September 2014 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, including Oktoberfest activities and our picks from theater, the arts and music

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New York’s arts and culture scene amps up in the fall, so best to start planning your season early. Our events calendar for September is chock-full of concerts and awesome things to do, including street festivals such as the West Indian American Day Carnival and the Atlantic Antic.

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The best things to do in New York in September 2014

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Sat Sep 20
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World Maker Faire

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Sep 21
More info

Global Citizen Festival 2014

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Central Park, Great Lawn midpark, from 79th to 85th Sts
  2. Sat Sep 27
More info

Queer New York International Arts Festival

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Sep 28
More info

Free events in September 2014

Dubuffet | Barceló

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This shows juxtaposes paintings by renowned Frenchman Jean Dubuffet (1901–85) with those by the Spanish contemporary artist Miquel Barcelo, whose work is influenced by Dubuffet's figurative style and use of pronounced surface textures.

  1. Acquavella Galleries 18 E 79th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10075
  2. Until Fri Sep 19
More info

Flatbush Frolic

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Flatbush Frolic may sound like a hip new dance all the kids are doing (and maybe it will be!), but it’s actually a fun street fair in south Brooklyn featuring music, crafts and kids' activities galore.

  1. Brooklyn
  2. Sun Sep 21
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The NYC Big Flea

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Big Flea Market is exactly what the name suggests. And it's not just big—it's the largest antique market in Manhattan. With more than 600 vendors of vintage clothing, kooky jewelry, mint-condition furniture and bottomless amounts of fine art, there's a lot to look at, and you're bound to find a deal. This year, it'll take up almost the entirety of Pier 94.

  1. Pier 94 Hudson River, at 55th St
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Sun Sep 28
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Circus Amok

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The fantastically queer, unapologetically political and surprisingly kid-friendly Circus Amok invades NYC's parks throughout September with acrobats, stilt walkers, clowns and other delights. Circus founder Jennifer Miller serves as ringleader.

  1. Tompkins Square Park Ave A, between 7th and 10th Sts
  2. Sun Sep 21 - Sun Sep 28
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Kayak on the Hudson

  • Free

Nothing strengthens a friendship like wading into water and having to count on your bud to keep a skinny canoe afloat, so bring your comrade along to kayak on the Hudson. You'll get to go out on the water for 20-minute sessions, after a brief lesson of course—just enough time to bond before your arms get tired.

  1. Riverside Park, Pier I W 70th St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Sep 28
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Allan McCollum, "The Shapes Project: Perfect Couples"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Petzel’s concurrent exhibitions of recent works by Allan McCollum and Walead Beshty offer looks at two artists who share a penchant for minimalist-derived sculpture created through a process-oriented strategy. The results diverge, but the commonalities are hard to ignore given the close proximity of the shows—both of which, thankfully, have visual pleasures to offer.

  1. Petzel Gallery 456 W 18th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, 10011
  2. Until Sat Oct 4
More info

Farhad Moshiri, "Float"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Free

A reasonable suspicion when first encountering the work of Farhad Moshiri at Galerie Perrotin is that the artist uses his aptitude with materials to obscure a dearth of ideas. His paintings, for the most part, feature images whose qualities of line recall old textbook illustrations or romance comic books.

  1. Galerie Perrotin 909 Madison Ave , at 73rd St, 10021
  2. Until Sat Oct 4
More info

Roxy Paine, "Denuded Lens"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

There’s something uncanny about a familiar object replicated in a foreign material, which is why the technique has been a familiar staple of sculptural production over the past 40-odd years. Paine is a relatively recent practitioner of the form, having exhibited since 1990.

  1. Marianne Boesky Gallery 509 W 24th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10001
  2. Until Sat Oct 4
More info

"That Obscure Object of Desire"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Titled after Luis Buñuel’s 1977 film about sexual obsession, this group show includes pieces from the 1940s to the present, and teases out formal and thematic connections among a nicely considered selection of Surrealist, Pop and contemporary artworks.

  1. Luxembourg & Dayan 64 E 77th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10075
  2. Until Sat Oct 4
More info

Walead Beshty, "Performances Under Working Conditions"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Petzel’s concurrent exhibitions of recent works by Allan McCollum and Walead Beshty offer looks at two artists who share a penchant for minimalist-derived sculpture created through a process-oriented strategy. The results diverge, but the commonalities are hard to ignore given the close proximity of the shows—both of which, thankfully, have visual pleasures to offer.

  1. Petzel Gallery 456 W 18th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, 10011
  2. Until Sat Oct 4
More info

Smorgasburg

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The venerable epicurean extravaganza returns the weekend of April 6, spending Saturdays in Williamsburg's East River State Park (enter at North 7th Street) and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park through November. The 2014 lineup features beloved vendors such as seafood-shack maestro Handsome Hank’s Fish Hut, offering fried-to-order whiting fillets smothered in coleslaw and tartar sauce between two slices of Texas toast ($8). Stake out a spot in front of Milk Truck Grilled Cheese for the three-cheese sandwich—a gooey blend of gruyere, New York cheddar and Wisconsin blue oozing over sweet-and-tart caramelized Granny Smith apple slices ($7.25). Head out to the open-air fair before it gets too cold: The season's final iterations will be November 22 at the Williamsburg waterfront and November 23 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Visit smorgasburg.com for more information.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Nov 23
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Brooklyn Flea

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Brooklyn Flea is back outside on Saturdays in Fort Greene and Sundays in Williamsburg . Pick up a couple hand-hammered stack rings by Jessica De Carlo, at a special Flea-only price ($20 each, 2 for $35), or take a walk in Nina Z's eco-conscious clogs and sandals ($95-180). Visit Sharon London for easy-fitting tube dresses ($78) and vintage locket earrings ($12), or Hartford Denim Co. for quality-denim goods, like hoodies ($325) and aprons ($110). While perusing crafts and collectibles by local artisans, munch on some local bites, such as People's Pops' shaved ice ($3) and ice pops ($4) made from local, fresh fruit.

  1. East River State Park 90 Kent Ave, at North 8th St
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Nov 23
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Music events in September 2014

The Replacements + The Hold Steady + Deer Tick

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Too polished to be punk but too trashy to be pop, ’80s alt-rock pioneers the Replacements finally bring their reunion tour to NYC. Word has it that, even after 22 years, Paul Westerberg & Co. can still deliver the sloppily passionate goods. Brooklyn bar band extraordinaire the Hold Steady and rollicking, Southern-tinged roots alt-country rockers Deer Tick open.

  1. Forest Hills Tennis Stadium 69th Ave, at Burns St
  2. Until Fri Sep 19
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Stromae

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

If you've never heard of Stromae, that's likely going to change really soon. The electro-songsmith and Time Out New York cover star—real name: Paul Van Haver—specializes in soulful bangers that sound at once sophisticated and bombastic, and he's a huge star in his native Belgium. The mania seems to be spreading, judging by the high demand for these big NYC gigs.

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Sep 20
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Panda Bear + Blues Control

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Panda Bear, a.k.a. Animal Collective indie-pop visionary Noah Lennox, is currently working on Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, the follow-up to 2011's Tomboy—a dazzling effort that paired Lennox's Beach Boys–y vocals with more organic, but still weird, musical textures. Odds are you'll get a peek at some new material at these gigs, also featuring lo-fi ambient mainstays Blues Control.

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Mon Sep 22 - Tue Sep 23
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The Black Keys + Cage the Elephant

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Black Keys, the little Akron, OH, blues-rock duo that could, has evolved into a world-class psychedelic pop powerhouse, fueled by Dan Auerbach's cool croon and Patrick Carney's bouncy beats. Here, the pair supports its immersive latest, Turn Blue, with help from Cage the Elephant, a Kentucky outfit that mines a good-time ’70s-rock vibe.

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Wed Sep 24
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Iggy Azalea + Vic Mensa

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

There’s a bit of a rift between the critical and popular receptions of Iggy Azalea. The Aussie rapper shot to fame via YouTube and claimed the inaugural fan-voted slot in XXL’s “Freshman Class of 2012” (Azalea herself says that was the only way she could have made the cut). Her debut album, The New Classic, isn’t likely to change anyone’s mind—we respect her rhyming chops but have a hard time stomaching her tougher-than-thou posture—yet fans seem quite content with the effort: Her first two charting singles, "Problem" and the ubiquitous "Fancy," made it to Billboard's top slots. Expect a screamfest here as I-G-G-Y cobills with Chicago rapper Vic Mensa.

  1. JBL Live at Pier 97 W 55th St, and the Hudson River, 10019
  2. Fri Sep 26
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Arts events in September 2014

Dubuffet | Barceló

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This shows juxtaposes paintings by renowned Frenchman Jean Dubuffet (1901–85) with those by the Spanish contemporary artist Miquel Barcelo, whose work is influenced by Dubuffet's figurative style and use of pronounced surface textures.

  1. Acquavella Galleries 18 E 79th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10075
  2. Until Fri Sep 19
More info

My Mañana Comes

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Elizabeth Irwin's play peers behind the kitchen door to look at the lives and dreams of four busboys at a fancy Upper East Side restaurant. Chay Yew directs the premiere.

  1. Peter Jay Sharp Theater 416 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, fourth floor
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Sep 20
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Trade Practices

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

HERE's Kristin Marting directs an immersive performance piece, conceived by David Evans Morris, in which audience members buy "shares" of four competing storylines that are performed simultaneously on Governors Island.

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Sep 21
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Garry Winogrand

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The camera and the street were made for each other, nowhere more so than in midcentury New York, where a remarkable group of photographers (including Diane Arbus, Bruce Davidson, William Klein and Helen Levitt) prowled the city for subjects. Among their number was Bronx native Garry Winogrand (1928–1984), the focus of this Met retrospective.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Until Sun Sep 21
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Dry Land

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Teenage girls wrestle with abortion in a new play by Ruby Rae Spiegel, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Colt for her rapidly rising Colt Coeur troupe.

  1. HERE 145 Sixth Ave, between Dominick and Spring Sts
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Sep 27
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The NY Clown Theatre Festival 2014

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Crammed together like bozos in a car, these 24 physical-theater offerings include work by clowns from as far away as Sweden and Colombia, as well as local luminaries like Eric Davis and Barry Lubin. It's not all red noses and big shoes (although there is a pie fight on opening night), so be sure to check the Brick's website for details.

  1. The Brick 579 Metropolitan Ave, between Lorimer St and Union Ave
  2. Until Sun Sep 28
More info

“Here and Elsewhere”

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Just when you thought the time for regional or ethnic exhibitions had come and gone, the New Museum presents this coherent, often absorbing survey of recent art from the Arab world

  1. New Museum of Contemporary Art 235 Bowery, at Prince St
  2. Until Sun Sep 28
More info

Allan McCollum, "The Shapes Project: Perfect Couples"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Petzel’s concurrent exhibitions of recent works by Allan McCollum and Walead Beshty offer looks at two artists who share a penchant for minimalist-derived sculpture created through a process-oriented strategy. The results diverge, but the commonalities are hard to ignore given the close proximity of the shows—both of which, thankfully, have visual pleasures to offer.

  1. Petzel Gallery 456 W 18th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, 10011
  2. Until Sat Oct 4
More info

Farhad Moshiri, "Float"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Free

A reasonable suspicion when first encountering the work of Farhad Moshiri at Galerie Perrotin is that the artist uses his aptitude with materials to obscure a dearth of ideas. His paintings, for the most part, feature images whose qualities of line recall old textbook illustrations or romance comic books.

  1. Galerie Perrotin 909 Madison Ave , at 73rd St, 10021
  2. Until Sat Oct 4
More info

Roxy Paine, "Denuded Lens"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

There’s something uncanny about a familiar object replicated in a foreign material, which is why the technique has been a familiar staple of sculptural production over the past 40-odd years. Paine is a relatively recent practitioner of the form, having exhibited since 1990.

  1. Marianne Boesky Gallery 509 W 24th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10001
  2. Until Sat Oct 4
More info

Walead Beshty, "Performances Under Working Conditions"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Petzel’s concurrent exhibitions of recent works by Allan McCollum and Walead Beshty offer looks at two artists who share a penchant for minimalist-derived sculpture created through a process-oriented strategy.

  1. Petzel Gallery 456 W 18th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, 10011
  2. Until Sat Oct 4
More info

More events in September 2014

West Indian–American Day Carnival

Every Labor Day, the West Indian–American day carnival celebrates Caribbean culture and heritage in New York

  1. Mon Sep 1

The US Open

For two weeks, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park will be the tennis capital of the world for the US Open 2015. While Wimbeldon has its white, New Yorkers bring the party to the National Tennis Center with a celebrity-studded crowd, international food vendors and live musicians performing on the grounds—not to mention tennis's top pros.

  1. Sun Aug 24 - Mon Sep 8

Queens County Fair

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Get a little rural living without leaving the city limits at the 31st iteration of this down-home festival. For two days, the Queens County Farm Museum will become even more agrarian than usual with livestock competitions, pie-eating contests, awards for the fastest corn huskers and pig races, while Irish and German musicians will keep your feet stomping.

  1. Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, between 73rd Rd and 74th Ave
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Sep 21
More info

Coney Island Circus Sideshow

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

One of the last of its kind, this ten-act extravaganza of human oddities aims to satisfy nostalgic and progressive temperaments alike. Now in its 29th season, the iconic spectacle adds a footnote to the controversial freak-show conversation by celebrating the talents of those “born different.” The lineup includes contortionists, sword swallowers, fire eaters and escape artists.

  1. Sideshows by the Seashore 1208 Surf Ave, at 12th St, 11224
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Sun Sep 28
More info

"NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Finally, an ultimate tribute to not just the artistic minds that make New York a creative hub, but also the behind-the-scenes guys we never hear about. NYC will pay homage to 100 awesome artists and their production teams who have shown outstanding levels of talent in their fields, from stonemasons and set designers to instrument makers and media-art collectives. The exhibit dedicated reveals how connected these seemingly very different art forms are. And maybe after this, you’ll spot how all of these creative styles exist in our everyday New York City lives.

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Until Sun Oct 12
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Come see and hear the new MGMT album via playbacks of the "Optimizer," an innovative and immersive audio and visual experience @ The Knitting Factory, tonight - 9/11. Free pizza and drink specials. 21+. MGMT is available September 17. All commercial formats include download of the "Optimizer." Drink Specials: $3 PBR and Rolling Rock, $5 Wells, $6 Beer/Shot Combos

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