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River Spirit Festival Follows Decade-Long Tradition: September 8, from noon until 10 p.m.

The Rivertowns’ annual end-of-summer festival in Hastings-on-Hudson is back, and with a new name: the River Spirit Music & Arts Festival. Produced by River Spirit Music in cooperation and with the support of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, the festival will take place on September 8, from noon until 10 p.m., at Draper Park. It will honor the tradition created by the founders of the Take Me to the River Music & Arts Festival, which ended in 2017 after a 10-year run.

The River Spirit Music & Arts Festival will feature 19 acts on two stages, spanning the musical spectrum, from Americana, roots, indie, pop and rock, to jam band, folk, singer-songwriter, jazz, blues, bluegrass, alternative and world music. Headlining on the Meadow (main) Stage will be Oak & Ash. On the Grove Stage will be nine local and regional performers and bands. Closing the festival will be The Slambovian Circus of Dreams.

In addition to music, the event will feature an expanded kids’ zone, hands-on and for-purchase crafts, raffles, a large selection of food and beverages, a wine garden and beer tent, items from local and regional vendors, social action and community sponsor booths, a bike corral hosted by Hastings Velo and a zero-waste program.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for teens 12 to 18, and $10 for children 6 to 12. Kids under 6 are admitted free.

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