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

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New York City events September 2018

New music series

September 1, 2018
(3 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.

Electric Zoo music festival

September 1 - 2, 2018
(starts 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.
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Salsa festival

September 1 - 3, 2018
(starts 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
(starts 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 Governors Island on Saturday and Sunday. 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
(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.

Innovative theater festival

September 1 - 16, 2018
(begins Aug. 26)
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.

Renaissance fair

September 1 - 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.

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.

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 250 artists.

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.

Pig feast

September 8, 2018
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.

History celebration

September 8, 2018
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.

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.

SummerStage

September 8 - 27, 2018
(begins May 16)
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.

Free Summer Movies

September 9, 2018
(begins in May)
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Folk music in the park

September 9, 2018
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.

Bike rides

September 9, 2018
3.4 miles north
NYC Century Bike Tour [website has sound] 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.

Whisky tasting

September 13, 2018
(7 to 10 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+.

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.

Photo expo

September 13 - 23, 2018
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.

Beer tasting in the garden

September 14 - 15, 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+.

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
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.

Virtual reality fair

September 15 - 16, 2018
(uncertain)
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.

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.

Taste of North Brooklyn

September 16, 2018
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+.

Book festival

September 16, 2018
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.

German festival

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

Comedy festival

September 17 - 23, 2018
Brooklyn locations
See both established and up-and-coming performers doing sketch, standup, and improvisation at Brooklyn Comedy Festival.

Film festival

September 19 - 23, 2018
0.8 miles SW
Urbanworld Film Festival features films and panel discussions that support and develop content creators of color at AMC Empire.

Halloween theme park

September 21 - Nov. 4, 2018
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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Free.

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.

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.

Affordable Art Fair

September 26 - 30, 2018
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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

LGBT expo

September 29 - 30, 2018
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.

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.

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.

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.

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+.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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 in June. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.