Summer is winding down but there’s still plenty of interesting events and festivals to check out before classes start! Free summer movies will continue to show in parks around NYC until mid-September and Harlem Week is back with a month-long celebration of African American culture and celebration including sports events, performances and a street fair. There’s also plenty of food festivals coming up that every foodie should check out: from the Giglio Feast of Saint Antonio for Italian food to the Hudson River Park Blues BBQ for traditional barbecue. Also, start getting ready for all of the Labor Day festivities coming up in early September, including my personal favorite: the West Indian Labor Day Parade. This weekend long celebration of Caribbean culture will culminate in a huge parade in Brooklyn featuring thousands of people in colorful costumes dancing to reggae and calypso. A special Kiddie Carnival on Saturday, a Dimanche Gras (Fat Sunday) celebration, and an early Monday morning (starting around 3AM) J’Ouvert parade, a celebration of steel pan drums that kicks off the main parade beginning at 11AM. I’ve attended this parade since I was a kid and it’s definitely a great time for anyone who enjoys Caribbean culture.