Free (& Cheap) Things to Do in NYC Labor Day Weekend 2017: Fireworks, Governors Island Art Fair, Beach Parties, Bug Food Fest & More

Free (& Cheap) Things to Do in NYC Labor Day Weekend 2017: Fireworks, Governors Island Art Fair, Beach Parties, Bug Food Fest & More

Oh, Summer 2017, it feels like we barely knew you and you’re already coming to close? Rather than sulk this Labor Day weekend, we’re going to milk it on the cheap all we can, even if the weather isn’t the greatest. For those looking for some awesome free and inexpensive offerings, take a look below. Our picks include an art show at Governors Island, fireworks, Shakespeare, seaside parties, a bug food festival and more.

Friday, September 1
FILM: Gotta Light?
With the two-part finale of Twin Peaks: The Return looming, Metrograph has put together a program of some of David Lynch’s more “out there” productions combined with films that complement and inform his work. Included in the series are Eraserhead, Twin Peaks: Walk with Me, Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Stalker, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more. The series runs through September 3.
Metrograph, 7 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002
Check website for showtimes

FILM: Look Now: The Universe According to Nicolas Roeg
The Quad pays homage to cinematographer-turned-director Nicolas Roeg with this week-long series that includes The Man Who Fell to Earth, Performance, Don’t Look Now, Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession and more. Series runs through September 7.
Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th Street, New York, NY 10011
Check website for times

FOOD: Brooklyn Bugs
A celebration of edible insects comes to Brooklyn from September 1-3.
Various venues
Pay as you eat & ticketed events

THEATRE: The Tempest
Theater in the outdoors. Take in the Drilling Company’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Bryant Park

FILM: KDC Friday Night Movie: The Big Lebowski
“Live music followed by a feature film, frozen drinks, and our very own house-made popcorn! Make sure to bring your own blankets or lawn chairs, as seating is limited!”
Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY

FILM: Tribeca Drive In Dinner and a Movie on Oculus Plaza
Westfield World Trade Center and Tribeca have been hosting a series of drive-in dinner and movie events all summer. This weekend come by the Oculus for screenings of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Sept 1) and Enchanted (Sept 2). Both screenings also feature a special musical guest and food and drink will be available for purchase.
Westfield World Trade Center, Oculus Plaza
Doors at 5pm, film begins at 7:30pm

FIREWORKS: Friday Night Fireworks
It’s the last weekly fireworks display of the season in Coney Island. For best viewing, head to boardwalk or beach between West 10th Street and West 15th Street.
Coney Island

MUSIC: Acid Dad
Psych punk rockers Acid Dad headline this rooftop show.
Our Wicked Lady, 153 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

COMEDY: The George Lucas Talk Show
Connor Ratliff (The Chris Gethard Show, The President Show) channels the Star Wars filmmaker for his monthly long-running show that features special guests and plenty of laughs.
UCBT East Village, 153 East 3rd St, New York, NY 10009

Saturday, September 2
FOOD: Hester Street Fair’s Lobster & Beer
Beer, local vendors and lobster are the stars of this event that went so swimmingly Memorial Day weekend they are bringing it back to help close out the summer.
Hester Street Fair, Intersection of Hester St + Essex St
New York, NY 10002

ART: 4Heads Governors Island Art Fair
This annual community-minded art fair takes over abandoned military barracks on Governors Island and fills them with painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and sound art. New this year, the fest expands to Liggett Hall. Open every weekend through October 1.
Governors Island

FILM: Summer Double Features: Jean-Luc Godard
Catch a double feature of Godard classics A Woman is a Woman and Pierrot Le Fou. Both find the filmmaker working with actors Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo.
Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10014
Check website for times
$14 (two for the price of one)

PARTY: Warm Up: DJ Tunez / Little Dragon / DJ Lag / LSDXOXO/ Odwalla1221 / Debit
Last Warm Up of the summer features Swedish electronic act Little Dragon.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens

PARTY: Locals Labor Day Bash
The Rockaway surf school’s annual labor day party which features live music, drinks and tacos. This year it features a performance by the Cods.
Rockaway Beach Surf Club, 302 Beach 87th St, Far Rockaway, New York 11693

PARTY: Labor Day Weekend Summer Pool Parties
Head to the pool at Jimmy at the James for party vibes all weekend long. Featuring DJ sets by Liondub, Obah, Reach and more.
Jimmy at the James, 15 Thompson Street, New York

PARTY: Every Body Vol. IV – Labor Day Weekend Farm Party
A day-into-night party with food, drink, music & lawn games.
Farm on Kent, 320 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

PARTY: Neon Indian
Dance your end of summer blues away at the Good Room with a headlining DJ set by Neon Indian.
Good Room, 98 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, NY

COMPETITION: Adam RealMan and Coney Island USA Present: The 10th Annual Coney Island Beard And Moustache Competition
“See whose facial hair reigns supreme” at this annual event. Among the categories are Best Moustache Natural, Best Beard Styled, Best Fake Beard or Moustache, Worst in Show, and more.
Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224
6pm-8pm Registration, 8pm Showtime

Sunday, September 3
PARTY: Tiki Disco Labor Day Weekend
Dance your heart out at one of Tiki Disco’s final parties of the year at The Well. Resident DJs Eli Escobar, Andy Pry, and Lloydski will be on the decks.
The Well

PARTY: Mister Sunday Labor Day Weekend Special with Eamon Harkin Solo All Day Long
Outdoor day into night dance party with Eamon Harkin on the decks.
Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave Flushing, NY 11385

MUSIC: Staten Island Philharmonic Concert Presents The British Are Coming…Again
Infuse your Labor Day weekend with some classics by The Beatles, Queen, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and much more performed by the Staten Island Philharmonic. This performance is outside and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. (The Staten Island Philharmonic also performs the same set on Saturday, September 2 at 4pm at the Conference House)
Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

MUSIC: Shellshag, Tinkerbelles , Watergate, Kangaroo
The Safari Room at El Cortez

SPORTS: NY Cosmos vs. Jacksonville Armada FC
Hey soccer fans, catch a North American Soccer League game this weekend as Brooklyn’s own NY Cosmos host the team from Jacksonville.
MCU Park, Coney Island
Use promo code ‘LABORDAY’ for $10 tickets

MUSIC: Robyn Hitchcock
The legendary British singer-songwriter plays out in support of his latest self-titled album.
Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY, 11211

Monday, September 4
PARTY: YES Labor Day Extravaganza
Spend the unofficial last day of summer partying with the House of Yes crew.
House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11237

FESTIVAL: Caribbean Carnival
Costume bands, masqueraders, moko jumbos, and more bring the caribbean spirit to the streets of Crown Heights. This annual event is always one of the summer’s most colorful and exciting celebrations and also features food, arts and crafts and more. The parade comes at the end of a 4-day string of events organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA).
Eastern Parkway and Schenectady Ave, ending at Flatbush Ave.

MUSIC: Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir
Close out Labor Day with a rolicking musical sermon from the Rev.
Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Free, donations accepted

Image by Sam Joseph/Rockaway Beach Surf Club