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September events calendar for kids in NYC

Check out our September events calendar for kids to find the best festivals, performances and more in your area

Photograph: Courtesy Yvette I. Turner

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for families 

Don't dread your kids' back-to-school time; there are plenty of exciting activities to enjoy with our September events calendar for kids! When you're not busy apple picking or planning for your best Halloween for kids, you can explore awesome events like the Kite Festival, Unicycle Festival, Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park and more!

 

 

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Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park

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Time-travel back to the Middle Ages and enjoy its ancient forms of fun. Wandering Fort Tryon Park's lush grounds, families can rub shoulders with performers and festivalgoers dressed in clothing typical of the era, listen to authentic period music, and watch the antics of jugglers and jesters. All ages.

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18 Sep 2016

Museum Day Live!

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In celebration of history and art (not to mention the Smithsonian’s free admission policy), over 1,300 museums around the country open their doors to the public free of charge. Previous years included family-friendly favorites like the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Skyscraper Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, the NYC Fire Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design. Head to smithsonianmag.com to see which institutions are participating this year and to download a free Museum Day Live ticket. All ages.

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Until Sat Sep 24

New York City Unicycle Festival

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The annual unicycle celebration rolls into town (on one wheel, no less). While the fest spans three days with tours and rides around the city, you'll find the best sights for kids at the Governors Island stop. Check out demonstrations, races and even unicycle basketball and hockey games. All ages.

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04 Sep 2016
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World Maker Faire

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This wacky West Coast transplant displays way-out-there experiments that will have your little mad scientists in awe. Past lineups have involved running through a life-size mousetrap, watching a Coke Zero and Mentos mountain explode, shooting marshmallows, flying model drones and powering your own DIY rides. Family passes (5 attendees) are available for Sunday, online advance purchase only. All ages.

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02 Oct 2016

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Big City Fishing

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For this aptly named program, Hudson River Park runs beginner lessons in multiple locations throughout the summer. Kids can learn the rod-and-reel basics, and get familiar with the types of fish that swim the local water—the program has an emphasis on river ecology and education. Ages 5 and up.

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18 Sep 2016

New York City Unicycle Festival

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The annual unicycle celebration rolls into town (on one wheel, no less). While the fest spans three days with tours and rides around the city, you'll find the best sights for kids at the Governors Island stop. Check out demonstrations, races and even unicycle basketball and hockey games. All ages.

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04 Sep 2016

Harlem Meer Performance Festival

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Fill your summer Sunday with jazz, blues, R&B, soca and world music at this performance series featuring world-class acts like Iroko La Banda (June 19), Orlando Marin (July 24), Joaquin Pozo (July 31), Garifuna International (Aug 14) and One Love Gospel Ensemble (Aug 28). We recommend bringing a blanket and picnic lunch for the family to enjoy—when you're not busy dancing, that is. Visit centralparknyc.org the see the full schedule. All ages.

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04 Sep 2016
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Mission to Space

Prepare your aspiring astronauts for a trip to space—well, sort of. Families can explore the cosmos in the Children's Museum of the Art's new exhibit “Mission to Space,” which features artwork from famed visual artists like Thomas Broadbent, E.V Day, Masayoshi Sukita and Penelope Umbrico. You’ll see a selection of vibrant works in various mediums that share the common theme of space exploration (including its history and potential) and examine humankind’s role in the galaxy. All ages.

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16 Jan 2017

Wonders of the Arctic

The American Museum of Natural History opens a new film exploring the inhabitants of the Arctic. Through stunning footage and stories from scientists and Inuit leaders, kids can learn all about how humans, polar bears, penguins, huskies and whales have adapted to life on—and under—the ice. All ages.

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02 Mar 2017
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“The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems”

Since the publication of Don’t Let the Pigeons Drive the Bus!, Mo Willems has been one of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators. This exhibit features nearly 100 of his works, giving viewers an inside look at his artistic process. Some of the art on display includes drawings from his award-winning series, Knuffle Bunny and Elephant and Piggie. All ages.

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25 Sep 2016

Brooklyn Americana Music Festival

Mosey on down to the second-annual Brooklyn Americana Festival, where the family can shimmy and sway to live country, folk, roots, blues, old time and bluegrass. The fest is serving up 50 free shows over the course of three days; visit bkamf.com to see the full schedule. All ages.

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Until Sun Sep 25

Little Red Lighthouse Festival

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Manhattan’s last remaining (and most adorable) lighthouse fetes its special day with free tours, live music, theatrical performances, arts and crafts and fishing clinics along the Hudson. As always, families can listen to a reading of the 1942 children’s book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift, which prompted an effort to save the lighthouse when it was decommissioned in 1948 after the “gray bridge” (the George Washington Bridge) was built overhead. Make sure to grab lighthouse tour tickets starting at noon—they go fast! All ages.

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24 Sep 2016
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Picture This!

The Jewish Museum kicks off a new monthly family program featuring hands-on art projects and storybook readings, all inspired by the museum's contents. Each program concludes with a live performance: FunkyMonkeys (Sep 25), Josh & the Jamtones (Oct 9), Alex & the Kaleidoscope (Nov 20) and Oran Etkin (Dec 25). Buy a series package for all four dates at thejewishmuseum.org. Ages 4 to 10.

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25 Dec 2016
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