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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

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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, Hell's Kitchen
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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, Hell's Kitchen
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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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Brooklyn Book Festival
Things to do, Literary events

Brooklyn Book Festival

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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This annual literary celebration brings together spectacular writers from across the globe for a full week of talks, shopping and even yoga to satisfy the borough’s brainiacs. Events will be taking place all week long, but the main draws are Saturday's Children's Day and Sunday's Festival day. This year boasts authors Jonathan Safran Foer, Ebony Flowers, Joyce Carol Oates, Tina Chang, Ilya Kaminsky, Nick Bruel and many more.   

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Music events in September 2018

Dreamcrusher
Photograph: Anthony & Alex
Music

Abdu Ali + Dreamcrusher

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.

Elsewhere
Photograph: Courtesy Luis Nieto Dickens
Nightlife, Clubs

Elseworld: Ladies of LCD Soundsystem

Nancy Whang and Gavin Rayna Russom of the acclaimed dance-punk act LCD Soundsystem launch Elsewhere's new signature party series, Elseworld, which promises a "vast psychedelic nightlife experience" replete with immersive lighting by designers Dave and Gabe and top-notch Funktion One audio.

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Vampire Weekend
Photgraph: Alex John Beck
Music, Rock and indie

Vampire Weekend

Were you to ask how Vampire Weekend went from being a bunch of dewy college grads with an art project to a global success story in less time than it takes to raise a small child, we would reply, simply: Tunes. At this big hometown show, the group—sans co-founder Rostam Batmanglij, who departed a few a years ago—hits town behind its recent release of its Father of the Bride.

Mitksi
Photograph: Courtesy Bao Ngo
Music, Rock and indie

Mitski + Lucy Dacus

Indie-rocker Mitski has a talent for swift transformation. Over the past several years, she has rocketed from self-releasing albums and DIY gigs to selling out just about every single big-room New York’s rock venue months in advance. Her latest collection, Be the Cowboy, continues that hunger for multifaceted growth, left-turning into art-pop as its augments her distinctive songwriting with layers of lush synths. Catch her outdoors at this Summerstage gig with wry and rocking opener Lucy Dacus.

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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.

Boris
Photograph: Miki Matsushima
Music, Punk and metal

Boris

The Boris discography contains something for everyone. Well, maybe not everyone, but open-minded listeners have found much to love throughout the veteran Japanese trio's 25-year career, which encompasses arty metal, sludge rock, crust punk and more. Here, the band hits town to behind LφVE & EVφL, its new full-length.

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JLin
Photograph: Courtesy Mahdumita Nandi
Music

Jlin + Scraaatch + K-hand

Way back in the early 2010s, producer Jerrilynn Patton’s manic tempos and unconventional sonic palettes were a high mark for the Chicago-born sound called footwork. Since then, she's cultivated a kinetic style all her own to universal critical acclaim. Check out her cutting-edge beats here alongside those of experimental Philly duo SCRAAATCH.

Tyler, the Creator
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Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Tyler, the Creator

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.

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

Jethro Tull

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.

Music, Punk and metal

BABYMETAL

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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