Here are the five coolest things to do in and around NYC this week. We publish a new list every Wednesday, covering Thursday through Wednesday. Stay tuned for insider updates on restaurant openings, festivals, exhibitions, shows, weekend escapes, and more.
September 4–6 | Music festival
Electric Zoo: Transformed
The electronic music–focused Electric Zoo festival has taken over Randall’s Island every Labor Day weekend for the past seven years, typically drawing 150,000 folks over three days. With major headliners like The Chemical Brothers and Above & Beyond, and simultaneous performances on multiple stages, it’s the top electronic music event in the area. Getting to Randall’s Island is half the fun—walk, bike, take public transportation, grab one of the festival shuttle buses, or (the most scenic) take the ferry across the East River. 1 p.m. | Randall’s Island Park, New York | From $109 | website
September 5–7 | Art
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
This semi-annual sidewalk art fair is a Greenwich Village institution. The show has its roots in 1931 when Jackson Pollack and Willem DeKooning, who were then just two broke, little-known local artists, started selling their creations on the street by Washington Square Park. Eighty-four years later the event is going strong, with artists displaying work in a variety of media. All the art is for sale, but at a fraction of what it would cost in a gallery. On a nice day there isn’t anything lovelier than strolling the streets of Greenwich Village, browsing artwork and chatting with the artists behind the pieces. 12–6 p.m. | University Ave. from W. 3rd St. to E. 13th St. | Free | website
September 7 | Art
Last Chance to See Yoko Ono and Jacob Lawrence Shows at MoMA
Calling all procrastinators! If you’ve waited all summer to get to MoMA to see the Yoko Ono and Jacob Lawrence shows, then time is of the essence: They are only on view through September 7. Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 chronicles the controversial artist’s life and work from that period, including film, works on paper, music, and personal artifacts. One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works, meanwhile, brings together all 60 panels of the seminal Migration Series for the first time at MoMA in 20 years. The exhibit also features novels, poems, music, and photos that drew inspiration from the mass migration of African Americans from the South to the North in the early twentieth century. Doors open 10:30 a.m. daily | MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St., New York | From $14 (free for members) | website
September 7–20 | Theater
You’ve probably heard of Restaurant Week, but did you know there is also a Broadway Week? For two weeks starting September 7, enterprising theater buffs can snag two-for-one tickets to 22 popular Broadway shows, including such 2015 Tony Award Winners as Fun Home and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Broadway tickets can be quite a splurge, so this is a deal that’s not to be missed. Seats are going fast (The Lion King is already sold out) but you can’t go wrong with any of the shows on offer. Dates, times, locations & prices vary | website
Almost a six-hour drive from the city, Cape Cod is the perfect destination for Labor Day weekend and your last beach hurrah of the summer. (And the traffic won’t be as crazy as trendier beach spots like the Hamptons and Nantucket.) Yarmouth, in the middle of the Cape, is a good spot to base yourself. Every beach in the area is dreamy, but Chapin Memorial Beach in Dennis is particularly nice, a peaceful and undeveloped strip along the quiet bay. For your obligatory seafood feast, Skipper Restaurant and Chowder House in South Yarmouth is one of Cape Cod’s oldest waterfront restaurants. For a last-minute reservation, try the historic Colonial House Inn (a former sea captain’s mansion, built in 1730), which still had limited availability at time of writing.
A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to inquisitive toddler.
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