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15 Can’t-Miss Things to Do in NYC This September

Thirty days hath September. Divide that number in half, and here are 15 essential places to go and people to see in New York City this month.

Novak Djokovic at the 2018 US Open. Can he do a repeat in 2019? (Leonard Zhukovsky/Shutterstock.com)

US OPEN

Aug. 26–Sept. 8

Game, set, match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens. www.usopen.org

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit (Courtesy Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit)

OUTDOOR ART EXHIBIT

Sept. 1, 2, 7 & 8 

Washington Square in Greenwich Village hosts a sidewalk show and sale of original works in all mediums. www.wsoae.org

 

20at20

Sept. 3–22

The promotion offers $20 tickets to Off-Broadway shows 20 minutes before curtain. www.20at20.com

Couture Fashion Week (Frank Oshodi)

COUTURE FASHION WEEK

Sept. 6–8

International designers stage fashion shows at the 4W43 Building. Admission is by ticket. www.couturefashionweek.com

(Courtesy Brooklyn Book Fair)

BROOKLYN BOOK FAIR

Sept. 7 & 8

Antiquarian book, print, photo, autograph and ephemera dealers—as many as 110—exhibit and sell at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. www.brooklynbookfair.com

 

“FRIENDS” POP-UP

Sept. 7–Oct. 6

Fans can revisit the popular TV show at this 25th-anniversary immersive experience in SoHo. www.friends25popup.com

Feast of San Gennaro (Stuart Monk/Shutterstock.com)

FEAST OF SAN GENNARO

Sept. 12–22

The street festival in Little Italy honors Italian food, music and the patron saint of Naples. No website

Still from “Psycho” (©1960, Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved)

“PSYCHO” IN CONCERT

Sept. 13 & 14

As the Hitchcock movie classic unspools at David Geffen Hall, the New York Philharmonic performs its Bernard Herrmann score live. www.nyphil.org

 

MADONNA

Sept. 15-Oct. 12

Never predictable, never boring and never the same, Madonna has reinvented herself again and is taking her latest persona, Madame X, on tour. But not to arenas and stadiums. This time, she’s treating her fans to an intimate experience in theaters. First stop is the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. www.madonna.com/tour

 

RUBBERBAND

Sept. 17–22

The athletic Montreal-based dance troupe makes its Joyce Theater debut. www.joyce.org

 

BROADWAY FLEA MARKET

Sept. 22

Theater collectibles, signed Playbills and posters, silent and live auctions—and a chance to meet Broadway stars in Shubert Alley. www.broadwaycares.org

 

METROPOLITAN OPERA

Sept. 23, 27 & 30

The Met’s 2019–2020 season opens with a new production of “Porgy and Bess” at its Lincoln Center home. www.metopera.org 

 

NY BURLESQUE FESTIVAL

Sept. 26–29

Tassels twirl at nightclubs in Brooklyn and Manhattan. www.thenewyorkburlesquefestival.com

Affordable Art Fair (Courtesy Affordable Art Fair)

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR

Sept. 26–29

Collectors flock to the Metropolitan Pavilion for artworks priced between $100 and $10,000. www.affordableartfair.com

Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” the opening-night film at the New York Film Festival (Niko Tavernise–Netflix)

NY FILM FESTIVAL

Sept. 27–Oct. 13

Film at Lincoln Center’s annual showcase of international cinema’s best. www.filmlinc.org/nyff2019