September Events in New York City for the First Two Weeks

Events in New York City for those who are fair-minded, love opera, talks, and long walks to the Javits Center.

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We know it can be difficult to keep up with everything in September, it's a busy month. As we book it into fall, we thought about what's worth checking out, what's free, and what's enriching for the soul, the heart, and the mind.

Lucia di Lammermoor

  • The New York City Opera x Bryant Park

A production of Gaetano Donizetti’s classic opera Lucia di Lammermoor is performing on September 2 at Bryant Park. Beginning at 7pm, the lawn will be filled to the brim with opera lovers, those who love the park, and anyone lucky enough to be pulled in. It's first come first serve.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 31: People spend an afternoon in Bryant Park in Manhattan on May 31, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (featured image credited to Getty Images) Getty Images

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and CNN’s Zain Asher in Conversation With Elizabeth Egan

  • The 92nd St Y

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, New York Times journalist Elizabeth Egan, and CNN journalist Zain Asher are going to be in conversation (online and in person) with moderation done by Egan. Certain to appeal to fans of Adichie's thoughts, and anyone who is interested in the after-event book signing. 

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In conversation at 92NY 92NY

The Armory Show at Javits Center

  • Javits Center

It's art fair week and one of the biggest is happening September 9 through 11 at the Javits Center, the Armory Show. Artists, fair lovers, and gallery dealers will all crowd the space as they do every year.

the armory show

The Armory Show opened on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the Javits Center in midtown Manhattan for the first time in a new location during a different time of year. Photograph by Casey Kelbaugh CASEY KELBAUGH @caseykelbaugh

Independent Art Fair

  • Independent Art Fair

One of the more unique alternatives to the Armory Show is the Independent Art Fair, running September 8 through 11 at the Battery Maritime Building. A more recent fair, having only been around since 2010, it's appealing in the hope it may be less crowded than other fairs.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02: Atmosphere during the Independent Art Fair in Spring Studios on March 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan

Free Screening of The Wiz

  • Governor's Island

Originally scheduled for August 5, this free screening of the classic 1978 film, which was originally a Broadway play, The Wiz will take place September 2. Fans of Black cinema, as well as generally The Wizard of Oz, will love this event.

the wiz

CIRCA 1978: Diana Ross as Dorothy dances in a scene for the Universal Studios movie "The Wiz" circa 1978. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Getty Images

Double Screening of Beth B and Scott B's 1979 'Letters to Dad' and 'The Offenders' at MoMA

  • MoMA

Avant-garde figure Beth B's collaborations with Scott B are showing in a double feature with 'Letters to Dad' and 'The Offenders.' The double screening takes place twice, once September 8 (which features a discussion with Scott B afterwards) at 6:30 pm and one September 10 at 4:30pm. 

beth b / scott b

Beth B. and Lydia Lunch Photo: Curt Hoppe

Clio Art Fair

  • 550 W 29th St

Another fair for those who love and look forward to fair culture, or quite the opposite. Clio Art Fair self-describes as "an anti-fair for independent artists," so expect more outsider work, maybe less expensive pieces, and artists who are actually down to talk to their audiences. Running September 8 through 11. 

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