What to Do in New York City in September 2022
Fall is a favorite season for New Yorkers, and September is about as perfect a month as they come. You can finally catch a break from summer’s intense heat and soak up moments of crisp air and cooler weather. No matter what the sky is doing, though, the city never slows down — and this September, local events are already taking shape. At Rockefeller Center, the augmented reality Dawn Chorus exhibition is a can’t-miss, and iNDIEPLAZA will take over the Plaza for two days mid-month.
Whether you’re visiting for a weekend or looking to make the most of your hometown, we’re here to help. From exciting sports games to cultural celebrations, here are Rockefeller Center’s picks for the top five events happening around New York City in September.
1. US Open
Through September 11
Though matches for the main draw begin in August, the US Open Tennis Championship really starts to heat up come September. As the pool narrows, fans are treated to competition of the highest level. This year, with all-time great Serena Williams announcing her imminent retirement, fans are bound to come out in droves to glimpse what could be the six-time tournament winner’s last appearance on center court.
But even if you don’t get to see Williams in action, there are still plenty of reasons to tune in. As the best of the best vie for one of tennis’s ultimate victories, it’s hard not to get swept up in the Open’s infamous energy. Get your US Open tickets here.
2. Broadway Week
What’s better than Broadway? Broadway on a budget. Back for an encore engagement, New York City’s Broadway Week is offering 2-for-1 tickets from September 6 through the 25th. Treat yourself to a long-running favorite like Chicago or get a taste of something new with The Kite Runner. Even notoriously hard-to-come-by tickets for shows like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are included in this unbeatable deal. And for the perfect cap to a New York-centric day, head over to nearby Rockefeller Center for a post-play meal, a sunset view at Top of the Rock or a turn around the roller rink at Flipper’s.
3. New York Fashion Week
September 9-September 14
Although many NYFW shows are reserved for press, influencers, and those in the fashion world (hang out around a show long enough and you’re bound to have a celebrity sighting), there are many events and happenings outside of the major fashion houses that are open to the public. One of these is the Indie Fashion Show on September 10, which promotes independent designers from around the world. There are multiple ticket and show options, including Independent Designer Showcases (tickets from $60 to $100) throughout the day and a Streetwear Showcase at 9pm (tickets from $65 to $100). Seats can be reserved here.
Those less interested in the trends of tomorrow can look back with help from The Fairchild Fashion Museum. Opening for a limited run on September 9 and 10, the museum will create an immersive experience that highlights historical fashion and beauty moments across the decades.
4. Museum Day
Art should be accessible to everyone, and on Museum Day, you can gain free access to one museum of your choice with participating institutions across all five boroughs. Thanks to Smithsonian Magazine, you can choose the museum you wish to visit and generate a free ticket online. Participating museums in New York City include the Jewish Museum, the Cooper Hewitt, the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, and more. Check to see if the museum you’ve been wanting to go to is participating this year — and keep your calendar open on September 17.
5. Feast of San Gennaro
September 15-September 25
Most New Yorkers will recognize the Feast of San Gennaro when they come across it in Little Italy, but few know that the festival was actually created to honor the life of San Gennaro of Naples, who served as the Bishop of Benevento, Italy and was martyred after his death in 305 AD. Italian immigrant families first celebrated this religious day of remembrance on Mulberry street in 1926 and have continued doing so ever since.
Stop by to taste Italy’s most delicious foods (pasta, pizza, zeppoles, etc.), enjoy a vocal tribute to Frank Sinatra from 2-4pm on September 25, shop from local vendors, stuff your face for a prize during cannoli and meatball eating contests, and so much more. See the full calendar of events here.