It's hard to believe August is here already! While this is a big month for travel, there are tons of things to do right here in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.
Travel back to Elizabethan England at the New York Renaissance Faire or experience military life during the American Revolution at Military Reenactment Day. There are also several fairs and festivals to enjoy, including the Native American Celebration of the Hudson Valley and the Dutchess County Fair. For unadulterated fun, abandon self-restraint at the Muddy Puddles Mess Fest.
Be sure to lean on Mommy Poppins to plan your staycation and all of August! Read on for our top picks for the month and consult our Event Calendar for even more options. Additional events are added frequently, so sign up for our weekly newsletters and like us on Facebook.
Old-fashioned game at Sunnyside's From a Child's Perspective
From a Child's Perspective - Pocantico Hills
Thursdays, August 3-31, 2017
This beloved annual event transports families back in time to play games of an earlier century, try on period clothing, and learn about life in the pre-electronics 19th century. Admission includes a guided tour of the historical house; tours must be reserved (and sell out).
Muddy Puddles Mess Fest - Carmel
Saturday, August 5, 2017
The third annual Muddy Puddles Mess Fest is a huge, annual festival benefiting the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, in support of pediatric cancer research. The event format is similar to a carnival, with various tented areas and a wide range of fun family activitie—from splatter paint to pie throwing and, of course, muddy puddles.
Mess knows no bounds at the Muddy Puddles Mess Fest! (At least it’s not at your house.) Photo courtesy of the venue.
Slide the City – Goshen
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Head across the Tap into Orange County to try the longest slip-and-slide you’ve ever seen. With your ticket comes an inflatable tube and a mouth guard—perfect for sliding down 1,000 feet of slippery wet vinyl.
Native American Heritage Celebration - Stony Point
Saturday, August 5-Sunday, August 6, 2017
Immerse yourself in Native American culture. Play native instruments, see a real teepee, and check out dance performances by Native American groups from throughout the Americas.
New York Renaissance Faire - Tuxedo Park
Saturday, August 5 – Sunday, October 1, 2017 (Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day)
Go back in time to Elizabethan England and enjoy games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance. Watch jousting tournaments, meet Robin Hood, and marvel at the jugglers, musicians, pirates, parades and more. A special kids’ weekend is scheduled for August 13-14.
Colorful characters abound at the annual Renaissance Faire.
South Salem Fire Department's Carnival - South Salem
Wednesday, August 9-Saturday, August 12, 2017
Enjoy a traditional carnival with all the trimmings—plus a parade on Wednesday.
Beacon Corn Festival – Beacon
Sunday, August 13, 2017
The annual event, held at Pete and Toshi Seeger Park, offers assorted food (more than just corn!), live music on multiple stages, kids’ activities, environmental displays, craft vendors and more. Admission is free.
Rides and more at the Dutchess County Fair.
Dutchess County Fair - Rhinebeck
Tuesday, August 22-Sunday, August 27, 2017
The second largest fair in New York State has lots of family fun to offer. Check out the petting zoo, racing pigs, games, rides, music, jugglers, science shows and more.
Otisville Country Fair - Otisville
Thursday, August 24-Sunday, August 27, 2017
Now in its 29th year, this country fair features country line dancing, a chainsaw competition, horseshoe tournament and a lot more. Cast-iron frying-pan toss, anyone?
Living History: Military Reenactment Day - Garrison
Sunday, August 27, 2017
See history come to life at this reenactment of wars from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Experience military camp life including tactical weapon demonstrations, inspections, formations, musket firings, artillery demonstrations and drills. The majestic setting and museum house provide additional incentives to attend.
Don't forget: Our Event Calendar has even more great events happening in Westchester!
All photos by the author unless otherwise indicated.