What to Do This Labor Day Weekend (That Isn’t a Barbecue)
For those of you who can’t or would rather not send off summer with the traditional outdoor blowout, here are four of our favorite alternative celebrations this weekend.
If grilled corn on the cob is your favorite part of a traditional Labor Day barbecue, this is the event for you. Running September 1-3 at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, Cornucopia is the corniest corn-centric festival you’ve ever imagined. There’ll be plenty of corn-focused delicacies like sweet corn ice cream from The Blue Pig, as well as giveaways, live demonstrations, music, a corn “maize,” and even beer (and root beer!) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. Tickets are only $16 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $8 for children 3-17. (Kids under 3 get in for free.) Order online and you can even avoid the $2 surcharge for phone/gate ticket purchases!
Life’s a Drag (Show)
Maybe you’re back in town visiting friends or family for the holiday weekend, but you’re looking for something to do that’ll get you out of the house and/or away from the heteronormative firestorm that is every dad in your family arguing over how and who gets to burn the most meat. For that or any other reason, we highly recommend checking out Dressed As A Girl at Peekskill’s Birdsall House. One of the last regular drag nights left in Westchester, the monthly events at Birdsall are presented in association with Peekskill Pride and are not to be missed. Hosted by Dotty Spartans, Dressed As A Girl features Gigi Cutina and special guest Kashi Golean with music by DJ Mercedes, all while guests enjoy Birdsall’s incredible craft menu of food and drinks. (Pro tip: order extra mayo for your fries. We know it’s not a typical New York thing, but trust us.) The show starts at 8 p.m. but you can score priority outdoor seating by making a reservation in advance.
Labor Day Brunch at Sonora
One of our favorite Port Chester brunch spots isn't disappointing this Labor Day. The restaurant will be hosting a special bruncheon, which in addition to their extensive brunch menu will spotlight $15 bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and sangria. ($15 per person with a 90-minute limit per table, so don’t plan on parking yourself all afternoon.) The menu itself is heavily Latin-influenced, but with modern takes and twists you’ll love and be surprised by. Reservations are strongly encouraged, so call (914) 933-0200 to make yours today.
Barbecue, But Without All the Effort
Magic Mac n Cheese?? Perhaps. Burger with pulled pork and creamy Mac and Cheese!!! 🔥🙋🏻♂️🙋🏻♀️❤️#burgers #awardwinning #notjustburgers #cteats #ryebrook #mtkisco #stamford #happyhour #whiteplains #westchestermagazine #foodies #yummy #catering #brunch pic.twitter.com/g0DSlpiFVq— Westchester Burger (@wbco) May 27, 2018
Hey, maybe you actually love barbecue but just don’t feel like it’s worth cooking and grilling all that food yourself. If we just described you to a T, we have very good news for you: Westchester Burger Co. has heard your plight and is prepared to aid your late-summer gluttony. WBC has perfectly planned their Summer Barbeque Special to last right up through Labor Day weekend. Specials include brisket poutine and their Smokehouse Burger, as well as small and large plates straight from the pit. Brisket, sausage, ribs, pulled pork, and grilled wings will be free-flowing all afternoon, along with sides like Brussels sprouts, street corn, coleslaw, tomato salad, mixed veggies, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, fries, baked beans, and old fashioned corn bread. A small (two meats, two sides) will set you back a paltry $19.95, while a large order (three meats, two sides) clock in just a tiny bit more at $24.95. Either way, you can enjoy your barbecue and eat it too, all in the air conditioned comfort of a fully stocked bar and restaurant!
Back in Peekskill, you can also enjoy some classic cookout eats without the effort by dropping by River Outpost Brewing Co. They'll be open all day Monday (from noon till 9 p.m.), and are running a special menu all weekend long, full of lobster, brisket, burgers, and all the home-grown brew you could hope for. Try the Grand Banana for a delicious and light Hefeweizen with light fruity notes, perfect for a summer refreshment! (You also can't go wrong with the limited edition PeaceSkill IPA!)