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The Best September Festivals in NYC

July 17, 2018 - by Linda Sheridan
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As a crisp new fall begins, September in New York is brimming with festivalsa book festival, a Brazilian Day Festival, the Feast of San Gennaro, a robot-making festival, and more! Here's a roundup of some of can't-miss September 2018 festivals.

8/30-9/2 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

9/2 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 and enjoy music, vendors, and more. brazilianday.com

9/8-9/9 BUSHWIG

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Image: Maro Hagopian & Sasha Zabelina 

Bushwig returns to the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens for 23 hours of over 160 performers and non-stop drag, live music, and DJ sets from legendary and rising children of New York and the world! Featuring two stages of drag plus, shopping, food vendors, ice cold drinks from SIX+ bars, Cheeky darkroom, VIP Kiki-lounge, friendly LGBTQ security, and a FREE direct shuttle bus from the Jefferson L station to the venue! bushwig.com

9/13-9/23 FEAST OF SAN GENNARO 

san gennaro festival

At the 92nd 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

9/10-9/17 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 (9/15), and the main festival day taking place by Borough Hall. Scheduled so far: Rumaan Alam, Martin Amis Jennifer Egan, Tayari Jones, Akwaeke Emezi, Laura Lippmann, Terry McMillan, Carmen Maria Machado, Joyce Carol Oates, Greg Pardlo, Hermione Hoby, A.M. Homes, April Ryan, Alexander Cheeand Amber Tamblyn and more. Keep checking for updates. brooklynbookfestival.org

9/20-/93 SPACE & SCIENCE FESTIVAL AT INTREPID MUSEUM

Intrepid Museum's Space & Science Festival

Appealing to all ages, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum brings back its annual Space & Science Festival. Meet astronauts, explore exhibits by NASA, chat with expert partners, stargaze on the ship and more during four days of out-of-this-world events at the Museum. Get tickets here. 

9/22-9/23 36th ANNUAL QUEENS COUNTY FAIR

Now in its 36th 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

9/22-9/23 WORLD MAKER FAIRE AT NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE 

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

9/27-9/30 THE 16TH ANNUAL NEW YORK BURLESQUE FESTIVAL

The popular New York Burlesque Festival turns 16, and it's hotter than ever, with some new venues in the mix. With starting events at Public Arts and Brooklyn Bowl, the festivities continue with the Saturday Spectacular at Sony Hall. The finale presentation of the Golden Pastie Awards takes place at Highline Ballroomthenewyorkburlesquefestival.com

9/29 CHILE PEPPER FESTIVAL AT BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN

brooklyn botanic chile pepper festival

The Chile Pepper Festival 2018 at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Save the date for New York’s hottest fall tradition! Brooklyn’s end-of-summer blowout sets the Garden ablaze with scorching bands from around the world, dozens of fiery food artisans, and hours of chile-chocolate debauchery.

9/30 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, whidc.org (if you have more time to travel upstate to Tuxedo, NY, you can also catch the 42nd anniversary of the Renaissance Faire taking place weekends July and August).

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