It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year! Sure, older kiddos might be dreading back to school, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Don’t miss this popular annual unicycle festival, or this county fair, or these impressive tugboat festival feats. Plan the rest of your Labor Day weekend with the rest of our top event picks!

Photo: Alia Khovov



10th Annual NYC Unicycle Festival
This festival has something for everyone, from long-time unicycle enthusiasts to first-time thrill-seekers, from extreme sports adventurers to circus fans, from avid bicyclists to families looking for the best way to spend a summer’s day in the Big Apple. Activities include races, competitions, exhibitions, and a variety of unicycle sports including basketball, hockey and sumo. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


27th Annual Tugboat Race & Competition
Watch epic battles for supremacy in the on-water nose-to-nose pushing and then the line-toss contests when tugs arrive at the finish line at Pier 84. There is more fun for the whole family after the! Kids of all ages can test their mettle in the amateur line-toss competition or try their luck in the ever-popular spinach-eating contest. Sun. Event Details.

Little New-Yorkers
Each class is designed for kids ages 3-6 and includes time with historic toys, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, story readings, and a related craft project. Fri. Event Details.

West Indian and Caribbean Celebration
Hear folklore of the Caribbean, sing Calypso songs from the Islands and create traditional art inspired by the animal and plant life of the West Indies. Sun.-Mon. Event Details.

Lemonade Stand
Make lemonade, signs and set up an actual Lemonade Stand. (All while dressed as Princesses of course). Plus there will be some special treats, items for sale and other fun in store. And the best part is a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a great cause to help raise awareness and money for childhood cancers. Mon. Event Details.


Holding History
Ages 4 and up will ponder the answer to what makes an object “historical?” while being able to physically hold, touch, and feel historical artifacts from the museum’s collection. They will learn about the history of those objects through this tactical investigation and by relating these historical artifacts to their own lives. Sun. Event Details.

Labor Day in Prospect Park
Enjoy family friendly programming in Prospect Park on Labor Day at the Audubon Center, Carousel, and Lefferts Historic House. Mon. Event Details.


Pirate Pete’s Parrot
Climb aboard, get your sea legs steady and get ready for adventure with the children’s musical “Pirate Pete’s Parrot” from The Secret Theatre in Queens. In the tradition of English pantomime shows ,”Pirate Pete’s Parrot” delivers music, mischief and a boatload of laughs for both children and adults. Fri.-Mon. Event Details.

Origami Airplanes
Visitors will learn different techniques to make paper airplanes. They’ll contribute to a collaborative paper airplane origami sculpture. Plus, they’ll also get to take some of their airplanes home! Fri. Event Details.


Shadow Play
Catch the sun and chase your shadow. Use your body, props, paper and the sun’s rays to create art and tell stories of all things under the sun. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

40th Annual Richmond County Fair
The Richmond County Fair has been an end of summer tradition for Staten Island locals for four decades! The grounds of Historic Richmond Town will host one of the biggest, longest running and well-attended festivals in the county – all while supporting local businesses and authentic Staten Island staples. Sat.-Mon. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


featured image: Alia Khovov