9 Fun Activities To Do In Binghamton Over Labor Day Weekend

Posted by Isabella Cavallo on September 2, 2021

Binghamton University students have a very long weekend off from classes ahead of them. For those of you who are staying in town, there’s a few ways to make this one of the best weekends of the semester! Here are some highlights.

Attend the First Friday Art Walk

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Downtown Binghamton showcases work from local artists on the first Friday of every month. Walk along the designated streets and locations to see art, listen to live music, and dine at local restaurants. The event is a great way to learn about artists and musicians from the community and have a fun time!

Go boating at a local park

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Take advantage of the last few days of warm weather and rent a boat at a park near campus. You can rent kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, or row boats at Chenango Valley State Park and Nathaniel Cole Park. From personal experience, don’t row too far down the river because you need the strength and energy to get back to the starting point! Bring a blanket to relax, enjoy the scenery and eat a snack after rowing.

Enter the Rescue Color Dash

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If you’re looking for a fun activity with a great cause behind it, grab your running sneakers and enter the Rescue Color Dash on Saturday. The Broome County Humane Society is holding a color run to raise money for homeless animals. Participants pay an entry fee of $30 to run one mile, throw color powder packets, and receive an official T-shirt, sunglasses from Tesorina Boutique and a temporary rainbow tattoo. There will be a post race after-party for participants to rest and each a lunch sponsored by Strange Brew!

See a Rumble Ponies Home Game

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The Binghamton Rumble Ponies baseball team are playing games all weekend at Mirabito Stadium. Head on over to a ballgame for one night before the season is over! You can buy tickets for a home game on Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. 

Go to the Great New York State Fair

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Although Syracuse is a bit of a drive, the State Fair is well worth it. There are two concerts each day at the fair and both are free with the admission price. Whether you’re a fan of one of the bands and musicians performing or you want to eat some cotton candy on a ferris wheel, the State Fair is loads of fun.

Enter the Hype Waves Tournament

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If you are a video game fan, join the Binghamton Video Game Association and enter their Hype Waves Tournament. Students will compete against one another in Super Smash Bros in S2-258. All you need to do is join the Discord, bring your own controller and be ready to play!

Go on a hike

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The extra time off this weekend provides the perfect opportunity to explore some of the hikes and waterfalls in the area or upstate. The Nature Preserve and Salt Springs State Park are great hikes close by. If you’re willing to drive a little far, head on up to Robert H. Treman State Park or Watkins Glen State Park for beautiful views. My favorite hike is the Gorges Trail at Watkins Glen State Park in the late afternoon because the sun shines through the hills and cliffs to create a glowing and rainbow effect on the waterfalls. 

Run the Brain

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In a race around the “Brain Loop” on campus, each undergraduate class year will compete for a trophy. Students can run the 1.3 mile race on Saturday. The race starts at the Peace Quad Berm. Students can register for free to represent their class through B-Engaged. 

Destress with some yoga

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Start your Sunday morning off right with yoga at Recreation Park. Organic Flow, a local yoga studio, will hold a free yoga class outside at 9 a.m. Whether you’re an advanced yogi or clueless about the poses like me, anyone is welcomed to join and learn the mellow yoga flow.

Isabella Cavallo is a senior majoring in literature & rhetoric at Binghamton University. She spends her free time writing articles for Pipe Dream and Her Campus. When she's not writing, Bella is typically thrifting, playing piano, painting or forcing her friends to a game of chess.

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