Gothamist End Of Summer Guide: 20 Fun Things To Do In September

<br/><br/>Like the final reverberating piano echoes of <em>In Rainbows,</em> summer is gently leaving us; colder days are coming soon. But the strange, delicious wonders of New York City are always in season, and September is bringing in a bumper crop of live music, food expos, art shows, and exuberant parades. So whether you're buying back-to-school supplies or <a href="">winterizing your rooftop cabin</a>, check out our list of the very best things to do in Capital City this month.

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<p>There might not be another significant modern American political movement as misunderstood as the Black Panthers. Be it the continued efforts of Black Lives Matter or <a href="">Chris Christie's calls for Assata Shakur's extradition</a>, the seeds sown by the Panthers have bloomed and become fundamental in modern politics.<br/><br/>In <strong><a href=""><em>THE BLACK PANTHERS: Vanguard of the Revolution</em></a></strong>, filmmaker Stanley Nelson offers a gripping look back at the movement. Made up of new interviews and archival footage,<a href=""> the film screens at Film Forum this month</a> and is as interested in critiquing racial injustice as it is the more violent actions of the Black Panther Party. It's riveting documentary work that shines light on the lines that run from then to now.<br/><br/><em>Runs Wednesday - Tuesday, September 2nd - 15th; Showtimes 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:40 p.m. // <a href="">Film Forum</a>, 209 West Houston Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $7.50-13</a><em></em></em></p>

Starting the 4th and running through the 27th, the Museum of the Moving Image will be screening flicks that reflect the "contrasts, energy, diversity, and spectacle" of our city, with a lineup that spans decades and genres. <a href=""><strong>See it Big! New York In Film</strong></a> gives NY-based film snobs the chance to see their favorites on the big screen, from gritty classics like <em>Taxi Driver</em> and <em>Once Upon a Time in America</em>, to quirky favorites <em>The Royal Tenenbaums</em> and <em>Enchanted</em>. The series concludes with a look into avant-garde cinema, with meta masterpiece <em>Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One</em> kicking off at 4:30 p.m. on the 27th, presented with an introduction and book signing by Shonni Enelow, author of <a href=""><em>Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psycho-Drama</em></a>. <br/><br/>Tickets are $12 and include one-day admission to the museum, where you can check out current exhibits and exhibitions like "<a href="">Mutant Leftovers</a>," "<a href="">Uncanny Valley Archives</a>," and "<a href="">How Cats Took Over The Internet</a>." <em>(Abbey Rowe)</em> <br/><br/><em>September 4-27th // <a href="">Museum of the Moving Image</a>, 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria // <a href="">Tickets $12</a></em>

<br/><br/>Sure, you were planning on trucking out to Montauk for one last <a href="">fratastic fornication fest</a> on Labor Day, but allow us to offer an even wilder alternative. The <strong><a href="">West Indian American Day Carnival and Parade</a></strong> will turn all of Crown Heights hyper-vibrant as a million spectators (on average) watch thousands of bejeweled, bedazzled, and beautiful New Yorkers strut their stuff in costumes that harken back to warmer island latitudes. Apart from the mid-day parade, you'll be able to nosh on roti and doubles from local vendors, check out the work of local artists, and put an ear to the metallic, soothing tones of steel drums.<br/><br/>And the parade is only part of the action. <a href="">New York Caribbean Carnival Week</a> stretches out across multiple days before the big soiree, with brass bands and DJs and Jamaican eating contests all happening along Eastern Parkway. It's time to clear the schedule and polish up your "Wha gwan?" <br/><br/><em>Festival begins Thursday, September 3rd; Parade starts at 11 a.m., Monday, September 7th // Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn // Free<em></em></em>

<br/><br/>A tradition 89 years in the making, Little Italy's annual <strong><a href="">Feast of San Gennaro</a></strong> still has a beating heart of gold underneath its sprawling crowds. Sure, you'll have to weave through the pasta-packed masses, but your reward is free nightly concerts, parades, near-endless street food, more parades, and on September 13th, an hour-long presentation of a giant birthday cake made in the likeness of Frank Sinatra, marking Ol' Blue Eyes's 100th birthday. Tony Danza will serve as this year's San Gennaro Grand Marshal (because, of course), and on the official feast day of September 19th he'll be overseeing the unveiling of the world's largest gelato cone. Leave your belt at home, brush up on your <a href="">Italian profanity</a> and get over to Mulberry Street. <br/><br/><em>Thursday, September 10th - Sunday, September 20th // Little Italy, Manhattan // <a href="">Free</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>Airbrushed muscles, techno beats, pink leopard prints, and heels that defy the laws of physics. You'll find all this and more on just the <em><a href="">website</a></em> of the <strong>Bushwig</strong>, which ought to serve as a signal of all the untamed gender-bending fun that's in store at this can't-miss festival of drag culture, music, and Brooklyn's queer club scene. Roughly a hundred different queens will hit catwalks (and sidewalks), strutting their stuff to music from <a href="">CHAE BUTTUH</a> and <a href="">Mr. Twin Sister</a>. <br/><br/>But this is not just some quick <em>Rocky Horror</em> romp, oh no; parties run throughout the entire weekend, with some scheduled to finish at the stroller-clutching hour of 8 a.m. The main shows will take place on the gorgeous grounds of the <a href=";bih=745&amp;q=onderdonk+house&amp;bav=on.2,or.r_cp.&amp;bvm=bv.101800829,d.dmo&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMIhsLFk5XZxwIVwZyACh30zQBf">Onderdonk House</a>, with official afterparties spilling out into fine venues like <a href="">Happyfun Hideaway</a>, <a href="">LoveGun</a>, <a href="">Metropolitan Bar</a>, and more. The entire weekend function on a wristband system; forty bucks for fifty hours of pastel-wigged fun is a bargain and should leave you with plenty left over to spend on rouge and mascara.<br/><br/><em>Friday - Sunday, September 11 - 13th; Times vary // <a href="">Various venues</a>, Bushwick, Brooklyn <a href="">Tickets $30-40</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>No matter how bleak and divided modern America may seem, no matter how hopeless our ideological bickering, we can all surely come together in support of cuisine you can clutch. Yes, boutique street food has come a long way since your childhood days of bobbing for hot dogs on Avenue A, and there's no better place to sample the best of the best than at the <strong><a href="">Vendy Awards</a></strong>. <br/><br/>The Governors Island event will host food trucks the likes of <a href="">Biryani House</a>, <a href="">Snowday</a>, and the so-good-you'll-need-a-bailout Greek fare of <a href="">Souvlaki Lady</a>. There's also a <a href="">special rookie category</a>, which might prove to be the most interesting of all. Everyday attendees will get to sample bites from each truck, while ordained judges will be on hand, crowning an official winner. Bring napkins.<br/><br/><em>Saturday September 12th, 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 pm // Governors Island // <a href="">Tickets $100 and up</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>No rafts needed to get to <strong><a href="">Pig Island</a></strong>, a culinary celebration of all things pork happening in the shadow of the Red Hook IKEA. Yes, this is your chance to pick up a lovely set of KEJSARKRONA silverware and immediately put it to good use by throwing it into the river and eating pulled pork with your bare hands*. Beer, cider, wine, and a whiskey tent will keep your internal engines firing as you sample whole-hog eats, salted to perfection. A chef roster that includes Tyson Ho from Bushwick's <a href="">Arrogant Swine</a>, Evan Hanczor and George Weld from <a href="">Egg Restaurant</a>, and King Phojanakong of <a href="">Jimmy's No. 43</a> will be carving up the goods. Did you know that in Swedish, <a href="">pigs go "noff noff?"</a><br/><br/>*Gothamist does not condone aquatic littering.<br/><br/><em>Saturday, September 12th, 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. // <a href="">Erie Basin Park Waterfront</a>, Red Hook, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $85</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>After what's been an historic run on Broadway, the lights will finally go out on Michael Mayer's <strong><a href=""><em>Hedwig and the Angry Inch</em></a></strong> this month. Already the production has logged monumental performances from the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Darren Criss, and Andrew Rannells; now, Taye Diggs steps into the titillating titular role of a queer rock star making the best of a botched sex change operation. If you've never seen <em>Hedwig</em>, you're missing out on one of the most triumphant and moving rock operas of modern theater, so carve time out of your busy Bushwig schedule and get thee to the Belasco.<br/><br/><em>Closes September 13th; Showtimes at 2, 3, and 8 p.m. // <a href="">Belasco Theatre</a>, 111 W 44th St, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $49-200</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>The month's food festivals continue with <strong><a href="">Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint</a></strong>, which will take over East River State Park and will help to raise money for Greenpoint's Northside Town Hall. It'll be a day of burgers, cupcakes, mussels, beer, wine, pickles, salads, ice cream, taffy, and so much more, and judging from the <a href="">Town Hall's instagram account</a>, the entire time will turn out colorful, replete with fresh ingredients (and at least a few puppies). Multiple tasting tiers mean that you can keep things frugal or break the bank if you so choose. The festival also coincides with the newest season of local <a href="">Taste Talks</a> events, which will bring luminaries like Dominique Ansel, George Takei, and The Roots' Questlove together to discuss the finer qualities of julienned heirloom new potatoes (we're just guessing here).<br/><br/><em>Sunday, September 13th, 1-5 p.m. // East River State Park Williamsburg, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $35-85</a><em></em></em>

<br/><br/>If the bulk of your experience with Picasso's art is limited to paintings, then brush up on his three-dimensional repertoire at the <strong><a href="">MoMA's new exhibition of his famous sculpture works</a></strong>. A formally trained painter, Picasso turned to sculpture as a kind of extra-curricular release, toying and experimenting with materials to create shapes that he could only gesture at with oil and canvas; over 100 pieces will be on display. The museum asserts that he "cherished the sculptures' company and enjoyed re-creating them in a variety of materials and situations," so in a way this is your shot to hang out with a weird Spanish artist's old (and priceless) inanimate roommates. Ole!<br/><br/><em>Opens Monday, September 14th // <a href="">MoMA</a>, 11 W 53rd Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Admission $14-25</a><em></em></em>

<br/><br/>Expand your mind with cutting edge dance, music, theatre works and more when the <strong><a href="">2015 Next Wave Festival</a></strong> kicks off mid-September. BAM's annual showcase has been on the frontier of the artistic landscape since its inception, and they've got 32 events on offer this year. Delve into the dance world and see what's all the rage from theaters based in <a href="">Japan</a> or <a href="">Sweden</a>, get your opera on (b.y.o. fancy mini-binoculars), or check out some physical theatre or performance art.<br/><br/>National premieres are a staple of Next Wave, and one feature this year is "<a href="">Rice</a>," a performance from Taiwan's Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. Dancers move against a backdrop of images of a Taiwanese rice paddy, a piece choreographed to pay tribute to the company's anniversary and homeland. <em>(Jessica Warriner)</em><br/><br/><em>September 16th - December 20th; Times vary // <a href="">BAM</a>, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn // <a href="">Ticket prices vary</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>If the critical differences between "art books" and "book art" escape you, then you better start camping out at MoMA PS1 this very second. The annual <strong><a href="">NY Art Book Fair</a></strong> will pack thousands of tote bags and the people who own them into inner rooms and outside grounds of the museum, offering the chance to scoop up gorgeous, limited edition volumes along with weird, cheap zines, monographs and pop-up books. Vendors from Belgium, Estonia, China, Brazil, Slovenia, and more will all be working tables at the fair, which is put on in part by the Chelsea mainstay <a href="">Printed Matter</a> and draws <em>many</em> more than you might expect. Get there early and get ready to take in the unbound possibilities of what a book can become.<br/><br/><em>Friday, September 18th, 1-7 p.m. // Saturday, September 19th, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. // Sunday, September 20th, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. // <a href="">MoMA PS1</a>, 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Queens // <a href="">Free</a> <em></em></em>

<br/><br/>Denim-clad bulges notwithstanding, <a href=""><strong>Robert Plant</strong></a> remains in command of much of the vocal talent that made him hard rock's most legendary vocalist. He and his band will pull through the Hammerstein Ballroom this month, trailing clouds of glory and trampling younger acts underfoot. The ex-Zeppelin pilot has, of late, become immersed in folk and bluegrass while still keeping "Whole Lotta Love" firmly in his grasp, and one can only assume he'll be taking <a href="">another constitutional at Physical GraffiTea </a>before showtime. Jimmy Page fanboys please leave your <a href="">mudsharks</a> at home.<br/><br/><em>Friday, September 18th, 8 p.m. // <a href="">Hammerstein Ballroom</a>, 311 W 34th Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $75-485</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>The music of <strong><a href="">Stars of the Lid</a></strong> hangs in the air like the vanishing point of an ocean horizon, comforting in spite of all its unknowns. A Texan duo known for making some of the most oneiric drone music on earth, the band finds ways to pack nostalgia, pain, and joy into simple chord progressions that unwind over many minutes. This month they'll bring some of their very best material to St. Agnes Church where, with the help of a string quartet, they'll preform under the dappling of an abstract light show. Fans of Brian Eno, Boards of Canada, Nils Frahm, and Debussy will all want to mark their calendars; you'll be hard pressed to find more transportive, touching music on this planet or any other.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" src="" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Tuesday, September 22nd, 7 p.m. // <a href="">St. Paul and Agnes Church</a>, 433 Sackett Street, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $30</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>September is a cinema-lover's dream, largely because it's <strong><a href="">New York Film Festival</a></strong> time. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the world's best features descend upon the city for eager theatergoers to devour and deconstruct. Opening night will showcase the world premiere of Robert Zemeckis's <em><a href="">The Walk</a></em>, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as tightrope-walker Philippe Petit, who performed between the Twin Towers back in the 70s. <br/><br/>There's a cavalcade of new and old films to check out, including Todd Haynes's <em><a href="">Carol</a></em>, featuring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as unexpected lovers, absurdist Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos's <em><a href="">The Lobster</a></em>, and Ousmane Sembene's 1965 classic <a href="">Black Girl</a> (lauded for paving the way for African cinema in the west). <em>(Jessica Warriner)</em><br/><br/><em>September 25th - October 11th; showtimes vary // <a href="">Lincoln Center</a>, Manhattan // <a href="">Ticket prices and packages vary</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>Touting itself as "<strong><a href="">the greatest show (and tell) on earth</a></strong>," the World Maker Faire returns to Queens once again for just one weekend at the end of September. Techies, nerds, and DIY devotees can opt for day or weekend passes to the fair, which can be ordered online <a href="">here</a>. This year's <a href="">topics</a> range from 3D printing and imaging to drones, hacks, open source, music, and (probably not so delicious) <a href="">Raspberry Pi</a>. And be sure to get involved with <a href="">Maker Faire Week</a>, where you can find exabytes' worth of cool events and activities in the days leading up to the big show. September's <a href="">Call for Makers</a> deadline has already passed, so anyone looking to participate is going to have to wait until next July before they can showcase their solar powered ray-gun or <a href="">giant potatoes</a>. <em>(Abbey Rowe)</em><br/><br/><em>September 26-27 // <a href="">New York Hall of Science</a> // <a href="">Tickets $25-80</a></em>

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<br/><br/>Hone your karaoke chops and get ready to belt out hits from the original King and Queen of Pop at <strong><a href="">Secret Formula’s September sing-along</a></strong> at Union Hall. Grab your buddies and join the crowd to sing along to iconic music videos from Michael Jackson and Madonna whilst downing themed drinks (like the Eva Peron and Dirty Diana). <br/><br/>Rad costumes are encouraged and dance-offs are a given. Think your moonwalk is unbeatable? Got "Vogue" down like nobody's business? Time to test them out on the d-floor for prizes (including MJ and Madonna memorabilia!). If you're keen for tunes from challengers to the crowns, never fear; there's Beyonce and Justin Timberlake hits destined for the sing-along too. <em>(Jessica Warriner)</em><br/><br/><em>Friday, September 25th, 9:30 p.m. // Union Hall, 702 Union St, Brooklyn // <a href="">Tickets $10</a><em></em></em>

<br/><br/>26-year-old Londoner Lianne La Havas is one of the most promising R&amp;B talents on the globe, netting praise that spans from the indie blogosphere all the way to <a href="">The Purple One</a>. On the 26th, <strong><a href="">La Havas will play Terminal 5</a></strong>, fresh off the release of her <em>Blood</em> LP; everything else you need to know is below.<br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/><em>Saturday, September 26th, 7:00 p.m. // <a href="">Terminal 5</a>, 610 W 56th Street, Manhattan // <a href="">Tickets $30-55</a><em></em></em>

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<br/><br/>We'd be genuinely impressed with anyone who managed to last an entire summer in New York without once crossing the doorsill of the <a href="">new Whitney</a>, but for those few stubborn hold-outs, we present some extra incentive: the museum's debut exhibit is closing come September 27th (with floor 8 closing on the 7th), which would certainly make America even <a href=""><strong>harder to see</strong></a>. Visitors will have the chance to view classics by Hopper and O'Keeffe, along with enjoying gorgeous Hudson river views and tasty <a href="">cafe eats</a>. Not to mention the chance to ride in those glorious Richard Artschwager designed <a href="">elevators</a>. <a href="">Ticket</a> prices range from $22 for adults to $18 for students and seniors, while anyone under 18 gets in free. <em>(Abbey Rowe)</em><br/><br/><em>Closes September 27th // <a href="">Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St</a> // <a href="">Tickets $22</a></em>

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<br/><br/>The words "December" and "free outdoor block party" really don't go well together, so seize one of your last, best chances to shop, eat, and dance under the sun at the perennially excellent, kid-friendly <strong><a href="">Atlantic Antic</a></strong>. The rain or shine bazaar will have something for just about everyone with concert stages, boutique shops, pony rides, face-painting, and much shining and succulent food. A <a href="">very handy map</a> will help you find the stages that suit you best, and we also can't report on the Antic with bringing up <a href=""> dancing old guys and the most dapper dog to ever call NYC home.</a><br/><br/><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" src="" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe><br/><br/> <em>September 27th // 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. // Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn // FREE</em>

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