The crisp yet still warm days of late September are the perfect time of year to take advantage of Westchester’s outdoor festivities. Our calendar is bursting at the seams with fun things to do. Here are a few highlights for September 21-23:
At it’s final block party of the summer, Mamaroneck Shares will shut down Mamaroneck Avenue for a fun-filled family evening of music, food and celebration. Described as the “Friendly Village,” Mamaroneck Shares will draw a lively crowd to the event to support 4 local charities and share the town of Mamaroneck’s pride. Restaurants like Molly Spillane’s will spill out on the sidewalks and local bands will perform. The kiddos will be captivated by the energy of the event with games, hula hoops, a dunk tank, dancing and more. Festivities begin at 7pm, and you can find parking behind the Mamaroneck Avenue stores or at the train station. Mamaroneck Avenue will be shut down from Boston Post Road to Halstead Avenue in Mamaroneck.
Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst Castle returns for it’s 28th time as one of the most highly anticipated and well-attended craft festivals in the state. Over 275 craftspeople will display and sell their works at the one of the most picturesque historic landmarks in Westchester. Benefiting the National Trust for Historic Preservation, you’ll find one-of-a-kind jewelry, furniture, fashion accessories, home decor and more. The Arm-of-the-Sea Puppet Theater will perform at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. The festival will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 1oam-5pm (6pm on Saturday). Admission is payable cash/check only and is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for kids 6-16, and free for under 6. (An extra $3 charge applies for weekend days). Free onsite parking is available, as well as satellite lots with free shuttle buses at 555 South Broadway and 155 White Plains Road. Lyndhurst Castle is located on Route 9 in Tarrytown, 635 South Broadway.
New Rochelle ArtsFest is taking place this weekend, Saturday (10am-7pm) and Sunday (10am-5pm), offering an abundance of exhibits, entertainment, workshops, music and more. Spread throughout New Rochelle and Pelham, a free Culture Trolley will transport attendees to various cultural venues throughout the towns. In additional to amazing art, film and dance exhibits, be sure to check out The Art of the American Automobile: A Car Show, showcasing automobiles of the 20th and 21st centuries, being held adjacent to City Hall on Saturday from 11:30am-5pm. Get your jam on at the Drumming Circle with Damon Jackson at grow! Lincoln Park Community Garden for all ages on Saturday from 12-6 pm, or attend a FREE Children’s Acting Workshop at the Children’s Acting Academy at Westchester Yoga Arts both days from 1-3pm. Click for a full event listing and map.
It’s Jay Day at the historic Jay Heritage Center, the boyhood home of founding father, John Jay, in Rye on Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Located next to a marshlands preserve with public trails, this historic 23 acre park is all that remains of the original 400 acre Jay family estate. Take the whole family on a trip back in time to meet rare American heritage farm animals like Randall lineback cattle, American Jackstock donkey, blue rabbits and Indian runner ducks. Show the kids what life was like in colonial times on tours given by 19th century costumed guides of the historic Jay Property grounds, and build your own Green revival building in a mini architecture workshop (the 1838 Greek Revival Mansion is the centerpiece of the historic landmark.) Delicious, seasonal refreshments will be on-hand including cider, a New York State cheese tasting and more from the Farmers Market. Jay Heritage Center, 210 Boston Post Road, Rye.
Looking for more fall fun? Check out our apple-picking guide and stay tuned for our upcoming pumpkin patch round-up!