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September Arts Festivals Kick Off the Fall Season in Westchester

September 2-4: CORNucopia Festival

Historic Hudson Valley presents its annual CORNucopia festival on September 2-4 – the only corn festival in the Lower Hudson Valley – at Philipsburg Manor. This haven of all-things-corn will offer games in the CORNival area like corn-chucking races, as well as activities for all ages, such as cornhusk doll-making. Cooking demonstrations and English country dancing in the barn give an old-time charm to the day. Guests can enjoy bluegrass and folk music while enjoying a menu of maize-inspired treats and drinks. Photo credit: Tom Nycz. hudsonvalley.org 

 

Deadgrass (photo credit: Peter Freed)

September 9: Take Me To The River

This year, Hastings-on-Hudson’s Take Me To The River Music and Arts Festival (TMTTR) will celebrate its tenth year at Draper Park. The event presents a mix of local, regional and national musical acts, as well as large-scale site-specific art installations. Sixteen bands, many of them returning to the TMTTR stage in celebration of its decennial, will perform – including the Americana sounds of Spuyten Duyvil and the music of Jerry Garcia from the acoustic group Deadgrass. Activities include Hvbris Fire Dancers and a beer garden, as well as a children’s area. 12milesnorth.nyc

 

 

Donald Harrison (photo courtesy of the artist)

September 13-17: Jazz Fest White Plains

On September 13-17, a five-day celebration of jazz brings a diverse array of jazz styles, from straight-ahead to Cuban, to venues throughout downtown White Plains for music lovers of all ages. Presented by ArtsWestchester, the City of White Plains and White Plains BID, the festival – which was voted “Best Jazz Festival” by Westchester Magazine – offers free and affordable performances by emerging and headlining musicians. The celebration culminates in an all-day free outdoor festival on Mamaroneck Avenue on Sunday, September 17. For more, see page A7. artsw.org/jazzfest

 

 

Connor McGinn (photo courtesy of Artrider Productions)

September 15-17: Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst

On the sprawling lawns of Tarrytown’s Lyndhurst Mansion on September 15-17, with a backdrop of the Hudson River, will be a festival to celebrate handmade arts and crafts. Artrider Productions presents the work of 300 emerging and seasoned artists who will offer one-of-a-kind items, from earrings made of stingray to flowers made from glass. An interactive puppet theater and hands-on demonstrations of wheel thrown pottery and woodturning are designed to keep even small children occupied and entertained. Guests can make a day of their visit by enjoying gourmet foods and taking a tour of the Mansion. artrider.com

 

 

September 16: Mount Vernon CityFest

On September 16, the City of Mount Vernon’s CityFest event will showcase music and art from an array of different cultures. African drums, Caribbean and Brazilian dance, and a demonstration by the Red Hawk Native American Arts Council will be complemented by stilt walkers, live music, a children’s lane and more. Represented with Friends of Mount Vernon Arts and Recreation & Youth Programs, the festival will take over several blocks of the City – East 1st and 2nd Streets along South 2nd to 4th Avenues. mvcityfest.com

 

Photograph by Jonathan Spector (photo courtesy of Armonk Outdoor Art Show)

September 23 & 24: Armonk Outdoor Art Show

The 56th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show features 185 artists from 29 states as well as Israel and Canada. This juried festival showcases fresh and diverse art in a variety of mediums and subjects, from Jonathan Spector’s surf photography to Dwight Baird’s paintings about daily struggles in Cuba. The new addition of a children’s tent will provide free activities, including workshops by Neuberger Museum of Art, for children of all ages. Also new this year is the offering of beer and wine for guests to enjoy while browsing the gift-worthy works. armonkoutdoorartshow.org


A version of this article first appeared in the September 2017 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews