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8 of the Most Fun Things to Do in Westchester in 2019

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– March –

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Westchesterites and thousands of others in the region have been spoiled for many years by this can’t-miss biannual foodie event, held in March and November over 14 delicious days. Now under new management (meaning us!), you can expect more than 200 participating restaurants at this, the region’s largest dining event, offering irresistible deals on three-course prix fixe meals to more than 250,000 diners.
www.thevalleytable.com/hvrw

– April –

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival

Welcome the spring in all its renewed glory at this annual event at Pelham Art Center that bursts with the vivid colors of Mother Nature at her best. In addition to the mesmerizing cherry blossoms, the event features a Japanese taiko drum performance and authentic Japanese dance numbers set to traditional music, as well as flower-arrangement and origami workshops for attendees of all ages. www.pelhamartcenter.org

Photo by Naila Ruechel, flowers by Seasons on the Hudson

– April –

Lyndhurst Flower & Antiques Show

Experience Tarrytown’s Lyndhurst mansion like never before for two days in April, adorned with stunning floral art arranged by local artists. Jewelry, garden ornaments, and other antiques are for sale, and a variety of special events, both for purchase and for free, invite flower fanatics and families alike to explore this floral wonderland.
www.lyndhurst.org/events/flower-show

Photo courtesy of Peekskill Parks & Recreation

– July –

Peekskill Riverfront Summer Concert Series

Six weeks of summer sunsets meet free musical performances at the picturesque Riverfront Green Park. From rock to pop to jazz, families are guaranteed to enjoy a night by the water each week, complete with food for purchase at nearby restaurants. Picnicking is also encouraged, if you can bear to stay seated.
www.cityofpeekskill.com

Photo courtesy of Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard

– September –

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard Fall Festival

Everything fun and fall converges in North Salem at the Harvest Moon festival each weekend in September and October. In addition to family-favorite farm activities, like hayrides and pony rides, attendees can pick their own apples and pumpkins on-site and enjoy seasonal treats. You’ll be awash in apple cider, cider donuts, and kettle corn, as well as the newest addition to the festival menu, specialty beer on tap from Hardscrabble Cider.
www.harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com/events.html

Photo courtesy of YoFi Festival

– October –

YoFi Fest: The Yonkers Film Festival

This celebration of all things film provides a space for film geeks and filmmakers to connect, through extensive screenings, workshops, and networking events. Not limited to big-screen feature films, this Yonkers-based festival also airs shorts, documentaries, music videos, animation, pilots, and student work. YoFi’s popular “mini film school” attracts eager audiences and encourages collaboration between the entire film community.
www.yofifest.com

Photo by Clifford Pickett

– October –

Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities

Now in its fourth glorious year, this eerie performance in Tarrytown brings Lyndhurst to life in a very different way (remember: The Dark Shadows movies used it as a location), with Halloween decorations, eerie lighting, and special appearances by the “Ghoul” family. Tour their home and meet those who haunt it during the weeks leading up to Halloween, or Halloween itself, if you dare. Parents and school-aged kids alike won’t want to miss this Halloween spooktacular.
www.lyndhurst.org/events

Photo by Lauren Eisele

– November/December –

Westchester Winter Wonderland

The holiday spirit is contagious at Kensico Dam Plaza, lit up each night with trees and other seasonal decorations. More than 100,000 people have enjoyed all-inclusive tickets since the event’s first season in 2014. There is no shortage of entertainment at this multiyear Best of Westchester winner, with unlimited holiday rides, outdoor ice-skating, circus performances, visits with Santa, and more. Attendees can purchase food and drink from food trucks and a full bar, and warm up inside heated tents.
www.wwinterwonderland.com

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