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What to Do and See This Labor Day Weekend in New York

August 30, 2018 by Suzy Evans
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While all of the New Yorkers flee the city for the Hamptons or the Cape, the lucky ones who stay behind can get all the best seats for the weekend of shows and entertainment. We’ve got everything from day drinking to Broadway on our agenda, and we’d love to have you join us. Because let’s be honest: You didn’t go in on that summer share with your friends and you’re looking for something to do.

Danny Skinner, Ethan Slater, and Lilli Cooper in “SpongeBob SquarePants” on Broadway. (Photographed by Joan Marcus)

Get your Broadway on.
Did we mention that the city is basically going to be empty this weekend? The tourists are back home because their kids are in school, and New Yorkers are having one final beach hurrah. That’s basically the perfect time to nab great tickets to a show. Some of our favorites right now are the Tony Award-winning revival of “Once On This Island” and “SpongeBob SquarePants,” which is closing on Sept. 16 so now is the time to see it! Also, we just added tickets for “My Fair Lady” so make sure to see the beautiful Lincoln Center production.

Bonnie Milligan in “Head Over Heels”

Enter a Lottery or unlock Rush tickets. 
Our Lottery and Rush programs are a great way to get tickets for super affordable prices. The bonus of a long weekend? Again, the entries will (probably) be fewer. So unlock $35 Rush tickets for The Go-Go’s-scored “Head Over Heels,” or try your luck in the “Be More Chill” Lottery for $29 tickets. (The show’s sold out, so this is your only way to see the Off-Broadway phenomenon.

LOL at a comedy show.
Sure, Comedy Month was in August, but that doesn’t mean the deals are gone! Did you buy an awesome comedy pass last month? You can still score 25% off select shows if you opted to extend your pass through October. Don’t have a pass and are bummed comedy month is over? Never fear, there’s lots of laughs to be had for low prices. Check out the MVPs at West Side Comedy Club on Friday, or venture to Brooklyn to see Carmen Lynch and Aaron Berg at Eastville Comedy Club.

Drink with actors.
Why just day drink the day away, when you can day drink (or night drink) while seeing a show? Get brunch and cocktails at “The Imbible” and learn about the history of the weekend tradition. In the evening, check out “Drunk Shakespeare,” which is basically the Bard meets “Drunk History.” One of the actors will down five shots of alcohol and try to perform the play with the help of the other actors.