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NYC events in September 2019

The best NYC events in September range from last-minute summer excursions to Oktoberfest celebrations and more

Photograph: Matt Marquez
By Jennifer Picht and Time Out New York editors |
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The best NYC events in September include everything from last-minute things to do in summer to early fall celebrations including incredible art and cultural events. Utilize our events calendar for September to help you schedule all the happenings you don’t want to miss like some of the best things to on Labor day, the West Indian Day Parade, and the one of the best NYC street fairs: Atlantic Antic. Sure, summer is nearly over, but the warm-weather isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So make sure to enjoy all of the wonderful things to outside in New York before the cold front sweeps in!

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Featured NYC events in September 2019

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Oktoberfest NYC
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Bars

Oktoberfest in NYC

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!

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Photograph: Raydene Salinas
Shopping

New York Fashion Week

Get camera-ready for Fashion Week 2019. NYC will be filled with a stampede of posh editors, bloggers, stylists and shutterbugs. (They will be invading your favorite coffee shops and cafes. You’ve been warned). Tickets to some of the major runway shows aren’t available to the general public, but newsflash: you don’t have to be part of the elite fashion world to feel like an insider. Maybe you don’t have a front-row seat to the shows or a spot reserved next to Anna Wintour, but don't fret—we’ve got you covered. 

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Things to do

Labor Day in NYC

Before you bid summer adieu, go out with a bang on Labor Day. Whether you want ideas for cool out-of-town spots or just want a staycation, we've listed all the best events and other unmissabale things to do, including ways to have the best summer ever before Labor Day weekend 2019.

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West Indian-American Day Carnival 2012
Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney
Things to do, Festivals

West Indian Day Parade

The annual West Indian Day Parade 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.

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Food trucks
Photograph: Clay Williams
Restaurants

Vendy Awards

The Oscars of street food returns for its annual roving-eats smackdown, where nominated food trucks, stalls and pushcarts post up on Governor’s Island to compete for your final vote. Experience cuisine from all around the world with diverse offerings from top contenders. Public nominations determine the winner, so you get to choose by casting a ballot to crown the next food truck champ.

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10/2/11. Atlantic Antic
Tom Callan
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Atlantic Antic

icon-location-pin Various locations, Midtown West
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More than 500 food and craft vendors and multiple stages will close down a busy Brooklyn artery for Atlantic Antic, which is usually held at the end of September. Spanning ten blocks and cutting through four neighborhoods, it's billed as NYC’s largest street fair, so there’s more to see than stands hawking pashminas and MozzArepas. The eclectic musical lineup brings together diverse local talent and you can graze on grub from a delicious variety of artisanal vendors—washed down some fab locally brewed ale, of course. Check for announcements at atlanticave.org. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Kisha Bari
Things to do

Photoville

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights
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Photoville is back! And your Insta is about to get meta. NYC hosts a bounty of beautiful photography exhibitions, but only Photoville can claim to be as pretty as the photographs it showcases. Held in and around giant shipping containers in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the massive celebration of pictures features more than 600 artists, 75 exhibitions, talks, screenings, seminars and hands-on photography workshops for budding shutterbugs. There's also a beer garden from Brooklyn Brewery with food from Smorgasburg including Big Mozz, Mao's Bao and John's Juice. The best part: Photoville is totally free, and dog-friendly! Find a full list of hours and events on Photoville's website.

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Photograph: Courtesy Gillian Todd
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Bronx Night Market

icon-location-pin Fordham Plaza, The Bronx
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This open-air, food-centric market features Bronx-based vendors serving up tamales, soul food, latkes, ice cream, pastries, elotes and vegan creations, plus libations from the Bronx Brewery and others. In addition to all of the delicious provisions, the market offers nifty wares from local artisans and live music performances from Bonx musicians. Come appreciate all that NYC's northernmost borough has to offer.

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Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the Rubin Museum of Art
Photograph: David De Armas
Things to do, Talks and lectures

Museum Day Live!

icon-location-pin Various locations, Midtown West
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New Yorkers sure do love museums, but we appreciate them even more when we get to go without paying. That’s why you should plan on visiting one on September 22, when you can access one out of 15 stellar New York attractions for free. All you have to do is register and download a voucher from the Smithsonian museum. With your ticket, you gain access to participating big-name institutions like the American Folk Art Museum, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, The Jewish Museum, The Rubin Museum of Art and more during normal business hours. Check out the full list here and go get cultured! 

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Photograph: Courtesy Wanderlust/Jake Laub
Things to do

Wanderlust

icon-location-pin Prospect Park, Nethermead, Prospect Park
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The peacefully minded yoga festival empire Wanderlust returns to Prospect Park with a "mindful triathlon," which combines a 5K run or walk, a massive 90-minute yoga class and dance party and a guided meditation. There will also be acroyoga, slacklining and hooping for the brave at the Adidas-sponsored event, plus live music, retro yard games and healthy food. Om (nom).

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Music events in September 2018

Dreamcrusher
Photograph: Anthony & Alex
Music

Abdu Ali + Dreamcrusher

icon-location-pin Elsewhere, East Williamsburg
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Baltimore-born outsider-artist Ali raps and sings over a "post-afro-futurist" mix of jazz sounds, B-more club beats and punk attitude—a fitting pairing to the glitchy synth anarchy, blown-out speaker textures and sinister screeches Luwayne Glass peddles as Dreamcrusher.

Madonna
Photograph: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot
Music, Rock, Pop & Hip-hop

Madonna

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Boerum Hill
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Madonna may not be a New York native, but at this point, she's been repping NYC for more than three decades. Catch the pop diva in rare form here as she celebrates the release of her new Latin-inspired album, Madame X, with a series of special gigs at a surprising digs: the intimate BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Considering her usual arena shows feature cutting-edge videos and dizzying choreography, expect fireworks as she packs her big-league pop razzmatazz into a uniquely intimate setting.

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Tyler, the Creator
Photograph: Courtesy Life or Death PR
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Tyler, the Creator

icon-location-pin Madison Square Garden, Midtown West
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In recent years, anarchic Odd Future leader Tyler Okonma moved beyond the now played-out shock rhymes and into surprisingly earnest territory with his newly released Igor and 2017's Flower Boy. From liberatory lines like "Tell these black kids they can be who they are" to sexual revelations ("I've been kissing white boys since 2004"), the rapper tapers his confrontational tactics in favor of newfound relatability. It's a new side of Tyler, the Creator, but make no mistake—though more elegantly hewn, his rougher edges remain as sharply anti-social as ever.

Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
Photograph: Courtesy Bojan Hohnjec
Music, Rock and indie

Jethro Tull

icon-location-pin Forest Hills Stadium, Forest Hills
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Too old to rock & roll, too young to die? Hardly! Original band leader and celebrated flautist Ian Anderson brings the modern lineup of his prog-folk institution Jethro Tull to town for its 50th anniversary tour. It may have been nearly half a century since the band's golden days, but few since have so elegantly melded the worlds of woodwind instruments and arena rock showmanship.

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Music, Punk and metal

BABYMETAL

icon-location-pin Terminal 5, Hell's Kitchen
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Over-the-top spectacle is part of metal's DNA, but when it comes to pure batshit bombast, BABYMETAL might just have everyone from Alice Cooper to Iron Maiden beat. This Japanese import juxtaposes the fizzy J-pop song-and-dance of three pixieish teens with mercilessly steroidal shred, raging pyrotechnics and camp-macabre chills. BABYMETAL’s first NYC show in three years ought to fulfill your yearly WTF quota and then some.

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