Summer Fun in Westchester: Free Events


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Your summertime entertainment budget has to last until September—don’t blow it all in the first month. And don’t worry: rationing can be easy. The county abounds with free events that’ll help you stretch your allotted dollars. Save your money for a big Labor Day trip, and check out these June events—gratis.

For Art Aficionados:
White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival
June 2 and 3
Tibbits Park, White Plains
(866) 210-7137; whiteplainsoutdoorartsfestival.com

The art show celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, so expect it to pull out all the stops. As usual, artists will feature their wares, including jewelry, fiber art, sculpture, photography, pottery, and mixed-media works. If that isn’t enough, look out for student shows, workshops, and food for purchase.


For History Buffs:
Colonial Day
June 9
St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, Mount Vernon
(914) 667-4116; nps.gov/sapa

Put away the iPad, don your three-cornered  hat, and get ready for an afternoon of Colonial-style fun. Colonial Day at St. Paul’s Church features period music, dancing, crafts, games, and military demonstrations. If you’re not ready to bear arms for the patriots, you can take a special tour of the church’s bell tower, or listen to a recital on the historic pipe organ. 

For Music Lovers:
Yolanda Johnson: African American Classical Composers
June 9
Warner Library, Tarrytown
(914) 631-7734; warnerlibrary.org

Yolanda F. Johnson is the total package: She sings, plays piano, lectures, and can speak engagingly about the role of women and African Americans in music history. We get to take advantage of all that for free. The lyric soprano will be at Tarrytown’s Warner Library as part of a four-part recital series, and, this time, she’ll focus on the work of African American classical composers, including R. Nathaniel Dett, Florence Price, and Undine Moore.

For Theater-Goers:
The Last Flapper
June 20 and 21
Small Town Theatre Company
The Hergenhan Center, Armonk
(914) 273-0300; smalltowntheatre.com

Broadway costs big, budget-busting bucks, but the Small Town Theatre Company presents its plays at no charge. For The Last Flapper, don your summer whites and get ready to refer to your fellow patrons as “Old Sport”: The one-woman play, by William Luce, is based on the life and writings of Zelda Fitzgerald.

For Families:
Big Equipment Day
June 17
Muscoot Farm, Katonah
(914) 864-7282; muscootfarm.org

You can always see animals for free at Muscoot Farm—but you can’t always get up close to the machinery that makes a farm run. If your kids are into trucks, tractors, and the techy side of things, take them to see the old and new farm equipment laid out on the grounds just for the day. While you’re there, pick up a few goodies from the morning’s on-site farmers’  market—your family will work up a big appetite.

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