As we head into the third week of September, New York City is gearing up for the fall with a host of events. Whether you’re interested in photography, art or history, there’s plenty to do this week and weekend.

Thursday, September 14th

We already made mention of The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro last week, but we’re spotlighting it again, as it’s not to be missed. The festival, which commences today, is bringing 11 days of festivities to the neighborhood. The feast keeps the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants alive and celebrates the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples. There will be colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition! Check out 10 things not to missed while you’re there.

Drop by Times Square as its iconic signs go gold to shine light on pediatric cancer awareness. The fourth annual event, presented by the Times Square Advertising Coalition, will take place in Duffy Square beginning at 8PM and run until 9PM.

Friday, September 15th

Celebrate the Bavarian Volksfest of Oktoberfest at Treadwell Park on the Upper East Side at 6 pm! The festivities will go on until October 8th, with authentic German beers and food, contests, live music, and more will be offered throughout the three weekends.

The New York Public Library’s beautiful 42nd Street location will be hosting their Library After Hours for the city’s most cerebral happy hour. The happy hour will be inspired their current exhibition of New York pictorial maps and the rich history of NYC cartography housed in the Library’s archives, Mapping NYC. The exhibition explores the city map by map, neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block, and resident by resident.

Join Untapped Cities on a special Tour of the Historic Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Studio. Located in the heart of the Greenwich Village Historic District, the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Studio, the first and former home of the Whitney Museum of Art, has served American artists for well over a century — and now, it’s finally opening its doors to us. There are still tickets left so book now.

Tour of the Historic Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Studio

Saturday, September 16th

IdeasCity, the New Museum’s civic platform exploring the future of cities with art and culture as a driving force, will hold its biennial program in Sara D. Roosevelt Park this Saturday. The event is free and open to the public and will be a daylong investigation of strategies, ideas, and propositions featuring artist talks, initiatives by local organizations, performances, and workshops all themed around “100 Actions for the Future City.”

The Alice Austen House on Staten Island will open their newest exhibition, Gareth Smit: North Shore, this coming Saturday. Photographer Gareth Smit has created a body of work using Victory Boulevard as an artery to examine the diverse range of communities on the North Shore of Staten Island. He explores urban centers, cultural communities and personal stories about living in the area during a time of dramatic urban and cultural shifts.

Harlem Stage will kick off its fall season this coming Saturday. At the opening night, you can participate in a drum circle led by second year artist in residence, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. All music enthusiasts — percussionists, dancers, culture enthusiasts — are welcome to join in. You can also tour the Gatehouse, as well as enjoy a set by DJ Stormin Norman.

Join Untapped Cities on our tour of the Remnants of Penn Station, where we’ll take you back inside this central transportation hub to discuss the past, present and future plans for the structure. Book now using the button below!

Tour of the Remnants of Penn Station

Sunday, September 17th

The Brooklyn Book Festival will host its final event, Festival Day and Literary Marketplace, at Brooklyn Borough Hall. All book lovers are invited to this free literary gathering! There will be various events throughout the day where current best-selling authors will be in attendance.

Come join the festivities of the 48th Annual African American Day Parade in Harlem, one of the most renowned African American parades in the country, with the largest cross-section of participants. This year, the parade will be honoring African-American Health Professionals. The parade route is along Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. from 111th Street to 136th Street, beginning promptly at 1:00 PM.

Enjoy a tour and wine tasting at Rooftop Reds, the world’s first rooftop vineyard. Located within the Brooklyn Navy Yard, join Untapped Cities as we hear about the urban wine making process directly from its founders, and sample wines while lounging in a hammock and taking in rooftop views. Book your spot now using the button below.

Wine Tasting & Tour of Rooftop Reds, the World’s First Rooftop Vineyard!

Monday, September 18th

Are you urging to speak out your inner feelings through poetry? The Brooklyn Poetry Slam, held monthly, will be coming up on Monday, where you will be able to hear some of the best slam poets share their wisdom. For those who want to give slam poetry a go, there will be an Open Mic session, so come early and sign up to let your artistry in words be heard!

Fun (and yummy) fact: today is National Cheeseburger Day! Go support your favorite burger shop in the city, or maybe today is the day you find your new burger spot!

Tuesday, September 19th

30 local food and drink purveyors will all be gathered in Washington Square Park for Taste of the Village. Why not make this upcoming Tuesday evening a #tastytuesday? The fountain will be on and there will be live music performances by Park musicians to make this event a great evening under the stars.

Wednesday, September 20th

Amnesty International will partner with Sofar Sounds, a community of music lovers, to put on 300 secret concerts worldwide. The one-day event is aimed at bringing more than 1,000 established and emerging artists together with refugees and local communities to build a global musical campaign of resistance against anti-refugee sentiment. You can enter to win tickets here.

With the cooler weather approaching, this is the perfect time to enjoy the early autumn breeze with some classic films before it gets too cold to be outdoors for more than an hour. Head over to Harlem Art Park for their 7:00 PM screening of West Side Story (1961), the ten-time Academy Award winning classic about the story of young love between two rival groups. Or you also have the option to visit Randall’s Island for their screening of Malcolm X (1992)a biography chronicling the life and death of civil-rights leader Malcolm X.

Thursday, September 21st

If you missed out on Photoville last week, do not fret! The second week of Photoville will start again next Thursday at Brooklyn Bridge Park and will be opened throughout the weekend. Once again, there will be many food vendors and contemporary photographs on display in containers with views of the scenic Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan skyline.

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