Summer has arrived
! (OK, not officially, and certainly not judging by the thermometer.) But with this time of year comes some of the best family-friendly summer festivals and fairs in our area. We’ve rounded up a list of our favorites in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley, all of which include fun activities for kids. Although plans were still being finalized for some of this season’s festivities, we’ll be sure to keep this roster updated as summer progresses.
Sweet tooths abound at the annual Strawberry Festival. Image credit: Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Strawberry Festival – Chappaqua
Saturday, June 3, 2017
This annual festival, now in its 80th year, brings arts and crafts, games, music and, of course, strawberries to the Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Also expect inflatables, face painting and a petting zoo.
Strawberry Festival – Beacon
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Celebrate all things strawberry related with this annual festival, put on by the Beacon Sloop Club.
Ukrainian Heritage Festival – Yonkers
Friday, June 16 - Sunday, June 18, 2017
Enjoy Ukrainian cuisine, music, and arts and crafts at this annual fair. There are rides and games, with unlimited rides from 1-4pm on Saturday for $25 per person. Admission is free.
The Ukrainian Heritage Festival has food, music and live performances! Image credit: Yonkers Ukrainian Festival
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival
Saturday, June 17 – Sunday, June 18, 2017
Returning to Croton Point Park after taking 2016 off, the “Clearwater Festival” features seven stages of live music, a food and farm market, craft vendors and a lot more. A Family Stage has acts geared toward children, while the Children’s Area offers face painting, mask making, bubbles and other creative activities. We’ve attended in the past
and had a wonderful time.
Palisades Fair – West Nyack
Friday, June 23 - Saturday, June 24; Saturday, July 1 - Tuesday, July 4; Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July 9, 2017
This massive carnival is just a hop, skip and a jump across the Tap. In the words of that famous SNL club kid, this fair has everything: banana derbies, hypnotists, a petting zoo, and thrill and illusion shows. There are also, of course, carnival rides; be sure to check online for discounts on all-you-can-ride bracelets.
American Roots Festival - Katonah
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Head to the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts for a full day of live music performances. Rhiannon Giddens will headline this year’s event, and you can expect such kids’ activities as a scavenger hunt.
Family Day – Yonkers
Sunday, June 25, 2017
This event at the Hudson River Museum will feature museum tours, star shows, face painting, dance performances and instruction, Lego crafts and more.
Carnival rides are a highlight of Great American Weekend. Photo credit: Goshen Chamber of Commerce
Great American Weekend – Goshen
Saturday, July 1 - Sunday, July 2, 2017
This giant festival in Orange County is worth the trek over the bridge. Expect tons of food, arts and crafts, and plenty of live music, as well as a carnival with kiddie rides and games. Admission is free, but some activities carry a fee.
Independence Day Fair at John Jay Homestead – Katonah
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
In addition to food, games, live music and crafts, visitors can also take tours of the former Founding Father’s historic home. Admission is free; some fair activities will have a fee.
Pleasantville Music Festival - Pleasantville
Saturday, July 8, 2017
In addition to plenty of live music, this family-friendly festival at Parkway Field features food, vendors and kids’ activities.
Orange County Fair – Middletown
Thursday, July 13 - Sunday, July 16; Thursday, July 20 - Saturday, July 22, 2017
In additional to nail-gripping thrill rides and tried-and-true carnival food, this county fair also boasts a demolition derby for any gear heads in your family.
New York Renaissance Faire – Tuxedo
Saturday, August 5 – Sunday, October 1, 2017 (Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day)
This epic Medieval festival features 30 acres full of games, food, entertainment and rides. It’s nearly impossible to do everything in one day at the “Renn Faire,” so consider a repeat trip. See all of our tips for attending, including how to save on ticket prices, in our complete review
Beacon Corn Festival – Beacon
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Another festival hosted by the Beacon Sloop Club, this one highlights all things corn at the Beacon Riverfront Park! Expect live music, food and kids’ activities. FREE
Dutchess County Fair - Rhinebeck
Tuesday, August 22 - Sunday, August 27, 2017
This is the second largest county fair in New York State. Held on over 144 acres, fairgoers can enjoy rides, games, food (of course!), vendors, life entertainment, and agricultural and horticultural exhibits.
This originally published in 2016 and has been updated for 2017.
Top image credit: Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival