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:
Fall Crafts at Lyndurst, New Rochelle Arts Fest, Mamaroneck Shares and Jay Day!
The unofficial last weekend of summer brings lots to do!
If you are not running to the pool or beach this weekend to enjoy your last few days of summer, check out our events calendar for fun things going on around town. Here are a few highlights:
Take a trip back in time at Philipsburg Manor all weekend long to celebrate the area’s original inhabitants at their Green Corn Festival. Highlights at Philipsburg Manor’s celebration include master storyteller and musician Kenneth Little Hawk and the Red Hawk Dancers, who will share and dance to dramatic tales of Native American culture and history. The event will also feature games, open-hearth cooking demonstrations, hands-on activities, picnic fare, and child friendly crafts including corn-husk doll making. Hours are Saturday – Monday, 10am-5pm. Tickets are $14 for adults, $8 for 3-7 year olds, and free for members and children under 3. Find more info and tickets at www.hudsonvalley.org. Philipsburg Manor 381 North Broadway (Route 9) Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. [...]
Fly a kite, roast marshmallows, and meet some North American wolves.
Every week I am so impressed with how many things are going on in Westchester County. (Check out our extensive calendar and you’ll see what I mean!) To narrow down your choices, we pick our favorite events for the weekend and give you some time to plan by posting the schedule on Thursday morning. Here are our favorite picks for the weekend of July 21.
Let’s go fly a kite on Saturday at the Katonah Museum of Art’s Kite Festival! Make your own “guaranteed-to-fly” kite at their Kite Making Workshop from 10 am to 2 pm (every half hour) at the museum. Then head to the Harvey School field down the road to watch the kite’s soar. There are performances, like Chinese dragon kites at noon, and fighting kites at 2 and 3 pm. Here’s the fun part for adults – You can lunch from the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck at the Harvey School from 12 to 4 pm. Register for the kite making workshop by calling, 914-232-9555. Materials are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. All kite activities at the Harvey School field are free. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay Street – Route 22, Katonah. The Harvey School: 260 Jay Street Katonah. [...]
Pleasantville Music Festival, Kisco Summer Sunday & Dinner with Mario Batali's Chefs
Summer is in full swing, and there are so many awesome happenings going on around town this weekend. Check out our events calendar for more, but here is what we’re extra excited about…
The Pleasantville Music Festival, taking place this Saturday, July 14, is a family-friendly event that sounds cool for adults and fun for kids. Both well-known musicians and local favorites like The English Beat, Good Old War, Delta Spirit, Davy Knowles, Sloan Wainwright, ReignJah, Susan Said and Z.Z. Ward will take the stage from 12:15pm-8:30pm at Parkway Field in Pleasantville.
Food, drinks, treats and crafts will be plentiful and provided by numerous local vendors, including Westchester’s own Captain Lawrence Brewery and Pleasantville’s Prospero Winery who will be pouring in the Festival Garden. There’s even a special kids’ fun area where there will be face painting, games and songs by “Miss Patty” Hupp. Tickets are $40/adults, $15/seniors and students, and free for kids 11 & under with an adult ticket-holder. There is no public parking but shuttles will run all day from a free lot at Pace University Entrance #2, as well as the Pleasantville Metro-North Station. Get your tickets here. [...]
An explosion of options in Westchester County this week
There will be dozens of firework displays all over the county this week, but here are a few that might be extra spectacular. Happy Birthday, America!
The annual Kensico Dam Music Fest will take place this Tuesday, July 3, featuring the Bensen-Scott Big Band. Pre-show festivities will commence at 6pm, so come early to set up your blanket, picnic and enjoy the entertainment. The band will perform at 8pm followed by fireworks at approximately 9:15pm. Admission & parking free. The Kensico Dam Plaza is located at the north end of the Bronx River Pkway in Valhalla.
The Ossining Fireworks Show will take place on July 3, kicking off with an outdoor concert featuring band “Over the Top” at 7:30pm. The sky will illuminate with lights at 9:15pm followed by music by Phil Ismaels band at 10pm. Food vendors will be on hand including Carvel Ice Cream, Lonnies Fish and Chips, Wobble Cafe, and Tommies Food Trucks by the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club. This year, seating will be plentiful at the Harbor Square property – first come, first serve, as is parking at no charge. [...]
Celebrate summer with fresh eggs, a classic summer carnival and Beethoven al Fresco.
We are very proud of (and work so darn hard on) our events calendar so every Thursday we highlight a few things happening this weekend that we think are extra special. This weekend, June 30 to July 1, is all about Fish Tales, collecting fresh eggs, a summer carnival and Beethoven’s Sonatas Al Fresco. Intrigued? You should be.
Have your kids ever collected their own eggs? Mine haven’t either, unless you count picking up the carton at Trader Joe’s. At Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, every Saturday and Sunday, kids (age 2-14) can help the farm hands with farm activities including collecting eggs. Children must be accompanied by an adult and must wear closed toe shoes. Egg collecting times this weekend are: Saturday at 11 to 11:45 or 12 to 12:45 and Sunday at 11 to 11:45 and 12 to 12:45. Advanced tickets are required; these programs sell out fast! Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills; 914-366-6200
Listen to Jazz Under the Stars, Pick Your Own Veggies, and meet Olivia the Pig.
There are so many cool things to do this Father’s Day weekend in Westchester. Whether it’s listening to live music at the Clearwater Festival or jazz music at the New York Botanical Garden, picking your own veggies at Hanover Farm or meeting Olivia the Pig at The Bronx Zoo, we promise you won’t be bored. After the jump, our best of Father’s Day weekend event picks!
(Photo courtesy of Hilltop Hanover Farm.) [...]
Set a World Record, Touch a Truck and Shopping Galore
We love featuring daily events specifically in our beloved Westchester County, but this weekend there are a few festivities that are worth taking a trip to CT or upstate to see. The weather forecast is optimal, so pack up the kids and hop in the car! Here are our top picks for the weekend of June 9 to June 10:
Have you always dreamed of being in The Guinness Book of World Records? Now, here’s your chance….
This new exhibit at the Stepping Stones Museum is a must see.
The Stepping Stones Museum’s new exhibit, Blue Man Group – Making Waves, brought me back about ten years when I saw the Blue Man Group perform at the Astor Place Theatre in NYC. The Stepping Stones exhibit does a fabulous job recreating the shivers I felt watching these hilarious, odd guys perform.
Not only can the kids watch a short video of Blue Man Group perform, but they can test their your skills banging on the same PVC Pipe Drums the trio play on stage. Then they can crawl through an illuminated tunnel and learn about how sound is made in so many fun ways. Case in point: Using your body as a musical instrument.
It just wouldn't be spring without an old fashioned carnival
If you haven’t already been to the St. Patrick’s School Carnival, in Bedford, this weekend is the perfect time to jump in your car and go. The carnival is in it’s 37th year and is the biggest fundraiser for the school.
Actually, it’s so successful that this year’s raffle is for a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro convertible or $25,000 cash! For families living in northern Westchester, the St. Patrick’s School Carnival is a rite of spring and with 20,000 people visiting the fair every year, the fair has caught on for folks in southern Westchester and Connecticut, too. [...]
At the Huguenot Preschool Vehicle Fair, your child can touch -- and ride! -- everything.
Get ready for your child’s mouth to drop. At the Huguenot Nursery School Vehicle Fair in Pelham on Saturday, May 19, kids are allowed — no, encouraged!! — to climb aboard, press buttons and steer a real-life firetruck, police car, ambulance and cherry picker. Not only that, there’s an entire carnival-like row of booths for your toddler and/or preschooler to explore.
Think: a play dough booth, a craft-making booth, face painting. They can make a necklace with recycled wooden discs or plant a squash or sunflower seedling in a recycled pudding and fruit cup. There’s a matchbox car race track, where kids can purchase a car for $1 and race it around the truck. Or they can jump to their heart’s content in the bounce house.
Baby siblings won’t be bored. A kiddie corral will have plastic ride on cars. [...]
Check out some cool events at local book stores
This week is Children’s Book Week, the longest running literacy initiative in the country. (Since 1919!) Over 40 cities are hosting events to celebrate and two of them are right here in Westchester. Now’s a great time to shop at your local bookstore!
Womrath Bookshop in Bronxville is donating 10% of all sales of children’s books to the children’s room of The Bronxville Public Library. This book, King Jack and the Dragon, by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury, is featured on their website. I think my daughter would really connect with this story about a little boy whose make-believe game of fighting dragons ends up scaring him. I love a good story about overcoming your fears and being brave!