What is Caramoor?
Lawyer, businessman, collector, and philanthropist Walter Tower Rosen purchased the Caramoor estate in 1928 from Caroline Moore Hoyt after whom the estate is named. In 1945, Walter and his wife Lucie Bigelow Rosen bequeathed the Caramoor estate to the public as a center for music and art. Initially created as the Walter and Lucie Rosen Foundation, Caramoor became Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Caramoor is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more about the History here, or you can take a Tour of the Rosen House.
Is Caramoor a non-profit organization?
What types of music do you present?
We feature classical (symphonic & chamber), opera, jazz, global, American Roots (folk, blues, bluegrass, country, swing, and string band), and American Songbook. The artists who perform here range from iconic superstars to rising stars, from soloists to small and large ensembles and bands.
Can I visit just to explore the gardens & grounds?
With 80 acres, there is a lot to explore here! If you are coming for a performance, admission to the gardens and grounds is included with the cost of your concert ticket. You can also visit our grounds for free (without a concert ticket) on most Thursdays-Sundays from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Please check our calendar for exceptions. Please note that although the gates are open, we cannot guarantee staff will be on-site, and bathrooms may be closed. The sound art will be turned off on November 1. Read more on our visit page.
Do you need a Membership to attend an event at Caramoor?
Not at all! Everyone is welcome to buy a concert ticket, or simply show up and explore our grounds. If you would like to become a Member, and support Caramoor while also receiving Member perks, you certainly can do that and learn more here.
What are your COVID policies?
We have an entire page on our website dedicated to all things Health & Safety. Take a look, and let us know if you have any further questions. We are here to help and make sure you have an overall comfortable experience.
Where is Caramoor located?
Caramoor is located at 149 Girdle Ridge Road in Katonah, New York, 10536 in Westchester County. We are centrally located in the NY metropolitan region, approximately 40 miles northeast of New York City.
How do I get to Caramoor?
It’s easy to get here by car or Metro-North train. We provide directions and more information on our Getting to Caramoor page.
During the Summer Season, we offer a complimentary shuttle to and from the Katonah Metro-North Station for performances Thursday – Sunday. Learn more here.
Can I park at Caramoor?
Yes! Parking is free and there is plenty of room, including ADA parking. You may call the Box Office at 914-232-1252 if you would like assistance when arriving – whether you need a golf cart, a wheelchair, or anything else, we will do our best to accommodate and make your experience easy and enjoyable.
Where do your performances take place?
Our main performance spaces are the Venetian Theater, the Spanish Courtyard, Friends Field, and the Music Room. We also hold performances in our gardens and fields. You can check out our venues here.
What is Garden Listening?
Garden Listening is a way to experience the concert at a lower price point during the summer. You will be able to hear the concert from Friends Field, but you will not be able to see it. All of our Venetian Theater concerts have Garden Listening which is $20 a ticket and is free for children and Caramoor Members.
Do you have seating charts?
Yes! You can find them here.
Some performance spaces are outdoors. What happens if it rains?
All performances take place rain or shine. In the event that a performance needs to be moved due to inclement weather, we will do our best to ensure comparable seating in the respective, and covered, venue.
Do programs change or get cancelled?
All programs and artists are subject to change without notice. If an event presented by Caramoor has been cancelled or postponed, we will do everything within our power to make sure you know. This includes an announcement on our website, a post on social media, an email, and text. If you would like to confirm that a concert is taking place, please call Caramoor at 914.232.1252.
Can I bring my kids?
Yes! Our grounds are kid-friendly and we have family-friendly concerts and events throughout the year. Learn more by visiting our Kids & Families page.
Can I bring my dog?
Certified service animals to assist the disabled are always welcome at Caramoor. While we love animals, for the preservation of our grounds and the safety of other visitors, non-certified service dogs, and other pets are not allowed at Caramoor.
Do you sell food and beverages?
During the summer, we offer a variety of onsite dining experiences from picnics on the lawns to catered meals. You can purchase on-site, order in advance, or bring your own refreshments. There are also a number of great restaurants in the area. You can read about accommodations in the area here.
Can I picnic on the grounds?
We love picnicking! Yes, we encourage you to bring a sandwich from home, or an extravagant picnic dinner with a tablecloth and candelabra, or something in between! Alcoholic beverages are completely allowed on our grounds. Bring the bottle of wine! We just ask that you treat our grounds respectfully, and clean up after yourself. For any questions regarding the usage of the grounds, feel free to call or email us at 914.232.1252 or email@example.com.
Security & Policies
We greatly appreciate your cooperation with all necessary security measures at Caramoor. While lawn chairs and picnic baskets are allowed onto the grounds, they are not permitted inside performance venues. Caramoor Management reserves the right to limit access to any of the venues or grounds for any reason.
Please recognize that you assume any and all risks occurring before, during, and after an event at Caramoor, including injury by any cause. By attending events, you release management, facility, league, participants, clubs, and their respective affiliates and representatives from any related claims. Please read our full policies page before coming to Caramoor.
Is smoking permitted while on Caramoor’s grounds?
To maintain the beauty and cleanliness of our setting, and to provide a healthier and better experience for all who visit or work at Caramoor, smoking is prohibited except for designated permitted areas. This pertains to the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic cigarettes (or similar systems), and any other smoking device. Caramoor staff and volunteers will be able to direct you to the designated smoking areas.
Other than attending music performances, what else can I do at Caramoor?
Is Caramoor accessible?
Yes, we are. Please visit our Accessibility page for more information.
What if I arrive late for a concert?
We will do our best to get you into the performance at the earliest appropriate break in the program so you can enjoy as much of the performance as possible without disturbing others.
How do I become a Member and get Member Benefits?
You can find information about membership, benefits, and other support here. You can also call the Development Office at 914.232.5035 x412.
How can I stay up-to-date with Caramoor’s events?
We have an eNewsletter and also mail occasional printed materials. Sign up for our e-newsletter.
If you also want to receive our mailings, please contact us in the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a lost and found?
Yes. Please call us in the Box Office at 914.232.1252.
Can I have my wedding, or a private or corporate event at Caramoor?
Absolutely! You can learn more about this and our rental policy here.
Can I take pictures or video during a performance?
Video, photography, sound, or cell phone recording of any performance is prohibited. Some events may be recorded by management for promotional purposes. Please note, that your attendance at any Caramoor event is your consent to have your image or likeness appear in any captured photography, live or recorded video display, or other transmission or production in whole or in part of this event.