NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The New Rochelle ArtsFest returns this weekend.
The three-day festival kicks off with a ceremony at 4 p.m., Friday at New Rochelle City Hall, commemorating the 325th anniversary of the settling of New Rochelle . The festival then continues from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, according to a news release.
"ArtsFest highlights the variety of arts and arts venues in New Rochelle and Pelham, with art exhibits, programs and activities that give both visitors and residents alike a window into the city’s rich cultural and artistic diversity," according to the release.
Participants at this year's festival include the New Rochelle Public Library, the Huguenot Children’s Library, the Museum of Arts & Culture, the College of New Rochelle, Iona College Council on the Arts, Media Loft, the New Rochelle Art Association, Charles Fazzino Studio/Museum Editions, TransFORM Showroom and Gallery and Pelham Art Center.
The program is "reaching beyond New Rochelle’s borders this year to include venues in Pelham," according to the release.
Highlights of the festival include an antique car show, a behind-the-scenes tour of pop artist Charles Fazzino’s studio, free performances at the PAC House Theater, and a celebration of African dance and drums at Lincoln Park, according to the release. The event is organized by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts.