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County Events

Ulster County


Newburgh Illuminated Festival.

Live music from 40+ bands for free in this event designed to show off this charming, culturally diverse city. Vendors will be on hand selling locally-sourced and handmade goods; there will be kids events and pop-up art shows, plus a trolley tour of historical Newburgh. Saturday, June 3. 12-9pm. Broadway & Liberty Street, Newburgh (Orange County)

Multicultural Festival.

The annual Kingston Multicultural Festival is hosted by the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture & History. Delicious, international foods as well as music and dance performances representing our area’s diverse ethnic groups will be highlighted. Sunday, June 4. 1-5pm. Rondout’s Gallo Park. Kingston.

Global Water Dances.

This film will be featuring selected clips from the first worldwide Global Water Dances Day in 2011. Global Water Dances is a worldwide day of live localized dance events in which countless dancers, musicians, and observers celebrate and honor the importance of freshwater in our lives. Sunday, June 4. 2pm. Rosendale Theatre. 408 Main Street.

Seussical The Musical.

Transport the entire family to the Jungle of Nool and the land of the Whos.  Here everyone can join the Cat in the Hat and Jojo, on a fantastical, magical, musical journey of family entertainment! Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3: 7:30pm. Sunday, June 4 matinee at 2pm. The Woodstock Playhouse. 103 Mill Hill Road. Woodstock.

Taking Flight in the Catskills

Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills is a birding conference rich with presenters to include renowned birder Richard Crossley, photographer and award winning author of ‘The Crossley ID Guide’ series. Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11.  At Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville.  www.catskillcenter.org.

Kayak Festival.

Kingston Kayak Festival is one of the largest Hudson River kayak festivals, where you can test a variety of kayaks, learn new skills, and see the newest gear. $10 donation suggested. Saturday, June 10. Kingston Point Beach. Delaware Avenue.

71st Annual Stone Ridge Library Fair

More than a sale, it’s a regional event with off-site parking, music and kids events, loads of foods, and plenty of books. Saturday, June 10. 10am-3pm. Stone Ridge Library, 3700 Main Street (Route 209), Stone Ridge. Look for the parking signs.

Breaking Down Barriers for Peace and Unity.

A campaign fundraiser will be featuring a scrumptious catered brunch as well as Batsheva Bodega, an acclaimed Israeli-American performer. Held jointly with the Jewish Federation of NE, NY. $25. Sunday, June 11. Temple Israel. 220 Spring Street. Catskill (Greene County).

Reinventing the Hudson Valley Bread Basket.

The field day is an opportunity to see small grain varieties relevant to our region and learn more about production, current research, and markets from Cornell faculty, extension educators, Farm Hub staff, and local grain enterprises.  Monday, June 12. 9am-1:30pm. Farm Hub. Field 7.  2542 Route 209. Kingston.

1967 Groovy Movie Flashback

The Rosendale Theatre looks back with three classic movies from the Summer of Love: Valley of the Dolls on June 14, Monterey Pop on Tuesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 21, and Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back on Tuesday, June 27. All screenings at 7:15pm.  www.rosendaletheatre.org.

Strawberry Festival.

The festival includes many strawberry varieties, homemade strawberry shortcake, burgers, and more. It will also include community entertainment for all. Saturday, June 17. 12-3pm. Klyne Esopus Historical Society Museum. 764 Broadway (Route 9W). Ulster Park.

Celebrating Diversity With A Parade!

Third Annual Diversity Parade and Seventh Annual Let’s Move! Ulster brings together healthy food, fitness exercises, and a festival-like atmosphere in support of a city’s diversity. Wednesday, June 21. 5:30-8pm. T.R. Gallo Park, 73 W. Strand Street, Kingston. facebook.com/LetsMoveUlster/

Bob Dylan.

The Bardavon presents this legendary artist at the opening of Kingston’s new summer venue at the Hutton Brickyards. This will be an exciting kick-off event on the Kingston riverfront, in a new 3,500 capacity concert space and the historic Hutton Brickyards. Offering great music, gorgeous views and delicious Hudson Valley food and beverages by Smorgasburg. Doors 6pm. Concert 8pm. General admission $125 and $75, standing $55. Tickets may be purchased in person at the UPAC box office. Friday, June 23. Hutton Brickyards. 200 North Street, Kingston.

Scavenger Workshop.

The Scavenger workshop will provide concepts, tools and strategies for growing and producing sustainable food in a bioshelter. The workshop will be held at a passive solar, USDA Certified Organic greenhouse where you can learn about its design and operation firsthand. $180. Saturday, June 24.  9am-5pm. Tongore Brook Farm. Stone Ridge.

Dream Catchers from Recycled Art Materials.

Children are invited for Session 4 of the Sunflower Art Studios Weekend Art Camp Series. Be kind to Mother Earth by recycling and create a unique dream catcher to hang in your home.  Beautiful and easy to make. Discover more information at SunflowerArtStudios.community.  $35 per class. Saturday, June 24. 1-3pm. Sunflower Art Studios of Gardiner. 120 Main Street.



Dutchess County


Country Living Fair.

Great shopping, seminars, demonstrations, delicious food, and a chance to meet Country Living’s editors; this event will take place rain or shine.  All exhibitions will be under cover in barns and tents. Saturday, June 3. 10am-5pm. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. 6550 Springbrook Avenue. Route 9. Rhinebeck.

Festival At The Falls.

The event is a day of fun, food and festivities! The festival will take place along the East Main Street corridor from Givans Ave. to South Ave. Vendors will be scattered along East Main, Mill Street, Mesier, and Zion Park. There will be entertainment throughout the downtown area and children’s activities centered in the Zion Park. The Mesier Homestead will be open for the afternoon to offer tours of this historic treasure located in the heart of the Village. Saturday, June 3. 1-7pm. Mesier Park. Spring Street. Wappingers Falls.

Celebrating Juneteenth A Bit Early…

The Southern Dutchess NAACP presents its 8th annual celebration of Juneteenth, commemorating the June 19, 1865 “Day Freedom Did Ring” event where African Americans joined across the nation to honor Emancipation. There will be music, poetry, drama and sing-alongs with noted gospel choirs. Wednesday, June 7. 7-8:30pm. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon.

Cider Week.

As a reflection of rapidly growing demand for hard cider experiences, Cider Week Hudson Valley is introducing a next-level experience that helps connect cider drinkers to cider makers. To satisfy consumer curiosity about the farm-based nature of the ciders of our region, this year’s Cider Week also defines the Hudson Valley as a place where apple growers play an important agricultural role. Friday, June 9-18. Cold Spring. For a list of events and locations, visit ciderweekhv.com

Dreaming Of A Non-Nuclear Age

When Nuclear Plants Close: A Regional Forum on Nuclear Waste Storage and Reactor Decommissioning is a symposium designed to help identify the safest reasonable, fully-funded decommissioning plan options for Indian Point that can then serve as a model for other reactor communities around the nation. Friday, June 9, 9:45am-4:30pm. Desmond-Fish Library, 472 Route 403, Garrison. Pre-register: www.surveymonkey.com/r/DecommissioningForum.

Let Your Freak Flags Fly

Hudson’s annual Flag Day celebrations—including a big parade and fireworks show courtesy of Hudson’s Elk’s Lodge #787—are the region’s biggest, and described by the region’s newer population as “a David Lynch-Americana Dream come true!” (Freak) Flag Day is a nighttime counterpart featuring lively performances and dancing into the wee hours. Saturday, June 10. 8pm until… Basilica Hudson, Water Street, Hudson (Columbia County).

Gentle Yoga Series

Taught by Cleo Post, owner of Rainbow Body Yoga in Red Hook, NY, this four-part series will introduce basic gentle yoga poses in a serene and beautiful outdoor environment. Students will learn the six motions of the spine, how to enter and exit yoga poses safely, breathing techniques, and how to move the body with grace and ease. No prior experience necessary. Registration required. Free. Sunday, June 11, and every Sunday following. 10am-11am. Clermont State Historic Site. 1 Clermont Road. Germantown (Columbia County).

The Big Band Sound “Sinatra Sounds, Big Band Style”

The Big Band Sound along with five vocalists and swing dance performers will benefit the Sparrow’s Nest local charity in a show spotlighting the music of Frank Sinatra and his friends. “Sinatra Sounds, Big Band Style” will highlight the best of the tunes in the Great American Songbook in the setting of a live big band. Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17 at 8pm. Sunday, June 18 at 2pm. $20. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center. 9 Vassar Street. Poughkeepsie.

Greek Festival.

Come and enjoy a taste of Greece! Greek pastries, the famous gyro & souvlaki, and of course lamb, and much more. Be a part of Greek culture and watch children perform traditional Greek dances, then join in and dance with them! Thursday, June 15-Sunday, June 18. 11am-9pm. Hellenic Community Center. 54 Park Avenue. Poughkeepsie.

Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Family-friendly movies will be shown on the big screen beneath the Walkway Over the Hudson at the Upper Landing Park in Poughkeepsie this summer. Additionally, live musical entertainment, contests and fun for the whole family will precede each movie. Raiders of the Lost Ark will be showing on June 24. Programming begins at 7pm, and the show begins at 8:30pm. These events are at the Upper Landing Park under the stars, and all attending are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the movies. Poughkeepsie.

Crafts Festival.

This diverse experience offers locals and tourists the opportunity to partake in adventurous shopping and meet a unique mix of 200 selected, emerging and seasoned artists. With live music, demonstrations, interactive art experiences, gourmet specialty foods, tastings from Hudson Valley distilleries and wineries. Family activities will include stilt walkers, balloon animals, face painting and more. $10 general admission. Saturday, June 24. 10am-6pm. Sunday, June 25. 10am-5pm. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. 6550 Springbrook Avenue. Route 9. Rhinebeck.

The Porch: Where Great Stories Are Told
The Porch is an intimate evening of true stories (no notes allowed) told by your neighbors. Launched last year by Red Hook resident Joey Shavelle and hosted by John Nathan of Rhinecliff, The Porch at the Spiegeltent spins local yarns that are sure to amuse and inspire. Friday, June 30. 8pm. Tickets: $20. The Spiegeltent at Bard College, Annandale. Information: 845-758-7900 or www.bard.edu.

Vomit Fist.

The deliriously ferocious “hard, fast blackened grindcore” trio Vomit Fist returns to the stately, 140-year-old Howland Cultural Center in Beacon. Vomit Fist hails from New York City, delivering hard, fast blackened grindcore with ultra-high energy stage performances. Founders Nick Vürdoth Didkovsky and his son Leo Lurkrot Didkovsky burst onto the underground metal scene in 2013, playing hardcore matinees, all-ages shows, DIY garage events, as well as festival dates and club gigs. Friday, June 30. 8pm. 477 Main Street. Beacon. $10 at door.

Food Trucks & Craft Beer!

The Stormville Airport will be hosting their “1st Annual Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival” supporting the Hudson Valley Hero Project, which in turn supports the region’s veterans and military communities, complete with live music, ten minute helicopter rides, a kids zone, and an Artisan Market featuring handmade arts and crafts, specialty foods, home based vendors and promotional business vendors. Saturday, June 10. 11am to 6pm. Stormville Airport, 428 Route 216, Stormville (just off I-84). 226-1660 or www.stormvilleairportfleamarket.com.

Historic Postcard Walking Tour.
How about looking at the past through the present simultaneously? The Beacon Historical Society is hosting a special walk around this reviving city with stops to consider views from historic postcards, and how they compare to the present. Talk about perspective! June 17 and 18. TOurs at 1pm and 3 pm. Starts at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street. www.beaconhistorical.org