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What's On In NYC In September
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What's On In NYC In September

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Updated: 7 October 2016
Come September, it seems like everyone is back in New York. The air has cooled so the pressure to escape each weekend disappears, and there’s a ‘back to business’ attitude that fills the air. And while there are countless events and activities all year long in New York City, here are some special things happening in September you may not want to miss.


MUSIC | Dance the day and night away at Electric Zoo Festival

📅 Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th

Electronic music fans, rejoice: it’s that time of year again with the annual Electric Zoo Festival opening this month. The three-day event is out on Randall’s Island, with headliners like Bassnectar, Tiesto, and Hardwell. Check out their website for the full lineup and to purchase your tickets (which are selling out fast). You can choose a two or three-day pass, or you can pay for individual days.

📍 Randall’s Island, New York, NY

BREAKFAST | Eat breakfast all day long at the Extra Crispy BreakFestival

📅 Saturday, September 4th – Sunday, September 5th

The Extra Crispy BreakFestival offers two days of breakfast-inspired events. Over 20 chefs will be present to provide breakfast-y bites for visitors, with the weekend’s soundtrack provided by Hudson Horns. There will be ‘breakfast beer’ (we’re curious to see what this is like), a ‘breakfast beauty pageant,’ and of course, tons of eggs, bacon, pancakes, and more.

📍 Stuyvesant Cove Park, Avenue C & 23rd St, New York, NY

PARADE | See elaborate costumes and eat street food at the West Indian Day Parade

📅 Monday, September 5th

If you’re in town for Labor Day, don’t miss the West Indian Day Parade. Events will be happening all weekend surrounding the show, but the main event is on Labor Day. Head to Crown Heights, Brooklyn for colorful costumes, food vendors, music, and more.

📍 Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238

SPORTS | Catch the action at the US Open Tennis tournament

📅 Monday, August 29th – Sunday, September 11th

The last of the four Grand Slam tournaments, the US Open Tennis comes to Queens once again this September. The tournament has been running since 1978, and this year the total prize money is said to amount to $46,300,000, to be divided amongst the players. Check out their website for tickets, or read our brief history of the tournament for more info.

📍 USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadow – Corona Park, Flushing, NY 11368

FESTIVAL | Celebrate Brazilian culture on Brazil Day

📅 Sunday, September 4th

West 46th Street, also known as ‘Little Brazil Street,’ is the center of the 25 block festival, ‘Brazilian Day,’ that will extend all the way to central park. Expect a full day of everything Brazilian – from music, to dancing, to, of course, food. The festival began in 1984 and has since grown to attract over 1.5 million people.

📍 Avenue of the Americas & west 46th street, New York, NY


FASHION | One of the biggest events of the year, New York Fashion Week, returns

📅 Thursday, September 8th – Thursday, September 15th

New York Fashion Week is a huge, bi-annual event, and you won’t want to miss the action. And though most of the invitation-only fashion shows are restricted to people working in the industry, you can still find ways to get involved. Check out a public event or simply rock your best street style – the whole city will be buzzing this week so it’ll be easy to find your fashionable spirit.

📍 Multiple Locations

COMEDY | See Louis C.K. on his summer tour

📅 Thursday, September 8th; Monday, September 12th; Thursday, September 15th

Louis C.K.’s summer tour hits New York City this September, and if you’re in town you won’t want to miss it. Originally there were only meant to be two shows, but by popular demand the 3rd was added. Louis C.K. is an Emmy award-winning comedian known for his dark and even vulgar humor, and he even won a Peabody award in 2012.

📍 Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

BIKE | Ride up to 100 miles in with Bike The Boros

📅 Saturday, September 10th

Bike The Boros will celebrate its 27th anniversary this year, and they’ve created three bike routes through New York City for this annual ride. You can opt for the 31 mile route, the 62 mile, or the full, 100 mile century. The century is only all-urban 100 mile ride in the United States, and it’s sure to show you parts of New York City you never knew existed.

📍 Pier 97, Hudson River Park, New York, NY 10014

BROADWAY | Get 2 for 1 broadway tickets during NYC Broadway Week

📅 Monday, September 5th – Sunday, September 18th

Through NYC Broadway Week you can 2-for-1 ticket sales for some of Broadway’s favorite shows (not Hamilton, unfortunately) with (ticket) sales beginning August 18th at 10:30am. Shows on the list include The Lion King, Wicked, The Phantom Of The Opera, and more; be sure to check the website for the full list.

📍 Multiple Locations

MEMORIAL | Visit the 9/11 memorial at night for Tribute In Light

📅 Sunday, September 11th

September 11th falls this week, and much like years past there will be numerous ways to remember and commemorate. If you’re thinking of visiting the memorial downtown, considering going at night on September 11th to see the Tribute In Light. You’ll be able to see it from anywhere in the city – it’s two columns of light beaming in the place where the twin towers stood – but downtown right near the memorial is a particularly special place to watch.

📍 September 11th Memorial, 911 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10006


ON THE WATER | Eat, drink, and mingle on a boat at the New York Harbor Regatta

📅 Friday, September 16th

This year at Governor’s Island, the New York Harbor Foundation will host the 6th annual New York Harbor Regatta. It’s a sailing competition and a social networking event, as hundreds of sailors in the finance, education, business, and maritime communities will compete in sailing events while spectators watch from a boat. There will be cocktails and bites for spectators, and after the events all will reconvene at a restaurant to continue the festivities.

📍 Governor’s Island, New York

COFFEE | Get buzzed at the New York Coffee Festival

📅 Friday, September 16th – Sunday, September 18th.

The New York Coffee Festival is back for its second year with competitions and events for visiting coffee fiends. Visitor events include ‘live latte art,’ a 20-minute workshop where you can learn the secrets of making latte art, while competitions include the ‘coffee master’ barista competition where winners will take home a 5,000 euro prize. Plus, there will be talks, music, plus food and drink.

📍 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

AWARDS | Check out the original street food competition, The Vendy Awards

📅 Saturday, September 17th

If you think a ‘street food competition’ sounds like a joke, think again. Earning a Vendy Award is a huge deal for food trucks and food stalls in NYC, and the cook-off on September 17th is sure to be a delicious event. A panel of judges will give out the awards, but attendees will have the opportunity to vote on a People’s Choice Award.

📍 Governor’s Island, New York

FOOD FEST | Try Brookyln’s best bites at Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint

📅 Sunday, September 18th

Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint will put on its 7th annual event this year and it’s one you won’t want to miss. This block party-style event will feature sample plates from 40 of Brooklyn’s most beloved restaurants, bars, and wineries. Favorites include Pies ‘n’ Thighs, Meatball Shop, and one of NYC’s hardest reservations to score right now – Lilia.

📍 East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

ITALIAN FEST | Check out the historic Feast Of San Gennaro

📅 Thursday, September 15th – Sunday, September 25th

The Feast Of San Gennaro may not be the trendiest thing to do this September, but it’s still worth checking out if you’re in Little Italy. The festival has celebrated Italian culture for the past 90 years with music, food, and, most importantly, a festive vibe. If you haven’t had your share of funnel cake or fried oreos yet this year, San Gennaro is your chance.

📍 Little Italy, New York, NY 10013


BEER | Sample hundreds of beers at the annual Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

📅 Saturday, September 24th

For it’s 6th annual edition, The Village Voice presents its Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Here, you can sample over 100 craft beers from breweries around the country with a special emphasis on breweries from the region. There will also be food vendors and games, but the amazing variety of beers is certainly the main attraction.

📍 Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

MUSIC | See Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar at Global Citizen Festival

📅 Saturday, September 24th

Global Citizen Festival is about much more than just music; it’s an opportunity to support the UN’s goal of eradicating extreme poverty by the year 2030. That’s right, this concert in Central Park featuring Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, and more is part of the effort of Global Citizen — a platform built to inspire people to make changes in the world. Check out our full report on the festival here.

📍 Central Park, New York, NY

BACON | Overindulge at ‘The Great Big Bacon Picnic’

📅 Saturday, September 24th – Sunday, September 25th

The Great Big Bacon Picnic is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a pork festival where visitors can enjoy endless bacon and booze from over 100 of the region’s best chefs, distillers, and brew masters. Along with chef-prepared dishes, there’s even a ‘bacon bar’ – a station where you can pile endless amounts of simple yet delicious bacon high onto your plate.

📍The Old Pfizer Factory, 630 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

RUN & WALK | Get in a workout at the Tunnel to Towers 5k

📅 Sunday, September 25th

Work off some of the bacon you ate the day before in the Tunnel to Towers 5K. Tunnel to Towers puts on a series of races around the region honoring Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (NYCF) who died in the September 11th attacks after running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. The run follows in his footsteps and honors all those who lost their lives that day.

📍 Ikea Parking Lot 9, 1 Beard Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

OYSTERS | Slurp oysters at Oyster Week

📅 Friday, September 16th – Saturday, October 1

If you love oysters then you’ll love Oyster Week, a collection of oyster-centric events around New York City. The dates for one of their most popular events, The Stone Street Oyster Fest in the financial district of Manhattan, haven’t been announced yet, but you won’t want to miss it. Also, during this week many restaurants around town will have special oyster dishes on their menus, so keep an eye out.

📍Multiple Locations