WEEKENDS THROUGH EARLY SEPTEMBER
Rail Explorers Catskills
Join us in New York’s Catskill Mountains to discover the rails that run alongside the Esopus Creek from the beautiful village of Phoenicia. Ride the new Rail Explorers fleet of rail bikes, now with electric pedal assistance! Seats are limited so book early to make sure you don’t miss out! Bring a snack and a drink to enjoy at our creekside turnaround. This is an 8-mile trip with electric pedal assistance. Please allow 2 hours. Go to 70 Lower High Street, Phoenicia.
JULY 28, 1–10PM
Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival
The mission of the Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival (HVBF) is to celebrate brass music in a rural, accessible, and family-friendly environment. Founded by members of Brooklyn-based Raya Brass Band, Funkrust Brass Band, and local activist street band Tin Horn Uprising. This year’s inaugural festival will feature music from eight bands whose influences range from the Balkans to Latin America, New Orleans second line to brasspunk and activist anthems. Go to Seedsong Farm, 160 Esopus Avenue, Kingston.
The Phoenicia International
- Festival of the Voice
This festival utilizes the power of the human voice to inspire, empower and heal. Through captivating, internationally acclaimed performances, the Festival of the Voice Foundation seeks to expose and popularize the vocal arts, making them approachable and novel, discovering and developing new talents—locally, nationally and internationally— and acts as an economic engine to increase the value and popularity of the area. Go to Parish Field: Ursula Drive, Phoenicia. 845-688-3291.
JULY 21-22, AUGUST 18-19
Hutton Fare is a custom marketplace bringing people together through the discovery of food, drink, and curated offerings from the Hudson River Valley and beyond. Join us on the banks of the Hudson River for a taste of all that the region has to offer, to meet talented artisans, to support the retail community from packaged goods to handmade, to sway to the music and to sip a beverage while enjoying the beautiful Hudson River view. Go to the Hutton Brickyards, 200 North St, Kingston. 845-213-4742.
JUNE 9–10, 10AM–6PM
Gardiner Open Studio Tour (GOST)
Gardiner and the surrounding area is home to an abundance of talent. The area is framed by stunning cliffs, mountains, lakes, trails, and forests. Visit our sponsors who have an excellent selection of fine food, wine, craft beer, and cider and support local businesses which support local talent. Each tour brings new work and new experiences. Get up close and personal with the area’s contemporary paintings, graceful pottery, whimsical clay creations, abstract photography that will have you wanting to ask questions of the art maker! Lose yourself in landscapes created with oil, acrylics and pastels. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the artists where they work, learn about their process, and take home a unique memory from your time in Gardiner. Go to the Village and Town of Gardiner. gardineropen
JUNE 23, 1–6PM
Crossroads Brewing Cornhole Tournament
NY Cornhole, Ward Boards, and Crossroads Brewing Company bring you the first Cornhole Tournament at the Catskill Taproom. Join us on June 23rd at 1pm for a double-elimination tournament for cash and prizes. Entry is $20 per person or $40 per team. 1st Place wins a cash prize while 2nd & 3rd win prizes. This tournament is a 32-team max. Go to Crossroads Brewing Company, 201 Water Street, Catskill.
Rhinebeck Crafts Festival
The Rhinebeck Crafts Festival will be bringing 200 modern American artists and craftspeople together for an exciting art and shopping event with uncommon works you just can’t find anywhere else. Celebrating all things handmade, including: unique contemporary craft and art, gourmet specialty foods, tastings from Hudson Valley distilleries and wineries, interactive craft demonstrations, and exciting family activities. Go to Dutchess County Fairgrounds entrance: 6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck. 845-331-7900.
JUNE 29, 7:30PM
Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton
Coming off an extraordinary 2017, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller is looking forward to his summer 2018 tour. Joining Miller and his band on this tour once again will be special guest Peter Frampton. Go to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel. 866-781-2922.
Downtown Kingston Fourth of July Celebration
Waterfront outdoor dining and live music kick off the annual Kingston Fourth of July celebration, followed by a video tribute to veterans. Visitors to the waterfront can sit back and enjoy a locally sponsored fireworks display. Parking and shuttles will be available for convenience.
New Paltz Fourth of July Celebration
Celebrate with music by the Holmes Brothers (Blues, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, and Country) and The Big Joe Fitz Band; food; children’s activities; fireworks at dusk. Free. Rain Date: July 3. Go to Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz.
JULY 4, 3PM–DUSK
Fourth of July Fireworks at Memorial Park, Beacon
Enjoy fireworks presented by the City of Beacon, Beacon-Fishkill Kiwanis Club, The Costellos, and I Am Beacon. Bring the whole family to enjoy. Fireworks begin at dusk.
JULY 5, 7:30PM
MISU’s Music on Market: Contemporary Music Night
The Ellenville Chamber Players will be playing music for strings, woodwinds and percussion, featuring local composers. Go to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 40 Market Street, Ellenville.
Kenco’s Archery Festival
Join us for a full day of target shooting, archery games, and instruction with certified instructors, chat with representatives from the archery brands we carry, and enjoy fun for the whole family. Go to Kenco Outfitters, 1000 Hurley Mountain Road, Kingston. 845-340-0552.
JULY 31–AUGUST 5
The Ulster County Fair
For rides, food, exhibits, games, animals, and super headliner entertainment, you can’t miss the Ulster County Fair. 2018 headliners include Thunder Ridge, Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters, The Charlie Daniels Band, Keith Anderson, Jenny Tolman, Cale Dodds, and Journey former lead singer Steve Augeri! Go to the Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz. 845-255-1380 or 845-255-1707.
JULY 28, 1–10PM
Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival
The mission of the Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival (HVBF) is to celebrate brass music in a rural, accessible, and family-friendly environment. Founded by members of Brooklyn-based Raya Brass Band, Funkrust Brass Band, and local activist street band Tin Horn Uprising, we love brass music and its spontaneous, celebratory nature, and we wanted to create an environment where people could enjoy the music we love in a beautiful place outside of the city. This year’s inaugural festival will feature music from eight bands whose influences range from the Balkans to Latin America, New Orleans second line to brasspunk and activist anthems. Go to Seedsong Farm, 160 Esopus Avenue, Kingston.
Hudson Valley Ribfest
Summer is about outdoor fun and the Hudson Valley RibFest is about the fun of barbecuing! The Hudson Valley RibFest, organized by the Highland Rotary Club, is THE place to be for lovers of finger-licking good food in the Northeast. The three-day RibFest is actually three events in one—a food festival, a music festival, and a sanctioned Barbecue Contest where winners can advance to the national finals in Kansas City! If you love BBQ ribs and chicken, you are going to love the Hudson Valley RibFest. Admission is $7 for adults, free for children 12 and under. One-day tickets are available online starting June 1. Go to the Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz. 844-RIBFEST.
AUGUST 21–26, 10AM-10PM
The Dutchess County Fair
For six days each August, the bucolic fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck plays host to nearly half a million patrons. The second largest county fair in New York State is the showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County. The fairgrounds becomes an entertainment destination where big name talent can be enjoyed, “thrill a minute” excitement can be experienced at one of the finest carnivals in the entire country, free shows and attractions can be viewed almost constantly from the time you arrive to the time you leave. The tradition of excellence that has been the Dutchess County Fair for over 170 years offers something for everyone and creates memorable moments that will be cherished for a lifetime. Go to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck. 845-876-4000.
Curtains for Myron, Presented
by the Actors Theatre of Woodstock
Curtains for Myron centers around Myron, an aging Mafia gumbah wannabe, and Jerry, his over-the-hill gay actor brother. These polar opposites humorously litigate old wrongs and cruelly open new wounds. The day spirals out of control when a visit from Myron’s hooker girlfriend and his estranged and troubled daughter expose some guarded family secrets. Hounded by the police, Myron takes matters into his own hands. 18+ yrs. Directed by Kevin Cutts, and starring film actor Anthony Giaimo and stage veterans Susan Cella (who played Evita on Broadway), Michael Iannucci, and Tina Keyes. Go to the Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 845-679-4406.
JUNE 17, 12PM–5PM
Hard Cider Tasting Party and Pig Roast
Celebrate Father’s Day at the orchard with the Brooklyn Cider House Team. We’ll be hosting a FREE Hudson Valley hard cider tasting and market with at least 10 Hudson Valley cideries sampling and selling their wares. In addition, we’re roasting a suckling pig, serving up wood-fired pizzas all day, and offering wood-fired burgers once the pig is gone. Sit back and relax by the pond and sip a hard cider, all to the live sounds of More Tongues Than Teeth. Admission is free! Event is rain or shine. All food served a la carte. Family friendly. Dog friendly. Dad friendly! Go to Brooklyn Cider House, 155 North Ohioville Road, New Paltz. 845-633-8657
JUNE 23, 5–6PM
Aesop Bops, Presented by the Summer Film and Performance Series
Fast-paced, funny, and packed with audience participation! A potpourri of Aesop’s classic stories including “The Lion and the Mouse” and “The Fisherman and His Wife.” Written and performed by David Gonzalez, accompanied by Daniel Kelly on keyboard. Go to the Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale. 845-658-8989.
JUNE 28, 8PM
Johnny Irion, Live at the Falcon
A rocker in and out of time, Johnny Irion has a kind of timelessness, wringing out the sweetest melodies and deepest passions of both ‘60s California rock and Guthrie-era folk. Irion has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting artists across the folk-rock spectrum, from his uncannily Young-Nilsson-esque voice to his melodic and lyrical mettle. Go to the Falcon Underground, 1348 Route 9W Marlboro. 845-236-7970.
JUNE 30, JULY 28, & AUGUST 25, 8–10PM
Summer Music Series at the Emerson
Featuring the Catskills Supergroup, a mix of musical artists who have played with some of the greatest bands of our time. Performances will take place on the banks of the Esopus Creek, just behind Woodnotes Grille at the Emerson Resort & Spa. Enjoy dinner at Woodnotes Grille before the show, and summer evening snacks and bar items available for purchase during the performance. Tickets are $25 per person, complimentary for overnight guests of the Emerson. Each show will also feature a surprise “special guest.” Go to the Emerson Resort & Spa, 5340 Route 28, Mount Tremper. 845-688-2828.
JULY 4, 9AM–9PM
Fourth of July Celebration at Mohonk Mountain House
Join Mohonk Mountain House for their most iconic holiday celebration of the entire year. Delight in festive events and activities throughout the day! Be sure to wear your red, white, and blue and join in the fun! Mohonk Mountain House is not open to the public on the 4th of July. An overnight reservation is required to join in the 4th of July activities. Go to Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz. 855-883-3798.
JULY 19, 7:30PM
MISU’s Music on Market: Jazz Night
The Story of Jazz, as told by Larry Moses and the New World Jazz Orchestra. Go to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 40 Market Street, Ellenville.
JULY 26, 5:30–7:30PM
The Art Effect After Hours
Join us for The Art Effect’s After Hours Event at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory! Your ticket provides you with unlimited tastings from craft breweries, local distilleries, and amazing food vendors, as well as chill music and unique youth art! Tickets: $40/person ($70/couple). Free parking will be available. Go to the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, 8 N. Cherry Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-471-7477.
The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
This festival promotes the human voice as an instrument of healing, peace, and artistic expression by presenting world-class performances in genres from opera to gospel and world music to Broadway. Go to Parish Field: Ursula Drive, Phoenicia. 845-688-3291.
August 12, 9pm Night of the Shooting Stars
Preview tonight’s meteor shower with Bob Berman, one of the best known and most widely read astronomers in the world. Bob is uniquely able to translate complex scientific concepts into language that is understandable to the casual observer, yet meaningful to the most advanced. He is an editor of Astronomy magazine, the astronomy editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and the author of eight books. His newest is Zoom: How Everything Moves. Bob will provide practical hints and tips for those who want to see the very best that the night sky can offer. For reservations, please call 855-883-3798. Go to Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz.
The Art of Nature Awareness at Mohonk Mountain House
Immerse yourself into the ancient art of nature, mindfulness, and self-awareness. Join Mohonk’s Naturalist, Michael Ridolfo as he teaches time-tested principles of tracking and nature observation, authentic survival skills, and the spontaneous attention that occurs when we move through the arena of the natural world. Go to Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz.
Garden Holiday at Mohonk Mountain House
Join us as we take an enchanting walk down memory lane. Delight in hands-on workshops and demonstrations with the area’s finest horticultural experts. Mohonk’s show gardens highlight a diverse array of flora both native and exotic. Be sure to join us at our annual Victorian Garden Party complete with live flutist and harpist! Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz.
Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair
Support Handmade this Labor Day Weekend! Bring family, friends, and yourself to the Ulster County Fairgrounds to enjoy a weekend replete with fine art and crafts in over 10 media categories, handcrafted (and delectable!) specialty food and drink, and live entertainment. Sip on locally-brewed craft beer and regional wine while watching live demonstrations and browsing rows of handmade pottery, home decor, jewelry, paintings, photography, blown glass, furniture, wearable fiber art, and much more. Go to the Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz.
SEPTEMBER 1–2, 11AM-5PM
Art Studio Views Tour
This family-friendly event offers the public a unique opportunity to visit 30 private studios of Mid-Hudson Valley artists through a self-guided tour. The artists on the tour represent a wide-range of styles and techniques, including: painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, and glass. Free of charge and open to the public. Maps and information are available at the following headquarter locations: Tivoli Artist Gallery in Tivoli; Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery in Rhinebeck; and the Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park in Hyde Park. Visit artstudioviews.com for a complete list of artists and sponsors, or to download the map. 845-505-6397.
SEPTEMBER 2, 11AM
Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods
2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Harvest Festival, an annual event celebrating the bounty, talent and beauty of Sullivan County and surrounding areas. Held every Sunday in September, the festival features a farmers market, craft village, live performances, corn and hay mazes, pony rides and more. Each week offering new vendors, events, and talent sure to please the entire family. Begin your day with a bountiful family style farm-to-table brunch in the Market Sheds prepared by Bethel Woods’ own Executive Chef. Go to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Road, Bethel. 866-781-2922.
SEPTEMBER 6, 7:30PM
MISU’s Music on Market: Classical Guitar
Greg Dinger presents musical pairs for the classical guitar. Go to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 40 Market Street, Ellenville.
SEPTEMBER 8–9, 11AM–6PM
Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest
The Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest is a celebration of the bounty of New York. This food and wine festival features hundreds of wines from Hudson Valley wineries and beyond, New York distilled spirits, craft beers, and gourmet specialty foods from all over the country. Learn more about wine with our educational seminars and brush up on your culinary skills with cooking demonstrations from regional celebrity chefs throughout the weekend. Satisfy your hunger with delectable treats from the Gourmet Food Truck Corral. The Wine Fest will be held rain or shine! Go to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds: 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck. 845-658-7181.