Things to Do in September in New York City

September in New York City is a wondrous time to be in the city, with the heat of summer first beginning to pass into the flush of fall. Not only is the weather gentle, but there is also no dearth of activities during the month for either tourists or New Yorkers. Here’s a look at some of the fun things you can do in NYC in September.

Brooklyn Music Festival

The Brooklyn Music Festival will be held for the fourth time on Governor’s Island on September 16. Presenting the best in alternative rock, indie pop, house, funk and hip-hop, this is one of the most popular events in New York, especially thanks to the cool art supplies and excellent food stalls throughout. Plus, part of your entrance fee goes to a charity against domestic violence, so you’ll also be supporting an excellent cause!

Go see a sports event

This is an especially great activity if you’re visiting NYC with the family. September sees baseball, pre-season American football and pre-season ice hockey to choose from. You can also go to the US Open Tennis Championship, which will be held from the 1st to the 9th of September at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens. You’ll get to watch the most exciting tennis match of the year if you get the tickets!

San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy 

With a 90-year history backing it, the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy still attracts over a million people over its eleven day duration in September. The family friendly event will be help from September 14 to 24, and will feature processions and parades that celebrate Italian heritage. From live music to carnival rides to more Italian street food than you can eat, this festival has it all.

NYC Broadway Week 

From September 3 to 16, Broadway offers two tickets for the price of one for certain shows, as well as upgraded seats for certain plays. While you’ll definitely have to put in a fight for these limited tickets, they can be an excellent way to spend your time in NYC with either family or friends.

September 11th Tribute in Light

Since the tragic events of September 11, there have been any number of tributes to the victims, some more mawkish than the others. The Tribute in Light, however, is a particularly inspired and tasteful tribute to the victims, with two massive and majestic beams of light being projected into the sky from dusk to dawn. These lights are visible from 60 miles away. You can view the Tribute from the Memorial Plaza, which opens after 3 pm on 9/11.

Museum Day Live   

September 22 is a good day to go to a Smithsonian museum! Certain Smithsonian museums will offer free admission for you and a guest on this day. We recommend going to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which charges $25 and up on regular days. The Fraunces Tavern Museum is another cool place you can visit.