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ArtsFest Celebrates Arts in New Rochelle and Pelham: October 6-8

New Rochelle ArtsFest has shifted its event to October this year. The weekend-long festival, organized by New Rochelle Council on the Arts, highlights more than two dozen arts venues in the towns of New Rochelle and Pelham. Festivities kick off with a Friday night “Arts in Oktoberfest Gallery Hop” on October 6, during which eight galleries open their doors to guests who will explore exhibitions and sample cider and beer.

The weekend continues with studio tours of artists like Charles Fazzino and Marie Hine Cowan, and showcases live music, interactive activities and art exhibitions, including #45: Artists Respond to the New Political Landscape at Iona College and New Rochelle Art Association’s 102nd Annual Juried Exhibition at the New Rochelle Public Library. Other venues include Rotunda Gallery, College of New Rochelle, Hugenot Children’s Library and more. In addition, the 5th annual Lincoln Avenue Arts and Culture Festival includes food, music and arts activities.

Sunday is packed with notable events. A spoken word event at Pelham Art Center will present popular New York City group 650 with a “Best of 650” showcase. Ten Westchester writers will read aloud stories that do not exceed 650 words and each centers around a single theme. Also that day will be a music festival, “If I Had a Hammer,” featuring two stages, each with several sets of live music. This benefit concert will raise money for Habitat for Humanity volunteers to travel to Florida and Texas to help rebuild communities affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

A free trolley will provide transportation between four major locations so that guests can explore the full offerings to the festival. For more info, visit: newrochellearts.org.

Photo caption: Printer David Krinick at Mesh Print Studio in New Rochelle (photo credit: Rodney Bedsole)

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