So you didn’t make any plans for Labor Day and now you’re frantically searching Google for ideas on what to do and texting anyone in your contacts to see whether they are in town and want to do something. Your friends definitely have their own plans: people are going out to The Hamptons or Nantucket for one of the final weekends of the summer or visiting lake houses, beach houses, etc. The point is: you don’t have a plan and you’re desperate. So let TailBus help you out with some last-minute Labor Day ideas.
Electric Zoo Festival
The 3-day EDM festival returns to Randall’s Island. The world of EDM only gets stronger as the lineup includes all stars like 3LAU, Audien, and Madeon. If you’re looking for a wild Labor Day and want to get lost in a boombastic beats surrounded by thousands of people; Electric Zoo is the place for you. Tickets range from $109-$499.
The US Open
For the athlete in you, head over to Flushing and grab tickets for the US Open. New York spends two weeks in the spotlight of the tennis world with greats like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams. If you’re weary of sitting in direct sunlight at the end of a New York summer (I don’t blame you) just grab a ticket for an evening session and enjoy the breeze as the weather changes. And if you’re not a fan of a tennis in general, just go to have a Grey Goose Honey Deuce (pictured above), the official cocktail of the US Open and good enough to make anyone a fan of tennis.
Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition
A tugboat race? Yes, a tugboat race. Perhaps you don’t want to go all the way to Queens or you’re just lazy but this race is actually a great time and it’s free. Yes, free. The 23rd annual race finds tugboats from around the city racing one nautical mile from Pier 84 to the 79th Street Boat Basin. For fans interested in a little bit of action, you can join a line-toss contest or show off your eating prowess in Popeye-inspired spinach eating contest. Check out more info here.
North Fork Wine Trip
So you want to really escape reality and stress and just enjoy your last few days of enjoyable weather before the cold comes? Do it with a glass of delicious wine in your hand on the North Fork of Long Island. While most people visit the end of Long Island to visit the southern tip, North Fork is a hidden gem for people wanting to enjoy good food and good wine without the insanity of The Hamptons. Some must-haves for the winos include the “Wild Boar Doe” at Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck, the rosé at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, and the chardonnay at Sherwood House in Jamesport. And if you’re not really into wine, grab a pint at Greenport Brewing.
The End of The World
Maybe you want the summer to end with a bang. If that’s the case, hop down to the southern tip of Long Island and visit the mystical wonderland of Montauk. Catch the final concert of the season at Montauk Surf Lodge, grab your last summer ale of the season at Montauk Brewing Co., or have multiple daytime refreshments at The Sloppy Tuna. For those of us not looking for a rowdy end to the summer, there are plenty of options on Montauk. Visit the Montauk Point Lighthouse, go surfing, or hop on a Montauk fishing charter.