The best way to explore the NYC suburbs? At these local events!
The kids are finally out of school and that makes now the perfect time to get out and start exploring the NYC suburbs. Our preferred method? By digging in like a true “local,” starting with these area events, activities and family-friendly must-dos.
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HEADING TO WESTCHESTER?
Celebrate the beauty of the Hudson River and Rivertowns area during the RiverBash Music Festival, Saturday at 2pm. Enjoy live music, activities for all ages and a focus on sustainability.
Parents with kids in grades K-5, Saturday is your chance to stay up late and “party” during the Chappaqua Public Library’s “LATEover” on Saturday. The library will be open until 11pm, and putting on fun activities for kids all night long.
Explore downtown Rye and pick up fresh, local produce, flowers and other goods during Rye’s Down to Earth Farmers Market, Sundays from 8:30am-2pm. The market is in the parking lot on Theo Fremd Ave.
Crawford Park and PJ Library are, together, hosting crafts, stories and dinner—nuggets for kids, boxed for adults. The event is happening Friday from 5pm-5:45pm at the park. The event is free and geared towards kids 8 and under. Be sure to RSVP!
Families visiting Armonk should head across the bridge Sunday around noon to check out Nyack’s first annual Chinese dragon and martial arts festival.
Valhalla Summerfest is taking over every Sunday this summer from 3pm-7pm. Come out for free live musical performances, drinks, dinner and other food specials.
There’s always something to see and do at the John Jay Homestead. This weekend, visit from 12pm-2pm on Friday for Play Days or 10am-2pm Saturday for the Farm Market.
Stop by the Down to Earth Farmers Market on the Metro North upper lot on Saturdays from 8:30am-1pm for fresh produce, flowers, meat and cheese and other artisanal products.
Mamaroneck’s fireman’s carnival kicks off Friday and runs until Saturday, July 6. Enjoy carnival rides, food, a parade on Tuesday and 4th of July fireworks.
Scarsdale’s annual fireworks are Tuesday, July 2 at 9:15am at the Scarsdale Pool Complex. The doors open for non-members at 5; admission is $5/person and includes live music from the Westchester Band.
Meet your prospective future neighbors and celebrate summer during Ardsley’s Ice Cream Social from 6pm-8pm on Wednesday. Meet at the Pascone Park Snack Bar.
Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville has lots of fun attractions for families, including tons of wildlife, geocaching, fishing, an art gallery, gardens and a 13-bridge, 1.9-mile loop. Bonus: it’s accessible from NYC on the Metro North Hudson Line.
Get to know the locals by helping to make Briarcliff Manor a better place by joining in this playground build on Friday. If Friday doesn’t work, head into town this weekend to explore its charming streets—and don’t forget to visit Scarborough Park.
HEADING TO LONG ISLAND?
With space for more than 1,000 cars, Glen Cove’s waterfront car show is ALWAYS a hit. The show is at Morgan Memorial Park on Sunday from 9am-4pm.
Port Washington’s Cinema on the Bay series kicks off Saturday at 8:30am with a showing of Blank Panther.
The Town of Oyster Bay’s Music Under the Stars summer concert series begins Tuesday, July 2, with The Allmost Brothers Band. This free event starts at 8pm and families are welcome to bring blankets, chairs and snacks.
Head to the Manhasset Barnes & Noble Saturday at 11am for story time. Prince & Knight, Maiden & Princess and Red: A Crayon’s Story will be presented.
HEADING TO NEW JERSEY?
Bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs to downtown Madison for a free concert on the lawn 6-8 on Friday. The event, hosted by the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, is a couple miles from downtown Chatham.
Garden State Comic Fest is at the William G. Mennen Sports Arena Saturday and Sunday—a sure hit with kiddos that love superheroes, toys, comics or art.
The Westfield Community Concert Band will be putting on a free show on Thursday from 7:30pm-9pm at Mindowaskin Park. Bring snacks, chairs and blankets.
The Montclair Farmers’ Market is every Saturday from 8am-2pm at the Walnut Street Train Station. If date night is in the cards this weekend, we recommend Brew at the Zoo 2019, Saturday from 6pm-9pm. This one is only for guests 21 and over.
Kick the weekend off with a reading of 10 Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle at the Glen Ridge Public Library, Saturday at 11am.
Closter is hosting free summer concerts Friday and Sunday at Memorial Field. Joe Delia and the Thieves play Friday starting at 7:30pm and Move: The Band plays at 2pm on Sunday. Don’t forget your picnic basket and blanket!
On Thursday check out Pride in the Plaza. The festivities are 6pm-9pm at Ricalton Square in Maplewood.
If you have free time Thursday evening, Summit Street Sounds is worth the 30-minute train ride. Walk around downtown from 5pm-8pm, grab dinner at one of the town’s amazing outdoor cafes, enjoy live music and some shopping.
HEADING TO CONNECTICUT?
Summer night and free, live music outdoors sounds like the perfect way to explore Westport! Morley is playing at the Levitt Pavilion on Saturday at 8pm.
The Spadtastics are putting on a free show at The Corbin District from 6pm-8:30pm on Friday. Don’t forget your blankets, chairs and snacks!
Back by popular demand…Firefly Night! Get to know these beautiful insects and Greenwich’s friendly residents Thursday at 8:30 pm at 613 Riversville Road. Bring your own plastic jar with holes.
A fantastical story about a princess and great music offers fun for all ages in New Canaan this Saturday from 3pm-4pm. Tickets are $22-$30.
Wander Stamford with a brew in hand during Brews on Bedford at Latham Park, Saturday from 1pm-4pm. Pre-registration is advised; tickets are $35.
Norwalk Art Festival is Saturday and Sunday at Mathews Park, nestled between two museums and an arts center. In addition to a wide variety of art, the festival will host art activities for kids, live music, museum tours and a food area.
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