Things To Do In NYC In September & Weather

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Overview

September is one of the best months to visit New York. It’s often warm enough to wear a short sleeve or light shirt during the day time and a light sweater in the evening. The sun doesn’t set until after 7pm for the first half of the month, giving you long days and great weather to take advantage of all the things to do in New York in September.

Labor day (the first Monday of the month) is a national holiday. After that, children are back in school so fewer families are traveling which means fewer crowds and shorter lines at attractions.

There are many outdoor events and activities to enjoy such as parades, festivals like San Gennaro in Little Italy, and sporting events (like the US Open). The General Assembly of the United Nations meets the week of September 20th, 2021. This means many world leaders will visit the city. This leads to increased security and traffic. Beware if you are on the East side of Manhattan specifically between 34th street and 59th street between 1st and 5th Avenue. But not to worry, the subway is a sure way to avoid traffic. Hotel prices rise during the General Assembly and the US Open but otherwise, look out for good deals. 

And of course, book a Streetwise New York Tour to get a real insight into the local life and history of New York’s neighborhoods.  We adjust the route to your interests and pace.

See our full list of things to do in New York in September below! If you’re considering coming to New York another month, check out our guide, “When is the best time to come to New York?”

Want to make the most of your time by having your day planned by an expert? Or wish to dig deeper and get a local’s perspective? Book a Streetwise New York walking tour.

 

Sausage Booth at the Feast of San Gennaro, a yearly event in September in Little Italy

The Feast of San Gennaro is ten day festival celebrated in Little Italy, Manhattan.

Weather in New York City in September

September is one of the most pleasant times of year to travel to New York weather-wise. The average high temperature is 75F (24C) and the average low is 61F (16C). While the beginning of the month, is summer-like, the temperature rarely rises above 90F (32C). The end of the month becomes more fall-like, but rarely cold enough that a sweater or a light jacket wouldn’t suffice.

 While it rains on average 7 days a month in September, it is rare to have significant rain storms like in July and Summer.

How to pack for New York in September

While it is possible that you will have shorts and t-shirt weather in New York in early September, for the most part, you’ll want to wear pants/skirts. For the daytime t-shirts or lightweight long sleeves are best, but carry with you a sweater or light jacket, as the temperature drops at night.

What to do in New York in September

There are year-round activities, we recommend, like going up a skyscraper, boat rides to see or visit the statue of liberty, museums, and Streetwise New York walking tours of New York’s many can’t miss neighborhoods!

This is a list of seasonal activities and September specific events and deals. Take advantage of some of the best weather of the year. 

US Open Qualifying Tournament (showed here) is free and open to the public.

Before the main US Open tournament starts, the qualifying tournament takes place and is free and open to the public.

Events/Festivals

Music and Entertainment

Sports

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