The 8 Best Things to Do in Westchester This October
Our favorite reasons to get out of the house this month.
Photo by Tom Nycz
Ongoing through November 24th
Jack of All Trades
Anyone with a penchant for pumpkins ought to drop by this eye-popping Halloween extravaganza on show through November 24. Featuring thousands of gorgeous gourds sculpted into incredible shapes ranging from a glittering bridge to a fully functioning pumpkin carousel, The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze descends upon Croton-on-Hudson’s Van Cortlandt Manor this fall. Stop by and see why the event sold out nearly each night last year.
Few bands changed the face of modern music quite like the rockabilly-tinged punk pioneers Social Distortion. With more than 30 years on the road, playing everywhere from Coachella to Lollapalooza, there is a reason these rockers are still appearing on the Billboard Top 200 decades after they first hit the scene. Catch the world-famous foursome this month at Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre.
Ghost With the Most
You just may want to say Beetlejuice three times after watching this seminal Halloween hit starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Alec Baldwin. Drop by the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Yonkers this month to catch the delightfully macabre Tim Burton tale about a couple who posthumously turn to a devious spirit to rid their home of an annoying family.
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Ballet of the Ball
The Tarrytown Music Hall just embarked on an inspired series of performances called Westchester Wednesday Dance, dedicated to showing off the venue’s widely acclaimed company-in-residence, Ballet Des Amériques. During one Wednesday in October, February, April, and June, renowned French-American choreographer Carole Alexis and her Port Chester-based company will demonstrate incredibly accomplished ballet, the likes of which are rarely seen in the county.
Pen and String
James Joyce Award-winning writer Salman Rushdie comes to Westchester for a truly unique evening of literature and music. Rushdie will be joined by the American String Quartet, which will perform a work by Paul Cantelon written about a novel by Rushdie. In turn, Rushdie will read excerpts from the book between movements, making for a truly singular evening at Purchase’s Performing Arts Center.
Best Friends Forever
Adults with a soft spot for the ’90s megahit sitcom Friends will want to drop by The Ridgefield Playhouse this month for a saucy show based upon the sensational six. Friends! The Musical Parody brings the beloved television show to the stage with hilarious sketches and silly songs based upon the travails of Ross, Rachel, and the rest of the squad.
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Katonah’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts regularly welcomes some of the most acclaimed classical musicians on earth, but one of their most electrifying shows features some entirely new ones. The center’s Evnin Rising Stars program brings distinguished artists and budding musicians together for a performance of works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich.
Ongoing through January 20
Yonkers’ Hudson River Museum has become host to one of the most incredible art installations the county has yet seen. This month, internationally renowned artist Maya Lin will overtake the museum with Maya Lin: A River Is a Drawing. The exhaustive intallation inspired by the Hudson RIver will include bamboo stalks in the form of a 3D drawing, an incredible river of glass marbles, a 35-foot sculpture constructed from webbing wires, and other artistic odes to the region.