With Fashion Week, the US Open, music, art and festivals galore, I hope you got some much needed rest during the summer. You’re going to need it.
9/1: 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.
9/1: New York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis Times Square.
9/1: The Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition begins with a tug parade at 11:15 a.m. and ends with contests and awards at Pier 84. Schedule flyer. Free to watch from Pier 84, or you can buy tickets to board the spectator boat on Pier 83.
9/1: Watch hundreds of 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 (Sat. & Sun., 12 to 5 p.m.). Free.
9/1: Electric Zoo is an electronic dance-music festival that brings top acts and 100,000 fans to Randall’s Island Park each Labor Day weekend for age
9/1 – 2: Watch popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.
9/1 – 2 (begins Aug. 31): 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 – 2 & 7 – 8: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 100 artists on the sidewalks of University Place.
9/1 – 8: 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 – 10/6 (weekends): 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 – 16: Get two tickets for the price of one, or get upgraded seats for select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week.
9/3 – 10/1: Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
9/4 – 24: 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 – 8: 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.
9/6 – 11: Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events during New York Fashion Week, which unveil spring collections.
9/7 (10 a.m.): Celebrate workers with the AFL-CIO at New York City Labor Day Parade on 5th Ave from 44th Street to 67th Street.
9/8 (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. Rain date is Sept. 15. Free.
9/8 (1 to 5 p.m.): Washington Square Park Folk Festival features folk, bluegrass, banjo, and Spanish guitar music plus a square dance. Free.
9/8: NYC Century Bike Tour offers rides ranging from 15 to 100 miles, and you can start either at Central Park or Prospect Park. (The 15-mile option starts only at Prospect Park, has a police escort, and fills early.) The Finish Festival is at the north end of Central Park.
9/11 (dusk to dawn): Tribute in Light is two brilliant beams (308,000 watts each) that shine upward all night from atop Battery Parking Garage near the World Trade Center site. Free.
9/12 – 22: 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, mostly on on Mulberry Street (from Canal to Houston). Free.
9/15 (1 to 6 p.m.): The African American Day Parade goes north from Central Park to Harlem on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (from 111th Street to 136th Street). Pre-parade performances begin at noon. Free.
9/17 – 29: NYC locations,Oyster Week is a series of adventurous dining events and activities that benefit sustainable aquaculture.
9/16: Broadway Blessing at 7pm at St. Malachy’s Church, The Actors’ Chapel 239 W. 49th Street. Free.
9/18 – 22: Urbanworld Film Festival features films and panel discussions that support and develop “multi-cultural storytellers and visionaries” at AMC Empire.
9/19 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.): Local chefs prepare signature dishes accompanied by microbrews, wine, and music at Harvest in the Square in the North Plaza at Union Square Park.
9/21: Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.
9/ 21 (12 to 2 p.m.): 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.
9/21 (1:30 to 7:15 p.m.): Enjoy German beer and food with live music at the German-American Oktoberfest at Rumsey Playfield.
9/21: Taste hundreds of wines from around the world with with live entertainment, interactive games, and food for sale during New York City Wine Fest at The Tunnel for age 21+.
9/21: 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.
9/21 (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.
9/26 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.): Sip for the Sea is a $200 benefit for the aquarium featuring pairings of sustainable wines with seafood and hors d’oeuvres, and including live music at Central Park Zoo for age 21+.
9/26 – 29: 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.
9/26 – 29 (preview Sept. 25): Browse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 70 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair, which includes workshops and activities at Metropolitan Pavilion. Repeats in March.
9/27 – 10/13: See classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF) at Lincoln Center.
9/28: 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. The date changes to Sunday if it rains. Free.
9/28: Buy food, beer, wine, and spirits (all vegan) from 100 vendors during New York Vegandale at Randall’s Island Park. Free admission for children age 12 and younger.
9/29 (11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.): 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.
9/29: Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk honors and provides financial support to our first responders and military, departing from the parking lot of IKEA in Red Hook.