August GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

Best Things To Do with Westchester Kids in August 2018

If the arrival of August causes panic because summer is halfway over, don’t despair: There’s still plenty of fun to pack in this month, and we’ve rounded up some great ways to do so right here in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

At the New York Renaissance Faire, Elizabethan England is recreated with a decided sense of humor and frivolity, along with rides, games, food, roving monarchs, and gads of entertainment. There are lots of other summer fairs and festivals to enjoy, including the sprawling and multi-faceted Dutchess County Fair. Abandon self-restraint at the Muddy Puddles Mess Fest, or slosh around 1,000 feet of slippery fun at Slide the City. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Family Shows provides outdoor theater intended for an all-age audience plus pre-show theater workshops for kids.

Be advised that the Otisville Country Fair will take place a bit earlier in the month than in the past, and the perennial From a Child's Perspective is not on the agenda for 2018.

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 and Summer Activity Guide for many more options.

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It's OK to get your hands (and everything else) dirty at Muddy Puddles Mess Fest in Carmel. Photo by Cynthia Zimba for event 

Muddy Puddles Mess Fest – Carmel
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Not a day to discourage getting dirty, this monstrous mess fest piles on the goop—from pie tosses and food fights to splatter paint and, of course, muddy puddles. There are also zip lines, paddleboats, pony rides, magic shows, bungee jumping, and a whole smorgasbord of fun. The best part? It all benefits the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, in support of pediatric cancer research.


Splash down a 1,000-foot slide on Erie Street in Goshen at Slide the City. Photo courtesy of the event

Slide the City – Goshen
Saturday, August 4, 2018
A sizable 1,000 feet of slippery-wet vinyl awaits on this super-long slip-and-slide.

Sand Castle Competition – New Rochelle
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Form a team with family and friends and test your skills at sculpting in sand, as you compete for a trophy prize in this annual tournament. Music and games add to the fun.

Lighted Boat Parade – New Rochelle
Saturday, August 4, 2018
The annual parade of lighted boats returns to New Rochelle for a dazzling display in the dark. FREE


Celebrate Native American cultures this month in Bear Mountain. Photo courtesy of the Red Hawk Council

Bear Mountain Native American Heritage Celebration and Powwow – Bear Mountain
Saturday, August 4 – Sunday, August 5, 2018
Immerse yourself in Native American culture this weekend: play native instruments, see a real teepee, and check out dance performances by Native American groups from throughout the Americas.


Travel back in time to Elizabethan England at the Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park. Photo by the author

New York Renaissance Faire – Tuxedo Park
Saturday, August 4 – Sunday, September 30 (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 11-12.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Family Shows – Garrison
Wednesday, August 8; Tuesday, August 14; and Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Two different family shows will be presented on various dates, and on several of these occasions, the performances will be preceded by kid-targeted theater workshops. Prices range from discounted to FREE!


Check out the annual South Salem Fire Department's Carnival this month. Photo courtesy of the event

South Salem Fire Department's Carnival – South Salem
Wednesday, August 8 – Saturday, August 11, 2018
Enjoy a traditional carnival with all the trimmings—plus a parade on Wednesday.

Summer on the Avenue Block Party – Mamaroneck
Thursday, August 9, 2018
The long list of attractions at this festive evening fete includes Bouncy Land, a Bubble Zone, face painting, games, an emergency-vehicle Rescue Zone, balloons, music, a scavenger hunt, tattoos, Lego, and lots more. Much is FREE.


Find traditional fair fun at the Otisville County Fair. Photo courtesy of the event

Otisville Country Fair – Otisville
Thursday, August 9 – Sunday, August 12, 2018
Now in its 30th year, this country fair features a chainsaw competition, horseshoe tournament, FREE hayrides, and a lot more. Cast iron frying-pan toss, anyone?

Beacon Corn Festival – Beacon
Sunday, August 12, 2018
The annual event, held at Pete and Toshi Seeger Park, offers assorted food (beyond corn!), live music on multiple stages, kids’ activities, environmental displays, craft vendors, and more. Admission is FREE.

Hudson Valley RibFest – New Paltz
Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19, 2018
In addition to a sanctioned barbecue contest and feast for all the senses, this three-day festival also features live entertainment and a designated Kid’s Korner with bouncy houses, a rock wall, dunking booth, and more. 

Nimham Pow Wow – Carmel
Saturday, August 18 – Sunday, August 19, 2018
Celebrate Native American culture with teepees, traditional cuisine, a hand-drum competition, performances, birds of prey, and more. Admission is only $1 and benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.

Dutchess County Fair – Rhinebeck
Tuesday, August 21 – Sunday, August 26, 2018
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 loads more.

Summer Hoot – Olivebridge
Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26, 2018
The three-day Summer Hoot features assorted musical acts, local food, square dancing with a live caller, juggling and other workshops, sheep, blacksmithing demos, campfires, camping, a performance by the Arm of the Sea Theater, and more. What’s not to love?

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