Festivals welcome summer

It’s the first weekend of summer, which means that festival season is in full swing.

Mathews Park in Norwalk will be the location for the sixth annual Norwalk Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24.

This free, juried fine art and crafts festival, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., brings together some 100 visual artists and artisans, along with several performing and literary artists.

The children’s “Art Project,” a creative arts area sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama, will round out the fun for visiting families. New this year is the Poet’s Corner, a stage dedicated to the spoken word and the writers scheduled to read throughout the event. An expanded gourmet food court will delight with American and international fare. There will also be live music and demonstrations as well as museum tours and exhibits, including a special “Big INK” show at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking.

The festival is supported by the center, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, NicaPhoto, Norwalk’s Recreation & Parks Department, the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and Jerry’s Artarama.

The park is at 295 West Ave. For more, visit NorwalkArtFestival.org or call


Meanwhile, the village of Irvington invites everyone to its fifth annual “Celebrate Irvington Festival” on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street. Attendees can enjoy great food, music, art, a classic car show, a sock hop, historic walking and trolley tours, touch-a-firetruck/police car and fingerprint kits, around the world food trucks, a playground build dedication and a Revolutionary War reenactment. Admission is free. For more, visit please visit celebrateirvington.com, email info@rivertownschamber.com or call 914-591-7070.


Georgette Gouveia


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