New York City events September 2020. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events September 2020

Tennis tournament

September 1 - 13, 2020
(begins Aug. 21)
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.

Jazz festival

September 1 - 30, 2020
1 mile NW
Generations in Jazz Festival has performances nearly every night at Dizzy’s Club at 60th & Broadway.

Salsa dance festival

September 3 - 7, 2020
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 3 - 7, 2020
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 4 - 6, 2020
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+.

County fair

September 5 - 7, 2020
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.

Brazilian Day

September 6, 2020
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.

Latin street fair in Queens

September 6, 2020
8.1 miles east
Carnaval de la Cultura Latina promises “art, music, dance, and great food from Latino cultures, as well as a day of fun for the whole family” on Junction Boulevard (from Roosevelt to 37th Avenue). Held in July and September in different locations. Free.

Caribbean festival & parade

September 7, 2020
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.

Medical festival

September 10 - 13, 2020
multiple locations
Check out 18 events that will get you excited about medicine at Med, including expert talks, walking tours, CPR and first-aid classes, and short films. Many events are free.

Tribute in Light

September 11, 2020
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.

New York Fashion Week

September 11 - 16, 2020
NYC locations
Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events during New York Fashion Week, which unveil spring collections. Repeats in Feb.

Tattoo convention

September 11 - 13, 2020
5.9 miles NW
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Coney Island Film Festival

September 11 - 13, 2020
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.

Labor Day parade

September 12, 2020
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.

Pig feast

September 12, 2020
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.

Honey festival

September 12, 2020
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 12 - 13, 2020
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.

Street fair

September 13, 2020
1.8 miles north
92Y Street Fest has entertainment, games, kids’ activities, and vendors, on Lexington Avenue (from 79th to 94th). Free.

Italian street fair

September 17 - 27, 2020
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 Mulberry Street (from Canal to Houston). Free.

German parade

September 19, 2020
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 19, 2020
1.2 miles north
Enjoy German beer and food with live music at the German-American Oktoberfest at Rumsey Playfield.

African American Day Parade

September 20, 2020
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.

German festival

September 20, 2020
20 miles east
Ompahfest features German and Austrian food, beer, music, and dance at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square.

Affordable Art Fair

September 24 - 27, 2020
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.

Haunted house - Long Island

September 25 - Oct. 31, 2020
60 miles east
Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse in Bellport, which is recommended for age 13+. On October weekends, they offer a “not so scary” Kids Adventure for age 3+. See schedule.

Benefit concert in Central Park

September 26, 2020
2 miles north
Global Citizen Festival “brings together top artists, world leaders, and everyday activists to take action to end poverty” on the Great Lawn in Central Park. Gates open at 2 p.m. Broadcast live on MSNBC TV.

Bike rides

September 26, 2020
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.

New Jersey street fair

September 26, 2020
(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.

Intimacy expo

September 26 - 27, 2020
4.4 miles SE
Hear speakers and visit vendors at the Sex Expo at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 18+.

Tunnel to Towers 5K

September 27, 2020
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.

Brooklyn street fair

September 27, 2020
10 miles south
Flatbush Frolic offers music, dance, food, a children’s area, local vendors, and arts and crafts. Free.

Free movies in parks

September 2020
(undated)
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Oyster Week

September 2020
(undated)
NYC locations
Oyster Week is a series of adventurous dining events and activities that benefit sustainable aquaculture.

SummerStage

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Broadway discounts

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Square dance in the park

September 2020
(undated)
0.5 miles south
The Square Dance has a country band (5 p.m.), dance sessions with a barn dance caller (6 & 8:30), a swing band (7:40), cornhole competitions, lassoing, food vendors, and mechanical bull riding in Bryant Park. Beginners are welcome. Free, with free hats for the first 1,000 attendees.

Tasting at the zoo

September 2020
(undated)
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+.

Film festival

September 2020
(undated)
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 tasting

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Outdoor opera videos

September 2020
(undated)
1.2 miles NW
See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.

New York Film Festival

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Drag convention

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Food and wine event

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Israeli wine tasting

September 2020
(undated)
1.7 miles south
Wines of Israel Grand Tasting is a walk-around tasting event featuring 27 wineries and vegetarian food at Union Park Events.

Marine science festival

September 2020
(undated)
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.

County fair on the Hudson

September 2020
(undated)
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. Free.

Folk music in the park

September 2020
(undated)
2.1 miles south
Washington Square Park Folk Festival features folk, bluegrass, banjo, and Spanish guitar music plus a square dance. Free.

Innovative theater festival

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Taste of Italy

September 2020
(undated)
3.9 miles south
The $65 Passport to Eataly Wine & Food Festa includes unlimited tastes of “10 seasonal Italian dishes and 20 unique wines” at Eataly NYC Downtown.

Hoboken festival

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Book festival

September 2020
(undated)
5 miles south
Brooklyn Book Festival includes a whole week of events throughout the borough. 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.

Taste of North Brooklyn

September 2020
(undated)
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).

Animation festival

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Photo expo

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Beer festival in Jersey City

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Bicycle flea market

September 2020
(undated)
7 miles south
Shop for new and used bicycles, accessories, clothing, collectibles, and artwork during New York Bike Jumble at J.J. Byrne Playground (Fifth Avenue and 4th Street in Park Slope). Held in May and September.

Bluegrass music festival

September 2020
(undated)
7 miles south
Park Slope Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree includes jamming and workshops on Saturday afternoon, plus concerts Friday and Saturday evenings at Old Stone House of Brooklyn and nearby Washington Park.

Vegan food festival

September 2020
(undated)
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 2020
(undated)
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.

Medieval fair

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Concerts at Industry City

September 2020
(undated)
10.7 miles south
The Summer Series includes 39 ticketed concerts by indie artists outdoors at 238 36th Street in Brooklyn.

Tasting event

September 2020
(undated)
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+.

Chocolate show

September 2020
(undated)
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 2020
(undated)
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.

Special park day

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Irish fair

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Greek Festival

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Greek Festival

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Science day in Staten Island

September 2020
(undated)
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.

History celebration

September 2020
(undated)
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.

Renaissance fair

September 2020
(undated)
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. Open weekends and Labor Day.

Beer festival on Long Island

September 2020
(undated)
81 miles east
Sample “hop-forward and hop-infused beer such as IPAs, DIPAs, and NEIPAs” from 10 breweries at Long Island Hop Fest, with live music, food for sale, outdoor games, and a pumpkin chucker at Jamesport Farm Brewery in Riverhead for age 21+. No pets.

Halloween - Bronx Zoo

September 2020
(undated)
9 miles north
Boo at the Zoo features costume parades, pumpkin carvers, magic shows, puppet shows, craft making, a corn maze, and a candy trail at the Bronx Zoo, included free with all tickets. Spooktacular Night Walks with pizza are available on select dates.

Halloween garden for families

September 2020
(undated)
12 miles north
See scarecrows in the garden and join kids’ activities at Spooky Pumpkin Garden at New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Weekends include creepy creatures like bats and reptiles plus pumpkin-carving demonstrations. Closed Mondays. Spooky Pumpkin Nights on select evenings.

Halloween theme park

September 2020
(undated)
33 miles NE
Bayville Scream Park has six terrifying attractions for age 12+ (age 10+ with an adult) on Long Island. See schedule for “Kids Not So Scary Days.”

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