New York City events calendar for September 2018. Best festivals, fun things to do, free kids activities, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events in NYC, New York.

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Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in New York City with this calendar of events.

Miles are from Rockefeller Center in Midtown.

Electric Zoo music festival

September 1 - 2, 2018 (begins Aug. 31)

6 miles NE

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.

Salsa festival

September 1 - 3, 2018 (begins Aug. 30)

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 - 3, 2018 (begins Aug. 31)

5 miles south via ferry

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.
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County fair

September 1 - 3, 2018

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 - 9, 2018 (begins Aug. 27)

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.

Brazilian Day

September 2, 2018

0.3 miles south

Brazilian Day [sound] is a lively festival celebrating Brazil’s independence with music, dance, and food in 25 blocks of Little Brazil near West 46th Street. Free.

Tugboat races

September 2, 2018

2.7 miles SW

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.

Caribbean festival & parade

September 3, 2018

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, beginning at Schenectady Ave. and ending at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn with Caribbean food and craft vendors. Free.

Labor Day parade

September 8, 2018

0.3 miles south

Celebrate workers with the AFL-CIO at NYC Labor Day Parade on 5th Ave from 44th Street to 67th Street.

Superhero convention

September 8 - 9, 2018

5.7 miles NW

Heroes & Villains Fan Fest celebrates comics, sci-fi, TV, and movies with guest actors, panel discussions, costume contests, role-playing, and vendors at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Bike rides

September 9, 2018 (uncertain)

3.4 miles north

NYC Century Bike Tour offers rides ranging from 15 to 100 miles, all beginning and ending on Central Park N.

Latin street fair in Queens

September 9, 2018

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). Free.

Tribute in Light

September 11, 2018

4 miles south

Tribute in Light is two brilliant beams that shine into the sky all night near the World Trade Center site.

Italian street fair

September 13 - 23, 2018

3 miles south

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.

German parade

September 15, 2018

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 15, 2018

1.2 miles north

Enjoy German beer and food with live music at the Steuben Parade Oktoberfest at Rumsey Playfield.

New Jersey street fair

September 15, 2018 (12 to 8 p.m.)

6.9 miles SW

Shop from 300 artists and 10 food trucks at All About Downtown Street Fair, which has four music stages, a kids’ area, and a beer garden in Jersey City, NJ. Free.

Oyster Week

September 15 - 30, 2018

NYC locations

Oyster Week is a series of adventurous dining events and activities that benefit sustainable aquaculture.

Vegan tasting

September 16, 2018

2 miles NW

Buy bite-size portions of vegan foods from restaurants and vendors for $4 or less at the Vegan Street Fair New York, with games and activities at Grand Bazaar NYC. No pets. Free.

African American Day Parade

September 16, 2018

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). Free.

German festival

September 16, 2018

20 miles east

Ompahfest features German and Austrian food, beer, music, and dance at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square.

Street festival

September 23, 2018

6 miles south

Atlantic Avenue is filled with arts and craft vendors, music stages, food booths, and kids’ activities during Atlantic Antic. Free.

Tunnel to Towers 5K

September 30, 2018

8 miles south

Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk honors and provides financial support to our first responders and military.

Burlesque festival

September 2018 (undated)

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.

Free museum day

September 2018 (undated)

NYC locations

Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.

Free Summer Movies

September 2018 (undated)

NYC locations

Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

New York Fashion Week

September 2018 (undated)

NYC locations

Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events during New York Fashion Week [sound], which unveil spring collections. Repeats in Feb. See a list of shows open to the public.

New York Film Festival

September 2018 (undated)

NYC locations

See classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF).

SummerStage

September 2018 (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 2018 (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.

Tasting at the zoo

September 2018 (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 at Central Park Zoo for age 21+.

Film festival

September 2018 (undated)

0.8 miles SW

Urbanworld Film Festival features films and panel discussions that support and develop content creators of color at AMC Empire.

Horse show

September 2018 (undated)

0.8 miles north

Watch show jumping and exhibition acts, with one day a special “family day” at Central Park Horse Show in Wollman Rink at Central Park.

Refugee weekend

September 2018 (undated)

0.8 miles SE

Eat exotic food (brunch, dinner, or hors d’oeuvres), hear refugees talk about coming to America, and admire refugee art during Refugee Food & Art Festival at FEDCAP, 210 E. 43rd Street.

Taste of Asia

September 2018 (undated)

1 mile NW

Taste dishes from dozens of Asian restaurants with cocktails, beer, wine, and sake at New York Feast by LuckyRice at the Mandarin Oriental.

Meet the Mets

September 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles north

Mets Jam Music Festival has activities (home-run derby, speed pitch, batting cage) and Mets players at SummerStage in Central Park. No cameras. Free.

LGBT expo

September 2018 (undated)

1.5 miles SW

See exhibitors of gay and lesbian products, services, and weddings, at The Original LGBT Expo in the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Free.

Affordable Art Fair

September 2018 (undated)

1.7 miles south

Browse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 50 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair, which includes workshops and activities at Metropolitan Pavilion. Repeats in March.

Food and wine event

September 2018 (undated)

1.7 miles south

Local chefs prepare signature dishes accompanied by microbrews, wine, and music at Harvest in the Square on the North Plaza of Union Square Park.

County fair on the Hudson

September 2018 (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 2018 (undated)

2.1 miles south

Washington Square Park Folk Festival features an old time string band, blues, early country music, Turkish songs, and a square dance. Free.

Taste of Greenwich Village

September 2018 (undated)

2.1 miles south

Enjoy tastes from 30 local food and wine purveyors at Taste of the Village in Washington Square Park.

Tasting in East Village

September 2018 (undated)

2.3 miles south

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).

Innovative theater festival

September 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles south

See 23 new and innovative works, including comedy, dance, drama, music, poetry, and puppetry, during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.

Short-film festival

September 2018 (undated)

2.6 miles south

Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites. You can see the films at Anthology Film Archives.

New ideas festival

September 2018 (undated)

3 miles south

Ideas City includes visionary speakers, exhibits of innovative design, performances, and tours to celebrate creativity and the exchange of ideas at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the Bowery. Free.

New music

September 2018 (undated)

3 miles east

Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

Latino film festival

September 2018 (undated)

3.3 miles south

Viva! Latino Film Festival screens subtitled shorts, feature films, documentaries, and music videos at Downtown Community Television Center.

Marine science festival

September 2018 (undated)

3.5 miles south

Learn about the oceans from marine scientists, tour a boat, and visit the kid zone at Submerge on Pier 26 in Hudson River Park. Free.

Taste of North Brooklyn

September 2018 (undated)

4 miles SE

Taste samples from 34 local restaurants and bars with live music at Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint at the State of New York - East River State Park in Brooklyn for age 21+.

Bike rides

September 2018 (undated)

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.

Intimacy expo

September 2018 (undated)

4.4 miles SE

Hear 20 speakers and visit vendors at Sex Expo N.Y. at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free.

Virtual reality fair

September 2018 (undated)

4.4 miles SE

Worlds Fair Nano promises “mind-blowing technology, futurist talks, interactive art, live music, food, and more” at Brooklyn Expo Center. Kids 10 and younger are free. [If their website is down, try Facebook.]

Hoboken festival

September 2018 (undated)

4.7 miles SW

Fall Arts & Music Festival has 300 artists, sculptors, photographers, and crafters, as well as two stages of live music, rides, games, and food vendors on Washington St. in Hoboken, NJ. Repeats June. Free.

Book festival

September 2018 (undated)

5 miles south

Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday includes a lively book market, author readings, and panel discussions at Borough Hall in Brooklyn, plus a preceding week of literary events throughout the borough, including a Saturday children’s day. Free.

Mobile food awards & tasting

September 2018 (undated)

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.

Polo party

September 2018 (undated)

5 miles south via ferry

“Enjoy a gorgeous day of green grass, fall foliage, majestic horses, beautiful people and heart pounding polo” at The Victory Cup Fall Classic, with a car show, food trucks, and a kids’ area on Governor’s Island.

Photo expo

September 2018 (undated)

5.1 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 at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza. Free.

Bus Festival

September 2018 (undated)

6 miles south

Board vintage buses, and meet bus drivers and historians during the Bus Festival on Boerum Place (from State Street to Atlantic Avenue). Free.

Coffee festival

September 2018 (undated)

6 miles SE

Taste coffee from 20 specialty roasters and coffee shops, with snacks and entertainment, at NYC Craft Coffee Festival at Villain in Brooklyn.

Foodie event

September 2018 (undated)

6 miles SE

Promising “amazing chefs, restaurants, and cultural figures,” Taste Talks Brooklyn has a Friday night party, a Saturday conference with a brunch and dinner, and a Sunday cookout and closing party in Williamsburg.

Wine tasting in Jersey City

September 2018 (undated)

6.6 miles SW

Taste wine from eight countries at the Jersey City Wine Fest, with live music, food vendors, and interactive games at Harborside Plaza. Repeats in January.

Pig feast

September 2018 (undated)

7.5 miles south

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 and craft beer at Pig Island in Erie Basin Park.

Pottery festival

September 2018 (undated)

Brooklyn locations

Brooklyn Clay Tour promises “exhibitions and events centered around the diverse and growing ceramic arts community in Brooklyn” involving 250 artists.

Maker fair

September 2018 (undated)

9.3 miles east

Browse hundreds of exhibits about science, art, creativity, and innovation, and meet the makers at World Maker Faire New York at New York Hall of Science in Queens.

Brooklyn street fair

September 2018 (undated)

10 miles south

Flatbush Frolic offers music, dance, food, a children’s area, local vendors, and arts and crafts. Free.

Beer festival

September 2018 (undated)

10.9 miles south

Brooklyn Brew Fest features unlimited samples of 100 craft beers, food for sale, and live entertainment in the courtyards at Industry City for age 21+. No pets.

Beer tasting in the garden

September 2018 (undated)

12 miles north

Blues, Brews & Botany offers blues music, craft beer and cider, lawn games, and talks by brewing experts and garden scientists at New York Botanical Garden for age 21+.

Coney Island Film Festival

September 2018 (undated)

14 miles south

Coney Island Film Festival screens nearly 100 innovative shorts and campy film classics in a funky, friendly atmosphere in the heart of the boardwalk at 1208 Surf Avenue.

County fair in Queens

September 2018 (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.

Honey festival

September 2018 (undated)

19 miles SE

Celebrate urban beekeeping with honey tastings, honey-based food and beverages, demos, art, music, film, and kids’ activities at Honey Fest at Beach 106th Street in Rockaway Park. Free.

Irish fair

September 2018 (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 2018 (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.

Greek Festival

September 2018 (undated)

21.4 miles south

Enjoy Greek food, kids’ rides, craft vendors, and a flea market at the Greek Festival, with evening music and dancing at 1641 Richmond Avenue on Staten Island.

History celebration

September 2018 (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 2018 (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.

Short plays

September 2018 (undated)

0.7 miles north

Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 series of plays.

Outdoor opera videos

September 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles NW

See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.

Haunted house - Long Island

September 2018 (undated)

60 miles east

Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse [sound] in Bellport. It adds a Kids Adventure on weekends Oct. 7 to 29. See schedule.

Halloween - Bronx Zoo

September 2018 (undated)

9 miles north

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.

Pumpkin festival

September 2018 (undated)

23 miles SW

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm features hayrides, face painting, farm animals, farmhouse tours, arts and crafts, a corn maze, and a pumpkin patch at a historic working farm in Staten Island.

Halloween theme park

September 2018 (undated)

33 miles NE

Bayville Scream Park [sound] has six terrifying attractions, plus “not so scary” kids’ days (weekends 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) on Long Island. See schedule.
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