New York in September is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the last rays of sunshine and explore the city in the mild weather that follows the summer heat in August. The city doesn’t ever get boring and there many events to visit & things to do in September in NYC. It’s a perfect time to visit as the weather is still good enough to attend all of the outdoor events.
The 12 Best Things To Do in New York City
The Weather in New York City in September
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1. US Open Tennis 2019 (Until September 8th)
For two weeks a year, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park hosts The US Open 2019. It is the main sports event in the month of September and is a unique experience. Tennis greats such as Roger Federer and Serena Williams compete at this major tournament. In addition, the best food trucks line up and the whole event is pretty much a big party. The US Open will be held from August 27th to September 9th. Tickets can be found here. Just like with any popular event, make sure to get your tickets in advance as this tends to sell out fast.
2. Summer on the Hudson
Throughout the month of September, Riverside Park hosts a variety of events for all ages. From people flying kites, wine tastings to karaoke everything is there. More information can be found here.
3. Labor Day in New York City (Free – September 2nd)
Labor Day is a national holiday in New York that is celebrated on the first Monday in September and marks the unofficial end of the summer season. If the hustle and bustle of the city is too much for you, then a trip to Central Park is the perfect way to end the summer. Sports fans: Labor Day also marks the start of the football season. The New York Giants and New York Jets are back in action. Due to it being a national holiday NYC can get quite busy so make sure to make plans ahead of time if you want to eat at a nice restaurant or see a show etc.
4. September 11 Memorial
September 11th is a time for reflection and remembering those who passed away during the terrible terrorist attacks in 2001. Ground Zero is the place of mourning and commemoration for many of the victims’ relatives and a tribute service takes place at the scene of the attacks where the names of those who passed away will be read. The places where the twin towers once stood are marked by “The Tributes In Light”, a light monument created by 88 lights that are beamed into the night sky. This light monument can be seen up to a distance of 100 kilometers. All in all, it is a sad day in an otherwise lively and vibrant city.
5. Feast of San Gennaro (September 12th – 22nd)
This Italian-American festival used to be a one-day religious commemoration when the festival first took place in the United States in 1926. Immigrants from Naples used to meet up along Mulberry Street in Little Italy to celebrate Saint Januarius, the Patron Saint of Naples. This tradition was kept until today even though the celebration is a lot different compared to how it used to be. Little Italy turns into a fair for about 11 days with Italian food and free entertainment.
6. LIC Outdoor Summer Movies
See the best outdoor movies in Long Island City, overlooking the Manhattan skyline. More information can be found here.
7. One Day on the Beach
New York in September can still have scorching temperatures. Why not escape the heat and drive to Coney Island and Brighton Beach. Yes, New York City has beaches. The community of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn is the largest Russian enclave in the United States.
8. Steuben Parade in Central Park (September 21)
For many years, Germanic heritage and culture have proudly been on display in New York City. The Steuben Parade is one of a kind and has grown into the largest German events in the United States. Enjoy colorful traditional costumes or Trachten, singers, dancers and marching bands. The Steuben Parade is known for its great entertainment, so you shouldn’t miss it if you’re in the area.
9. Visit One of NYC’s Public Parks
September offers pleasant temperatures to make yourself comfortable with an iced coffee or ice cream in one of the many great parks. It is the perfect opportunity to relax and get away from the busy city for a second and enjoy some sun before the temperatures drop for winter.
10. Visit Governors Island
Every year Governors Island hosts many unique events. We have put together the most popular for you in a separate article which can be found here.
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11. Check out some of the Best Rooftop Bars in NYC
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12. Electric Zoo Music Festival
Labor Day Weekend hosts the annual Electric Zoo Music Festival in New York. The Electric Zoo Festival is a three-day music festival in the field of electronic dance music on Randall Island. Tickets are sold out quickly and should be ordered online in advance.
13. New York Fashion Week (September 6th – 14th)
New York in September is an exciting time. Get the cameras out and get ready for probably the craziest week for the fashion world in New York. Stylists, models, bloggers and influencers from all over the world are in town to see the latest fashion trends of the very big designers. Do you want to watch a show? Check out the schedule to figure out which shows will take place.
14. Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Photoville is back and your Instagram or whatever social media platform you use is about to get meta. NYC hosts a bounty of beautiful photography exhibitions. It takes place in Brooklyn Bridge Park with more than 600 artists, 75 exhibitions, talks, screenings, seminars and hands-on workshops for budding shutterbugs. For more information, please visit their website here.
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