How to Have a Blast in Binghamton This Labor Day Weekend

Posted by Laurie Dupnock on August 31, 2018

Staying in town this Labor Day weekend and looking for something to do besides binge-watching Netflix? Well, lucky for you, there’s a lot of fun events going on in Binghamton and the surrounding area this weekend for you to enjoy. Here are just a few ideas!

Enjoy the outdoors

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We don’t have very many warm weekends left in Binghamton -- unless we have another sweltering heat wave like this past week -- so take advantage of the weather and get outside. Gather your friends, pack a lunch, grab a frisbee, soccer ball, football, volleyball, or whatever you want and have a picnic at a park. Dorchester Park, Otsiningo Park and Chenango Valley State Park are some of my favorites that aren’t too far away.

Celebrate the end of summer at JC Field Days

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Photo by Talainsphotographyblog

This weekend-long fair of fun is a Labor Day tradition and has been held in Johnson City for over fifty years -- and admission is free! Head on over to Northside Park for plenty of rides, games, music, food and, perhaps best of all, fireworks!

Check out a Binghamton Rumble Ponies game

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Photo by Binghamton Rumble Ponies Facebook Page

Haven’t been to a Rumble Ponies game yet this summer -- or ever? This weekend is the perfect opportunity to take yourself out to a ballgame. This Friday through Monday, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies will be playing home games at NYSEG Stadium. Oh, and in case you want to see more fireworks this weekend, there will be a spectacular fireworks show after Friday’s game.

Cheer on your fellow Bearcats

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Deck yourself out in #Pantone342 and catch the men’s soccer game this Friday night at 7 p.m. as they take on Cornell University. Go Bearcats!

Get your glow on at Late Nite

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This Saturday night, Late Nite is breaking out the black lights to host a glow-in-the-dark party like no other! You can expect laser tag, cosmic 3D mini-golf, an inflatable planetarium, bowling, billiards, ping-pong and so much more! P.S. Make sure to wear white or neon colors.

Attend the Labor Day Bash

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If you’re looking for something else to do right on campus, check out the Labor Day Bash, taking place from 1-3 p.m. Monday, on the Newing CoRec Field. Enjoy the holiday and your day off from classes by playing games, eating free food and, above all, having fun with friends.

Rock and roll over to the Binghamton Zoo

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Photo by Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park Facebook Page

The third annual Rock and Roar Music Festival is this Sunday at the Ross Park Amphitheater. Five local musical groups will be playing throughout the day, and there will be food and other local vendors on site. And, of course, you can always check out the animal exhibits at the zoo while you’re there, too! (My favorite is the red panda exhibit!)

Run (or don’t run) at the Annual Salt Springs Celebration

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Photo by Friends of Salt Springs Park, Inc.

For all you runners out there, this Saturday you can take part in a 5k or 10k trail race that will take you through meadows, forests and along the gorge. For those of you who are just looking for another fun celebration outdoors this weekend, minus all that sweating, there’s plenty of music, activities, guided hikes, vendors and food to go around! Check out the event page for more details.

Visit Syracuse for the State Fair

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Photo by The Fuze Magazine

If you have a car, or a friend you can hitch a ride with, consider taking the hour-long drive up to Syracuse for the New York State Fair. Sample tons of that delicious fair food, rock out to live music, check out the variety of animals on exhibit, catch one of many captivating shows, set your sights on the butter sculpture and much, much more!

Laurie Dupnock is a student assistant in the Office of Media and Public Relations and a graduate student in the MA English and Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University. She loves writing, health and wellness, the outdoors and coffee.   

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