Leave the children at home and head to New York, Milan and Los Angeles for this month’s most engaging social events – from electronic dance music to a black tie-gala in Milan.

Electric Zoo Festival New York

Taking place over Labor Day in New York from 30 August until 1 September, Electric Zoo festival is one of the largest and most diverse electronic and dance events in the world. The lineup includes well-known artists alongside the brightest new underground names, who are at the onset of their careers. This year featuresthe likes of Armin van Buuren, Kaskade, Afrojack, Benny Benassi, and a collaboration between Skrillrex and Boyz Noise known as Dogblood. There are also a host of local food stalls setting up shop, including sushi burritos fromBuddharito and Rita’s Italian ices.

Am FAR Milan, Permanente

One of the most glamorous nights on the annual social calendar, on 21 September amfAR Milanoin conjunction with Milan Fashion Week will host its 11th annual fundraising gala. To date, with the support of the world’s leading fashion houses and designers, the foundation has raised over $10 million for amfAR’s lifesaving HIV/Aids research. A confluence of the biggest names in art, fashion, design and film, in recent years, amfAR has paid tribute to Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia; Renzo Rosso, President of OTB Group; and Remo Ruffini of Moncler, for their outstanding personal commitment to the fight against AIDS. Past events have been chaired by the likes of Sharon Stone, Dakota Johnson, Heidi Klum, Rosario Dawson, Juliette Lewis, Jeremy Piven, Coco Rocha, Michelle Rodriguez, Irina Shayk, and many others.

Primetime Emmy Awards

The annual awards season kicks off with the International Emmy Awards on 22 September. Since 1973, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognises the best in international television. Each year, a fresh batch of dramas, comedies, actors and directors face one another in the hopes of taking home one of these prestigious awards. Both the high-powered nominations and awards themselves can help catapult a show into a new level of fame and appreciation. This year, HBO leads with a record-breaking 137nominations, while Netflix and Amazon both saw gains on last year’s already-high totals.

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