Labor Day is always bittersweet, as it marks the end of the carefree days of summer vacation but also represents a time of excitement as a new season begins. Although many Staten Islanders like to head out of town for the weekend, there are many fun and family-friendly things happening on Staten Island this weekend that are worth checking out.
Richmond County Fair
This three-decade-old Staten Island tradition will take place Saturday, August 30 thru Monday, September 1st from 11 am to 6 pm at Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town. The fair raises funds to support the many educational programs that Historic Richmond Town offers, and is suitable for children and adults of all ages.
This year, patrons can look forward to new attractions including: a 300-foot Zip Line, Beer Garden, “Quiet Clubbing,” Doghouse Auction and Barkitecture Competition, knife throwing performances, a Classical Stage, pony grooming and care lessons, and a Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Exhibit.
In addition to the new attractions, there will also be some old favorites including: stunt shows, races, contests, music, and
circus performances. Of course, it wouldn’t be a fair without amusement rides, baking contests, farm animals, fire trucks, classic cars, county fair food, games, contests and races– and it wouldn’t be Historic Richmond Town without the old-fashioned exhibits, demonstrations and crafts.
The fair will take place rain or shine. For more information about ticket sales or attractions, visit Historic Richmond Town’s website at http://www.historicrichmondtown.org/richmond-county-fair.
Staten Island Beaches
Labor Day weekend marks the last weekend the public pools and beaches are open for the season, and there happen to be plenty of things going on that you’ll want to check out if you’re headed out to the beach. South Beach continues to have its fireworks shows and movie nights, while Staten Island Beach Fest continues at Midland Beach Saturday and Sunday with more fun summer activities. If relaxing on the beach is on your agenda for this weekend, make sure you check out the following events:
Wednesday, August 27from 9-10 pm: Fireworks at South Beach
Friday, August 29from 9-11 pm: Movie, Mars Attacks, at South Beach
Saturday, August 30from noon – 3:30 pm: Enjoy a cannoli from Pasticceria Bruno or cool off with some ices provided by Staten Island Icemen, all while enjoying entertainment featuring guitarist Squeaky Clean Cowboy on the Concert Lawn at Midland Beach.
Sunday, August 31beginning at noon: Enjoy some burgers from Staten Island Standard Burger and some tasty treats from Staten Island Icemen, while Brothers Entertainment DJ Company plays today’s hits on the Concert Lawn at Midland Beach. AVON representatives will be at the Promenade Lawn until 3 pm. Stick around for a fireworks show at South Beach beginning at 9 pm.
For more information on these events, check out www.statenislandbeachfest.com.
With the summer winding down, so is the Summer Sunset Concert Series, sponsored by the State Island Borough President’s Office. This Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 pm, Staten Islanders can enjoy some rock, R&B, and jazz music featuring The Brooklyn Horns and Jazz Out 4tet at Corporal Thompson Park, which is located at the corner of Broadway and Henderson Avenue, West Brighton. For more information, visit www.statenislandusa.com.
Or, you could join the Staten Island Philharmonic and Alice Austen House on Saturday, August 30th at 3 pm for another free concert. This outdoor concert, which was rescheduled from July 4th, will feature a wind ensemble and chorus.
Clove Lakes Park is sure to be busy this Labor Day weekend, not only with park patrons, but with runners and spectators attending the 38th annual Celic Run. For more information on this race, which happens to be Staten Island’s oldest road race, visit http://sirunning.com/race2014/celic_app_2014.pdf.
I hope you’ll consider sticking around this Labor Day weekend and enjoying the holiday on Staten Island.
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