local craftsmanship and design ingenuity! 
 
Which Labor Day Events Are You Most Excited About Attending?
Let Us Know In The Comments Below!
 
 

Photos

  • Beachgoers enjoying the summer season at Sunken Meadow Beach! Photo by: Joe Galletta

  • Long Islanders gather in Greenport for a day of festivities! Photo by: Kelly Tenny

  • Jazz music fills the air at a summer concert in Heckscher Park! Photo by: LongIsland.com Staff

  • A family festival thrills attendees in East Northport! Photo by: LongIsland.com Staff