September is in full force now, and that means peak season for festivals and cultural immersion for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.
An annual fall tradition is the American Gold Cup, the five-day equestrian event that offers more than horse-jumping. Other outing options include New World Voyager – Wassa Pan Afrika, a performance that brings the audience on a trip to Africa, and Survive, which dares tweens to overcome various challenges in nature—gasp!—without their electronic devices. All ages can party in the street at the annual Riverfest, and from the files of “Seriously?” comes the annual Bed Race. Westchester fall festivals also kick off this weekend.
Read on for details on these and other great events happening this weekend. Don't forget: Our Event Calendar offers many more fun happenings this weekend and beyond in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters!
American Gold Cup - North Salem
This prestigious equestrian event takes place over five days, with enormous prize money at stake. In addition to watching the horse-jumping events, enjoy such family-friendly attractions as pony rides, face painting, a magic show, celebrity sightings and more (weekend only). Wednesday-Sunday; weekday events are FREE.
Saturday, September 16
Riverfest - Yonkers
This all-day event returns to Yonkers with lively fare for all ages. Though the 2017 schedule wasn’t available as of this posting, last year’s features included music on multiple stages (with kid-tailored bands), classic cars, street performers, environmental tours, a break-dancing competition, animal exhibits and more. FREE
Larchmont Day - Larchmont
Assorted hullaballoo is planned at this outdoor event, including big trucks, a bouncy house, face painting, mini-golf, live music and more. Celebrate the fire department’s 125th birthday with vintage fire trucks and storytelling by a firefighter. You don’t need to live in Larchmont to love Larchmont Day!
Bed Race - Greenwood Lake
Yes, a bed race. Enter your own or cheer on your favorite!
Survive - Cross River
Two teams compete in this “alternate reality” game, in which tweens test their wilderness-survival skills. But can they survive without … an electronic device??
New World Voyager – Wassa Pan Afrika - Valhalla
Music and dance are used to tell stories of African villages in this exotic performance.
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Sunday, September 17
Armonk Cider & Donut Festival - Armonk
Get your fix of doughnuts and cider at this annual festival, plus live music, a pre-event race, doughnut fishing, a carnival and more. This year’s event is bigger than before!
Harvest Festival - Bethel
Take a trip up to Sullivan County to mark the start of the annual Harvest Festivals, held every Sunday in September. This weekend co-hosts the Rosehaven Alpaca Festival, allowing families to get a close-up look at these curious creatures. There will also be live music, craft and food vendors, corn and hay mazes, pony rides and more.
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Celebrating 90 years is The Annual Feast of San Gennaro, a rite of passage in NYC. The 11-day feast celebrates all things Italian, with food, carnival games, food, religious processions, food, music, food and food. Families with little ones are advised to go earlier in the day to avoid the mob scenes; it can be shoulder-to-shoulder at peak times, making it difficult to navigate and perhaps a bit overwhelming (and a little too easy to get separated). The Grand Procession parade, with floats and marching bands, is held Saturday afternoon. Get your zeppole fix here!
iLuminate combines state-of- the-art technology with electrifying dance to create an innovative performing arts experience. One of the top 3 winners of “America’s Got Talent” has appeared in prominent programs nationwide. View their video for a preview.
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Photo of the American Gold Cup, courtesy of the venue.