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12 Things to Do in NYC This September

12 Things to Do in NYC This September

The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping, and you’ve started opting for hot coffee over iced – the tell-tale signs of fall are definitely here. However, while it may be sad to watch summer days fade away, there’s absolutely no reason for the fun to fade with them.

September in New York is teeming with opportunities for a good time. From concerts to festivals, this upcoming month is full-to-the-brim with amazing events to add to your calendar. Here are 15 things you just have to do in September.


Electric Zoo

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September 1 – 3

Back for its ninth year, Electric Zoo brings the top names in electronic music to New York. The theme this year is ‘The 6th Boro,’ which means Randall’s Island is becoming a neighborhood all its own, featuring headliners like DJ Snake, Deadmau5, and Zedd.


West Indian Day Parade

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September 4

The annual Labor Day parade, one of the largest in New York City, celebrates Caribbean culture following a route on Eastern Parkway with music, performances, ornate costumes, and more.


Seaport Music Festival

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Photo Credit: Seaport Music Festival

September 7 – 10

Gather at South Street Seaport to enjoy live indie music, comedy, and film at this free, all-ages annual festival. Performers include Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Jean Grae, Big Huge, and more.


New York Fashion Week

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September 7 – 13

Hosted by IMG, watch as this semi-annual fashion celebration unfolds with a week’s worth of runway shows at Skylight Clarkson Square, along with the city’s most stylish prowling the streets.


Pig Island

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Photo Credit: Pig Island

September 9

Head to Red Hook, Brooklyn from 11:30am – 4pm to sample innovative dishes featuring locally sourced pork created by over 25 chefs, complimented with local craft wine, beer, and spirits.


OktoberFest NYC

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Photo Credit: OktoberFest NYC

September 15 – 17, 22 – 24, 29 – October 2

Celebrate the famous German tradition with not one but three weekends of full beer steins, live music, games, and food for purchase at scenic Pier 15. Attendance to this family-friendly event is free.


Taste of East Village

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September 16

Celebrate one of New York City’s liveliest neighborhoods with a delicious outdoor festival showcasing the best local eats. Held at Cooper Square, event admission currently costs $25.


Ideas City

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Photo Credit: Ideas City via Instagram

September 16

Created by the New Museum of New York, this collaborative civic effort aims to bridge art, architecture, and urban planning to improve the future of cities, by holding forums, seminars, and projects in various places.


Flatbush Frolic

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Photo Credit: Flatbush Development Corporation via Instagram

September 17

Join over 20,000 residents who flock to enjoy dancing, live music, a pizza eating contest, beer garden, kids activities, a craft fair, and food from over 150 Brooklyn vendors.


Blues, Brews, and Botany

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Photo Credit: New York Botanical Garden via Twitter

September 23 – 24

Listen to live music as you sip on tastings of statewide brews from your souvenir mug, while exploring the “Chihuly” garden and learning about the process of brewing beer.


Atlantic Antic Festival

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Photo Credit: Atlantic Ave

September 24

An absolute must is visiting the oldest and largest street festival in Brooklyn, filled with shopping, food, music, and art. The 43rd annual fest is also kid-friendly.


Times Square Fall Fair

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September 24

This festival in the city’s most iconic tourist attraction is free to attend and features tons of authentic eats and handmade accessories and items for sale.

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As an avid NPR listener and self-described Snapchat addict, Jessica Hamrick is excited to showcase her love for all things media as an Editor with UrbanMatter. Her short-yet-illustrious academic career was dedicated to finding the intersections between writing and marketing and she’s definitely found it here. In her free time, Jessica can be found hanging out with her dog Indie, watching the Food Network or commiserating with fellow, unfortunate White Sox fans.


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