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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 or pick up a printed schedule, eateries list or Historic District map in the lobby of Village Hall (85 Main Street). 

9:00 – 1:30 visit the Irvington Farmers Market for farm-fresh produce and prepared food.  Live music. Special Father’s Day focus.  Visit the What's Cooking tent (sponsored by Atria) and receive a complimentary Father's Day dine-in postcard.  Executive chef will be cooking!   Parking lot Main Street School, at intersection of the Old Croton Aqueduct (110 Main St.)

9:00 am - 1:00pm Music at the Farmers Market. Listen while you shop your favorite vendors. 9-9:30 High School students, 9:45-11:00 Greg Jacqin, 11:00-1:00 The  Levins (parking lot at Main Street School, 101 Main Street) 

10:00 – 4:30 Street Fair: Eateries, sidewalk displays, hands-on activities, sales, contests & entertainment; Main Street District (Astor Street to Broadway).

Music in front of Sunnyside Federal (56 Main St.) provided by Irvington School District’s talented musicians: Jagger Clark (piano soloist, 1:00-1:30, Alex Arlotta & Adan Zerman (duo 1:45-2:15) and Miles Gilbert & Ethan Weinstein (sextet 2:30-3:30/4:00).  Community group table displays Outdoor cafe dining choices on the Waterfront, on Main Street and vicinity.  See Eateries list & map at  Support our eclectic small-town businesses.


10:00 – 1:00  Dog Meet Up sponsored by Irvdogs
Calling all dog citizens! Irvdogs will be gathering to meet and greet fellow Irvington dog citizens in the Aqueduct Parking lot adjacent to the Aqueduct Trail. (That's at the top of Main Street, south side parking area next to Croton Place and East Home Place.) Bring your dog citizen for a leashed romp on the Aqueduct with friends. There will dog treats, water bowls, and lots of puppy love! All dogs welcome!


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 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.) 

11:00 -1:00 Main Street School 4th and 5th graders Showcase of Art. Drawings, paintings, clay and found-object structures and weavings. Some student-made crafts may be available for purchase with proceeds to a student-choice charity. MSS art teacher Nina Rossi and a dedicated group of students will greet viewers and speak about their creative works. (In front of MSS, 101 Main St.)

11:00 - 5:00  Grand Reopening of the expanded DoctorMac store.  Westchester’s only independent Apple Store right here in Irvington.  Ribbon cutting by Mayor Smith at 1 pm.  Visit the Denny Daniel Museum of Interesting Things and see cool old stuff from the turn of the century! Lots of refreshments and food. (64 Main Street)  All visitors get a $50 coupons toward a new Apple computer or future service!

12:00  Walk Safe Irvington PSA video contest student winners announced by Mayor Brian Smith (Lobby Village Hall) 

12:00-2:00 View Walk Safe Irvington PSA entries on large screen video, shown alternately with Tiffany Trail slide show. (Lobby Village Hall) 

11:30-3:30 Learn about and support our local Slow Down Irvington campaign and enjoy free refreshments. Get a free bumper sticker and/or lawn sign and Irvington Historic District street maps. 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)

12:30 - 3:00 pm  See IRVINGTON as it was 44 years ago!  Watch a special 20 minute, HD COLOR film from Irvington's 1972 Centennial Celebration.  See Main Street, Astor Street, and Broadway as they once were … Catch the period outfits, the cars, even a glimpse of President Nixon campaigning! The film will be shown on a continuous loop. There will be an introduction by the filmmaker, Robert Indorf, at 12:30PM. 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. 

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. Carpool if possible.  Small free parking lot. 


Face painting at Brrzaar located at 7 North Astor Street.  For more information, please contact Michelle at 274-8118 or .   Fee charged for this activity.

Container Herb Garden Workshop at Seasons on the Hudson located at 45 Main Street.Learn how to create a beautiful herb garden for your kitchen table, your patio, or as a nice gift for someone. (Can be a Father's Day activity!   It is a kids-friendly event as well.)  Details can be found at: or contact Miko at 591-7377 or .  Fee charged for this activity.