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Things to Do in NYC and NJ: September

Labor Day is right around the corner, which means you are overjoyed at the thought of a long weekend and all its possibilities – like going to the beach or taking one last family trip. Then, as the weekend comes to an end, you realize too that the long summer days are now coming to a close. But not to worry: There are still many fun and exciting things to look forward to in September!

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Feast of San Gennaro 2015

Manhattan

San Gennaro Festival

When? Sept. 10-20. Where? Historic Little Italy, Mulberry Street primarily.

Where to eat first? Lombardi’s Pizza, 32 Spring Street. (If you’re wondering why we chose Lombardi’s, it’s because we’re paying homage to the FIRST pizzeria in America.)

The Pope’s visit to Madison Square Garden

When? Friday, Sept. 25, at 6 pm. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in front of nearly 20,000 of the faithful at MSG.

What you need to know: No tickets will be sold. Basically, if you are not a parishioner belonging to the Archdiocese of New York, your chances of getting tickets are slim. If you live outside New York, your best option is to have someone you know who is a member try and get a ticket for you.

Global Citizen’s Concert

When and Where? Sept. 26, Central Park, Great Lawn.

Who is playing? Her highness Beyonce, Coldplay, Pearl Jam and Ed Sheeran.

Madonna with Amy Schumer

When and Where? Madison Square Garden, Sept. 16, 17, (and the 18th in Brooklyn, at the Barclay Center).

Yes, an odd duet – a comedian and a pop icon – but we don’t care. How does a night get better than laughing until you cry and then actually crying because you are witnessing the legendary Madonna perform? This is a must.

Brooklyn

Oktoberfest

There are far few things better than a pumpkin spice latte and some fall foliage. And although Oktoberfest has the word “October” in it, it actually starts in September! If you haven’t taken note, there are some amazing beer gardens in Brooklyn. (If you haven’t, don’t worry – we listed some for you below.) Take advantage of this glorious holiday to sample fine Bavarian beer and food. Prost!

When? Sept. 19-Oct. 5

Where? Berg’n (Crown Heights). This massive beer and food hall is the perfect place to celebrate. A rotating food menu and extensive beer list makes this a go-to spot for locals, so be prepared for the swarm of man buns, top knots and indie music. Hey, it’s why we love Brooklyn!

Berry Park (Greenpoint). This bi-level behemoth beer hall has a 3,500-square-foot ground floor and a roof deck almost as large. Bonus: a rooftop bar in the heart of Williamsburg with awesome views of Manhattan.

West Indian-American Day Carnival

When? Sept. 7

Where? Eastern Parkway, from Schenectady Avenue to Flatbush Avenue, Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Subway: 3, 4, 5 to Crown Heights-Utica Avenue.

What do I need to know? This Caribbean celebration, known for having lively music and lots of skin, is never short on costumed stilt dancers, floats blaring soca and calypso music and plenty of flags from countries such as Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Plus enjoy vendors selling authentic island eats, like jerk chicken, curry goat and oxtail. Bonus: Get there extra early for the J’ouvert (pronounced “joo-VAY”), a predawn festival in which revelers throw powdered paint at each other.

New Jersey

Let the games begin!

Prudential Center

New Jersey Preseason Devils vs. New York Islanders. Sept. 25 and 26.

Met life Stadium

**Pro-tip: Park at Secaucus, pay a few bucks and take the train right to the stadium. Avoid sitting in grid lock trying to leave the stadium parking lot. (Thank us later.)

Preseason Football.

Sept. 3 Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Jets.

Sept. 13 Cleveland Browns vs New York Jets.

Sept. 20 Atlanta Falcons vs New York Giants.

Sept. 24 Washington Redskins vs New York Giants.

Sept. 27 Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Jets.

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