Summer may be coming to a close, but exciting events in the NYC area are just getting started. September is one of the best months of the year to get out and enjoy the outdoors (yes, we’ll take a little less humidity for those stadium concerts and local food fairs) then ease into a crisp evening for a comedy show or highly anticipated restaurant opening. With so much to do this month, we made it simple: a one a day guide to your best September ever. We promise you all the good fun (while saving the pumpkin lattes for October).
If you’re staying in town for Labor Day Weekend, the US Open is underway and a grounds pass gives you access to the tennis action at Flushing Meadows. Take it inside on Saturday 9/2 with a screening of the classic film “Tootsie” at Brooklyn Academy of Music and on Sunday 9/3, back outside for The 25th Annual Tugboat Race & Competition, which is fun to watch from a Circle Line Tour Boat (it leaves at 9:30am from Pier 83 at W 43rd and Hudson River Park .
Not up for a BBQ on Labor Day Monday? Head to Bushwick for a 12-hour dance party at House of Yes (http://houseofyes.org/
) and dance the (summer-is-ending-nooo) blues away.
Kick off the new week with comedian Rojo Perez at Caroline’s on Broadway on Tuesday 9/5 night and if you can swing some additional time off, The Bronx Zoo is “pay what you wish” on Wednesdays. Tap into your spiritual side on Thursday 9/6 with professor/author/lecturer Robert Thurman talking about Buddhism and meditation at Jewel Heart in TriBeCa then on Friday, head over to Jersey City for Art House Fridays. Restaurants, galleries, stores, and event spaces throughout JC showcase a variety of their best work and it’s all free and open to the public.
When the weekend hits, you’ll want to go over to RuPaul’s DragCon at the Jacob Javits Center on Saturday 9/9 or Sunday 9/10, because drag.
“At RuPaul’s DragCon, we celebrate all the colors of the rainbow,” exclaims RuPaul. “We have an orange president that wraps himself in red, white and blue. How are you going to make America great again if you can’t love all the colors of the rainbow?“
Another option for Saturday night is Cycle for Heroes, a stationary cycling charity ride on Pier 16 @ South Street Seaport 6pm-9pm benefit through The Heroes Project
In the greatest city in the world, one day stands out among all others as a testimony to our strength and perseverance. It is hard to believe that 16 years have passed since September 11th and the 9/11 Memorial is where you can find the time and space to remember and heal at the Tribute in Light from 3 p.m. to midnight.
The second week of September has more music and pop culture finds, including supergroup Prophets of Rage (comprised of members of Audio Slave, Rage Against the Machine and B rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill) at the Apollo Theater. On the flip side of rage is always vulnerability, so if that’s not for you go see author/TED talk rockstar Brené Brown’s “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest For True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone” at the 92nd St Y or classical guitarist/yogi Michael Hewett perform his album “Muses” at The Bitter End, all on Tuesday 9/12.
Wednesday night at the Paley Center has “Transparent: An Evening with the Pfeffermans” with the cast of the Emmy winning show along with the show’s brainchild, creator-director-exec producer-writer Jill Solloway. Then throw it way back on #TBT with a concert at The Beacon featuring Pat Benatar (Love is a Battlefield) and Toto (Africa).
The weekend is packed with more amazing things to do, including more music. On Friday 9/15, check out The Meadows Music and Arts Festival 2017 featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foster the People, Gorillaz, Weezer, Jay-Z, Two Door Cinema Club, M.I.A., and Future at Citi Field. On Saturday, a massive food fair on Governor’s Island called The Vendy Awards and on Sunday 9/17, catch local soccer favorites The Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union at Red Bulls Stadium.
By now the sports bug may have bitten and you’ll want to check out the other kind of football on Monday 9/18 at Metlife Stadium when the Giants take on the Detroit Lions at 8:30pm .
Prefer to stick with arts and culture? Check out Suzanne Vega at City Winery
on Tuesday night or some local comedy on Wednesday 9/20 at Upright Citizen’s Brigade in Chelsea. By Thursday 9/21, prepare for the actual first day of fall with a shopping excursion at TARGET in East Harlem, which has all you’ll need for fall wardrobe and home revamps.
On Friday 9/22, the effervescent Bruno Mars and breakout star Dua Lipa share the stage at Madison Square Garden while on Saturday 9/23, Global Citizens Festival is back in Central Park playing music to help end poverty on earth. On Sunday 9/24, catch one of the highly anticipated fall restaurant openings – Areppas – for authentic, organic and delicious areppas, fillings, bowls and sides.
September goes out with a bang, starting with the opening of the highly anticipated London import “A Clockwork Orange” based on the film of the same name, which opens Off Broadway Monday 9/25 at New World Stages. Tuesday 9/26 is National Dumplings Day and you can celebrate by enjoying the city’s best dumplings at Oriental Garden (and hashtagging #NationalDumplingDay when you post pictures of your meal on your Insta story).
On Wed 9/27, check out Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: “A Love Supreme” dance performance hosted by New York Live Arts then on Thursday 9/28 make your own movement magic at Summer on the Hudson: Yoga Flow at North Lawn at 78th Street (in Riverside Park). On Friday 9/29, catch an art film playing at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, part of the New York Film Festival which runs through October 15th.
Close out the month on Saturday 9/30 at The NYC Craft Coffee festival (priming your palette for those October pumpkin spice lattes!) and later that evening, a concert to give you all those good fall feels: the lovely Ed Sheeran at Barclay’s Center.
With all this fun it will likely fly, so savor every September moment!