There’s nothing like a long weekend to tie a bow on an amazing summer. No plans yet? Here are seven things to do this Labor Day weekend without even leaving New York City. (It’s a foregone conclusion that brunch will be woven in at some point.)
1. The Metropolitan Opera offers free screenings of its performances at 8pm with 3,000 seats available, first-come first-served. Friday showcases Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, Saturday’s feature is Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment, and Sunday wraps up with Verdi’s Luisa Miller.
2. Shakespeare in the Park (No, not that park.) Enjoy a free picnic performance of Othello in Bryant Park on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7pm.
3. The Met’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” Exhibit You only have until September 8th to take in the Costume Institute’s 2019 display of objects dating from the 17th century to today.
4. The Beach Whether you have yet to take in the campiness of Coney Island this year or still haven’t kicked it on the white sand beaches of the Rockaways, your weekends of opportunity are drawing to a close.
5. MoMA We’re not talking about looking at art. In fact, MoMA is closed for renovations until October 21, 2019. However, their PS1 Warm Up dance party will be going full-swing this Saturday from noon to 9, with world-renowned artists performing.
6. The U.S. Open Even if you’re not a tennis fan, this tournament is a lot of fun and right in our backyard. Take the 7 to Mets-Willets Point and grab a grounds ticket, or, to really experience the attraction, pick up a ticket in advance for Arthur Ashe Stadium.
7. Central Park It’s there year-round, but let’s face it, once the snow and ice hit it’s not quite so attractive. Rent a bike, pack a picnic, and enjoy this NYC marvel in its peak season.