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NYC events in September 2016

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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West Indian Day Parade

The best NYC events in September include everything from early fall celebrations to incredible art and cultural events, so you better start planning early. Luckily, you can use our events calendar for September as a guide to schedule all the happenings you don’t want to miss, including one 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 2016


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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By: Tazi Phillips

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 2016.

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By: Tazi Phillips

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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Vendy Awards

The Oscars of street food returns for its 12th 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 like some of last year’s favorites, like Guandong Cheong Fun's Cantonese rice noodles, Greek skewers from Astoria’s Souvlaki Lady and maple-syrup-infused grilled cheeses from 2014 Rookie winner Snowday Food Truck. 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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By: Christina Izzo

The Great Big Bacon Picnic

Are you a disciple of the “bacon makes everything better” gospel? Head to this second annual pork-focused food fest, where chefs and vendors like St. Anselm's Joe Carroll, Prime’s Michael Bohlsen and Traif’s Jason Marcus compete for the Boss Hog title while you feast on an all-you-can-eat spread including Oreo-bacon cookies, lobster-bacon spring rolls and bacon Bloody Marys. Cast your vote for the best pig dish, pop by the Bacon Bar to sample sliced swine (nine flavors represented last year), and get down to NOLA-meets-NYC tunes from the High & Mighty Brass Band.

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The Old Pfizer Factory Saturday September 24 2016 - Sunday September 25 2016

New York City Ballet Fall 2016


The company’s fall season includes 14 works by cofounder George Balanchine, including the full-length Jewels and two programs of shorter pieces. Also on the schedule are a collection of dances by Jerome Robbins (including Glass Pieces) and world premieres of ballets by Lauren Lovette, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Justin Peck and Peter Walker.

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David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) , Upper West Side Tuesday September 20 2016 - Sunday October 16 2016

Electric Zoo Festival

Look out New York City dance clubs, the Electric Zoo Festival is poised to take over Labor Day weekend, briging hoards of EDM fans to Randall's Island for the event's seventh summer. The festival has become an unmissable attraction on the electronic-dance-music circuit, featuring a wide range of artists both top name and underground. Get on your dancing shoes and best festival clothing and enjoy the tunes.

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By: Vivienne van Vliet

Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition


See tugboats parade from Pier 84 to the 79th Street Boat Basin then race back at the 21st annual iteration of this maritime fest. Participate in an amateur line-toss contest, and witness the Popeye-inspired spinach-eating contest. Those interested in a closer view can board a Circle Line spectator boat at Pier 83 (9am; $25, children $12).

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Hudson River Park, Pier 84 , Hell's Kitchen Sunday September 4 2016

Pig Island

At this seventh annual porkfest, over 20 of Gotham’s top pitmasters will break down and ’cue up whole heritage hogs from Flying Pigs Farm and other small regional pork farms. Feast on all-you-can-stomach porcine offerings like fire-roasted Colorade pueblo peppers by NYC Hot Sauce Co.’s Jon Bratton and Copenhagen Street Dog’s Danish pølse slathered in fiery Nordic ketchup, deviled egg cream and a jalapeño coleslaw. To wash it all down, craft beer and cider from Sixpoint Virtue and Cider, wines from Red Hook Winery and a myriad of whiskeys and mescals will be available at their respective pavilions.

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Ikea Erie Basin Park , Red Hook Saturday September 10 2016

NY Quadrille


Inspired by a rectangular form of 18th-century dance, conceiver-director Lar Lubovitch invites four choreographers—Pam Tanowitz, RoseAnne Spradlin, Tere O’Connor and Loni Landon—to create modern variations on the form, presented in rep over two weeks. A specially constructed stage at the Joyce will allow the works to be viewed from all four side.

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Joyce Theater , Chelsea Tuesday September 27 2016 - Sunday October 9 2016
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Music events in September 2016

Bad Boy Family Reunion

Bad Boy Records ringleader Puff Daddy heads up this retrospective show, which should please anyone with fond memories of the hip-hop label's mid-'90s heyday. The lineup includes Faith Evans, Lil’ Kim, Mase, French Montana, Total, 112 and Carl Thomas. While Puff Daddy's profile as a hitmaker never quite returned to its '90s peak, he's still been releasing worthwhile (if slightly under the radar) tunes since then. Last year, Puffy released free mixtape MMM (Money Making Mitch), which he described as a prequel to his final, seventh studio album, No Way Out 2 (release date currently TBA).

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Madison Square Garden , Midtown West Sunday September 4 2016 - Sunday September 25 2016

Kanye West

Kanye West's GovBall set was a no-go on account of stormy skies but there's no chance these Garden dates get rained out, unless the pyrotechnics and sure-to-be extravagent stage show set off the sprinkler system. Here's your chance to revel in The Life of Pablo, in all its messy, evolving, god-dream glory.

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Madison Square Garden , Midtown West Monday September 5 2016 - Tuesday September 6 2016


On the most talked-about tour of the year so far, Queen Bey serves up songs from her emotionally complex, meme-generating Lemonade amid a megamix of hits running all the way back to her Destiny's Child days. (Be prepared to sell a kidney to afford tickets to these sold out shows.)

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MetLife Stadium Wednesday September 7 2016

Of Montreal + Ruby the Rabbitfoot

Perhaps the foremost proponent of modern-day glam rock, of Montreal does predecessors such as Bowie and T. Rex proud, routinely serving heaping portions of sassy, eccentric art rock. Here, the nearly two-decade-old Athens, GA, outfit—led by the always-flashy, always-amusing Kevin Barnes—hits town in advance of its 14th album, the typically trippy and fascinating Innocence Reaches.

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Webster Hall , Downtown Friday September 9 2016

Richard Buckner

Rambling troubadour and Merge artist Richard Buckner masterfully spins lyrical, heartrending tales of love lost, grounded by his emotive, pliant baritone voice. Live, his scuffed-up Americana inspires both reverence and awe.

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Union Hall , Park Slope Saturday September 10 2016


The Australian classic rock hooligans have had a rough few years: police charged Phil Rudd with hiring a hitman, guitarist Malcolm Young succumbed to dementia and, earlier this year, Brian Johnson left the band due to a punctured ear drum. Those lineup changes resulted in one exciting and wholly unforeseen development, though: Axl Rose joining on as touring singer. Even prior to putting together the quasi-supergroup lineup, the band won the title of "Best Selling Live Act of 2015" (narrowly beating out T-Swift), so for those about to rock with Angus Young and Co: we salute you and, more importantly, recommend you buy your tickets swiftly.

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Madison Square Garden , Midtown West Wednesday September 14 2016

Death Grips

Noise-rap provocateurs Death Grips have led a confoundingly defiant career the past few years: getting dropped from their major-label contract in 2012 after leaking No Love Deep Web, projecting a suicide note in place of performing their 2013 Lollapalooza date, canceling a whole tour without informing promoters, disbanding entirely and then promptly returning to release a double disc, The Powers that B. No one was sure what 2016 would hold for the infamousy volatile crew, but the answer turned out to be a 5th studio album, Bottomless Pit. Hear the trio's new songs at this increasingly rare live show, before they actually split up for good.

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Terminal 5 , Hell's Kitchen Friday September 16 2016

Angel Olsen

As an old soul trapped in the feverishly creative and restless mind of a young artist, Angel Olsen has a lot to say, and it often comes out in a torrent of hot-blooded emotion. The glitzy music videos for the new singles "Intern" and "Shut Up Kiss Me" ooze newfound confidence in a glam rockstar persona, promising the upcoming rough-and-tumble album, My Woman, to be an even more fiery gem than her previous efforts.

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Webster Hall , Downtown Saturday September 17 2016 - Sunday September 18 2016


Adele is a one-word answer to people who think they just don't make them like Dusty Springfield anymore. But the preternaturally self-possessed young English singer-songwriter is not just some retro knock-off: She's a genuinely soulful vocalist whose lyrics reflect a rare emotional maturity, as you can hear on her chart-busting second album, 21.

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Madison Square Garden , Midtown West Monday September 19 2016 - Monday September 26 2016

Aretha Franklin

You just can't keep a good woman down. The Queen of Soul has had some health issues lately, but she's made a huge recovery and takes the stage tonight at Radio City. She recently released a new album with veteran producers Don Was, Babyface and Clive Davis, wherein she touches on iconic works from a slew of superb songstresses. Expect rousing renditions of contemporary megahits like Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," old classics like Etta James' "At Last" and a selection of tunes from her own extensive catalogue of songs.

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Radio City Music Hall , Midtown West Friday September 23 2016
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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