The 36th Annual African American Heritage Festival returns to Kensico Dam Plaza on June 26

Join us in celebrating African American culture and honoring essential workers at the African American Heritage Festival on Sunday, June 26 from noon to 6 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

County Executive George Latimer said, “African American culture centers on values ​​that emphasize closeness to family and the importance of community. I commend the organizers of this festival for honoring our essential workers. These dedicated and selfless employees have held the front line while serving the community at large and helping us all through the pandemic. »

Parks Commissioner Kathleen O’Connor said, “We are thrilled to be able to come together in person at Kensico Dam Plaza and celebrate African American heritage and culture. Gather with friends and family to enjoy this majestic park and live entertainment.

The African American Heritage Festival takes place from noon to 6 p.m. There will be performances, music, dance, drama, poetry, ethnic foods, line dancing, cultural arts and crafts, health vendors, educational vendors and much more!

The festival will take place rain or shine. Seating is informal; bring blankets or folding chairs to sit on the lawn. No coolers will be allowed. Admission and parking are free. Carpooling or public transport is encouraged. A free shuttle service will be offered (by Accredited Limousine Service) to and from Valhalla and North White Plains train stations from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


The other Heritage Festivals, all held at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, are:
Hispanic Sunday, July 10 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Italian Sunday July 24 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
India Sunday, August 7 Noon to 6 p.m.
Jewish Sunday, August 21 Noon to 6 p.m.
Muslim Heritage Sunday, August 28 Noon to 6 p.m.

The African American Heritage Festival is co-sponsored by Westchester County Parks and the Coalition of African American Organizations.

Kensico Dam Plaza is located at 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla. For more information, call 914-864-PARK or visit

Please note that on June 26, the Bronx River Parkway will be closed for Cycling Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. between Scarsdale Road in Yonkers and Westchester County Center in White Plains. The park is accessible via Route 22, from the north or the south.

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