Things To Do In New York In September

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Best September New York City Activities

There are some amazing things to do in New York in September, just as the summer is behind us and everyone is back to school and work. September in NYC is a delightful time of year to enjoy a meal or cocktails outdoors, watch football season kick off, baseball season wind down and shop til your heart’s content for all the season’s newest fall fashions.

Even though the sun dress, sensational summer season winds down, the culture of New York in September remains delightfully alive! It is the official closeout of summer and beginning to a cozy fall, so what better way to end the summer than with a couple of bangers. The best things to do in New York in September include festivals, food trucks, art events, new performances, family-friendly events and a lot of fashion. Celebrate September at different culture festivals, pop brews on labor day weekend, Snapchat the latest and greatest at Fashion Week and much more.

Check the NYC Insider Guide September Events Calendar

Check out all the Best September Events in New York City. The US Tennis Open, San Gennaro Festival, Broadway Week and Fashion Week. The new Broadway season kicks off with Back to Broadway month, and we check the critic’s reviews in anticipation of the hottest new shows.

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The Opera, Philharmonic and Ballet all start their new seasons, just as the Giants and Jets are kicking off their football seasons. September is jam-packed in NYC with fun indoor and outdoor activities and it usually one of the best times of year to visit NYC

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When was the last time you turned down a FREE ticket of your choice to a NYC museum? Probably never. NYC has a natural talent of creating the most aesthetically pleasing museums and attractions you most likely never imagined. While many of the museums are free, The Smithsonian produced “Museum Day Live”- a FREE draw that grants 2 FREE admission tickets to designated museums around New York state that usually cost!

On a budget, its okay! Don’t let money rob you from experiencing life in the most fulfilling ways! Click How To See New York City Museums for Free for more details and Free NYC Museum Admission for Military Families for more ways you can make the most of your NYC experience.

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Indulge in the NYC Fair & Festival Scene

Celebrate with locals and many more as they bring their culture to life with home-style grubs and dishes, blocked off parades, music galore and overall love for their backgrounds.

Head over to West 46th Street to the largest Brazilian Festival, Brazilian Day in NYC’s Little Brazil. Next, join millions in Little Italy each year for the Feast of San Gennaro, an 11-day festival where you’ll find honorary music, plates of manicotti, cannoli and other Italian dishes. While you’re at it, check out the West Indian Parade in Crown Heights, Brooklyn where you’ll find yourself shaking your stuff to Reggae, Calypso, and steel drums all while enjoying a beef patty!

They don’t call NYC the melting pot for nothing! See NYC Little Italy Guide to see where you can experience your culture!

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September Tribute to 9/11

September 9/11. Inspirational, unforgettable, and forever a memorable day for New York City and the globe. The City dedicates the Tribute in Light as a creative, inspiring tribute to many who fell victim and those willing to serve in a time of crisis. With a 60 mile radius, two smashing blue beams of light are casted in the sky and can be seen from just about any rooftop in the city from dusk to dawn.

See 9/11 Anniversary Events NYC for more details and events. And checkout NYC Rooftop Hotels to find out where you’ll be spending 9/11 to witness the light magic.

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Labor Day Weekend in New York City

Did you know the first Labor Day took place in 1882 in New York City under the direction of the city’s Central Labor Union? Yayy New York! Another score for the Big Apple. Labor Day came about because workers felt they were spending too many days and hours on the job. What better way to end the summer than with relaxation?

  • Yankees Vs. Red Sox
  • Mets vs. Phillies
  • GMA Summer Concert Series
  • Electric Zoo Festival

Check out What to do Labor Day Weekend in New York City for more events.

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“Grub” last name, first name “Full of”

How many foods have you indulged in while walking NYC streets? If you reply not many, your taste buds haven’t lived yet! NYC is well known for their delicious food trucks and September is the best time to check them all out!

“The red carpet gala for New York’s pushcart heroes”, is what most people hear and refer to as the Vendy Awards, making it one of the best Things to do in New York in September. Bring the family and meet the city’s hottest sidewalk chefs as they celebrate their love of food. The creative food fun is hosted at Governor’s Island where you’ll cast your vote, and nominate the best food truck, stalls, or pushcarts that knocked your socks off!

Click here to nominate for and buy tickets to the Vendy Awards 2018! Visit our NYC Restaurant Guides to find more spots to satisfy your every food need.

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Unicycle-a cycling mystery wonder and beloved hobby for millions. Forget March Madness, how about four days of September’s One-wheel madness?! Produced by Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc., the New York City Unicycle Festival brings you the entertainment of watching pros long distance rides, play hockey, basketball, sumo and much more! Be a part of the outdoor fun and participate in the learn-to-ride area!

If 1 wheel isn’t your style quite yet, don’t let that stop you! Check out NYC Hotels with Free Bicycles so you can ride along with all the one-wheeled fun!

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NYC Fashion

Fashion and NYC are literally one. Remember to bring a selfie stick, delete apps to gain enough storage on your smartphone, and dress accordingly as you waltz your way into any fashion show, creative event, or backstage VIP areas…you never know who you’ll run into!

Check out NYC Sample Sales, New York Shopping Tours, and New York Fashion Week to stay up to date with NYC latest refined designer looks.

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September Weather in New York

September may sound a lot like summer, but with beautiful weather for more than half the month and highs of 80F, why not have fun like it’s mid July! Any New Yorker will attest to the beginning of the month and Labor Day weekend being pretty sticky and oddly satisfying.

As night time approaches the cooler air starts to set in, dropping degrees to mid-60s. After Labor day weekend expect the streets to clear out a bit (but not too much, after all it is New York) as for many, September means new school year, going back to work, and for the majority, adulting. This month allows you to formally meet the cooler weather as it gradually takes you into the mid-70’s during the day and mid-50s at night during mid September and lastly, “Hello, 70 and below weather” for the last week.

What a rush! It’s best to pack a light long sleeve shirt or invest in a casual, comfy cardigans as an effortless chic third piece for longer nights out!

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Sightsee from the Sky

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building or One World Observatory? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

New York City Tourist Attractions

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for those who want to be first. Newest, most modern and high tech, with phenomenal views

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Skip the Line and Do NYC VIP Style

Do you know how many attractions and tours let you skip (most) of the lines and be treated like a VIP? Save HOURS on your NYC Vacation.

Empire State Building: Express Entry (86th Fl)

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One World Observatory: Skip The Line (Priority Reserved)

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9/11 Memorial & Museum: Skip The Line

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Empire State Building: Silver Access (86 & 102 for Fee)

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Empire State Building: Day and Night Entry

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Priority Entrance

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Skip the Line: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Flexible Date

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Skip The Line: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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The Guggenheim: Skip The Line

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Things to do in New York with Kids

One of the best parts of NYC is that what is fun for kids is usually just as much fun for adults. If you are joining us in NYC for a family vacation, then please read all about our local kid's favorites, along with special tips just for visitors.

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FREE Things to do in New York City

There are tons of free things to do in New York all day, every day! Tours, attractions, museums, events, shows, sports, movie and more. Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy...you name it!

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Get Out of NYC for a Day

NYC is within 3 hours of so many other cities and areas you can visit for just one day: Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, the Hamptons, Woodbury Common Shopping Outlets and more quite easily. Top choices for 1-day Out of Town:

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New York City Nightlife

How do you make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps?? Some of the best 'only in NYC' nightlife experiences include skyline views, dinner cruises, Museums and attractions open late til 2am, rooftops, night tours, comedy clubs and more. Some of our top NYC Nightlife picks:

New York City Nightlife

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Save Big on Things to do in New York City

New York City Coupons and Discounts are available for almost everything one can do in NYC: concerts, shows, Broadway, sports, events, tours, attractions, beauty and spa and much more!

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Sites we use ALL the time to save are:

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  • Gilt City - upscale deals on dining, exclusive events, Broadway, shopping
  • ShowTickets.com - huge sightseeing tourist discounts

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Romantic Things to Do in NYC

There are tons of things to do on your romantic New York City vacation. Attractions open late with skyline views, Central Park Tours, VIP Experiences, a helicopter ride. Some of the most popular romantic ways to see NYC include:

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Romantic NYC Champagne & Skyline Cruises

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Central Park Horse Drawn Carriage Ride with Photoshoot

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New York City Private Helicopter Tour with Champagne Toast

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NYC Dinner & Skyline Cruise

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See more romantic things to do at: Romantic New York City Vacation and Valentine's Day in NYC

Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie

There is no shortage of pizza, bagels, street vendors, cupcakes, craft beer and cocktails, rooftops and mini food parks to explore and so many more food choices in the five boroughs, along with wonderful guides who can't wait to show you them all!!!!

New York City Food Tours

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