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These Are the Best Things to Do in Westchester This Week

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A fall farm festival in Yorktown, musical tribute acts all over the county, and a bevy of Halloween celebrations top our to-do list.

Westchester has always been home to loads of fun things to do. Whether you’re looking for a fun weeknight activity or something to do once your day off rolls around, we’ve got your shortlist for must-hit plans this week.

Tuesday, October, 19

Head to the hōm market in Hastings for a truly unique experience creating Your Own Signature Scent. Part 1 of the three-part workshop will teach you how to mix essential oils and harmonize different fragrances into a one-of-a-kind olfactory experience. Total cost is $265 for three classes and about $115 for materials kits.

Wednesday, October 20

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Tamara Payne will visit Purchase College via Zoom this Wednesday, to discuss her and her late father Les’ grand work, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X. Part of the Durst Distinguished Lecture Series at Purchase College, the discussion is free to the public.

The Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon will host its Fall Benefit Gala online at at 6 p.m., emceed by CBS Saturday Morning co-host Michelle Miller and noting this year’s honorees, including Feeding Westchester and The View‘s Sunny Hostin.

Thursday, October 21

Rami Malek ain’t got nothing on Almost Queen, the preeminent Freddie Mercury and co. tribute band you can catch this Thursday at Peekskill’s Paramount Hudson Valley Theater. Tickets start at $37.50. Queen not your bag? Then swing back around on Saturday for No Quarter: A Tribute to The Led Zeppelin Legacy. Tickets for that start at $29.

Friday, October 22

For something a little more kid-friendly, Westchester County has extended its Screenings Under the Stars drive-in program, adding a showing of Halloween classic Hocus Pocus this Friday. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and shows start at dusk. Tickets are $25 per car.


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Saturday, October 23

Paws Crossed Animal Rescue will host its 5th Anniversary 5K at FDR State Park at 10 a.m. The walk/run/jog event is available in-person as well as remotely, with registration and sponsorships starting at just $35, all proceeds benefitting the organization.

For more outdoors fun, Yorktown’s Fall Farm Weekend will offer music, food trucks, beer gardens, and tons of family entertainment all weekend long at various local farms and farm-adjacent businesses including Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm, Hemlock Hill Farm & Market, The Meadows Farm, Hilltop Hanover Farm Environmental Center, Thompson Cider Mill, White Oak Farm, Stuarts Apple Farm, and Fable: From Farm to Table.

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Yorktown | Thompson & Bender

All out of love? Air Supply will be dropping by The Palace Theatre in nearby Stamford at 8 p.m., with tickets starting at $50.

Meanwhile, music lovers can also swing by Caramoor at 8:30 p.m. for a presentation of Cabaret with Kate Baldwin (tickets $75), or 2 p.m. Sunday for a free Día de Los Muertos celebration.

If you’d rather get spooky, The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow will be presenting a one-woman show by Carla Lynne Hall this weekend and next on Hulda: The Other Legend of Sleepy Hollow, detailing the incredible real life of Hulda of Bohemia, a Revolutionary War recluse, medicine woman, hero…and reported witch. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for minors.

Meanwhile, in the county’s center the dead will rise as part of the Downtown White Plains Zombie Walk! Guests can dress up in their favorite undead attire (and receive free gruesome makeup!) before shambling through downtown, enjoying special offers, photo ops, a few contest, and maybe a light nibble on a passing pedestrian. Participation is free.

Sunday, October 24

The Palace Theatre also brings home a local legend this week, when Yonkers’ own Jadakiss hits the stage at 7 p.m. Known for both his solo work and seminal contributions to Yonkers hip-hop group The Lox, Jadakiss maintains a massive local fanbase (and not just for his local juice bar!) Tickets start at $60.

Extended Bicycle Sundays are ongoing in Westchester, running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every week (excepting holidays) through October 31. The Bronx River Parkway closes to cars during that time between County Center in White Plains and Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, so make like Freddie Mercury and get on your bikes and ride.

Monday, October 25

The annual Chappaqua School Foundations fundraiser is back with Chappaqua Food Truck Night. Enjoy tasty treats from Westchester Burger Co., Walter’s Hot Dogs, Bona Bona, Poke Motion, Graziella’s Italian Kitchen on Wheels, Gyro Uno, and Eddie’s Churro Factory trucks, guilt-free, knowing that 25% of all proceeds go directly to benefiting the CSF.


Ongoing

The famed Armour-Steiner “Octagon House” hosts a Myths & Mystery Tour all month long, bringing guests on an exploration of the house’s long history and rumored supernatural inhabitants. Hosted by the house’s very-much-alive current residents, tickets are $29.

Lyndhurst Mansion will also open a new installation for the month of October, entitled Fall Reflections. Running all month long, the spooky art exhibit features a new perspective on the season with the help of special designed mirrors from local company LiteMirror placed along the Lyndhurst grounds.

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Courtesy Lyndhurst Manor and LiteMirror

Looking for more fall family fun? Brick-or-Treat returns to LEGOLAND Discover Center Westchester in Yonkers through November 7. Build your own take-home LEGO creation, search for all the ghosts and skeletons haunting Miniland, create your own pumpkin to be displayed all season long, and get up to fiendish delights with some spooky characters. Tickets start at about $20.

You’ll go out of your *gourd* at the incredible technicolor displays featuring thousands of carved pumpkins at The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Viewing start times run daily through October 31, and then on select days through November 21. Tickets start at about $32 for adults and $24 for kids. Sessions are already selling out on choice holiday and weekend dates even at higher price points, so book your trip fast!


Read More: Croton’s Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze: Everything You Need to Know


The Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley hosts the seventh annual Dashing for Dylan Challenge all month long. Participants can run, walk, bike, canoe, paddleboard, skip, or move any way they want to help raise money for the families of patients staying at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla.

Feel like a more challenging hike? You can also get out and enjoy all that Westchester County has to offer without the kids. If you need some suggestions, you can always cross a few destinations off our list of the best hiking and biking trails in Westchester.

Apple picking returns to Westchester and Hudson Valley orchards this month. Use our handy guide to find all the varieties and associated activities your family goes wild for!

stuart's fruit farm apple picking

Photo courtesy of Westchester Land Trust

Farmers’ markets are back! Check our updating guide to keep up with the latest hours and locations for all your favorite spots to shop local in Westchester County.

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