6 Arts Festivals to Check Out This Fall

(photo courtesy of Croton Council on the Arts)

Each fall, outdoor arts festivals call to arts lovers like a beacon in the night.  For many, these festivals are like a ritual to welcome in the changing leaves, flannel shirts and hot cocoa binging. Now, after several years of distancing, people are slowly but surely returning to the arts. September and October are ripe with cultural offerings to be enjoyed safely outdoors. Here are some to mark on your calendars: 

1. September 3
Arts & Crafts Hudson River Festival

presented by Croton Council on the Arts

After a three-year break, the arts return to Senasqua Park in Croton-on-Hudson. Local artists, crafters and vendors will present their wears and creations with a backdrop of live music and panoramic views of the Hudson.  According to Croton Council on the Arts President Jim Christensen, the daylong event aims to fulfill the Council’s mission of bringing the arts community back together again.

Gotham Kings performed as part of JazzFest White Plains in 2019 (photo credit: Tim Grajek)

2. September 14-18
JazzFest White Plains

presented by ArtsWestchester, White Plains BID, the City of White Plains

Now in its 11th year, JazzFest White Plains will once again bring the brightest stars of the jazz scene to downtown White Plains. This year’s five-day festival boasts jazz legend Buster Williams, fast-emerging pianist Joey Alexander, funky saxophonist Grace Kelly and more. The festival includes free daytime performances, intimate nighttime concerts and culminates in the White Plains Jazz & Food Festival on its final day. The outdoor festivities on September 18 include a full day of free performances on Mamaroneck Avenue headlined by the soulful vibes of flutist and vocalist Ragan Whiteside.


(photo courtesy of artrider)

3. September 16-18
Crafts at Lyndhurst

presented by Artrider

Visitors to Crafts at Lyndhurst will peruse the artworks of hundreds of artists who specialize in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, printmaking, drawing, photography, jewelry and more. In addition to gourmet food options and a beer and wine truck, the day is rounded out by craft demonstrations and family activities such as face painting and an interactive puppet theater. Guests can also explore the lush 67-acre grounds of Lyndhurst Mansion and its scenic views of the Hudson. For an additional fee, they can extend the day’s offerings with a tour of the Mansion. 


Photo by Caroline Christie Photography (courtesy of Armonk Outdoor Art Show)

4. October 1 & 2
Armonk Outdoor Art Show

presented by Armonk Outdoor Art Show

Celebrating its 60th year, this Armonk mainstay has become a staple in its community.  Not only does the show include 140 juried artists, but it is also run and organized almost exclusively by volunteers, and its proceeds benefit the local North Castle Public Library. In celebration of this connection with the library, a new-this-year exhibition will feature works that utilize a book as the artist’s “canvas.” Along the lawn of Community Park, works will range in price, size and style, with 12 mediums represented, including paintings, sculpture, photography, wearable art, fine crafts and more. Arts activities for the family, as well as food vendors, will be offered throughout the day. 


Artist Chris Soria works on his mural for the Serious Fun Arts Fest (photo credit: Mary Alice Franklin)

5. October 12-16
Serious Fun Arts Fest

presented by ArtsWestchester

This five-day festival will take over the streets of White Plains with public art, live music, pop-up dance performances, an art fair, gallery events and more. The week will also see the unveiling of artist Amanda Browder’s Metropolis Sunrise community art project, which will result in a fabric installation being draped along the façade of ArtsWestchester’s nine-story building. A Saturday Block party will include a lineup of free performances throughout the day, while a Sunday concert celebration will be headlined by on-the-rise Brooklyn band Sammy Rae & the Friends.  


ArtsFest Artisan Market (photo credit: Susan Nagib)

6. October 20-23

presented by New Rochelle Council on the Arts

ArtsFest has become a stalwart festival of the New Rochelle and Pelham area over the years. The 2022 festival will kick off with the world premiere of new music from Copland House resident composer Steven Snowden, and the festivities take off from there. The weekend includes the ArtsFest Music Festival at New Ro Parc, as well as the ArtsFest Dance Festival, open artist studios, free guided trolley tours of recently installed murals throughout the City, and family art-making workshops at the ArtsMobile. An Artisan Market on the grounds of the historic Thomas Paine Cottage will give visitors an opportunity to purchase works from local artisans while enjoying live music and food trucks.



September 17: Yonkers RiverFest
October 15: Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival
October 22-23: Westchester Craft Crawl


A version of this article first appeared in the September 2022 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.

About ArtsWestchester

For more than 50 years, ArtsWestchester has been the community’s connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest private not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is to create an equitable, inclusive, vibrant and sustainable Westchester County in which the arts are integral to and integrated into every facet of life. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts, exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations and the community. A two-story gallery is located on the first floor of ArtsWestchester’s historic building on Mamaroneck Avenue. artsw.org