Best Labor Day Events for Brooklyn Folks

Find out what's happening in Brooklyn on Labor Day.

  • 01 of 05
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    Don't miss this major New York City parade!  Preceded by days of pre-events, including a viewing of the steel drums  held at the Brooklyn Museum,  the actual parade itself is held on Labor Day Monday. It takes place on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.

    You won't soon forget the costumes and marchers wearing extravagant feathered headdresses, floats, marching bands, steel band music, vendors selling roti and other local street food, live performers up and down Eastern Parkway. It's drawn up to two million visitors. 

  • 02 of 05
    ••• Sebago Canoe Club offers kayaking and canoeing on Jamaica Bay. Courtesy of Chris Bickford

    This is wonderful fun! The annual Beach Campfire that's often held in Jamaica Bay this year will be at Jacob Riis Park, Queens Boardwalk, and Beach 169 Street Friday, August 29 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Bring fixings for smores, and take part in the sing - along! Bring a chair or blanket. Sorry, Brooklyn. Yes, it's in Queens. (Sorry!)

  • 03 of 05
    ••• Bargemusic, with Manhattan across the East River. Photo by E. Freudenheim

     This annual Labor Day Music event has something for everyone. Called the Here and Now Labor Day Festival, it's an inventive musical collage. It lasts 4 days, but get your tix in advance. Memorable.  

    • Bargemusic, on East River at Old Fulton St.
    • Neighborhood: DUMBO, near Brooklyn Bridge Park
    • Tickets  
  • 04 of 05
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    Don't miss this fun. It's a two-day Unicycle Festival on Governors Island, starting at noon.

    • Governors Island, reachable from Brooklyn by ferry boat
    • Neighborhood: Governors IslandDUMBO, near Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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  • 05 of 05
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    Part restaurant, part community cultural hub, Habana Outpost is holding its annual Back To School Bash for kids and families. Fun for all! Come for free supplies like notebooks, backpacks, pencils & rulers just in time for the kick-off of the new school year.

    • Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton St. at S. Portland Avenue
    • Neighborhood: Fort Greene
    •  Monday, Sept. 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.