The September Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month

By Alison Durkee

The summer is over and September has arrived—and whether you’re heading back to school or just embracing the start of fall, there’s already plenty of things to learn. Get a dose of knowledge outside the classroom, or just have a good time, at these upcoming events covering everything from botany to beer.

Sunday, September 1: Keep it quiet that you’ll be at this Secret Speakeasy, which will feature movies, music and more covering New York, the Summer of Love, and Suffragettes.

Monday, September 2: Spin scientific stories at this Story Collider event, featuring five true, personal stories about science. Caveat.

Tuesday, September 3: Make a deal to attend this panel discussion on climate disasters and the Green New Deal. The New School.

Wednesday, September 4: Establish a connection at this session on how to find common ground with others and create a “meeting of the minds.”

Thursday, September 5: Watch what you eat at this event looking at food studies and how to think critically about food outside the world of academia. Museum of Food and Drink.

Friday, September 6: Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the 1939-40 World’s Fair at this presentation by World’s Fair expert Bill Cotter.

Saturday, September 7: Take public transportation to this Transit Walk covering Lower Manhattan, which will explore the area’s transportation systems and history in the pre-subway era. New York Transit Museum.

Sunday, September 8: Never forget the horrors of the Holocaust by attending this speaker series event with survivor Rene David Alkalay. Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Monday, September 9: Unleash your rage at this talk with author Rebecca Traister on the revolutionary power of women’s anger. The National Arts Club.

Tuesday, September 10: Hear from actor, director, and writer Sean Penn as he discusses his new book, Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn. 92nd Street Y.

Wednesday, September 11: Mark the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks by attending the annual Table of Silence Project, a free outdoor dance performance that pays tribute to the 9/11 victims and prays for peace and healing. Lincoln Center for the Performing  Arts.

Thursday, September 12: “Grow” your knowledge of Revolutionary-era doctor Dr. David Hosack, who attended Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr’s famous duel and founded the nation’s first botanical garden. Fraunces Tavern Museum.

Friday, September 13: Raise a glass to this lecture and tasting on Japanese beer. Japan Society.

Saturday, September 14: Caucus at this One Day University event that gives a 90-minute introduction to all the current 2020 candidates. Fordham University.

Sunday, September 15: “Help set the stage for a better planet” as Caveat presents the official launch of Climate Change Theatre Action 2019, a diverse collection of environmentally inspired narratives.

Monday, September 16: Consider the relationship between American Jews and Israel at this discussion between author David Gordis and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Temple Emanu-El.

Tuesday, September 17: Your knowledge will “flower” through this event asking: What do Typography and Botany have in common? The Center for Book Arts.

Wednesday, September 18: Page through the history of LGBTQ literature and how it’s evolved at this conversation between authors Scott Alexander Hess, Robert Levy, and Darley Stewart. Bluestockings.

Thursday, September 19: Get a new “lease” on life at this event on the housing crisis and why the rent is too damn high—even in Florida. Graduate Center, CUNY.

Friday, September 20: Spend an evening with author Margaret Atwood as she discusses her new novel The Testaments. The Town Hall.

Saturday, September 21: Head down to the Bowery for a walking tour exploring the famed thoroughfare’s 400-year history. The Municipal Art Society of New York.

Sunday, September 22: Learn what the experts still can’t figure out at these back-to-back events looking at what historians and scientists still don’t understand. The Watson Hotel.

Magmec Berlin, 1991.

Monday, September 23: Design a plan to attend this talk on Cyan and the history of German posters, in conjunction with the current exhibition Designing Through the Wall: Cyan in the 1990s. Poster House.

Tuesday, September 24: Try not to be sick as Nobel laureate Paul Krugman joins health policy research analyst Tsung-Mei Cheng to talk about the last book from Cheng’s husband, Uwe Reinhardt, a giant in the health policy fieldThe New York Academy of Medicine.

Wednesday, September 25: Continue the #MeToo revolution by hearing from the journalists who kicked it off through their reporting on Harvey Weinstein, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, as they discuss their new book She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement. Merkin Concert Hall.

Thursday, September 26: Seek to master the self by attending a rare appearance by Swami A. Parthasarathy, speaking on The Law of Karma at The Town Hall.


Maurice Sendak (1928-2012), Design for show scrim (The Magic Flute), 1979-1980, watercolor and graphite pencil on paper on board. © The Maurice Sendak Foundation. The Morgan Library & Museum, Bequest of Maurice Sendak, 2013.104:120.

Friday, September 27: Raise the curtain on children’s book icon Maurice Sendak’s little-known opera career with this talk looking at his designs for the opera stage. Morgan Library & Museum.

Saturday, September 28: You’re free to attend this discussion on censorship in Chinese society. Asia Society and Museum.

Sunday, September 29: Everyone will be equal at this conversation between historian Eric Foner and MSNBC journalist Chris Hayes on Foner’s book The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution. St. Joseph’s College.

Monday, September 30: Speak out at this event looking at the 600 languages spoken in New York City and which ones are at risk of dying out. The Greene Space.

For a printable PDF of the September 2019 calendar, click here.


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