September: Autumn Begins

On what date in September does autumn begin? Well, that depends on whom you ask. In the Northern Hemisphere, meteorologists commonly count fall or autumn from September 1. Astronomers will tell you it begins with the September equinox (September 21, 22, 23, or 24). And many people in the United States think of the Labor Day holiday weekend as marking the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Of course, in the Southern Hemisphere, fall begins in March.

Whenever fall begins, it’s a colorful season with trees turning yellow, orange, and red. Enjoy poetry, photos, and videos of the season.

Autumn Begins

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Listen to "Autumn in Verse" on Lit2Go

To poets, autumn often symbolizes change, maturity, wisdom, or the harvest. Explore many interpretations of Autumn in this collection of recorded poems by Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Ellen Robena Field, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Richard Henry Wilde. Available on the Lit2Go website.

September Equinox

Planning ahead? Here are dates of the September equinox in upcoming years:

  • September 22, 2017
  • September 23, 2018
  • September 23, 2019
  • September 22, 2020
  • September 22, 2021
  • September 23, 2022
  • September 23, 2023
  • September 22, 2024
  • September 22, 2025