Things to Do in NYC This Weekend (September 20-22)

(9/20-9/22) Looking for what to do in New York? We've got the latest on all the goings-on in NYC, from concerts to museum exhibitions to comedy to the best in city sightseeing. This weekend, the Feast of San Gennaro continues, the Big Chocolate Show comes to Queens, Bear Mountain Cruises set sail with Circle Line, there's Oktoberfest fun, and much more!


Feast of San Gennaro

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(Now-9/22) More than a million people every year make their way to the historic streets of Little Italy to experience the Feast of San Gennaro, NYC’s largest and longest-running Italian festival. Now celebrating its 93rd anniversary, religious processions, parades, live music, and authentic Italian eats highlight the festivities. San Gennaro legends like deep-fried Oreos, sausage ‘n’ peppers, and zeppole (a beloved Italian pastry) are all available. Among the entertainment highlights is the 4th Annual Meatball Eating Competition, held on Saturday, September 21st at 1pm. The meatball contest is held in honor of the “unofficial Mayor of Little Italy,” Johnny “Cha Cha” Ciarcia. Figli di San Gennaro. Friday and Saturday nights don't miss Sal Manzo singing outside family-run favorite Il Cortile. Manzo will be performing songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, and more!


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(9/20-9/22) The Big Chocolate Show is returning to the New York City area for the fourth consecutive year. This weekend-long event, which features both family-friendly activities and a special 21+ area, is moving to Resorts World Casino NYC in Queens, the “World’s Borough.” Featuring three full days of samples, chocolate tastings, live demonstrations, and classes, The Big Chocolate Show benefits Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national nonprofit committed to funding research for new, improved and less invasive treatments for kids’ cancers. Tickets are on sale now at Use City Guide's discount code (CITY20) for 20% off!

(9/21) Morningside Lights FestivalIlluminate the night in a sea of blue light as part of a procession of awe-inspiring handmade lanterns floating through Morningside Park to Columbia’s campus. 8pm. FREE.

(9/21) The German-American Steuben Parade kicks off at noon, marching along Fifth Ave., from 68th Street to 86th Street. 

(9/22) Every Sunday on the Upper West Side you can check out Grand Bazaar NYC, the city’s largest curated market—and most distinctive! This Sunday you’ll also find the fall edition of the NYC Home Décor & Furniture Bazaar. Shop directly from the makers and the knowledgeable independent dealers selling one-of-a-kind and rare works. Come hungry! There are artisanal food entrepreneurs here as well. 10am-5:20pm. 

(Now-9/23) The popular Brooklyn Book Festival returns this fall, with hundreds of participating authors. Literary events take place around the city, with Children's Day (9/21), and the festival taking place by Borough Hall. Scheduled: Alexander Chee, Ted Chiang, Susan Choi, Edwidge Danticat, Sarah Dessen, Akwaeke Emezi, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jenny Han, Aleksandar Hemon, Mira Jacob, Marlon James, N.K. Jemisin, Lucy Knisley, Laila Lalami, Jessica Lange, DeRay Mckesson, Bill McKibben, Mary Norris, Joyce Carol Oates, Ben Passmore, Matt Taibbi, Mo Willems, Meg Wolitzer, Nell Zink, and hundreds more.


Anna Sui

Photograph by Thomas Lau, courtesy of Anna Sui.

(Now-2/23/2020) The World of Anna Sui celebrates one of the country’s top designers at the Museum of Arts and Design. The 75 fashion looks on display showcase Anna Sui’s decades-long career, beginning with the groundbreaking fashion show in 1991 that introduced the world to her one-of-a-kind eclectic aesthetic. 


(Through 1/5/20)  Experience the past, present, and future of fashion all at once at the Brooklyn Museum this summer. Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion celebrates the French designer who embodied the Space Age and futuristic concepts in his designs. A living legend at 97, this is the first retrospective of Cardin’s work hosted in New York for 40 years. It holds over 170 objects, dynamically displayed, collected from the Pierre Cardin archive, including recent work that feels every bit as vital as Cardin’s historic designs. The show also shows how Cardin designed outside the realm of fashion, crafting “couture furniture,” lighting, and even cars. Don’t miss the fashion that literally lights up, arranged in the exhibit’s back room.

For the duration of the exhibition, house restaurant The Norm has been rebranded as Maxim's at The Norm

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Pieces from Shepard Fairey's Obey Giant series, part of his 30th anniversary collection. Photo: Dan Bradica, courtesy of Beyond the Streets.  

(Now-9/29) Final weeks! Beyond the Streets at the space Twenty Five Kent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn celebrates some of the biggest names in graffiti, including work from NYC legends Tats Cru, Lady Pink, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as Shepard Fairey, Invader, Brooklyn duo FAILE, artifacts from NYC's beloved Beastie Boys, street photographer Martha Cooper, and much more. Get tickets at

Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.

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(Now-1/3/20) The most significant site of the Holocaust, Auschwitz was not a single entity, but a complex of 48 concentration, forced labor, and extermination camps, at which 1 million Jews—and tens of thousands of others—were murdered. Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away., a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, explores the legacy of history’s deadliest mass murder site. More than 700 original objects and 400 photographs are on display, many for the first time in North America. Among the artifacts: personal possessions, fragments of a barrack, a gas mask used by the SS, and an original German-made Model 2 freight wagon used for the deportation of Jews to the ghettos and extermination camps in occupied Poland. 36 Battery Pl. (1st Pl.), 646-437-4202,; 

Guitar Gods Play It Loud Instruments of Rock and Roll Metropolitan Museum of Art

(Now-10/1) Final weeks! When you see the sheer volume (some 130) of mind-blowing instruments that have been played by a broad cross-section of iconic musicians, all tucked into one space, you’ll understand why the sprawling Metropolitan Museum of Art is the appropriate place for the new show, Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll. It’s the first time a music exhibit of this magnitude has been presented, with guitars alone including the white Fender that Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock, Prince’s 1993 “Love Symbol” guitar, and one of Pete Townshend’s smashed Gibsons encased in Lucite.

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(Ongoing) You can experience the world of history’s most famous spy at Driven: 007 x SPYSCAPE, a new exhibition inside New York’s spy museum, SPYSCAPE. This immersive exhibition brings you into the Bond universe with sets, props, and insights about the creation of the ageless secret agent. Among the highlights: an Aston Martin DB5, the lab of Quartermaster (or Q), M16’s gadget master, concept art from Oscar-winning production designer Sir Ken Adams, and an exploration of 2012 Bond film Skyfall’s unforgettable final scene.



(9/20) Jerry Seinfeld at The Beacon Theatre.

(9/20-9/21) Adam Ferrara at Gotham Comedy Club

(9/21) Las Culturistas Live: I Don't Think So, Honey at The Bell House.

(9/22) David Cross: Shootin' the S--- Seeing What Sticks at Union Hall. 

(Ongoing) See great new comedic talent daily at the LOL Times Square Comedy Club.  Use this coupon and get half off admission!

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Queens County Fair

(9/21-9/22) Now in its 37th year, the traditional County Fair at the 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.


(9/21) Children's Day at the annual Brooklyn Book Festival. A festival-wide search for Where's Waldo, spin the festival's kidlit wheel, Yoga Under the Trees, a Festival Poster Photo Op, Caldecott Medalist Grace Lin , author of A Big Mooncake for Little Star  speaks, a reception for author Mo Willems, and more. 10am-4pm. All events are FREE. 

(9/21) Batman Day. Stop by FAO Schwarz to take photos with the world's most popular superhero himself. Everyone's favorite caped crusader will be roaming the store ready for photo ops with kids of all ages at FAO Schwarz's flagship store at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 

Family Day

Photo: Chris Lee 

(9/22) Fall Family Day at Carnegie Hall. Families can enjoy live performances, build their own instruments, sing and dance with professional musicians, and more. Free, noon-4pm.

(Now-11/3) Kids of all ages will want to check out the new Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari. It's the biggest, most realistic dinosaur safari ride in America. Travel back in time on a guided tour to learn about dinos of the past and descendent animals of the present. The experience will take riders through 2 acres of woods, in which they will meet animatronic dinosaurs, including two 40-foot-long T. rexes, a 60-foot-long herbivore called Omeisaurus, and the Spinosaurus, one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs to ever exist. For even more kids activities, and to learn more about the brand new Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari, check out our sister site!

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(Now-Nov. 30) Just extended! Color Factory, a massive interactive art space, began in August 2017 in San Francisco. Wildly popular, the project has set up shop in SoHo and is sure to inspire lines as long as the cronut did at nearby Dominique Ansel Bakery. Designed by a wide spectrum of artists, Color Factory walks visitors through 16 rooms devoted to the wonder of color. You’re invited to compliment someone using color words, discover your signature color, and read wishes for the world written by NYC school children on varicolored balloons. Each room is equipped with a camera that can take a picture of you and send it to your phone: the better to post with!  251 Spring St.,,

(Ongoing) “Here Be Dragons,” a new interactive scavenger hunt in the American Museum of Natural History offered by Fable & Lark: Storied Adventures, draws from the menageries of creatures in both Fantastic Beasts and Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald. Participants will explore galleries throughout the museum as they answer questions, solve clues, engage in creative activities, and track down the origins of some of the creatures from both the Fantastic Beasts stories as well as other classic myths and tales. Grab your nifflers and join! Advance registration required.

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(Ongoing) Exhilarating Family Fun at Stomp NYC. Special discount packages available!

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(9/21-11/10) Circle Line's Bear Mountain Cruise is back! Take a cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain State park, while enjoying the autumnal sights and our on-board Oktoberfest with live oom-pah music, and German food and beer (available for purchase). Bear Mountain State Park features 50+ hiking and biking trails, a stunning lake with paddle boats, a zoo, museum and The Bear Mountain Inn restaurant (reservations recommended!). There's a 30 minute walk up a winding path to access these facilities. Adults from $65+, kids 5-12, $52+.


(Ongoing) Feelin' the need for speed? The BEAST Speedboat zooms past the Statue of Liberty at a heart-racing 45 mph! Throughout September, all tickets for THE BEAST are only $20!!!

Bring a loved one to take in the breathtaking view at Top of the Rock

Madame Tussauds New York Presents Broadway

(New!) Madame Tussauds New York Presents Broadway. Take a magical journey starting with a cocktail at the Broadway Bar, and then traveling through a kaleidoscope of your favorite musicals.  Enter the world of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, and Cats. You can sing “Memory” with Grizabella the “Glamour Cat” and wear the Dreamcoat yourself as you become a Broadway star. The Phantom of the Opera will also guide you through this dazzling backstage experience, and perhaps do a little singing himself along the way. Live actors will be on hand to enhance the rush both on- and offstage.

(Ongoing) Get the full stadium experience with Yankee Stadium Tours, which offers exclusive access to New York Yankee historic spots like Monument Park, The Great Hall, and even down to the dugout. The daily tours also bring you close to baseball artifacts like Babe Ruth’s bat, Lou Gehrig’s jersey, and rings and trophies representing the Yankees’ 27 world championships. Here is a $5 off coupon!

(Ongoing) For more than 70 years, Circle Line has been showing visitors the city, including the only cruise that goes all the way around Manhattan: Circle Line’s Best of NYC CruiseOne trip will show off five boroughs, three rivers, and more than 20 bridges on the way to 101 New York City sights. State-of-the-art Empire Class ships have recently launched, providing quieter rides, better sound for the personable onboard guides, bigger windows, improved climate control, and more outdoor deck space. (For dining and entertainment, take a ride on Hudson’s, a three-story “floating rooftop” that’s a Circle Line sibling.) 

Nat Geo Encounter Ocean Odyssey

Immerse yourself in the deep, dark depths of the ocean, where Humboldt squid fight to the death and 50-foot whales ride overhead. Play with virtual sea lions, navigate a kelp maze, and more at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean OdysseyHere's a $10 off coupon

(Ongoing) Part show. Part tour. All entertainment. THE RIDE is a one-of-a-kind experience that turns the streets of New York into a stage. Journey through Times Square and midtown Manhattan as the city’s landmarks unfold before your very eyes. THE RIDE’s theatres-on-wheels also tour lower Manhattan, with THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered by THE RIDE, which lets visitors re-live iconic moments in New York history through the magic of TimeLooper Virtual Reality Headsets. Use our coupon and save $10 off!



(Now-9/22)  For its eighth edition, Photoville at Brooklyn Bridge Park transforms the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza into an immersive photography village populated by over 80 exhibitions in 60+ shipping containers. The public will experience both challenging and entertaining visual stories from a diverse group of artists, curators, and organizations. In addition to exhibitions in and around the freight containers, Photoville offers panel discussions, artist lectures, professional development seminars, hands-on workshops,  nighttime programming, and an Education Day that brings together hundreds of public school students for a unique photo-based field trip. FREE!



(9/17-10/12) Madonna: Madame X Tour does an intimate residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Limited tickets still available. (*Please note beginning date schedule change).

(9/18-9/20) Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello has a three day solo show at Minetta Lane Theatre, presented by Audible.

(9/19-9/22) Brooklyn Americana Music Festival (various venues including Jalopy Theatre, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Brooklyn Bridge Park.) 

(9/19-9/20) The Bacon Brothers perform at Sony Hall.

(9/20) Jeff Buckley & Gary Lucas: The Lost Songs at The Cutting Room. Besides their well known anthems "Grace" & "Mojo Pin," Buckley and Lucas wrote a dozen songs together. Friday night Lucas pays tribute to his late friend by performing their lost songs, among others. 

(9/21) I Love the 90's Throwback Party at Houston Hall. Massive West Village beer hall Houston Hall hosts an awesome evening of sweet '90s tunes, movies, and treats. $20 entry includes 2 beers, glow sticks, all your favorite candy, and a DJ playing fave '90s jams. Wear your best '90s gear and dance the night away!

Watermark Oktoberfest

(9/21-9/22, 9/28-9/29, 10/5-10/6, 10/12-10/13, 10/19-10/20) Oktoberfest is in full gear at Watermark on South Street. 11am-midnight. Prost! 

JapanFes Konamon

(9/21-9/22) JapanFes Hosts a Konamon Competition (Chelsea & the Upper East Side.) JAPANFes celebrates Nisei culture with a two-day street food festival and competition. Nine of the top Japanese “flour food” chefs—half from Japan, half from NY—will face off in a blaze of sesame oil. Festivalgoers will crown konamon shops with the best of the best okonomiyaki (“Japanese pizza”), takoyak, and yakisoba. Another 25 Japanese vendors will offers sweets and curios.

(9/22) Cat Power at Webster Hall.

Summer of Love Arlo Hotel SoHo

(Now-9/30) In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, find a celebration of the Summer of Love at Arlo Hotel in SoHo. The pop-up will play host to special acoustic performances, screenings of footage from the famous festival, natural dye workshops, and more. There will also be a full Summer of Love menu available, with Whistle Pig Whiskey cocktails. 

(Now-11/4) Just extended! It’s rosé all day once again. Rosé Mansion is back for another summer residency in NYC after a successful run last year. The designs in all 14 rooms will be brand-new, and the mansion will be twice the size of last year’s iteration. You’ll get tastings of 8 different pink wines as you travel through a champagne ball pit, a mini-theme park called Roséland, and a tree house! There will also be two different rosé wine bars where you can hang out, plus grub from Taco Dumbo on hand.

The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

(Ongoing) Drink, laugh, and save! Summer Savings on The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking! Choose from the evening show or Day Drinking: The Brunch Musical.  Sit back and enjoy music and three cocktails, while the cast of The Imbible give insight into the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, tracing their economic and political impact on our cultural development. They'll also conduct live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits. Save $15 off admission with City Guide's coupon.

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