Top Ten Things to Do in September

1. Take a Swing
Whether you invested in a tournament-length pass or just want to see what all the action is about in Queens for one day, you can’t miss the US Open (through 9/10). Hop the 7 train for an easy ride out to Flushing, then take in all of the excitement as the world’s best tennis players compete for the coveted title. On-site restaurants range from casual cafés to multi-course sit-down a airs, and the singles and doubles action take place on various courts all day long. (USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Queens)

2. Endless Summer
Sure, Labor Day is technically the end of the summer, but there’s no reason for the season to end as long as the weather holds. That’s why on Fridays 9/1, 9/8, and 9/15, Bryant Park will host Picnics in the Park. They provide the blanket, and from 5 to 10 p.m., a dynamic lineup of food vendors curated by the folks behind Hester Street Fair. All food and drink are available a la carte for purchase, along with entertainment, lawn games, and photo ops. Summer forever! (Bryant Park, W. 42nd St. at Sixth Ave.)

3. Up Your Insta-game
Ever wonder how some of those so- called “influencers” keep their feeds so fresh? Psst: it’s via events like Refinery29’s 29Rooms (9/8-9/11). The so-called fun house features, as promised, 29 different colorful and transportive backdrops, from pithy catchphrases to strategically arranged neon lighting, all ideal for snapping that new profile selfie you’ve been wanting. By the time you emerge from your three-hour session inside, you’ll likely have a library of fun pics to share – and a powerful hunger, which you can satisfy with a crawl around lively Williamsburg’s many restaurants, bars, and cafés. Bonus: most have WiFi. #goals (106 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn)

4. Hell’s Kitchen
It’s no mistake that the midtown neighborhood west of Times Square is known as Hell’s Kitchen; after all, the area feeds hungry visitors and New Yorkers alike. Sample some of its best offerings during West Side Eats (9/9- 9/10), a free-to-attend festival featuring 20+ eateries in one place on the banks of the Hudson River. Live music will be available, and dishes max out at $8; you can also purchase a “tasting ticket” at any booth for just $2 to sample their fare. Drinks will also be available for purchase, all within view of the towering Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex. (Pier 86, Hudson River Park)

5. Get Loud
In a year that saw the release of 4:44, is it any surprise that New York’s own Jay-Z is headlining the first night of an epic three-night music fest within the five boroughs? That’s The Meadows Music Festival (9/15-9/17), and HOV isn’t the only name you’ll recognize among the performers. Sky Ferreira, Tegan and Sara, LL Cool J, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nas are just a few of the 55+ artists slated to perform. Single-day tickets start at $115, and three-day passes are also available for $305, perfect for a full weekend of unforgettable music. (Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens)

6. Prost!
For the largest Oktoberfest celebration in New York, make your way to Oktoberfest in Central Park (9/16). Once there, you’ll find pitchers of beer, bratwursts and other traditional German fare, live music, and even the ninth-annual National Masskrugstemmen Championship, a stein-holding competition (yes, really) that pits burly beer lovers against one another in a battle to see who can hold a stein the longest. Sound easy? There are official rules, and if you think you have what it takes to beat the record set last year of 19 minutes and 15 seconds, get thee to Central Park! (Rumsey Playfield, Summer Stage, Central Park; enter at E. 72nd St.)

7. Leap of Faith
Some of the world’s most beautiful and athletic jumping horses will be on display during the annual Central Park Horse Show, which transforms the park’s Wollman Rink from an amusement park into a riding ring September 20-24. Sponsored by Rolex, this luxe takeover attracts riders from all over, with prizes that range up to hundreds of thousands of dollars for the most successful performers. New for 2017: Gladiator PoloTM, presented by the US Polo Association, with modified rules to keep the action running non-stop. For a more mellow experience, stop by on Family Day (9/24) for equestrian demonstrations, presentations, and other activities. (Wollman Rink, Central Park; enter at 830 Fifth Ave.)

8. Shots, Shots, Shots
Unlimited margaritas, Micheladas, beer, and tequila samples. Original tacos from the city’s top chefs. Live Mariachi. Piñatas. Even what’s billed as “bobbing for churros,” which: yum?! Taco Takeover (9/23-9/24) has it all. Tickets range from $55 to $79 for a full day of taco-centric hedonism, and include two and a half hours of endless food and drink, lively games, and a rollicking soundtrack worthy of the taco lineup. The event is strictly 21+, for obvious reasons and tickets are available online. (The Well, 272 Meserole St., Brooklyn)

9. “Let’s Roll”
In the years following 2001, a variety of tributes have emerged all over New York and the country to those who made the ultimate sacrifice that day. One of the most enduring is the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K, a road race named for one of the FDNY firefighters who laid down his life to save others. On September 24, participants will rally to follow Siller’s route, through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the site of the Twin Towers. Proceeds support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which benefits first responders and catastrophically injured service members. Registration is available online. (

10. Just for Laughs
On the Upper West Side, there’s no more likely spot to catch a celeb than The Beacon Theatre. The iconic venue has hosted more musicians and comedians than even the most posh restaurant, and from September 28-30, funny guy Jim Gafigan will come through on his Noble Ape tour. Boasting all new material, the tour is a departure from his live comedy specials and acclaimed TV series, though – take heart, fans – it’s likely that themes of family, fatherhood, and his abiding love of food will still make their way into the monologue. (2124 Broadway at W. 75th St.)