17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival
Each year, film and music lovers from around the world gather for an innovative variety of films, first-class concerts, workshops, celebrity-led panels, an award ceremony, and fantastic parties. The festival takes place in theaters in Woodstock, Saugerties, Rosendale, and Rhinebeck. For more information, visit woodstockfilmfestival.com.
OCTOBER 14, & 28, 4PM; OCTOBER 15, 22, & 29, 10PM; OCTOBER 21, 5PM
Haunted Huguenot Street
Each year, Haunted Huguenot Street returns with new interpretations and special nighttime tours inspired by the legends and history of Huguenot Street. Find out what this year’s stories have in store by attending a tour. This event is sponsored by America’s Best Value Inn of New Paltz, The 1850 House Inn and Tavern, the Accounting Offices of Tom Fucito CPA, PC, and Ulster Savings Bank. Go to Huguenot Street: 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 845-255-1660. huguenotstreet.org/calendar-of-events.
OCTOBER 14-15 & 20-22, 7:30PM; OCTOBER 16 & 23, 2PM
Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus
Mary Shelley’s timeless tale of terror gets the tour-de-force treatment in Jim Helsinger’s stunning adaptation for a single performer. Steven Patterson plays all the roles in a virtuoso display of acting and storytelling artistry that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s a heart-stopping Halloween treat from Kaliyuga Arts, directed by John Sowle. A pay-what-you-can preview will be held Thursday, October 13. Other tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students ages 21 and under. They can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Go to Bridge Street Theatre:44 West Bridge Street, Catskill. 518-943-3818. bridgest.org.
OCTOBER 15, 9AM, TO OCTOBER 16, 5PM
Crafted is a collection of American artisans offering quality, handmade goods. It’s a great event for unique finds and a great way to support small businesses. Some of the categories that will be represented include apparel, jewelry, home goods and decor, art, gourmet food, and lots of other great stuff—just in time for holiday shopping! This is an outdoor event that will take place rain or shine. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Go to Dutchess Stadium:1500 State Route 9D, Wappingers Falls. 914-274-1392. craftedhv.com.
OCTOBER 15, 9AM-5PM; OCTOBER 16, 10AM-5PM
NYS Sheep and Wool Festival
This festival features sheep shearing, animal shows, a farmers market, wine tasting, authors, workshops, cooking demos, and a livestock show and sale. Have some family fun with rides, a petting zoo, pumpkin carving, face painting, games, and much more. Go to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds: 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck. sheepandwool.com.
OCTOBER 15, 6-10PM
A Night of Great Expectations at SPAF
This important fall fundraiser will benefit the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) and the Ulster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UCSPCA). One $80 ticket includes appetizers, a full buffet dinner, a four-hour beer-and-wine open bar, and a chance to win several large cash prizes—with a grand prize of $2, 000—plus a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Join in for a wonderful dinner and an entertaining evening in an exciting re-purposed space, and help maintain ASK as a dynamic regional arts center for Kingston, Ulster County, and the Hudson Valley. Go to Saugerties Performing Arts Factory:169 Ulster Avenue, Saugerties. 845-338-0333. askforarts.org.
OCTOBER 16, NOON-5PM
Beacon Pumpkin Festival
The Beacon Sloop Club’s Annual Pumpkin Festival takes place rain or shine. Hudson Valley pumpkins of all sizes and shapes, freshly baked pumpkin pie, cider, and other delicious food will be available to purchase. Save room for meat or vegetarian chili! During the festival, volunteer crews and captains will organize free public sailing aboard the ferry sloop, Woody Guthrie. Sign up at the Beacon Sloop Club booth during the festival; look for that distinctive red sail. There will also be lots of interesting environmental displays, local artisans and craftsman, plus food vendors. Go to Riverfront Park, Beacon. 914-907-4928. beaconsloopclub.org.
Pumpkin Fiesta Weekend
Featuring all things pumpkin, such as pumpkin butter, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, and pick-your-own pumpkins at 50 cents per pound, Pumpkin Weekend is surely a fiesta! Go to Hurds Family Farm: 2187 State Route 32, Modena. 845-883-7825. hurdsfamilyfarm.com.
OCTOBER 16, 10AM-NOON
Learn about identifying and finding mushrooms in the woods with Catskill Fungi’s John Michelotti. Go prepared! You’ll be walking in the woods and off-trail. This event is limited to 20 participants, so be sure to pre-register. Admission is $10 for Catskill Forest Association members and $20 for non-members. Go to Big Indian Park:State Route 28, Big Indian. For more information, call 845-586-3054 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. catskillfungi.com. catskillforest.org/event/mushroom-walk.
OCTOBER 21, 22, 28, & 29
Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours at Clermont State Historic Site
Guests who arrive at Clermont will find themselves welcomed into a 1921 Halloween party, complete with a spiritual medium, a crystal ball, and a Ouija board. When the séance goes wrong, the house is filled with ghosts from throughout the mansion’s 250-year history. Tours will be followed by roasted marshmallows. A rare “Clermont After Dark” tour, each year features dozens of hand-carved, flickering jack o’ lanterns. Reservations are required. Adult admission is $10, child admission is $5, and Friends of Clermont admission is $5. Go to Clermont State Historic Site:1 Clermont Road, Germantown. 518-537-4240. friendsofclermont.org/events.