Ossining To Launch Harborfest In September

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Village of Ossining’s Bicentennial Celebration continues with the first Harborfest on the Hudson River on Sept 21 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Village of Ossining will hold its first Harborfest on Sept. 21 as part of the town's bicentennial celebrations.
The Village of Ossining will hold its first Harborfest on Sept. 21 as part of the town's bicentennial celebrations. Photo Credit: Celebrate Ossining

Harborfest teams up with the Hudson Rising River Tour to bring Sloop Clearwater, the historic covered barge Pennsy 399, a farm feast, outdoor adventure activities, sustainability exhibits, vendors, live music throughout the day, and fun water-related activities to the shores of Ossining.

The day's festivities will conclude with a fireworks display.

Various boats will be on display with boat-building demonstrations by local craftsmen. SEAS Westchester will have a small boat regatta at the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club. The club also will be running a youth fishing program and seineing at the PAL Beach. Booths at Harbor Square will feature a variety of vendors including Hudson River-oriented groups, crafts and artists.

Live music at Harbor Square starts at 11:30 a.m. with a performance by the Ossining-based Mike Risko band and continues throughout the day with an eclectic array of musical genres from classic rock, pop, and instrumental jazz to urban folk, new age, and sci-fi rock & pop. The extensive music line-up includes eight groups, many with local ties to Ossining. KJ Denhert and her band will play the final set leading to the fireworks display over the Hudson. Additional artists include Erin Hill & Her Psychedelic Harp and the Grammy-nominated new age jazz band Sundad.

In addition to the live entertainment and other water-related activities, Harborfest attendees will also have the opportunity to go aboard a variety of water vessels including the sloop Clearwater, a majestic 106-foot long replica tall ship.

Shattemuc Yacht Club sailors will provide free sailing trips from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for the first 15 people in attendance. Boats sail at 12 p.m. and return to Shattemuc by 3 p.m.

“Harborfest is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the .natural beauty of Ossining’s waterfront with a wide range of activities that include something for everyone,” chair of the Bicentennial Committee George Camp said in a statement. “See the heritage ships, enjoy a boat ride or demonstration, paint, listen to music, stroll along the water, and learn more about Hudson River preservation efforts.”

For more information on Ossining's yearlong bicentennial celebration, click here.

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