From music festivals to outdoor exploration to getting creative with the whole gang, there’s lots to see and do in the NYC suburbs this weekend.
Chances are you had a busy Memorial Day weekend. The good news? Whether you’re ready to keep moving full steam ahead or are craving a relaxing weekend in the suburbs, there’s tons on tap—and no matter what you choose, these family-friendly events and activities are great ways to explore the NYC suburbs like a local.
HEADING TO CONNECTICUT?
Explore construction vehicles at Ridgefield Academy’s annual Touch-A-Truck event Saturday from 9-11am.
Grab your beach chairs and head to Weed Beach on Saturday from 12-7pm for the third annual Weed Beach Festival. The event features live music, food and free games for kids in Kids Cove from 12-5pm.
Greenwich Farmers’ Market is open Saturday from 9:30am-1pm at the Arch Street Commuter Lot. Vendors from across Connecticut will be bringing fresh, local fruit, veggies, jams, baked goods and more.
Explore the beauty of the New Canaan Nature Center with a trail walk and free public classes during Connecticut Trails Day from 10am-12pm all weekend long. The Nature Walks leave from the Visitor Center at 11am.
Join a drop-in class during the Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Spring Sunday on Sunday from 1-4pm. Here, families can do crafts, interact with animals, and learn about gardening and animal habitats.
Bayley Beach is now open for the season. Residents enjoy free access to the playground, sports courts, the beach and picnic areas with a sticker or walk-in pass.
HEADING TO WESTCHESTER?
Head over to Nanuet on Sunday at 10am for the 6th annual street fair. Grab free donuts and coffee, check out a live reptile show and jump on rides, perfect for kids of all ages. There’s also a special Kids Zone and more than 200 vendor booths.
Inflatables, carnival games, a kid’s section, live entertainment, craft vendors and other attractions are a must-see at the Church of St. John & St. Mary’s Spring Festival, open in the afternoon from Friday through Sunday.
Ms. Pam Jianhong will be at the Rye Library on Saturday for Kids Chinese Bilingual Storytime. This is the perfect opportunity for kids to learn about Chinese culture and gain basic Mandarin words in a fun, lively session. The event is in the Children’s Room and begins at 11:45am.
Get your rock lobster on at the Rock Lobster Fest in at Crawford Park in Rye Brook. Tickets range $20 to $75, and include a variety of wine, beer and favorites like shrimp cocktail, clams, rock lobster and more. The event kicks off at 6pm on Saturday.
Looking for the right swim club in suburbia? Check out the free Community Festival Day at the Willowbrook Swim & Tennis Club from 1-4pm. Enjoy sno-cones, treats, inflatables, splash contests and more, all while learning more about the club.
Teach your children a love for nature and gardens during Open Days benefitting the Garden Conservancy. Brae Willows and the Garden of Vivian & Ed Merrin will be open from 10-4 and 10-2, respectively. Admission is $10.
Stock up on fresh produce, meat and cheese and bread at the Larchmont Farmers Market from 8:30am-1pm Saturday on the Metro-North parking deck off Chatsworth Avenue.
The pool is open and—bonus!—your kids’ favorite fun floats and inflatables are permitted at the Scarsdale Municipal Pool on Sundays only. Grab that unicorn float and head on over from 9-11am.
Saturday is Ardsley Little League Night from 6:30-9:30pm at Rockland Boulders. Tickets are $15, and including baseball, mini-golf, fireworks and other festivities.
Keeping our area beautiful is a team effort. Help remove invasive species and learn about our local habitat during Steward Sundays at the Rockefeller Preserve from 10am-12pm.
Nothing screams “SUMMER!” like live music, small $3-$6 plates and local beer. Explore the Flavors of Haverstraw on Sunday from 1-5.
HEADING TO LONG ISLAND?
Help your kids develop a lifelong love for art and culture by attending Family Sundays at the Nassau County Museum of Art. Free tours are available at 1pm followed by a drop-in session from 1:30-4pm.
Celebrate the town’s maritime past on the Town Dock from 10-5 during the HarborFest Dock Day and Craft Festival! Admission is free and includes local food vendors, Art In The Park, entertainment on multiple stages and lots of fun activities for kids.
You never know what you’ll find shell-collecting on Long Island. Learn more about these local treasures at Garvies Point Museum now through December. Adults are $4, children 5-12 are $2.Stop by all weekend long to learn more and start shell-collecting.
It’s never too early to expose your children to the joys of theater. Check out Frozen Jr. at Strathmore Vanderbilt Country Club this weekend. Tickets are still available.
HEADING TO NEW JERSEY?
Summer is here! Bask in the sun’s rays while watching a local street artist create a mural, enjoying live music and free summer camp workshop at the Summer Splash Event in Millburn this Saturday.
Eat your fill of gyros and Spanakopita and dance up a storm at the NJ Greek Fest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Friday through Sunday.
Montclair Bounce is underway May 31 through June 7, giving Montclair residents a new reason to celebrate creativity and build local pride. Fun activities will be taking place across town, so get ready to get out and explore.
Join the MAAHF for its 30th annual festival. The parade begins at Glenfield Elementary at 10:30am and is followed by the festival 12-6pm—think games, food, activities and, even, a petting zoo.
Head to Demarest High School on Sunday from 10am-3pm for some good old-fashioned fun at the PBA’s Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. Explore vehicles from every era while snacking goodies from local vendors.
Taiko, American Blues and other dance and musical acts give families an opportunity to experience different cultures firsthand during XRootsFest in Maplewood on Sunday.
Does your child want to be a singer or musician? Open Mic Night at United Methodist Church boasts a laid back, confidence-boosting atmosphere where they can explore their skills. The Friday event is free and perfect for budding performers.
There are hundreds of towns to choose from. How do you figure it all out? You simply don’t, without getting a Suburban Jungle Strategist to help you through it all. Schedule here for your strategy session with our innovative suburbs strategy team. All services are completely free.