Nyack's Famous Events are Back!
Nyack is back with a full roster of family-friendly events running throughout the summer, into the fall and during the winter holidays. Highlights are listed below; additional details are available at Full calendar of events on Visit Nyack.org and through the Visit Nyack home page at VisitNyack.org.
Signature events including Nyack’s July 4 fireworks, street fairs and Halloween parade -- among the early casualties of the pandemic -- are now back on the agenda.
“Working alongside the village of Nyack, local business groups and civic organizations, the Nyack Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to support a full program of events for summer 2022 and beyond,” said Roger Cohen, President of the Nyack Chamber. “The calendar includes street fairs, classic car night, concerts, film and theater festivals… And yes, the Halloween parade will return in its full glory.”
“After two years of near-complete lockdown, we’re excited to get back to what Nyack is all about – enjoying life,” added Nyack Mayor Don Hammond. “We made it through the tough times. We protected the health and safety of our residents and visitors during the pandemic. We managed to get the fireworks off last summer and we’re happy to be back again this year. ”
Events are supported by the Village of Nyack, the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, Nyack Merchants United, the Antique Art, Craft & Antique Dealer’s Association of Nyack (ACADA), Visit Nyack, Inc. and Rockland County's Office of Economic Development and Tourism.
In addition to events, Nyack offers a rich array of cultural and recreational opportunities, including history tours, art museums/exhibitions, hiking, biking, river sports and access to the Governor Mario M. Cuomo bridge path with sweeping views of the river and the Hudson valley to the north and south. The village is also a gateway to the many river towns in Rockland also coming back with full schedules of activities and events – Piermont, Haverstraw and Stony Point to name a few.
Another bonus: Nyack’s bustling community of world-class restaurants, night spots, live music venues, one-of-a-kind shops and top-flight personal service businesses – all located within just over one walkable square mile. So it’s easy to combine tours or events with shopping, dining, a visit to the spa, barber or salon…or for those who are game, a quick spin at the riverside skateboarding park, recognized by ‘skaters’ as one of the best in the region.
Visitors have plenty of new places to explore. Expanding the roster of stalwart business veterans, more than 40 newcomers have put up shingles in Nyack in past months, just before and during the pandemic. (See the list of recent arrivals below under “more to explore.”)
"New challenges bring new solutions," said Hammond. "The pandemic experience prompted us to create a platform to help existing businesses weather the storm, and help new businesses get a foothold in our village.”
The initial band of volunteers has now become an organized Nyack Business Council that aims to bring energy, creativity and solutions to the village's ongoing economic development needs and opportunities.
Among local leaders spearheading Nyack’s comeback and program of events is Maria Luisa Whittingham, co-founder of Nyack Merchants United and owner of Maria Luisa boutique at 77 South Broadway in Nyack. Whittingham is celebrating her 35th year as a business owner in Nyack.
“We’re now able to get to a new normal,” said Whittingham. “We wouldn’t be in this position of strength if it hadn’t been for community efforts during the difficult times. We’ve learned a lot about teamwork. We’ve also found new ways to connect with our loyal patrons and new customers – and to bring back the events we all love.”
With customers and visitors top of mind, Morgana, owner of Modern Druid boutique at 60 South Broadway, pitched in by working with graphic designer Scott Hodgson to create a new map of the Nyack business district -- now published on Visit Nyack.org at Nyack Business Zone Map
“The map shows a clear footprint of the village, including key landmarks,” said Morgana. “It shows how easy it is to navigate our village, and how much we have to offer in a compact space.”
A new parking map created by the village is also available online. Parking map
“Tools like these add to the mix of events and programs we’re providing to support local business owners, our customers and visitors,” added Whittingham. “We’re back better than ever.”
Enjoy life. Enjoy Nyack.
Support for Nyack events, and for tourism more broadly, is provided by Visit Nyack, Inc., a non-profit marketing organization that has served the village and the county for over a decade.
Under the banner Enjoy Life. Enjoy Nyack, the summer marketing campaign launches this week, inviting visitors from the tri-state area and beyond to enjoy Nyack’s special blend of memory-making experiences. The campaign includes print, digital and broadcast advertising, featuring posters in the New York City subways, a social media campaign and radio spots on local Hudson Valley stations. Here’s the summer poster: Enjoy Life, Enjoy Nyack Summer 2022 Poster.
The program is generously supported by local businesses, non-profits and by Rockland County's Office of Economic Development and Tourism. Notably, Visit Nyack has been a leading recipient of tourism grants since the county, along with NY State, began the tourism program in 2014.
"The county is pleased to continue investing in Nyack's marketing programs and events," said Lucy Redzeposki, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. "The goal is to extend our reach beyond the boundaries of our close-by communities.”
“For many visitors, Nyack’s events open the door to Rockland County’s rich array of attractions and community life. We welcome everyone to enjoy everything the county has to offer, come back to enjoy more -- and possibly make Rockland their home.”
NYACK EVENTS (highlights):
Juneteenth celebration June 19
Independence Day fireworks July 4
Music on the Hudson July 5 – August 9 (Tuesday series)
Jazz in the Garden (Edward Hopper House) July 7 – August 25 (Thursday series)
Nyack Jazz Festival July 17 – 23
Street fairs July 10, September 11, October 9
Classic Car Night July 21
Ensign National Championship Regatta August 8 – 11
Nyack Film Festival August 14 – 18
Skateboard film classic Virgin Blacktop August 19 (free screening, outdoors)
Phoenix Festival: Live Arts in Nyack September 16 – October 16 (five weekends; theater, concerts)
Is it Halloween yet? October 1 (opening of surprise event series)
Helen Hayes classic film clips and discussion October 7
Halloween parade October 29
Rockland County Fashion Week November 5 (fashion show)
Small business Saturday November 26
Holiday promenade December 4
Holiday Lights December 9
Holiday gift fair December 10 - 11
Farmers market Every Thursday year-round
MORE TO EXPLORE: Recent arrivals in Nyack
After two-plus years of business closures and event cancellations, Nyack’s comeback is impressive. In addition to hosting the return of great events, the village now offers an even broader array of places to shop, dine – and more. Recent arrivals on the Nyack scene are listed below.
Abigail Rose & Lily Too
Bare Minimum Goods
Black Parakeetz Paint, Swig & Sing
Christie's International Real Estate Westchester | Hudson Valley
Creative Arts Workshop
Cottage Creek Gardens
Hope Wade Designs
Joey G.’s Nyack Food Tours
Ketonet Passim Bookstore
Long Path Outfitters
The Nutrition Hub
Nyack Fresh Market (coming soon)
The Rock Shop
So Serene Boutique
Sniff a Pickle
Travel Smoke Shop
Big Jerk Caribbean Restaurant & Ice Cream
The Breakfast & Burger Club
Dragon Den & Dungeon Hall
Flights & Pints
The Henry Food & Beverage Co.
My Father's House Southern Cuisine
The Nutrition Hub
Nyack Grill & Bar
Punta Cana Latin Fusion
Taco Boys Mexican Grill
Titi’s Island Cuisine
Temptations Restaurant (under new ownership)
Two Villains Brewery
Up Lounge (under new ownership)
Waldron Burgers & Ribs