We celebrate Labor Day to honor the American labor movement and its tireless workers. This public holiday signals the end of summer, and the three-day weekend is usually a time for picnics, parties, and parades. It’s also great for camping, fishing, and golfing.
If you’re anywhere near Rochester and Buffalo, New York, you’re in luck because there are a lot of things you can do to mark the occasion. Be sure to check out these activities to have a great time with your family and friends:
1. Summer Laser & Star Shows, Rochester – August 31, 2019
Are you fond of heavenly bodies? Do you want to see music in a different light? Now’s your chance to trip the light fantastic by attending this colorful show at the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Strasenburgh Planetarium at 657 East Avenue.
This immersive presentation runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and features the music of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin like you’ve never heard them before! Enjoy cocktails and snacks at the open cash bar and watch these music icons come to life! Admission is $21 for adults, $19 for seniors, and $18 for kids aged 3–18.
2. National Buffalo Wing Festival 2019, Buffalo – August 31–September 1, 2019
Crazy about chicken wings? Go to the Sahlen Field (formerly the Coca-Cola Field) at 275 Washington Street to satisfy your taste buds. This is one great food festival where you can savor all kinds of roasted chicken wings in Buffalo style.
Now on its 18th year, the event has served over 4.8 million wings and has donated more than $365,000 to various local charities. The organizers expect around 80,000 or more people this year, so get your tickets early.
Admission is $5 per day while kids under 8 can enter for free! Get food tickets at $1 each and use them to buy all kinds of eats. Beer, soda, and bottled water can be purchased with cash from stadium vendors.
Test your love of chicken wings by joining different eating competitions. There’s also music and entertainment for everyone. For more information, email [email protected]
3. Labor Day Chocolate Tasting, Rochester – September 3, 2019
Here’s a sweet salute to our hardworking laborers! Laughing Gull Chocolates will hold a chocolate tasting event at 1868 East Main Street from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This will give you the opportunity to bite into 12 unique chocolate bars — including the rare albino chocolate — and allow them to slowly melt in your mouth.
In addition, guests will be treated to a presentation about the different types of chocolate, their cultivation, and why you should know where your chocolates came from. Admission is $10. Bring the whole family and go cacao crazy over this event!
4. ComedySportz Buffalo – Every Friday and Saturday until May 23, 2021
Ready for a good laugh? Visit The Arena at 4476 Main Street in Amherst for Buffalo's longest-running comedy show. Expect big servings of non-stop entertainment as two teams of professional comedians compete for laughs and points. A referee keeps things in order and gets suggestions from the audience. In the end, only one team will emerge the winner.
Unlike other acts, this improvisational show proves that comedy is no laughing matter. Nothing is scripted or pre-planned, giving the featured comedians the chance to create their own gags and shine.
The comedy matches are clean and are suitable for all ages, even your grandma! The audience can participate by giving suggestions. But if someone makes a dirty joke, that person will be forced to wear a brown bag over the head for the rest of the evening.
ComedySportz starts at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 9:15 p.m. Admission is from $9 to $12. For details, email [email protected].
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