It's hard to believe Labor Day Weekend is already upon us (sniff, sniff). If you, too, are feeling a bit nostalgic about another summer gone by, don't start singing the blues just yet. There are great ways for families to celebrate the unofficial end of summer in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, and much to look forward to as reported in our September GoList.
The headline event is the return of CORNucopia, loaded with corn-y fun of assorted varieties, and for alternatives to the customary barbecue, ways to honor Labor Day include the West Point Band's Labor Day Concert, replete with fireworks and a cannon firing. Soak up some of the summer's remaining outdoor concerts and films, including Worldfest, featuring the Viva Brazil Dancers. Families can also support a good cause and work off that summer ice cream at the Labor Day Race/Walk & Kids Fun Run, or browse the wares and meet the artisans at the annual Woodstock–New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair.
These are just a few of our top picks—read on for all this and more. Be sure to check out our Event Calendar for more fun activities, and follow us on Facebook! Have a fun Labor Day Weekend!
CORNucopia goes on all weekend long. Photo by the author
CORNucopia – Sleepy Hollow
There’s no limit to the corn fun at this second annual corn festival! Games, crafts, activities, and—of course—refreshments are all truly corn-y! Read our in-depth guide to CORNucopia for the lowdown.
New York Renaissance Faire – Tuxedo Park
Lest ye think that the Renaissance Faire is only for lovers of the Renaissance, think again, or else ye might be sent to the gallows or forced to walk ye olde plank. There are games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music, a maze, and loads more. Check out jousting tournaments, meet Robin Hood, and marvel at the jugglers, musicians, pirates, parades, and more. Period characters roving the grounds interact with attendees in a most amusing fashion. Dress in period costume for the occasion—bring your own or buy or rent one there.
Woodstock–New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair – New Paltz
Summer wraps up with this craft fair featuring some 300 artists assembled nationwide. A highlight of the event is a children's tent featuring demonstrations and supervised arts & crafts projects. Kids 12 and under get in FREE.
Civil War Weekend – Monroe
Travel 150 years back in time to learn about the Civil War era through demonstrations and encounters with re-enactors representing both civilian and military life.
The West Point Band will conclude its "Music Under the Stars" concert series with its annual Labor Day Celebration. Photo courtesy of West Point
Saturday, September 1
Labor Day Celebration – West Point
End the summer with a bang at this outdoor pops concert with fireworks display and cannon firing. FREE
Worldfest: Free Performing Arts Series – Yonkers
This FREE summer series comes to an end with a live concert and a performance by the Viva Brazil Dancers in a beautiful park setting.
Cold Spring Summer Film Series – Cold Spring
This outdoor-movie series wraps up with a showing of The Sound of Music. Both the film and the view of the Hudson River are FREE, and light refreshments will be available for purchase.
See all Saturday events.
Sunday, September 2
Art & Science Workshops – Yonkers
Board the Science Barge, a floating greenhouse, and participate in this week’s hands-on, nature-based activity: build and take home your own mini hydroponic farm.
Harvest Festival – Bethel
Take a trip up to Sullivan County to mark the start of the annual Harvest Festivals, held every Sunday in September. This weekend co-hosts the Rosehaven Alpaca Festival, allowing families to get a close-up look at these gentle creatures. There will also be live music, craft and food vendors, corn and hay mazes, pony rides, and more.
See all Sunday events.
Monday, September 3
Labor Day Race/Walk & Kids Fun Run – Warwick
Presented by the Warwick Lions Club, this race includes a five-miler, a 5K, and a children's fun run (100, 200, or 300 yards), as well as live music, prizes, and refreshments.
Labor Day Commemoration – Mount Vernon
Focus on the true meaning of Labor Day as this event reveals the history of the holiday and includes songs from the labor movement. FREE
See all Monday events.
The NYC Unicycle Festival rolls into town for four days, with events scheduled in various parts of New York City. In case plain-old unicycle racing and exhibitions aren’t enough of a feat, there’ll also be unicycle sports—basketball, hockey, and sumo—plus a costume contest, group rides, and more. This is both a spectator event and a “feet-on” experience, with workshops for the uninitiated. FREE
The Goshen Fair is a Litchfield County Labor Day tradition with fireworks, a lumberjack contest, a horse show, music, and more.
Don't forget: our Event Calendar has even more of what's happening this weekend and beyond in Westchester!