Plan your month with our calendar featuring the best NYC events in September, including Oktoberfest activities and more.  Make sure to enjoy all of the wonderful things to outside in New York before the cold front sweeps in.

West Indian Day Parade

The annual West Indian Day Parade draws close to two million people to Crown Heights in Brooklyn each year. During the seven-hour New York carnival, steel-pan and calypso bands in elaborate costumes march down Eastern Parkway, and vendors sell homestyle island grub along the route.  Revelers often dress up as political figures or celebrities and throw powdered paint at each other, while steel drums and whistles provide the celebratory soundtrack. The West Indian Day Parade is Monday, September 4, 2017. The march starts at 11am.

Oktoberfest in NYC

One of the top things to do in New York this fall includes two weeks of drinking some of the best beer in NYC during Oktoberfest. Take in the beautiful fall foliage while drinking at one of the best beer gardens and beer halls in New York City. Oktoberfest New Yorkers, take advantage of this glorious holiday to sample fine Bavarian beer and food. Prost! Oktoberfest celebrations take place in all five boroughs in New York at various public spaces and beer gardens. The largest events include Oktoberfest in Central Park (Sept 16), Munich on the East River (Sept 29–Oct 8) and Watermark’s Oktoberfest (Sept 15–17, Sept 22–24, Sept 29–Oct 2).

“Carol Rama: Antibodies”

This dense, absorbing, sometimes shocking exhibition marks the first major U.S. museum survey of the work of a relatively obscure but self-evidently important Italian artist, who died in Turin, Italy, a couple of years ago at the age of 103. Carol Rama was self-taught and a consistent outsider to contemporary trends and events—political as well as creative—but the passage of time has proven her vision more than simply eccentric. Focusing on the human body in all its beauty and grotesquerie, Rama anticipated the ongoing debates around the representation of sexuality and sickness, producing a cross-disciplinary oeuvre of rare power.