Diwali Events in Westchester – and Beyond
In Westchester, there are many events and festivals where you can celebrate Diwali with your kids. This five-day festival of lights is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs. This includes home decoration, saying puja (prayers), enjoying feasts, house cleaning and decorating, fireworks, food, and more. Check out some ways to celebrate and learn more about the holiday through a variety of cultural celebrations in Westchester.
Sunday, October 9th from 11:00am-5:00pm
Join the Indian Center of Westchester for Diwali Mela. The event also includes food, a DJ, fashion, jewelry, henna, and more. Free admission. India Center of Westchester, 174 Brady Avenue, Hawthorne, NY 10532.
Friday, October 14th from 3:00pm-5:00pm
Friday FUN! Getting ready for Diwali!
Visit the Yonkers Public Library to celebrate Diwali with Sally Pinto. Enjoy food, music, and great conversation. Yonkers Public Library, Crestwood Branch, 16 Thompson St, Yonkers, NY 10707.
Friday, October 14th from 4:00pm-5:15pm
Diwali Kids Class
Visit Maze in Pottery to paint a ceramic Diwali Decorative Dish. The class also includes the reading of a story about this Indian Festival of Lights. The cost is $34.90 for one painter; and $64.90 for two painters; and $94.90 for three painters. Sign up here.
Saturday, October 15th from 11:00am-9:00pm
Diwali at Times Square
Celebrate at one of the largest Diwali festivals and concerts in none other than Times Square! The all day festival includes live performances, music, dance, music and food. Tickets are not required for this event. Times Square Tower, New York, NY 10036.
Wednesday, October 19th from 7:00pm-7:30pm
Storytime & Craft: Diwali -Celebration of Lights
Visit the White Plains Library for an evening of songs, stories, and crafts. The program is ideal for kids over age three, along with their families. White Plains Library, 100 Martine Ave, White Plains, NY 10601.
Thursday, October 20th from 4:30-6:00pm
Diwali Workshop with Subha Sundaram and Payal Shah
Participate in Teen Tuesdays with ArtsWestchester and learn more about Diwali. The event includes a dance and visual art workshop where teens (ages 12-16 years old) will learn more this cultural Indian holiday. ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601.
Thursday, October 20th at 5:00pm
Giggles Group Celebrates Diwali
Join the Giggles Group for a potluck, featuring regional food from the North, South, East, and West. Plus, games, masti, and more! RSVP in advance to this free event. India Center of Westchester, 174 Brady Avenue, Hawthorne, NY.
Friday, October 21st at 5:00pm
Diwali Special Storytime
Kids ages 2-5 years old are are invited to join Miss Swadesh who will be sharing Diwali stories and traditions. Children and caregivers can dress in traditional costume. Free but attendees should register in advance. Tuckahoe Public Library, 71 Columbus Ave, Tuckahoe, NY 10707.
Sunday, October 23rd from 12:00pm-2:00pm
Folk Art: Diwali Celebration
Visit the Pelham Art Center for a free folk art event in celebration of Diwali. The event is held outdoors at the Pelham Art Center’s courtyard. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803.
Sunday, October 23rd from 2:00pm-3:00pm
Diwali Celebration with Bollywood Drag Queen Malai
Visit the Dobbs Ferry Public Library for a very special Diwali event featuring Bollywood drag queen, Malai. Guests will enjoy a spoken word performance, dance lessons, rangoli design, and more! Email [email protected], call 914-693-6615, or stop by the children’s room to register. Dobbs Ferry Public Library, 55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.