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The Pinkster Festival

May 25 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

$12 – $14
Costumed actors lead a procession at Philipsburg Manor's Pinkster Festival.

Join Philipsburg Manor for a day filled with art, poetry, live music, dance, and storytelling that celebrates and commemorates the region’s African American history and culture.

Hear a spoken word performance, dance to the beat of African kora, observe an artist in process, participate in a call-and-response song, and more.

Brought to the New World by the Dutch, Pinkster became an important holiday for enslaved Africans, who celebrated with dance, music, storytelling, and games. Pinkster provided one of the few opportunities for enslaved men and women to travel to family members. It was a time of celebration, but the condition of enslavement was still the harsh reality of life.

Philipsburg Manor began celebrating Pinkster in 1977, making this event the longest-running recreation of Pinkster in North America.

The Pinkster Festival is curated by Malik Work and presented by Historic Hudson Valley. 


May 25
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
$12 – $14
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Philipsburg Manor
381 North Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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