These Are the 7 Best Things to Do in Westchester This June
Our favorite reasons to get up off of the couch this month.
June is an action-packed month for Westchester! No matter if your diversion of choice is music, art, food, or crafts, the county has something going on you're sure to love. Check out some of our favorite events coming up this month!
May the Force Be With You
June 1 – Sept 9
For Brooklyn-based sensation Christine Hiebert, making art is all about the line. In the Hudson River Museum’s new exhibition Force Field: Drawings by Christine Hiebert, 12 works on paper by the acclaimed artist will be on show for several months in Yonkers. The fascinating collection includes a series of 8-foot-long scroll-like works, as well as several smaller pieces, all of which prioritize Hiebert’s obsession with the possibilities of the line.
Wherefore Art Thou?
June 2 & 3
Looking to deck your pad in chic antiques, a new fixture, or maybe an eye-catching vase? Stop by the White Plains Outdoor Art Festival, where locals in the know have been picking up a range of unique finds for more than 55 years. Located in White Plains’ Tibbits Park, this creative smorgasboard features local artisans selling jewelry, ceramics, fine art, antiques, glass work, and home goods. The two-day fest also boasts food vendors and a free children’s workshop.
Photo by joel sartore/ National geographic photo ark: An endangered Malayan tiger, Panthera tigris jacksoni, at Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo
Call of the Wild
June 2 - September 2
Spanning more than 6,000 creatures in 40 different countries, photographer Joel Sartore quite literally traveled the globe to complete his most recent project. The fruits of his labor are collected in the Bruce Museum’s new exhibit, National Geographic Photo Ark: Photographs by Joel Sartore, in which Sartore sought to document every animal currently living in wildlife sanctuaries. This dazzling collection of shots compiled by the award-winning National Geographic photog will be on show June 2 through September 2.
Serious question: Is there anyone in America who hasn’t danced along to the song “Love Shack” or “Roam”? Even if there is, it’s safe to say The B-52s are one well-established rock group. Founded in 1976, the band has since released seven chart-topping studio albums and garnered a worldwide following. This month, all those with a soft spot for their unique vibe need only stop by The Ridgefield Playhouse, where the funky foursome will be performing songs from their delightfully campy catalogue.
A Feast for the Ages
Time for local foodies to rejoice. For six days this month, Westchester Magazine’s 8th Annual Wine & Food Festival will bring exciting events and decadent experiences to locations throughout the county. Each year, the festival seems to outdo itself, and this month’s offerings are no exception. On June 5, those with a soft spot for vino can drop by Salute! A Wine Tasting Tour of Italy. The next day, the region’s top mixologists will face off at Taste & Style Savor Westchester’s Bartender Shakeoff. Plus, the fest’s wildly popular Burger & Beer Blast takes place June 7, where attendees can vote for the county’s best burger. Add in a June 8 Evening With Westchester’s Tastemakers, a June 9 Grand Tasting Village at Kensico Dam, and a June 10 Jr. Chef Experience, and you have one can’t-miss event.
Westchester's Got Talent
When America’s Got Talent judge and Emmy-nominated comedian Howie Mandel hits the area, comedy fans come running. Performing one night only at The Ridgefield Playhouse, Mandel has become a household fixture with stints hosting popular shows such as Deal or No Deal and appearing on hit comedies like My Name Is Earl. This month, catch the famed comedian in the flesh, along with opening act John Mendoza during this riotous regional performance.
Double the Fun
Katonah’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is set to welcome two musical masters to the stage. Isabel Leonard (left) — a multiple Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano famous for her work with the Metropolitan Opera — will perform alongside world-renowned guitarist Sharon Isbin (right). A force in her own right, Isbin is a multiple Grammy winner and was named “Best Classical Guitarist” by Guitar Player magazine. This month, the celebrated songstresses will be performing an all-Spanish program featuring works by Enrqiue Granados, Manuel De Falla, and others.
Béla Fleck is one seriously accomplished artist. If an amazing 18 Grammy wins don’t impress you, how about the fact that the banjoist, composer, and bandleader has been nominated in more categories than any other artist in the award’s history? Add to the fact that the acclaimed entertainer seems to blend virtually every genre into his funk- and jazz-tinged songs, and you have one can’t-miss artist. Catch the maestro this month at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, where Fleck and his acclaimed band will touch down for a rare area performance.