You listen to the latest hits on the radio, now hear them live at KFEST—Hudson Valley-based radio station K104.7’s annual concert at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, New York. Affordably priced general-admission tickets give concert-goers access to performances by Flo Rida, Walk the Moon, Charli XCX, Robin Thicke, Wyclef, Jake Miller, Dillon Francis, Natalie La Rose, and others. Or upgrade to “The Pit” for a close-up view of your favorite acts. Just one caveat: If the temps rise too high, they break out the fire hoses—so you might want to bring a swimsuit.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic process during the 18th annual Peekskill Open Studios. The two-day event features more than 100 visual and performing artists who open their workspaces to the public and display their art throughout the city. Head to the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art to take advantage of free admission, or see the exhibitions down Main Street in the 150-year-old “Pataki Building,” which was recently restored to its original grandeur. Afterward, stick around for Block Party Weekend, when the city closes down a section of North Division Street and restaurants pull their tables into the street to offer alfresco dining and live music.
Need something to do with the kids this weekend? Take them for a day of fun at the Rosenthal JCC Children’s Carnival. The annual carnival features all the favorites like bumper cars, bouncy houses, a zip line, face painting, and, of course, an ice cream truck, as well as a series of performances including magic shows, balloon-making demonstrations, and a Frozen sing-along. Best of all, making your kids happy helps other children too—proceeds from the carnival support programs for children with special needs.
Photo by Holland Renton
Make time for a theatrical performance of one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s favorite Sherlock Holmes stories—with a twist. “The Adventure of the Dancing Men” takes literature’s most famous detective and Dr. Watson to Ridling Thorpe Manor to determine the meaning of the dancing men—a sequence of stick figure drawings. It’s not just the actors who are on display; Lyndhurst Mansion becomes a character in its own right as viewers follow Sherlock through two floors of the Gothic revival home and unravel the curious puzzle.
Villains embody them, and heroes are flawed because of them—the seven deadly sins can be found in just about every film ever made. The Deadly SINema series at Jacob Burns Film
Center puts sinfulness front and center with a selection of seven films that encompass nearly 100 years of cinematic naughtiness, from Charlie Chaplin’s silent comedy Gold Rush to the 1954 classic musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers to last year’s blockbuster adaptation of Into the Woods. The series is presented in conjunction with The Seven Deadly Sins—a seven-part art exhibition displayed at seven locations throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties—and includes select Q&As with the exhibition’s artists.
Photo by Marrilyn Monsanto
Forget the Met. Did you know we have an opera here in the ’burbs? For three decades, New Rochelle resident and soloist Camille Coppola has held the keys to one of the county’s best-kept secrets. The New Rochelle Opera presents one expertly staged production each summer featuring major works like Turandot, La Traviata, and Aida plus smaller operatic concerts and workshops throughout the year with a focus on fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the art form. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the company will offer four performances of Georges Bizet’s seminal masterpiece Carmen at the Ursuline School’s Frank J. Auriana Theatre.
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Outdoor music festivals are a summer standard. At Caramoor, the lush gardens play host to the American Roots Music festival, which brings together new and established talent in a variety of styles like blues, jazz, country, and folk. This year’s concert features performances by singer-songwriter Parker Millsap and Grammy winner Lucinda Williams. While you’re there, picnic on the lawn, explore a corner of the 90 acres of cultivated gardens, or take a tour of Rosen House’s Spanish Courtyard.