Barbecues, beach trips, back to school…wait, not so fast! We’re riding the last waves of summer here on Long Island this Labor Day weekend, so don’t pack up the sunny vibes just yet. There are plenty of ways to send the season off in style, from street festivals to the “Salute the Heroes” concert, the Hampton Classic Horse Show to corn hole tournaments and beyond. It’s time to soak up all the summer we have left!
10 a.m / Daily through September 5
Shinnecock Indian Reservation
1 West Church Street, Southampton
History, culture, artistry and heritage are the center of the celebration that is one of the largest Native-American gatherings on the East Coast. “As we dance upon the earth we are reminded that our culture and love for one another is the resounding heartbeat that transcends all that we face; wherever we face it. We dance upon our drum. The sound of the drum and our footsteps are recorded year after year within the drum that we dance upon. We may be the only Nation that dances upon its drum.”
Hampton Classic Horse Show
Daily Through September 4
Check website for event times here
240 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton
Equestrian excellence awaits at the Hampton Classic Horse Show, the crowning event of the Hamptons summer season. This is one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States, where top equestrians from around the world come to compete for prizes and prestige, while guests can enjoy the action along with shopping, international foods, activities for kids and more.
Summer Art Exhibition
Through September 25
Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury
The gardens are open to showcase the wonderful summer art exhibition featuring sculptor Seward Johnson. Three of his popular series of sculptures will be on display exclusively at the gardens: “Icons,” “Celebrating the Familiar” and “Beyond the Frame.”
John Walker Memorial Labor Day Invitational
Times vary/Through September 5
52 Stewart Avenue, Hicksville
Batter up! Take in the fun as players from 7 to 19 take to the diamond for the John Walker Memorial Labor Day Invitational Baseball Tournament at the Abe Levitt field in Hicksville.
Saturday, September 3
“Salute to Heroes” Concert
Long Island Community Amphitheater at Bald Hill
1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville
If you’re looking to add some twang to your weekend and support a great cause, the Long Island Community Amphitheater at Bald Hill will host country stars Jake Owen, Dylan Scott and Ray Fulcher for the “Salute to Heroes” concert. This event will honor the brave men and women of Long Island who are veterans and first responders.
Superior Ice Rink Labor Day Festival
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
270 Indian Hedge Road, Kings Park
Located at the Superior Ice Rink, this all-day festival will be filled with family fun and activities including music, food trucks, farmers market, kid’s attraction, craft fair, auctions and much more. Proceed go to support The Silent Night Foundation, which helps brighten holidays for underprivileged and ill children in our communities.
Sunday, September 4
Ronkonkoma Street Fair
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Hawkins Avenue, Ronkonkoma
Street fairs are a wonderful way to support and celebrate a community and its local businesses. There will be more than 200 arts-and-crafts vendors to peruse, as well as live entertainment, plenty of food options and rides for children to enjoy.
Corn Hole Competition in Wading River
5720 NY-25A, Wading River
Grab the bags and showcase your skills at The Shoppes in Wading River during this year’s Corn Hole Tournament, where the winner can take home a $100 grand prize. Preregister your dynamic duo team before the competition.
One Night of Queen in Concert
1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville
Gary Mullen and The Works tap into their inner Freddie Mercury with their tribute band, One Night of Queen, at the Long Island Community Amphitheater at Bald Hill. Considered the world’s premiere Queen tribute band, they will, they will… “rock you.”
Comedian Rita Rudner Live
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach
The legendary Rita Rudner takes the stage at WHBPAC, so if you’re suffering the end-of-summer blues, you know what they say—laughter is the best medicine. You must be 18 or over to attend the event.
Monday, September 5
32nd Annual Robert C. McAvoy Labor Day Race
98 Lauelton Boulevard, Long Beach
The 32nd Annual Robert C. McAvoy Labor Day Race will take place rain or shine in Long Beach this Labor Day. Along with great competition and supporting a great cause in this 5K race, registered participants get a commemorative t-shirt as well.
Annual Sand Creation Contest
Register between 10:30 a.m. – noon
Judging begins at 2:30 p.m.
Watch Hill, Fire Island
Access by private boat or public ferry from Patchogue/Watch Hill Ferry Terminal, 150 West Avenue, Patchogue
It isn’t just about castles any longer! Let your imagination run wild and unleash your creative side, from castles to creatures or scenic landscapes and beyond. All ages are welcome at any level of artistry—the point is to use mother nature as your canvas, have fun and get sandy in the sun!