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The Best September Festivals in NYC

July 8, 2016 - by Linda Sheridan
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As a crisp new fall begins, September in New York is brimming with things to do. Among the kid-friendly activities and fun events for grown-ups: food festivals; heritage festivals; a county fair; and even a unicycle festival. Here's a roundup of some of the most can't-miss things to check out when you're visiting NYC. 

9/1-9/4 NYC UNICYCLE FESTIVAL 

Calling all unicycle enthusiasts! This free, fun festival spans Manhattan, Brooklyn and Governors Island. The New York City Unicycle Festival brings together riders from all walks. There will be races, exhibitions, workshops, and a variety of unicycle sports, including basketball, hockey and sumo. nycunifest.com

9/4 BRAZILIAN DAY FESTIVAL 

Brazilian Day

The annual Brazilian Day Festival returns to Manhattan's Little Brazil (around 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.) Load up on tasty food, music, vendors and more. brazilianday.com.

9/7-12/18 BAM NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL 


Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)'s signature fall festival returns, presenting a dynamic lineup of work by emerging artists and innovative modern masters. The 2016 Next Wave Festival showcases the very best in contemporary performance, plus artist talks, storytelling, visual art, and film.  bam.org

9/15-9/25 FEAST OF SAN GENNARO 

Feast of San Gennaro

At the 90th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, New York City's longest-running, biggest and most revered religious outdoor festival in the United States, everyone is Italian for a day! Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known the world over for its festive atmosphere, an 11-day event featuring religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition! The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, the official Saint Day when a celebratory Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church, followed immediately by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from the church through the streets of Little Italy. sangennaro.org

9/14-9/21  BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL 

The popular Brooklyn Book Festival returns this fall, and hundreds of authors will be participating! Literary events will be taking place at various locations around the city, with Children's Day (9/17), and the main festival day taking place by Borough Hall.  Scheduled so far: Margaret Atwood, Sherman Alexie, Ken Bruen, Margo Jefferson, Alexander Chee, Faith Erin Hicks, Russell Banks, Phoebe Gloeckner, Chester Brown, Salman Rushdie, Libba Bray, Stephanie Danler, Álvaro Enrigue, Gayle Forman, Pete Hamill, Jacqueline Woodson, Fred Kaplan, Karin Slaughter, Rebecca Traister, Marjorie Liu, Sayed Kashua, Joyce Carol Oates, A.O. Scott, Hua Hsu, Rob Sheffield, Yoss, Jessica Valenti, Cecily von Ziegesar, Ocean Vuong. Keep checking for updates. brooklynbookfestival.org

9/24-9/25 34th ANNUAL QUEENS COUNTY FAIR

Now in its 34th year, the traditional county fair at Queens County Farm Museum features blue ribbon competitions in produce, livestock, arts and crafts, and more. Enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, pig-racing, hayrides, carnival rides, and a midway. Visit craft vendors, food vendors, enjoy music, and more. 11am-6pm. queensfarm.org

9/29-10/2 THE 14TH ANNUAL NEW YORK BURLESQUE FESTIVAL

The popular New York Burlesque Festival is back, hotter than ever. With starting events at Brooklyn Bowl and  Bell House, the festivities continue at Highline Ballroom and culminate with the Saturday Spectacular at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square! The festival's sexy finale features 20+ of the best Burlesque performers on the circuit, in a 1920s supperclub atmosphere. bbkingblues.com, thenewyorkburlesquefestival.comTickets can be bought here.

9/16-9/18 NEW YORK COFFEE FESTIVAL


Something good is brewing! The New York Coffee Festival, held in the 69th Regiment Armory, is New York’s flagship coffee event, celebrating the burgeoning specialty coffee scene. The festival will feature live experiences from more than 70 coffee, food and equipment suppliers. Visitors will enjoy endless free coffee tastings, interactive workshops, demonstrations from world-class baristas, delicious street food, intoxicating coffee-cocktails, live music, art and so much more. Based on the highly successful programs in London and Amsterdam, this event is a must for coffee lovers. newyorkcoffeefestival.com

9/18  CLOISTERS MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL

 The Medieval Festival at The Cloisters brings to life the customs and spirit of the Middle Ages. Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Performers, guests and festival goers dress in medieval costume. Visitors are greeted by authentic medieval music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The afternoon is concluded with a thrilling joust between four knights on horseback. Costumed vendors will be on hand to demonstrate and sell a wide variety of medieval crafts as well as food and drink. 11:30am-6pm. Fort Tryon Park, Linden Terrace, Cabrini Boulevard and Fort Washington Avenue, NY, whidc.org.

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10/1-10/2 WORLD MAKER FAIRE AT NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE 

Ok, it's at the very beginning of October, but so close! The popular, competitive World Maker Faire returns to the New York Hall of Science! Get inspired to make, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, and play while celebrating art, science, and technology. Hundreds of "makers" will present fun and unusual creations such as rockets and robots. There will also be arts and crafts, artisanal foods, live music, and much more. 10am-6pm. Specially priced family passes available. nysci.org, makerfaire.com

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