September, a short bridge between summer and the cool refresh of fall, though not necessarily in linear fashion. In a month that keeps us on our toes while we step into school and work mode, our event suggestions give you a perfect blend of indoor and outdoor fun…plus they’re affordable, inspiring, and can only be found in Manhattan. We hope they remind you what makes living here so marvelous!
The “Making Maisel Marvelous” exhibit in its final days at The Paley Center is a must see for an enjoyable behind-the-scenes look at the Emmy-award winning comedy series about a late 1950s UWS Jewish housewife turned ballsy, breakthrough, stand-up comic (Tuesday, 9/3 – Tuesday, 9/10).
DANCE NOW, now in its 24th year at Joe’s Pub, is a downtown dance festival whose signature, short-takes format includes the works of over 40 emerging and established choreographers, some of whom will be making their DANCE NOW debut (Wednesday, 9/4 – Thursday, 9/26).
The Public Theater isn’t the only game in town for free, outdoor Shakespeare (ie Shakespeare in the Park), as the Drilling Company’s production of “Othello” on Bryant Park’s lawn reminds passionate theatergoers (Thursday, 9/5).
If the end of summer sounds like a drag, head to the Javits Convention Center for guaranteed joyful uplift and all hot diva lewks at RuPaul’s DragCon. The weekend convention offers three days of “Art, Pop Culture and All Things Drag,” including performances by some of our favorite queens and DJ sets by RuPaul (Friday, 9/6 – Sunday, 9/8).
Also at the Javits, Circle of Sisters (COS), the largest expo for Black Women in New York City offering empowering panel discussions, seminars, and a Gospel Explosion concert (Saturday, 9/7). Close out the weekend attending a New York Fashion Week networking party at ROW NYC (Sunday, 9/9), a chance to get inside New York Fashion Week, which is typically dominated by industry shows and parties.
When it comes to domination, few small business coaches have done more to empower female entrepreneurs than Maria Forleo. Her signature B School (one of the earliest digital programs of its kind for online marketing) boasts many successful life and work transformations, and you can see her at the “Marie Forleo Presents the Everything Is Figureoutable Experience,” inside Hammerstein Ballroom (Monday, 9/9)
Offering a message of hope about how childhood trauma can be channeled into creativity, renowned photographer/photojournalist/documentary filmmaker, Kimberly Butler, discusses her new photographic memoir, The Art of FEAR, at the National Arts Club (Tuedsay, 9/10).
On Wednesday, September 11th, the world pauses to collectively mourn the past tragedy and attack on our nation. The city’s hustle volume goes down, but the lights don’t dim. Eighteen years after the fact, the 9-11 Museum’s Tribute in Light shines four miles into the sky from dusk until dawn and can be viewed from anywhere in Manhattan (or 3pm – midnight at Memorial Plaza).
Two works of theater with limited runs this month are both well worth your time, starting with “Sell Buy Date,” Tony award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones’ solo show inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the sex industry (Thursday 9/12 – 9/15 & 9/18-21). In “Papo’s Variety Store,” Ken Bravo’s new Latin pop musical bringing together an eclectic array of characters, it’s the Summer of 1976 on the Lower East Side and anything goes (Thursday, 9/12 – Sunday, 9/15).
Friday the 13th may have a superstitious ring to it but save the spook for Halloween and spend it in the audience taping of political podcast “Lovett Or Leave It,” at Radio City (Friday, 9/13).
The historic Feast of San Gennaro (Saturday, 9/14 – Sunday, 9/22), now in its 93rd year, brings Little Italy to even greater life with eleven straight days of classic and contemporary Italian cuisine, live entertainment, parades, carnival rides for kids, and cannoli eating contests. Try the gelato ice cream sandwiches at Polosud on Mott Street before the summer officially says, “Ciao for now.”
From Little Italy to Harlem, community pride is on display at the 50th Annual African American Day Parade, where this year’s theme is “Integrity and Transparency = Good Government,” and grand marshals include activist/organizer/faith leader, Leah Daughtry, and politician/lawyer, Charlie Rangel (Sunday, 9/15).
The buzz about PopTV’s sitcom “Schitt’s Creek” continues to build, and if you’re already in on it then test your knowledge at Schitt’s Creek Trivia night at McGarry’s Bar in Midtown West (Monday, 9/16).
The final few days of summer might feel bittersweet, but these outings will take your eyes, ears and taste buds off of any summertime sadness. New York Oyster Week, now in its eighth year, invites you to “shuck, slurp, taste and toast to the oyster’s importance in Gotham’s past, present and future” and relies on such pun-tastic hashtags as #GoShuckYourself and #GiveAShuck to encourage support of sustainable aquaculture, and the preservation and restoration of local living oyster reefs and habitats (Tuesday, 9/17 – Sunday, 9/29).
At The Urban World Film Festival, the definition of “urban” expands well beyond ethnicity to include “sensibility, culture, and proximity” and “the broadest lens of diversity.” Experience five exciting days of screenings — including the much-anticipated Focus Features narrative feature “Harriet,” starring Cynthia Erivo — at the festival with founding partners HBO and BET (Wednesday, 9/18 – Sunday 9/22).
For one day only, Harvest In The Square celebrates all that is good about the Union Square district’s food, beverage and social scene, which is to say a lot. Participating restaurants including Croque Monseniur, Knickerbocker Bar & Grill, and relative newcomer Nutella Cafe offer tastings using fresh produce from Union Square Greenmarket plus pairings with local wines and microbrews (Thursday, 9/19).
The weekend calls for letting loose at an ecstatic dance silent disco using Sound Off™ audio technology inside The Rubin Museum (Friday, 9/20). Then sail into the sunset during Oktoberfest: The Best of the Wurst with Riesling & Beyond, where a cruise around the harbor is paired with cheese, sausage and wine from some of the best producers in Germany (Saturday, 9/21).
Sometimes city life is so absorbing that despite the outdoor markets and locally sourced produce, we forget our nearest neighbors: farmers. NYC’s Agriculture Collective presents AgTech week, a six-day conference featuring farm tours, panels, workshops and presentations focusing on the AgTech sector in NYC and the Eastern Seaboard (Sunday, 9/22 – Thursday, 9/26).
You’ve waited long enough. Pumpkin Spice Lattes have been back on the menu at Starbucks since August 27, but the first day of fall is your official green light to drink it without thinking, “Too soon?” Pro tip: if it’s warm out, try the new Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew instead (Monday, 9/23).
As the leaves start to turn, a few outdoor concerts remain on the calendar to fill you up with classic, I Love New York feels including new wave, wacky, ahead-of-their-time pop trio The B-52s of “Love Shack” fame at Central Park Summerstage (Tuesday, 9/24). Then catch “Tightrope” and “Make Me Feel” singer (and Prince protege) Janelle Monae on The Rooftop at Pier 17 (Wednesday, 9/25). “
The cultural events continue with a revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo” starring Marisa Tomei at The Roundabout Theatre (Thursday, 9/26) plus the 57th annual New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center (Friday, 9/27 – Sunday, 10/13).
An epic weekend closes out the month, starting with Global Citizen Festival on The Great Lawn in Central Park. This inspired movement to end global poverty raises awareness and money through its star-studded concert fund-raiser featuring Queen + Adam Lambert, Pharrell Willliams, Alicia Keys, Carol King and more (Saturday, 9/28). Meanwhile on Sunday, the family friendly Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park in Northern Manhattan features costume clad guests, jousting contests, juggling, music, food vendors and stunning views of The Cloisters and Hudson River (Sunday, 9/29).
The final day of the month is the first day of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, which starts at sundown on the 29th, and the Children’s Museum of New York has two Rosh Hashana themed events for all children ages six and up. Enjoy the sweetness of September, and we will see you next month!