This is the perfect time to get out and explore the Westchester creative scene!
Fall is the perfect time to get out and explore suburbia. Not only are towns back in the swing of things post-summer but, with so many amazing outdoor activities, it’s easy to get a feel for communities while staying safe and socially distanced—these live and virtual art and cultural experiences are perfect examples.
Whether your crew loves taking in a show or concert or checking out new works from emerging artists, there’s plenty to see, do and explore right now. And, while you’re out and about, be sure to check out the surrounding suburbs—or, better, schedule town tours for communities on your must-see list. Your Suburban Jungle Strategist can help.
ARTS & SCULPTURE
Public Art at Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (Tarrytown)
Take a stroll or bring your bikes, then hit this 3.6-mile path at Mario M. Cuomo Bridge with your family. Along the way you’ll see 10 amazing works of art including sculptures and murals, all designed by New York State artists.
Peekskill Sculpture Trail (Peekskill)
Organized by Hudson Valley MOCA, this self-guided public art tour weaves throughout downtown Peekskill hitting must-see installments like Carol Feuerman’s The Golden Mean. This 1500-pound bronze statue sits along the waterfront, making it a perfect spot to kick back and take in the scenery. While you there, stop off for a bite at the Peekskill Brewery’s Patio Beer Garden.
Untermeyer Gardens Conservancy (Yonkers)
Historic Untermeyer Gardens offers four 90-minute tours including the History Tour that chronicles the life of Samuel Untermeyer. Nature more your scene? Try the Garden Tour, which focuses on the beautiful local plants found on the property.
No matter the tour you choose, you’ll have a chance to visit the Walled Garden, Temple of Love, and more. Tours are available through October 25—advanced tickets are required.
Westchester Craft Crawl (Ossining, Cortlandt Manor, Tarrytown)
The county’s first annual outdoor craft tour, the Westchester Craft Crawl will feature 30 local artists with eight studio stops spanning Ossining, Cortlandt Manor and Tarrytown. Designed to be driven, this crawl runs from 11am-5pm on October 24 and 25. All proceeds support local Westchester and Hudson Valley whose businesses have been impacted by COVID.
Storm King Art Center (Mountainville)
A bit further north—but an easily doable day trip from NYC—is Storm King Art Center. This 500-acre outdoor museum is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020.
Here, you’ll find one-of-a-kind art sculptures and installations by artists from North America and around the globe—current works were designed by David Smith, Maya Lin, and Henry Moore, among others. Swing by this fall and you’ll also see new exhibitions from Kiki Smith, Mark di Suvero, and Martha Tuttle. But be sure to get here soon—Storm King closes for the season on December 13.
Due to COVID restrictions, timed-entry tickets are required—be sure to book in advance. The museum building, which houses the visitors center and indoor galleries, is currently closed.
MUSIC & DANCE
Hudson Valley Dance Festival (Virtual)
Although this annual event usually takes place in Catskill Point, this year’s Hudson Valley Dance Festival has gone virtual. Despite the shift, the renowned festival—running October 10-13—will feature renowned dance companies and emerging artists in a variety of world premieres, original shorts, and festival favorites.
While, typically, New York Opera Conservatory performances happen in Peekskill, Cortlandt, Croton on Hudson, and Yorktown, this fall the organization is hosting a virtual event—a comedic take on Mozart’s Don Giovanni, reimagined for the pandemic. The group plans to resume Westchester performances as soon as possible but, for now, fans can tune in on YouTube.
Caramoor, a live music venue on an historic estate in Katonah, is presenting a series of live-streamed concerts this fall. Livestreams from the Music Room will include artists such as Jeremy Denk (October 25) and Tenet Vocal Artists (December 12). Each will perform without an audience in the famed Rosen House.
Enjoy an outdoor concert celebrating nature and a variety of female American composers including Amy Beach, as well as some of the all-time greats. The event will take place in the courtyard of the Hudson River Museum—overlooking the Hudson River—at 2pm on October 14. Special guests include Soprano Korliss Uecker from the Metropolitan Opera. You can also view some of the museum’s impressive art exhibitions online with Google Arts and Culture.
PHOTOGRAPHY & FILM
The Lawrence Salley Photography Award 2020 was given to Arnold Kastenbaum. Although usually showcased in the ArtsWestchester gallery in White Plains, this year’s exhibition—which features the incredible work of Kastenbaum and the eight finalists—was moved online. Check out these diverse works from anywhere, then make plans to head to the gallery when it reopens.
YoFi Fest Film Festival (Virtual)
The 8th annual Yonkers Film Festival, YoFi Fest, voted one of the Top 100 Film Festivals by FilmFreeway, will take place in November 2020, but with a difference. Instead of being able to attend one of the 200 screenings of independent movies from around the world in person, the Yonkers film festival will be virtual. The schedule is still to be announced.
Looking for more ways to explore Westchester and the Hudson Valley? Let’s talk! Schedule a free Suburbs Strategy session now.