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These Are the Best Things to Do in Westchester This Week

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This week’s top picks for fun activities are absolutely overflowing with outdoor concerts and movies, plus kickball with a cop and more.

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.

Monday, August 2

Ridge Hill’s Movies on the Lawn Mondays continue this week on the South Lawn with The Incredibles. Food trucks will be available starting at 7 p.m., with the film starting at sunset. The best part? Movies are free and you don’t even need a ticket! Just throw out your blanket, unfold your lawn chair, and grab the popcorn.

Courtesy Ridge Hill

Tuesday, August 3

Come get to know your local law enforcement with a community outreach game of Kickball With a Cop at Kensico Dam Plaza this Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. Get in a couple games, enjoy some food trucks and live DJ music, and maybe even win a prize in one of the giveaways and raffles, all while building a relationship with Westchester County, Mount Pleasant, and North Castle PD officers.

The Jacob Burns Film Center documentary series Sounds of the Summer: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 continues this week, featuring a curated selection of rockin’ music docs straight through the end of August. From rock, soul, and jazz to historic moments and the backup singers who made your favorite hits pop, the series delves into the fascinating behind-the-scenes action.

Wednesday, August 4

Need to work out some aggression after hump day back at the office? The White Plains BID hosts After WorkOUT this week to encourage residents to get out and get fit. Head to White Plains Plaza every week for a new class led by one of the city’s leading fitness experts at 5:30 p.m.. Each 90-minute class is $10 and starts with a 15-minute group stretch from local reflexologists at StretchLab, and the first 15 reservations each week receive a free yoga mat. This week’s class will be high intensity interval training courtesy of Phatburn.

Broadway on the Sound comes to Mamaroneck with the Emelin Theater Rise & Shine Concerts in the Park. Take in Westchester County’s own performer extraordinaire, Melanie Kraut, along with Broadway’s Ryan K. Bailer and Arbender Robinson.

Summer Fest is back at Cross County Center with events for all ages, including outdoor Zumba sessions every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., yoga every Wednesday at 6 p.m., live music and DJs on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5-7 p.m., the return of Food Truck Fridays, plus concerts and movies on The Green throughout July and August.

Thursday, August 5

Caramoor also has a packed weekend planned, starting early with a world music concert on the lawn by Ljova and the Kontraband on Thursday (tickets $55), followed by the Watkins Family Hour on Friday at the Venetian Theater (tickets start at $20), American roots music from Nathan & The Zydecco Cha Chas on Saturday (tickets $55), and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s featuring
Leonidas Kavakos on violin Sunday (tickets start at $20). If that’s not enough, tickets for Caramoor’s fall season are also now officially on sale.

Nathan Williams | Courtesy of Caramoor

Friday, August 6

Westchester County’s Screenings Under the Stars is back at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, this week screening Godzilla vs. Kong. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25.

Can’t get enough good music? Evenings in the Park comes to Lewisboro this weekend, with live music, food trucks, raffles, and plenty more family-friendly fun. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids 3 to 14 (under-2s get in free), with proceeds and donations helping to fundraise for new playground equipment. The Yonkers Waterfront Live Concert Series returns this week at 6:30 p.m. with a tribute to Celia Cruz, performed by Anissa Gathers and co. Ridge Hill’s Music in the Streets, a weekly entertainment series, also continues this Friday, featuring local musicians Salcedo’s Latin Soul, food trucks, games, and more.

Saturday, August 7

The fun at Ridge Hill continues with an Artist Market on Saturday at 1 p.m., featuring paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and tons more from local and regional artists, including a live performance each week, along with a new rollerskating popup.

The City of Peekskill’s Feel Good Music Series with Arts10566 returns this weekend with a a community open mic hosted by local musician Joe Natale at 11 a.m., followed by musical performance by Willerm Delisfort at 2 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, August 8

New Rochelle’s Summer Sounds at the Armory is back after its long pandemic hiatus. This week’s performance will be the Wayne Henderson Sextet performing energetic jazz starting at 3 p.m.

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.

Grub on Grand continues every Sunday, with restaurants all along the main strip in the village of Croton-on-Hudson ramping up outdoor dining for foodies coming from near and far. Participants include a raw bar from 105-Twenty, Pizza from Croton Tapsmith, bao buns from 140 Grand, Mexican street corn from Black Rock, and more.

Courtesy Croton Tapsmith


Ongoing

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.

If you’re ready to get outside and enjoy this summer, we’re right there with you. After missing out on most of our favorite nature activities last year, the six Westchester County Parks Nature Centers are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are required, and only one family is allowed in at a time, so call the numbers below to reserve your free spot for each of the center locations:

  • Cranberry Lake Preserve, North White Plains, 914.428.1005
  • Croton Point Nature Center, Croton-on-Hudson 914.862.5297 (Friday through Sunday only)
  • Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye, 914.967.8720
  • Lenoir Preserve, Yonkers, 914.968.5851
  • Marshlands Conservancy, Rye, 914.835.4466
  • Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, 914.864.7322

Canoe rentals are also available at Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, call for times during the week; 914.864.7312). Additionally, boat rentals at Wampus Pond in Armonk are available 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last boat at 4 p.m.) for walk-ins only. Boat rental fees apply.

You can also get out and enjoy all that Westchester County has to offer. If you need some suggestions, you can always cross a few destinations off our list of The Best Hiking & Biking Trails in Westchester. Looking for a fun way to get your kids out of the house, while also improving their literacy? The Bedford Hills Library StoryWalk at the Bedford Hills Memorial Park places picture book pages throughout the park on posts, allowing kids and families to adventure through the park to complete their story time.

Looking to cool off? Try our summer beach and county pool guides so you always know where to make a splash!