Remembering the Past and Reimagining the Future

Join us 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 supported by

Saturday, May 25


Adult: $14
Senior (65+): $12
Young Adult (18-25): $12
Members + Children under 17: FREE

Malik Work,writer/griot storyteller, performing 400 with Surya Botofasina, keyboard/musical director; Rebecca Kelly G, vocals/loop/soundscapes; and Stix Bones, drums
Yacouba Sissoko, kora player
DJ GoodWill 
Nichole Washington, visual artist
Hallow Dreamz, dance troupe
Kazi Oliver, drummer
Denzel Washington School of the Arts Gospel Choir
Threads of Truth, Inc., dance troupe

…and more! Check back soon for updates!

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


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

  • Wheelchair parking is available at the Visitor Center as well as accessible restrooms.
  • The entire site (including the Visitor Center) is about 5 acres.

Historic Core

  • 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.

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