Rumor has it that P.J. McGuire, VP of the American Federation of Labor, thought September 2nd was the ideal date for its near-perfect weather and because it sits midway between Fourth of July and Thanksgiving. Whatever the reason, most of us get one day off to do whatever we want (besides work). With dreamy beaches caressed by surreal turquoise waters, incredible cuisine, and vibrant club culture, Miami may just be one of the best places to forget about your job for a while. Below are our top picks for what to do in Miami for Labor Day.
What better way to explore a city than through its cuisine?
August 1st–September 30th
Fantastic puns aside, Miami Spice gives you the chance to sample some of the area’s most enticing cuisines. With 215 local restaurants participating, there has to be something you’ll like. Dine on specially priced prix-fixe menus from award-winning establishments like Scott Conant’s Scarpetta.
August 30th, 12–3 p.m.
114 SW North River Drive
Miami, FL 33130
Grab some bites and sip on some wine from nine of the country’s greatest cuisine contributors. If the food wasn’t enough, you’ll also have plenty of background music with live performances from Kid Nemesis, Paul E, and Hush Money.
Newport Beachside Hotel
16701 Collins Avenue
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160
Have you ever wanted a little mystery with your dinner? No, not a mystery meal, but a case to solve as you wine and dine. Grab your spot and be prepared for a killer meal (cue the spooky laugh).
Inhibitions? We’ll see you tomorrow.
You may have heard that Miami has a few clubs. No? Well, it does, and they’re a pretty big part of the Magic City’s nightlife. Join the Club Crawl and get dance-worthy perks like VIP entry, premium open bar, and a party bus to take you from Club A to Club Z.
August 30th–September 1st
Ball & Chain
1513 SW 8th Street
Little Havana, FL 33135
This iconic Miami music club is hosting a three-day festival, so put on your dancing shoes—there are rugs to cut. Work up a sweat to hits by PALO!, Art Official, and Lemon City Trio. Not much for dancing? Then kick back with a mojito and watch this place come alive.
September 2nd, 12 p.m.–3 am
2700 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
If you prefer mellower beats compared to the club-thumping sounds, then this is your jam. Nosh on eats from local vendors, get wet and wild with some water activities, and of course groove to some Rasta vibes from Redlyte, Hymn Marley, and Inner Circle.
Listen to the siren song of big blue and get out on the water.
Dinner Key Marina
3400 Pan American Drive
Miami, FL 33133
Grab some friends and set sail on a 40-ft sailboat for four hours. Bring your own bubbly and toast to the day off with one of the most stunning skylines as your background. Not too shabby.
1275 NE 79th Street
Miami, FL 33138
Hey, sometimes it’s more fun to be the driver than the passenger. Rent some wave runners and feel the wind rushing through your hair as you take in the too-polished-to-be real sights of Miami.
What’s there to do on Labor Day in Miami? Everything, but if you don’t know where to start, our list should give you some ideas that’ll make your send-off to summer pretty sweet. Whatever you do on Labor Day, make sure you’re living the good life and thoughts of work are far from your mind. That’s what tomorrow is for.
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