For decades, the Mount Kisco Sales Days was a well-attended annual ritual for village residents and merchants that would attract plenty of visitors soon after the traditional close of summer.
While downtown business owners will continue to offer their wares outdoors, there will be new features and even a new name for the event – SeptemberFest. It is scheduled for this Friday through Sunday.
The Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce, along with financial assistance from multiple sponsors, is holding the event it has described as “Mount Kisco’s Biggest Block Party.”
Chamber Co-Executive Director Beth Vetare-Civitello said Sidewalk Sales Days had been held for more than four decades but the chamber wanted to transform the weekend into “something new and exciting.”
“We have seen a lot of positive changes in Mount Kisco” in recent years, Vetare-Civitello said. The chamber wants SeptemberFest to be “forward looking,” she said.
SeptemberFest is one effort to increase the downtown’s visibility, Vetare-Civitello said.
Sidewalk sales will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Main Street and South Moger Avenue. Following Saturday’s sales, merchants will be removing the outdoor tables and umbrellas in time for Sunday, the day of the annual 5K KiscoRun. It is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. To register for the race, visit https://register.chronotrack.com/r/39557.
One of the additions to the weekend this year is the carnival, which will be held all three days, Vetare-Civitello said. It will include a variety of 10 rides for children and adults and will be open on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., continue on Saturday from 11 a.m.to 10 p.m. and conclude on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Another new feature is Lincoln Mount Kisco’s “Driven to Give,” which will benefit the Mount Kisco Child Care Center. A $20 donation will be made by Lincoln for each test drive taken at Lincoln Mount Kisco, located at 281 N. Bedford Rd. on Saturday and Sunday.
Several other events have been scheduled for the first SeptemberFest, Vetare-Civitello said. Live music will be featured each day and a High Energy DJ Dance Party on the Block, sponsored by D’Errico Jewelry, will be held on Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Classic rock and other types of selections will be performed by the EXIT 5 Band from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
The food court, featuring dishes from local restaurants, a beer garden and the carnival will be located behind Mount Kisco Village Hall, which is located at 104 E. Main St.
Vetare-Civitello said several programs will be offered for children. Kids will be able to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and listen to a reading on the promenade by Mount Kisco’s Kathryn Feeley on Friday at noon. Mayor Gina Picinich will do a reading on Saturday at noon. An Open Air Mommy & Me yoga program will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday.
On Sunday, the Mount Kisco Historical Society will conduct a historic treasure hunt at 12, 1 and 2 p.m.
For more information about SeptemberFest, visit the Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce at www.mtkiscochamber.com.