New York City events calendar for September 2017. 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 New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan.

Short plays

September 1 - 2, 2017 (begins July 17)

0.7 miles north

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

Salsa festival

September 1 - 3, 2017 (begins Aug. 31)

0.4 miles SW

New York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis.

Electric Zoo music festival

September 1 - 3, 2017

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.

Outdoor opera videos

September 1 - 4, 2017 (begins Aug. 25)

1.2 miles NW

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

Unicycle festival

September 1 - 4, 2017

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 on Labor Day weekend, with unicycle sports, exhibitions, and races on Governor’s Island. Free.

Tennis tournament

September 1 - 10, 2017 (begins Aug. 28)

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 - 17, 2017 (begins Aug. 27)

2.5 miles south

See 26 new and innovative works, including comedy, dance, drama, music, poetry, and puppetry, during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.

Jazz festival

September 1 - 30, 2017

1 mile NW

Generations in Jazz Festival has performances every night at Dizzy’s Club at 60th & Broadway. [They say this year’s lineup will be posted in August 2017.]

New music

September 2, 2017 (begins July 1)

3 miles east

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

County fair

September 2 - 4, 2017

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.

Art fair

September 2 - 4 and 9 - 10, 2017

2 miles south

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place. Repeats in May. Free.

Renaissance fair

September 2 - Oct. 1, 2017 (weekends & Labor Day)

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.

Discount tickets $13 to $22 at Goldstar.

Brazilian Day

September 3, 2017

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 3, 2017

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, or buy tickets to board the spectator boat leaving Pier 83.

Caribbean festival & parade

September 4, 2017

9 miles SE

Celebrate Caribbean culture and history at the lively New York Caribbean Carnival: 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.

New York Fashion Week

September 7 - 15, 2017

NYC locations

Top models, photographers, and designers attend invitation-only events that unveil spring collections during New York Fashion Week. Repeats in Feb.

See events open to the public.

Coney Island Film Festival

September 8 - 10, 2017

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.

Labor Day Parade

September 9, 2017 (10 a.m.)

0.3 miles south

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

History celebration

September 9, 2017 (Sept. 10 if it rains)

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.

LGBT expo

September 9 - 10, 2017

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.

Crafts fair

September 9 - 10 and 16 - 17, 2017

1 mile north

Autumn Crafts Festival features hundreds of juried artists, entertainment, and craft demonstrations in tents outside Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Repeats in June. Free.

County fair on the Hudson

September 10, 2017 (1 to 6 p.m.)

1.8 miles NW

Enjoy carnival rides & games, live bands, a sideshow, aerialists, reptile shows, and a green market at West Side County Fair at Riverside Park South & W. 70th Street. Free.

Tribute in Light

September 11, 2017

4 miles south

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

Trumpet festival

September 11 - 17, 2017

NYC locations

Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) offers a variety of concerts.

Book festival

September 11 - 17, 2017

5 miles south

Brooklyn Book Festival includes a lively book market, author readings, and panel discussions for one day at Borough Hall in Brooklyn, plus a preceding week of literary events throughout the borough. Free.

Affordable Art Fair

September 13 - 17, 2017

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.


September 13 & 22, 2017 (begins in May)

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.

Photo expo

September 13 - 24, 2017

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 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5. Free.

Food and wine event

September 14, 2017

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.

Italian street fair

September 14 - 24, 2017

3 miles south

The Feast of San Gennaro is popular for its religious procession, colorful parades, live music, ethnic foods, and a famous cannoli-eating contest in Little Italy at Mulberry & Grand streets. Free.

New ideas festival

September 16, 2017

New York City

Ideas City includes visionary speakers, exhibits of innovative design, performances, and tours to celebrate creativity and the exchange of ideas. Free.

German parade

September 16, 2017

1 mile north

See German-American marching bands, floats, dance groups, and walkers in traditional costumes in the Steuben Parade on Fifth Ave. Free or reserved seats.

Oktoberfest in Central Park

September 16, 2017

1.2 miles north

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

Marine science festival

September 16, 2017 (11 a.m.)

3.5 miles south

Learn about the oceans from marine scientists and hands-on activities at Submerge at Pier 26. Free.

Bike rides

September 16, 2017

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 16, 2017

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 16, 2017 (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.

Superhero convention

September 16 - 17, 2017

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.

Discount tickets $10 at Goldstar.

Taste of North Brooklyn

September 17, 2017

4 miles SE

Taste samples from 40 local restaurants and bars with live music at Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint at the State of New York - East River State Park in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn street fair

September 17, 2017

10 miles south

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

German festival

September 17, 2017 (12 to 11 p.m.)

20 miles east

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

Taste of Greenwich Village

September 19, 2017

2.1 miles south

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

Free Summer Movies

September 20, 2017 (begins in May)

NYC locations

Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
  • Sept. 20 (7:15 p.m.) - Malcolm X

Horse show

September 20 - 24, 2017

0.7 miles north

Watch show jumping and exhibition acts, with a family day on Sept. 24 at Central Park Horse Show in Trump Rink at Central Park.

Burlesque festival

September 21 - 24, 2017

NYC locations

New York Burlesque Festival is four nights of bump and grind by 100 performers in feathers and lace, ending in a glittery razzle-dazzle spectacular.

Latino film festival

September 21 - 24, 2017

2.6 miles south

Viva! Latino Film Festival screens subtitled shorts, feature films, documentaries, and music videos at Anthology Film Archives.

Taste of Asia

September 22, 2017 (8 p.m., VIP 7)

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.

Free museum day

September 23, 2017

NYC locations

Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 103 museums in New York state on Museum Day Live.

Intimacy expo

September 23 - 24, 2017

4.4 miles SE

Hear 20 speakers and visit vendors at Sexual Health Expo at Brooklyn Expo Center. Free.

Maker fair

September 23 - 24, 2017

9.3 miles east

See 900 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 23 - 24, 2017

16 miles east

Queens County Fair has pie-eating and corn-husking contests, circus shows, pig racing, hayrides, carnival rides, a midway, a beer garden, craft and food vendors, and bands at Queens County Farm Museum.

Bus Festival

September 24, 2017

6 miles south

Board vintage buses, and meet bus drivers and historians during the Bus Festival at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn. Exhibits on Boerum Place are free, and the museum is only $1.

Street festival

September 24, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

6 miles south

Atlantic Avenue fills with arts and craft vendors, music stages, food booths, and kids’ activities (pony rides, storytelling, and face painting) for Atlantic Antic. Free.

Tunnel to Towers 5K

September 24, 2017

8 miles south

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

Tasting at the zoo

September 28, 2017 (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 at Central Park Zoo for age 21+.

New York Film Festival

September 28 - Oct. 15, 2017

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 29 - Oct. 31, 2017

60 miles east

Professional actors wear intense makeup at Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse [sound] in Bellport, which most weekends also has a Kids Adventure. See schedule.

Coffee festival

September 30, 2017

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.

Lighthouse festival

September 30, 2017 (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. Free.

Oyster Week

September 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

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

The white dinner

September 2017 (undated)

Location uncertain

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.

Dance festival

September 2017 (undated)

0.4 miles south

Fall for Dance Festival features 20 international dance companies in five unique programs and two world premiere commissions at City Center.

Broadway discounts

September 2017 (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.

Film festival

September 2017 (undated)

1.5 miles south

Urbanworld Film Festival features films and panel discussions that support and develop content creators of color at AMC 34th St. Theater and SVA Theatre.

Folk music in the park

September 2017 (undated)

2.1 miles south

Washington Square Park Folk Festival features an old time string band, blues, traditional Mexican, and a square dance. Free.

Tasting in East Village

September 2017 (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 East 7th Street (between Cooper Square and 2nd Avenue).

Asian cocktail festival

September 2017 (undated)

2.5 miles south

Enjoy a bevy of cocktails inspired by Asian ingredients at NY Moon Festival Cocktail Feast at The Bowery Hotel.

Gypsy music

September 2017 (undated)

3.5 miles south

New York Gypsy Festival includes six shows from Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and the U.S.A.

Craft beer festival

September 2017 (undated)

4 miles SE

Sample 100 seasonal, micro, and reserve brews at Brooklyn Pour at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Hoboken festival

September 2017 (undated)

4.7 miles SW

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

Bacon festival

September 2017 (undated)

7 miles SE

The Great Big Bacon Picnic is an indoor/outdoor gourmet bacon festival with 100 chefs, brew masters, and distillers offering bite-sized samples, spirits, and local craft beer in Williamsburg for age 21+.

Barbecue in the park

September 2017 (undated)

7 miles SE

Enjoy BBQ tastes by top chefs at All-Star BBQ, which also offers a cash bar at East River State Park in Brooklyn.

Pig feast

September 2017 (undated)

7.5 miles south

Taste amazing dishes from dozens of chefs, with wine, beer, and live music at Pig Island in Erie Basin Park.

Beer tasting in the garden

September 2017 (undated)

12 miles north

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

Science day in Queens

September 2017 (undated)

14 miles east

City of Science offers interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities about science, technology, math, and engineering indoors at York College in Queens. Free.

Irish fair

September 2017 (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. Donation.

Beer festival - Long Island

September 2017 (undated)

44 miles east

Sample pumpkin and fall beer plus hard cider from 50 craft breweries, with two stages of live music at Pumpkinfields on a pumpkin farm in Bay Shore, Long Island.

Show-tunes festival

September 2017 (undated)

19 miles south

Hear great songs from stage and screen at Elsie Fest in Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk.
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