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LongIsland.com’s 2015 Labor Day Weekend Guide to Complete Summer Activities

Written by Wendy L  |  18. August 2015

Summer is coming to a close with the arrival of Labor Day! Traditionally, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. This year it’s on September 7th (first Monday of September, but a little later than usual this year). While the season comes to an end, there’s still much to enjoy from the three-day holiday weekend. See all there is to do with friends and family on Long Island during the holiday!

Labor Day is a yearly national tribute to all the hard-working Americans. It recognizes and commemorates the achievements of American workers past and present in helping our country grow and prosper. Take part in the celebration with all the events and fun things to do outlined in this holiday weekend guide!

Create memories to treasure before the end of summer with Labor Day celebrations. You can even finish off summer activities that you haven’t gotten to yet during this three-day holiday weekend!

Festivals, Fairs, and Events
Your hard work deserves recognition and celebration, so don’t miss out on these Labor Day festivities and other summer events on Long Island!

Westbury Market Fair FREE!
The NYCB Theatre Parking Lot, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-669-7541
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th - Sunday, September 6th from 8 AM - 4 PM

Enjoy a unique outdoor shopping experience with over 150 vendors, including food trucks! There is fun for the whole family!

Southampton’s Antique Fair FREE!
Roger Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-2494
Free Event
Sunday, September 6th at 9 AM

Antiques, furniture, jewelry, vintage clothing, glass, ceramics, artwork, collectibles and more will be sold inside the Red Barn and on the grounds. Admission to the fair is free, but admission to the Rogers Mansion (opens at 11 AM) is $4 or free for members and children.

The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: Aziz Ansari & Amy Schumer
Jones Beach, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
516-785-1600

Tickets start at $56
Friday, September 4th at 5:15 PM

Aziz Ansari will appear with very special guest star Amy Schumer! Others appearing for this comedy festival include Anthony Jeselnik, Ashley Barnhill, Bridget Everett, Dave Attell, Donnell Rawlings, Jay Pharoah, Jeff Ross, Jim Norton, John Mulaney, Michael Che, Nick Kroll, Nick Thune, Nikki Glaser, Rachel Feinstein, Rory Scovel, Sebastian Maniscalco, Tim Minchin, T.J. Miller, and Todd Barry. In addition, Big Jay Oakerson will host the Redd’s Apple Ale Festival Stage.

Old Mastic House Tour FREE!
William Floyd Estate, 245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach, NY 11951
631-399-2030
Friday, September 4th – Saturday, September 5th from 10 AM – 4 PM
Free Event

A tour through Old Mastic House, the ancestral home of William Floyd will give you 250 years of American history. The tour includes a walk through 25 rooms and runs every half hour.

Faith, Food & Fellowship Festival FREE!
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of East Meadow, 369 Green Avenue, East Meadow, NY 11554
516-483-3649
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th from 10 AM – 6 PM

This annual festival will take place rain or shine. It’ll feature Greek and Salvic café, live Slavic music by “Barynya,” bouncy castles and kids’ games. Also enjoy Chinese auction, a flea market, and 50/50 raffle. The “Barynya” Slavic music ensemble will feature ethnic music, costumes and dancing. Don’t miss the performance from 12 PM to 3PM!

7th Annual Westhampton Festival of Arts FREE!
The Great Lawn of St. Marks Church, 35 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
941-487-5061
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th - Sunday, September 6th from 10 AM - 6 PM

Artwork will take over the Great Lawn across from St. Mark’s Church. Spectacular national and international artists will weave tapestry of extraordinary original artwork. This is one of America’s Top 50 fine art event! Explore the world of art from the work of painters, jewelers, sculptors, photographers, mixed-media, and fiber artists. There’s also glass, ceramic, metal and wood creations to admire.

Seaford Festival FREE!
Seaford Long Island Railroad Station, Sunrise Highway, Seaford, NY 11783
201-869-0406
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th – Monday, September 7th from 11 AM – 6 PM

Enjoy a festival featuring arts and crafts, antiques and delicious food! Come rain or shine!

Greenport High School Craft Fair FREE!
Greenport High School, 720 Front Street, Greenport, NY 11944
631-846-1459
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th from 10 AM – 5 PM

Running for the second year, this annual craft fair is complete with arts and crafts, gift items, entertainment, food and drinks. The fair takes place rain or shine.

Flying Trapeze & Aerial Arts Show FREE!
Long Beach Boardwalk, Long Beach, NY 11554
516-640-1579
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th at 8 PM

Come out for a free trapeze show sponsored by I.FLY Trapeze School!

Montauk Lions Club Annual Craft Fair Free!
Montauk On The Green, 742 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
631-668-2428
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th - Sunday, September 6th at 10 AM

Come support the Montauk Lions Club by shopping at the Craft Fair! There’s concession stands with delicious homemade food.

South Side Sportsmen's Club Historic House Tour FREE!
Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Oakdale, NY 11769
631-581-1005
Free Event
Sunday, September 6th from 1 PM – 3 PM

You’ll be taking a step back in time as you tour the Main House of the South Side Sportsmen’s Club. You’ll hear about the history of the tavern and the High-Society Sportsmen’s Club that now makes up Connetquot River State Park Preserve. The tour runs about 45 minutes. All ages are welcome.

Shinnecock Powwow
Shinnecock Powwow Grounds, West Gate Road off Montauk Highway, Shinnecock Reservation, Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-6143
Admission is $15, $10 (ages 6-12 and seniors); Free for children 5 & under
Friday, September 4th - Monday, September 7th (times vary - see details below)

Held rain or shine, come enjoy a view of tribal dances, crafts, storytelling, native foods, demonstrations, dance and drum competition and a fire lighting at sunset. The schedule is as follows: Friday, 3-10 PM; Weekend, 10 AM – 10 PM; and Monday, 5-10 PM.

Live Music
If you’ve enjoyed the many summer concerts, there’s more to come to celebrate Labor Day. Enjoy these live musical performances over the three-day holiday weekend!

Concert in the Park – The Hambones, A Bob Dylan Tribute Band FREE!
Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-9200
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th at 5:30 PM

Celebrate music and the 40th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s classic album, Blood on the Tracks! All you need to bring is a chair, blanket and outdoor picnic to enjoy the performance to its fullest.


The Brooklyn Bridge
Suffolk Theatre, 118 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343
Tickets available for advance purchase for $49

Saturday, September 5th at 8 PM
Come out to see one of the best rock n’ roll vocal groups of the 60s and 70s perform hits like “The Worst That Could Happen,” “16 Candles,” “Your Husband/My Wife,” “Welcome Me Love,” “Step By Step,” “Trouble in Paradise,” “Heaven Knows,” “You’re the Best,” “Runaround Sue,” “The Wanderer,” “Unchained Melody,” and more! Doors, bar, and dinner open at 6:30 PM. Show at 8 PM.

Live Music at Martha Clara Vineyards FREE!
Martha Clara Vineyards at 6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-298-0075
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th at from 2 PM - 5 PM

Enjoy another weekend of live music while visiting this beautiful North Fork, Long Island vineyard!

Southbound for Sound of Summer Concert Series FREE!
Strong’s Water Club & Marina, 2255 Wicham Avenue, Mattituck, NY 11952
631-298-4739
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th from 4 PM – 8 PM

Southbound takes blues, rock, country, southern rock & classic rock songs and makes it their own. Come see them perform as part of the Sound of Summer Concert Series!

Paul Mahos & Jeff Allegue FREE!
Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-298-0075
Free Event
Sunday, September 6th at from 1 PM - 4 PM

The very talented and fabulous half of New Life Crisis, Paul Mahos & Jeff Allegue will be performing an acoustic show, playing their versions of your favorite hits from yesterday and today.

Steeldrumania FREE!
Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-298-0075
Free Event
Monday, September 7th from 1 PM - 4 PM

Enjoy music played on a steel drum by Steeldrumania!

R5 “Sometime Last Night” Tour with Special Guests Jacob Whitesides & Ryland
The Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Tickets start at $29.50
Saturday, September 5th at 7 PM

This pop-rock quintet group has toured the globe playing 150 shows with a packed-house. Now come out for the much anticipated single, “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight” and more! Doors open at 6 PM. Show begins at 7 PM.

Bernadette Peters
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
631-288-1500
Ticket Prices Start at $150
Saturday, September 5th at 8 PM

Tony, Grammy, Golden Globe and Drama Desk awards winner Bernadette Peters will dazzle audience as she takes the stage with her incomparable voice, versatility and charm to a set of timeless pop and show tunes.

Spin Doctors
Guild Hall of East Hampton, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY
631-324-0806
Tickets start at $40 or $38 for Members
Saturday, September 5th at 8PM

Spin Doctors performs great pop/rock and blues songs. Enjoy them as they take the stage at Guild Hall!

Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters
The Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Tickets start at $25

Sunday, September 6th at 8 PM
The American roots-rock band with rich rhythm is out to celebrate their new album: “Somewhere Down the Road.” Doors open at 7 PM. Show begins at 8 PM.

Car Shows
Labor Day Weekend is a great opportunity to take time to admire the many classic cars and motorcycles that appear at the car shows on Long Island!

New York AutoFest Midsummer Night’s Dream Cruise FREE!
Ransom Beach, 11 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709
516-882-5022
Free admission for spectators. The vehicle entrance fee is $5.
Friday, September 4th from 5:30 PM – 9 PM

Join the New York AutoFest Midsummer Nights Dream Cruise for a view of some good looking vehicles. It’s an event suitable for the entire family. The Best of Cruise trophy will go to one lucky vehicle. Proceeds go to Pets For Vets and Flags for Classrooms Project.

Bellmore Train Station Car Show FREE!
Bellmore LIRR Train Station, Sunrise Highway, Bellmore, NY 11710
516-679-1875
Free Event
Friday, September 4th from 6 PM – 11 PM

Enjoy the evening checking out summer hotrods! There are custom and antique cars to see.

L.I. Cars Custom & Collectibles Car Show & Swap Meet
MacArthur Airport, 100 Arrival Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
631-567-5898
Admission is $7; Free for 12 and Under
Sunday, September 6th at from 8 AM - 5 PM

Cars will be on display as well as for sale! You’ll see collectible and custom show cars from vintage to exotic and judging with trophies will take place.

Runs, Walks & Getting in Touch with Nature
Long Island summer weather is beautiful, making runs, walks, and getting in touch with nature that much more enjoyable!

Sunset Canoe Tour Salt Marsh Exploration FREE!
Fire Island National Seashore Watch Hill Visitor Center
631-687-4780
Free Event
Friday, September 4th from 5 PM – 7 PM

Enjoy a guided canoe tour of the Seashore’s most extensive salt marsh! Space is limited, reserve your spot by calling 631-687-4780.

50 Years – 50 Plants Tour FREE!
William Floyd Estate, 245 Park Drive Off William Floyd Parkway, Mastic Beach, NY 11951
631-399-2030
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th from 9:30 AM – 11AM

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fire Island National Seashore and the gift of the William Floyd Estate, enjoy this search and tour on 50 species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and ferns with a park ranger along the roadsides of the Estate.

Sunset Breach Hike FREE!
Fire Island National Seashore Watch Hill Visitor Center, Fire Island, NY 11770
631-687-4780
Free Event
Friday, September 4th from 6 PM – 8:30 PM

Kick off the Labor Day Weekend with a sunset saunter to the wilderness breach. Explore the Island’s dynamic landscape with a park ranger.

Evening Seaside Stroll: Lighthouse to Kismet FREE!
Fire Island National Seashore Fire Island Lighthouse, Fire Island, NY 11770
631-661-4879
Reservation is required and there’s a suggested donation of $5
Friday, September 4th from 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM

Join FILPS for this special walk to explore the natural and cultural history of the Lighthouse Tract as you walk from Field #5 to Kismet. Then hear from a Kismet resident about island life and enjoy the sunset at the Surfs Out. Walk back to Field #5 on your own.

Watch Hill to Long Cove Ramble FREE!
Fire Island National Seashore: Watch Hill Dune Station, Fire Island, NY 11770
631-687-4772
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th from 11 AM – 1 PM

Join this 2-mile guided round-trip hike from Watch Hill to Long Cove. Long Cove was once a small seaside community that is now New York State’s only federally designated wilderness. It is within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness. Enjoy a journey exploring this wild landscape.

Guided Canoe Tour Salt Marsh Exploration FREE!
Fire Island National Seashore Watch Hill Visitor Center, Fire Island, NY 11770
631-687-4772
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th from 11 AM – 1 PM

Glide along on a guided canoe tour of the Seashore's most extensive salt marsh. Explore the vast and beautiful "sea of green" and specialized plants and animals that make up one of the most productive ecosystems on Earth. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets provided. Space is limited to 20 paddlers (2 paddlers per canoe) and one passenger per canoe. Participants must be 16 and older to paddle. Participants must be able to swim. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on the trip. Reservations are required and are taken starting at 10 AM at the visitors center.

Enchanted Evening Sunken Forest to Cherry Grove FREE!
Fire Island National Seashore, (41 River Road, Sayville - take 3:45 p.m. Sayville ferry to Sailors Haven), Fire Island, NY 11782
631-687-4870
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Join a park ranger to explore one of Fire Island’s natural gems – the 300 year old Sunken forest and then the community of Cherry Grove. This is a 3 mile, 3 hour program, so bring plenty of snacks and water. To return to Sayville, take the 7:50 PM Cherry Grove ferry back.

Hike through History FREE!
Fire Island National Seashore Fire Island Lighthouse, Fire Island, NY 11770
631-687-4780
Free Event
Saturday, September 5th from 3 PM – 4:30 PM

Step back in time as you walk from Field #5 to the Lighthouse. Learn about the grassroots effort to protect Fire Island from development, leading up the 1964 establishment of Fire Island National Seashore. Explore the natural world of the barrier island and learn about Fire Island's iconic lighthouse as you walk. 

Sunken Forest Tours
Fire Island National Seashore, Ocean Beach, NY 11770
631-687-4780
Please call for cost
Saturday, September 5th from 11 AM – 1 PM

Join a ranger-led tour and explore the unique wonders of Fire Island's crown jewel - the Sunken Forest.

Adult Adventure: Late Summer Season Stroll
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, NY 11743
631-423-1770
Program fee is $4 for adults and there’s a vehicle use fee of $8 per car

Sunday, September 6th from 11 AM – 1 PM
Take a short 1.5-mile long stroll to observe seasonal changes. Advance reservations are required by calling 631-423-1770. The event will take place rain or shine.

Long Beach Labor Day McAvoy Run
Riverside Boulevard Beach, Riverside Boulevard, Long Beach, NY 11561
516-431-3890
Cost is $20, $25 on Race Day
Monday, September 7th at 8 AM

Take part is this 5-mile race held on Riverside Boulevard in Long Beach. All ages are welcome.


Farmers Markets
Whether you’re planning a holiday weekend barbeque or have friends and family over to enjoy a home-cooked meal, complete your shopping list at a local farmer’s market!

Shiloh Community Farmers’ Market
Shiloh Community Farmers’ Market, 221 Merrit Avenue, Wyandanch, NY 11798
Saturday, September 5th from 1 PM – 4 PM

The Shiloh Community Farmers' Market takes place on Saturdays until October 3rd. Gather the ingredients you’ll need for a special Labor Day Weekend BBQ or meal.

Roosevelt Community Farmers’ Market
Roosevelt/Freeport Family Center, 380 Nassau Road, Roosevelt, NY 11575
Sunday, September 6th from 11 AM – 4 PM

The Roosevelt Community Farmers' Market takes place Sundays until October 25th. Pick up fresh fruits and vegetables over the holiday weekend.


New Cassel Farmers’ Market
First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury, 212 Garden Street, Westbury, NY 11590
Saturday, September 5th from 11 AM – 3 PM

The New Cassel Farmers' Market will take place on Saturdays until October 31st. Make your Labor Day Weekend tastier and healthier with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Greater Bellport Community Youth Market
Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport, 471 Atlantic Avenue, Bellport, NY 11713
Saturday, September 5th From 11 AM – 4 PM

Join at The Greater Bellport Community Youth Market to pick up fresh food for the Labor Day Weekend.  

Freeport Farmers’ Market (Southeast)
Freeport Recreation Center, 130 East Merrick Road, Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday, September 5th from 11 AM – 4 PM

In need of fresh food to start the holiday weekend celebration? Head over to the parking lot of the Freeport Recreation Center for the farmers’ market.

Funs You Can Enjoy All Weekend Long!
Before summer comes to a close, complete all the summer activities you haven’t had a chance to get to!


Take in the Summer Weather Long Island Has to Offer!
Summers on Long Island are fantastic with the nice breeze along the water, so enjoy the beautiful beaches, go fishing, or go fly a kite over the Labor Day Weekend!

Go for Extreme Entertainment!
If you haven’t had the chance to really enjoy summer yet, go for extreme entertainment to let it all out over the Labor Day Weekend. There’s sky diving, rock climbing, scuba diving, and jet skiing to enjoy on Long Island!

Put the Grill to Use!
Grill away before it has to be put away! There’s so many things to grill with ease, like fruits, shish kabobs, and other mouth-watering recipes.

Labor Day Weekend should give you a chance to relax and enjoy the people and things around you. You deserve it for having worked so hard!

Tell us how you’ll be enjoying your Labor Day Weekend! Leave us comments below!

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