Things to Do in September in NYC
September is a lovely time to visit Manhattan. The temperatures cool to a mild sixty-five or seventy degrees; numerous holidays and events take place; the neighborhoods around Columbia, NYU, and other local universities gently ease back to life, as college students return from their summer vacations; and it’s the start of Lincoln Center’s ballet and opera seasons. There’s lots to do before the colder weather sets in and Halloween festivities begin, so read our guide and try out some of these September events and experiences.
Watch the West Indian Day Parade
The West Indian Day Parade is many New Yorkers’ favorite event and draws a crowd of millions. It’s easy to see why — it features thousands of performers clad in feathers, sequins, or political-inspired costumes, representing West Indian nations from Jamaica to Dominica to Belize, along with vendors hawking delicious street foods from these same Caribbean nations.
September 2, 2019
Catch the Second Half of the US Open
One of four tennis Grand Slam tournaments, the U.S. Open runs into the second week of September, in Queens’ Flushing-Meadows Corona Park. Top players (Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka) face off in the various courts and stadiums around the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which this year includes the brand-new Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Ends September 3
Score Broadway Week Deals
There are few experiences more exciting than seeing a Broadway show … except, of course, seeing two Broadway shows. The annual Broadway Week event, held in early September, offers incredible opportunities to do just that, offering theater-goers two-for-one deals and other perks.
September 3-16; see https://www.nycgo.com/broadway-week
Enjoy Fashion Week
For stylephiles, September’s Fashion Week is one of the most thrilling events of the year (the other, of course, being the Fashion Week that takes place in February). Whether you’re attending a show or party, or simply debuting your trendiest new outfit — waiting to be photographed by a street-style photographer — it’s absolutely worth checking out the scene around the tents.
Celebrate the Feast of San Gennaro
The Feast of San Gennaro draws hundreds of thousands each year to Little Italy’s Mulberry Street, with live entertainment inspired by Italian-American culture, appearances by NYC beauty-pageant queens, and even a cannoli-eating contest featuring cannoli from Caffè Palermo. If you love street fairs, you won’t want to miss this marvelous and iconic 11-day festa.
Attend the Brooklyn Book Festival
Bibliophiles of New York and beyond come together at Brooklyn Book Festival, one of the literary community’s most highly anticipated events of the year. Authors, editors, and other industry professionals lead lectures, panels, and workshops covering a range of topics in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
September 16-23, https://brooklynbookfestival.org
If you’re considering a September stay in Manhattan, browse the exclusive offers at Sutton Court.