Things to do in September 2023

As the September breeze ushers in a new season, Filipinos are coming alive with Christmas looming over us for the next few months. But hold your horses, there are still upcoming events that aren’t Christmas-related.

From the Theater Treasures to the Otaku Musika Festival, there’s something for everyone to look forward to this month. You can delve into a whirlwind of creativity, entertainment, and culture that’s set to make September unforgettable.

If that’s music to your ears, then check out these 7 things to do in Metro Manila and beyond for September 2023 to remind us that it’s not Christmas just yet.

1. Theater Treasures: Must-See Shows for the Early “Ber” Months

Things to do September 2023 - Theater Treasures
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For theater and drama geeks, the Theater Treasures is worth looking into. It offers an array of theatrical productions that you can check out throughout the month of September.

You can go see Rama, Hari for a more cultural experience or you can check out Bawat Bonggang Baagay to go the interpretative route. You can even go see all of them if you wanted to as each production will be held on different dates and locations, so you can plan your theater marathon accordingly.

Date: September – October 2023

Note: Specific dates and venues depend on the theater productions. More details here.

2. Vintage Beauty and Us One art exhibits

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If you’re an art lover, then you can hop on the bandwagon and check out the Vintage Beauty and Us One art exhibits in Pasig City. You’ll get the best of both worlds in seeing the earth’s beauty, and abstract and representational art of different forms through each artist’s eyes.

So if you’re wanting to see more of the cultural aspect of art, then these art exhibits are worth visiting. And it’s free!

Date: 2nd – 14th September 2023
Time: Mon-Wed 10am-9pm | Fri-Sun 10am-10pm
Address: 3rd Floor, Ayala Malls Feliz, corner Marcos Hi-Way & J.P. Rizal Avenue, Dela Paz, Pasig

3. Tilly Birds Live in Manila 2023

Things to do September 2023 - Tilly Birds Live in Manila 2023
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Here’s one for Filipino fans of Thai alternative rock music. Thai rock band Tilly Birds is making their way in the country for the first time ever for the Tilly Birds Live in Manila happening in Quezon City.

If you’re a fan of rock music, this is a great way to widen your rock music horizon made by listening to other cultures, in this case, Thai.


  • Everyone will receive an official event poster and a souvenir card.
  • CAT 2 to CAT 1 ticket holders will get a group photo op with the artists.
  • All CAT 1 ticket holders will also get event IDs with lanyard and pre-signed posters.
  • Aside from said merchandise, CAT 1 Package ticket holders will receive an exclusive event shirt.

Admission fee: P3,500 (~USD61.43) CAT 3 | P6,000 (~USD105.31) CAT 2 | P8,500 (~USD149.19) CAT 1 | P10,500 (~USD184.29) CAT 1 Package
Date: 9th September 2023
Time: 7pm
Address: Sky Dome, SM North EDSA, North Avenue, Bago Bantay, Quezon City

Book your tickets online at Wish Us Luck’s website.

4. Billkin & PP Krit Asia Fan Meeting 2023

Things to do September 2023 - Billkin and PP Krit Asia Fan Meeting
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Here’s another set of Thai artists making their way to the Philippines. If your fans of Thai duo Billkin and PP Krit, here’s your chance to meet them at the Billkin & PP Krit Asia Fan Meeting 2023 happening in Pasay City.

ICYDK, the Thai actors are the stars of coming-of-age boys love series I Told Sunset About You. So if you’re into boys love series, you can check out their series and catch them in person in this fan meeting.


  • Everyone will receive an official poster at the event.
  • Ticket holders from Silver and up get a goodbye session with the artists.
  • Ticket holders from Gold and up get a group photo op with the artists.
  • VIP ticket holders will also be offered an exclusive entrance and given a VIP ID and lanyard, signed posters, and a Hi-Touch session with the Thai duo.

Admission fee: P3,000 (~USD52.66) Bronze | P5,500 (~USD96.53) Silver | P8,500 (~USD149.19) Gold | P11,000 (~USD193.06) VIP
Date: 10th September 2023
Time: 7pm
Address: 2nd Floor, WTCMM Building, Pasay Extension corner, 1300 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave, Pasay

Get your tickets online or at any SM Tickets outlets near you.

5. Otaku Musika Festival 2023

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Otaku Musika Festival happening in Pasig City is another Otaku festival to jot down on your list, especially if you’re a music lover. This free event offers two days of fun activities from a cosplay competition to Japanese karaoke contest where you can win up to P3,000 (~USD52.66) of prize money.

Like every Otaku festival, feel free to roam and check out various Japanese-themed merch and more.

Date: 23rd-24th September 2023
Time: 10am-7pm
Address: 2nd Level, Building B, Food Village Tiendesitas, Ortigas Avenue, corner Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Avenue, Pasig

Register for free here.

6. Tanglawan Festival 2023

Things to do September 2023 - Tanglawan Festival 2023
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The Tanglawan Festival 2023 happening in Bulacan is another festival you may you want to look out for if you want to check out a week’s worth of activities from fashion shows to firework displays.

You’ll get to witness ribbon-cutting ceremonies, attend gala nights, and even participate in light festivals that showcase the culture of San Jose. While it’s a bit beyond the metro, the experience will be worth the trip for sure.

Date: 2nd-10th September 2023
Address: SM San Jose Del Monte, Quirino Highway, Barangay Tungkong Mangga, Bulacan

7. Awake: A New Beginning

Things to do September 2023 - Awake A New Beginning
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If you’re going beyond the metro, the Awake: A New Beginning happening in Cebu will definitely be worth the trip as Sandara Park, a.k.a. the “pambansang krung krung” of the Philippines, is among the artists performing live at this concert.

What’s more, you’ll be able to watch other K-pop groups, such as Viviz, Younite, and MB Crew, perform live. So if you love K-pop, then this is the event for you. You can check out K-pop music to add to your playlist and at the same time, reminisce with Sandara Park and listen to her latest songs.

Since Cebu is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, you can even plan a well-deserved vacation to go along with this concert.

Admission fee: P2,000 (~USD35.10) general admission | P4,000 (~USD70.20) Silver | P6,000 (~USD105.31) Gold | P8,000 (~USD140.40) SVIP
Date: 23rd September 2023
Time: 6.30pm
Address: City di Mare Events Grounds, South Road Properties, Cebu City

Get your tickets online or at any SM Tickets outlets near you.

Things to do in Metro Manila for September 2023

Whether you’re planning to immerse yourself in the world of art, groove to the beats of live music, or explore the rich tapestry of Filipino culture, these things to do in September 2023 promise a vibrant and diverse tapestry of experiences.

So mark your calendars, gather your friends, and seize the opportunity to make lasting memories.

For more things to do in the country, check out The Smart Local Philippines.

Cover image adapted from: SY Talent Entertainment, CREATE Philippines, ART / SPACE by Galeria Bañez via Facebook

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