Summer officially begins June 21 and what better way to spend your summer days and nights than hitting these local fairs and festivals? From June to August, we’ve got you covered on where to go.
Make the American Roots Festival at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts an all day affair Saturday, June 24. Numerous artists, children’s activities, house tours, and picnicking will be available for your entertainment. You can either splurge for theater seating or plan a party outside on the lawn (where the view isn’t outstanding, but you can hear all the performances). There will be vendors to purchase food, but you can also bring your own picnic if you choose. Doors open at 11 a.m., and music begins at noon.
â€‹Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah
Join the Hudson River Museum for Family Day Sunday, June 25. The day will be filled with family-fun, creating LEGO flowers, learning about the summer’s solar eclipse, face painting, and more. There will also be a lecture by Mark D. Mitchell on The Language of Flowers at 2 p.m. and Spirare Dancers at 4 p.m. You can even join the performers and learn a few new steps.
Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers
Spend your Fourth of July at the Independence Day Fair at John Jay Homestead. There will be something for everyone including games, music, crafts, house tours, and other activities. An annual reading of the Declaration of Independence will also take place. Admissions to the grounds, plus reading and select activities are free; others are for purchase. Food and drinks will be available for purchase as well.
John Jay Homestead
400 Jay Street, Katonah
Pleasantville Music Festival 2015
PHOTO COURTESY FLICKR/OMG PHOTO
The 13th annual Pleasantville Music Festival will be Saturday, July 8. This family-friendly music festival feels like a small-town outdoor concert, but with nationally recognized musicians. Enjoy food, vendors, music, and a kid’s fun park with the whole family. Headliners this year include Blues Traveler and Suzanne Vega. Free parking will be available at Pace University with shuttle buses running to Parkway Field.
Village Lane, Pleasantville
Last year’s Peeksill Jazz & BluesFestival
PHOTO By Jonathan Ortiz
Check out the 10th Annual Peekskill Jazz & Blues Festival Saturday, July 23 from 3 to 10 p.m. The festival features a free outdoor concert, as well as a craft fair. Families and music enthusiasts can come to enjoy food, art, music, and fun all afternoon. The headliner this year will be Joe Louis Walker, 2016 Blues Music Award Winner. Come dance in the streets to the sound of jazz music.
Central Avenue & South Division Street, Peekskill
Have some fun with the Mamaroneck Fire Department at the Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department’s Carnival. This event runs from Tuesday, June 27 to Wednesday, July 5 and opens at 7 p.m. There will also be fireworks at 9 p.m. on July 4 over the Long Island Sound at Harbor Island Park. The fire department parade will take place on Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. from Mamaroneck Avenue School to Harbor Island Park.
Harbor Island Park
Boston Post Rd. & Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck
â€‹Summer is here, which means Cross County Shopping Center’s SummerFest is back! From May 25 to August 18, new bands, a festival just for foodies, and free fitness classes are just a few of the many things to visit at SummerFest this year. A SummerFest Poster Contest calls all area artists to design an official series poster to shape the creative culture of the festival. Foodie Fridays is the not-to-be-missed food truck party where guests can enjoy some food truck cuisine. Don’t forget about the free concerts featuring the NY Bee Gees and Tusk: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute and more. There will even be a Kid’s DJ Dance Party so your children can dance the summer away too!
Cross County Shopping Center
8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers