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What to Do in New York City in September 2023

By Emmie MurphyAug 24 2023
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Sharpen your pencils, and check your calendars; it’s busy back-to-school season as New York ushers in autumn. September is a dizzying month with no shortage of things to see and do — from outdoor activities that take advantage of the last of the summer sunshine to fun fall traditions.

There is a vast number of exciting events happening at Rockefeller Center, as well, with artist Dominique Fung hosting an Art Sundae Children’s Workshop on September 9 and an installation of Robert Indiana’s iconic monumental sculptures on view beginning September 13. For the foodies, fashion mavens, football fans, and just about everyone else, we’ve got you covered on how to make the most of September in New York City. Here are the top five things to do this month.

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Photo by Sudan Ouyang

1. Broadway Week

September 4-17

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 4 through 17. Treat yourself to a long-running favorite like Chicago, or get a taste of something new with the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. 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.

Photo by Hao Zeng
Photo by Hao Zeng

2. New York Fashion Week

September 7-13

Couture is coming to town! For one week in September, fashion luminaries from around the world converge on NYC for a week of runway shows, panels, film screenings, and more. Although many NYFW events are reserved for press, influencers, and industry insiders (hang around a show long enough and you’re bound to have a celebrity sighting), there are many events and happenings open to the public.

Art Hearts Fashion, one of the longest-running series of NYFW shows, has tickets on sale for the general public, as does Runway 7, a high-profile series of shows held at SONY Hall. For those who would prefer to stay home, but don’t want to miss out, check out the online events schedule or grab a front-row seat in the metaverse via a series of web 3.0 experiences. Find all the latest information and offerings here.

Courtesy of the Feast of San Gennaro
Courtesy of the Feast of San Gennaro

3. The Feast of San Gennaro

September 14-24

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 to do so ever since. See the full calendar of events here.

Photo by Barry Wise
Photo by Barry Wise

4. Cheer on NYC’s Football Teams

All month long

Fall belongs to football, and New York has plenty to offer when it comes to America’s favorite sport. Both the Jets and the Giants, who share a home at MetLife Stadium, will be looking to give their fans something to cheer about. Having just drafted four-time league MVP Aaron Rodgers, the Jets are hoping to improve last year’s 7-10 record and maybe even make the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The opening game of their regular season is a home faceoff in the Meadowlands against the Buffalo Bills on September 11. A second September home game will take place on the 24th against the New England Patriots.

The Giants are also eyeing the playoffs, with a chance at a run two years in a row. The first game of their regular season will also occur at home against the Dallas Cowboys on September 10. This is their only home game for the month, so fans should take advantage!

Photo by Vincent Tullo, courtesy of the Armory Show
Photo by Vincent Tullo, courtesy of the Armory Show

5. The Armory Show

September 8-10

Across three days, the Armory Show welcomes over 65,000 visitors to the Javits Center each year. An annual event since 1994, the fair brings together over 225 leading contemporary and modern art galleries from more than 35 countries. Beyond the booths, the Armory Show offers a suite of thoughtful programming, including talks with industry leaders, artists, and market experts, and spotlights on diverse voices from the art community. Grab your tickets now for the cultural event of the season.

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