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 [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.

Tugboat races

September 1, 2019
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.

Electric Zoo music festival

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
6 miles NE
Electric Zoo [website has sound] is an electronic dance-music festival that brings top acts and 150,000 fans to Randall’s Island Park each Labor Day weekend.

Salsa dance festival

September 1 - 2, 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.

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.

Unicycle festival

September 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Aug. 29)
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.

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.

Jazz festival

September 1 - 30, 2019
1 mile NW
Generations in Jazz Festival has performances every night at Dizzy’s Club at 60th & Broadway.

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.

Caribbean festival & parade

September 2, 2019
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.

Free movies in parks

September 3 & 8, 2019
(begins May 17)
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Broadway discounts

September 3 - 15, 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.


September 4 - 24, 2019
(begins June 1)
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
(begins June 1)
10.7 miles south
The Summer Series includes 39 ticketed concerts by indie artists outdoors at 238 36th Street in Brooklyn.

Greek Festival

September 6, 2019
(6 to 9 p.m.)
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.

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.

Tasting event

September 7, 2019
location uncertain
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 Brooklyn

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.

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.

History celebration

September 7, 2019
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.

Folk music in the park

September 8, 2019
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.

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 the north end of Central Park or the south end of Prospect Park (except the 15-mile option is only at Prospect Park).

Tribute in Light

September 11, 2019
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.

Italian street fair

September 12 - 22, 2019
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.

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.

Tattoo convention

September 13 - 15, 2019
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.

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 in the heart of the boardwalk at 1208 Surf Avenue.

Honey festival

September 14, 2019
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.

African American Day Parade

September 15, 2019
(1 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.

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 the ferry terminal.

Film festival

September 18 - 22, 2019
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.

Horse show

September 18 - 22, 2019
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.

Food and wine event

September 19, 2019
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.

Outdoor adventure films

September 19 - 22, 2019
1.8 miles SW
Watch “gritty, profound, shocking, visceral, and inspiring independent films that manifest the spirit of adventure” at Adventure Film Festival NYC at SVA Theatre, a benefit for children’s outdoor experiences.

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

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.

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 four music stages, a kids’ 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.

Chocolate show

September 21 - 22, 2019
1.2 miles SE
Meet chocolatiers, artisans, and chefs at The Big Chocolate Show, which features demonstrations, classes, chocolate pairings, and tastings at The New Yorker hotel.

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 online.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

Coffee festival

September 28, 2019
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.

Vegan food festival

September 28, 2019
7 miles NE
Buy food, beer, wine, and spirits (all vegan) from 70 vendors during New York Vegandale at Randall’s Island Park. Free admission for children age 12 and younger.

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.

Tunnel to Towers 5K

September 29, 2019
9.6 miles south
Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk honors and provides financial support to our first responders and military, departing from the parking lot of IKEA in Red Hook.

Oyster Week

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

Tasting at the zoo

September 2019
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 the Central Park Zoo for age 21+.

Meet the Mets

September 2019
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 2019
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.

Parade of Boats

September 2019
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.

Wine tasting

September 2019
4.4 miles SE
Brooklyn Wine Fest includes unlimited tastes of wine from 10 countries, with live music and food for sale at Brooklyn Expo Center for age 21+. Held in February and September.

Mobile food awards & tasting

September 2019
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.

Taste of North Brooklyn

September 2019
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).

Beer & music festival

September 2019
5.6 miles south
Octfest is “an international beer, music, and food celebration” featuring 20 performing artists and 90 breweries at Governors Island for age 21+.

Distillery tasting

September 2019
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+.

Chile Pepper Festival

September 2019
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.

Medieval fair

September 2019
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.

Pottery festival

September 2019
Brooklyn locations
Brooklyn Clay Tour promises “exhibitions and events centered around the diverse and growing ceramic arts community in Brooklyn” involving 275 artists.

Beer tasting in the garden

September 2019
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+.

Greek Festival

September 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.

Science day in Staten Island

September 2019
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.

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