Join us for a day of music, dancing, and storytelling
Step into the rhythms and get swept up in this springtime holiday featuring continuous performances of African drumming, dancing, and storytelling. Experience a recreation of a colonial cross-cultural event known as Pinkster, first celebrated in the Hudson Valley in the 17th century.
Try a new dance step, move to an age-old rhythm, listen to the melodious strings of the kora, enjoy African folktales, and taste akkra (West African pea fritters). Visitors of all ages are invited to join the parade, dance step across the plank, elect next year’s Pinkster King or Queen, and make their own Adinkra stamped bookmarks. Throughout the historic site, learn about the accomplishments of the enslaved men, women, and children who lived and worked at Philipsburg Manor.
Saturday, May 19
Senior (65+): $12
Student (18-25): $12
Child (3-17): $8
Members + Children under 3: FREE
$2/ticket surcharge for onsite and phone purchase
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 authentic recreation of Pinkster in North America. This year’s celebration honors dancer and choreographer Pearl Primus and Master Drummer Chief Bey.
GPS address for Philipsburg Manor: 381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY
GPS address for overflow lot: 100 Continental St., Sleepy Hollow, NY
Where can I park?
All parking is in the Philipsburg Manor overflow parking lot. Follow signs and use the GPS address. Parking in the overflow lot is FREE, safe, and secure. Handicapped parking is available in the Philipsburg Manor Visitor Center lot for cars displaying a valid handicapped placard or plate.
Is the site wheelchair accessible?
Visitor Center and Site Access
- Handicapped parking is available at the Visitor Center as well as handicapped restrooms.
- Wheelchair visitors are asked to have the front desk staff person call the site manager on duty to arrange for entrance at the back gate of the property on Bellwood Avenue.
- The entire site (including the Visitor Center) is about 5 acres. At this time, the bridge over the millpond is not accessible to any visitors due to an ongoing construction project. The walk from the Visitor Center around the millpond is on a dirt path, includes some uneven terrain, and takes about 10 minutes.
- The historic core has limited wheelchair accessibility. The grist mill, the barn, and the lower kitchen and first floor of the Manor House are accessible using ramps. The Activity Center and the second floor of the Manor House are not wheelchair accessible.
- There are a few steps into each building. There is a narrow, steep flight of 12 stairs from the first to the second floor of the Manor House and another similar flight of stairs back down to the first floor.