By Stacey Leigh DiPillo - For Weekender

Heading to New York City? Here are 10 things to check out

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Summer is ending, but the fun sure isn’t. Planning a trip to NYC this Labor Day weekend? Great idea! You get to choose from a wide array of events, from unicycle festivals to bowling dance parties, there is definite fun to be had.

Electric Zoo: This yearly festival for lovers of electronica will be going down September 4-6 on Randalls Island. But don’t worry, it won’t be a lot of the same, this year’s theme is Transformed. For lineup, tickets and more check out

West Indian-American Day Carnival: This annual cultural event dates back to the 1930s in Harlem when Ms. Jessie Wardell and friends wanted to make a celebration of Caribbean culture and traditions. Boasting over 1 million people in attendance, why not join them? For tickets and more info visit,

NYC Unicycle Festival: On September 3-6 Governor’s Island is being overtaken by, you guessed it, unicycles. So, if you are a unicycle enthusiast or are just looking for something quirky to do during your last weekend of summer, this event is for you. For more details, check out

Warm Up: The Warm Up MoMA PS1 event is making sure your Labor Day weekend is everything it should be. On Sept. 5 this event closes out the summer dance party with artists Derrick May, Vince Staples, Clark, Dan Bodan and more.

Let’s Get Naked- Glow Body Paint Tour: Yes, nudity has been all over Times Square this summer causing controversy for some. But, if you’re all good with the naked bod, or even if you’re not (it’s not quite confirmed that anyone will be in the buff) then this event might be for you. Presented by Don’t Stop Entertainment, on Sept. 4, tickets range from $15-$150, check out the website to understand more

Broadway Week 2 –for-1: From September 1-14 you can buy one, get one free for popular Broadway shows. If you’ve wanted to see hits like An American in Paris, Amazing Grace, Chicago, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, and more, now is the time.

Hot 97 Labor Day Weekend Venus vs. Mars: On Sept. 4, head to Motivo for an end of summer party brought to you by Hot 97. Get there before midnight and everyone gets in free, but make sure you RSVP first. You can do that here:

Bargemusic Here and Now Labor Day Festival: This four-day festival of music starts Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. and ends the 6 at 4 p.m. With stunning views of the NYC skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, this eclectic musical event is a great way to relax on the water and listen to music after spending a day in DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Tickets and more info here

DJ Questlove Presents Bowl Train: Every Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl, DJ Questlove from The Roots spins from his vinyl collection containing more than 50,000 records of hip-hop, funk, soul, house and more. Dancing, bowling and vintage throwback Soul Train videos, what more could you need on a Thursday night? Doors at 11 p.m., show starts at 11:30p.m. For more info visit

US Open Tennis Championships: Tennis fans, it’s not over yet! The final tournament of the year is going down Aug. 31-Sept. 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens. For all the info you need, visit

Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brookly, New York. You can email her at

By Stacey Leigh DiPillo

For Weekender

Stacey Leigh is a creative and an educator living in Brookly, New York. You can email her at