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Annual Yonkers Riverfest To Offer Live Music, Family Fun, Food

A local girl gets her face painted at last year's Yonkers Riverfest.
A local girl gets her face painted at last year's Yonkers Riverfest. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin

YONKERS, N.Y. – The largest free family festival in Westchester County is to return to Yonkers' downtown waterfront on Saturday, Sept. 10.

This year’s Riverfest is scheduled from noon – 7 p.m. and is expected to draw more than 25,000 people, according to organizers.

The festival is to feature food, exhibitions, tours and a host of performers, including three headline bands that each are to bring “something special” to the event.

Among the headliners are Scott Helman, the top musician on Teen Vogue magazine’s list of 14 Singers Who Are Going to Dominate 2016; Brand Nubian, who has been ranked in the top 20 hip hop bands of all time; and Tito Puenté Jr, who will light up the stage with Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Latin jazz and club style music.

The headliners are to be joined by 23 other musical acts on five separate stages, according to organizers.

Those attending the event with children will find no shortage of activities, organizers said, adding that a children’s area and stage will be set up near the environmental education center – named the Science Barge.

Grammy-nominated singers like Billy Kelly, the Popups, and Joanne Leeds and the Nightlights are scheduled to perform for the children, who also will be able to enjoy several bouncy castles, slides, games, an exotic animal show hosted by The Outraghiss Animal Show, and a puppet theatre performance by Arm of the Sea.

Those who love the environment will be able to view and tour Pete Seeger’s legendary Clearwater Sloop at the Yonkers Pier.

Elsewhere in the city – at the Sara Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak, 35 Alexander St. – the Yonkers Rowing and Paddling Club is to offer free kayaking.

A number of other events are scheduled as part of the festival as well.

They include several activities at Philipse Manor Hall, 29 Warburton Ave., where a new exhibit called “Yonkers: A City of New Beginnings,” is set to debut; artist exhibitions; unique craft vendors; and an African fashion show.

Riverfest, now in its 24th year, is presented by the Yonkers Downtown BID in cooperation with Mayor Mike Spano and the city, according to organizers.

Visit Yonkers Riverfest online for more information.

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