Memorial Day Parade - May 25
Kick off the summer—and pay homage to the vets—with a good old-fashioned Memorial Day parade. From New Rochelle to White Plains to Yorktown Heights, you’ll find celebrations all over the county.
Soup delivery! - May 26th
Bummed to be back at work after the long weekend? Look forward to a delivery of seasonal soup from Fifty Two Soups. The Westchester-based company serves up a different whimsically named option each week, along with other specials like mac ’n’ cheese. Just remember to place your order by Friday for Monday (or, in this case, Tuesday) delivery.
National Sunscreen Day - May 27th
It’s National Sunscreen Day. So slather on the SPF, head outside, and soak in some Westchester sun (even if it’s just on your lunch break). Have a little more time? Spend the day at one of Westchester’s parks, pools, or beaches (parks.westchestergov.com)—and remember to reapply.
Veggies! - May 28th
For a steady supply of fresh summer veggies without the dig-plant-water-repeat ordeal, sign up with a Community Supported Agriculture group that will deliver all summer long. Try Westchester-based Farm Share, which dispatches weekly boxes of vegetables—plus fruits and eggs, if desired—from June to November. Prefer to get deliveries at your office? Round up a group of co-workers, and sign up for a weekly order from Field Goods.
LIGHTSCAPES: A Springtime Garden Fantasy - May 29th
What The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is to pumpkins, the new LIGHTSCAPES: A Springtime Garden Fantasy (above) is to flowers. Expect a dazzling nighttime display of handmade floral sculptures, accompanied by lights, music, and special effects. Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson
White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival - May 30th
Peruse the selection at the White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival. The juried show—now in its 53rd year—features works of art, crafts, and handmade jewelry, as well as a kid’s tent with artistic activities for the whole family. Tibbits Park, White Plains
Biking on the Bronx River - May 31st
Stay in your lane—bike lane that is—at Bronx River Parkway Bicycle Sundays. Join cyclists, walkers, and joggers of all ages along a scenic 13-mile stretch of the parkway from White Plains to Yonkers that is closed to normal traffic from 10 am to 2 pm. (Also on select Sundays in June and September.)
Spoken Interludes - June 1
Beach reads are great, but for something more substantial, head to the Spoken Interludes event at The Riverview in Hastings-on-Hudson to hear best-selling writer Chris Bohjalian read from his new novel, The Light in the Ruins (authors Marisa de los Santos and Lynn Schmeidler will also read their work). Adding to the fun is a dinner buffet catered by Irvington’s Chutney Masala. Spoken Interludes, Hastings-on-Hudson
Buying new swimwear - June 2
You can’t kick off this summer in last year’s bathing suit. Shop now for new swimwear at Everything But Water at The Westchester, pick up a fashion-forward suit by Mirame—a swimwear line from Westchester-based designer Melinda Huff—at Mount Kisco’s Beehive Designer Collective, or find an athletic style at Sportech in Rye Brook.
Westchester Magazine's Wine & Food Festival - June 3
Forgive the self-promotion, but Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival (June 3-6) must get top billing on your calendar. The four-day foodie festival kicks off in style on June 3 with Fashion, Food & Wine, hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford, at Bloomingdale’s in White Plains. On June 4, at the Kensico Dam, the Burger & Beer Blast is back and better than ever with a new Food Truck Court. Or, if fine wine is more your style, nab a ticket to a guided tasting at 42 The Restaurant, featuring a king among Super Tuscans—Sassicaia. Then, try 11 of the county’s best restaurants on June 5 at An Evening with Westchester’s Tastemakers, also at 42 The Restaurant. Capping off the culinary action is the Grand Tasting Village at Kensico Dam on June 6, featuring tastings from nearly 80 local restaurants and wineries, plus chef demonstrations and our first ever farmers’ market. For more information, visit www.westchestermagazine.com/winefood
Jam out at Hunter Mountain - June 4
Head out of town early, and catch some big-name acts at the annual Hunter Mountain Jam (above). Enjoy performances by The Black Keys, Grace Potter, and Alabama Shakes, sample food from more than a dozen vendors, try your hand at Frisbee golf or yoga, or take in the view with a SkyRide over the crowds. Have all weekend? Grab a tent and camp out for the duration of the four-day outdoor music festival. Hunter Mountain Jam, Hunter, NY
Greenwich Int'l Film Fest - June 5
Attend the opening night party of the Greenwich International Film Festival tonight. In its first year, the festival promises four days of screenings, panels, parties, and philanthropy (part of the proceeds will support the US Fund for UNICEF). Buy a pass for access to the entire festival, or purchase individual tickets to any of the 25+ featured films. Greenwich International Film Festival, Greenwich, CT
Celebrate LGBT culture - June 6
Advocate, educate, and celebrate at LOFT PRIDE 2015—an annual event celebrating LGBT culture in Westchester. The event, which is free to the public, includes performances by pop-burlesque group, The Glamazons, a community talent show, vendors, and plenty of food. Memorial United Methodist Church, White Plains; www.loftgaycenter.org
The best day of summer? - June 7
We’re not sure why, but some of the best events of the summer fall on Sunday, June 7 (let’s hope the weather cooperates!): two performances (2 pm and 6 pm) of The Wizard of Oz at the Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill; Rosenthal JCC’s Summer Carnival in Pleasantville; Croton-on-Hudson’s annual Summerfest, complete with a kick-off parade, food, live music and entertainment; Bedford’s Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society race and fundraising event; the Pelham Classic Car Show; the Corcoran Cup (the “Masters” of blind golf) at the Mount Kisco Country Club; Rose Day at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown; and the annual Touch A Truck event (kids can climb aboard dozens of different trucks) just over the Connecticut border at the Greenwich Town Hall. Take your pick…
Exercise - June 8
Overindulge over the weekend? Work it off with a long walk at any of our county’s stellar trails and parks (parks.westchestergov.com) Stroll the green paths of Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill or cross wooden footbridges at the Bronx River Parkway Reservation. If you’re taking the kids along, consider a trip to Glen Island Park, where they can enjoy the playground and explore old castles on the property.
Watch some of the world's best golf - June 9
One of the biggest tournaments in women’s golf—the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship—starts at the Westchester Country Club today. The tournament is one of five majors on the LPGA tour and draws top players from across the globe like Michelle Wie, Stacy Lewis (pictured), and two-year defending champion, Inbee Park. Westchester Country Club, Rye
Dine on the waterfront - June 10
Now that the weather is warming up, grab a bite at one of our favorite spots for waterfront dining. We love the Hudson River views at Forty North in Hastings-on-Hudson, The Boathouse in Ossining, and Yonkers’ Cafe Hudson (below). For Sound Shore views and elegant cuisine, hop over to L’escale in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Start an herb garden - June 11
Summer is the perfect season to brighten up dishes with fresh herbs. Get inspired to start an herb garden—or improve on the one you already have—with tips at Bronxville Library’s Growing and Cooking with Fresh Herbs class. Bronxville Public Library, Bronxville
A museum day just for the little one - June 12
Feel like you can’t take your wee ones anywhere? The Stroller Tours at Katonah Museum of Art are designed specifically for you. Today, the museum opens an hour early for moms, their under 18-month-olds, and, of course, their strollers. Check out current exhibits, meet other moms, and blissfully ignore all the crying babies. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah
The Ossining Village Fair - June 13
Brave the crowds at the 35th Annual Ossining Village Fair. The street fair is the village’s most popular yearly event and features a wide range of vendors, food, games, and live entertainment presented on four stages.
Eat and give to charity - June 14
Celebrate the bounty of summer at Greenburgh Nature Center’s informal Farm to Table Dinner and Wine Tasting Fundraiser. Enjoy food from local restaurants, bakeries, and wineries, with an emphasis on locally grown ingredients. You can even bring your own dinnerware to reduce the environmental impact. Greenburgh Nature Center, Scarsdale
Play golf - June 15
Shut out of a tee time over the weekend? Play golf today (or any Monday), when the crowds are thinner, at any of our six county-run public courses (golf.westchestergov.com)—we’re partial to Mohansic in Mohegan Lake and Hudson Hills in Ossining. You may even have the greens all to yourself.
Hear Grammy-worthy music - June 16
Grammy Award-winning country music star Melissa Etheridge rocks out at Tarrytown Music Hall tonight. Expect a mix of Etheridge’s classic hits and new material from This is M.E., her latest album. Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown
Chow down - June 17
Pick up the ingredients for a lobster roll (or whatever else you might be craving) at The Sidecar at the Tavern in Croton, and head to Croton Landing for a lunchtime picnic or fun after-work family dinner. The Sidecar at the Tavern, Croton-on-Hudson
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival - June 18
Before soap operas and scandalous reality TV, there was One Thousand and One Nights. Check out an interpretation of the classic work at the opening night of The Arabian Nights—one of the five featured works at this summer’s Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, NY
The Summer Solstice Fest - June 19
Celebrate the (technical) first day of summer a few days early at the Summer Solstice Festival at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. Get your hands dirty with some hands-on farm activities, get up close and personal with some of the center’s animals, and take an evening field tour. Don’t leave without grabbing some grub from one of the food vendors. Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, Pocantico Hills
Caramoor's Anniversary - June 20
Enjoy a night of classical music at the Caramoor 70th Anniversary Opening Night Celebration (above). The concert features a never-before-heard composition by Christopher Theofandis. Guests can choose to purchase tickets that include a cocktail reception, dinner, and dessert as part of the Opening Night Gala. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah
It's Father's Day! - June 21
Dear old Dad deserves more than a new tie for Father’s Day. (Sorry, brunch is old news, too.) Instead, spend some quality time with him today in Westchester. If he’s a music fan, jam out together at Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, at Croton Point Park (expect hundreds of artists across seven stages). Take outdoorsy dads to the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale for a lecture on the importance of honeybees and a walk among the center’s green spaces. Have a blast at Rye Playland, where dads ride free today. Or, head over to the Greenwich Polo Club for a live polo match and a picnic.
Scream for ice cream - June 22
Craving ice cream? Ditch the supermarket brands for locally made treats from Valhalla’s Village Creamery, Longford’s Own-Made Ice Cream in Rye, The Blue Pig in Croton-on-Hudson, and LOCAL in Chappaqua, or try a scoop from Penny Lick’s pink-striped pushcart. If you’re in the mood for something more old-fashioned, indulge in frozen custard at Abbott’s in Shrub Oak.
Catch a ballgame - June 23
There’s no professional baseball team in the county, but a quick trip to watch the Hudson Valley Renegades is just as much fun (and a fraction of the cost of an MLB game). Pick up tickets to see them play the Lowell Spinners tonight, or check their schedule for more games. Dutchess Stadium, Fishkill, NY
Dan Rather visits Manhattanville - June 24
Hear a journalist’s perspective on world news with former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather as part of Manhattanville College’s Castle Conversations series. Is there a story Rather hasn’t covered? Get his take on major events like JFK’s assassination, Watergate, the fall of communism, and 9/11. Manhattanville College, Purchase; www.castleconversations.org
Try paddleboarding - June 25
If you’re tired of the same old summer sports, try Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP). SUP combines elements of surfing and kayaking and is the perfect way to explore the county’s waterways. Sign up for a lesson at Stand Up Motion, or rent equipment if you’re already experienced. Stand Up Motion, Jefferson Valley
A fire-wielding troupe you need to see - June 26
It’s not just the weather that’s hot: A Night on Fire at Philipsburg Manor, featuring performances by fire-wielding troupe A Different Spin (above), is sure to mesmerize. See the group deftly juggle the flames and occasionally defy the laws of physics—and reason—with their combination of fire and acrobatics. Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow; www.hudsonvalley.org
Make some chalk art - June 27
The 3rd annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival at the Cross County Shopping Center is more than just scribbling on pavement. A mix of professional and amateur artists create intricate designs around a common theme for visitors to enjoy. The festival also includes kid-friendly crafts and activities like face-painting. Cross County Shopping Center, Yonkers; www.crosscountysummerfest.com
Celebrate African-American Heritage - June 28
Experience African-American culture at the annual African-American Heritage Celebration at Kensico Dam. Grab some traditional soul food and take in one of the many performances throughout the day. (If you can’t make it today, Kensico Dam holds several cultural festivals throughout the summer.) Kensico Dam, Valhalla; parks.westchestergov.com
Experience WeeZee - June 29
Kids get too much sun over the weekend? Spend a day inside at WeeZee–The Science of Play in Chappaqua. The 18,000-square-foot sensory gym offers an array of deceptively educational fun. Kids can take a ride on mechanical bull Angus McRodeo, play on the zip line, or splash around in the rainforest-inspired Rain Room, while parents relax (or even get a foot massage!) in the adults-only Zen Den. Wee Zee–The Science of Play, Chappaqua
Ladies' night - June 30
Round up some friends for a Tuesday ladies’ night at newly opened Muse Paintbar. Enjoy a full selection of wine, beer, and tapas while you paint; pick up tips and techniques from professional artists. Muse Paintbar, White Plains
Experience our history - July 1
Kick off July—and commemorate the founding of our nation—with a trip to one of Westchester’s Revolutionary War-era sites. Walk among the tombstones of the Hessian graveyard and climb the bell tower of Saint Paul’s Church in Mount Vernon; see exhibits of period artifacts at the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum in New Rochelle; or explore Katonah’s John Jay Homestead—the family home of America’s first Supreme Court chief justice.
Beach day! - July 2
Skip the holiday traffic to the Hamptons and enjoy a beach day closer to home (yes, we have beaches here too). Sunbathe at Playland Beach in Rye, New Rochelle’s Glen Island Park, or Harbor Island in Mamaroneck, which also has a kid-friendly spray park. Prefer a swim in the Hudson? Croton Point Park in Croton has a stretch of riverfront beach nestled within its 508 acres. health.westchester.gov/public-beaches
Day drinking - July 3
Start your Fourth of July weekend with a few alfresco drinks, and take in the summery weather. Watch the sunset over the Hudson on the rooftop at Red Hat on the River in Irvington, or discover the county’s newest rooftop bar at Winston in Mount Kisco. If heights aren’t your thing, head to Port Chester and sip a Margarita on the perpetually packed patio at bartaco, or try a cold draft in Port Chester Hall’s outdoor beer garden.
Boom! - July 4
Fourth of July weekend can only mean one thing: fireworks! Can’t get enough sparkle and boom? Start celebrating on July 2 with the annual fireworks at White Plains High School. Also on July 2, swing by the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers (pictured) for its fireworks display, or head to Ossining and take in live music plus fireworks at the village’s annual event. Kick off the weekend with even more fireworks on July 3 at Kensico Dam in Valhalla. Then, on the actual Fourth, have a picnic at Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts in Katonah and stick around for its Pops, Patriots & Fireworks spectacular. Or, head out after dark to one of our favorite viewing spots: New Rochelle’s annual display at the waterfront or Rockwood Hall Park in Sleepy Hollow, where you can glimpse fireworks going off up and down the Hudson. Want a tasty snack to cool you off as you watch the fireworks? Create your own Firecracker Pops the Martha Stewart way with one of her excellent recipes.
Find yourself - July 5
If you need a break after all the loud fireworks and patriotic partying, take a tranquil outdoor yoga class in the gardens at nearby Wave Hill in the Bronx. Afterward, stick around and explore the flower beds and greenhouses. Wave Hill, Bronx, NY;
Visit the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse - July 6
Keep the historic theme going today with a visit to the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse. Built in 1883, the five-story structure once helped ships navigate this treacherous stretch of the Hudson River. The Village of Sleepy Hollow offers tours on select dates in the summer. Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, Sleepy Hollow; www.sleepyhollowny.gov
Take in a breathtaking view - July 7
Play hooky today, and take in the expansive views 200 feet above the Hudson River as you stroll along the Walkway Over the Hudson (above)—a 19th-century railroad bridge that now serves as the world’s longest pedestrian footbridge, running from Highland, New York, to Poughkeepsie. If you brought the kids, make sure to take the elevator down to the nearby Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum on the Poughkeepsie side.
Get fresh cherries - July 8
Cherries are back in season! Grab some today at the White Plains Farmers’ Market or The Outpost—John Boy’s Farm’s storefront—in Bedford. Need a creative idea for your newly purchased bounty? Check out Bedford resident Martha Stewart’s recipe for cherry Mojitos here.
See The Beach Boys...seriously - July 9
Is there any group that’s more summery than The Beach Boys? Hop over the border to Connecticut, and catch them at the Ridgefield Playhouse tonight. The performance is part of the theater’s annual gala and includes cocktails and tastes from local restaurants. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
Get (or just see come cool) tattoos - July 10
Whether you’re covered in ink or just thinking of getting your first tattoo, don’t miss the Empire State Tattoo Expo, where top tattoo artists from every corner of the world come together for a three-day living art exhibit of their work. New York Hilton Midtown, Manhattan
The Pleasantville Music Fest - July 11
It’s hard to believe it’s been 11 years since the debut of the Pleasantville Music Festival (above). You’ll see bands like The Gin Blossoms and Marshall Crenshaw and discover local artists you never knew you loved on the festival’s three stages. While you’re there, be sure to beat the heat at the Captain Lawrence Beer Garden. Parkway Field, Pleasantville
A huge balloon party in Dutchess - July 12
We’ll skip all the hot-air puns and just tell it to you straight: Go see the mass launch of the Dutchess County Annual Balloon Festival (top of page) today. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the three-day festival will have skies throughout the Hudson Valley teeming with brightly colored hot-air balloons. Dutchess County Annual Balloon Festival, various locations
Learn to horseback ride - July 13
Maybe you can’t buy your kids a pony, but you can certainly introduce them to horseback riding. Sign them up for a lesson at Twin Lakes Farm in Bronxville or Chicory Meadow Farmin Cortlandt Manor, which also offers lessons for children with special needs; add jumping to the mix with the instructors at JT Farm in South Salem; or take the reins yourself in Mamaroneck at Boulder Brook Equestrian’s “Ride and Cheese” class—an adults-only program that includes wine and cheese (after you dismount, of course).
French National Day - July 14
It’s Bastille Day! Embrace your inner Francophile with a tour of our favorite Larchmont spots. Grab a simple crêpe from Estelle Gourmet before shopping for oozy French cheeses at Auray Gourmet. And of course, you need pastries—pick up a flaky croissant or tart at La Parisienne. Prefer to celebrate with wine? Wine Geeks in Armonk is offering a guided tour of the wines of France complete with charcuterie and cheeses.
Today's music, Amish style - July 15
Six men in full Amish garb playing tunes from a disparate variety of artists including Johnny Cash, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, and Elvis Presley. Intrigued yet? Head to the Cross County Shopping Center to see the Amish Outlaws do their “straight outta Lancaster” thing as part of the Center’s SummerFest 2015 outdoor concert series. Cross County Shopping Center, Yonkers
Break the ice - July 16
Break a sweat, get to know your co-workers outside the office—and raise money for the Blythedale Children’s Hospital—at the Corporate Fun Run. Stick around after the 5K to celebrate your fitness and philanthropy with beer and barbeque. The Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase, Purchase
Go shopping - July 17
Get a jump on your fall wardrobe update at the legendary Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which starts today and runs until August 2. You may have to fight the crowds, but expect to snag new, deeply discounted fall merchandise. Nordstrom, White Plains; www.shop.nordstrom.com
One of the country's most popular kids' concert - July 18
KIDZ BOP is making a tour stop today at Bethel Woods. The “No. 1 Kids’ Artists” according to Billboard Magazine, perform family-friendly covers of hits by today’s most popular artists including Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, and Pharrell Williams. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY
Take a river cruise - July 19
Take a scenic tour of the Hudson River aboard River Rose (above), an authentic Mississippi paddle wheeler. The two-hour cruise encompasses sights like Bannerman Castle, the Catskill Water Aqueduct, and West Point. Newburgh Waterfront, Newburgh, NY
The beauty of butterflies - July 20
Spend a peaceful morning walking among the butterflies at Greenburgh Nature Center’s annual butterfly exhibit, then take advantage of the Center’s open green space, walking trails, and playground (which has fun play spaces made to look like they’re part of the natural environment) for a full day of kid-centric fun. Greenburgh Nature Center, Scarsdale
The most classic of summer to-dos - July 21
Westchesterites, it’s basically a mandate that you go to Playland at least once each summer. Ride the Dragon Coaster, brave The Whip, cool off on the Playland Plunge. Since today’s Tuesday, it’s half-price admission after 5 pm (Thursdays are too). If you go on a Friday, stay into the night for concerts and fireworks. Playland, Rye
Attend the biggest party of the year - July 22
We may be biased (again), but Westchester Magazine’s Best Of Westchester event at the Glen Island Harbor Club in New Rochelle is always the best party of the summer. Sample goods from our county’s most popular food, drink, entertainment, and services vendors at this year’s soiree, which honors more than 300 winners.
Chow down, again - July 23
It’s National Hot Dog Day! Get a single or double with special mustard from Walter’s in Mamaroneck—a time-honored Westchester tradition—or try some adventurous toppings, like mac ’n’ cheese or s’mores, at Dobbs Dawg House in Dobbs Ferry.
Visit Westchester's best-known tiki bar - July 24
It’s not summer in Westchester until you’ve spent at least one night on the patio/tiki bar at Sunset Cove, tucked beneath the Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown. Get your cheap thrills (think paper plates and plastic cups of beer) starting with sunset Happy Hour, and stay into the night when the crowds get larger and the music gets louder.
Eat local - July 25
A pit stop at your local farmers’ market is a summer Saturday must. Take home the best of seasonal produce at locations throughout the county including Bronxville, Larchmont, Chappaqua, Pleasantville, Ossining, Katonah, and many others.
Get inspired to garden - July 26
Experience the garden of your dreams—albeit at someone else’s house—as part of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program. Today, tour three private gardens (in Bedford Hills, Cortlandt Manor, and Pound Ridge) for green-thumb inspiration to use for your own garden.
Catch a flick - July 27
Catch a summer blockbuster (with popcorn and soda, of course!)—Minions, Jurassic World, Entourage, and Pan are likely to be big draws. If art house is more your style, you’ll find an indie flick or foreign film in Pleasantville at the Jacob Burns Film Center or at The Picture House in Pelham.
Play with LEGOs - July 28
Beat the dog days of summer and spend a day inside at LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Westchester's Ridge Hill. Since it’s Tuesday, you get discounted tickets to the fun (including rides, play and building areas, and a 4D movie) when you visit between 10 am and 2 pm. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, Yonkers
Hit the lanes - July 29
Need rainy day plans? Get together a group of friends, and head to the recently opened Bowlmor Lanes. Bowl to your heart’s content, order drinks, and—if you’re group is large enough—indulge with the five-pound Behemoth Burger. Bowlmor Lanes, White Plains
Learn to sail - July 30
Cross “learn to sail” off your bucket list with Croton Sailing School’s two-day group course (available throughout the season on Thursdays and Fridays or Saturdays and Sundays), or book hourly private lessons. Don’t feel like steering yourself? Charter a captained cruise so you can relax and just enjoy the river. Croton Sailing School, Croton-on-Hudson
More wine & food! - July 31
The name says it all: at nessa’s Wine & Swine Night, the restaurant roasts an entire pig in the garden and pairs it with free tastings of a new wine each week. What more could you want from a Friday? nessa, Port Chester
Get medieval - August 1
Go medieval at the annual New York Renaissance Faire (above) and experience 16th-century-themed entertainment, food, vendors, games, rides, music, and dance. (If you want to don a period costume to attend, we won’t judge.) The Faire starts today and runs on weekends through September 27. New York Renaissance Faire, Tuxedo Park, NY
Indulge in fine teas - August 2
For a Sunday heavy on charm, try the Sunday Afternoon Tea at Caramoor for fine teas, sparkling wine, sandwiches, scones, and desserts, all served overlooking the romantic Spanish Courtyard of the Rosen House. Stick around for a 4:30 pm concert with Artist-in-Residence Hélène Grimaud and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts, Katonah
Have a romantice night - August 3
Need a fun summer date night? Set sail around New York Harbor on Monday nights with the Morimoto Sunset Sushi Cruise. Aboard the elegant schooner, America 2.0, you’ll get a sampling of sushi from Iron Chef Morimoto, paired with four sake flights and stellar sunset views of New York City. Chelsea Piers (Pier 62), Manhattan; www.sail-nyc.com
Take advantage of spa deals - August 4
First-world problem, we know, but all this summer revelry can be tiring. Recharge with Tuesday spa deals like a 45-minute massage or facial for $60 at Emmary Day Spa in Chappaqua or the “two-for-Tuesdays” deal—book one 60-minute service and get the second for 50-percent off—at Oasis Day Spa in Dobbs Ferry, which also boasts a perfect post-treatment rooftop garden.
Eat well - August 5
It’s too hot to cook! Tonight, try one of a spate of new restaurants set to debut this summer. Some of the most promising include Eatalia Food and Wine Bar in Croton-onHudson, a new restaurant from the owners of Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish, and a new seafood place taking up residence in the former Willett House location in Port Chester. (*At press time, none of these locations had websites.)
Catch a show - August 6
Skip the Metro-North trip and see a Broadway-caliber performance closer to home with the Westchester Broadway Theatre’s revival of Godspell. Catch the Stephen Schwartz musical—plus a meal—with two Thursday shows: matinee (lunch at 11:30 am; show at 1 pm) or evening (dinner at 6:15 pm; show at 8 pm).Westchester Broadway Theater, Elmsford
Discover the Rockefeller estate - August 7
Who needs Versailles when you have Kykuit (above)? Tour the majestic Rockefeller estate—a six-story stone house with underground art galleries and a collection of classic autos—plus its remarkable terraced gardens with tons of flowers and spectacular Hudson River views. Tours available Thursdays through Sundays. Kykuit, Sleepy Hollow; www.hudsonvalley.org
Break out the telescope - August 8
What’s up tonight? The stars, of course. Westchester Amateur Astronomers brings together stargazers for monthly Star Parties throughout the summer. Bring your telescope (or borrow one from a member) and see if you can identify some constellations. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River
Quirky shopping - August 9
Spend a lazy summer Sunday browsing the selection of art, jewelry, furniture, and clothing at The Hastings Flea. Before you leave, grab an informal bite from a local food truck and check out some of the live music and entertainment. The Hastings Flea, MTA Commuter Parking Lot, Hastings-on-Hudson
Watch a movie outdoors - August 10
If you missed last year’s Angelina Jolie fairy tale flick, Maleficent, you can catch it tonight on the big screen at Westchester’s Ridge Hill’s free, outdoor Movie Mondays series (earlier in the summer, you can catch Paddington on July 13 and Big Hero 6 on July 27). Bring your beach chairs and blankets to be ready for the 7 pm screening. Westchester’s Ridge Hill, Yonkers
Aargh! - August 11
Even if you don’t have a boat to sail around in this summer, you can pretend to own the high seas with Pirates of the Hudson: The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told. The pirate festival includes an interactive play that goes off script and allows suggestions from the audience to either guide the pirates home or leave them stranded at sea. Various locations; www.hudsonvalley.org
Get hitched and make plans - August 12
Wedding season might be almost over, but the lead-in to the off-season is the perfect time to start planning your own nuptials. Find vendors or pick up some new ideas at the Yonkers Bridal Expo. Royal Regency Hotel, Yonkers; www.royalregencyhotelny.com
Eat some quality barbecue - August 13
If you’re still craving barbecue but are getting tired of grilling it yourself, head to one of the county’s best spots—and have someone else do the work. We recommend Q Authentic Barbeque Restaurant + Bar in Port Chester, Memphis Mae’s in Croton-on-Hudson, and Smokehouse Tailgate Grill in New Rochelle. At Plates in Larchmont, you’ll find a $28 “bottomless BBQ” special—but you’ll have to wait till Sunday.
Head upstate for the beach - August 14
Take advantage of summer Fridays, and head out early with the kids to SplashDown Beach. Try the new Arctic Mammoth ride (nearly six stories tall and 600 feet long!) along with classics like the Arctic Plunge Racer, the Humunga Half Pipe, Coconut Pool, Rock Beach, and the Bob the Builder-themed spray-and-play area. SplashDown Beach, Fishkill, NY
Find the Ark of the Covenant - August 15
If you geek out over Harrison Ford as much as we do, you’ll love tonight’s screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Hudson River Museum’s outdoor amphitheater. It’s part of the museum’s summer movie series in conjunction with the Alamo Drafthouse.
Relive the glory days - August 16
Missed the real Woodstock back in ’69? Experience the Winery at St. George’s own Woodstock at the Winery, which it bills as “two days of peace and music.” The outdoor festival includes artisan crafts, food, wine (obviously), a painting party, and two evening concerts. The Winery at St. George, Mohegan Lake
Putt-putt - August 17
We all have fond mini-golf memories (first dates, perhaps?)—relive them this summer at the crazy, character-themed Brookside Mini Golf in Yonkers or the course at White Plains’ Saxon Woods Park. If it’s too hot or rainy, try glow-in-the-dark mini-golf with the new indoor Yucatan Mini Golf attraction at FunFuzion in New Rochelle.
Pick plump peaches - August 18
What’s summer without fresh, juicy peaches? Pick your own at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm (get there before 4 pm), and then get to work creating peach pies, cakes, tarts, muffins, and ice cream. Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm, Yorktown Heights
Go hiking - August 19
Take a hike—try the trails at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Pound Ridge, Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mount Kisco, Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, or Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville. For some serious altitude, climb Anthony’s Nose in Cortlandt Manor (927 feet) or Turkey Mountain in Yorktown Heights (771 feet).
Explore Persian gardens - August 20
Did you know the finest Persian garden in the Western Hemisphere is right here in Westchester? See it for yourself today by visiting Untermyer Park (above) in Yonkers. Formerly the private estate of attorney Samuel Untermyer, the park has been under restoration since 2011 and is nearly back to its original glory. Untermyer Park, Yonkers
Have a good laugh - August 21
You might not be able to vacation with big-name celebrities or former presidents, but you’ll feel like they’re in the room tonight when comedian Frank Caliendo—known for his hilarious, spot-on impressions—takes the stage at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
Learn some astronomy - August 22
You have three chances today to check out the new, state-of-the-art Planetarium at the Hudson River Museum. A rotating lineup of star shows (geared for ages 8 and up) take place at 12:30 pm, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm (same lineup on Sundays). Hudson River Museum, Yonkers
Play bocce and have a beer - August 23
Spend a casual Sunday with a bocce ball in one hand and a drink in the other. Try your luck on the courts at nessa in Port Chester, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford—they also have cornhole setups—or the indoor court at DeCicco’s in Armonk.
Get some sun and exercise - August 24
Rolling over while tanning does not count as exercise. Whip yourself into shape while logging some beach time with Boot Camp By The Beach, held at Oakland Beach at Rye Town Park today (plus Wednesdays and Fridays) or at Crawford Park Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Boot Camp By The Beach, Rye
Have fun at a classic fair - August 25
Head north for old-fashioned fun at the Dutchess County Fair, which starts today. One of New York’s largest county fairs features carnival rides and games, animals and petting zoos, and, of course, vendors selling traditional county fair foods. Corn dog, anyone? Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY
Grab a pint...or two - August 26
What better time of year to enjoy Westchester’s craft beer scene than summer? Try a locally brewed pint at Peekskill Brewery, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford, Broken Bow Brewery in Tuckahoe, or Yonkers Brewing Company.
Break out of your shell - August 27
C’mon, we know you love Leno’s Clam Bar (aka Greasy Nick’s) as much as we do. Put your haute cuisine tastes aside for today, and order this cash-only Westchester institution’s best bet: a basket of fried clam strips, best enjoyed outside with the salty sea air blowing in from the Long Island Sound. Leno’s Clam Bar, New Rochelle
Dance the night away - August 28
Salsa music fans should flock to the Paramount Hudson Valley tonight to see salsa legend Tito Nieves perform hits like “I Like It Like That” and “I’ll Always Love You.” Nieves is only doing one show at the Paramount, so don’t miss it. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill
Find your chi - August 29
Add some Zen to your summer with a walk around the beautiful Japanese Stroll Garden at the Hammond Museum in North Salem. Stay for the 49th annual Moonviewing Concert at 6 pm to hear traditional Japanese music and see the gardens lit up by paper lanterns. Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden, North Salem
Don't just observe our history, relive it - August 30
The kids probably haven’t been using their brains much this summer. Squeeze in a history lesson with Military Reenactment Day at Boscobel in Garrison, New York. Reenactors will demonstrate military camp life circa the Revolutionary and Civil wars with weapons and artillery demonstrations, drills, and musket firings. Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, NY
Catch one of the world's biggest tennis tournaments - August 31
It’s US Open time! The tournament starts today, so catch some first-round action (and maybe some celeb sightings?) during the White Plains-based United States Tennis Association’s biggest event of the year. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing, Queens
Save the moms and pops - September 1
Support our local economy by spending the day (or at least your lunch hour) shopping and dining at the mom-and-pop boutiques and restaurants that line our local Main Streets. Enjoy a sunny walk through charming villages like Bronxville, Rye, Katonah, Larchmont, Armonk, and Pleasantville.
Keep your tan going - September 2
Worried about your suntan situation as summer comes to a close? Fake it with a spray tan from the experts at Devra Bader Skin Care & Beauty Spa in Scarsdale, Glow 914 in Rye Brook, or have the tan come to you with Sun Kissed Mobile Airbrush Tan.
Bet it all on black - September 3
Skip the slog to Atlantic City, and spend an evening at the racetrack at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. Live harness racing starts at 7:10 pm, but you can also try your luck at the slot machines and stuff yourself at Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub, Nonno’s Trattoria, or pinch. Empire City Casino, Yonkers
Get away for a few days - September 4
Want an end-of-summer getaway without having to go too far? Try a night at the eight-room Bedford Post Inn (ask for a room with a terrace overlooking the wooded property), and enjoy luxuries like Frette linens, yoga classes, and two on-site restaurants, Campagna and The Barn. Bedford Post Inn, Bedford
Howl with the wolves - September 5
End your summer with a howl (sorry, couldn’t resist) during the Wolf Conservation Center’s Sleeping With Wolves overnight experience. In addition to spending time with ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr (plus others), the camp out includes a pizza party and a movie under the stars. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem
Scream for...gelato - September 6
If you’ve had your fill of ice cream, switch it up with some fresh gelato. We love Pane and Gelato in Eastchester, the artisanal gelato from La Tulipe Desserts in Mount Kisco, and Ossining Pizzeria & Restaurant’s gelateria.
Farewell, summer - September 7
Say goodbye to summer at the CORNucopia Festival at the historic Philipsburg Manor estate. Expect to celebrate all things corn-related: cooking demonstrations using corn, corn-shucking races, a CORNival area with kids games, and food selections like cornbread, corn salsa, and sweet corn ice cream. Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow; www.hudsonvalley.org