These community events and activities are a perfect way to scope out the NYC suburbs like a local. Enjoy!
The weekend is (almost…) HERE! Our advice? This is a perfect spring weekend to get out and start (or keep!) exploring the NYC suburbs. And a great way to do it? By checking out a community event, jumping into a fun local activity or, simply, kicking back like a local—in other words, spending the weekend just like you would if you decide to call that town “home.”
Here’s a roundup of great activities happening in some popular NYC suburbs. Looking for what’s happening in other towns? Get in touch and we’ll help you strategize a weekend in the suburbs.
HEADING TO WESTCHESTER?
Shoot across the bridge and to the Nyack Famous Street Fair on Sunday from 10-5, for a day of family fun featuring more than 300 arts and crafts booths, inflatables, festival food and more.
The Chappaqua Farmers Market is happening this Saturday from 10-4 and features local merchants from around the state.
Sample delectable cuisine from Harrison’s top restaurants from 12-3 on Sunday during the Taste of Harrison. Discounts on family tickets—and don’t miss the complimentary shuttle service.
The Annual Vehicle Fair is happening in Rye on Sunday from 11-3. Come for bounce houses, face painting, a DJ dance party, raffles and opportunities for kids to explore cool cars.
The Taste of Harrison is this Sunday from 12-3 and features specials from dozens of local restaurants. All proceeds benefit the Harrison Public Library.
The Stayin’ Alive 5K & Fun Run takes place at The Windmill Club in Armonk on Saturday beginning at 8. The Fun Run is $10 for all participants.
St. Patrick’s 45th Annual Carnival is open May 14-19, with a Ferris wheel, bumper cars and lots of fun rides and treats for the whole family. The carnival is open 6:30-10 Tuesday through Thursday, with extended weekend hours.
Meet deer and other nocturnal neighbors at the Spectacular Crepuscular Story Walk at the Old Field Preserve on Friday from 6:30-8. Don’t forget your walking shoes and a flashlight!
The Larchmont Farmers Market is open Saturday from 8:30-1 on the Metro-North parking deck. This amazing market brings together the best wares from artisan food enthusiast and local farms.
Join in on free Saturday Stories and Craft at the Mamaroneck Public Library from 11-12 on Saturday.
This weekend, Scarsdale High School presents Bye, Bye Birdie. This family-friendly show is great for all ages, and runs Friday through Sunday.
Make your own comics with Blue Delliquanti during the Comics-Making Workshop at the Ardsley Public Library at 4:30 on Thursday.
The third Friday in May is National Pizza Party Day. Celebrate like a Pleasantville local with a pie from Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza.
The Croton Free Library Association’s Spring Book & Bake Sale is Saturday and Sunday from 10-3 and will feature a large selection of children’s books and other family favorites.
HEADING TO CONNECTICUT?
Don’t miss the 34th Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival happening Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 and featuring works from 70 national artists plus international cuisine and kid-friendly activities.
Have a blast and help pets in need during the Connecticut Humane Society’s Westport Dog Festival on Sunday from 10-4. Dogs are welcome!
Selleck’s & Dunlap Woods’ Trails Discovery Day is slated for this Sunday from 11-3. Hunt for gnomes and fairies with an interactive guided trail map.
Children of all ages can enjoy small bites of international dishes, ranging from kale smoothies to snails during the 5th Annual New Canaan Food Revolution, on Saturday from 9:30-11:30.
The JM Wright Tech 4th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show takes place this Saturday from 10-3 and benefits the school’s scholarship fund. Admission is $5. Children 13 and under are free.
Stop by the Rene Soto Gallery for Nature Arts & Crafts for Kids on Saturday and make craft works of art from recyclables with your crew. Admission is $20.
HEADING TO LONG ISLAND?
Visit the Nassau County Museum of Art for Studio on Saturday from 12-3 and Sundays from 1:30-4. Activities are at The Manes Center—attendance is included with museum admission.
Portfest, the Port Washington Music, Arts & Community Festival, takes place Sunday from 12-5. Come for live music, art exhibits, local food booths and art activities for the entire family.
Feast by the Sea Shore 2019 takes place Thursday through Sunday at Tappen Beach in Glenwood Landing. Enjoy live music each evening, as well as games for every skill level, rides and food.
Sunday Morning Storytime at Barnes and Noble in Manhasset is scheduled for Sunday at 11. Meet fellow parents, hunker down for a story and be sure to grab a coffee at the in-store Starbucks…
HEADING TO NEW JERSEY?
Delve into history and learn more about Chatham’s unique landmarks by exploring the community’s trail system this weekend.
Express Yourself Studios’ Family Art event takes place Saturday from 12-1:30. Guests of all ages are welcome for this family-friendly painting project.
Check out Westfield’s 2nd Annual Art Auction on Saturday from 7-10pm and bid on artwork from Chagall, Rockwell, Brodinsky, Neiman, Zule, Alvat and more. Tickets are $10 and include wine, beer and passed hors d’oeuvres.
Montclair’s most delicious event, Cheesefest, is happening on Sunday from 2-5 at the Montclair History Center. Learn more about cheese-making, try samples and interact with the animals that place a role in the process.
Selected Shorts, the popular NPR show about lives intertwining, returns to Glen Ridge for a live storytelling event on Thursday from 7:30-9. Tickets are $20.
The Beer, BBQ and Bacon Showdown is in neighboring Morristown, starting Saturday at 1. Sample NJ-only beers, gourmet dishes from local food trucks and live music.
Demarest’s 37th Annual 5K is this Sunday at Country Road School, starting at 7:45. After the 5K, kids can participate in a one-mile Fun Run. All proceeds from the race go to the Demarest schools.
MayFest Street Fair is this Sunday starting at 11. The event features over 150 vendors, activities, food, live music by local bands, a DJ and performances by local dance and exercise studios. The activity is happening on Springfield Avenue between Indiana and Rutgers Streets.
The Washington County State Fair is this Saturday from 11-3, with indoor and outdoor games, a petting zoo, bounce houses and more.
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