It’s time for Dad’s special day, and we’ve combed Westchester and the Hudson Valley to find the best ways for families to honor the important men in their lives. Sure, a nice dinner or sporting event is often the just-right excursion, but in case you’re looking for something more, we’ve got lots to choose from.
The big headliner of the weekend is the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival, a two-day outdoor event celebrating environmental protection on a grand scale with a vast and impressive lineup of music, exhibitions, assorted entertainment, an instrument “petting zoo,” wholesome food, and more. This is just one of several summer festivals taking place this weekend; others include the Yonkers Ukrainian Heritage Festival.
Another musical highlight is Caramoor's Family Concert, when the illustrious venue presents a performance tailored to younger audiences. Fans of inflatables, this one’s for you: The Big Bounce America is bringing 20,000 square feet of jumpy fun to the Hudson Valley, including assorted variations on the bouncy theme. There also are a couple of kid-focused historical events this weekend, including Family Fun Day at the Piermont Railroad Station Museum, which offers particular appeal for young fans of locomotives.
Read on for all of our top picks, and check out our Event Calendar for even more options to choose from. Our June GoList can help you plan the remainder of the month, and signing up for our FREE weekly newsletters keeps you in the know!
Have a very happy Father’s Day!
Enjoy music, dancing, food, and more at the Ukrainian Heritage Festival in Yonkers. Photo courtesy of the festival
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival – Croton-on-Hudson
Also known as the “Clearwater Festival,” this two-day event features seven stages of live music, locally sourced food vendors, craft vendors, and loads more. A Family Stage has acts geared toward children, while the Children’s Area offers a mind maze, mask-making, jugglers, and other performers. Don’t miss the exotic instrument petting zoo, where all ages can try out an array of uncommon music-makers. This year’s event offers discounted admission for older kids. Read more about our experience.
The Big Bounce America – New Windsor
Boasting 20,000 square feet of bouncing paradise, this traveling inflatable extravaganza features such enticing elements as the Bounce Village, Water Slide, Ninja Run, Lil' Bouncer, and Monster Ball Pit. Friday through Sunday.
Yonkers Ukrainian Heritage Festival – Yonkers
Varenyky, holubtsi, and kobasy are some of the Ukrainian foods that will be available for purchase at this cultural extravaganza, which also includes music, dancing, crafts, carnival rides, games, and vendors. Friday through Sunday.
Greek Festival – Poughkeepsie
This annual festival features food, live music, and performances, as well as a bounce house, games, and rides. Thursday-Sunday
Celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Army with the West Point Band. Photo courtesy of West Point
Saturday, June 16
Family Fun Day at the Piermont Railroad Station Museum – Piermont
Visit a historic train station and enjoy FREE fun like being a Junior Stationmaster, learning to communicate in Morse Code, posing for pictures aboard the Piermont Express Train, and chugging along with locomotive storytime.
West Point Band Presents Army Birthday Concert – West Point
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. FREE
See all Saturday events.
The Knights will perform in a family-friendly concert at the Caramoor Center. Photo courtesy of Caramoor
Sunday, June 17
Family Concert – Katonah
Enjoy a family concert at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts featuring The Knights performing an hour-long repertoire tailored to a younger audience.
Children’s Day – New Windsor
History buffs can watch reenactments at this former military enclave, where staff will demonstrate 18th-century skills like musket drills. For more contemporary fun, kids will also have the chance to play games, watch a magic show, and pet animals.
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One of the best ways to celebrate the Summer Solstice in New York is the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. You’ll see floats, eye-popping costumes, surprising twists on the theme (Mermaids from Outer Space, anyone?), and (ahem) the occasional lack of upper costume. Be forewarned that it can get quite hot and crowded, and bathroom access is limited.
On Sunday, ya gotta love the Annual Egg Rolls And Egg Creams Festival—if for no other reason than the sheer ridiculousness of the theme. Though the name suggests only a culinary agenda, other features include Chinese opera, klezmer music, Yiddish folk dancing, mahjong, Puerto Rican–style mask-making, and more. The egg creams use the authentic Fox’s U-Bet chocolate syrup—no messing around!
Don't forget—there are more ideas for fun family outings in our Event Calendar.