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New York in September Travel Guide: what to do and see in the city with traveler tips

September marks the beginning of autumn, the heat is behind us and going out for a walk around the city is more pleasant and comfortable, so take advantage of this season. Have fun at baseball games, soccer, tennis or enjoy art festivals, photography and more, discover what to do in New York in September!

Luisa María Lugo

Luisa María Lugo

9 min read

New York in September Travel Guide: what to do and see in the city with traveler tips

Manhattan in the middle of summer | ©Andy Arbeit

The opportunity to tour New York's most stunning streets and sites comes in September is ideal. The heat will no longer be a problem and the intense cold has not yet arrived, making it perfect. For that same reason, many important and expected events take place in that wonderful time.

Various festivals, sports competitions and artistic exhibitions fill the city, and you can attend the celebrations you want. You just have to know what they are to decide or even try each of them, if you have time. Here you will find a description of the most popular and interesting ones to compare them and not miss the ones that catch your attention.

1. Witness a real musical on Broadway itself

Start of Chicago The Musical| ©Karen & Drew Attanasio
Start of Chicago The Musical| ©Karen & Drew Attanasio

Tickets to famous Broadway musicals are not cheap at all, but they are worth seeing. If you want to satisfy the illusion of seeing this kind of show, be sure to take advantage of the Broadway Week special.

During that week, which actually lasts more than 7 days, many theaters make a special offer available to the public. This happens only twice during the whole year, so you can't miss this offer that is valid in September.

This consists in the purchase of 2 tickets for the payment of what only 1 ticket costs. This will save you 50% of the money you would spend paying what the 2 tickets are really worth. Some of the best musicals that you will surely like to see on Broadway are:

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2. Experience the thrill of watching a live NFL game

NFL Football Field| ©Izaac Crayton
NFL Football Field| ©Izaac Crayton

If you agree that soccer is one of the most exciting sports, visit New York in September. Another great National Football League (NFL) season kicks off during this month, allowing you to catch a game.

Feel the adrenaline and sports passion of watching a game completely live in person. Join the New York Jets fans or the New York Giants fans, because the city has 2 teams, you choose which one to support to make sure you win and celebrate the victory!

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3. Don't miss a baseball game

Entrance to Yankee Stadium| ©Andres Alvarado
Entrance to Yankee Stadium| ©Andres Alvarado

Arriving in New York in September, you will still have a chance to be present at a local baseball game. The season of games there will be close to over, as it ends in October, but you'll have a chance. It is one of the major national sports, so the stadiums are usually full.

As if the excitement of the game itself wasn't enough, the atmosphere in the stadium is great. Join in the euphoria, the screaming and the enjoyment of fast food by going to support one of the teams. Again you have 2 options to choose from, the Mets or the Yankees, both from New York.

The expense you will make will depend on the area you want to sit in and what you buy inside. The cost of tickets is approximately $10 to $500. Because of that, you can choose where you will spend your time watching and cheering on the game without going out of your planned budget.

In any case, if you can't afford a game, you can also visit Yankee Stadium or visit Brooklyn Nets Stadium.

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4. Celebrate a week full of fashion thanks to a luxury event

New York Fashion Week| ©Peter Duhon
New York Fashion Week| ©Peter Duhon

Are you interested in fashion and enjoy reading magazines like Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire? If so, you'll love being in this world capital of acclaimed fashion during the famous Fashion Week. It is held there only twice a year, once during the first 15 days of September.

Therefore, during that time, multiple exclusive fashion shows, outstanding events and glamorous parties that you will love are organized. For this event, a huge number of designers, world-renowned celebrities, models and journalists come to the Big Apple.

So it is undoubtedly a good time to be in this metropolis of the fashionista world.

5. Experience the long-awaited Labor Day

Shopping Day| ©Ksenia Chernaya
Shopping Day| ©Ksenia Chernaya

Every first Monday of the month Labor Day, or Labor Day, is celebrated in a big way. This happens in New York in September, although it is also a holiday throughout the United States. This holiday is considered to be the unofficial mark of the end of the summer season.

During this day, you're likely to encounter many people in the parks, out for a stroll. But best of all, you'll find sales, deals, offers, discounts and promotions at various stores. Believe me, if the idea of shopping in New York appeals to you, this is one of the best days to do it without overspending.

Book a shopping tour in New York's Garment District

6. Attend a free photo festival

Smile in Photoville| ©Suraj Bajaj
Smile in Photoville| ©Suraj Bajaj

Do you consider photography an art that should be valued? Join Photoville (a festival full of workshops, nightly storytelling, artist talks and demonstrations) for free.

It takes place in Brooklyn Bridge Park, that is, under the famous Brooklyn Bridge, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors. There you can appreciate what they have to show artists who are from different parts of the world. The fact that they are not famous does not detract from their excellent work, which is undeniably attractive.

One of the peculiar details of this festival is the use of merchandise containers that serve as photo galleries. Come and spend a nice autumn afternoon looking at these photographic works that convey profound messages! If you want to know more, here's a link to everything you need to know about the Fotografiska museum in New York; I'm sure you'll want to visit it.

7. Enjoy the grand finale of the tennis tournament

Practicing for the Grand Slam| ©R Boed
Practicing for the Grand Slam| ©R Boed

The Grand Slam final tournament, which closes the tennis season, is another major sporting event. It is held every year in New York in September, specifically in early September. The well-known Flushing Meadows Park, in the northern part of Queens, is the place where it is held.

If you are one of the people who like this sport, take advantage of your visit to the city with skyscrapers. You can take advantage of the occasion to have the exceptional opportunity to see how world-renowned professional tennis players play. Of course, hurry to buy your ticket because they sell out fast.

8. Admire artwork at an outdoor exhibition

Touring the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit| ©Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Touring the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit| ©Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

There is another completely free event that is on the list of things to do in New York in September. It's called the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit and it lasts not just one weekend, but two. The streets near Washington Park are the centerpiece of this art exhibit.

That is why it is known by the aforementioned name. Numerous artists from different parts of the metropolitan area in New York, and from all over the United States, gather together. You may even encounter international artists who choose to participate in this lively, casual art exhibition.

The origin of this event comes from an idea by Jackson Pollock, circa 1931. It is still held today and admiring all the works in this free environment will not cost you anything. Of course, if your intention is to take one home as a souvenir, you will have to buy it.

And, of course, art floods all over New York in each and every one of its museums. Here is an article with the best museums in New York in case you want to focus your visit on art and culture.

9. Have the best day at a park with many attractions

Tyrolean crossing in New York| ©Diane Greene Lent
Tyrolean crossing in New York| ©Diane Greene Lent

Taking advantage of the ideal weather in New York in September to visit a park is an excellent idea. There are parks with multiple attractions that you will definitely want to ride, such as the tall roller coasters. Although those are usually the main ones, there are zip lines, boardwalks and carousels.

Of course, there are many others because more and more different attractions are being added. On the other hand, there are the theme parks, which you will love if you are a fan of certain popular movies or series. Being in one of those will be like going inside and living in a certain way those stories you like so much.

10. Visit an art exhibit at a historical museum

Entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City| ©Patxi Moraleda
Entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City| ©Patxi Moraleda

You shouldn't leave New York without a visit to the MET, a museum of worldwide importance. The extensive collection of this place has more than 2,000,000 pieces and some are from 5,000 years ago. Why in September? Because the high season of July and August has just ended and tourists take a break in places as crowded as this museum, which can also be a good refuge on rainy days that are becoming more frequent.

For this reason, you will probably need to make several visits in order to visit it and fully appreciate it. As its name indicates, this metropolitan art museum has art of different types.

There are pieces of different shapes and sizes with Asian, Oriental, Egyptian, Islamic, American, Medieval and more. So be sure to follow MET New York GuideIf you have an eye for art, this is a must-see if you have an eye for it.

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What are the temperatures in New York in September?

Rain in New York| ©Josh Hild
Rain in New York| ©Josh Hild

September marks the transition from summer to fall in New York City. Thanks to that, the prevailing temperatures are quite pleasant, making the month slightly warm. The minimum temperature that could be reached is 16ºC, ideal if you are a very cold person.

While the average temperature is 20ºC and the maximum would generally only be close to 30ºC. Besides, usually during that month there are about 9 days of average rainfall in the city. Now, if you want to see for yourself what the weather is like, start preparing your trip to experience it.

New York City in September

Visiting New York| ©Samson Katt
Visiting New York| ©Samson Katt

The number of tourists who choose to visit the Big Apple is highest during the summer months. Therefore, by September, what is known as the high season will be over and the number of tourists will decrease.

Being different from the rest and planning your New York vacation for that month can be an excellent plan. That's because, with fewer tourists in that season, your stay and your tours will be more comfortable.

Besides that, you already know the events you can enjoy, many of which only occur during that month. Surely there is more than one that catches your attention and you don't want to skip.

Prices in New York in the fall

Paying for your purchases| ©Jack Sparrow
Paying for your purchases| ©Jack Sparrow

September comes after 2 months of very high prices in New York. So, compared to those expensive months, during this one prices experience an improvement for tourists. But you will see the real significant price drop in the final days of the month.

The most interesting and tempting offers will be during that time. However, everything will go up again for the long-awaited Christmas season, when many go to the big city. So you don't want to delay your visit too much or let September pass you by. Want a trick to save? Book one of the New York sightseeing passes with which you can visit a large number of attractions at a discount.

Buy a sightseeing pass to see New York

Pack your bag and travel to New York in September!

Ready to Travel| ©Alexandr Podvalny
Ready to Travel| ©Alexandr Podvalny

You already know what the weather will be like if you travel during that autumnal month, full of golden colors, to this popular city. If you want a little extra help on what to pack and what to leave at home, here it is. The must-have items of clothing in your luggage are as follows:

  • Closed-toe shoes that are comfortable for you, such as booties and converse.
  • Jacket made of thin fabric, which will serve you in the evenings and mornings.
  • Sweaters with long sleeves that are not so warm and T-shirts.
  • Jeans, preferably long jeans if you usually feel that you freeze from the cold very soon.
  • Scarf or thin scarf that you can put around your neck and take off easily when you want to.
  • Raincoat and shoes suitable for a rainy day, which is likely to occur during your stay.