Things to Do in NYC This September



Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but we’re not saying goodbye to the warm weather just yet. Here’s what we’re most excited about this September in New York City.

West Indian Day Parade

September 5


Nearly two million people will celebrate Caribbean culture, arts, history and tradition on verdant Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The West Indian Day Parade is the most exciting Labor Day celebration in NYC—including steel-drum and calypso bands in elaborate costumes and vendors selling island grub along the route.

Labor Day in NYC

September 5


Summer may be winding down, but don’t say farewell to warm weather just yet. If you can’t make it all the way out to the Hamptons, consider one of New York’s city beaches, like Jacob Riis Park in Queens. Not feeling a beach day? Head up to Henry’s rooftop bar at Roger Smith Hotel in Midtown for cocktails and light bites.

Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight at the Whitney Museum

September 16 – January 2, 2017

More than 50 works by 101-year-old Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera are on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art this fall. Blanco y Verde—a series of nine paintings created between 1959-1971, which the artist considers to be her most important—will serve as the centerpiece of the exhibition.   

Vendy Awards

September 17


Celebrate NYC’s unique food culture at the Oscars of street food. In its 12th consecutive year, nominated food trucks set up shop on Governor’s Island and compete for the distinction of best street food in Manhattan. Public nominations determine the winner, so book your general admission ticket ($5.75) today for a day of sampling some of the city’s most delicious bites—like traditional Chinese street food from Mr. Bing and authentic New Orleans “snoballs” from Sweetface Snoballs.  

Oktoberfest in NYC

September 17-18, September 24-25, October 1-2

Munich is 4,000 miles away from Manhattan, but that doesn’t stop the Big Apple from hosting its very own Oktoberfest. There’s no need to shell out the cash for international airfare when you can celebrate German culture with steins of beer, lederhosen and pretzels in lower Manhattan instead. Over three weekends, sample authentic German beer and more at Watermark bar at Pier 15.

Museum Day Live

September 27

See some of New York City’s best museums—free! Download your free tickets to see:

  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Museum of American Finance
  • Museum of Chinese in America
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • New York City Fire Museum
  • The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
  • The Morgan Library & Museum
  • The Rubin Museum of Art

NY Quadrille at The Joyce Theater

September 27 – October 9


Conceived and created by iconic choreographer Lar Lubovitch, a quadrille is an 18th-century dance meant to be viewed from four sides. Lubovitch has selected four renowned choreographers (Pam Tanowitz, RoseAnne Spradlin, Tere O’Connor, Loni Landon) to put a contemporary spin on the dance, which will be performed throughout the fall at The Joyce theater—an intimate venue in Chelsea. Tickets start at $35.

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