It almost seems like Westchester is showing off this year, with venues across the county holding many stellar performances, exhibitions, and events featuring both locally and internationally recognized names. Check out ear-catching musical acts, eye-popping art exhibits, carefree kids’ events, and much more to be found in this rollicking roundup.
On the go and just looking for the cream of the fall arts crop? Check out this list of the region’s hottest events.
Catch the Emmy-winning actor, who has become a household name with spots in films like GoldenEye, Emma, and Eyes Wide Shut, wax wise onstage in Tarrytown.
The concept of borders and the ways in which they both divide and connect us are investigated in this probing exhibition presented by ArtsWestchester.
Bask in the razor-sharp wit of acclaimed humorist and New York Times bestselling author of Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day.
Grab your cowboy boots and head to a performance by this multi-Platinum country-music superstar, who was once the youngest solo artist to win a Grammy.
Welcome the British rockers known for hits like “Aqualung” and “Locomotive Breath” when they touch down in the county with their Grammy-winning tunes.
Take a journey through the art form of stepping by way of this dance collective that blends storytelling, humor, and varied movement styles into their energetic performances.
Need a little levity in your life? It’ll be difficult not to giggle when the Grammy-winning Daily Show alum and Accepted co-star makes his way to Westchester.
Daring drama, biography, and a boundary-pushing circus are on the menu when bellying up to these outstanding stage shows.
Omnium is redefining what it means to be a circus performer and just who is allowed to participate in these awe-inspiring acts. The circus celebrates diversity by employing an incredible cast of multitalented and multi-abled performers in their pulse-pounding shows. These astonishing feats not only engender plenty of smiles, but they also demonstrate the extraordinary accomplishments of differently abled individuals and triumph of the human spirit.
Sit down and take a visual and auditory journey through the life of legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf during this long-running stage production. Having already held more than 400 performances in over 50 countries since its 2015 genesis, Piaf! The Show has sold in excess of one million tickets and tells the incredible story of Edith Piaf’s rise to fame through performances of her iconic songs accompanied by projections of never-before-seen images.
Rocketing to fame via his smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton (not to mention a fleet of songs in ultra-popular films like Moana and Encanto) Lin Manuel Miranda has become nearly synonymous with the stage. This four-time Tony Award-winning musical penned by Miranda tells the tale of a community in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood grappling with tremendous change as they struggle with the burden of carrying on family traditions.
Those looking to let loose with a fun festival can take their pick from this lineup of area celebrations.
It’s time for all that jazz when this beloved annual fest presented by ArtsWestchester returns with more than 15 toe-tapping live performances spread across five days. The 2023 JazzFest White Plains features both nationally recognized jazz greats, including four Grammy Award winners, as well as rising stars, with shows taking place in various locations throughout the city. This year’s fest will include performances by John Scofield and Joe Lovan Quartet, Mike Phillips, Helen Sung, and Endea Owens, among several others.
Ranked among the best arts-and-crafts shows in America, this family-friendly outdoor event once again descends upon our region with a veritable tsunami of paintings, prints, sculptures, drawings, pastels, photography, fine art, and much more. With everything for sale in an open-air environment, visitors will also find food vendors, drinks, and a tent providing free activities for kids. Plus, you can feel good about your purchase with the show’s net proceeds benefiting the Friends of the North Castle Public Library, The Armonk Players theater group, and other worthy local causes.
Dive into a sea of unique pieces during this autumn occasion at Tarrytown’s Lyndhurst mansion. Nearly 200 craftspeople and makers will descend upon the estate’s expansive grounds with functional and sculptural works in wood, glass, metal, and ceramics as well as paintings, prints, drawings, fashion, jewelry, photography, and more, all for sale. Plus, there are plenty of additional reasons to haul yourself over to Tarrytown, such as gourmet food trucks dishing out barbecue, seafood, and vegetarian options, craft-demos, tastings from local distilleries and wineries, and family activities.
Introduce your family to a wealth of culture during this mid-autumn festival co-organized by ArtsWestchester and OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates Westchester and Hudson Valley Chapter. Focusing on the art of Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean cultures, the Mooncake Night Market will feature musical performances, food, dance, and plenty of craft activities. These include origami, Chinese calligraphy and knotting workshops, karaoke, mooncake sculpture making, Chinese folk dance, and much more.
The county comes alive with a host of exhibitions, activities, and programs held at dozens of venues throughout New Rochelle and Pelham during this anticipated annual event. Organized by New Rochelle’s Council on the Arts, ArtsFest 2023 includes live music and dance, pop-up art exhibitions, film screenings, and a classic-car show. With the theme of storytelling, this year’s fest will also include a live, open-mic Story Slam hosted by The Moth, a talk by author Emily Franklin, and interactive activities for all ages.
Experience a vibrant Mexican holiday during this family-friendly event at Katonah’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Now in its third year, Celebrate Día de los Muertos offers families an opportunity to enjoy a traditional performance by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company — known for their colorful costuming and traditional stories — as well as arts and crafts activities and plenty of snacks, all on the venue’s verdant grounds. Guests are advised to bring a blanket or lawn chair to this fun introduction to a holiday dedicated to remembering those who have passed, gathering with family, and celebrating life.
Searching for your fill of fancy footwork? Look no further than this list of dance performances.
This dance company takes audiences on a journey through step culture, which finds its roots in African American fraternities and sororities. Founded in 1994, the company combines traditional African dances and contemporary movement with storytelling, humor, songs, and audience participation during their energetic shows.
A New York institution for more than five decades, Ballet Hispánico is the largest Latine/Latinx/Hispanic cultural organization in the United States as well as an acclaimed dance company, school, and community-arts partnership. In 2020, the Ford Foundation even named the organization one of America’s Cultural Treasures. During this evening of amazing movement, Ballet Hispánico will perform selections from their signature works Línea Recta, Club Havana, Sor Juana, and New Sleep.
The LA-based dance company BODYTRAFFIC has developed a unique form of contemporary dance that is at once accessible, challenging, and inspiring, as well as a varied repertory packed with works by a host of noted choreographers. Said to have “invention, attitude, and urban edge” by The Boston Globe, BODYTRAFFIC has been working to incite positive change and get the world moving with outreach programs and performances since its 2007 founding.
Gather the family and take the little ones out on the town with any one of these fun events tailored to tikes.
Kids can scarcely ask for more when Disney Junior characters join forces with a host of fan-favorite Marvel superheroes in this live stage show. Crammed with, acrobatics, singing, dancing, and more, this concert-style show includes popular Disney songs as well as new, original music. Attendees can get an eyeful of characters like Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy as they throw a costume party that is in need of some serious help from Spidey. The coterie of characters is rounded out by Doc McStuffins, Bo from Firebuds, the Puppy Dog Pals, and Ginny from SuperKitties.
Reading is vital to children at each stage of their development, and there are few better places to encourage a lifetime of literacy than at this annual event. The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival will feature more than 180 authors, along with story-times, crafts, activities, food trucks, and much more. Headlined by children’s book author Mary Pope Osborne, the festival offers family members of all ages a chance to meet authors and illustrators, learn during writer talks, and listen as authors read from their celebrated works.
Kids can learn valuable lessons like the importance of helping others, being a friend, and offering kindness during this super-fun musical based on the Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. This stage show full of magical moments and surprise guests brings the animal stars of the hit show to vivid life with a live theatrical production featuring dancing, music, and a boatload of laughter. Join Daniel, Miss Elaina, Prince Wednesday, Katerina Kittycat, and other familiar friends for a brand-new adventure in which Daniel learns that it takes kindness to truly be king.
Get your laugh on at any one of these sidesplitting local standup acts.
Westchester’s own Anthony Rodia has long been making his native county proud. Rodia has amassed more than 900,000 social media followers and racked up in excess of 22 million YouTube views with his approachable jokes and sold-out appearances at comedy clubs across the country. Catch him in his native neck of the woods during this Peekskill appearance.
While it may seem unlikely, Paul Blart: Mall Cop remains a fond film for many a laugh-lover, and its star, Kevin James, has similarly endured. Originally finding fame as Doug Heffernan on the sitcom King of Queens, for which he received a primetime Emmy nomination in 2008, James has also appeared in feature films including Pixels, Hitch, and I Now Pronounce you Chuck & Larry. Fans can now catch the funnyman in the flesh in our region for some serious laughs.
Already a big name on the national comedy scene, Eddie B. drew plenty of new fans during the pandemic with his series of sidesplitting videos titled, What Teachers Really Want to Say. The online videos hit a note with several educators, who saw many of their own struggles reflected back. Inspired, Eddie adapted his videos to the stage and the result is this hilarious standup show taking a frank and funny look at what it means to be a teacher.
There is quite possibly no one as adept at the art of the rant as Daily Show alum Lewis Black. The Grammy-winning funnyman and author of three bestselling books has released two HBO standup specials as well as a dozen comedy albums and is known for his work on films such as Inside Out and Accepted. Drop by the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater to get up close and personal with this comedic powerhouse.
Scope out the work of acclaimed artists in Westchester.
It’s hard to turn away when faced with a pulse-pounding shot of a lion giving chase or shark trolling the deep. This family-friendly exhibition organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art gathers roughly 50 pieces displaying the many ways in which contemporary artists use animal imagery to explore our complex relationship with the natural world. Composed of works exclusively drawn from the Museum of Wildlife Art’s permanent collection, the show divides its wild works into four thematic sections, each investigating a different way people use animal imagery to address very human concerns.
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