Escape with Art, Music, Entertainment and More in Westchester County

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Westchester County Tourism Recommends Crafts at Lyndhurst, LIGHTSCAPES, Memorial Day Weekend Activities, Mother’s Day Events and Exceptional Hotel Packages

With the change of season comes a new wave of activities. Westchester County is the perfect place this May as a lineup of events makes way into the heart of the Hudson Valley.

“If visitors are looking to get outside and see what the lower Hudson Valley has to offer, there is no better location than Westchester County,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “From beautiful outdoor historical sites, to parades, fireworks, music and the arts, they need not look any further. So say to friends to ‘Meet Me’ in Westchester for events and activities for all ages and budgets.”

The following is a preview of upcoming events, activities, hotel deals and more:

Spring Blooms with Art in Westchester
For 30 years, Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst has been one of America’s leading craft events. Each year, 300 artists fill the grounds of the Neo-Gothic Lyndhurst estate, offering one-of-a-kind gifts during the stunning spring blossom season in Westchester County. This year the event will take place Friday, May 1st through Sunday, May 3rd, providing a great day for the entire family at one of America’s most beautiful landmarks. Families will enjoy exciting activities including tours of the Lyndhurst mansion, live music, kids’ activities, gourmet foods and craft demonstrations. Tickets cost $12 for a weekend pass, $11 for seniors, $4 for children ages 6-16 (free for children under 6). Lyndhurst is located at 635 South Broadway in Tarrytown. For more information, visit or call (914) 631-4481.

This May, Historic Hudson Valley, the creators of the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, presents an immersive journey into a springtime garden fantasy featuring colorful creatures and flowers. Back for its second year, LIGHTSCAPES is an incredible walk-through nighttime display of sculpture, light, sound, and special effects that provides an enchanting event featuring all-original sculptures designed and hand-made on site. Discover larger-than-life elements like a colossal praying mantis and a massive mayfly. Smile at scores of delightful dragonflies, cute ladybugs, and an avalanche of pinwheels. State-of-the-art illumination will highlight the incredible works of art. In addition, a clear-top, artfully decorated hospitality tent will offer spring-themed sweets including organic sorbet and ice cream sandwiches from Blue Pig of Croton and homemade candy and baked goods from Geordane’s of Irvington. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $12 for children ages 3-7 (free for children under 3). LIGHTSCAPES is open on various days throughout the month of May and takes place at Van Cortlandt Manor, located at 525 South Riverside Avenue in Croton-on-Hudson. For more information, visit or call (914) 631-8200.

Enjoy Holiday Weekend Activities
A weekend in Westchester is a great way to treat anyone's mother. For fun nightlife, take her to the White Plains Performing Arts Center to see a performance by BLACKOUT, a New York City-based singing group reinventing a cappella music with innovative arrangements and a distinctive, signature sound, delivering high-energy performances with a contemporary twist. BLACKOUT will perform on Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. Before the show, dine in one of the prestigious restaurants in the area including BLT Steak located at 221 Main Street in White Plains or its neighboring restaurant Serafina located at 199 Main Street. Ticket prices for BLACKOUT start at $20. The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located at 11 City Place in White Plains. For more information, visit or call (914) 328-1600.

For soothing musical sounds on Mother’s Day, enjoy a celebration by Copland House called Music in the Mansion: Love after 1950. Share mom’s dreams, desires, joys, and whimsies in over 75 years of American song by Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Irving Fine, Libby Larsen, and Martin Hennessy. This event is a new Copland House tradition at Lyndhurst, featuring mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti and pianist Michael Boriskin. Copland House is dedicated to nurturing and renewing America’s musical heritage and fostering greater public awareness and appreciation for our nation’s composers and their work. The show starts at 4:00 p.m. and tickets are $25. After the show, stay in the neighborhood for dinner at one of the various dining spots, including Red Hat on the River located at 1 Bridge Street in Irvington. Lyndurst is located at 635 South Broadway in Tarrytown. For more information, visit or call (914) 631-4481.

Additionally, Westchester recognizes and honors the county’s military with many parades and events. For example, the annual White Plains Memorial Day Parade is a popular attraction. It has been part of the city’s history for many years and has traditionally included marching bands and the support of many community organizations and businesses. Parades and other celebratory events will also be held in Bedford Hills, Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Harrison, Irvington, New Rochelle, Pleasantville, Pelham, Scarsdale, and Tarrytown. For a full calendar of events in Westchester County, visit

Stay & Play
Need a spring awakening? At The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, step into a world of comfort to the solitude of The Ritz-Carlton Spa® Westchester while enjoying the elegant accommodations. Starting at $574 per night, enjoy the Spring Awakening Retreat Package that includes a Deluxe Guest Room, a daily buffet breakfast for two guests at the Lobby Lounge, complimentary overnight valet parking, a 30-minute Facial Glow for one guest, a 90-minute Spring Awakening Massage for one guest, and Enhancement of hand or foot scrub for one guest. The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester is located at 3 Renaissance Square in White Plains. For more information, visit or call (914) 946-5500.

With all of the fun and excitement at events in Westchester County, it will be important to have healthy snacks for energy. The Radisson Hotel New Rochelle is featuring The Healthy Choice Package. Starting at $194 per night, guests are welcomed with a large bottle of flat water or sparkling water, an assortment of fresh seasonal fruit and granola bars. The Radisson Hotel New Rochelle is located at One Radisson Plaza in New Rochelle. For more information, visit or call (914) 576-3700.

Traveling to Westchester with family and need a stroller, baby seat or other baby gear? Baby-On-A-GoGo Inc. is a baby supply rental company that offers parents products they need, from pregnancy through the wonderful young years of their child’s life. The Westchester-based company carries rentals for traveling parents with all the necessities and comforts of home. What's more, the company is conveniently located five minutes from Westchester County Airport in White Plains. All baby gear is purchased brand-new and cleaned and sanitized thoroughly with allergy-free, baby-safe cleaners after each use before renting it out again in like-new condition. For more information, visit or call (914) 325-8439.

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About Westchester County Tourism & Film
Tourism & Film is Westchester County’s official destination marketing organization. Its mission is to generate economic benefits by enhancing the image and promoting Westchester County as a premier business and leisure destination in the Hudson Valley region. The Tourism & Film Office in Westchester County is a division within County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Office of Economic Development.

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