June is a fantastic time of year in the NYC suburbs and the weekend is just around the corner. You know what that means—NOW is an excellent time to head out to the suburbs, see what it’s like to be a local and have tons of family fun.
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?
Make running a family tradition with the Greenburgh One Mile Fun Run Saturday at 8:30am. Pre-register for $10; children 6 and up are free to participate.
Free time mid-week? Celebrate the start of summer with an ice cream social and games at the Greeley House on Tuesday from 12:30-2pm. The event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
Load up on your favorite local food truck dishes while enjoying live music, face painting and lots of fun for kids at the Rye Food Truck Festival on Saturday from 12-4pm.
Rye’s Down to Earth Farmers Market is open Sunday from 8:30am-2pm. Stop by the parking lot of Theo Fremnd Avenue to shop local fruit, veggies, flowers and other goodies.
Get down to live music and help Bedford celebrate Woodstock’s 50th birthday on Saturday at the Bedford Playhouse. The festivities are from 7-11pm.
The 9th annual American Roots Music Festival is at the Carmoor at 12pm on Saturday. If live music isn’t your thing, or you’d like to spend some time outdoors, head to the John Jay Homestead for their weekly farm market at 10am.
Meet the locals and pick up some of Westchester County’s best produce at Larchmont’s farmers’ market on Saturday from 8:30am-1pm. It’s located on the Metro-North parking deck.
Visit the Mamaroneck Public Library at 11am on Saturday for storytime, then hang around for a craft at 11:30am. All ages are welcome.
Grab your favorite pool floats and swim noodles and come out to the pool at 311 Mamaroneck Road from 9-11am on Sunday for the Sunday Floats series.
Kayaking on the Hudson River is one of the best ways to explore Westchester County. Learn more about the sport and try it for yourself at the Hudson River Greenland Festival Thursday through Sunday at Croton Point Park. All skill levels are welcome.
Support the arts and get to know the Jacob Burns Film Center with a showing of “The Muppets Take Manhattan” on Saturday at 12:30pm.
Friday is international Make Music Day! Join Tom Heany at Holbrook Cottage from 3-4pm for live music, dancing and lots of family fun.
HEADING TO CONNECTICUT?
The Westport YMCA is participating in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on Thursday at 11:30am. Then, on Saturday, join your (future) neighbors for a free summer concert series on the banks of the Saugatuck River at 8pm. This week it’s the Tom Petty Project (tickets are free, but required).
Bad Dog Buddy will be putting on a free show at The Corbin District in downtown Darien from 6-8:30pm on Friday.
Two venues in Greenwich will be hosting free musical acts all day on Friday, beginning at 11am and running until 8:15pm. The event is free and part of international Make Music Day.
Calling all campers! Saturday is the Great American Campout at the New Canaan Nature Center. Tickets range from $85-$110 and include a BBQ-style feast, beverages and a fun evening of games and music.
Explore local arts and crafts and pick up fresh produce and flowers during the Stamford Downtown Farmers Market at Latham Park on Saturday from 9am-3pm.
If you haven’t visited Norwalk’s islands, now is your chance. Take a relaxing boat ride out on The Maritime Aquarium’s new Spirit of the Sound and see the beautiful area firsthand.
HEADING TO LONG ISLAND?
The Girls Rising Music Festival is Saturday at Morgan Park in Glen Cove. The event is free—come out to support local female musical acts, empowerment and to explore the community.
Start your weekend early—Roslyn is home to one of the best farmers’ markets around.
Older kids and parents that love creepy lure will appreciate this boat trip Sunday delving into the Long Island Sound’s mysterious history, including shipwrecks, fires and other ghostly happenings. Bonus: It’s a fabulous chance to take in the region’s rich scenic views.
Oyster Bay’s Celebrate Summer series kicks off Friday at 7pm at Planting Fields Arboretum. This weekend, young musicians from Carnegie Hall and other renowned institutions will be putting on fun, interactive performances the whole family will love.
Check out Barnes & Noble in Manhasset Sunday at 11am four Baby & Me story time. This week’s read? “Alphaprints: Animal Opposites.” Then, head across the street—the new Denny’s is open and is packed with great last-minute camp finds plus great summer clothes for babies, kids and juniors.
HEADING TO NEW JERSEY?
Chatham is hosting one of the best food truck festivals in the country—and you can find out for yourself Saturday from 11am-7pm. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and kids under 5 are free. Dogs are welcome.
Ever wonder what kind of wildlife lives in Essex County? Join local scientists on Saturday and Sunday to explore for and identify various species on South Mountain Reservation.
Bring your blankets, snacks and littles to Mindowaskin Park Thursday evening for Westfield’s free summer concert series. The show is 7:30-9pm.
Explore downtown Montclair from 10am-6pm on Saturday for excellent sidewalk sales, live music and to celebrate the summer solstice.
Local police officers will be reading stories and handing out donuts at the Glen Ridge Library 11am-12pm on Sunday. Also on Sunday, families, beer lovers and athletes will find a win-win-win at the Lager Run 5K and The Nipper Mile in Glen Ridge! The fun starts with the single mile at 5:30; strollers are welcome.
Enjoy live music, face painting and kids activities and 20 gourmet food trucks during the Paramus Food Truck Festival in nearby Paramus.
Maplewood has an amazing downtown. Walk around, and stop by Words Bookstore for family story time Saturdays at 11am.
Summit will be participating in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on Thursday. Come out to the Summit Family Aquatic Center to join more than 155,000 children worldwide in a global lesson on water safety and swimming.
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