Hudson Valley Calendar of Events
We continually update our calendar of events for the Hudson Valley so keep checking back -- you never know what you might find!
|Monday, September 1, 2014|
Garden Conservancy Open Days
Through August 17
Explore hundreds of inspiring garden spaces that are not normally open to the public with self-guided private tours. These beautiful horticultural secrets will be revealed all over the Hudson Valley, including Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, and Columbia counties.
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
One of the largest collections of antique aviation in the world at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome museum, open daily. Watch the air shows that take place every weekend, or soar high above the Hudson River on biplane rides! Oldrhinebeck.org.
Country Living Fair at Dutchess Fairgrounds
June 6-8, Rhinebeck
The pages of Country Living magazine come to life with great shopping, antique appraisals, seminars, demonstrations, food, and a chance to meet the editors. Rain or shine. Dutchessfair.com.
Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel House and Gardens
June 10-August 31, Garrison
The outdoor stage at Boscobel reopens for an all encompassing experience with a majestic view of the Hudson River. The 2014 season celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with productions of Othello, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Liar by David Ives. Hvshakespeare.org.
Taste of Country Music Festival
June 13-15, Hunter
Brad Paisley headlines in this weekend long concert on Hunter Mountain—the only multi-day country music festival in the Northeast! Buy tickets with a choice of camping, non-camping, or an RV pass.
Stone Ridge Library Fair
June 16, Stone Ridge
Book sales, musical entertainment, home-made baked goods, and food from local farms. Takes place on the library lawn. Stoneridgelibrary.org.
Powerhouse Theater at Vassar
June 20-July 27, Poughkeepsie
A collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, Powerhouse Theater is an experience that strives to enrich the development of both emerging and established performers. More than 250 professional artists and theater students train and participate, along with 40 to 50 theater students from around the world. Performances to be announced. Powerhouse.vassar.edu.
Gardens of Goshen
June 21, Goshen
The 2014 Gardens of Goshen Tour and Luncheon on the Lawn is self-guided, viewing six gardens beginning at the St. James’ Episcopal Church. A fresh gourmet lunch will be served under the tent on the St. James’ front lawn. Tours 9am-3pm, luncheons 11am-12:30pm and 1pm-2:30pm. Stjamesgoshen.org.
June 21-22, Croton-On-Hudson
Also known as Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, the festival contains a diverse range of tunes played from seven sustainably powered stages, continuing the musical legacy of Pete Seeger. This year’s acts include Puss N Boots featuring Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper, The Mavericks, Rufus Wainwright, and many more. Clearwaterfestival.org.
Caramoor International Music Festival
June 21-August 6, Katonah
For seven weeks, two outdoor theaters resonate music created by the world’s finest classical, opera, pop, Chamber, symphonic, and jazz artists in one of the top five outdoor music festivals in the USA. Artists range from iconic superstars to rising stars, and from soloists to small and large ensembles and bands. Caramoor.org.
June 21-September 7, Woodstock
For its 99th summer of concerts in the woods, Maverick celebrates the chamber music of European Richard Strauss, “the last Romantic,” along with America’s master of the string quartet, Elliott Carter. Cherished works of chamber music will be performed, along with the return of the Jazz series and Saturday morning Young People’s Concerts. Maverickconcerts.org.
June 27-August 17, Annandale-on-Hudson
Seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. This year’s festival explores the milieu of Austrian composer Franz Schubert’s influential career composing symphonic, chamber, and religious music. Fischercenter.bard.edu/summerscape.
Belleayre Music Festival
July 5-August 30, Highmount
A music festival where the mountains meet the stars. This year features blues artist Buddy Guy, country superstar Gretchen Wilson, The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony featuring the Belleayre Festival Orchestra, comedian Colin Quinn, and more music and Broadway stars. Belleayremusic.org.
Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market
July 5-6, August 30-31, Stormville
A family-friendly atmosphere with a wide variety of bargains and treasures. Over 600 vendors from more than eight states. Free admission and parking, rain or shine, 8am-4pm. Stormvilleairportfleamarket.com.
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
July 17-20, Oak Hill
This four-day outdoor festival presents the best in bluegrass and acoustic music, dancing, workshops, family activities, camping, jam sessions, festive foods, and crafts. This year’s headliners include Nickel Creek, The Gibson Brothers, and many more artists. More acts to be announced online. Greyfoxbluegrass.com.
Orange County Fair
July 17-27, Middletown
An outdoor fair with food, rides, and fun for the whole family. Includes Orange County speedway races and the James E. Strates Shows carnival. Check out the website for events. Orangecountyfair.com.
Rosendale Street Festival
July 19-20, Rosendale
A donation driven event: one street, two days, six stages, and 74 bands! Vendors litter Main Street, all local establishments participate by opening their doors for the festival patrons, and Rosendale Theater screens short films all afternoon. Rosendalestreetfestival.ning.com.
Woodstock Library Fair
July 26, Woodstock
Woodstock’s 83rd annual library fair, featuring a used book sale, live music, summertime food favorites hot off the grill, raffles, collectables, and children’s activities. 10am-5pm. Woodstock.com.
Bounty of the Hudson Wine Festival
July 26-27, Marlboro
The 12 wineries that make up the Shawangunk Wine Trail continue to uphold the Huguenot’s legacy by creating some of the finest wines in New York State. This year’s festival is held at Glorie Farm Winery, containing award-winning wines, live music, and top-rated food purveyors. Dev3.nextstepdigital.com.
Ulster County Fair
July 29-August 3, New Paltz
This agriculturally centered fair has been dazzling families from the Hudson Valley and beyond for over 125 years. Experience the family fun with farm animals, gardening demos, fireworks, live music, fried dough, and more rides than you can count. Check the website for this year’s headliners. Ulstercountyfair.com.
Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
July 30-August 3, Phoenicia
The five-day event in the heart of the Catskill region focuses on classical traditions of opera, song, baroque, and choral music. The town’s rich artistic and musical culture is matched by the area’s lavish greenery, while promoting the voice as an instrument of healing, peace, and artistic expression. Phoeniciavoicefest.org.
Hudson Valley Magazine’s Burger & Beer Bash
August 1, Poughkeepsie
Fifteen local restaurants specializing in burgers help shell out the best of summer: juicy burgers, cold beers, and live music. At the beautiful Shadows Marina waterfront in Poughkeepsie, taste the best burgers in the area and find out who has the best burger in the Hudson Valley. 6pm-10pm. Hvmag.com.
Native American Festivals of the Hudson Valley
August 2-3, Stony Point
Join the Bear Mountain Pow Wow at the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area at Harriman State Park. The festival includes over 500 Native American artists, educators, singers, dancers, and performers from across the nation. Open 11am-7pm.
New York Renaissance Faire
August 2-September 21, Tuxedo Park
Spend a day with a knight at this huge medieval festival featuring jousts, strolling minstrels, and a Tudor-style marketplace of crafts, food, games, and dance. Experience Elizabethan England within the majestic groves of Sterling Forest, 10am-7pm. Renfair.com/ny.
German Alps Festival
August 9-10, Hunter
Hunter Mountain continues the traditional German festival with German-American foods, Schuhplattler Dancers, plenty of vendors, new entertainers, kid-friendly activities, and a fireworks show on Saturday night. Kids under 12 get in free. Gates open at 11am. Huntermtn.com.
Hudson Valley Ribfest
August 15-17, New Paltz
Highland Rotary Club and Hannaford present their 10th annual Hudson Valley Ribfest, where 50 teams will fire up their grills in hopes of winning the New York State Championship BBQ contest. Enjoy the mouthwatering food, along with kids activities and great music. Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.
Chronogram Block Party
August 16, Kingston
Chronogram magazine hosts its second annual Block Party, closing off Wall Street in Midtown, Kingston. Beat the heat in the street with a full day of music, dancing, food, and fun. Chronogram.com.
Dutchess County Fair
August 19-24, Rhinebeck
Host to nearly half a million patrons, Dutchess has been presenting the second largest county fair in New York State for over 160 years. Over 144 acres of land showcase agriculture, Midway rides, games, stage shows, commercial exhibits, farm animals, food, and thrills in a beautiful setting. Dutchessfair.com.
Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fairs
August 30-September 1, New Paltz
Over 300 artisans and craftspeople gather from across the nation to display their jewelry, ceramics, iron sculptures, hand-woven pieces, furniture, architecture, and more. Visit the website for a complete list of vendors. Quailhollow.com.