Westchester is jam-packed with exciting summer events that will get you outdoors! We’ve rounded up 4 fun summer programs, including Shakespeare in the Park performances, outdoor concerts and celebrations happening throughout Westchester, many of which are free. Be sure to check out our “Music in the Air” destination guide for more free and affordable (under $20) summer arts events in Westchester and sign up for our newsletters and consult our Event Calendar to stay informed of more great family-friendly events!
The Clearwater Festival, one of the country’s largest annual music and environmental celebrations, returns to Croton Point Park this Father’s Day weekend, June 15 and 16. Founded in 1966 by the late folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, the Clearwater Festival was inspired by his mission to clean up the Hudson River. It raises money for the Hudson River Clear¬water sloop and organization, which provides environmental research, education and advocacy to help preserve and protect the river and its tributaries. This year, the Clear¬water Festival, also known as the Great Hudson River Revival, marks Seeger’s centennial birthday and the 50th anniversary of the flagship with diverse music, dance, educational and family-friendly programs.
There had been instances of powerful pushback and protests regarding gay rights prior to the events that unfolded over the course of several days at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in June 1969. Yet, the episode at the welcoming spot for New York City’s underground gay community did more to galvanize the LGBTQ collective call for equal civil rights and protection than any action that had preceded it. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the uprising this June, we recall the impact of that watershed moment.