10 things to do in Boston this Labor Day weekend

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The clambake at the City Tap House. City Tap House

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Sparkling and Savasana

Getting a chance to do yoga on the rooftop of the Taj Hotel is pretty cool, but it’s even cooler when it’s free. The yoga is part of a launch event for Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water, and you can expect food, beverages, and giveaways post-flow. (Thursday, August 31 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Taj Hotel, Boston; free; 21+)

Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration

The Fourth of July isn’t the only time to enjoy fireworks in the city. For the fifth consecutive year, Boston Harbor Now (in partnership with the the City of Boston) will put on a fireworks display in the harbor, launching from two barges located between the Seaport and South End. Organizers suggest Christopher Columbus Park, Piers Park, and Fan Pier as three great spots to watch the show. (Thursday, August 31 at 8:15 p.m.; Boston Harbor; free; all ages)

Adult Ice Cream Social

Who says kids get to have all the fun? Area Four is taking you back to the days of middle school with an adult ice cream social at its South End location, serving up alcohol-infused ice cream treats until closing time. With drink specials like the OD Daiquiri Stout float (Plantation Rum and salted caramel ice cream) and Tropical Fizz (Citadelle Gin, lemon, soda, and tropical fluff ice cream), you’ll definitely need to leave the younger set at home. (Thursday, August 31 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Area Four, Boston; free entry; 21+)

ICA First Fridays: Endless Summer

It’s the last ICA First Friday of the summer, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston is going out in style, with live music by local rockers ABADABAD, tropical beats from DJ Big Bear, lawn games alongside the harbor, a sunset dance party, and specialty cocktails. (Friday, September 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; $15 GA, free for ICA members; 21+)

Yoga in the Gallery

Enrich yourself both spiritually and culturally by taking a yoga class at the South End’s Chase Young Gallery. After your workout, you can browse the collection and nosh on some light refreshments. (Saturday, September 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Chase Young Gallery, Boston; $25; all ages)

Brunches, Bands, and Beer at the Bistro

What better way to celebrate Labor Day weekend than with a classy brunch, live music, and a gorgeous view of the Esplanade? You can get all three this weekend at the Charles River Bistro, which will have live music from several local jazz acts and its usual selection of delicious brunch fare. If you prefer a mimosa, Bloody Mary, or other alcoholic beverage with your brunch, be sure to stop by on Sunday instead of Saturday. (Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Charles River Bistro; free entry; all ages)

King Richard’s Faire Opening Day

There’s plenty for every lass and lad to do at King Richard’s Faire in Carver, from participating in period-appropriate activities like axe throwing and archery to watching live entertainment to enjoying Renaissance food and drink. The Faire is also free to Carver residents on opening day with valid ID. (Saturday, September 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m; King Richard’s Faire, Carver; $32 GA, $16 for kids ages 4-11, Carver residents free)

‘Jaws’ on D

The Lawn on D will hold a free outdoor screening of everyone’s favorite shark movie (filmed on Martha’s Vineyard) this Sunday, complete with vintage 1975 Narragansett cans for purchase. Go to enjoy the movie, stay to see how many “we’re gonna need a bigger boat” jokes you can cram into one evening. (Sunday, September 3 at 7 p.m.; The Lawn on D, Boston; free; all ages)

All White Sunday Skate Party

It isn’t Labor Day weekend without a party in all-white attire, so the Chez Vous Roller Skating Rink in Dorchester is throwing an adults-only roller-skating bash on Sunday night. RSVP early and you’ll be entered to win a free birthday party at the rink or an HDTV. (Sunday, September 3 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Chez Vous Roller Skating Rink, Boston; $10; 18+)

The Great Clambake of 2017

City Tap House will celebrate Labor Day in style with a giant clambake, featuring lawn games, live music, and beer. Grab a heaping plate of mussels, lobster, sausage, potato, and corn ($25), and pair it with beers from Narragansett while listening to acoustic singer Dave Curtiss croon some tunes. (Monday, September 4 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; City Tap House, Boston; free entry; all ages)