August 12 – 18

Welcome to the second week of August! Below we have highlighted what to do over the next 7 days across Westchester! For summertime events that reoccur with an expiration date, click here. Check back often as we update daily.

Thursday, August 13 – Sunday, August 16:

Thursday – Friday at 11:15am and 6:15pm and Sunday at 11:15am and 6:15pm: Backwards in High Heels In her surprising true-life story, we follow Ginger Rogers from the vaudeville stage at age 15 through her ascension to Hollywood goddess. Backwards in High Heels is the story of a small-town girl from Texas who dazzled the whole world, playing everything from ‘the girl next door’ to the modern woman with a mind of her own. It’s a candy box of show-stopping dance numbers, great songs and some surprising revelations about the movie legend. Westchester Boradway Theatre, Elmsford.

Thursday from 4 – 8pm, Friday from 11am – 7pm, Saturday from 9am – 5pm and Sunday from 9am – 4pm: The East Coast National Show $8 per day, kids under 12 are free. Westchester County Center, White Plains.

Thursday, August 13:

6:30 – 8pm: Join us for Let’s Swing Dance, a night of good dancing and good music. Grab your dancing shoes and come to Center Court. The Westchester, White Plains.

Friday, August 14:

8pm: Moth Magic Moths are magical creatures – with their feathery antenna and camouflaged wings! Get a chance to see a few up close with Charlie Roberto as they fly in to our backlight. Free. All welcome. Teatown, Ossining.

Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16:

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10am – 7pm: The New York Renaissance Faire is a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England complete with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance – set within the majestic groves of Tuxedo Park, New York.

Saturday, August 15:

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10am – 12pm: Kids Club: Perler Backpack Dangler They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included.

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12 – 2pm: Kidgits Back To School Event There will be a mini fashion show, entertainment and music, a balloon twister. Blossoming Diva Girl Spa will be doing glitter tattoos and mini makeovers. Not a Kidgit member? It’s only $5 to sign up for the whole year! Sign up at Guest Services or online. The Westchester Mall, White Plains.

12 – 4pm: Lemonade for Leukemia The Leukemia Story: when my niece Katie was diagnosed with Leukemia at only 5 years old we were devastated. She bravely endured over 2 years of chemotherapy and is now 16 years old and 10 years cancer free, thanks to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! While trying to think of a way that we could help, my son Cole came up with the idea to have a Lemonade stand, in honor of my niece, with all of the proceeds going to LLS! We sat in front of our house with a small pitcher of Lemonade and raised $200! We were amazed! Since then, our entire family, friends and community have gotten involved with the event, in hopes that someday there will be a cure. Every year, since it’s beginning, Lemonade for Leukemia is held in honor or memory of someone in our community and has raised over $22,000 to date!!! It means the world to me and my family! Thank you! 38 Hobart Avenue, Port Chester.

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1 – 4pm: Fun Family Craft Time: Activity Chart Make a customizable family activity chart to help keep your kids on track. $7 per project, supplies included. Michaels locations.

2pm: Hudson River Mobiles Join artists from Strawtown Studio at the Hudson Estuary Fish Count and learn to make a mobile inspired by time at the river!  Work with wire, strings, and the river grass phragmites to make a structure for hanging beautiful found beach objects: sea glass, shells, sand stones, driftwood. Attach an image of fish and aquatic life to remind you of the incredible diversity of life you would see if you could lift the lid off the river! For all ages, children under 8 will need parental assistance. Take part in a citizen science project and enjoy a mid-summer day by the river as the tide goes out! Join Erin Baker, Teatown educator, at the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow, seining for fish and other creatures in the warm waters of the Hudson.  We will focus on identification and record and share the results with other sites taking part in the Great Hudson Fish Count. Free. $5 parking fee. RiverWalk Center, Sleepy Hollow.

2 – 4pm: Preserving The Harvest: Tomato Sauce One of the pleasures of a heavy summer harvest is being able to preserve produce for the winter. Registration is required; $30 per class. Children ages 8-12 free when accompanied by an adult. Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center, Yorktown Heights.

7:30pm: WorldFest Bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets. Free and open to the public. Historic Untermyer Park, Yonkers.

Sunday, August 16:

12 – 6pm: Jewish Music and Arts Festival Presented by The Westchester Jewish Council, The Westchester Klezmer Program, and Kol Hazzanim – The Cantors of Westchester in cooperation with Westchester County Parks, the festival is the last of the annual summer ethnic heritage festivals series. A vendor exhibition area including Judaica will be open throughout the festival. The event features a variety of musical entertainment including WELT, a musical group from the Jewish community of France who performs songs and stories of the Yiddushland. Critics describe Welt’s songs as “alternately amusing, living, moving and poignant; a strong experience full of emotion and pleasure.” Other entertainment includes Nafshenu Orchestra, a well-known Jewish orchestra known for specializing in musical versatility performing all styles of Jewish and contemporary music, children’s entertainer Bobby Doowah whose contagious enthusiasm, originality and creativity have been captivating and entertaining young children for years, and the Westchester Klezmer Program Band and Cantor Randy Herman performing with members of Kol Hazzanim – the Cantors of Westchester.  In addition, Camp Zeke will lead Israeli dancing for all ages throughout the day. Face painting and balloon artistry by Maria, as well as PJ Library will also be on hand to provide additional family activities and fun throughout the day. This festival is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Attendees may bring chairs, blankets, and picnics, and kosher food and snacks will be available for purchase. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla.

1pm: Technique Class: Focaccia Making with Oil and Vinegar Tasting Learn how to make the classic Italian flatbread known as focaccia. Then we’ll dip the freshly baked bread into an assortment of oils and vinegars—a simple but amazing combination. Class times vary by store location. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Williams-Sonoma locations.

1 – 3pm: Lighthouse Tours $5 per adults, ,$3 per child. Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow.

2pm: What’s the Buzz with Honeybees? It’s a busy time at the Nature Center! Learn how and why honeybees are critical players in our lives and in the global economy. Includes a tasting of local honey. $8 per person. Greenburgh Nature Center, Greenburgh.

2 – 8pm: Our once-monthly Kids’ Open Mic is a showcase for talented musicians and singers ages 6 – 17. Sing solo or with a band. Teachers are welcome to perform with student.  Bring your guitar, bass, sax, flute or whatever instrument you play. We provide a drum kit, keyboard, amps and microphones. iPod backing music accommodated. (Internet connection not available, so have your song pre-set.) Our Kids’ Open Mic has become a popular favorite, and is always full of surprises and incredible talent. Come to perform or just come to listen! Sign-up begins at 5:30. Kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Every month, we offer a $10 Burger special for kids 12 & under. Bring the entire family and enjoy a night of great food and great musical fun. Please make dinner reservations early, as we often sell out. Free admission. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, Peekskill.

Tuesday, August 18:

7:30 – 9pm: Get Your Grill On – Organic Freezer Meal Workshop Join Melissa Berardis for a Wildtree freezer meal workshop. You’ll prepare 10-20 meals in 90 minutes and take them home to share with your family! Fee $79 for the class which includes all the spices and mixes plus leftover products to make even more at home! You will receive a list of additional items to purchase like needed proteins, veggies and other staple to make the meals. Registration is required. Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown Heights.

We always provide the links for your convenience and encourage you to check the event listing directly for any changes, re-schedules or typos (cause I am not a robot), before heading out.

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