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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 |

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

Oktoberfest NYC
Photograph: Filip Wolak

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!

Photograph: Raydene Salinas

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. 

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.

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.

Food trucks
Photograph: Clay Williams

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.

Music events in September 2018

Photograph: Courtesy Jabari Jacobs
Music, Funk, soul and disco


The Minneapolis singer-MC hit stardom this year with her debut major label LP, Cuz I Love You. On it, she refines an already-robust diva persona that comes through with equal intensity whether she’s belting out uplifting soul anthems or wry, clubworthy rap bangers.

Janelle Monáe
Photograph: Baptiste Monáe
Music, Funk, soul and disco

Janelle Monáe

After appearing in films like Moonlight and Hidden Figures, sci-fi neo-soul diva Monáe returned to outer space on last year's Dirty Computer. The sprawling record features backing vocals from Brian Wilson, grooves blessed by the late, great Prince and songs that reckon with Monáe's pansexual awakening. Expect her wrap the funky, soul-searching songs into a visually-arresting, futuristic live performance.

Massive Attack
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Music, Rock and indie

Massive Attack

The pioneering trip-hop outfit hits Radio City for a show postponed from March due to illness, celebrating the 20th birthday of one of its defining achievements: 1998's Mezzanine. Highlights include accompaniment from Cocteau Twins’ member and "Teardrop" singer Liz Fraser, who is touring with the band for the first time since 2012, and a spanking new audiovisual production. This is no staid recital: Show up for a new rendition of an old favorite.

Jamie Stewart of XiuXiu
Photograph: Jeremy M. Lange
Music, Rock and indie

Xiu Xiu

Saint Vitus, Greenpoint

You don’t have to listen to much more than a minute of a Xiu Xiu song to understand that Jamie Stewart is upset. Indeed, nearly everything in the Durham, NC, singer’s catalog represents a shot across the bow of calmness: his vocal histrionics, the ping-ponging of intense imagery and emo straightforwardness and the wailing electronics that cut through otherwise pleasant melodies.

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