Heritage of India Festival on Sunday, August 7 at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

Come celebrate Indian culture at the Heritage of India Festival on Sunday August 7, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

County Executive George Latimer said, “India is one of the most diverse and inclusive cultures in the world. People born in India are known for their hospitality, compassion and empathy while promoting respect, peace and harmony. Come to Kensico Dam Plaza and experience a taste of India in our very own backyard.”

Parks Commissioner Kathleen O’Connor said, “Gather on Kensico’s Great Lawn to learn about Indian culture and enjoy a day filled with peace, love and harmony.

The Heritage of India Festival takes place from noon to 6 p.m. There will be live Indian cultural performances, Indian food, an Indian merchandise bazaar, mehendi (henna) art and children’s arts and crafts.

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. To attend the festival via Metro North, take the Harlem line to Valhalla station.

The other heritage festivals in the series are:

Jewish – Sunday, August 21, noon – 6 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Muslim Heritage – Sunday, August 28, noon – 6 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

The Heritage of India Festival is presented by the Indian Cultural Association of Westchester and co-sponsored by Westchester County Parks, Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Sunlight Pharmacy and Sunrise Pharmacy.

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

Please note that on Sunday, August 7, 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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