Italian-American Heritage Festival At Kensico Dam Plaza

Come celebrate Italian culture and special honoree, local resident Stefania Migone, Commissioner of Public Works for the City of White Plains, at the Italian Heritage Festival on Sunday, July 23, from noon to 6 p.m. at “Kensico Dam Piazza” in Valhalla.

County Executive George Latimer said, “Italy’s history and culture are entwined with its ancient legacy, which is rich in art, history, religion, cuisine, architecture and fashion. I take great pride in my family’s Italian heritage and am thrilled to see the beautiful plaza become a piazza as we gather to celebrate the culture of Italy with our loved one and encourage everyone to be a part of the family.”

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathleen O’Connor said, “Italians take the time to enjoy and revel in the simple aspects of life. Food is deeply ingrained in Italian culture and is at the center of each celebration. This festival is a great opportunity to sample some of Italy’s customary fare with family and friends.”

The Italian Heritage Festival takes place from noon until 6 p.m. The festivities will include delicious Italian food, arts and crafts, children’s games, dancing, music, Italian cultural exhibits and fun for the entire family. Live entertainment will feature Carozza Entertainment, with music on the patio by DJ Marcello “MC” and hosted by Nando Alpuche.

The festival will be held rain or shine. Seating is informal; bring blankets or folding chairs for seating on the lawn. No coolers will be allowed. Admission and parking are free. Carpooling or taking mass transit is encouraged. To attend the festival via Metro North, ride the Harlem Line to Valhalla Station.

The other heritage festivals in the series are:

  •          India                Sunday, Aug. 6 Noon – 6 p.m. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
  •          Jewish             Sunday, Aug. 20 Noon – 6 p.m. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
  •          Muslim            Sunday, Aug. 27 Noon – 6 p.m. Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

The Italian Heritage Festival is sponsored by Antonio Meucci Lodge 213, Inc. and the Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy, both in White Plains, and co-sponsored by Westchester County Parks.

Kensico Dam Plaza is located at 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla. Directions Directions   

Please be advised that on Sunday, July 23 the Bronx River Parkway will be closed for Bicycle Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. between Scarsdale Road in Yonkers and the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The park can be accessed via Route 22, from the north or south.


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