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Celebrate Irvington: Historic Hudson River Village
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Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities, to “Celebrate Irvington” a small, walkable nationally recognized historic village on the Hudson River.  Special Father’s Day focus planned for dads and everyone else, young and old.

Old-fashioned, free, jump-on, jump-off trolley tours of Irvington’s history including the Historic Main Street District, village founders and more. Guided walks in town, on the waterfront and on The Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park. Local docents will describe the past and present life in this small rivertown community known for its magnificent Main Street views of the Hudson; tours of the (Louis Comfort) Tiffany Reading Room  and the historic Irvington Town Hall Theater in the landmark 1902 Village Hall. Visit historic 1853 McVickar House home to the Irvington Historical Society, take photo ops in period costumes and find treasures at a tag sale. Enjoy fresh & prepared foods at the Irvington Farmers Market, open shops with contests and sidewalk activities on Main Street, street music, waterfront parks with views of the Palisades, casual or up-scale restaurants or take-out for outdoor picnics.  Nature lovers can enjoy The Irvington Woods & O’Hara Nature Center; gardeners can take guided tours of demonstration gardens for homeowners. Walk to all Main Street activities and waterfront. Short car drive to Irvington Woods & O’Hara Nature Center. Rain or shine.

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Location:    Irvington Village Hall and Vicinity
                   85 Main Street, Irvington NY 10533
                   County: Westchester
                   Date: June 19, 2016
                   10:00 am – 4:30 pm (various activities)

Additional Information:

  • Free Parking on Weekends at Metro North train station and on some local streets (observe signs). 
  • Festival accessible by public transportation (Metro North or Bee-Line Bus) and by walking/biking trail (Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park). 
  • An adult must accompany children under 10.
  • Trolley not handicapped accessible. 
  • Some street entertainment may be moved indoors or cancelled due to weather conditions. 

June 19, 2016 Schedule

 Visit for updates, locations and additions to the schedule


9:00 – 1:30 visit the Irvington Farmers Market for farm-fresh produce and prepared food. Live music. Special Father’s Day focus. Parking lot Main Street School, at intersection of the Old Croton Aqueduct (110 Main St.)

10:00 – 4:30 Street Fair, Eateries, sidewalk displays, hands-on activities, sales, contests & entertainment; Main Street District (Astor Street to Broadway) Music on Main Street provided by Irvington School District’s  talented musicians. Community groups and retail stores will feature sidewalk displays, sales and entertainment. Dining choices on the Waterfront, on Main Street and vicinity. Outdoor café tables. See Eateries list & map at Visit #celebrateirvington orSeasons-on-the-Hudson (45 Main Street) for photo contest and gift certificate information. Support our eclectic small-town businesses.

10:30– 12:30 Designers for the Millionaires of the Gilded Age: Louis Comfort Tiffany guided walk with Irvington Historical Society Trustee, Sara Kelsey.  Historical walking tour starts inside the Irvington Public Library Program Room (12 S. Astor Street)  to the waterfront, Main Street to Tiffany Room/Village Hall. for full description.

10:00 am to dusk Enjoy Irvington’s Waterfront Parks with views of the Palisades and the Manhattan Skyline. Walking paths in Scenic Hudson Park and special visitors day at Matthiessen Park.

11:00 – 4:00 Free Historic Trolley Tour Sponsored by Sunnyside Federal Savings and Loan.  Old-fashioned, jump-on, jump-off trolley ride highlights Irvington’s rich history including the Historic Main Street District, pointing out significant locations throughout the Village, early founders and more. Trolley loops every 45 minutes, starting at McVickar House. (131 Main St.)

11:00 – 4:00 Celebrate McVickar House - Home to Irvington Historical Society. Free Docent Tour of McVickar Restoration.  Dress up in period clothing and take photos on the steps of McVickar. See exhibits, shop at the tag sale (131 Main St.)

11:30-3:30 Learn about and support our local Slow Down Irvington campaign & enjoy free refreshments. Get a free bumper sticker, Irvington Historic District Street Map and/or lawn sign. Photo Op with Rip Van Winkle. In front of Village Hall (85 Main Street).

11:30 – 3:30 Free Tours of the Tiffany Reading Room in 1902 Landmark Village Hall

Docents will guide visitors through the award-winning restored Louis Comfort Tiffany Reading Room with a stunning turtleback chandelier and blue-green opalescent wall tiles. View the slide show of the new Irvington - Hudson Valley Tiffany Trail, with photos and information on visiting Tiffany windows from The Bronx to Briarcliff Manor  (85 Main St.).

12:00 noon & 2:00 pm Free tours of the historic Irvington Town Hall Theater in Village Hall (85 Main Street)

12:00 - 3:00 pm Vintage '70s Irvington Film "Come see IRVINGTON as it was 44 years ago!  A special 20 minute, COLOR film from Irvington's 1972 Centennial Celebration will be shown on a continuous loop.  See Main Street, Astor Street, and Broadway as they once were ... even catch a glimpse of President Nixon! Historic Irvington Town Hall Theater ( 85 Main Street; entrance on S. Ferris Street) 

2:00 Meandering among the Historic Millionaires’ Mansions Guided Walk with Sara Kelsey.  Historical walking tour from Irvington to Lyndhurst and back, past architectural landmarks and Hudson River views, while learning the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Meet at Parking Lot, Main Street School, 101 Main Street) for full description. 

Time TBA: Join a local Dog Meet-Up hosted by #irvdogs, Irvington’s community dog group.

And just a short drive by car from historic Main Street:

11:00 – 1:00 Nature lovers are invited to explore and enjoy the Irvington Woods and the O’Hara Nature Center; gardeners can take guided tours of demonstration gardens. Hike the trails through 400 acres of forests and explore ecosystems. Garden tours give homeowners ideas for creating their own bee and butterfly pollinator garden, xeriscape and rock garden, edible forest garden, bog garden and shade/woodland garden. Irvington Woods (170 Mountain Road). Maps available at McVickar House. Car pool if possible. Small free parking lot.