The Best September Festivals in NYC

As a crisp new fall begins, September in New York is busy with festivals—the weeklong Brooklyn Book festival, a Brazilian Day Festival, the popular Feast of San Gennaro, and more! Here's a roundup of can't-miss September 2024 festivals.


Calling all unicycle enthusiasts! This free, fun festival, now in its 15th year, spans Manhattan and Brooklyn. Day one, Battery Park to Central Park, day two, Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island, day three, one wheel activities starting from Pier 76. The New York City Unicycle Festival brings together riders from all walks. In addition to races, there are exhibitions, workshops, and a variety of unicycle sports, including basketball, hockey and sumo.


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.

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Bushwig returns to the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens for 23 hours of over 150 performers and non-stop drag, live music, and DJ sets on three stages, from legendary and rising children of New York and the world! Doors open 2pm.


san gennaro festival

At the 98th 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! This year's Grand Marshall is Anne Burrell, host from Food Network's Worst Cooks in America. 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.


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 (9/28), Virtual Festival Day (9/22), and the main festival day taking place by Borough Hall.


Atlantic Antic

Atlantic Antic, produced by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, is the oldest and largest street festival in Brooklyn.  Strolling the avenue from Fourth to the Waterfront on a lovely fall day, enjoy ethnic tastings, fine arts and crafts from around the world, non-stop music and entertainment. Highlights include a kids’ block with pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, circus performers, and more.


About the Author

Linda Sheridan is the Managing Editor for City Guide. She is a lifelong New Yorker, has written for the New York Daily News, and loves travel, writing, music, and space.

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