There’s tons to do — and lots to explore — in the NYC suburbs
Summer is in full swing — and there’s truly no better time than to start exploring the NYC suburbs. Check out our latest roundup of local events and activities, perfect for city families looking to get the lay of the land.
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HEADING TO WESTCHESTER?
The Hasting’s Farmers’ Market is 8:30am-1:30pm on Saturday in the parking lot of Library/Village Hall.
Check out the free concert lineup at the New Castle Rec Field. Next up: The Hacks and the Chappaqua Orchestra. Better yet, this series is sponsored by local Breezemont Day Camp so stop by and scout out your kids’ plans for next summer.
The Rye Farmers Market is in the center of town on Saturday from 8:30am-2pm.
Lawrence Farms Orchards is open for pick-your-own from 9am-4pm every day. Picking varies, but peaches, plums and vegetables should be available.
Bedford Hills is hosting a free community picnic from 5pm-8pm on Sunday. Visitors are invited to bring a potluck side or dessert.
On Saturday, head to nearby Mt. Kisco for Godspell, Jr. at Westmoreland Sanctuary. Curtain goes up at 6:30pm — advanced tickets are recommended. Then, plan to celebrate the end of summer with the Bedford Free Library from 4pm-5pm on Tuesdays.
The John Jay Homestead’s Farm Market is from 10am-2pm on Saturday, followed by a Revolutionary War-focused tour of the property.
The Glen Island Sand Art Competition and Family Fun Day is this Saturday from 11am-4pm. Rain date: Sunday! Bring buckets, shovels and molds and join in on the sand-castle competition while enjoying music, games and more.
On Saturday morning, grab the kids and head to the Mamaroneck Library’s Children’s Room for Saturday Stories & Crafts. Get ready for some silly stories, sillier songs and a craft perfect for even the littlest library-goer. All ages are welcome — the fun starts at 11am.
Later in the day, check out Mamaroneck Summer Nights on the Sound for a family-friendly rendition of Julius Caesar presented by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival from 6pm-7:30pm. Bring blankets, chairs and snacks!
Camp out with the kids at the Greenburgh Nature Center. The fun starts on Saturday at 5:30pm and goes until Sunday at 8:30am. Enjoy a BBQ, evening trail walk and nighttime wildlife search plus s’mores and a butterfly release. All families must bring sleeping bags and gear. Register for a GNC membership before purchasing your tickets.
Visit the Gazebo in Pascone Park a free summer concert featuring The Desperados from 7pm-9pm on Wednesday.
Nature lovers and sustainability enthusiasts will love cleaning up and exploring the Rockefeller Preserve during Steward Sunday at 1pm.
Enjoy a free concert under the stars on Thursday from 7pm-9pm.
HEADING TO LONG ISLAND?
Check out Family Sundays at the Nassau County Museum of Art for a tour at 1pm and fun activities from 1:30pm-4pm.
Have fun in the sun while watching a free concert featuring reggae and calypso-inspired band Uplifted on Sunday at 1pm at North Hempstead Beach Park.
Shop for local produce and fresh flowers during the Sea Cliff Farmers Market on Saturday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. It opens at 9am.
After, head to the famous Feast of St. Rocco’s in Glen Cove. It’s happening all weekend long and includes rides, homemade Italian fare and local celebrity sightings — Billy Joel, Adam Sandler, Kevin James and more are frequent attendees.
The Long Island Children’s Museum is always a popular weekend go-to — this weekend, though, enjoy a special exhibit. Mash-Up Menagerie at LICM features the latest artist-in-residence and offers kids a chance to walk through the mouth of a whion (whale + lion), slide down an elester (elephant + rooster) and manipulate the legs and eyes of an octomoose (octopus + moose) in a fun, interactive exhibit devoted to creativity and imagination.
The Huntington Summer Arts Festival draws families from all over Long Island for kids concerts, live music, plays and more. Next up: the classic Caps for Sale.
Make a free Cool & Crafty Ice Cream Cone from 11am-3pm at Lakeshore Learning on Saturday.
HEADING TO NEW JERSEY?
Tuesday, Aug. 6, is Livingston National Night Out. Head to the area for hot air balloon rides, carnival games, face painting and tons of family fun.
Enjoy a free concert under the stars Sunday at 7pm in Taylor Park in nearby Millburn. This week the headliner is Enough Said, playing classic rock from the 60s to today.
Little Minecraft lovers will LOVE Minefaire at the New Jersey Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm.
On Friday, head to nearby Clifton for Shakespeare in the Park at Weasel Brook Park. This week’s performance is The Tempest.
Then, on Saturday, head to the Montclair Farmers’ Market is from 8am-2pm. Check out local produce, meats, cheese, wine and more, all at the Walnut Street Train Station.
Westwood is hosting a free concert on Friday from 8pm-11pm at Veterans Park. This week it’s popular Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band cover band, Tramps Like Us.
Spend Friday evening dancing to the tune of reggae and R&B artist of Nando Griffiths. The free concert is 7pm-9pm at the Springfield Avenue gazebo.
Bring the family to Reeves Reed Arboretum for Discovery Saturdays from 9am-1pm. Admission is $5 per child, and includes stories, games and crafts.
HEADING TO CONNECTICUT?
Visit the Westport Farmers’ Market from 10am-2pm on Thursday for local produce, artisanal bread and pastries, cheese and meat, fresh flowers and more.
Check out a free concert featuring Harry Bergen with Mods and Rockers on Friday evening from 6pm-8:30pm. It will be held at The Corbin District.
Check out the Greenwich Newcomers Club playgroup on Friday at 10:30am. Families will meet at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center to learn about local marine life.
The Cannondale Summer Craft Festival is 10am-4pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.
The Harbor Point Farmers Market is Sunday 9-2 at Harbor Point Square. Bring your reusable shopping totes and the kids for a day of family fun and live music.
The St. Matthew Summer Carnival runs through Saturday. It’s open from 6pm-10pm on Friday and 2pm-10pm on Saturday.
And for families who love a little scare? Halloween starts early in Norwalk! Head to the Haunted Lighthouse — the historic Sheffield Lighthouse — on August 3 and 4. Don’t forget to purchase a round-trip ferry ticket in advance!
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