New York City events September 2019. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events September 2019

Brazilian Day

September 1, 2019
0.3 miles south
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.

Salsa dance festival

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 29)
0.4 miles SW
New York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.

Unicycle festival

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 29)
5 miles south via ferry
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.

Electric Zoo music festival

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
6 miles NE
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 18+.

Outdoor opera videos

September 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Aug. 23)
1.2 miles NW
See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.

County fair

September 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Aug. 31)
17 miles SW
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.

Tennis tournament

September 1 - 8, 2019
(begins Aug. 26)
8 miles east
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.

Innovative theater festival

September 1 - 15, 2019
(begins Aug. 25)
2.5 miles south
See 27 new and innovative works, including comedy, dance, drama, music, and poetry during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.

Blue Man show

September 1 - 30, 2019
(also Aug.)
2.3 miles south
Blue Man Group promises to rock your world with an exciting show that combines music, comedy, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre.

Ticket deal $39

Renaissance fair

September 1 - Oct. 6, 2019
(weekends from Aug. 17)
44 miles NW
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. Also open Labor Day, September 2, 2019.

Ticket deal $16 (child $8)

Caribbean festival & parade

September 2, 2019
(11 a.m.)
9 miles SE
Celebrate Caribbean culture and history at the lively New York Caribbean Carnival Parade (Labor Day Parade), which has dancers in colorful costumes, reggae, and calypso music on Eastern Parkway (from Schenectady Ave. to Brooklyn Museum). Free.

Broadway discounts

September 3 - 16, 2019
0.5 miles west
Get two tickets for the price of one, or get upgraded seats for select theater shows during NYC Broadway Week. Repeats in Jan.

Free movies in parks

September 3 - Oct. 1, 2019
(also Aug.)
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

New York’s Got Talent

September 4 & 10, 2019
(7 p.m.)
1.2 miles west
Vote for your favorite acts at New York’s Got Talent, which includes singers, dancers, magicians, jugglers, pet tricks, burlesque, bands, guitarists, drummers, acrobats, and comedians at The Green Room 42. Optional food is available for sale.

Ticket deal $9 to $29


September 4 - 24, 2019
(also Aug.)
NYC locations
Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.

Concerts at Industry City

September 4 - 28, 2019
(also Aug.)
10.7 miles south
The Summer Series includes 39 ticketed concerts by indie artists outdoors at 238 36th Street in Brooklyn.

Drag convention

September 6 - 8, 2019
1.5 miles SW
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.

Greek Festival

September 6 - 8 & 13 - 15, 2019
21.4 miles south
Enjoy Greek food, carnival rides, craft vendors, and a flea market at the Greek Festival, with evening music and dancing at 1641 Richmond Avenue on Staten Island.

Baroque burlesque show

September 6 - Nov. 2, 2019
7 miles SE
Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Queen of Hearts delivers “a decadent dreamworld” filled with circus, opera, magic, and baroque dance at Théâtre XIV in Bushwick for age 21+.

Ticket deal $59 to $129

Labor Day parade

September 7, 2019
(10 a.m.)
0.3 miles south
Celebrate workers with the AFL-CIO at New York City Labor Day Parade on 5th Ave from 44th Street to 67th Street.

Caribbean musical

September 7, 2019
(7 p.m.)
4.5 miles north
Citizens of Jamaica fight the overreach of American commercialism in a show full of surprising sets, colorful costumes, and Calypso-inspired songs at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Ticket deal $13 (VIP $20)

Pig feast

September 7, 2019
7.5 miles south
Taste amazing dishes from dozens of chefs (like glazed pork belly & peach on ramen, wood-smoked pork pizza, roasted pork sliders, bacon banana bread with caramelized bacon), with cider samples, craft beer, and live music at Pig Island in Erie Basin Park.

Tasting event

September 7, 2019
(1 to 4 p.m.)
12.2 miles south
Watch cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs at Wine & Food Experience, which showcases “the best food, wine, beer and spirits from local & national chefs and mixologists” in LeFrak Center at Lakeside (Prospect Park) for age 21+.

Ticket deal $50

History celebration

September 7, 2019
(11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
32 miles south
The 1776 Peace Conference Celebration offers historic house tours, re-enactments, colonial dancing, outdoor cooking, crafters, music, and kids’ activities at the Conference House in Staten Island. Rain date Sept. 8.

County fair on the Hudson

September 8, 2019
(1 to 6 p.m.)
1.8 miles NW
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.

Folk music in the park

September 8, 2019
(1 to 5 p.m.)
2.1 miles south
Washington Square Park Folk Festival features folk, bluegrass, banjo, and Spanish guitar music plus a square dance. Free.

Bike rides

September 8, 2019
3.4 miles north
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.

Tribute in Light

September 11, 2019
(dusk to dawn)
4.2 miles south
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.

Greek Festival

September 12 - 15, 2019
20.9 miles north
Enjoy Greek food, music, dancing, carnival rides, craft vendors, and a flea market at the Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in New Rochelle. Children younger than age 12 are free.

Italian street fair

September 12 - 22, 2019
3 miles south
The Feast of San Gennaro [website has sound] 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.

Photo expo

September 12 - 22, 2019
6 miles south
View photographs in a village of shipping containers, hear talks by photographers and editors, watch projections at night, and visit a beer garden and food trucks at Photoville under the bridge in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Free.

Food and wine tasting

September 13, 2019
(7 to 10:30 p.m.)
1.2 miles east
Wear “business casual” attire to the Food and Wine Experience at Guastavino’s to support diversity in the hospitality and culinary industries.

Tattoo convention

September 13 - 15, 2019
5.9 miles NW
Inked Out features 100 tattoo artists, food and drink vendors, tattoo contests, and live music at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Children age 11 and younger are free.

Ticket deal $9.50

Coney Island Film Festival

September 13 - 15, 2019
14 miles south
Coney Island Film Festival screens nearly 100 innovative shorts and campy film classics in a funky, friendly atmosphere at two theaters in Coney Island.

Beer festival in Jersey City

September 14, 2019
7 miles SW
A ticket to Jersey City Craft Brew Fest includes beer and cider tasting, live music, interactive games, and food for sale at Harborside Plaza in Jersey City, NJ for age 21+. Held in April and September.

Wine tasting at Belmont

September 14, 2019
(1:30 to 5 p.m.)
18.4 miles east
Belmont Uncorked features “local, national, and international wines in the North Shore Terrace and the 4th floor clubhouse, with sweeping grandstand views of the racetrack” plus craft beer at Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont for age 21+.

Ticket deal $29

Honey festival

September 14, 2019
18.5 miles SE
Celebrate the honeybee with honey tasting, extraction demonstrations, and a marketplace during NYC Honey Fest outside Caracas Arepa Bar in Rockaway Park.

Tasting in Paramus

September 14 - 15, 2019
19.9 miles NW
A ticket to Bergen County Food & Wine Festival “provides entry to the festival and includes all food and drink samplings” with entertainment in tents outside Westfield Garden State Plaza for age 21+. Saturday is Burger Bash. Sunday is Tasting Village.

Ticket deal $29 to $35

Classic drama about prejudice

September 14 - Dec. 14, 2019
4.5 miles north
A black family moves to the white side of Chicago in A Raisin in the Sun, a groundbreaking classic that became a movie starring Sidney Poitier, live at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Ticket deal $8 to $15

African American Day Parade

September 15, 2019
(1 to 6 p.m.)
3.4 miles north
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.

Taste of North Brooklyn

September 15, 2019
(1 to 4 p.m.)
5 miles SE
Taste samples from 40 local restaurants and bars with live music at Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint at East River State Park in Brooklyn for age 21+ (but children age 11 and younger are allowed).

Special park day

September 15, 2019
18 miles SW via ferry
Explore normally closed areas of Freshkills Park on Discovery Day, when you can walk on trails, bike on pavement, fly kites, and take tours. Free, including shuttles to Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

Oyster Week

September 17 - 29, 2019
NYC locations
Oyster Week is a series of adventurous dining events and activities that benefit sustainable aquaculture.

Film festival

September 18 - 22, 2019
0.8 miles SW
Urbanworld Film Festival features films and panel discussions that support and develop “multi-cultural storytellers and visionaries” at AMC Empire.

Food and wine event

September 19, 2019
(7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
1.7 miles south
Local chefs prepare signature dishes accompanied by microbrews, wine, and music at Harvest in the Square in the North Plaza at Union Square Park.

Animation festival

September 20 - 22, 2019
8 miles south
Animation Block Party exhibits all genres of independent, professional, and student animation at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn. Opening night is usually at Littlefield.

Free museum day

September 21, 2019
NYC locations
Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.

German parade

September 21, 2019
(12 to 2 p.m.)
1 mile north
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.

Oktoberfest in Central Park

September 21, 2019
(1:30 to 7:15 p.m.)
1.2 miles north
Enjoy German beer and food with live music at the German-American Oktoberfest at Rumsey Playfield.

Wine tasting

September 21, 2019
2.1 miles SW
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+.

Ticket deal $20

Bike rides

September 21, 2019
4.2 miles north
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.

Mobile food awards & tasting

September 21, 2019
(12:30 to 5 p.m.)
5 miles south via ferry
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.

New Jersey street fair

September 21, 2019
(12 to 8 p.m.)
6.9 miles SW
Shop from 200 artists and 10 food trucks at All About Downtown Street Fair, which has multiple music stages, a children’s area, and a beer garden in Jersey City, NJ. Free.

Irish fair

September 21, 2019
19 miles south
The Great Irish Fair of New York is a family-friendly event with Irish music, dancing, vendors, and a kids’ area at The Amphitheater at Coney Island.

Intimacy expo

September 21 - 22, 2019
4.4 miles SE
Hear 20 speakers and visit vendors at Sex Expo N.Y. at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 18+.

Free tickets

Book festival

September 21 - 22, 2019
5 miles south
Brooklyn Book Festival includes a whole week of events throughout the borough (Sept. 16 to 23). The main events are children’s day on Saturday and festival day on Sunday, with a lively book market, author readings, and panel discussions on both days. Free.

Chocolate show

September 21 - 22, 2019
12.5 miles SE
Meet chocolatiers, artisans, and chefs at The Big Chocolate Show, which features demonstrations, classes, chocolate pairings, and tastings at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens.

County fair in Queens

September 21 - 22, 2019
16 miles east
Queens County Fair has pie-eating and corn-husking contests, pig racing, farm animals, hayrides, carnival rides, a midway, a beer garden, craft and food vendors, and bands at Queens County Farm Museum.

Brooklyn street fair

September 22, 2019
10 miles south
Flatbush Frolic offers music, dance, food, a children’s area, local vendors, and arts and crafts. Free.

German festival

September 22, 2019
20 miles east
Ompahfest features German and Austrian food, beer, music, and dance at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square.

Science day in Staten Island

September 22, 2019
22 miles south
City of Science offers interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities about science, technology, math, and engineering at College of Staten Island Sports and Recreation Center. Free.

Tasting at the zoo

September 26, 2019
(6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles north
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+.

Burlesque festival

September 26 - 29, 2019
NYC locations
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.

Affordable Art Fair

September 26 - 29, 2019
(preview Sept. 25)
1.7 miles south
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.

New York Film Festival

September 27 - Oct. 13, 2019
1.4 miles NW
See classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF) at Lincoln Center.

Haunted house - Long Island

September 27 - November 2, 2019
60 miles east
Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse in Bellport for age 12+. On October weekends, they offer a “not so scary” Kids Adventure. See schedule.

Marine science festival

September 28, 2019
1.7 miles west
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.

Vegan food festival

September 28, 2019
7 miles NE
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.

Chile Pepper Festival

September 28, 2019
7.5 miles SE
The Chile Pepper Festival features fiery foods like hot sauces, spicy pickles, “hot” chocolates, and chili peppers, plus music from the city of New Orleans at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Children younger than age 12 are free.

Halloween - Bronx Zoo

September 28 - Nov. 3, 2019
9 miles north
Boo at the Zoo features costume parades, magic shows, craft making, a corn maze, pumpkin carvers, and a candy trail at the Bronx Zoo. It is included free with all tickets. See schedule.

Groovy comedy about dating

September 28 - Dec. 14, 2019
4.5 miles north
Sweet Charity is a dance-filled musical comedy by Neil Simon about a girl seeking love in gritty 1960s New York City at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Ticket deal $8 to $20

Hoboken festival

September 29, 2019
4.7 miles SW
Fall Arts & Music Festival has 200 artists, sculptors, photographers, and crafters, as well as three stages of live music, rides, games, and food vendors on Washington Street in Hoboken, NJ. Repeats in May. Free.

Street festival

September 29, 2019
6 miles south
Atlantic Avenue is filled with arts and craft vendors, music stages, food booths, and kids’ activities during Atlantic Antic. Free.

Medieval fair

September 29, 2019
(11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
9 miles north
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.

Tunnel to Towers 5K

September 29, 2019
9.6 miles south
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.

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