What to Do in New York City in September 2021
September is a perfect New York City month; you can finally catch a break from intense heat waves that roll in throughout the summer 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. Whether you’re visiting for a long weekend or simply taking advantage of your hometown, it’s time to get back to celebrating the culture and pulse of the city with activities at museums, sporting arenas, the Theater District, and more.
There’s certainly no shortage of things to do this month as new events and the revival of timeless favorites pop up around each borough. So how do you choose what to mark on your calendar? We can help with that. Below, discover Rockefeller Center’s picks for the top five events happening around New York City in September.
1. US Open
August 30 - September 12
It’s a good idea to wait until September to head to the US Open, where you can watch a match daily at 12 pm, 3 pm, or 7 pm to enjoy the game without completely getting drenched with sweat due to the August humidity. The main draws begin on August 30. Players are still qualifying for spots, so while the lineup is yet to be announced, tickets are available. Now for some exciting news: The stadium is open at 100 percent capacity — proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination is now required for attendance — and there’s an option for just about every tennis fan to turn out and enjoy the games at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens.
Buy your US Open tickets here.
2. Broadway Reopens
All month long
In September, dozens of Broadway shows will open at full capacity for vaccinated audience members; all staff and cast members must have the Covid-19 vaccine as well. A few shows you can book tickets to now include favorites like Aladdin(returning September 28) and Chicago(returns September 14). Plus, the brand new comedy, Chicken & Biscuits, premieres on September 23 and will run through January 2022. The highly popular production Hamilton returns to the stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on September 14; you can snag tickets here. If you’re not the type to plan out your monthly schedule, check out the Today Tix App for discounts on last-minute shows.
September 7- September 12
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 12, which promotes independent designers from around the world. There are multiple ticket and show options, including the Independent Designer Showcase (tickets from $50 to $75) at 1pm, the Fashion Life Tour at 4 pm (tickets from $50 to $75), and finally the big event, the Indie Fashion Show, at 7 pm (tickets from $60 to $80). Reserve your seat here.
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 museums across the 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 Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, Poster House, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, 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 18.
September 16 - September 26
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 each year since.
Stop by to taste Italy’s most delicious foods (pasta, pizza, zeppoles, etc.), witness the Neapolitan concert on September 26 from 2 to 7 pm, shop from local vendors, and more fun — and delicious — events happening daily. Plus, food contests aren’t just reserved for Coney Island; this year, San Gennaro hosts its 23rd annual cannoli eating contest (September 17, 1 pm), the second annual zeppole eating contest (September 22, 1pm), and the fourth annual meatball eating contest (September 26, 1pm).