Albanian Heritage Day Scheduled For June 5th

Albanian Heritage Day will take place on Sunday, June 5 from Noon until 6 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. This cultural festival will include Albanian cuisine, beverages, dancing and a variety of sports. The festival will feature live performances by Gerona Hyska, Edmond Nikolla, Orchestra by Dritan Papa and DJ Edi will perform traditional Albanian music from all regions.    

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “As a community, Westchester County strives to foster diversity, equity and inclusion. This is a great opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends and learn about the Albanian culture.”

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said, “The culture of Albania will come alive through music, dance and great cultural activities for people of all ages right here at Kensico Dam Plaza.” 

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.

The other heritage festivals in the series are:

Irish-American, Saturday, June 25, Noon to 6 p.m., Ridge Road Park, Hartsdale (Admission: $5 adults; free for ages 14 and under)

African-American, Sunday, June 26, Noon to 6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Hispanic, Sunday, July 10, Noon to 6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Italian, Sunday, July 24, Noon to 6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

India, Sunday, Aug. 7, Noon to 6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Jewish, Sunday, Aug. 21, Noon to 6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Muslim Heritage, Sunday, Aug. 28, Noon to 6 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Kensico Dam Plaza is located at the north end of the Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla.

This event is sponsored by Mother Teresa Center of Our Lady of Shkodra Parish and Westchester County Parks.

Go to parks.westchestergov.com or call (914) 864-PARK.

Please be advised that on June 5 and June 26 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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