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What’s On in New York City in September 2017

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Updated: 14 August 2017
The weather may be cooling down, but your social calendar is hotter than ever thanks to these local events. From wild music fests to art extravaganzas, New York City shows no signs of slowing down this September.


EVENT | Electric Zoo Festival

📅 Friday, September 1st – Sunday, September 3rd

Dance to the beat of your own drum at Electric Zoo Festival. This year’s lineup of electro artists includes chart toppers such as Zedd, Deadmau5, and many others. Attendees (all 150,000 of them) can expect art installations, cult-favorite food trucks, and a wild atmosphere at this urban zoo.

📍 Electric Zoo Festival, 1 Randalls Is Rd, New York, NY, USA

ART | Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

📅 Saturday, September 2nd – Monday, September 4th, Saturday, September 9th – Sunday, September 10th

While it began as a desperate attempt by two starving artists (one Jackson Pollock and Willem DeKooning) to earn an income, this event has evolved into a world-renowned open-air art fair. Twice each year, over 120 artists convene at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, a sidewalk extravaganza featuring crafts, fine arts, photography, and more.

📍 Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, One Stuyvesant Oval, New York, NY, USA

FASHION | New York Fashion Week

📅 Thursday, September 7th – Wednesday, September 13th

While New York City is fashionable year-round, two weeks out of the year stand out as being specifically stylish. The fashion world’s chic set come out in well-dressed droves for New York Fashion Week, a series of invitation-only events dedicated to design. This September, Tom Ford, Christian Siriano, and many others are expected to unveil Spring collections.

📍 Various locations

EVENTS | NYC Labor Day Parade

📅 Saturday, September 9th

Remember the reason behind your three-day weekend at the NYC Labor Day Parade. Teachers, firefighters, and other laborers lead this annual parade, which invites attendees to celebrate America’s workforce, the United States’ everyday heroes.

📍 NYC Labor Day Parade, 5th Ave from 44th Street to 67th Street, New York, NY, USA


EVENTS | Tribute in Light

📅 Monday, September 11th

Pay tribute to the victims of 9/11 at the Tribute in Light public art installation. For one night each year, the World Trade Center site is full once more, when twin beams resembling the fallen Twin Towers illuminate the sky. This brilliant commemoration is visible within a 60-mile (96.5-kilometer) radius of Lower Manhattan, a nod to the event’s far-reaching effects on New York City and the world.

📍 9/11 Memorial, 180 Greenwich St, New York, NY, USA

BOOKS | Brooklyn Book Festival

📅 Monday, September 11th – Sunday, September 17th

Lit lovers shouldn’t miss this month’s Brooklyn Book Festival, a week-long series of bookish bashes. As New York City’s “largest free literary event,” the festival comprises a much-anticipated Children’s Day, a bustling book market, and much more. Literary stars Joyce Carol Oates, Sarah Dessen, and Colson Whitehead are all expected to participate in this year’s festivities.

📍 Various locations

ART | Affordable Art Fair

📅 Wednesday, September 13th – Sunday, September 17th

Add to your collection or start one off right at the Affordable Art Fair. Art aficionados from around the globe gather at this international art event (the fair also sets up shop across Europe and Asia) to peruse and purchase works by contemporary artists. Paintings, prints, and much more can be snagged at incredible prices at this accessible art fest.

📍 Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, New York, NY, USA

FOOD | Feast of San Gennaro

📅 Thursday, September 14th – Sunday, September 24th

Entering its 91st year, the Feast of San Gennaro is a September staple for in-the-know New Yorkers. For 11 days each year, the historic neighborhood of Little Italy bursts with big entertainment. Parades and a religious procession may bring you to the bash, but it’s the festival’s ethnic foods and famous (or infamous) cannoli-eating contest that will have you returning year after year.

📍 Feast of San Gennaro, Little Italy at Mulberry & Grand Streets, New York, NY, USA

FOOD | Vendy Awards

📅 Saturday, September 16th

A community of commuters, New York City takes its street food seriously. Nowhere is this priority more prevalent than at the Vendy Awards, the “first street food event and competition series in the USA.” Here, the city’s most popular sidewalk chefs (past participants have included Monk’s Meat and Big Mozz) face off, making for the most delicious foodie event of the season.

📍 Governors Island, New York, NY, USA


CULTURE | Museum Day Live

📅 Saturday, September 23rd

High-end entertainment without the high price tag is what’s on the menu at Museum Day Live. Brought to you by the Smithsonian Institution, this one-day event offers free access to over 100 museums in New York State. The Museum of the City of New York, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, as well as an array of lesser-known venues, are counted amongst the event’s participants.

📍 Various locations

FILM | Viva! Latino Film Festival

📅 Thursday, September 21st – Sunday, September 24th

As the nation’s “newest Latino international film festival,” Viva! Latino Film Festival may also be the most relevant. Committed to diversifying the portrayal of Latinos on the silver screen, the fest will exhibit both English- and Spanish-language works, including music videos, web series, pilots, and more.

📍 Various locations


FILM | New York Film Festival

📅 Thursday, September 28th – Sunday, October 15th

Film fanatics, your time has come: the annual New York Film Festival returns this September for its 55th installment. The 18-day big screen series will exhibit the world’s best feature films, documentaries, and more. This year, enjoy en masse movie nights with works by Woody Allen, Philippe Garrel, and many others.

📍 Various locations

FOOD | Oyster Week

📅 Wednesday, September 13th – Saturday, September 30th

Summer may be ending, but your seafood feasting doesn’t have to thanks to the mouthwatering Oyster Week. Take a deep dive into global flavors and connect with local oyster farmers in celebration and support of New York Harbor and Long Island’s vulnerable oyster reefs.

📍 Various locations