Every Kick-A$$ Way to Kick Off Fall This September in NYC

Thanks to September, we're saying, "Bye," to an epic summer and, "Hello, Beautiful!" to an awesome fall to come.

And thanks to NYC, you have the perfect ways to celebrate both of those seasons with bang!

As we gracefully transition from unicorn frappes to seriously gross pumpkin spice concoctions, carry those with you to these super cool events going down in NYC this month.

Enjoy everything that September in NYC has to offer in a time that can totally be dubbed "The Month of Festivals."

You'll kick off the month with an extravagant party celebrating all of us–the dedicated laborers, who have diligently worked to make our nation great. You better believe tons of booze and dancing are in order.


You even get to travel through time with all the great cultural and tech fests you definitely can't miss–no time machines required.

So with the saltiest of salty margaritas, here's a toast to an incredible month of September!

1. New York City Pizza Festival (September 9-10)


Because New York pizza is the BEST pizza in the country, are you surprised there’s a whole festival dedicated to it?

From 3:30 to 10pm at Brooklyn’s Hangry Garden food market, come to the New York City Pizza Festival. Try out the best pizza in NYC with your favorite toppings, crusts and sauces. Even Hawaiian pizza fans are welcome–but don’t think we’ve forgotten that Hawaiian pizza is an abomination! Get your tickets here before you miss this true heaven on Earth.

2. Ru Paul’s Drag Con New York City (September 9-10)


After you get a slice or ten of the nation’s best pizza, sashay away to the most fab convention of the year.

Get your drag on at Ru Paul’s Drag Con New York City at the Javits Center in Hell's Kitchen. Outshine the rest in your fiercest makeup and stiletto heels for a full weekend of epic performances, panels and exhibits led by the best in the drag world. Don’t f*ck it up! And snag your tickets here before they completely sell out!

3. Brooklyn Book Festival (September 11-17)


One entire week dedicated to NYC’s love of literature and books?! Yes, please!

The Brooklyn Book Fest is back again as the largest free literary event in NYC. Grab your favorite novel, and snag a seat at tons of panels and talks around various literary topics with some of the best literary stars in the game. There’s even a yoga and poetry class for some much-needed R&R! Check out the full schedule here.

4. NVR Sleep – 90's R+B Night (September 13th)


Get your two-step on at the 90's R&B installment of NVR Sleep at Kinfolk90. Dance, jam out and party to music curated by DJs Anna Collecta, Rodney Hazard, and other special guests. Sip dranks courtesy of Old Blue Last.

The party starts at 9 p.m. at 90 Wythe Avenue. No covers in sight!

5. 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro 2017 (September 14-24)


Mambo Italiano at this historic NYC Italian festival.

The Feast of San Gennaro is back for its 91st year to bring Italy alive in the streets of Lower Manhattan. Just a subway ride away, Little Italy has the ultimate celebration of Italian culture, history and faith. Don’t miss traditional religious processions, colorful parades, free music concerts and Italian cuisine to give you a welcome food baby for days. There’s even a cannoli-eating contest that you definitely have to dig your face in! Get all the deets for this super fun fest here.

6. JAPANFes Ramen Contest 2017 (September 16th)

Mmmm...time to grab the squad for some Ramen-filled fun! 

Join the most prestigious Ramen chefs in the world from Japan, Cambodia, LA, NYC, and more at this year's Street Ramen Contest in Midtown. Grab a bowl for $10 or buy three and get a free drink and vote for your fave Ramen.

7. The Meadows Music and Arts Festival (September 15-17)


The end of summer does not mean the end of epic music festivals.

Ummm…have you seen how crazy this lineup is?? At Citi Field in Queens, catch all of your favorite acts from Jay Z to Foster the People, Gorillaz to Erykah Badu, and many more of the best. With beautiful art exhibits you can’t miss and food worth gorging on, why would you pass this up? Tickets are selling out fast, so get yours here now!

8. Worlds Fair Nano NY 2017 (September 16-17)


This fair will get you yelling, “FUTUREEEE!” in a nano second.

At the Worlds Fair Nano in the Brooklyn Expo Center, catch the latest mind-blowing technology, futurist talks and special VR performances all here. Then, get your hands on interactive art and future food. Sadly, you don’t have a trusty time turner or a Tardis to catch this epic fair later, so get your tickets here before you miss this awesome peek into the future.

9.  48th Annual African American Day Parade (September 17th)

Head to Harlem at 1 p.m. to celebrate the history and legacy of African American leaders, community and culture along Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. This year's theme is healthcare and it's the perfect time to take up the motto "salute to a better health!"

10.  14th Annual Chef One Dumpling Eating Contest (September 24th)

This year Chef One is partnering with Atlantic Antic, one of the largest street festivals in NYC, for the Dumpling Eating Contest, can you believe it?!

For the small fee of $20, eat as many dumplings as you can in 2 minutes for the chance at a 1st place prize of $2,000. 

Alright, if you'll twist our arms!

11. Oktoberfest in NYC (September 16-October 2)


NYC has brought Oktoberfest to this neighborhood for years. There’s no way you can miss this long-running celebration of German culture and its delicious eats, especially since you can chug down your own das boot without the pricey plane flight. Here are two of the best places to celebrate.

12. Oktoberfest at Bierhaus NYC (September 16)


Strap on your lederhosen because you’re going to a true blue German beer hall. At Bierhaus NYC in Midtown East starting at 1 p.m., you’ll be transported to Germany–with free entry–to devour its authentic cuisine, jam to live music and sip on massive steins of Hofbräu beer.

13. Oktoberfest in Central Park (September 16)

If you’re looking for the authentic outdoor beer garden and tent experience, head to the SummerStage at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield for endless German sausage and unlimited oompapas to dance along with. 

For a pretty great price of $31, you can get all those beers the barmen and maidens carry like pros and all the bratwurst you want. Get your tickets and cool Oktoberfest gear here.

14. Global Citizen Festival 2017 (September 23rd)