Labor Day weekend is over and New York comes alive with a new season. Sports dominate with the US Open, but fashion is the rage with New York Fashion Week. With so many events what will you choose to attend?
9/ 1 – 10: 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 – 3: New York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.
9/ 1 – 3: Watch 300 unicycles roll around the city Thursday and Friday, or try it yourself at New York City Unicycle Festival, with unicycle sports, exhibitions, and races at Governor’s Island on Saturday and Sunday. Free.
9/ 1 – 3: 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/ 1 – 4: See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.
9/ 1 – 30: Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
9/1 – 10/1: Generations in Jazz Festival has performances every night at Dizzy’s Club at 60th & Broadway.
9/2 – 4 and 9 – 10: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place. Free.
9/ 2 – 10/ 1, 2017 (weekends & Labor Day): 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 at New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park.
9/3: 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.
9/3: The Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition begins with a tug parade and ends in contests and awards at Pier 84. Free to watch from Pier 84, or buy tickets to board the spectator boat leaving Pier 83.
9/4: Celebrate Caribbean culture and history at the lively New York Caribbean Carnival: Labor Day Parade, which has dancers in colorful costumes, reggae, and calypso music on Eastern Parkway, beginning at Schenectady Ave. and ending at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn with Caribbean food and craft vendors. Free.
9/4 – 17: Get two tickets for the price of one, or get upgraded seats for select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week.
9/6 – 15: Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events during New York Fashion Week
9/8 – 14: Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) offers a variety of concerts.
9/9 (10 a.m.): Celebrate workers with the AFL-CIO at NYC Labor Day Parade on 5th Ave from 44th Street to 67th Street.
9/9 (11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Taste amazing dishes from dozens of chefs (like glazed pork belly and peach on ramen, wood-smoked pork pizza, roasted pork sliders, bacon banana bread with caramelized bacon), with cider samples, a whiskey tent, and craft beer at Pig Island in Erie Basin Park.
9/9 – 10: See exhibitors of gay and lesbian products, services, and weddings, at The Original LGBT Expo in the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Free.
9/9 – 10 and 16 – 17: Autumn Crafts Festival features hundreds of juried artists, entertainment, and craft demonstrations in tents outside Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Free.
9/10 (1 to 6 p.m.): Enjoy carnival rides & games, live bands, a sideshow, aerialists, reptile shows, and a green market at West Side County Fair at Riverside Park South & W. 70th Street. Free.
9/10: Washington Square Park Folk Festival features an old time string band, blues, traditional Mexican, and a square dance. Free.
9/10 – 25: Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
9/11: Tribute in Light is two brilliant beams that shine into the sky all night near the World Trade Center site.
9/13 – 17: Browse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 67 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair NYC, which includes workshops and activities at Metropolitan Pavilion.
9/13 – 30: Oyster Week is a series of adventurous dining events and activities that benefit sustainable aquaculture.
9/14: Local chefs prepare signature dishes accompanied by microbrews, wine, and music at Harvest in the Square on the North Plaza of Union Square Park.
9/14 – 24: The Feast of San Gennaro is popular for its religious procession, colorful parades, live music, ethnic foods, and a famous cannoli-eating contest in Little Italy at Mulberry & Grand streets. Free.
9/16: Ideas City includes visionary speakers, exhibits of innovative design, performances, and tours to celebrate creativity and the exchange of ideas. Free.
9/16: See German-American marching bands, floats, dance groups, and walkers in traditional costumes in the Steuben Parade on Fifth Ave. Free or reserved seats.
9/16, 2017 (SOLD OUT): Enjoy German beer and food with live music at the Steuben Parade Oktoberfest at Rumsey Playfield.
9/16 (12 to 5 p.m.): Sample dishes from 15 East Village restaurants, with live entertainment and local musicians, at the Taste of East Village on E. 7th Street (from Cooper Square to 2nd Avenue).
9/16 (11 a.m.): Learn about the oceans from marine scientists and hands-on activities at Submerge at Pier 26. Free.
9/16: Escape New York has scenic rides ranging from 25 to 100 miles. Begin in Sakura Park, cross the George Washington Bridge, and return to a finish-line festival.
9/16 (12:30 to 5 p.m.): 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.
9/19 (6:30 p.m., VIP 5:30 p.m.): Enjoy tastes from 30 local food and wine purveyors at Taste of the Village in Washington Square Park.
9/20 – 24: Watch show jumping and exhibition acts, with a family day on Sept. 24 at Central Park Horse Show in Trump Rink at Central Park.
9/20 – 24: Urbanworld Film Festival features films and panel discussions that support and develop content creators of color at AMC 34th St. Theater and SVA Theatre.
9/21 – 24: New York Burlesque Festival is four nights of bump and grind by 100 performers in feathers and lace, ending in a glittery razzle-dazzle spectacular.
9/21 – 24: Viva! Latino Film Festival screens subtitled shorts, feature films, documentaries, and music videos.
9/22 (8 p.m., VIP 7): Taste dishes from dozens of Asian restaurants with cocktails, beer, wine, and sake at New York Feast by LuckyRice at the Mandarin Oriental.
9/23: Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 103 museums in New York state on Museum Day Live.
9/24: Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk honors and provides financial support to our first responders and military.
9/28: 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+.
9/28 – 10/15: See classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF).
9/30: Taste coffee from 20 specialty roasters and coffee shops, with snacks and entertainment, at NYC Craft Coffee