With this weekend unofficially marking the end of summer—fall technically starts Sept. 22—Labor Day festivities are the last chance for Long Islanders to revel in peak beach season.
What better way to celebrate a holiday—held the first Monday of every September—that honors the achievements of American workers then by spending the last weekend of summer relaxing?
We’ve compiled this list of ideas to do just that. Instead of running out the clock on summer BBQ hopping as usual, mix it up with something different this Labor Day, like any one of these local events.
44th Mother Cabrini Feast
Suffolk County Community College, Michael J. Grant Campus, Brentwood. mothercabrinifestival.org 4 p.m. September 2-7.
69th Shinnecock Annual Powwow
Shinnecock Indian Nation, 1 Little Church Street, Southampton 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday Sept 4-7.
The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: Aziz Ansari & Amy Schumer
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $45. 5:15 p.m. September 4.
Westhampton Beach 7th Annual Festival of the Arts
Westhampton Great Lawn Great Lawn, Main Street, Westhampton Beach. paragonartevents.com/westhamptom. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. September 5-6.
Long Island Rail Road station, Sunrise Hwy., Seaford. 11 a.m-6 p.m. September 5-7
Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival
5 Barclay St, Huntington Station, Huntington. lighthousemusicfest.com 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. September 5.
Eisenhower Park Craft & Gift Show
Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. September 5-6.
Long Island Sound Championship
Parchment Yacht Club, Babylon. September 6-7
Cold Spring Harbor Car Show
Main Street (Route 25A) coldspringharborvillage.org 10 a.m- 4 p.m. September 6.
Chabad’s Famous Backyard BBQ
13 Woods Lane, East Hampton. chabadofthehamptons.com $30 adults/$15 children. 5 p.m-8 p.m. September 6
Garden City Country Club-Labor Day BBQ
206 Stewart Ave, Garden City. gardencitycountryclub.org September 6.
Long Beach Labor Day McAvoy Run
Riverside Boulevard, Long Beach. 8 a.m. September 7
America’s Love Affair with the Motorcycle
The Ward Melville Heritage Organization, 97P Main Street, Stony Brook. stonybrookvillage.com $5, $3 for children under 12. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Sept. 7.
Labor Day BBQ Manhasset Bay Yacht Club
455 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050 manhassetbayyc.org 4:30 p.m. September 7.