5 events to attend this Labor Day weekend
by Jennifer Khedaroo
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Labor Day is a day when Americans celebrate and honor the social and economical success that workers have made. Held on the first Monday every September, this year the celebration will take place on September 7. But while you dedicate the day to the labor movement, it doesn’t mean you can’t relax and have fun this weekend. After all, Labor Day also marks the ending of summer 2015. If you’re just not ready to give up white pants, outdoor parties and sweet summer memories, check out these five activities taking place this weekend.

1. Warm Up 2015 - Saturday, September 5 - 3 to 9 p.m. - MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City - If you’re looking for a party with good music and interesting people, this is the last day of the summer to take part in MoMA PS1’s Warm Up outdoor music series. Wrapping up its 18th year, visitors will listen to local and international artists performing live or through DJs.

Saturday’s lineup includes Detroit’s electronic musician Derrick May, as well as Vince Staples, a rapper from Long Beach in California. International artists include Germany’s Clark, an electronic musician, and Dan Bodan, an English singer-songwriter. Tickets $18 in advance; $20 day-of

2. The West Indian-American Day Carnival- Monday, September 7, All Day - Eastern Parkway between Utica Avenue & Grand Army Plaza, Crown Heights

If you want to take everything up a notch, head to this Caribbean celebration. The West Indian-American Day Carnival is all about high energy soca, calypso, chutney, dancehall and reggae music. That, plus the stunning and elaborate outfits that shows off a lot of skin.

Take in the sights and see if you can name all of the flags you’ll see at the event. You will be sure to spot Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and more. And arrive with an empty stomach so you can taste West Indian eats such as curry, jerk chicken and more! If you want to admire the festivities from home while chowing down on barbecue, you can live stream the event at wiadcacarnival.org

The Junior Carnival, which is the PG-rated version of Monday’s event will occur on Saturday, September 5 at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The parade route will begin at Kingston Avenue and St. Johns and will go on to the Brooklyn Museum grounds.

3. The U.S. Open - Thursday, September 3 onwards - All day - USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows Corona Park - Big crowds and ear-deafening music isn’t your thing? Well, you always have a nice, relaxing afternoon or evening by catching up on some tennis. The U.S. Open, one of the biggest tournaments in the world, is hosting a competition between the biggest stars right in your backyard.

4. The 30th Avenue Business Association Street Fair - Monday, September 7, All Day - 30th Avenue between 29th and 41st Streets, Astoria

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition Inc. presents the 30th Avenue Business Association Street Fair. Community driven and a low-key casual event, you’ll be able to stock up on your street fair foods before the summer is over. Sausages? Funnel Cake? Lemonade? Check, check and check.

5. Tinker It Sundays - Sunday, September 6, 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. - New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona - Have your little ones appreciate the value of hard work by tackling some fun activities at the New York Hall of Science. Families can participate in activities that will encourage children to build, explore and create.
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