“Do you remember… the 21st night in September?” I wonder if when Earth, Wind and Fire wrote that song they were singing about the International Day of Peace?
Whether or not they were singing for world peace, September 21st is indeed a day to celebrate and strive for peace on Earth. But that’s just one of eighty (yes, 80!) special events we’ve compiled to inspire your September newsletter ideas.
From events that hold cultural significance like Hispanic Heritage Month and World Afro Day, to our favorite goofy unofficial holidays, like Talk Like a Pirate Day, you’ll find plenty of ways to keep your subscribers engaged in this September roundup.
Remember that relevance is key. Pick newsletter topics that relate to your business in some way—even if it is as simple as adding a P.S. to remind your readers of the special day.
Some of these days hold special cultural and/or religious significance, so if you choose to refer to them in your email marketing strategy, remember to be sensitive and considerate.
Use this as a guide to help plan your email newsletter ideas for September. We encourage you to experiment and to keep it Lite!
Labor Day was created to celebrate the achievements of workers. These days, Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer as is a great time to take advantage of Labor Day sales.
Newsletter idea: Create a list of Labor Day celebration ideas that tie in with a product (or products) that you can put on sale.
Last-minute hotel deal service, HotelTonight, targets users who have yet to make plans and shows off some beautiful places subscribers can spend their Labor Day weekend.
Get away this Labor Day (getaround)
25% off for Labor Day weekend (Tattly)
Wedding season is here! Win at gift-giving with 15% off in our Labor Day sale (BioLite)
Father’s Day is celebrated throughout the year depending on what country you hail from. For trans-Tasman Dads, the first Sunday of September is all about them.
Newsletter idea: Create a Father’s Day gift guide for those who celebrate, and invite those who don’t to opt out of Father’s Day messages for future personalization.
E-commerce brand, Italic, curated gift guides for every type of Dad and included a little sneak preview in their Father’s Day newsletter.
For the Father that has it all… (Hestan)
It’s not too late to save on Father’s Day gifts (Google Store)
Father’s Day gift guide 🎁 (Theory Eleven)
The Autumnal equinox on September 23rd marks the end of summer and the first day of falling leaves, pumpkin spice, knitted sweaters and all things fall!
Newsletter idea: Get into the spirit by injecting fall colors into your newsletter, you can hint at fall product drops or an autumn sale to get subscribers excited
Austin Eastciders celebrate the start of autumn with a huge splash of fall colors and autumnal themes throughout their newsletter including a fall-inspired cocktail recipe.
Say ‘hello’ to autumn! You’re going to appreciate our lighting (B&Q)
Ready to step into fall? (United by blue)
Fall for salted caramel (Starbucks)
Hispanic Heritage Month is held every year in the US across September and October to celebrate the influence Hispanic Americans had in shaping the culture, history and accomplishments of the United States.
Newsletter idea: Curate a list of ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month including supporting Latinx-owned businesses, taking Spanish classes, cooking a Latin-inspired meal, learning about the history of Hispanic Americans, etc.
Yoga Month is celebrated throughout all of September every year and aims to promote yoga’s health benefits and a healthy lifestyle.
Newsletter idea: Create an automated series that delivers new yoga flows for each day in September with themes like stress relief, sleep aid, muscle building and more!
Pain Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness about the underlying causes of pain and help improve the treatments for chronic pain sufferers.
Newsletter idea: Share personal stories of advocates for better pain management and tell subscribers how they can get involved by supporting charities and removing the stigma around invisible disabilities.
Suicide Prevention Week is an annual week-long campaign to raise awareness in both the healthcare system and the general public about the early warning signs of suicide and suicide prevention.
Newsletter idea: Share local or international resources for suicide prevention (be it suicide hotlines or free group meetings) in your newsletter. This could be a full newsletter feature or a simple P.S line.
The Week of the Deaf was first started in Rome in 1958. The week-long observance sets out to celebrate the deaf community, deaf culture, sign language and the ongoing struggle for inclusion and accessibility.
Newsletter idea: Embed a video of some basic sign language phrases to share with subscribers. Remember, sign language isn’t universal, so make sure to choose the right language to share with your subscribers.
Keep Kids Creative Week is a time to set aside iPads, phones and other devices in exchange for encouraging kids to create something with their own hands (or imaginations)!
Newsletter idea: Offer a printable activities guide to keep kids creative. Activities could include indoor craft projects like making your own play dough, as well as outdoor activities like building elaborate sand castles at the beach.
Technically two weeks, and recognized for flagons of beer served by lederhosen-clad bar staff, Oktoberfest (ironically celebrated throughout September) is the world’s largest beer festival whose cultural charm has taken the world by storm.
Newsletter idea: Share ideas for subscribers to hold their own Oktoberfest celebration, including information about local breweries and recipes for traditional Oktoberfest foods like käsespätzle (cheese noodles) and brezen (pretzels).
World Letter Writing Day: Hand write your newsletter intro and include it in an image block in your newsletter and share some international pen-pal websites
Acne Positivity Day: Highlight an acne positive skinfluencer or share your own acne story with subscribers
National Food Bank Day: Inform subscribers how they can donate to their local food bank
National Lazy Moms Day: Create a customizable chores calendar moms can use to delegate all the “mom jobs” to someone else on Lazy Moms Day
World Beard Day: Scruffy or well-groomed, put beards on show by making a social media call-out for a best beard competition and share the best entries with your subscribers
International Bacon Day: Share creative bacon recipes, or delicious and smokey vegan alternatives
World Samosa Day: Share an easy samosa recipe subscribers can use to make their own samosas
Spice Blend Day: Share your favorite spice blend, and some more popular spice blends from around the world
International Day of Charity: Chose a charity or public service you want to support and tell your subscribers about it, you can also share more organizations so subscribers can find one to support as well
Be Late For Something Day: Send your newsletter later than usual and remind subscribers it’s okay to stop and smell the roses
Cheese Pizza Day: Share a kid-friendly recipe for cheese pizza
Read a Book Day: Give away a free ebook chapter to encourage subscribers to read not just any book, but your book today!
Beer Lover’s Day: Share your favorite beer or showcase a local brewery
International Literacy Day: Run a sale in which a portion of the proceeds is donated to support global literacy
Ampersand Day: Have fun & use an obnoxious amount of amerps&s
Care Bears Share Your Care Day: Use Care Bears in your newsletter and encourage giving and volunteering. You can even include a list of easy ways to share your care
International Sudoku Day: Offer a free downloadable sudoku in your newsletter
World Suicide Prevention Day: This day marks the end of suicide prevention week, remind subscribers of the resources available and how they can look out for people who need help
World First Aid Day: Share resources for local first aid training and first aid tips like what to do if someone is choking, fainting, injured, etc
Patriot Day (9/11): Share a tribute to the innocent victims who died on 9/11 and the first responders who risk their lives to save others
Make Your Bed Day: Share bed-making hacks with your subscribers
Pet Memorial Day: Honor the furry friends who brought joy to your life while they were on Earth
Grandparents Day: Share a story about your own grandparents (with their permission) to honor them on Grandparents Day
Chocolate Milkshake Day: Share your most indulgent chocolate milkshake recipe with your subscribers. Food bloggers can even use it as a printable lead magnet!
Day of Encouragement: Uplift your subscribers to make an impact on their lives and encourage them to do the same
Hug and High-5 Day: Celebrate your achievements and give a virtual high-5 to subscribers for supporting you along the way in the form of a discount coupon or deal
Video Games Day: Include a quiz in your newsletter or share a link to a fun online minigame
Day of the Programmer: Remind subscribers how much of their daily lives they owe to programmers and celebrate the programmers behind your business
Bald is Beautiful Day: Create a shout-out on social media to share beautiful baldies and post the winner in your newsletter
Celiac Disease Awareness Day: Share gluten-free party recipes and tips to avoid cross-contamination
Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day: Share some easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that parents can give their kids to take over the kitchen
Parents Day Off: Have some fun and let your kids write (or contribute to) today’s newsletter while you “take the day off”
International Dot Day: Hold a competition for subscribers to get creative and make art using any medium then share the winners in your newsletter. More info
International Day of Listening: Use this as a chance to listen to your subscribers' feedback by sharing an NPS survey to collect customer reviews
World Afro Day: Honor this natural hairstyle as well as the culture and identity of those who wear it
Online Learning Day: Provide a free sample of an online course you’re offering as a lead magnet to collect new subscribers
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer: Provide subscribers with what they can do to protect the ozone layer at a grassroots level, as well as scientific efforts they can support on a grander scale
Guacamole Day: Share your best guac recipe and tips on how to keep it fresh at a family gathering
Step Family Day: Pay tribute to your blended family, or a step-parent who was instrumental to your personal growth
International Country Music Day: Add a video block to share your favorite country music jam
International Eat an Apple Day: Share some fun a tasty ways subscribers can add juicy apples to their favorite recipes
International Coastal Cleanup Day: Provide subscribers with a checklist of everything you need to organize a beach cleanup
Wife Appreciation Day: Share a to-do list for husbands that they can use to appreciate their wives today
Talk Like a Pirate Day: Get silly with your email copy and talk like a pirate (or risk walking the plank)
Fried Rice Day: Ask your subscribers to share their favorite ways to eat fried rice and share the best recipes in your newsletter
National Voter Registration day (US): Remind your subscribers to register to vote, and encourage them to remind other people in their community to register too
World Gratitude Day: Think of it as a global thanksgiving, and share what you’re grateful for, you can even show appreciation to subscribers by offering them an exclusive discount
International Day of Peace: It’s no secret that we live in tumultuous times, share links to relief organizations subscribers can donate to, or promote a product that you can donate a portion of profits from
World Car Free Day: Encourage subscribers to WFH today or use alternative modes of transport to raise awareness about air pollution and global warming
International Day of Sign Languages: Celebrated in conjunction with Week of the Deaf you can include a video block and present your newsletter intro in your country’s sign language
Punctuation Day: Celebrate the little dots that allow us to communicate across the globe, and stress the importance of punctuation in communication (i.e “Let’s eat, Grandma! vs. “Let’s eat Grandma!)
Save the Koala Day (Australia): Share links to organizations Aussies can support to preserve Australia’s precious wildlife
World Dream Day: Share your story of how you made a dream come true, and encourage subscribers to choose today to take action and set their dreams into motion
Comic Book Day: Share your marketing message in the form of a comic strip, use apps like Canva to create the strip, then add it as an image to your newsletter
One-hit Wonder Day: Share your favorite one-hit wonder with subscribers and ask them to send you theirs
Dia de la Quesadilla: Ask subscribers to share their favorite ways to eat quesadillas and share the best responses, you can also shoutout small businesses who serve the best quesadillas
International Daughters Day: Share a personal story to celebrate your daughter (with their permission) or your favorite moment as a daughter yourself
World Contraception Day: Share tips on how to educate young people about the different forms of contraception and how to determine which works best for them
World Tourism Day: Offer a discount travel bundle or share tourist attractions in your local area
World Poke Day: Share your favorite poke restaurants or a recipe for how to make this delicious Hawaiian treat at home
Coffee Day: It’s almost pumpkin spice season! Share your favorite fall coffee recipes to get subscribers in the fall spirit
International Podcast Day: Shamelessly promote your podcast! Or share podcasts that you listen to regularly and explain how they’ve helped you
September 2, 1666: The Great Fire of London began in a bakery in Pudding Lane.
September 2, 1923: The first elections were held in the Irish Free State after achieving independence from Britain.
September 4, 1609: The island of Manhattan was discovered by navigator Henry Hudson.
September 15, 1890: British mystery author Agatha Christie was born in Torquay, England.
September 16, 1620: The Mayflower ship departed from England, bound for America with 102 passengers and a small crew.
September 19, 1893: New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote.
September 26, 1960: The first-ever televised presidential debate occurred between presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
September 30, 1955: Actor James Dean was killed in a car crash in California at the age of 24.
With 80 events to choose from, I’m sure your September content calendar is bursting at the seams.
Remember, as always, choose newsletter topics that are relevant to your audience and will add value to your email marketing efforts.
With all the brainstorming done in advance, you can kick up your feet and take a load off. I’ll wake you up when September ends. 😉