New York events in September

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring the West Indian–American Day Carnival, Atlantic Antic and the Black Keys

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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.


Our September highlights

King Crimson

  • Critics choice
  1. Best Buy Theater 1515 Broadway, at 44th St
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Sep 21
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Stromae

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Sep 20
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Brooklyn Flea

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. East River State Park 90 Kent Ave, at North 8th St
  2. Sat Jul 5 - Sun Nov 23
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"Behind the Screen"

  • Price band: 1/4
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  1. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave, at 37th St, 11106
  2. Wed Jul 2 - Wed Dec 31
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More events in September 2014

Rite of Summer Music Festival

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  • Free

This congenial new-music series on Governors Island continues this afternoon with a two-set collaboration between the ETHEL string quartet, members of Iktus Percussion and participants in the New York Philharmomic's Very Young Composers program. Concerts continue, on a monthly basis, into September; see riteofsummer.com for details.

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sun Jul 13 - Sat Sep 6
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Die Antwoord

  • Price band: 2/4
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It seems like an eternity ago (2010, for those keeping track) that the Web reached a collective frothing point over the Die Antwoord’s early videos, which chronicled a surreally scuzzy South African subculture known as zef. But the Cape Town dance-rap collective still turns heads now and again with statements such as this year's "Pitbull Terrier" vid, which featured prosthetics, a whole lot of fake blood and some very transformative spit. Here, the crew hits Terminal 5 in support of its recent third LP, Donker Mag.

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Tue Sep 9
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"Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine"

  • Price band: 1/4
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Take a quiz to find out whether your body is guided predominantly by wind, bile or phlegm, the three forces of Tibetan medicine, then follow a customized path through this collection of paintings, medical instruments and texts. The items run from the 9th century to today, with a multimedia overview of present-day applications.

  1. Rubin Museum of Art 150 W 17th St, at Seventh Ave, 10011
  2. Wed Jul 2 - Mon Sep 8
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Chromeo + Big Freedia

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Canadian duo Chromeo hits the stage for a live set of super fun (and enjoyably cheesy at times) electronic R&B stylings, playing from its recent album, White Women. Starting the show is booty-shaking extroardinaire Big Freedia, NOLA's biggest and best "sissy bounce" performer.

  1. Central Park, Rumsey Playfield Enter park at Fifth Ave , at 69th St
  2. Fri Sep 12
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Billy Joel

  • Price band: 3/4
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Erstwhile angry young man Billy Joel—now an official Madison Square Garden franchise, like the Knicks and Rangers—is tacking on date after date in what's threatening to become an endless run. Because you had to be a big shot, didn’t you, eh, Piano Man? (P.S. Welcome back.)

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza , between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10001
  2. Wed Jul 2 - Wed Sep 17
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Panda Bear + Blues Control

  • Price band: 2/4
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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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Coney Island Circus Sideshow

  • Price band: 1/4
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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. Until Sun Sep 28
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Kayak on the Hudson

  • Free

Nothing says "Dad" like wading into water and trying your hand at some outdoorsy sports, so bring Dad along to kayak on the Hudson. You'll get to go out on the water for 20 minute sessions, and furthermore you'll have a lifetime of memories of him (probably) grumbling after you (definitely) splash him in the face with some Hudson water. You know. On accident.

  1. Riverside Park, Pier I W 70th St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sat Jul 5 - Sun Sep 28
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Dinosaur Safari

  • Price band: 2/4

This Bronx Zoo exhibit stands out from the rest in one important way: All the featured animals are extinct. See more than 20 life-size animatronic beasts who move, roar and spit water on a guided wagon tour. Along the way you’ll learn how different dinos adapted to their environments, and find out which animals today share similar physical or behavioral traits.

  1. Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society 2300 Southern Blvd, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Until Sun Nov 2
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Floating Kabarette

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Galapagos hosts this long-running, crowd-pleasing cabaret night, featuring a rotating cast of amazing artists, including resident dance troupe Jenny Rocha and Her Painted Ladies—expect burlesque, magic, trapeze and much more. After the show, a dance party keeps the fun coming till 1am. Check the venue's website for each week's cast.

  1. Galapagos Art Space 16 Main St, at Water St
  2. Sat Jul 5 - Sat Dec 27
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Comedy at the Knitting Factory

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The smooth and delightfully understated Hannibal Buress introduces fellow stand-ups.

  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Sun Jul 6 - Sun Dec 28
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Arrested Development Bingo

  • Free

While watching Arrested Development, keep an eye out for the banana stand and listen up for lines like "no touching." You just might rally up enough points for a bingo! Winners get a free drink and a Bluth-inspired frozen banana.

  1. Videology 308 Bedford Ave, between South 1st and 2nd Sts, 11211
  2. Wed Jul 2 - Wed Dec 31
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iLuminate

  • Price band: 3/4

The light-suit–wearing dance group iLuminate, which appeared on America’s Got Talent, presents this tale about Jacob, a young artist who finds solace in a magical paintbrush that allows him to turn his characters into actual creatures.

  1. New World Stages 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Wed Jul 2 - Wed Dec 31
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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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