8½ Fun Ways to Get Out and About This Weekend
Westchester is full of great ways to spend your off hours. This week we’re focusing on the bright outdoors!
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As we bid adieu to May and welcome June — the true harbinger of summer fun — we’re already looking for reasons to enjoy some fresh air and blue skies. This week, hit up any of these killer community events to fill up on your daily recommended Vitamin D!
Friday May 31 & Saturday June 1
First up is Bronxville’s annual village Spring Sidewalk Sale. Enjoy discounts and special deals at local businesses throughout the town, from Pure Barre to Fabio’s Hair Studio and even Found Herbal, plus the always-fun “Dunk-a-Cop” tank staffed by the local PBA. Fun, food, and shopping — what’s not to like?
Saturday, June 1
Run headlong into fun this weekend at the Rockwood Ramble. The 10K race enjoys breathtaking Hudson River views through Rockefeller State Park and the nearby woods, while participants and spectators can also partake in refreshments and raffles, with proceeds going to benefit the upkeep of the Rockefeller carriage roads, now listed to the State Registry of Historic Places. Advance registration is $35 through Friday, May 31; day-of registration is $40.
If you prefer some stationary outdoor time, head to Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla for the 22nd Annual Asian American Heritage Festival. Enjoy traditional music and dance, martial arts demonstrations, ceremonial costumes from various cultures, and tons of family-friendly activities. Around 7,000 guests come every year, so it’s an event not to be missed!
Want to combine music and walking around? Well, you’ll look pretty silly wearing a number on your chest, but this Saturday is also RiverArts’ Fifth Annual Music Tour! From noon until midnight you can enjoy live performances up and down the Hudson, in a massive festival of local talents that stretches throughout Tarrytown, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, and Hastings-on-Hudson. Check online for schedules and details, but all told more than 275 musicians are expected to perform for a total of 120 shows at 30 different venues. Whether you're into folk, bluegrass, rock, blues, jazz, world music or classical, there’s something for everyone!
Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2
All weekend long, Peekskill is holding its 22nd Peekskill Open Studios event, wherein tons of the northern Westchester community’s great many studio spaces will open up to the public to check out the city’s thriving arts scene. You can grab an Open Studios catalog from the Gazebo on North Division Street, then check out dozens of local galleries, studios, performance spaces, and even the “Truck Stop Gallery” of mobile showing spaces set up in the parking area along Central Avenue! Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout, but this is also a fabulous time to check out any of Peekskill’s multitude of delicious restaurants.
Sunday, June 2
Swing by Family Gardening Days at Ridge Hill in Yonkers, for open hours between noon and 4 p.m. Yong kids can enjoy learning to water, weed, mulch, plant, harvest, and more, teaching them eco-friendly gardening habits and self sustainability. Need a little peace and serenity first? There’s also a convenient Kids’ Yoga session immediately preceding Gardening Days!
June 2 also marks Westchester's official Pride Celebration! The county will raise the pride flag for the first time ever in a special ceremony at Martine Ave. in White Plains at 11:30 a.m. then, from noon to 5 p.m. along Court Street, enjoy fun, food, and plenty of entertainment including Emcee Yuhua Hamasaki, Broadway Sings featuring Phindile Wilson and Brennyn Lark, remarks on Stonewall, and even a pride pet parade!