Tennis, Fashion, Music and art dominate, as the leaves start to turn. September in New York is absolutely beautiful. There is plenty to do as the city turns into a wonderland of activity.
9/1 – 4 Unicycle festival: Watch 300 unicycles roll around the city or try it yourself at New York City Unicycle Festival on Labor Day weekend, with unicycle sports, exhibitions, and races on Governor’s Island. Free.
9/1 – 5 2016 New York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis.
9/1 – 5 Outdoor opera videos: See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.
9/1 – 11 Watch the world’s best players compete under the open sky at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows.
9/1 – 18 Innovative theater festival: See 26 new and innovative works, including comedy, dance, drama, music, poetry, and puppetry, during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.
9/2 – 4 Electric Zoo is an electronic dance-music festival that brings top acts and 150,000 fans to Randall’s Island Park each Labor Day weekend.
9/3 – 5 and 9/10 – 11: Art fair: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place. Repeats in May. Free.
9/3 – 10/2 Renaissance fair: Travel one hour north to 16th century England to see knights joust, mingle with costumed minstrels, shop in an artisan market, play games and watch shows.
9/4 Brazilian Day is a lively festival celebrating Brazil’s independence with music, dance, and food in 25 blocks of Little Brazil near West 46th Street. Free.
9/4 County fair on the Hudson: Enjoy carnival rides & games, live bands, a sideshow, aerialists, reptile shows, and a green market at West Side County Fair at Riverside Park South & 70th. Free.
9/4 Tugboat races: The Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition [scroll down their page] begins with a tug parade and ends in contests and awards at Pier 8.
9/7 – 23 SummerStage: Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
9/8 & 15 Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at NYC parks in Manhattan
9/ 8 – 15 New York Fashion Week brings out top models, photographers, and designers who attend invitation-only events that unveil spring collections during New York Fashion Week. Repeats in Feb.
9/10 Labor Day Parade celebrate workers with the AFL-CIO at the Labor Day Parade on 5th Ave from 44th Street to 67th Street.
9/10 Bike rides: Bike the Boros offers three rides of 31, 62, and 100 miles, all beginning at Pier 97, Hudson River Park.
9/11 Tribute in Lightt is two brilliant beams that shine into the sky all night near the World Trade Center site.
9/12 – 18 Honey Week: Celebrate the honeybee with dinners, cocktails, tours, tastings, and workshops.
9/14 Taste of Greenwich Village: Enjoy tastes from 30 local food and wine purveyors at Taste of the Village in Washington Square Park.
9/14 – 18: Harlem International Film Festival shows features, documentaries, shorts, youth projects, and animated works, and it includes panel discussions and awards.
9/15 Tasting at the zoo: Sip for the Sea is a $200 benefit for the aquarium featuring pairings of sustainable wines with seafood and hors d’oeuvres at Central Park Zoo for age 21+.
9/15 – 25 The Feast of San Gennaro is popular for its religious procession Sept. 19, colorful parades, live music, ethnic foods, and a famous cannoli-eating contest in Little Italy at Mulberry & Grand streets. Free.
9/16 – 18 Coffee festival: Choose a three-hour session to attend the inaugural New York Coffee Festival, for tastings, exhibits, demos, and live music at the 69th Regiment Armory.
9/16 – Oct. 1 Oyster Week is a series of adventurous dining events and activities that benefit sustainable aquaculture.
9/17 German parade: See German-American marching bands, floats, dance groups, and walkers in traditional costumes in the Steuben Parade on Fifth Ave. Free or reserved seats.
9/17 Oktoberfest in Central Park: Enjoy German beer and food with live music at the Steuben Parade Oktoberfest at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Sells out fast.
9/17 Mobile food awards & tasting: Food-cart and food-truck vendors prepare their best dishes for you and the judges at the Vendy Awards, which includes live music, beer, wine, beverages, performances, and awards on Governors Island.
9/18 Medieval fair transforms Fort Tryon Park into a medieval town with bright banners, processional flags, and performers in period dress. Enjoy medieval music, magic, dancing, juggling, food and craft vendors, and knights jousting on horseback. Free.
9/18 – 24 See the latest cars outdoors at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan during Motorexpo. Free.
9/18 – Oct. 8 New York Gypsy Festival includes seven shows from Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, France, and the U.S.A. 85 Ave A (Between 5th and 6th Streets.)
9/19 – 25 NYC locations Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) offers an astonishing variety of concerts.
9/ 21 – 25 Watch show jumping, exhibition acts, and a polo game on the last day at Central Park Horse Show in Trump Rink at Central Park.
9/ 21 – 25 Urbanworld Film Festival features films and panel discussions that support and develop content creators of color at AMC 34th St. Theater and SVA Theatre.
9/22 Local chefs prepare signature dishes accompanied by microbrews, wine, and music at Harvest in the Square on the North Plaza of Union Square Park.
9/23 – 24 Taste 250 wines at Wine Riot at the 69th Regiment Armory, and track your favorites on the free app. Repeats in March.
9/24 Free museum day: Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 95 museums in New York state on Museum Day Live.
9/24 Urban adventure race: Xplore New York City is a 5K race to solve clues and complete challenges as you travel around the city. Discount tickets $25.
9/24 Marine science festival: Learn about the oceans from marine scientists and hands-on activities at Submerge at Pier 26. Free.
9/24 Lighthouse festival: Tour Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse (while tickets last) at Little Red Lighthouse Festival with food vendors and live music in Fort Washington Park. Free.
9/24 Washington Square Park Folk Festival features an old time string band, blues, traditional Mexican, and a square dance. Free.
9/25 Pickle day: Buy a pickle on a stick or other pickle-themed food, take part in activities, and dance to DJ music at Lower East Side Pickle Day on Orchard St., where vendors once sold pickles from barrels. Free.
9/25 Tunnel to Towers 5K Runners Run/Walk honors and provides financial support to our first responders and military.
9/26 Asian cocktail festival: Enjoy a bevy of cocktails inspired by Asian ingredients at NY Moon Festival Cocktail Feast at The Bowery Hotel.
9/ 26 – Oct. 8 Fall for Dance Festival features 20 international dance companies in five unique programs and two world premiere commissions at City Center.
9/28 – Oct. 2 Affordable Art Fair Browse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 50 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair, which includes workshops and activities at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Repeats in March.
9/28 – Oct. 2 Architecture & Design Film Festival features films, panel discussions with design leaders and filmmakers, and parties at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas.
9/29 – Oct. 2 New York Burlesque Festival is four nights of bump and grind by dozens of performers in feathers and lace, ending in a glittery razzle-dazzle spectacular. Discount tickets to opening night party $11.
9/30 – Oct. 16 New York Film Festival: See classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF).
9/30 – Oct. 16 Haunted house: Celebrate the macabre when intense, creepy actors confront you in the labyrinth of passageways at Blood Manor, 163 Varick St. Not for pre-teens.