New York City events September 2018. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events September 2018

Short plays

September 1, 2018
0.7 miles north
Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in two series of plays (A and B).

New music

September 1, 2018 (Sat. 12 to 9 p.m.)
3 miles east
Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

Circus in the park

September 1, 2018 (3 to 4 p.m.)
4.2 miles NE
Free Circus Amok does juggling, tightrope walking, acrobatics, clowning, puppetry, unusual dance, and gender-bending performance art at Socrates Sculpture Park.

Hawaiian evening in the garden

September 1, 2018 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)
12 miles north
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.

Unicycle festival

September 1 - 2, 2018
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 Governors Island on Saturday and Sunday. Free.

Electric Zoo music festival

September 1 - 2, 2018
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. Saturday is sold out.

Salsa dance festival

September 1 - 3, 2018
0.4 miles SW
New York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.

Outdoor opera videos

September 1 - 3, 2018
1.2 miles NW
See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.

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
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 - 16, 2018
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.

Brazilian Day

September 2, 2018
0.3 miles south
Brazilian Day [website has 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.

Naked concert

September 2, 2018
0.4 miles west
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.”

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.

Broadway discounts

September 3 - 16, 2018
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 mellow music

September 5 - Dec. 19, 2018
1.3 miles NW
American Folk Art Museum offers concerts at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free.

Greek Festival

September 6 - 9, 2018
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.

Free films in Harlem

September 7, 2018
4 miles north
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.

Tattoo convention

September 7 - 9, 2018
5.9 miles NW
Inked Out features 60 tattoo artists, food and drink vendors, tattoo contests, and live music at Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Pottery festival

September 7 - 9, 2018
Brooklyn locations
Brooklyn Clay Tour promises “exhibitions and events centered around the diverse and growing ceramic arts community in Brooklyn” involving 275 artists.

Greek Festival

September 7 - 9 and 14 - 16, 2018
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.

Labor Day parade

September 8, 2018 (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.

Distillery tasting

September 8, 2018 (2 or 7 p.m.)
7 miles SW
A ticket to Jersey City Craft Distillery Fest includes samples of 100 styles of spirits (rum, cognac, whiskey, vodka, gin, tequila), with live music and food for sale at Harborside Plaza in Jersey City, NJ for age 21+.

Pig feast

September 8, 2018
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.

History celebration

September 8, 2018 (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. 9.

Beer & music festival

September 8 - 9, 2018
5.6 miles south
Octfest is “an international beer, music, and food celebration” featuring 20 performing artists (Vince Staples, The Flaming Lips, etc.) and 90 breweries at Governors Island for age 21+.

Superhero convention

September 8 - 9, 2018
33.4 miles SW
Heroes & Villains Fan Fest celebrates comics, sci-fi, TV, and movies with guest actors, panel discussions, costume contests, role-playing, and vendors at The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ.

Meet the Mets

September 9, 2018
1.2 miles north
Mets Jam Music Festival has activities (home-run derby, speed pitch, batting cages) and Mets players at SummerStage in Central Park. Free.

County fair on the Hudson

September 9, 2018 (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 Sept. 16. Free.

Folk music in the park

September 9, 2018 (1 to 5 p.m.)
2.1 miles south
Washington Square Park Folk Festival features an old time string band, blues, early country music, a chorus, and a square dance. Free.

Tugboat races

September 9, 2018 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
2.7 miles SW
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.

Bike rides

September 9, 2018
3.4 miles north
NYC Century Bike Tour offers rides ranging from 15 to 100 miles, and you can start either at the north end of Central Park or the south end of Prospect Park (except the 15-mile option is only at Prospect Park).

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
4.2 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.

Whisky tasting

September 13, 2018 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)
1.7 miles south
The Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes of more than 100 whiskies, culinary pairings, and master classes at Metropolitan Pavilion for age 21+.

Coney Island Film Festival

September 14 - 16, 2018
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.

German parade

September 15, 2018 (12 to 3 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 15, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
1.2 miles north
Enjoy German beer and food with live music at the Steuben Parade Oktoberfest at Rumsey Playfield.

Wine tasting

September 15, 2018
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 Wine Fest at 269 11th Avenue in Chelsea for age 21+.

New Jersey street fair

September 15, 2018 (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 four music stages, a kids’ area, and a beer garden in Jersey City, NJ. Free.

Honey festival

September 15, 2018
18.5 miles SE
Celebrate the honeybee with honey tasting, extraction demonstrations, a bee marketplace, and a costume contest during NYC Honey Fest at Beach 106th Street in Rockaway Park.

Book festival

September 15 - 16, 2018
5 miles south
Brooklyn Book Festival includes a whole week of events throughout the borough (Sept. 10 to 17). Main events are children’s day on Saturday and festival day on Sunday, with a lively book market, author readings, and panel discussions both days. Free.

African American Day Parade

September 16, 2018 (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). Free.

Taste of North Brooklyn

September 16, 2018 (1 p.m., VIP noon)
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 younger than age 12 are allowed).

German festival

September 16, 2018
20 miles east
Ompahfest features German and Austrian food, beer, music, and dance at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square.

The white dinner

September 17, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
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.

BBQ tasting

September 18, 2018 (6:30 to 9 p.m.)
0.8 miles SE
A ticket to the Chef Showdown includes “tasty barbeque bites” prepared by four local chefs, with beer and wine at 210 E. 43rd Street.

Food and wine event

September 20, 2018 (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.

Free museum day

September 22, 2018
NYC locations
Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.

Film festival

September 22, 2018
0.8 miles SW
Urbanworld Film Festival features films and panel discussions that support and develop content creators of color at AMC Empire. Sept. 23 is non-public awards.

Marine science festival

September 22, 2018
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. Free.

Bike rides

September 22, 2018
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 22, 2018
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.

Beer tasting in the garden

September 22, 2018
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+.

Irish fair

September 22, 2018
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.

Italian street fair

September 22 - 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.

Intimacy expo

September 22 - 23, 2018
4.4 miles SE
Hear 20 speakers and visit vendors at Sex Expo N.Y. at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 18+. Free.

Photo expo

September 22 - 23, 2018
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 in Brooklyn Bridge Plaza at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Free.

Comedy festival

September 22 - 23, 2018
Brooklyn locations
See both established and up-and-coming performers doing sketch, standup, and improvisation at Brooklyn Comedy Festival.

Maker fair

September 22 - 23, 2018
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.

County fair in Queens

September 22 - 23, 2018
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.

Oyster Week

September 22 - 29, 2018
NYC locations
Oyster Week is a series of adventurous dining events and activities that benefit sustainable aquaculture.

Renaissance fair

September 22 - 30, 2018 (weekends)
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 Labor Day.

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Jazz festival

September 22 - Oct. 7, 2018
1 mile NW
Generations in Jazz Festival has performances every night at Dizzy’s Club at 60th & Broadway.

Free movies in parks

September 22 - Oct. 19, 2018
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Halloween theme park

September 22 - Nov. 4, 2018
33 miles NE
Bayville Scream Park [sound] has six terrifying attractions starting Sept. 28, plus “not so scary” kids’ days starting Sept. 19 on Long Island. See schedule.

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.

Brooklyn street fair

September 23, 2018
10 miles south
Flatbush Frolic offers music, dance, food, a children’s area, local vendors, and arts and crafts. Free.

Science day in Staten Island

September 23, 2018 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
21 miles south
City of Science offers interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities about science, technology, math, and engineering at College of Staten Island. Free.

Irving Berlin show

September 23 - Oct. 28, 2018
0.7 miles NE
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin tells stories about the famous composer and plays his music (God Bless America, White Christmas, Puttin’ on the Ritz, and more) at 59E59 Theaters for age 13+.

Ticket deal $20 to $35

Mad scientist

September 23 - Dec. 16, 2018
0.4 miles west
A chemistry professor performs amazing feats in That Chemistry Show, which “combines the worlds of chemistry and show business” to surprise and entertain you at The Playroom Theater.

Ticket deal $32

Parade of Boats

September 25, 2018 (6 p.m.)
2.5 miles SW
Watch the Parade of Boats, including working ships, historic sailboats, magnificent yachts, and fireboats, as a narrator describes their history and purpose at Pier 62. Free unless you attend the dinner on Pier 61.


September 25 - 30, 2018
1 mile west
“Blending art and illusion with his captivating style,” magician Vitaly Beckman wins high praise for his show An Evening of Wonders at the Westside Theatre.

Ticket deal $20 to $49


September 26 - 27, 2018
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.

Go-Go’s musical

September 26 - Nov. 4, 2018
0.5 miles SW
Featuring 18 Go-Go’s songs (We Got the Beat, Heaven Is a Place on Earth, Vacation, etc.), musical comedy Head Over Heels is a giddy “marriage of power pop and pure farce” [Variety] at Hudson Theatre.

Ticket deal $49 to $79

Women in song

September 26, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019 (2 p.m.)
0.6 miles west
This One’s for the Girls is a high-energy celebration of women, featuring popular songs like I am Woman, Respect, and I Will Survive at cozy St. Luke’s Theatre.

Ticket deal $34

Tasting at the zoo

September 27, 2018
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+.

Short-film festival

September 27, 2018
2.6 miles south
Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites at Angelika Film Center.

India show

September 27, 2018 (7 p.m.)
36 miles west
Enchanted India features 17 vocalists, poets, troubadours, dancers, and acrobats of the Dhoad Gypsies of Rajastan performing a colorful show at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ.

Ticket deal $17 to $22

Burlesque festival

September 27 - 30, 2018
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.

Sept. 27 - opening party Ticket deal $10

Sept. 30 - awards ceremony Ticket deal $15

Affordable Art Fair

September 27 - 30, 2018 (preview Sept. 26)
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.

Free on Friday (6 to 8 p.m.)

Drag convention

September 28 - 30, 2018
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.

New York Film Festival

September 28 - Oct. 14, 2018
NYC locations
See classics, documentaries, and full-length feature films by the world’s great filmmakers at the New York Film Festival (NYFF).

Haunted house - Long Island

September 28 - Nov. 3, 2018
60 miles east
Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse [sound] in Bellport. It adds a Kids Adventure on some weekends. See schedule.

Classic soul & Motown revue

September 29, 2018 (1:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles SW
A Decade of Soul features the best R&B music of the classic soul era at Blue Note Jazz Club, which has a $5 minimum order, with brunch and cocktails available.

Ticket deal $7

Irish concert

September 29, 2018 (8 p.m.)
1.7 miles NW
Irish vocal quintet Celtic Thunder delivers tight vocals and irresistible charm with songs ranging from classic ballads to contemporary hits at The Beacon Theatre.

Ticket deal $53

Classic drama about prejudice

September 29, 2018 (3 p.m.)
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 $15

Coffee festival

September 29, 2018
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 29, 2018
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.

Lighthouse festival

September 29, 2018 (12 to 4 p.m.)
7.2 miles north
Tour Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse (until full) at Little Red Lighthouse Festival with food vendors and live music in Fort Washington Park. [In case of bad weather, see the website for instructions.] Free.

Chile Pepper Festival

September 29, 2018
7.5 miles SE
The Chile Pepper Festival features fiery foods like hot sauces, spicy pickles, “hot” chocolates, and chili peppers, plus sizzling music like salsa and Afro-Brazilian funk, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Children younger than age 12 are free.

Ticket deal $18

Bacon and beer

September 29, 2018
11.9 miles east
Enjoy craft beer, bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, DJ music, dancing, and interactive games at Bacon and Beer Classic at USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing.

Ticket deal $59 to $129

NJ food truck festival

September 29, 2018 (12 to 7 p.m.)
16.7 miles NW
“Enjoy food, beer, music, and games” at Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival on the field inside Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, NJ. Free parking.

Chocolate show

September 29 - 30, 2018
2 miles SE
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.

Vegan food festival

September 29 - 30, 2018
7 miles NE
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.

Halloween - Bronx Zoo

September 29 - Oct. 28, 2018
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. Dates in 2018: Sept. 29, 30; Oct. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28.

Total experience deal $34 (child $24)

Hoboken festival

September 30, 2018
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 in June. 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.

Medieval fair

September 30, 2018
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. In case of rain, the festival moves to Oct. 7, 2018.