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Current and Recent Events & Activities Near Yorktown
Running until June 30, 2019: This film reveals animal inhabitants in rare & breathtaking detail captured by cameras mounted inside dens & nests & moving along forest floors & pond bottoms. Will be shown daily in the Museum’s Samuel J. & Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm, and in 3D at 10:30 am and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. Times are subject to change. Call to purchase tickets in advance or visit our website. $28 (adults), $22.50 (students/seniors), $16.50 (children ages 2–12). American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St, NYC. Visit their website for more information.
Martial Arts: Try a Free Aikido Class
February 2, 2019: Aikido of Westchester is offering a free introduction class to the martial art of aikido every Saturday and Sunday 10:30am. The class is open to all. You don't need to be physically fit or have martial arts experience. Simply show up with an open mind and we promise you'll have fun! Every Saturday! 100 Mamaroneck Ave, Floor 2, White Plains. Visit their website for more information.
Nibble and Nosh 2019
February 9, 2019: Attend this fun evening at Keeler Library of sampling International Cuisine representing traditional dishes from around the world. All foods are made by local North Salem residents. This great event unifies fun, food, music, and more for the entire family. $20/adult, $10/child (12 & under). A limited number of tickets are available. Please RSVP by February 1st. If you do not RSVP by that date, you may still attend, but the admission fee will be increased. Keeler Library, 276 Titicus Rd, North Salem. 7-9pm. Visit their website for more information.
The Royal Hanneford Circus
February 16-18, 2019: Carrying on the tradition, The Royal Hanneford Circus is stepping into the new age of the circus in America. The Hanneford Family is guaranteed to bring smiles and laughter to each and every audience with their wide variety of high end acts and talents from all over the world. We hope you let our family tradition become yours. Reserved Seats - $27 & $35 at the Westchester County Center Box Office; children under 2yrs are free if they sit on your lap. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave, White Plains. 10am, 2pm, & 6pm. Visit their website for more information.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Hungarian Fire
March 2, 2019: Committed to bringing audiences the finest performances! The pieces in this afternoon’s program show Hungary’s deep musical roots in folk tradition had widespread influence on composers throughout Europe. Tickets are $35-$62.50. The Performing Arts Center, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase. 5-6:30 pm. Visit their website for more information.
Signs of Spring Hike
April 6, 2019: The end of winter is near and it's a perfect time to hike through the reservation looking for signs of spring. Check with the parking booth attendant for meeting location. Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Rte 35 & 121 South, Cross River. 1pm. Visit their website for more information.
Seasonal "Any Time" Activities Near Yorktown
Bike the Bronx River Parkway
Bronx River Pkwy Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center, Bronx, NY
Sundays: During Bicycle Sundays, the Bronx River Pkwy is open exclusively for cyclists, joggers, walkers, foot scooters & strollers from 10-2pm. From Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center to Exit 4 at Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, the public can travel a round-trip distance of 13 miles! The road is closed to automobiles in that stretch of the parkway. Admission is free. Parking is available at the County Center lot in White Plains for $7. Visit their website for more information.
Spend a Family Day at the Legoland Discovery Center in Yonkers
Open Year Round: If your kids are obsessed with Legos, it's worth taking a trip north to Legoland Discovery Center in Yonkers. There are 12 great family attractions offering hours of indoor fun, including rides, interactive stations and a massive play structure to explore. Neither you nor your kids need to be Lego nuts to enjoy yourselves here! Admission is $22/adults & $19/children ages 3 to 12. Legoland Discovery Center, 39 Fitzgerald St, Yonkers. Open daily year round. Sundays thru Thursdays from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm and Fridays thru Saturdays from 10:00 am thru 9:00 pm. Visit their website for more information.
Try a Free Aikido Class in White Plains
Every Sat & Sun: Aikido of Westchester is a member dojo of the United States Aikido Federation, recognized by the Aikikai World Headquarters in Japan. Its purpose is to provide instruction in the martial art of aikido according to the principles of the founder, Morihei Ueshiba. Founded in 1997, it is the first and original USAF aikido dojo established in White Plains, NY, Westchester county. Aikido is a self-defense martial art suitable for the whole family. Every Saturday & Sunday, 10:30-11:45 am. Try one class today! There is no obligation to join. Aikido of Westchester, 100 Mamaroneck Avenue, 2nd Floor, White Plains. Visit their website for more information.
Walk the Mall With Us
Tuesdays and Fridays: Enjoy some window-shopping as you keep in shape during Mall Walks at The Westchester in White Plains. The program offers indoor health walking at Westchester’s premier mall on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 8 am to 10 am throughout the year. A special guest speaker is presented on the first Friday of each month providing information on health issues, safety and nutrition. The talk takes place at 9 a.m.at the Level One Nordstrom E-bar seating area. Admission and parking are free for all registered members of the mall walk program. To join, sign up at the horse fountain plaza near Crate & Barrel on Retail Level Two, on Tuesday and Friday mornings during the program. 125 Westchester Ave, White Plains. Visit their website for more information.
Yorktown History at Museum in Yorktown Heights
Open Year Round: Yorktown Museum, where history comes alive! Visit a recreated 18th century home and an early Mohegan Indian settlement. Discover the Old Put Railroad and see how local farms operated. Find unique gifts, enjoy fascinating and detailed miniatures, conduct research – all in their convenient location in Yorktown Heights. Open year round Tuesday thru Thursday, 11am-4pm; Sunday, 12-3pm. Free. 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights. Visit their website for more information.
Archive of Some Past Events
Yorktown Farmers Market
Sundays thru October: Muscoot Farms in Somers, NY, hosts the Yorktown Farmers Market! The Market has more than 20 vendors offering fresh produce and local food products every Sunday through October. From 9:30-2:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Friday Night Fireworks
Fridays till September 1st: A spectacular fireworks display every Friday night at 9:15pm through Sept 1st. Playland Park, Rye Visit their website for more information.
Revolutions Over the River - The Lore of the Hudson Highlands
January 27, 2019: This book talk offers lively tales of the Highlands! Come and hear how these hills arcing fifty miles above New York City influenced revolutions of independence, industry, art and the environment. This book talk is appropriate for teens & adults. 2-3:30pm. John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130 E Main St, Shrub Oak. Visit their website for more information.
My City, My Song
January 19, 2019: Three vibrant New York City-based artists will perform in Zankel Hall as part of My City, My Song, an interactive Family Concert celebrating music from around the world. The performance features Greek folk from Magda Giannikou, Malian traditional music from Yacouba Sissoko, and Indian classical music from Falu Shah. Free pre-concert activities are offered one hour prior to each performance, preparing parents and children to sing and dance along with the artists. $10. Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, NYC. 12 noon-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Animal Tracking in the Snow
December 16, 2018: Discover the secret lives of animals by following their tracks in the snow! Weather and snow permitting. Cranberry Lake Preserve, North White Plains, 1609 Old Orchard St, West Harrison. 1:30pm, 3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Holiday Dance for the Disabled
December 4, 2018: Seasonal dance for people with disabilities. 6:30-9pm. Visit their website for more information.
Holidays On the Hill Train Show
December 1-16, 2018: There will be a model train display, featuring Lionel & similar O scale trains — both steam & diesel — that travel through a miniature holiday landscape representing the Metro-North Harlem line from Grand Central Terminal to Katonah! Dec 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 15 & 16, 2018. $10/adult, $5 for children 5 & older. Lasdon Park, 2610 Amawalk Rd, Route 35, Katonah. Visit their website for more information.
Opening of Westchester's Winter Wonderland
November 23-December 31, 2018: This event features the Santa Experience', plus unlimited skating, a circus, great rides, fantastic local food trucks, dazzling light show and more. For a complete schedule, fees and tickets please visit website. $20. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Pkwy Rd, Valhalla. 5-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
Paws To Read
November 19, 2018: Children in grades K-6 can come practice their "read aloud" skills by reading to a friendly canine friend, Izod, for 15 minutes. Mondays: October 1, 15 & 29 and November 5 & 19 from 5-6:00pm. Register in person or by phone. Child/parent must have a valid Hart Library card please. John C Hart Memorial Library, 1130 E Main St, Shrub Oak. 5-6:00pm. Visit their website for more information.
Legend of the Leatherman Hike
November 3, 2018: Hear the lore of the Old Leather Man as told by storyteller Jonathan Kruk on this annual 2.5-mile hike. Meet at the Michigan Road parking area. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Trailside Nature Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River. 1:00pm. Visit their website for more information.
Pumpkin Decorating Workshop
October 20, 2018: Join the annual pumpkin decorating workshop! It is geared towards children ages 3 & up with a caregiver. Bring a medium sized pumpkin & decorations will be provided. Register for only 1 session please. And, FYI, child/parent must have a valid Hart library card. If registering more than 1 child, kindly fill out 1 registration form per child. John C Hart Memorial Library, 1130 E Main St, Shrub Oak. 10:30-11am or 11:30am-12 noon. Visit their website for more information.
10th Annual Yorktown Festival & Street Fair
October 7, 2018: Come join in the fun as Commerce Street & Veterans Road are filled with more than 250 vendors. Enjoy a fabulous day of food, music & fun! Downtown Yorktown along Commerce St & Veterans Rd, Yorktown Heights. 11am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro
September 12-16, 2018: Celebrate the 4th Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro with rides, food, music & games! Procession of the Statue of San Gennaro begins Wednesday the 12th @ 6:30pm behind the Yorktown Firehouse. Commerce St & Railroad Park. Wed-Fri 5-11pm, Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
Yorktown Grange Fair
September 7-9, 2018: Activities for the 2018 fair include our beautiful produce & flower exhibits, livestock shows, great entertainment, and of course, great food! The theme is American Values — Hometown Roots, emphasizing the importance of the values we hold dear & the essential need we have for community. Our focus is on the ties that bind. Yorktown Grange Fairgrounds, 99 Moseman Ave, Yorktown Heights. All day. Visit their website for more information.
Jewish Heritage Festival
August 19, 2018: Come celebrate Jewish culture through music & dance. There'll be entertainment, vendors & traditional food. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla. Noon-6pm. Visit their website for more information.
Family Fun Day & Sand Castle Contest
August 4, 2018: Get a team together to create your own masterpiece at the beach! Music & dancing, games & fun all afternoon. Free with beach admission fee ($10). Sand castle contest 11am-4pm; music & games noon-4pm. Rain date: 8/5. Glen Island Beach, New Rochelle. Visit their website for more information.
Summer Ecology Walk
July 14, 2018: Find out what is going on in nature during this time of the year during a stroll around the sanctuary. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Playland Park, Rye. 1-2:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Inuksuit: Special Free Event
July 1, 2018: This is an epic outdoor piece performed by more than 60 percussionists & other instrumentalists! Inuksuit calls for the audience to wander outside among musicians playing an incredible array of instruments including conch shells, sirens, gongs, bells, drums, cymbals & glockenspiels, dispersed throughout the landscape. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Bedford. 2-6pm. Visit their website for more information.
African American Heritage Festival
June 24, 2018: Enjoy exciting music & dance at this years festival! There will be vendors & a varied selection of foods. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla. noon-7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Insects In the Meadow
June 10, 2018: Join the curator to observe the life in the large meadow. Hand lenses, nets & observation containers will be provided. Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Rd, Rye. 2-3:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Volunteer Stewardship Day
May 30, 2018: Make a difference in the Preserve & volunteer with the environmental stewardship team! If you wish, you may check in with the office 2 weeks prior to the event to learn exactly what we'll be working on this week. You'll be learning about what you're doing every step of the way. Rockefeller State Park Preserve, 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville. 10am-12:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Annual WLT Tree Planting
May 5, 2018: Explore Westchester in a new way! Join WLT (Westchester Land Trust), members of Riverkeeper River Sweep Program, and members of the Watershed Agricultural Council as we plant native trees along the Hunter Brook. While you plant, you'll hear and see some of the best wildlife habitat in northwestern Westchester. Come join us and help plant a tree or two! 1953 Beekman Ct, Yorktown Heights. 9am-noon. Visit their website for more information.
Mad Science @ Field Library
May 3, 2018: Are you mad about science? Kids 5+ join us for some fun, kid-friendly science experiments & challenges. 4 Nelson Ave, Peekskill. 4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Springtime Scavenger Hunt
April 29, 2018: Find clues on a journey through the beautiful habitats of the conservancy. Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Rd, Rye. 2-3:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Signs of Spring Hike
April 7, 2018: With the end of winter in sight, this is a perfect time to hike the reservation observing signs that spring is on the way. Visit the Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River. 1pm Visit their website for more information.
March 4, 2018: The Lasdon's horticulturist gives a Conservatory Tour of the Tropical Rainforest exhibit. Learn about the rainforests & tropical plants. Weekends $7/adults & $3/children 12 & under. 2610 Amawalk rd., Katonah. 2-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Mid Winter Snowshoe/Hike
February 4, 2018: Explore the winter beauty of Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem! We will snowshoe (or hike, if not enough snow) on moderately easy terrain. 1 ½ hrs ending with a bonfire, music and refreshments. Meet at office near park entrance off Hawley Road for info on exact starting place. (snowshoes not provided) Led by Peter Gross and Dan Welsh. 201 Hawley Rd., North Salem. 1pm. Visit their website for more information.
Special Conservatory Tour
January 14, 2018: Join Lasdon Park horticulturist on a special Conservatory tour of the Tropical Rainforest exhibit. Learn about rainforests as well as tropical plants. The usual weekend fee applies of $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets are sold at the Shop at Lasdon. 2-3pm. 2610 Amawalk Rd., Rte 35, Katonah. Visit their website for more information.
Sunday Concert Contemporary Jazz
January 7, 2018: Kristina Koller is a very original contemporary jazz vocalist, one that anyone interested in jazz, or for that matter progressive music needs to hear. Come enjoy an afternoon of music at the Yorktown Community Library. 2-4pm. 1130 East Main St., Shrub Oak. Visit their website for more information.
Holiday Stress Relief Hike at Lenoir Preserve
December 16, 2017: Take a break from the holiday hubbub and take a relaxing stroll around the preserve. Lenoir Preserve, 19 Dudley St, Hastings-On-Hudson. 1-2pm. Visit their website for more information.
6th Annual Electric Lights Parade
December 2, 2017: The Town of Yorktown and the Yorktown & Mohegan Lake Volunteer Fire Companies present an electric lights parade! Watch dozens of lighted vehicles as they travel down Front Street to Commerce Street to Veterans Road. The parade ends with the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field! 6:30pm. Rain/snow date Dec 3rd. Yorktown Heights. Visit their website for more information.
Westchester's Winter Wonderland
November 24, 2017: Entertainment, the "Santa Experience," unlimited skating, rides, dazzling light show, vendors, food and more! Admission $15 per person ages 4 and older. Purchase before Nov 15 & save $2! Check their website for exact dates and times. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla. Visit their website for more information.
Muscoot Farm Saturday Hike
November 4, 2017: Ever want to see more of Muscoot? Meet at the reception center for an intermediate hike outback. Ages 8 and up. 7-9am at Muscoot Farm, Somers Visit their website for more information.
Hike To Leatherman's Cave
November 4, 2017: Hear the lore of the Old Leather Man as told by storyteller Jonathan Kruk on this annual 2.5-mile hike. Meet at the Michigan Road parking area. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Trailside Nature Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. 2pm. Cross River, NY. Visit their website for more information.
Teen Day of the Dead Celebration
November 1, 2017: Celebrate dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead! at the Greenburgh Public Library! Decorate candy skulls and watch a "Day of the Dead" themed movie. For middle and high school age. All supplies included free of charge. Registration required. 300 Tarrytown Rd, Elmsford. 5:30-7:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Halloween Parade & Carnival
October 28, 2017: The Yorktown Halloween Parade & Carnival will be filled with family friendly halloween fun! The Halloween parade will begin at the Yorktown Plaza Park at 1905 Commerce St. (Rexall’s). Participants will march to the Yorktown Community & Cultural Center for outdoor Halloween activities, costume showcase, hay rides and entertainment. Free to all Yorktown residents. From 2-4pm. No registration required. This event is co-sponsored with the Yorktown Lions Club. Rain Date: Oct 29 (no parade; only carnival). Visit their website for more information.
Yorktown Festival & Street Fair
October 8, 2017: It'll be a fun-filled day at the Yorktown Festival & Street Fair! There will be food, music, activities for kids and more than 250 vendors from 11-5pm. Located at Commerce St. & Veterans Rd., Yorktown, NY. Visit their website for more information.
Fieldhome's 2017 Fall Festival
September 23, 2017: Enjoy live entertainment, a classic car show and a kid's zone with inflatable rides, petting zoo, games and more. The 13th annual fall festival will be at The Seabury at Fieldhome 2276 Catherine st, Cortlandt Manor 11-4pm Visit their website for more information.
Yorktown Grange Antique Vehicle & Tractor Parade
September 9, 2017: Open to all farm & garden tractors and pre-1973 trucks & cars from 1900-1966. The parade route is from Veterans rd to Yorktown Grange Fairgrounds (1 mile) Line up at 11am behind Yorktown Firehouse. The parade starts at noon. Visit their website for more information.
August 26, 2017: Join members of the 4-H Club and learn what it takes to raise and show a farm animal. Muscoot Farm, Somers 10-3pm Visit their website for more information.
August 5, 2017: Ever want to see more of Muscoot? Join this intermediate hike through the farm's outback. 10-13pm at Muscoot Farm, Somers Visit their website for more information.
Family Fun Day & Sand Castle Contest
August 5, 2017: Put a team together & create your own masterpiece in the sand. Music & entertainment all afternoon at the beach. 11-4pm. Free with paid beach admission. Rules & registration at parks.westchestergov.com Rain date: Aug 6 Visit their website for more information.
Polish Heritage Festival
July 9, 2017: Music & entertainment, craft vendors, food for sale & more. Located at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla 12-7pm Visit their website for more information.
Historical & Military Vehicle Show
July 1, 2017: During our opening weekend we will have face painting, presentations, music, food, The Shop and more! Visit their website for more information.
Cultural Heritage Celebrations in 2017
June 18, 2017: Visit their website for more information.
Grand Opening of Lasdon Conservatory
June 17th-18th: Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the Lasdon Conservatory. Enjoy the green lushness punctuated by brightly colored orchids and bromeliads growing from tree cavities and along low branches. You will hear the screeches, cries and calls of animals and birds as they move through their ancient, ancestral homes. Welcome to our first exhibit, “The Rainforest: Tropical Treasures.” Adults: $10, Kids: $5, Children 2 & Under: Free. Lasdon Park, 2610 Amawalk Rd, Katonah. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
28th Annual Yorktown Community Day
June 17, 2017: Stop by the Jefferson Valley Mall and join YOUnited for the 28th annual Yorktown Community Day. This event will include live entertainment, a food truck festival, giveaways and more. Enjoy a day filled with exhibits, food, attractions, activities, and fun for the whole family! Free Admission. Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd, Yorktown Heights. 11am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Hilltop Hanover Farm Fest
June 3, 2017: Features vendors, food booths, tractor demos from Yorktown Grange, children's games & tractor rides. 10-4pm Visit their website for more information.
Historic Mansion "Gossip" Tour in Mount Kisco
February 26, 2017: Before there was social media, there were gossip and society columns in the newspaper. Take a tour of Merestead based on the gossip and social pages of the day to learn about the family that lived there. Nestled in the hills of Mount Kisco, Merestead is a magnificent Georgian mansion with sprawling gardens. The 130 acres of property, originally the Sloane family estate, is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties and is now a park and historic house museum. Merestead Estate, 455 Byram Lake Rd, Mt Kisco. 1-2:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
2017 Home Lifestyle & Family Show in Yorktown Heights
February 18, 2017: In addition to displays and demonstrations of all sorts of home improvement activities, there will be a cooking contest, games, reading for children and much more! Admission is FREE! Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Boulevard, Yorktown Heights. 11am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Shake the Winter Blues with Support Connection at the Solaris Sports Club
February 11, 2017: Bring your family and friends to shake the winter blues away. Children of all ages welcome (accompanied by an adult.) Enjoy Zumba (12:30-1:30 pm), music, kids activities, food, raffles. Donations accepted to help fund Support Connection’s free breast and ovarian cancer support services. This event is open to the general public. Solaris Sports Club, 201 Veterans Road, Yorktown Heights. Noon-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Tappin' the Trees at Muscoot Farm
February 5, 2017: It's sugaring time! Watch as the Muscoot maples are tapped and learn how the sap is transformed into maple syrup and sugar.Muscoot Farm, 51 NY-100, Katonah. 1:30-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
An Exhibit of the Art of Alberto Murillo in Tarrytown
February 4th-26th: Alberto Murillo’s works are stunning. Influenced by the vibrant culture of his native Spain and the rich palette of Latin America, Murillo has spent a lifetime in exploration of artistic expression. His works are analogous of the Post Painterly Abstractionists. The immersion of highly saturated color and interlocking forms, combined with the direct action oriented method of pouring, layering, blocking, and sandblasting, offers a visceral feast and thoroughly engaging experience. Canfin Gallery, 39 Main Street, Tarrytown. 11am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Grande Romanza: Scenes of Love & Passion from Opera, Operetta and Broadway in Valhalla
January 21, 2017: Renowned for glorious operatic voices, Stefano and Nina Tanchietti, the magical tenor and soprano duo, portray musical scenes of love and passion from beloved favorites of Broadway, Operetta and Opera. They demonstrate extraordinary versatility in both dramatization and musicality. Fully staged scenes of choreographed and costumed duets, solos and dances will be presented. Admission is $22 (General); $20 (Seniors/Students); $16 (Children under 13). Academic Arts Theatre, Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Rd, Valhalla. 8pm. Visit their website for more information.
with a Clinical Assessment
The Counseling Center at Yorktown Heights is an outpatient addiction treatment center for adults and adolescents seeking treatment for addiction, alcoholism, and co-occurring disorders associated with addiction and substance use. The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) combines evidence-based, state of the art treatment with 12 Step principles. The IOP is an intense, focused experience designed to enable sober and productive living.
Eligibility for the IOP is based on a clinical assessment. The first step is to call us, and schedule an appointment, or use this convenient and confidential form. Now offering Saturday assessments!