Top Events for Families in Westchester in September

Top Events for Families in Westchester in September

Our calendar editors have hand-picked the best family events and activities happening in Westchester in September.

Edible Academy Fresh From the Garden Tastings
WHEN: Jun. 7 - Oct. 18, Wednesdays, 2-2:30pm and 4-4:30pm
WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Cooking demonstrations encourage families to get hands-on with healthy cooking using seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids and adults will learn how garden-to-table cooking is not only nutritious, but fun too!
WANT TO GO? $23; $10 children ages 2-12. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.

CT Folk Festival & Green Expo FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 8, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff St., New Haven, Connecticut
AGES: All
WHAT: Expect more than 75 exhibitors with handmade artisans, innovative ideas, and products for sustainable living. There will be folk music, and a Green Kids Village with an Acoustic Corner, hands-on activities, and entertainment including yoga and hooping workshops, an arts and creativity corner, and a puppet parade.
WHY WE LOVE IT: There's something for everyone at this festival full of arts, food, culture, and music.
WANT TO GO? 917-576-9147. ctfolk.org.

Play2Learn Festival FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 8, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Ma Riis Park at the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave., Harrison, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Expect eight different play zones, including physical, music, creative, science, make believe, technology, construction, and sensory.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Finally, a place where you can let your kiddo see and do EVERYTHING!
WANT TO GO? 914-835-0324. harrisonpl.org.

Old New Paltz Stone House Day FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 8, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Historic Huguenot Street, 81 Huguenot St., New Paltz, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the 340th anniversary of the settling of New Paltz with guided tours that will feature glimpses into all seven historic stone houses. Performances, skits, and vendor demonstrations will take place throughout the day while craftspeople sell handmade goods. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Watch history reenactors from multiple time periods engage in musket firing, candle making, sewing, and blacksmithing, alongside musical performances and handcrafted beer.
WANT TO GO? 845-255-1660. huguenotstreet.org.

September 11th Memorial Ceremony FREE
WHEN: Tuesday, Sep. 11, 7pm-8pm
WHERE: Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Rd., Valhalla, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: A memorial ceremony for those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a chance for Westchester families and friends to come together in remembrance.
WANT TO GO? 914-231-4033. events.westchestergov.com.

26th Annual Yonkers Riverfest FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 15, 12-7pm
WHERE: Downtown Yonkers, 15 Main St., Yonkers, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: A full afternoon with tons of musical entertainment, arts, crafts, international cuisine, children’s activities, environmental exhibits, carnival games, and more.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The music is world class and includes everything from country and soul, to hip-hop, rock, and classics. 
WANT TO GO? 914-969-6660. yonkersriverfest.org.

Oktoberfest
WHEN: Sep. 22 - Oct. 28, daily, 12-6pm
WHERE: Anthony Wayne Recreation Area in Harriman State Park, Exit 17 off the Palisades Parkway, Bear Mountain, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring the faily for tons of German food and beer, entertainment, craft vendors, and live music.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A fall tradition that you can catch at any point throughout the month.
WANT TO GO? $10 parking. 845-786-2731. visitbearmountain.com.

The Best of the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 23, 11:30am-3:30pm
WHERE: Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Celebrate diversity and acceptance with these two separate programs of Kid Flicks (short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival), shorts made by JBFC students, and an opportunity to vote for your favorite.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A great way to introduce your kids to stop-motion and CG-animated films.
WANT TO GO? $9-$14; $7.50 children 13 and younger. 914-773-7663. burnsfilmcenter.org.

Armonk Cider and Donut Festival FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Sep. 23, 9:15am races, 10am festival
WHERE: Wampus Brook Park, , , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The day starts with kids’ races and a 5k run before diving into freshly made hot donuts, fresh-pressed apple cider, and other local fare. Activities include carnival rides, bouncy houses, face painting, arts and crafts, and live music.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids and grown-ups can take part in the pie-eating contest and donut fishing games.
WANT TO GO? 914-273-2420. armonkchamberofcommerce.com.

Chappaqua Children's Book Festival FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 29, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Robert E. Bell School, 50 Senter St., Chappaqua, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Bookish families will enjoy book signings, readings, entertainment, crafts, food, andthe opportunity for children to meet some of their favorite characters. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: A chance to meet the authors of classics like "Owl Moon," "Have You Seen My Duckling?," and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs."
WANT TO GO? 917-603-9353. ccbfestival.org.

Peekskill Rotary Annual Horse Show & Country Fair FREE
WHEN: Sep. 29 - 30, Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 8am-5pm
WHERE: Blue Mountain Reservation, , Corner of Washington Street and Welcher Avenue, Peekskill, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Attractions include pony and hay rides, a craft market, rides for the children, a “Kountry Kitchen” offering home-baked goods and produce, and a food tent with classic grilling, and more. It's the only show in Westchester County with both English and Western riding classes.
WHY WE LOVE IT: To help promote bike safety for young riders ages 4-8, Peekskill Rotary and AAA New York are teaming up to host a Bike Rodeo.
WANT TO GO? peekskillrotary.com.

Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: Sep. 29 - Oct. 28, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5:30pm
WHERE: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Trek to the zoo dressed in Halloween garb and enjoy seasonal favorites, like a spooky hayride, magic and mentalism shows, a costume parade, an extinct animal graveyard, pumpkin carvings, and a candy trail.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's still all about animals at the zoo's Nature Trek, where kids can build forts and nests, jump like a frog, and make animal tracks in the sand.
WANT TO GO? $36.95; $31.95 seniors; $26.96 children; free for children younger than 2. 718-220-5100. bronxzoo.com.

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