Notable NYC Events – September

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by “free tours by foot”

It’s hard to pick only 10 things to do in the busy month of September. So we’ve got 10 goodies for you and then some more! Lots of free festivals, fairs, family-friendly events and a LOT of eating! Loosen up your belt buckle for our top pick: the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy.

1. U.S. Open Tennis Championship September 1- 10 Prices vary.
See the top-seeded tennis players in the world at one of the most exciting annual tennis matches. Favorites like Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be there. The Open is held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens.

2. Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit September 2-4 and 9-10 FREE
For decades, the streets surrounding Washington Square Park have been the home to this art show with more than 100 artists displaying their works. You’ll see lots of NYC-themed and affordable original paintings and sketches.

3. Brazilian Day September 3 FREE
In 1984, in a small enclave in Midtown Manhattan known as “Little Brazil”, the first Brazilian Day was held. It celebrated Brazil’s Independence Day from Portugal. There will be free entertainment including popular Brazilian musicians and vendors serving up traditional Brazilian Food.

4. New York Caribbean Carnival Parade September 4 FREE 
It’s hot, hot, hot with the colorful, flavorful and lively parade in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. There will be floats with fantastic dancers shaking their stuff to the sounds of Caribbean culture. You will hear a lot of Calypso, Reggae and steel drums. Grab a Tamarind juice and a Beef Patty.
TIP: If you do not like crowds, you should skip this event. It is known to get a bit rowdy.

5. NYC Broadway Week September 4-17 Prices vary.
Get two tickets for the price of one, or get upgraded seats for select shows. Not all shows participate and tickets are subject to availability. There are also some blackout dates. TIP: If you don’t have any luck getting two-for-one deals see our detailed post on How to Get Cheap Broadway Tickets.

6. September 11th Memorial Site
viewing of Tribute in Light September 11 FREE
While this is a solemn day in New York City, the Tribute in Light is an inspired tribute to the victims of the tragedy. From dusk through dawn, two majestic (and massive) blue beams of light are projected into the sky and can be seen from as far as 60 miles away. The Memorial Plaza is closed on 9/11 to the public until 3 pm when you can pay your respects and also see the Tribute in Light from a different perspective.

7. San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy September 14 – 24 FREE
After 90 years, this Festival is still going strong, attracting a million people over the course of 11 days every September. Mulberry Street, the heart of Little Italy, will be the host of parades and religious processions celebrating Italian heritage. There’ll be carnival rides, live music, and more Italian street food than you have ever seen on one place.

8. Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint Sept.17, 1pm-5pm $35 – 4 Tastes/2 Drinks
Located in East River State Park in Brooklyn, this is an annual food festival showcasing North Brooklyn’s local purveyors of great food. This outdoor event fills up an entire street block. You can try samples from over 40 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries. There will be live entertainment as well!
TIP: Though the festival is accessible by subway, a nicer way to get out to this part of town is by taking the amazing East River Ferry which costs the same as the subway but is a much prettier view.

9. Museum Day Live September 23 FREE
The Smithsonian offers the chance for you and one guest to get free admission to designated museums around New York State. You have to get your ticket +1 online; tickets will be available beginning at midnight on Friday, August 25, 2017. For a list of participating museums and to get tickets click here. One of the best deals is the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum which normally costs $25 and up.

10. 42nd Annual Atlantic Antic September 24 12 to 6 pm FREE
Known by locals as the Antic, this is one of the biggest and oldest street fairs in New York City. Going on its 43rd year, the Antic is not your average street festival. The blend of the communities in the surrounding neighborhoods offer you the chance to try foods of different cultures – Middle Eastern food dominates, followed by Jamaican and African food and then lots of deserts by local shops. Look for the Key Lime Pie truck – they are the best in the city. A heads up, it is quite crowded, but one of the best behaved crowds in NYC!


Spectacular Things To Do In NYC This September
Scott Heins, Gothamist

Max Ernst: Beyond Painting
For most of us, the word “Dada” either conjures up the image of a bike wheel stool or triggers a Freudian episode. But for the seasoned aesthetes out there, dada is best encapsulated by the surreal nocturnal works of Max Ernst, the German painter, sculptor, writer, and collage artist that made it his personal mission to shatter the boundaries of 20th Century art. Ernst’s works very frequently leap off the canvas and out of the frame, perhaps most famously in his brilliant Two Children Are Threatened By A Nightingale, which hangs as a part of MoMA’s permanent collection. This month, though, MoMA is upping their Ernst game considerably with an entirely new exhibition of some of his best and rarest pieces. Max Ernst: Beyond Painting will feature collages, frottages, collage novels, sculptures of stone and bronze, prints, notebooks, and even a text of secret hieroglyphic script that only Ernst could translate.
Opens September 23rd // MoMA,11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan // Admission $14-25

It doesn’t matter if you’re an Instagram weekend warrior or a seasoned professional: Photoville is a can’t-miss event for anyone who gives a damn about photography. Returning once again to Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, the 11-day event will feature a multitude of exhibitions housed in industrial shipping containers, plus clinics on how to improve your technique, free opportunities to try out high-end gear from Leica on photowalks around DUMBO, and panel discussions featuring some of the best photographers working today.

High on our list of things to see is Nichole Sobecki’s A Climate for Conflict, an in-depth look at how climate change is putting Somalia at risk, as well as Newest Americans, a meditation on the lives of refugees and immigrants created by the members of VII Photo Agency. This year’s star guest is former White House photographer Pete Souza, who will sit down for a discussion of his past work documenting President Obama at a panel on Saturday, September 16th.
Photoville runs from September 13-24; hours vary // Brooklyn Bridge Plaza // free

Vendy Awards
The novelty has worn off by now, but there’s still no denying that some of the best food in this city gets peddled out the side of four-wheeled vehicles. Whether it’s lunchtime in Midtown or past bar close on Bogart Street, a food truck has probably saved your life or the lives of people you love. The very best truck cooks in NYC will duke it out again at this year’s Vendy Awards, which will pack dozens of mobile kitchens onto Governors Island.

Categories of competition will include Best Rookie, Best Market Vendor, Best Dessert Vendor, and, of course Bad Hombres. Proceeds from the day goes towards the infinitely admirable Street Vendor Project, which advocates for trucks and carts that have been forced to battle uphill against city bureaucracy in the (sometimes decades-long) work of getting a legal permit. Take a look at least year’s spread and get your ticket now.
Saturday, September 16th, 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. // Governors Island // Tickets $60-1600

Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood
Gramercy may be home to the least-welcoming park in New York City, but it’s got an undeniably great food scene and the Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood is your best chance to check it all out. Twenty restaurants and food vendors will be set up in tents along Iriving Place for a day-long super buffet of tasty eats from the likes of Wagamama, Le Coq Rico, and Beechers. Proceeds from the day will go to benefit meal programs at public schools, and any and all leftovers will be donated to the Bowery Mission and turned into meals for the homeless.
Saturday, September 16th; 12-4 p.m. // Irving Place between 17th and 18th Streets, Manhattan // Tickets $30-70

Never Built New York
It all could have been so, so different. New York City as we know it is the result of millions of design decisions both mammoth and minuscule, and with Never Built New York, the Queens Museum wants you to consider the forgotten alternatives. Using original drawings, blueprints, models, and installations, the exhibition offers a vision of New York with a football stadium planted in Manhattan, apartments squeezed into bridge towers, and an airport suspended high above the streets. The goal of the show is to dislodge your sense of certainty in our current urban infrastructure and imagine something weirder, more whimsical, and, entirely possible. One can’t-miss item is Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome, which he hoped would shield Midtown from pollution and inclement weather (the savings on snow removal, he thought, would pay for the dome in only 10 years).
Opens September 17th and runs through February 2018 // Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens // Suggested Admission $8

World’s Fair Nano
It’s all about the future at World’s Fair Nano. Future drones, future VR, future racing, future pens, future talks, future dating, future computers, future paintings, future gaming, future flirting, future art, future food, future music, future beer, future Tim Kaine, future coffee, future farming, and even future DJs. The event promises to be a joyride for the digitally-interested who can’t wait to suit up in the latest augmented reality gear and nibble on highly efficient cricket powder while racing skateboards on a digital plane. It’s part amusement park, part much-cooler TED Talk with plenty of strange wonder thrown in. Bring your hoverboard and figure out for yourself if the replicants are either a benefit or a hazard.
Saturday-Sunday, September 16-17th, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. // Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn // Tickets $58-368

David Moore – Bing and Ruth
With its gorgeous orchestral chords and staccato celestial piano, the music of New York-based songwriter David Moore is beauty distilled to its essence. Moore composes, records, and tours under the name Bing and Ruth. A favorite of WNYC and Pitchfork (along with Gothamist), Bing and Ruth’s sound takes a path between Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Brad Mehldau, and Nils Frahm; piano motifs swell as they gradually distort and morph from minor to major. Emotions rise like towering waves only to crash softly as ripples. This sonic ocean will flood the basement of Le Poisson Rouge as Bing and Ruth plays a rare live show. For a preview, listen to Moore’s latest release No Home of the Mind and listen to “Starwood Choker” below.
Wednesday, September 20th, 6 p.m. // Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan // Tickets $15-20

Seun Kuti
Carrying the same torch his father lit over 40 years ago, Seun Kuti blends hypnotic Nigerian Afrobeat with modern flavors to create a sound all his own. Count on hypnotic drum beats, flowing horn lines, razor wire guitar, and the spirit of the legendary Fela smiling down on the bandleader as he brings his Egypt 80 ensemble to Brooklyn Bowl for a night of jams that push way beyond the 10-minute mark. Seun’s music is your best chance at traveling back to the Old Afrika Shrine, where Fela and his players would tear through sets that lasted through the night and long into the next day. It’s impossible to duplicate that old magic, but this is still going to be one hell of a show.
Wednesday, September 20th, 6 p.m. // Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn // Tickets $20

Art Book Fair
Spines will be broken and pages will be ripped at this year’s Art Book Fair, which will bring boutique publishers and genre-bending artists from all over the world to MoMA PS1 for three days of printed brilliance that puts your tumblr archive to shame. Seriously, the Art Book Fair is a perfect chance to get your Online-infected brain away from the screen and into the middle of a brand new world, whether that be a limited-run photobook, a limited-run zine, or a limited-run coffee table tome dedicated to corncobs and donuts (yeah, you read that right). Booths representing 32 countries will wind throughout PS1’s exhibit halls and outdoor dome, and you can bet the people watching will be on point as well. If you’re looking to get back in touch with the cool kids, grab your top 3 favorite totes and get to Queens.
Fair runs Friday, September 22 1-7 p.m.; Saturday, September 23 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, September 24, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. // MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens // Free Entry


The Best September Festivals in NYC
by Linda Sheridan, CityGuideNewYork

As a crisp new fall begins, September in New York is brimming with festivals-a book festival, a Brazilian Day Festival, the Feast of San Gennaro, a robot making festival, and more! Here’s a roundup of some of the most can’t-miss September 2017 festivals.

Calling all unicycle enthusiasts! This free, fun festival spans Manhattan, Brooklyn and Governors Island. The New York City Unicycle Festival brings together riders from all walks. There will be races, exhibitions, workshops, and a variety of unicycle sports, including basketball, hockey and sumo.

The annual Brazilian Day Festival returns to Manhattan’s Little Brazil (around 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.) Load up on tasty food, music, vendors and more.

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)’s signature fall festival returns, presenting a dynamic lineup of work by emerging artists and innovative modern masters. The 2017 Next Wave Festival showcases the very best in contemporary performance, plus artist talks, storytelling, visual art, and film.

At the 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro, New York City’s longest-running, biggest and most revered religious outdoor festival in the United States, everyone is Italian for a day! Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known the world over for its festive atmosphere, an 11-day event featuring religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition! The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, the official Saint Day when a celebratory Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church, followed immediately by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from the church through the streets of Little Italy.

The popular Brooklyn Book Festival returns this fall, and hundreds of authors will be participating! Literary events will be taking place at various locations around the city, with Children’s Day (9/16), and the main festival day taking place by Borough Hall. Scheduled so far: Karl Ove Knausgård, Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, Jacqueline Woodson, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Messud, Chris Hayes, Carolyn Forché, Sarah Dessen, Alexandra Bracken, Thi Bui, Lynn Nottage, Hisham Matar, Maira Kalman and hundreds more. Keep checking for updates.

Now in its 35th year, the traditional county fair at Queens County Farm Museum features blue ribbon competitions in produce, livestock, arts and crafts, and more. Enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, pig-racing, hayrides, carnival rides, and a midway. Visit craft vendors, food vendors, enjoy music, and more. 11am-6pm.

The popular New York Burlesque Festival turns 15, and it’s hotter than ever. With starting events at Brooklyn Bowl and Bell House, the festivities continue at Highline Ballroom and culminate with the Saturday Spectacular at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square! The festival’s sexy finale features 20+ of the best Burlesque performers on the circuit, in a 1920s supperclub atmosphere.,

The popular, competitive World Maker Faire returns to the New York Hall of Science! Get inspired to make, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, and play while celebrating art, science, and technology. Hundreds of “makers” will present fun and unusual creations such as rockets and robots. There will also be arts and crafts, artisanal foods, live music, and much more. 10am-6pm. Specially priced family passes available.,

Ok, it’s at the very beginning of October, but so close! The Medieval Festival at The Cloisters brings to life the customs and spirit of the Middle Ages. Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Performers, guests and festival goers dress in medieval costume. Visitors are greeted by authentic medieval music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The afternoon is concluded with a thrilling joust between four knights on horseback. Costumed vendors will be on hand to demonstrate and sell a wide variety of medieval crafts as well as food and drink. 11:30am-6pm. Fort Tryon Park, Linden Terrace, Cabrini Boulevard and Fort Washington Avenue, NY, (If you have more time to travel upstate to Tuxedo, NY, you can also catch the 40th annivesary of the Renaissance Faire, taking place weekends & Labor Day, Aug. 5-Oct. 1.)


The September Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month
By Alison Durkee, (UPDATED BI-WEEKLY)

School’s back but even if you’ve graduated from classrooms, New York will be full of learning this September. From espionage to paganism, get insight on your own terms with these upcoming talks and events.

Friday, September 1: Eat with your eyes at TasteMakers 3, an annual pop-up exhibition of food art.

Saturday, September 2: Find out who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb (it’s not just Ulysses S.) on a special New York Adventure Club excursion. A National Park Ranger will provide insight into the murals, sculptures, and Civil War flags inside the largest mausoleum in America.

Sunday, September 3: Join Queens native Jason D. Antos, author of six books on Queens history, for an afternoon talk on Queens Then and Now. Q.E.D.

August was slow, but smart talks and events are back in NYC with a vengeance. The science of meditation, the psychology of mean men, and the biology of relationships—plus appearances by Hillary Clinton, Richard Gere, and Salman Rushdie—highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

Monday, September 4
Dance your way over to the Guggenheim Museum for the performance of a commissioned work by American Ballet Theatre principal Daniil Simkin, in which dancers’ movements will be captured in real time and projected onto the walls of the museum’s iconic rotunda. (The program repeats on Tuesday.) Guggenheim Museum.

If you’re an opera buff, it’s hard to beat the pure summer pleasure of sitting outside and watching large-screen cinematic versions of some of the word’s great operas. This year, on the ninth anniversary of the festival, nine operas will be presented. No tickets are required; Monday features La Traviata. Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, September 5
There may be human echoes to the story of “The Garbage Dump Troop,” a tribe of Kenyan baboons who shifted into a markedly less jerky society after its alpha males died off from poisoned meat. A panel of experts joins the author of Mean Men: The Perversion of America’s Self-Made Man, which synthesizes decades of psychological research to look at success stories like Steve Jobs, Lance Armstrong, and Donald Trump—all known for their meanness—and to propose more humanistic approaches to leadership. The New School.

Spread your wings for this early morning bird walk through Central Park with two ornithologists from the Museum of Natural History. American Museum of Natural History.

Richard Gere joins the authors of the new book Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body for a look at how to get the most out of meditation. 92nd Street Y.

Wednesday, September 6
Find the parallels between Gilead and modern-day America at this discussion on the all-too-prophetic nature of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and the rise of the alt-right. Berg’n.

Inspired by the Rubin Museum of Art exhibition The World Is Sound, instructor and dance master Carolina Fonseca teaches the meditative spinning dance of Sufi whirling dervishes.

New York Times science writer Carl Zimmer asks some fundamental questions—like “What Is Life?“—as he speaks with experts about what the latest research reveals about existence. Night 1 of the series features philosopher Carlos Mariscal and astrobiologist Sara Imari Walker. Caveat.

Booker Prize–winning novelist Salman Rushdie returns to LIVE at the NYPL with his most overtly political novel in years, set in downtown Manhattan: The Golden House. (You can find him Thursday with Brooklyn by the Book.) Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

KnowScience hosts a free talk at Brooklyn’s Biotech Without Borders that looks at human health and the power of epigenetics. Find out more about the field, its importance, and how it might shape our future, with an expert in DNA repair.

Thursday, September 7
Dr. Marisa T. Cohen (From First Kiss to Forever: A Scientific Approach to Love) leads a free WeWork Dumbo Heights session on relationship science. She’ll bring together psychology, biology, and sociology as she looks at attraction through a very particular test tube: the TV show Seinfeld.

Blink along with the 35,000 original drawings that make up NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century, a new film projected along with live musical improvisations. Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Be with her–literally–as Hillary Clinton returns to public life to discuss her faith and the election with Rev. Dr. Bill Shillady. (Shillady contributed to Clinton’s new book, which collects 365 of the devotions from her long campaign season; the ticket price includes a copy of Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton.) Riverside Church.

The city is shaking off the summer doldrums and getting active again. Boredom and creativity, Jane Campion, and the inside story of Hillary Clinton’s doomed campaign highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Friday, September 8
Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC’s Note to Self speaks about Bored and Brilliant, her new book, which explains the connection between boredom and creativity, and looks at smarter ways for us to coexist with our digital crutches. The Strand.

Ariel Rivka Dance celebrates 10 seasons of provocative modern dance with a pair of career-spanning programs at New York Live Arts and running through the weekend. (There’s a family matinee on Saturday afternoon.)

Program yourself to attend this conversation on the development of Artificial Intelligence–and whether our investment in it will bring about our own peril. Pioneer Works.

Find filmmaker Jane Campion with the Film Society of Lincoln Center in conversation as she looks at her career, from features to shorts to her latest, the Cannes Film Festival sensation Top of the Lake: China Girl. Questions from the audience will be taken. (Campion will be there Saturday as well, for a Q&A and a screening of the first two China Girl episodes.)

Kevin Van Meter speaks on his new book, Guerrillas of Desire, which examines “the history of everyday resistance under slavery, in peasant life, and throughout modern capitalism.” Think of it the next time the barista calls your name. Bluestockings.

All weekend long enjoy the Mettawee River Theatre Company’s take on Korean folklore with Before the Sun and Moon in the Bishop’s Garden of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Saturday, September 9
Raise a glass 18th-century-style at this after-hours tour and tasting featuring colonial-era drinks. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.

Blink along with the 35,000 original drawings that make up NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century, a new film projected along with live musical improvisations. Sunset Park.

With DACA in the headlines, El Museo del Barrio presents a timely panel on the migrant child experience that brings together network of social anthropologists and photographers. It’s part of a month of programming connected to the new exhibition, Dreaming Up North: Children on the Move Across the Americas.

Sunday, September 10
Catch an epic postmortem as Jonathan Allen, head of content for Sidewire, and Amie Parnes, Senior White House Correspondent, The Hill, give the inside story of Hillary Clinton’s stunning failure, as detailed in Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign. 92nd Street Y.

Let the intelligence of 161 A.D. inform the daily struggle at a read-in of Marcus Aurelius’s Stoic Meditations. Scholar of Eastern religions Michael Prettyman will facilitate on an afternoon seeking out a different way of living. IDIO Gallery.

Search for equality in the art world at the Feminist Art Club, a female-centric tour through art history and workshop to create your own feminist art. Brainery Annex.

David Petraeus, Kirsten Dunst, and Harold Prince can all be seen in person this week, joining talks on Stoic ethics, revolution, and Big Chicken, among our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

Monday, September 11
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts will for the seventh year host the 9/11 Table of Silence Project: A Movement for Peace Created by Jacqulyn Buglisi. A ritual for peace and healing that employs over a hundred dancers, the performance will begin at 8:15am at Josie Robertson Plaza, end precisely at 8:46am, when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower.

Philosophy professor Massimo Pigliucci leads a session on Epictetus, with a focus on ethics among the multitudes we contain—our varying roles (think: the personae of the theatrical masks of yore). New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Shine a spotlight on theatre history with this tour of Times Square focused on the legendary career of producer and director Hal Prince–complete with a post-tour book signing with the man himself. The Strand.

Tuesday, September 12
Author Maryn McKenna, perhaps best known for her TED talk “What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?”, speaks on her latest book. It’s called Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats, and it tells a story that crosses scientific, cultural, and historical lines. Caveat.

History and philosophy professor Ward Regan unpacks the Neo in Neo-Nazism, outlining the ways in which coercion has been a constant across monarchies, totalitarian states, and even through the back story of our own humble democracy. Nowadays.

And speaking of the state and violence…novelist Amor Towles joins historian Yuri Slezkine, who discusses his new book, The House of Government, which tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials lived until they were destroyed in Stalin’s purges. The Cooper Union.

Don’t get in a bind and miss this workshop on Watoji, or Japanese bookbinding, which gives participants the chance to create their own unique notebook or journal. Japan Society.

Wednesday, September 13
There’s no shortage of questions surrounding the triangle of North Korea, China, and the U.S. And they’re not getting any less urgent. General David Petraeus joins military historian Max Boot and foreign policy experts to discuss Trump Era global challenges and what U.S. actions mean for the ongoing rise of China. NYU Skirball Center.

Travel “Black to the Future” with Think Olio and a look at the intersections of “Afrofuturism & Black Sci-Fi.” Cafe Erzulie.

Actress Kirsten Dunst appears in person with designers Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), the directors of the hypnotic new feature Woodshock. Museum of the Moving Image.

Thursday, September 14
Legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman is joined by another giant of the field, Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris, for a conversation on Wiseman’s latest production, Ex Libris -The New York Public Library. Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Write your way out to At Home in the World: On Writing, Immigration, and Belonging, a conversation with five authors on immigration and finding a home as a writer. The Center for Fiction.

Blink along with the 35,000 original drawings that make up NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century, a new film projected along with live musical improvisations. Central Park.

The Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University kicks off a new seminar season with Uprising 13/13. The first gathering looks at The Modern Concept of Revolution, with a close read of two texts: Reinhardt Koselleck’s “Historical Criteria of the Modern Concept of Revolution,” and Karl Marx’s “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon.” (In the latter, Marx set out to “demonstrate how the class struggle in France created circumstances and relationships that made it possible for a grotesque mediocrity to play a hero’s part.” If that’s ringing any bells.)

Radical politics, futurist talks, and a marathon reading of the Constitution highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Friday, September 15
Embrace your nerdy side at NerdNite, featuring presentations on ancient Egyptian cuisine, women and the Black Panthers, and the weird marketing of David Lynch’s Dune. NerdNite, features presentations with a NASA researcher, real-life astronaut Mario Runco (above), and Seth Baum, who will discuss toilet psychology and the current political climate. Littlefield.

NYU Skirball Center hosts an interactive night of dance everywhere but in its stage. Wander through backstage, dressing rooms, hallways, and lobby are transformed for AUNTS and an “uptown/downtown performance extravaganza.”

Saturday, September 16
American turning points, the art of aging, civil rights, and musical masterpieces are the subjects of four talks at a special One Day University session at Symphony Space.

Photoville, everyone’s favorite shipping container photo exhibition, is back at Brooklyn Bridge Park. There’s a full slate of talks to go with it, both Saturday and Sunday. Free.

Go underwater for Hudson River Park’s NYC Marine Science Festival, a family-friendly festival featuring hands-on activities, presentations by renowned scientists, “citizen science,” and more. Hudson River Park.

The goal of Worlds Fair USA is bring back a real live world’s fair after a three-decade absence in America. To that end, they bring mini fairs to spots around the country. This weekend sees one in Brooklyn, with tons of futurist talks on the bill of fare.

Come together for a day-long celebration of the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 at the Brooklyn Museum.

Sunday, September 17
Go behind the curtain on creativity with Gil Morgenstern’s Reflections Series International at City Winery. Violinist Morgenstern brings in percussionist Yousif Sheronick and cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach for a fresh look at how classical music happens.

Celebrate National Constitution Day with Maya Ciarrocchi, who comes to the Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side to host an eight-hour reading of the Constitution. Multiple languages will be employed, and there will be political discussion as well.

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival continues at The Bell House with a live edition of You’re the Expert. Comedians (Roy Wood, Jr., Chris Duffy, and Michael Showalter) will engage with the scientist who discovered Madagascar’s “ghost snake.”

Be covert at this event detailing George Washington’s reliance on spies in Lower Manhattan during the Revolutionary War. Fraunces Tavern Museum.

Appearances by Dame Judi Dench, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Mark Lilla. Talks on human curiosity, the nature of waiting, and black holes. And that’s just Monday! It’s another amazing week in New York City, read on for our picks for the best smart things to do.

Monday, September 18

There is nothing like a Dame, and you can see one of the most renowned ones in person as Dame Judi Dench appears to discuss her upcoming role as Queen Victoria in Victoria and AbdulBMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.


The StarTalk Radio road show is back with StarTalk Live!, bringing together Neil deGrasse Tyson, comedian Eugene Mirman, special guests Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Ian Black, and the mysteries of the cosmos. Kings Theatre.


Hear the adventures of science writer Erica Cirino, who sailed the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” to document what millions of tons of discarded plastic is doing to our waters. The Explorers Club.


Astrophysicist Dr. Mario Livio speaks at the American Museum of Natural History on the latest research “about the origins and mechanisms of human curiosity.”


Albert Einstein knew that black holes supplied a mathematical solution to his equations, but he wasn’t sold on their actual physical existence. It took over a century (until last year) for the first tangible proof to arrive: the detection of gravitational waves. Learn more from two physicists at the next convening of the Secret Science Club at The Bell House.


More than three-fourths of Americans own smartphones. It seems most of them/us have ceded our downtime along with them. Whither waiting? Author Andrea Köhler discusses her new book, Passing Time: An Essay on Waiting, which looks at the marking of time across life spans. Columbia professor Mark Lilla (The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction) joins her at Deutsches Haus at NYU.

Tuesday, September 19


Yale professor Anthony T. Kronman’s most recent book surveys centuries of Western philosophy and theology, ranging through Plato, Aquinas, Nietzsche, and Freud. Along the way he examines ancient conceptions of God; he’ll speak at the 92nd Street Y on his effort to reclaim that divinity for modern times.


Cetaceans can communicate 20 times the auditory information of humans. Do they have something to teach us about our own consciousness? Two animal behavior experts come to Caveat to reveal some surprises within non-human intelligence.

Wednesday, September 20

NYC’s floating food forest © Swale and Strongbow

Join the Atlas Obscura Society and climb aboard the  floating food forest Swale for an evening of herbal elixirs and the magical history of their ingredients.


La Stampa columnist Alain Elkann discusses his new book, a compendium of his famous interviews, with Diane von Furstenberg and Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait. A book signing follows. Italian Cultural Institute.

Thursday, September 21


Author Naben Ruthnum uses family recipes and literary samples to delve into curry, the topic of the book he’ll launch at  There will be a Q&A as Curry: Eating, Reading, and Racecontributes to the growing number of voices adding depth to our understanding of the Indian diaspora. Bluestockings.


If you’re in the mood for more Indian experience, you have 24 hours to catch the Rubin Museum of Art‘s annual Ragas Live Festival. Sacred sounds will fill the museum as it makes good on New York’s promise to be a city that never sleeps.


Discover a new tune at this discussion with journalist Hugh Wyatt on his new book Phoebe’s Fantasy: The Story of a Mafia Insider Who Helped Rescue Jazz and how foreign countries played a role in preserving the uniquely American art form and its black performers. Queens Library–Central Library.

Friday, September 22: Stand on your own at Finding Otherness: Developments in Independent Politics, a discussion with independent movement leader Jackie Salit on the political opportunities for those who feel left out of the mainstream conversation. NYU School of Law.

Saturday, September 23: Amuse yourself on this tour of Coney Island and the history behind the “People’s Playground.” Prospect Heights Brainery.

Sunday, September 24: Listen carefully at this deep listening workshop that aims to heighten your awareness of the sounds around you. Rubin Museum of Art.

Monday, September 25: Selflessly attend this conversation with Nobel-winning economist Muhammad Yunus on his radical notion for an economy that allows altruism to thrive as much as self-interest. New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Tuesday, September 26: Hear from one of the country’s most powerful CEOs as Microsoft leader Satya Nadella appears in conversation with New York Times deputy managing editor Rebecca Blumenstein. Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, September 27: Hike up to the Rubin Museum of Art for a conversation with world-class alpinist Steve Swenson on his new book Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict, which details his experiences climbing in the Karakoram Range that spans India, Pakistan and China. Rubin Museum of Art.

Thursday, September 28: Get yourself caught up on the latest in the Middle East with expert Bernard Haykel, who’ll look at shifts in Syria, ISIS, and the Saudi royal family. National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Friday, September 29: Go undercover for this discussion on the Jewish spies who secretly operated in New York City during the 20th century. 92nd Street Y.

Saturday, September 30: Discover the “8th wonder of the world” on this tour of the Brooklyn Bridge. Prospect Heights Brainery.


43 incredible things to do in NYC this September
By Jennifer Picht, TONY – Posted: Wednesday August 24 2016, 12:02pm

Dynamite things to do

Electric Zoo Festival Randall’s Island Park; Sept 2–4; various prices
Look out New York City dance clubs, the Electric Zoo Festival is poised to take over Labor Day weekend, bringing hoards of EDM fans to Randall’s Island for the event’s seventh summer. The festival has become a can’t-miss attraction on the electronic-dance-music circuit, featuring a wide range of artists both top name and underground. Get on your dancing shoes and best festival clothing and enjoy the tunes.

West Indian-American Day Carnival Eastern Parkway; Sept 5; free
The annual West Indian–American Day Carnival draws close to two million people to Crown Heights in Brooklyn each year. During the seven-hour New York carnival, steel-pan and calypso bands in elaborate costumes march down Eastern Parkway, and vendors sell homestyle island grub along the route.

Oktoberfest at various locations; Sept 17 through Oct 3; various prices
One of the top things to do in New York this fall includes two weeks of drinking some of the best beer in NYC during Oktoberfest. Take in the beautiful fall foliage while drinking at one of the best beer gardens and beer halls in New York City. Oktoberfest New Yorkers, take advantage of this glorious holiday to sample fine Bavarian beer and food. Prost!

Feast of San Gennaro Little Italy; Sept 15–25; free-various prices
Celebrate the martyred 3rd-century bishop and patron saint of Naples at this 11-day festival that fills the streets of Little Italy every year. Watch the professionals in action at the cannoli-eating competition, and you won’t feel so bad about indulging in calorific treats from the food vendors; return daily for live musical performances. Mulberry St between Canal and Houston Sts; Grand St and Hester St between Baxter and Mott Sts.

The 54th New York Film Festival
Easily one of the best things to do in the fall, the New York Film Festival stretches back to 1963, when it established a mission of bringing the best work from around the world to Lincoln Center. Selma director Ava DuVernay’s race-related incarceration documentary The 13th opens 2016’s edition, followed by numerous high-profile movie screenings and events. Sept 30–Oct 16

Hilarious comedy shows

Saw Her Stand Up There Q.E.D.; Sept 1; $6
A lineup of outstanding all-female comedians take the stage, with hosts Caitlin McKee and Andrea Shapiro. If you want to give your own jokes a spin, show up at 7pm for the open mic. This week, V. Lince, Carolyn Bergier and Kara Buller take the Q.E.D. stage.

BUCKY: Thank F#@% It’s Friday! UCBEast; Every Friday starting Sept 2; $10
Unburden yourself of the quotidian weekday horrors of work, roommates and the MTA system with this insane anything-goes show featuring some of UCB’s most prolific performers, some of whom you may recognize from their appearances on Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer and 30 Rock.

Nerd Is the New Black Q.E.D.; Sept 3; $5, day of $8
Fast-witted comic Charles McBee brings his glorious sense of self-deprecation to this solid showcase night. Get to the show early to catch happy hour, but be sure not to get too tipsy, or you may miss McBee’s mile-a-minute jokes.

Tonight’s Special with Shane Shane Sid Gold’s Request Room; Sept 6; suggested donation $5
This bizarre improv-variety show puts you in complete control over hard-working one-man act Shane. At the start of the night, audience members are given a “menu” of jokes, songs, video clips and shticks for Shane to perform in the order and style of their choosing. The night ends with piano karaoke. Make sure you give this guy a tip—and a drink.

Nationals: An Amateur Comedy Dance Competition Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre; Sept 7; $5
Hosts Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney have recruited some of the city’s most medicore dance crews to face off for eternal glory (and retribution for being picked on at middle school dances). Big name guest judges preside over the cabbage patches and stanky legs, all building up to the FINALS in November. Beware of sprains.

Delicious food and drink opportunities

Great Big Bacon Picnic The Old Pfizer Factory; Sept 24–25; $99 general admission, early entry brunch $149, VIP brunch $249
For those who can just never get enough bacon, head to the festival of unlimited bacon and booze, where you can nosh on all sorts of bacon-filled brunch delicacies and enjoy free-flowing booze from over 100 of the best chefs, brewmasters and craft distillers in New York.

Pig Island Ikea Erie Basin Park; Sept 10; $85 all inclusive
Porcine enthusiasts head to the waterfront once a year for this feast of local hogs, all sourced from small farms and cooked up in innovative dishes by over 25 chefs. Everything from pulled pork to whole roasted hog, hot dogs and pork sliders aplenty get washed down with cider, wine and New York-crafted beer.

Vendy Awards Governor’s Island; Sept 17; $90 general admission, VIP $135
In the ultimate (and first-ever) street food competition in the country, over 25 of the most popular sidewalk-peddling trucks and carts in New York show off their best grub, in a battle for the Vendy Cup, from the famous raindrop cake to shrimp and grits from Harlem Seafood Soul and organic cruelty-free treats from the Vegan Bandwagon. There’s only one supreme winner, chosen from a panel of distinguished judges, but the people’s choice award lets NYC foodies cast a vote for their own best-loved food truck.

Harvest in the Square Union Square; Sept 22; $125 general admission, VIP $400
For over two decades, this farmers market-loving food fest has been celebrating the local community by bringing together some of the city’s best chefs, including Union Square Cafe’s chef Carmen Quagliata and Tarallucci E Vino’s chef de cuisine Francesco Gallo to cook innovative, signature dishes with fresh produce from the Union Square Greenmarket.

New York Coffee Festival 69th Regiment Armory; Sept 16-18; $20 standard, VIP one-day $45, VIP multiple days $60
New York’s flagship coffee event converges lovers of the bean and the brew from near and far for two days of demos, workshops, tastings of the best grinds out there—and the coffee masters barista competition where some of the world’s best baristas compete in a range of disciplines including cupping, brewing and latte art to be named champion of all things roast-related.

Spectacular art shows

Os Gêmeos, “Silence of the Music”Lehmann Maupin; Sept 8–Oct 22; free
Twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo have been tearing up the international street-art scene since the 1980s. For their gallery debut, the Brazilian collaborative duo moves indoors, bringing with them their signature, yellowed-faced characters as part of a kinetic installation that combines drawing, painting, collage, mixed media sculpture and audio.

Kai Althoff Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Sept 18–Jan 2; $25
Working in ceramics, textiles, drawing, painting and sculpture, this German artist weaves together dreamy, surreal amalgams of Expressionist and Symbolist motifs that seem to spring from his fantasies, reveries and personal memories. This career survey is his first in an American museum.

“Ryan Gander: I see straight through you”Lisson Gallery; Sept 16–Oct 15; free
This British Conceptualist prankster brings his considerable wit to bear for his first solo show in New York since 2008, including one piece featuring a huge pair of wall-embedded animatronic eyes that follow you around the room.

“Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight,”Whitney Museum of American Art; Sept 16–Jan 2, $22; seniors, students $18
After laboring in obscurity for decades, this Cuban-born geometric abstractionist has been finally recognized as an important precursor to Minimalist painting. Astonishingly, she recently turned 101 and is still going strong.

“Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age, 1900-1918,”Neue Galerie New York; Sept 22-Jan 16; $20
When Klimt wasn’t busy working his 1907 Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (recently immortalized in the Helen Mirren film, Woman In Gold) he was creating likeness of other female patrons during Vienna’s cultural heyday before World War I. This show brings together 12 such compositions, including another Adele Bloch-Bauer image done in 1912.

Brilliant dance performances

New York City Ballet Fall 2016 David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center); Sept 20–Oct 14; $30–$175
The company’s fall season includes 14 works by George Balanchine, including the full-length Jewels and two programs of shorter pieces. Also on the schedule are a collection of dances by Jerome Robbins (including Glass Pieces) and world premieres of ballets by Lauren Lovette, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Justin Peck and Peter Walker.

John Jaspers: Remains BAM Harvey Theater; Sept 21–24; $24–$50
Veteran dancemaker Jasperse returns to BAM’s Next Wave Festival with a new work that investigates questions of legacy in modern dance—which he should know about, after several decades as a leading figure in the downtown dance scene. The piece is set to a score by John King.

NY Quadrille Joyce Theatre; Sept 27–Oct 9; $41
Inspired by a rectangular form of 18th-century dance, conceiver-director Lar Lubovitch invites four choreographers—Pam Tanowitz, RoseAnne Spradlin, Tere O’Connor and Loni Landon—to create modern variations on the form, presented in rep over two weeks. A specially constructed stage at the Joyce will allow the works to be viewed from all four side.


Things to Do in September in NYC
by City Guide News Desk

NYC’s September calendar is brimming with excitement, including tons of festivals, exhibits, and Broadway fall previews. The US Open starts the month off, plus there are blockbuster concerts, the San Gennaro Festival, the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, and much more!

Things to Do in New York in September: Exhibits

JFK American Visionary (Now – 1/7/18) The photographs in the new exhibit American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times at the New-York Historical Society convey the sensation you’ve seen them before: JFK in the White House, his kids joyfully playing nearby; JFK with wife Jackie at an event, both of them elegant and assured (in truth, many images here have only rarely been shown). It’s part of the famous Kennedy allure, conveying a world that’s simultaneously approachable, glittering, and rarefied. This well-curated exhibition charts JFK’s trajectory as a politician, as well as the cultural and historical pulse of the times, when photojournalism was at an apex. It’s a wonderful opportunity to observe a world both familiar and lost, and to reflect on where the country was—and is.


(9/8-1/7/18) Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasures at the Morgan Library & Museum. The treasure bindings on view include star sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, pearls, and garnets, alongside illuminated manuscripts and printed books that depict two-dimensional representations of these precious materials. Among the exhibition highlights will be the ninth-century Lindau Gospels, one of the two finest Carolingian jeweled bindings in the world, and the thirteenth-century Berthold Sacramentary, the most luxurious German manuscript of its time.

(Now-10/1) Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archive opens at MoMA. MoMA’s acquisition of 55,000 drawings, 300,000 pages of letters, 125,000 photos, and 2,700 manuscripts, along with models, movies, and other memorabilia inspired this exhibit, timed to coincide with Wright’s 150th birthday.

(Permanent) The New-York Historical Society’s Fourth Floor Renovation, now complete, includes a brand new Tiffany Lamps Gallery, in addition to the opening of its Women’s History Center.

(Now-9/3) Final days! Also now at N-YHS, WWI Beyond the Trenches at New-York Historical Society. World War I Beyond the Trenches features powerful works by artists like John Singer Sargent, George Bellows, and Georgia O’Keeffe, joined by artifacts from the museum’s collection (propaganda posters, letters, sheet music, uniforms, and military gear) that provide insightful context.

Jim Henson, (Permanent) New! The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate the life and legacy of the famed Muppet creator, exploring both his prolific career and the enduring effect his work has on pop culture to this day. Visitors can expect to learn more about the creation of such beloved works as The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labryinth, as well as to discover the cutting-edge experimental works Henson made throughout his career.

(now-12/31) Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is the first major museum exhibition on pilotless aircraft to open in the U.S. The large-scale exhibition, located in a huge, custom-designed pavilion, will reveal the history of drone technology, from its WWI origins to its current applications in solving complex humanitarian challenges. The exhibition will include a mix of small and large scale drones, including Volantis, the world’s first flying dress, designed and worn by Lady Gaga. Use this coupon and take $5 off!

Chihuly, (now-10/29) CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Garden: breathtaking works of art by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly will be on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. CHIHULY, presented by Bank of America, will showcase approximately 20 installations and include drawings and early works that reveal the evolution of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. Special weekend celebrations, films, poetry, and nature-inspired art programs for kids offer colorful and imaginative tributes to nature. On CHIHULY Nights (Thurs -Sat), the exhibition takes on a magical energy as the garden’s vistas and Conservatory become living canvases for these works of art.

(now-9/6) Final days! Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum provides a rare chance to explore in-depth some of the key artists of this essential New York institution. Framed by the interests of six leading patrons, Visionaries brings together canvases from masters like Max Ernst, René Magritte, and Yves Tanguy, and sculptures by Joseph Cornell and Alberto Giacometti. In addition, Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy (1947) is being shown in the U.S. for the first time in nearly 50 years. More than a dozen works on paper by Picasso and Van Gogh, rarely on view to the public, can be seen in the Thannhauser Gallery, and paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and Édouard Manet are displayed on the museum’s legendary ramps.

(Permanent) The Museum of the City of New York presents NY at Its Core. Ten years in the making, New York at Its Core presents the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World.” The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. Entertaining, inspiring, important, and at times bemusing, New York City “big personalities,” including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, Boss Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z, and dozens more, parade through the exhibition.

Things to Do in New York in September: Comedy

Jim Gaffigan, (9/28-9/30) Noble Ape Tour, stops at the Beacon Theatre.


(9/15-9/16) Colin Kane at Gotham Comedy Club.

(9/6) The Legion of Skanks at The Creek and the Cave, with Big Jay Oakerson, Luis J. Gomez, and Dave Smith.

(9/22-9/23) Deon Cole at Gotham Comedy Club.

(9/28-9/30) Bill Bellamy at Gotham Comedy Club.

(9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29) Every Friday at 10pm check out comedy hypnosis at LOL Times Square Comedy Club. The performance is led by Warren Thackeray, a classically trained hypnotist who has been performing for almost a decade around the world. The show is a fabulous mix of comedy, hypnosis, and laughter, as participants take on wild roles. Maybe you’ll be the next star… Use this LOL Comedy Club coupon and save 50% off!

Things to Do in New York in September: Kids

(9/23-9/24) The World Maker Faire returns to the New York Hall of Science! Get inspired to make, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, and play while celebrating art, science, and technology. Hundreds of “makers” will present fun and unusual creations such as rockets and robots. There will also be arts and crafts, artisanal foods, live music, and much more. 10am-6pm. Specially priced family passes available.,


(9/24) Now in its 35th year, the traditional County Fair at the Queens County Farm Museum features blue ribbon competitions in produce, livestock, arts and crafts, and more. Enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, pig-racing, hayrides, carnival rides, and a midway. Visit craft vendors, food vendors, enjoy music, and more. 11am-6pm.

(now-10/9) Eloise at the Museum reveals the creative collaboration between cabaret star Kay Thompson (1909-1998) and the young illustrator Hilary Knight (b. 1926) that brought the precocious character to life. The exhibition showcases more than 75 objects, ranging from original manuscript pages to sketchbooks, portraits, photographs, and vintage dolls.

Things to Do in NYC in September: Nightlife

Depeche Mode

(9/9-9/11) Depeche Mode at Madison Square Garden, with special guest Warpaint.


(9/7-9/13) It’s New York Fashion Week, and there will be afterparties.

(9/7-9/8) Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden.

(9/2-9/3) Michael Feinstein’s Showstoppers at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

(9/8-9/14)Bloodline’s Norbert Leo Butz performs at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

(9/9) PopUp Dinner Governors Island. A benefit for the Friends of Governors Island, the dinner is an elegant picnic that brings together thousands of people to celebrate summer, spontaneity, creativity, and community.

(9/11-9/12) Roger Waters: Us & Them Tour at Barclays Center.

(9/11, 9/18) War Paint’s Christine Ebersole at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

(9/13) Adam Ant at the Beacon Theatre.

(9/14) Pat Benatar & Neil Geraldo at the Beacon Theatre.

(9/15) Gypsy Kings at the Beacon Theatre.

(9/15-9/17) The Meadows Music and Arts Festival will top billing Jay-Z, Gorrilaz, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and more performing in the parking lot outside Citi Field. (Queens) There will also be a special ‘Feastival’ with vendors including Arancini Bros, Luke’s Lobster, Wowfulls, Roberta’s and more.

(9/22) Mac DeMarco at Radio City Music Hall.

(9/21-9/24) The 15th Annual New York Burlesque Festival. The popular New York Burlesque Festival turns 15, and it’s hotter than ever. With starting events at Brooklyn Bowl and The Bell House, the festivities continue at Highline Ballroom and culminate with the Saturday Spectacular at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square. The festival’s sexy finale features 20+ of the best burlesque performers on the circuit, in a 1920s supperclub atmosphere.,

(9/26) Saint Etienne at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

(9/26) Brian Wilson perfoms Pet Sounds at The Beacon Theatre.

(9/28) Harry Styles performs at Radio City Music Hall.

Things To Do in New York in September: Sightseeing

(Ongoing) Explore the best of Brooklyn with Circle Line’s Landmarks + Brooklyn Cruise!


(9/3) The annual Brazilian Day Festival returns to Manhattan’s Little Brazil (around 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). Load up on tasty food, music, vendors, and more.

(8/28-9/10) Game, set, match! The US Open continues at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

(9/10) Annual Anniversary at Grand Bazaar NYC.

(9/17) 35th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show at Queens County Farm. This show will include a display of various makes and models of motorcycles that have been out of production for 10 years or more. Music, farmhouse tours, hayrides, and food will provide fun for the entire family. 11am-4pm. $7.

(9/14-9/24) The Feast of San Gennaro celebrates its 91st anniversary this year! It’s NYC’s longest running, biggest religious outdoor festival, stretching along the streets of Little Italy.

(9/16) The German-American Steuben Parade kicks off at noon, marching along Fifth Ave., from 68th Street to 86th Street. The festivities continue at the 2017 OktoberFest at Watermark Pier 15, (9/15-9/17, 9/22-9/24, 9/29-10/02). Prost!

(9/20-9/24) The fourth annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show makes a triumphant return to New York City. Wollman Rink in Central Park plays host to daily exhibitions of varied breeds and disciplines, including Arabians, Show Jumping, Dressage, and Hunters. The events culminate with a Family Day that features demonstrations, face painting, and more.

(9/24) The 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic is the largest street festival in NYC, taking place along Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

Things to Do in New York in September: Ongoing

tribute in light 9/11 – Every year New York marks the September 11th attacks with the Tribute in Light, a display of 88 searchlights visible in the night sky for miles around. There will be other tributes and memorials all around the city, and a visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will provide moving context. Click here for information on additional 9/11 related events.

Explore NYC in miniature at Gulliver’s Gate.

Zip up 100 stories in 60 seconds and see New York City atop One World Observatory.


More coming soon.