No Ordinary Lit Fest

Coming in May 2019, the 1st Annual Sleepy Hollow Lit Festival (SHLF) promises to be a lit fest like no other, for all kinds of readers and writers. Save the date and stay tuned for updates. We are currently looking for volunteers, sponsors, innovative ideas, and of course featured authors. If you want to be a part of a legendary event-in-the-making, please contact us now.

About SHLF

Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest is a celebration of the art of writing and will showcase multiple areas of interest that connect deeply with this historic region – specifically horror, children’s lit, historical, and contemporary literature. 2019 marks the 200th Anniversary of the writing of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a seminal work which touches on all four of our areas of interest. In addition, the festival strives to showcase the diversity of our community by featuring a wide array of voices and writers.

SHLF is no ordinary festival, but rather is a total celebration of the villages of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, with events, readings, and panels along the route of Ichabod Crane’s literary journey. This ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ style of festival will allow visitors to personalize their experience, attracting a broader range of visitors to the day’s events, and supporting area businesses.


Introducing new authors on the SHLF!


Want to join them?

Calling poets and writers who want to be a part of this [insert superlative here] lit fest: participation is by invitation or fill out this form for our consideration. Thank you!




It’s a multi-venue book fest that spans both villages of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, but along a walkable, family-friendly route running along Broadway, basically the path Ichabod Crane would have taken when he’s fleeing the Headless Horseman, of course.


The key stops so far:

Tarrytown Music Hall

Warner Library

Patriot’s Park

Philipsburg Manor Restoration

The Old Dutch Church


Along with planning partners:

the Hudson Valley Writers Center, the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and festival bookseller: Scattered Books



The Villages of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are proud sponsors of the first annual Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest.

Want to join them? Click here to see the benefits of Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest Sponsorship.