Nerd Out in Westchester This Week With These Geek-tastic Events
No matter what you geek-out over, we’ve got your fandom covered!
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This week Westchester has a bevy of fun events lined up, and the county is letting its freak flag fly! Nerds, dorks, geeks, however you identify, our home has the perfect event to get your fandom up and out this week!
Wednesday, July 17
Kick off the fun with an outdoor screening of Wonder Park at Willson’s Woods Park. Enjoy an afternoon of swimming, followed by the movie screening at 7 p.m., a full day perfect for fans of aquatic fun and animated films! Admission is only $5 for anyone over the age of 5.
Thursday, July 18
‘Hop the pond’ — as it were — to Tarrytown this Thursday, for MISTI-Con: A Harry Potter Fan Convention. The Ministry Interdepartmental Service training Institute has set up an in-universe gathering at the Tarrytown Doubletree limited to just 500 super-fans, ready to discuss and analyze in-depth the magic, both literal and figurative, of Harry Potter. Costumes are encouraged and all ages are welcome, though the event is geared towards adults.
Tickets are $165 (or $75 for kids 8 to 13 when accompanied by an adult) with VIP level tickets also available, all of which include a ticket to the evening’s themed ball!
Friday, July 19
Are you a heroic film buff? Then Friday night is definitely for you. The Church of St. James the Less in Scarsdale is hosting pizza-and-a-movie night featuring everyone’s favorite covenant keeping, Nazi melting classic, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Tickets are only $12 ($7 for kids) and you can even score $2 off by buying in advance, which beats the hell — pun fully intended — out of a regular movie ticket’s price. Pizza rolls out at 7:30 p.m. and the film starts an hour later.
If shooting scimitar-wielding Egyptians and Nazi melting isn’t as family-friendly as you’d like, round up the kids and bring them up to the Peekskill riverfront for the town parks department’s Family Movie Night, featuring an outdoor screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
The movie is free to attend and begins at 8 p.m., so it’s a great opportunity to lounge on the grass and take in one of the best animated films in recent memory.
Saturday, July 20
Saturday is a big-ticket day for comedy fans. Pleasantville native Alyssa Sequoia is breaking out her show “Can I Tell You Something?!” for A Mid-Summer Night’s Comedy Show at The Hudson Valley Writers Center. The show runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is just $10, so definitely come out and support this local comedian.
Pop over the border to Ridgefield Playhouse at 8 p.m for Westchester’s born-and-raised comedy icon, Nick Kroll. The Kroll Show, Big Mouth, and Oh, Hello star hits the stage for a 90-minute set and you won’t stop laughing until the curtain falls.
You can still snag a few of the remaining tickets ($65.50 to $75) but you’ll want to act fast as the secondary market is already selling out at $200 a pop.
Sunday, July 21
Nature nerds, start your Sunday with a relaxing 10 a.m. stroll through the Westchester Land Trust’s Guard Hill Preserve on a Photo Walk hosted by Chappaqua photographer Heidi Furhman.
Photogs of all experience levels are welcome to bring their cameras (or cell phones) to snap beautiful nature scenery on this guided tour, open to anyone 10 and up.
Animals lovers are nerds after our own tiny, furry hearts and we couldn’t exclude them from this week’s activities. Drop by the Humane Society of Westchester’s annual Dog Wash Fundraiser in New Rochelle starting at 10 a.m. for a day of pooch pampering, tasty treats (for you and Fido), family pet photos, and plenty of fun events for your two- and four-legged family!
Last but not least, this one’s for our sports fans. (Fantasy leagues are just D&D for sports nerds. Fight us.) Westchester’s newest franchise addition, the NY Streets arena football team is going head-to-head with the Carolina Cobras at 7 p.m. and the team is partnering up with the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness and education relating to the degenerative neurological disease.
In addition to planned activities, fundraisers, and educational services, all fans wearing purple in support of the cause will receive admission for just $10!
Looking for more fun things to do in and around Westchester? Check out our online calendar for even more cool events!