23 End-of-Summer NYC Festivals

23 End-of-Summer NYC Festivals


Fall may be just around the corner, but NYC hosts amazing end-of-summer events right up until the last day of the season (Sept. 22). Check out these cultural celebrations, music parties and food festivals before the leaves change color.

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival (Now through Sept. 1): Check out screenings of some of the Met’s most popular performances in Lincoln Central Plaza at this free 10-day festival.

Dream Up Festival (Now through Sept. 7): The Theater for the New City’s summer showcase presents 24 original productions in its fifth season.

NY International Salsa Dance and Music Festival (Aug. 27-Sept. 1): The Hilton New York hosts Latin dance workshops, expert performances, live concerts and non-stop entertainment. Prices vary.

Electric Zoo (Aug. 29-31): Dozens of electronic musicians invite you to party at Randall’s Island Park this Labor Day weekend.

NYC Unicycle Festival (Aug. 29-31): Cyclists prove that one wheel can be better than two through rides, races, competitions, exhibitions and more. Check the website for location details.

New York Caribbean Carnival (Sept. 1): Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood celebrates Caribbean culture, arts, history and traditions with a parade and carnival.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (Sept. 4-11): Fashion designers showcase their latest collections. Even if you’re not going to the runway shows, you can still dine in style at fashion-forward restaurants using Where New York’s handy guide.

NYC Honey Week (Sept. 8-14): This citywide festival celebrates the honeybee with apiary tours, honey-themed dinners, tastings, cooking classes and other events throughout the city.

Harlem International Film Festival (Sept. 10-14): More than 20 countries are represented by nearly 90 films to be screened at this uptown movie festival.

Feast of San Gennaro (Sept. 11-21): The 88th annual Italian celebration brings tons of food, fun and free entertainment to the streets of Little Italy.

Oyster Week (Sept. 11-28): Benefit dinners, chef’s tastings and other events immerse diners in all things oyster.

Beer for Beasts (Sept. 13): Hosted by BeerAdvocate and Sixpoint Brewery, this daylong event aimed at promoting compassion toward animals invites guests to The Bell House in Brooklyn for tastings of exclusive beers.

NYC Vendy Awards (Sept. 13): Head to Governors Island for a cook-off between sidewalk chefs competing to win the “Oscars of street food.” General admission tickets costs $100.50.

Great Irish Fair of New York (Sept. 13-14): Coney Island gets the luck of the Irish with this festival, featuring traditional and contemporary music, dance, food, crafts and more.

Urbanworld Film Festival (Sept. 17-21): The nation’s largest competitive multinational film festival screens narrative features, documentaries, short films and more at AMC 34th Street Theatre. $15 per ticket.

Festival of New Trumpet Music (Sept. 17-28): Renowned performers strut their stuff at NYC venues for 12 days of brass.

Harvest in the Square (Sept. 18): The North Plaza of Union Square Park brings together more than 1,200 residents, business leaders, elected officials and visitors for tastings of locally made food, wine and microbrews. General admission tickets cost $125.

Coney Island Film Festival (Sept. 19-21): An eclectic range of films are screened on Coney Island as filmmakers compete for prizes.

Oktoberfest in Central Park (Sept. 20): NYC’s biggest Oktoberfest serves up pitchers of German brews and offers up cultural entertainment. $20 per ticket.

Yankees Radio Network FanFest (Sept. 20): Former Yankees stop by Pier 86 to sign their fan’s favorite memorabilia during this daylong celebration of America’s favorite pastime.

Queens County Fair (Sept. 20-21): This traditional county fair hosts blue-ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, crafts and more, along with pie-eating contests, hayrides, pig races and other down-home fun at the Queens County Farm Museum. $9 for adults, $5 for children.

World Maker Faire New York (Sept. 20-21): “The Greatest Show (And Tell) on Earth” takes over the New York Hall of Science for a family-friendly weekend of interactive science presentations, innovative designs and fantastic projects. Ticket prices vary.

Brooklyn Book Festival (Sept. 21): The largest free literary event in the city presents famous writers and emerging authors at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza. 

Looking for more to do? Check out our calendar for even more events.