June GoList: Best Things To Do in Westchester with Kids

Things to Do

June ushers in summer, Father’s Day and the end of school, as well as loads of outdoor fun in Westchester and the Hudson Valley in the form of cultural celebrations, music under the clouds, carnivals and festivals.

After a year's hiatus, the Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival returns for yet more inspiring music, environmental activism, food trucks, boating and amazing activities for kids.

On the subject of good causes, Walk Now for Autism Speaks continues to serve the community of people on the spectrum with fundraising, consciousness-raising and spirited activities.

Carnival season kicks off with the ICS Carnival, which we recently profiled first-hand. For festivals with culture, venture to the annual Ukrainian Heritage Festival, among others.

Though performances overlap June and July, this might be a hot-ticket item, so we’re giving you a heads-up about A Night on Fire.

These are just a few of our top picks for June. Get your calendars ready and read on for all our best bets for the month. If you're looking for even more options, check our Event Calendar, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook

ICS Carnival - Tuckahoe
Thursday, June 1–Sunday, June 4, 2017
All ages will enjoy this annual full-fledged carnival, which features both kiddie rides and rides for older kids, bumper cars, food stands and more. Read our hot-off-the-presses review of this event.

The ICS Carnival is an annual family favorite. Photo by the author.

Festa Italiana - West Harrison
Friday, June 2, through Sunday, June 4, 2017
Celebrate Italian culture all weekend long with classic cuisine, food and music along with children's activities and games.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks - White Plains
Sunday, June 4, 2017
This annual walk-a-thon raises money and awareness for autism research and treatment. Walkers are encouraged to raise funds in support of the cause. FREE

Fol de Rol County Fair - Armonk
Thursday, June 8, through Sunday, June 11, 2017
This county fair features not only carnival rides, games and food but also craft vendors, pet shows, music and more. FREE

Greek Food Festival - Yonkers
Friday, June 9, through Sunday, June 11, 2017
For a Greek theme, indulge in this cultural festival with food, music and dancing all transporting you to the Mediterranean! Other highlights are rides, games, raffles and the Kids’ Zone.

The Yonkers Ukrainian Heritage Festival has it all: live entertainment, delicious food and fun carnival rides.

Yonkers Ukrainian Heritage Festival - Yonkers
Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18, 2017
The cultural immersion is the primary reason to not miss this festival. The food and carnival attractions don’t hurt either!

Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival - Croton-on-Hudson
Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18, 2017
Inspired by Pete Seeger’s desire to clean up the Hudson River over 40 years ago, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival features two days of music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming on seven stages, as well as crafts, the Green Living Expo, small boat exhibits, rides and more. Fun kid-friendly stations include face painting, hair wraps, a mind maze, mask making, bubbles, jugglers, clowns, mimes (some of whom teach their craft), river seining and discovery tents. Some big-name performers for 2017 include Arlo Guthrie, Los Lobos and Joan Osborne. Proceeds support efforts concerning environmental justice. Not to be missed: The instrument petting zoo, where kids (and adults) can try out a large assortment of familiar and unfamiliar instruments. Check out our in-depth coverage of this beloved annual festival.

Enjoy the now-beautiful Hudson Riverthanks to conservation efforts by Pete Seeger's Clearwater Revival effort. Photo by the author.

Drum and Gong Day - Liberty
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Beat it at this group workshop led by a professional percussionist and performer. More than a drumming circle, participants will work on a collaborative project of their own creation, as well as learn about the history of drumming. The gong element lends an added vibe (pardon the pun…). All this is FREE, as part of this art center’s commitment to engaging teens in positive experiences. 

West Point Band Presents Army Birthday Concert – West Point
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Don your red, white and blue and celebrate the birthday of the U.S. army—now 242nd years strong—with a patriotic concert under the stars. Arrive in time for a streamer ceremony and stick around for cake! FREE

Happy birthday to the U.S. Army!

American Roots Music Festival - Katonah
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Whether you go the traditional route of assigned seats under the big tent or opt to simply hear the concert while enjoying a picnic on the grounds, you can’t go wrong with this day- and evening-long lineup of quality performances, along with the added allure of kids’ activities, food for purchase and a beautiful setting.

A Night on Fire - Sleepy Hollow
Friday, June 30 - Sunday, July 2, 2017
Marvel at the choreographed fire-juggling, fire-eating, sword-fighting talents and comedic antics of the group A Different Spin. 

Pyrotechnics and comedy combine at the annual A Night on Fire.

There’s plenty more where that came from in our Event Calendar, and our weekly newsletters deliver all the latest news and events right to your inbox!

All photos courtesy of the venue unless otherwise noted.