What To Do in New York in September: Our Top 10 Activities

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Just because summer is winding down does not mean that New York is- New York never slows down, remember? Take a look at the hottest events happening this September 2019 in New York. From celebrating worldwide cultures to sport events and exciting festivals, you’ll be sure to find something you like to have fun in Big Apple.

The US Open Tennis Championship

Where: Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens
When: August 26th to September 8th, 2019

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Be a part of the nation’s largest tennis tournament at the annual U.S. Open Tennis Championship. This event attracts numerous fans from around the globe, and we are lucky enough to host it here in New York! Find great fun, entertainment, food, children activities and live musical performances. Even if you aren’t a die-hard tennis lover, the atmosphere makes it a must-see event. While in Queens we recommend exploring the area. If you don’t get a chance to, you can always book a Triboro Tour to explore Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn all in one.



Summer on the Hudson

When: throughout September 2019
Where: Riverside Park in the Upper West Side


Throughout the month of September, Riverside Park in the Upper West Side will host a series of free events for the whole family including Giant Chess, outdoor movie projections, Fitness and Yoga lessons, game days, Summer on the Hudson most anticipated event, the West Side County Fair: a full day of county fair fun with live bands, sideshow performers, carnival rides and games, local food and merchandise vendors, cotton candy, and so much more. Festivities take place on Sunday, September 8th, from 01:00pm to 06:00pm.



West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day

When: Monday, September 2nd, 2019


Labor Day in the US is celebrated on the first Monday of September and is recognized as a federal holiday. It honors the American Labor Movement and the contributions that American workers have made to the Nation’s growth. Note that most administrations and public offices are closed on Labor Day and Americans (including New Yorkers) usually take this opportunity to get away for the long weekend. If you are in New York on Labor Day, make sure to attend the West Indian Day Parade, NYC’s hottest Labor Day parade and the culminating point of the New York Carribbean Carnival Week. The parade will start at 11:00am at Schenectady Avenue down and end at Grand Army Plaza. Expect close to 2 million people, delicious exotic food, Carribbean music and a lot of good fun!

The real Labor Day Parade itself will take place on September 7th, 2019 and will start at 10:00 am at 44th Street & Fifth Avenue.



New York Fashion Week

September 4th to September 11th , 2019


It’s all lights, camera, action during Fashion Week here in NYC. Although you may not be in the elite few who are able to get tickets to these runway events, you can certainly keep an eye out for shows open to the public. Fashion is also a great time for people watching as New York will be filled with celebrities and Instagram sensations attending the shows. A feast for the eyes and maybe the occasion to get a picture with your favorite superstar.



Tribute in Light

When: Wednesday September 11, 2019

Where: Ground Zero




Be sure to look for the commemorative public art installation that shines every year in remembrance of those who were victims of the 9/11 attack. The Memorial Plaza is open to the public from 3 p.m. to midnight for the viewing of Tribute in Light, but the installation can also be viewed from a 60-mile radius around lower Manhattan. We recommend paying a visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum when visiting New York City.



The Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy

When: Thursday September 12th to Sunday September 22nd, 2019
Where: Centered Mulberry Street, in Little Italy, Manhattan

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The Feast of San Gennaro is an 11-day festival taking place in Little Italy in Manhattan and celebrating San Gennaro —the Napoli patron. It is the biggest and longest Italian religious festival outside of Italy and the most important one for the Italian community here in New York. During 11 days, enjoy delicious Italian food from the numerous street vendors, partake in the parade and attend the music shows, or just enjoy the festive atmosphere. Most of the events take place on Mulberry Street and the neighborhood gets particularly busy in the evening. Plan to visit during the day if you want to avoid the crowds!



Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint

When: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Where: East River State Park, in Brooklyn

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Experience the 9th annual outdoor celebration of North Brooklyn’s local flavor, where you will be able to sample over 40 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries. Enjoy the cuisine with friends and family among live music performances and much more. Check here to get your tickets. And to learn more about Brooklyn and explore its best neighborhoods, make sure to join our Brooklyn Walking Tour on Mondays and Thursdays, and our Triboro Tour with BBQ Lunch on Saturdays!



Oktoberfest in Central Park

When: September 21st, 2019
Where: Rumsey Playfield in Central Park


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Always wanted to visit Germany but haven’t got the chance? On September 21st, 2019, you will be able to participate in the closest a New Yorker could get to Oktoberfest here in the city! Enjoy German beer, German food, and German live music at the Steuben Parade Oktoberfest 2019. Truly an authentic German cultural event. Prost! While there, take the opportunity to also explore Central Park itself, for instance by renting a bike or joining a bike tour.



New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center

When: September 27 – Oct. 13, 2019
Where: Lincoln Center

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This annual, 17 day festival has been featuring both top films and new talent from around the world since 1963. newly restored classics, special events, filmmaker talks, panel discussions, an Avant-Garde showcase, and much more. This is the must-attend event for all fans of cinema and is usually sold out quickly. NYFF57 single tickets go on sale Sunday, September 8 at noon. Secure tickets early with a Festival Pass, now on sale and see all NYFF57 on-sale dates here.



NYC Sports Events

While in New York, take the unique opportunity to see NYC’s famous teams, whether you are into basketball, baseball or football! Here is the list of sporting games in New York for the month of September 2019. Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@harlemspirituals.com to book the best tickets!



See the Mets at Citi Field in Queens:

  • September 6th-8th: New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
  • September 9th-12th: New York Mets vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
  • September 13th-15th: New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
  • September 23rd-26th: New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins
  • September 27th-29th: New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves

See the Yankees at the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx:

  • September 2nd-4th: New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers
  • September 17th-19th: New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • September 20th-22nd: New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays


See the Giants at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey:

  • September 15th at 01:00pm: New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills
  • September 29th at 01:00pm: New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins


There are no NBA games in September, the NBA season starts on October 22nd, 2019.



BONUS: NYC Broadway Week

When: September 3rd to September 16th, 2019


Broadway shows are a real must-see for any visitor to New York. Broadway Week is your chance to see a Broadway show with an exclusive 2-for-1 tickets special offer. Book quickly since Broadway Week tickets are only available in limited quantities and on select seats. Don’t hesitate to contact us directly at info@harlemspirituals.com if you want to book the best seats and/or if want to see Broadway most coveted shows such as The Lion King, they often sell out very quickly.


If you are interested in finding more things to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on www.harlemspirituals.com or contact us at info@harlemspirituals.com.


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