10 key events in September

September is more than just “back to school” month with many UK and global events taking place throughout the month. Forward Planning covers more than 250,000 future news stories, event and media engagements globally, in a single platform.

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We’ve picked out some of the biggest and best events that you need to know about in September:

Toronto International Film Festival opens – 5th September

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world. The People’s Choice Award has become an indicator of success – with winners often going on to succeed at the Academy Awards. The festival runs from 5th September – 15th September.

Solheim Cup golf begins at Gleneagles – 9th September

The female equivalent to the Ryder Cup and contested every other year, this year’s Solheim Cup 2019 will be played at The Gleneagles Hotel this year, 5 years after hosting the Ryder Cup in 2014. The Solheim Cup is contested by Europe and USA golfing teams and the USA have won the last two iterations.

Prince Harry’s 35th birthday – 15th September

The Duke of Sussex’s birthday this month takes him to 35 years old, which means he will no longer be in our 25-34 age bracket on TGI! Check out our piece on Meghan Markle following her birthday last month.

Mercury Prize ceremony – 19th September

The Mercury Prize, sponsored by Hyundai, is awarded for the best album released in the United Kingdom by a British or Irish act (or a band where over 50% of its members are British or Irish). It was established in 1992 and was intended to be an alternative to the Brit Awards.

Rugby World Cup 2019 – 20th September

The biggest event in rugby kicks off in Japan on the 20th September for 6 weeks of fixtures to determine the world’s best. Current holders New Zealand are also the most decorated, having won the competition 3 times.

Munich Oktoberfest begins – 21st September

Named Oktoberfest, but starting in September, runs until the first Sunday in October. The world-famous beer festival has been held since 1810 and is an important part of Bavarian culture. It attracts people form all over the world who dress up and enjoy beer in litre sized steins.

25th anniversary of 'Friends' – 22nd September

Friends has been the most streamed show in the UK for the second year running, despite the final episode airing in May 2004. This is a result of the dramatic growth in adoption of paid video streaming services by consumers in Britain (read more in our exclusive report). 22nd September marks 25 years since the first episode of the popular and long-lasting sitcom aired. 

F1 Singapore Grand Prix – 22nd September

One of the most iconic F1 races on the calendar, the Singapore Grand Prix is also the first night race of F1. It’s one of the slowest race courses due to its street race format and twisty turns. The total attendance across the 3 days was 263,000 in 2018.

World Athletics Championships begin in Qatar – 27th September

Over 10 days, 24 different events will be held for male and female athletes. The Championships in Doha 2019 will feature the IAAF World Championships’ first-ever midnight marathon, taking place late to cope with the heat.

UK party conferences – Various

September sees various political party conferences taking place across the country where attendees can expect key announcements, debates, events and exhibitions.

• Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference – 14th September

• UKIP Annual Conference – 20th September

• Labour Party Conference – 21st September

• Tory Conference – 29th September

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