As you may know, Travel Freak is a big fan of music festivals, especially if they take you to a destination you’ve never been before. We’re still waiting for the chance to jet off to Corsica for Calvi on the Rocks, but in the meantime we don’t mind quenching our thirst for new scenery and pulsing dance beats a little closer to home. That’s why this Labor Day, instead of heading out to the Hamptons or taking a long weekend outside of the tri-state area, we’ll be attending Electric Zoo, the epic New York-based electronic music festival.

Whereas most New Yorkers board planes, trains, and automobiles to escape the city for one last summertime hurrah, we’ll only be traveling on the subway up to Randall’s Island where the 3-day festival is being held. Sandwiched between Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, Randall’s Island provides the perfect escape from the concrete jungle with open fields and expansive recreational areas — most of which will be devoted to DJs and the concertgoers who love them come Labor Day weekend.

Started in 2009, Electric Zoo has quickly become a premier event for dance music in New York and the United States as a whole, catering to a diverse crowd of music lovers whose main interest is dancing like there’s no tomorrow. And dance they will: this year’s lineup includes heaver-hitter acts like David Guetta, Diplo, Tiësto, and Skrillex, all of whom are known to deliver beats infectious enough to get even the most inept dancer moving to the rhythm.

While we’re excited for the festival, we’re also excited to see a part of our home city that we otherwise probably wouldn’t visit. Having never been to Randall’s Island, we consider Electric Zoo an opportunity to explore the big backyard of New York that we frequently neglect. There are countless spots in and around this city that go unnoticed by visitors and residents alike because they are out of the way or less heavily trafficked, but it always pays to get to know your home a little better — and that’s what a staycation is all about, right?

If you’re interested in attending Electric Zoo (as a staycation or a full-blown getaway) head over to the Made Event website and pick up your tickets. For out-of-town guests they even offer a travel package complete with lodging. And if the price tag makes you wince, keep in mind that the people behind the festival have been known to put some of that money back into programs on Randall’s Island. So come on, dance for a good cause, people!

We’ll be covering the event after we get back from our two-week trip to Spain in August, but while we wait, tell us about your staycation experiences! Have you ever done something to rediscover your hometown or see it in a different light?

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