One of the highlights of the summer was the opportunity to experience a new culture at a festival in the Hudson Valley. The pandemic has put a damper on these fairs and festivals, but most have returned for 2022, including a series sponsored by Westchester County.
“For the first time in two years, thousands of residents will be able to travel the world this spring and summer without leaving Westchester,” noted Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “Festivals provide the perfect opportunity to learn more about our diverse neighbors and build relationships to enhance community strength.”
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Do you know of a cultural or heritage festival not mentioned here? Email Karen Croke, [email protected] The list will be updated.
Cultural Day, May 29
The 2nd Annual Putnam Cultural Festival, an inclusive celebration that aims to promote the rich diversity and culture of Putnam County, takes place at the Tilly Foster Farm Museum. The festival will feature musical performances, children’s activities, local vendors and food trucks. 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Tilly Foster Farm Museum, 100 Route 312, Brewster. Tickets available at eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-putnam-culture-festival-tickets-308840017807
Greek Festival, June 2-5
Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church hosts this annual event marking the feast day of its patron saints. It’s a celebration of all things Greek, from culture to music to food. The hours are: Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday, Saturday noon-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-8pm Held rain or shine at 1 Marycrest Road, West Nyack. For more information and to pre-order food items, go to westnyackgreekfestival.com.
Polish Festival, June 4-5
Bring a blanket, sit on the lawn in German Masonic Park, listen to live music, dance, and enjoy traditional Polish food and drink such as kielbasa, pierogis, and Polish donuts. $10; children under 12 are free. 11am-10pm Saturday; 11am-9pm Sunday. The German Masonic Park is located at 89 Western Highway, Tappan. For tickets, info go to plusfestival.com
Yonkers Puerto Rican Day Parade Festival, June 5
Takes place from noon to 3 p.m. The parade starts at the corner of South Broadway and McLean Avenue and heads down River Street. Find out more at yonkershcf.com/events.
June 11 Parade and Party, June 11
The White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee holds its 18th Annual Parade and Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. downtown. The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Mamaroneck Avenue; The festival follows at 1 p.m. on Court Street and includes a tribute to Harriet Tubman. Visitors can view “Harriet Tubman: Journey To Freedom,” an inspirational sculpture on a cross-country trip, at Renaissance Plaza.
Bear Mountain Pow Wow, August 6-7
Hosted by the Red Hawk Council, the two-day Native American powwow and festival will feature Native American dancing, music, artistic food and more. Expect over 40 artist stalls selling crafts, jewelry, leather goods and traditional artwork. Held at Anthony Wayne Rec Area, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and teens, $10 for seniors, students, ages 6-12, children (ages 5 and under) are free. New: 4 family packs at $45 (must be purchased online). For more information, visit redhawkcouncil.org or call 718-686-9297.
Westchester County Heritage Fairs, June 4-August. 28
For the first time in two years, Westchester County is once again hosting its popular cultural festivals held in county parks. The celebrations began with the 43rd annual Polish Heritage Day on May 15, held at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. Festivals take place rain or shine. Seating is informal; bring blankets or folding chairs to sit on the lawn. No coolers will be allowed. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit parks.westchestergov.com/
The other heritage festivals in the series are:
- Asian AmericanSaturday, June 4, 12-6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
- AlbanianSunday, June 5, 12-6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
- Irish-AmericanSaturday, June 25, 12-6 p.m., Ridge Road Park, Hartsdale
- (Admission: $5 adults; free for children 14 and under)
- Afro-AmericanSunday, June 26, 12-6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
- HispanicSunday, July 10, 12-6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
- ItalianSunday, July 24, 12-6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
- IndiaSunday, August 7, 12-6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
- JewishSunday, August 21, 12-6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
- Muslim Heritage, Sunday, August 28, from noon to 6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Greenwood Lake Irish Festival, May 28
Shilelagh Law is coming to Orange County Memorial Day Weekend in Greenwood Lake. A one day event with several Irish bands, food and beer trucks and family activities. Noon to 9 p.m. Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. This is an event ticket. For more information, including band schedule and ticket information, go to facebook.com/events/686310339448440/?
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