With the amount of events in September you are sure to be booked or over booked all month long. Fashion, art, dance, food, drinks, dance, film, sports, September has it all.
9/1 (3 to 4 p.m.): Free Circus Amok does juggling, tightrope walking, acrobatics, clowning, puppetry, unusual dance, and gender-bending performance art at Socrates Sculpture Park.
9/ 1 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.): Enjoy live Hawaiian music, lei-making, hula lessons, Polynesian food and cocktails, and the art exhibit “Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’i” at Aloha Nights at New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
9/1 – 2: 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 Governors Island on Saturday and Sunday. Free.
9/ 1 – 2: 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. Saturday is sold out.
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: See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.
9/ 1 – 3: Richmond County Fair features kids’ crafts, historical demonstrations, amusement rides, eating contests, classic cars, farm animals, music, and entertainment Labor Day weekend in Staten Island.
9/ 1 – 3 and 8 – 9: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 100 artists on the sidewalks of University Place.
9/ 1 – 9: 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 – 29: Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan.
9/ 1 – 30: 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. Open Labor Day.
9/ 2: 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.
9/ 2: Ultimate Freedom Concert is performed au naturel onstage at Father Duffy Square. Organizers say spectators wearing only the official bracelet “will be recognized by police as completely bare with integrity.”
9/ 2 – 23: Watch the New York Yankees play an exciting home game at Yankee Stadium.
9/ 3 – 16: Get two tickets for the price of one, or get upgraded seats for select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week.
9/ 5 – 12: Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) offers a variety of concerts.
9/ 5 – 27: Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
9/ 6 – 14: Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events during New York Fashion Week, which unveil spring collections. Look for T2C’s coverage
9/ 7: ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival begins with music at 6 p.m. followed by a movie at 8 p.m. or sundown in three different Harlem parks if weather allows. Free.
9/ 7 – 27: Watch the New York Mets play an exciting home game at Citi Field.
9/ 8 (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: Mets Jam Music Festival has activities (home-run derby, speed pitch, batting cage) and Mets players at SummerStage in Central Park. No cameras. Free.
9/ 9 (1 to 6 p.m.): Enjoy carnival rides & games, live bands, a sideshow, aerialists, and food vendors at West Side County Fair at Riverside Park South & W. 70th Street. Free.
9/ 9: Washington Square Park Folk Festival features an old time string band, blues, early country music, Turkish songs, and a square dance. Free.
9/ 9 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.): The Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition begins with a tug parade at 11 a.m. 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. Schedule.
9/ 9: NYC Century Bike Tour offers rides ranging from 15 to 100 miles, all beginning and ending on Central Park N.
9/ 11: Tribute in Light is two brilliant beams that shine into the sky all night near the World Trade Center site.
9/ 13 (7 to 10 p.m.): The Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes of more than 100 whiskies, culinary pairings, and master classes at Metropolitan Pavilion for age 21+.
9/ 13 – 23: The Feast of San Gennaro is famous for its religious processions and eating contests (cannoli, meatballs), and includes live music and ethnic foods in Little Italy at Grand & Mott streets. Free.
9/ 15: See German-American marching bands, floats, dance groups, and walkers in traditional costumes in the Steuben Parade on Fifth Avenue (from 65th Street to 86th Street). Free or buy grandstand seats.
9/ 15, 2018 (SOLD OUT): Enjoy German beer and food with live music at the Steuben Parade Oktoberfest at Rumsey Playfield.
9/ 15: Taste hundreds of wines from around the world with with live entertainment, interactive games, and food for sale during New York Wine Fest at 269 11th Avenue in Chelsea for age 21+.
9/ 15 – 30: NYC locations. Oyster Week is a series of adventurous dining events and activities that benefit sustainable aquaculture.
9/ 16: The African American Day Parade goes north from Central Park to Harlem on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (from 111th Street to 136th Street). Free.
9/ 17 Secret location. Tickets are scarce for Le Dîner en Blanc, a glamorous picnic and dance for couples dressed in white who bring their own food and table to a public location, which is kept secret until the last minute. Look for T2C’s coverage
9/ 19 – 23: Urbanworld Film Festival features films and panel discussions that support and develop content creators of color at AMC Empire.
9/ 20 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.): Local chefs prepare signature dishes accompanied by microbrews, wine, and music at Harvest in the Square on the North Plaza of Union Square Park. Look for T2C’s coverage
9/ 22: Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.
9/ 22: Learn about the oceans from marine scientists, tour a boat, visit the kid zone, fish, and kayak at Submerge on Pier 84 at Hudson River Park. Free.
9/ 22: 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/ 22: 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. Look for T2C’s coverage
9/ 27: Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites at Angelika Film Center.
9/27 – 30: New York Burlesque Festival is four nights of bump and grind by 100 performers in feathers and lace, including a glittery razzle-dazzle spectacular on Saturday.
9/ 27 – 30: Browse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 50 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair, which includes workshops and activities at Metropolitan Pavilion.
9/ 28 – 30: RuPaul’s DragCon NYC features celebrity drag queens, lip sync contests, panel discussions, Q & A sessions, and 200 vendors at Jacob Javits Convention Center for all ages.
9/ 28 – Oct. 14: See classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF). Look for T2C’s coverage
9/ 29 – 30: See exhibitors of gay and lesbian products, services, and weddings, at The Original LGBT Expo in the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Free.
9/ 29 – 30: Meet chocolatiers, artisans, and chefs at The Big Chocolate Show, with demonstrations onstage, master classes, chocolate and cocktail tasting, and family day (Sunday) in Chelsea. Look for T2C’s coverage
9/ 29 – 30: Buy food, beer, wine, and spirits from 70 vendors during New York Vegandale at Randall’s Island Park. Free admission for children age 12 and younger.
9/ 29 – Oct. 28: Boo at the Zoo features costume parades, magic shows, a hay maze, a haunted forest, pumpkin carvers, and treats at the Bronx Zoo and is included free with all tickets. Dates in 2018: Sept. 29, 30; Oct. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28.
9/ 30: Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk honors and provides financial support to our first responders and military.
9/ 30: The Medieval Festival 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. In case of rain, the festival moves to Oct. 7, 2018.