Enjoy out-of-this-world festivities when Main Street closes down and the Pine Bush UFO Fair begins!  Photo courtesy of the fair
Enjoy out-of-this-world festivities when Main Street closes down and the Pine Bush UFO Fair begins! Photo courtesy of the fair

Weekend Fun: UFO Fair, Story Pirates, Cupcake Festival

Be forewarned: there are so many fun, family-friendly events happening this weekend that the task of picking and choosing may be difficult! Dominating the lineup are spring festivals in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, with celebrations of various sorts—even the extraterrestrial.

Returning this year is Celebrate Pinkster, a festival honoring a historic African-American spring celebration, featuring drumming, dancing, cuisine, and more. Carnival season kicks off with the St. Patrick’s Annual Carnival's rides, games, and cotton candy. For out-of-this-world fun, resistance is futile at the annual UFO Fair (and, for that matter, at the tantalizing Gardiner Cupcake Festival). And, for a robust agenda of hands-on art fun using assorted media, don’t miss the annual Family Arts Bash.

Read on for our top weekend picks, and visit each listing for complete details. Consult our May GoList and our Event Calendar to plan ahead, and stay in the know by signing up for our newsletters!


Van der Donck Park (and other locations)
Dock Street
Yonkers, NY 10701

St. Patrick’s School
483 Old Post Road
Bedford, NY 10506

Philipsburg Manor
381 N. Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

Arts Westchester
31 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

Downtown Pine Bush
Main Street
Pine Bush, NY 12566

Wright's Farm
699 NY-208
Gardiner, NY 12525

Tarrytown Music Hall
13 Main Street
Tarrytown, NY 10591

The Nature Place Day Camp
285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977

21st Street and Broadway to
Tompkins Square Park
New York, NY

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004