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County Events

Ulster County:

HealthAlliance Foundation Golf Classic. The HealthAlliance Foundation Golf Classic is an 18-hole, four-person scramble including a continental breakfast prior to tee-off, lunch on the course and BBQ buffet. August 2. 8am-4pm. Apple Greens Golf Course. 161 South Street. Highland.

NY Horse & Pony Show. Stop in Saugerties for international, Olympic-level equestrian horse shows at the amazing grounds for HITS. Sit front row and watch the world’s top riders jump over six-feet fences for a chance at big prize purses. Wednesday, August 2 through Sunday, August 6.  8am- 5pm. 454 Washington Avenue. Saugerties.

MAD Celebration of the Arts 2017. Third annual event at The Collective at Broadway Commons brings together arts lovers from throughout the Hudson Valley to gather under the tent in the heart of the Kingston Midtown Arts District for performances and exhibitions by the many musicians, dancers, artists and performance artists who live and work in the Arts District are headlining the celebration of the reinvigoration of the City of Kingston’s midtown section, including the premiere of two new works inspired by the late Pauline Oliveros, including a gamelan and accordion composition by event curator Peter Wetzler and a new opera piece by Ione. Free. Thursday, August 3. 6pm on. 615 Broadway, Kingston. www.madkingston.org.

The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. Annual event brings opera to a small town park in what many consider the region’s hippest community, with features this year on French opera, Duke Ellington’s vocal works, and a full performance of Puccini’s La Boheme. Includes numerous events, from small concerts and world premieres of commissioned works to lectures and kibitzing in Phoenicia’s many restaurants and hang-out spots. August 4 through 6. Various prices. Main Street and environs, Phoenicia. www.phoeniciavoicefest.org.

Auxiliary Antique & Flea Market. More than 60 vendors will be offering antiques and collectibles, jewelry, tools, artwork, flowers, handmade articles and toys. There will be a chicken barbecue, snacks and a bake sale. And it’s all located in the Central Catskills’ sweetest little town.  August 5. 9am-4pm. Margaretville Village Park, behind the Freshtown Marketplace. Margaretville.

The 22nd March of Champions Drum and Bugle Competition. Benefiting The Children’s Home of Kingston, a competition of the region’s top drum and bugle corps marching in formation. Saturday, August 5. Gates open at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies at 7 pm. Admission $20. Dietz Stadium, 170 N. Front Street, Kingston. (845) 331-1448. ext. 1123 or www.chkingston.org.

Zena Firehouse Bake Sale and Free Child Safety Seat Clinic. Ensure that your child’s car seat is installed properly and that you know how to secure it to provide optimum safety. Technicians will be on hand to provide installation, instruction and information. All services are provided free of charge.  Support your local volunteer fire department. August 5. 10am-3pm. Zena Firehouse, Corner of Zena and Sawkill Roads. Woodstock.

Radius 50 Regional Art Exhibit At WAAM. The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM) is inaugurating an important new exhibition entitled Radius 50 with an opening reception August 5 and run through August 27 with 29 artists who live in the Mid-Hudson/Catskills area juried into the show by David A. Ross—formerly director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and currently, Chair, MFA Art Practice Department, School of Visual Arts—as a means of indicating where art stands in the area these days. Saturday, August 5. 4-6pm. 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock. www.woodstockart.org.

Raise Your Spirits Klezmer Meets Gospel Event. Renee Bailey with the Saints of Swing will be providing a fresh and exciting experience in art and entertainment alongside klezmer legend Rich Chiger, who played all the Borscht Belt hotels. Featuring one of the great undiscovered soul, r&b and gospel voices alongside a legend with cantor’s training in league with the Saints of Swing, who specialize in eclectic and electric selections of foot-tappin’ Swing classics. $15. Sunday, August 6. 6pm. Arts Society of Kingston. 97 Broadway. Kingston.  

Saugerties Artist Studio Tour. One of the Hudson Valley’s major arts events each year, with three dozen artists opening their varied studios to show art aficionados their processes, products, and aesthetic understandings. Begins on Friday evening with a reception at Opus 40, Saugerties cultural wonderland. Now celebrating its 15th anniversary. August 11 – 13. 10am to 6pm daily. Opening reception at Opus 40 from  5 pm into the evening on Friday, Aug. 11. (845) 246-7493 or www.saugertiesarttour.org.

Blueberry Festival. Well-acclaimed family/community event held annually on the second Saturday of August, the festival includes exhibits heralding the Shawangunk Mountains and their cultural heritage, live music, children’s area and activities, raffles, a variety of great foods, delicious blueberry goodies of all kinds including a homemade blueberry pie baking contest, and 175-plus vendors including crafts, merchandise, health and other non-profit organizations. Did we not mention the street fair? Saturday, August 12. 9am-4pm. Canal Street and Liberty Square. Ellenville.

Artists on the Street. Historic Huguenot Street welcomes back Artists on the Street, an all-day plein air event showcasing the talents of nearly two dozen renowned Hudson Valley artists. The annual event is an opportunity for the public to watch and engage with local artists as they work, creating paintings inspired by the history and landscape of the Huguenot Street National Historic Landmark District. Saturday, August 12. 11am-5pm. 81 Huguenot Street. New Paltz.

11th Annual Hudson Valley August Sangria Festival. The great drink in various styles and strengths with live music by the Cintron Brothers and a full schedule of Flamenco singers and dancers. Food vendors. Admission price includes souvenir wine glass, plus vineyard and cellar tours. Admission $20 beforehand, $25 at door. Nondrinkers $10. Saturday, August 12. 11am to 8pm. Benmarl Winery, 156 Highland Avenue, Marlboro.

Stomp Live in High Definition. Come watch a live screening of Stomp Live (2009) and you’ll be amazed by how a whole lot of exuberance, a dose of irony, and a touch of genius can transform brooms, oil cans and toilet plungers—everyday objects from the home and workroom—into exquisite instruments for percussive dance. Sunday, August 13. 2pm. Rosendale Theatre. 408 Main Street. Rosendale.

Hudson Valley Magazine Burger & Beer Bash. The fifth annual Hudson Valley Magazine Burger & Beer Bash brings together all the greatest elements of summer: juicy burgers, cold beer, live music and competition. The Beer and Burger Bash will host local restaurants whose specialty includes burgers, and the beer will be flowing with an emphasis on local breweries. Guests will enjoy it all along with live music, great views of the river, and good company. Single tickets: $50, day of tickets: $55. August 17. 6-10pm. Dutchess Stadium. 1500 NY-9D. Wappingers Falls.

Hudson Valley Rib Fest. The region’s largest, most unique barbecue festival and contest, the three-day Hudson Valley RibFest is actually three events in one—a food festival, a music festival, and a sanctioned Barbeque Contest where winners can advance to the national finals in Kansas City. Admission is $7 for adults with children 12 and under free. August 18, 19, and 20. 5-10pm on Friday, 11am-10pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday. Ulster County Fairgrounds. 249 Libertyville Road. New Paltz.

Shandaken Day at Big Indian Park. Shandaken Day evolved from the Town of Shandaken’s Bicentennial Celebration in 2004 as a means of promoting this Catskills’ town’s hamlets and history with vendors, live music, awards, kids games, an old-fashioned fire department Tug-o-War and good small town fun. Saturday, August 19. 10am -6pm. 8293 Rt. 28, Big Indian.

Woodstock Music on the Green. Runs every other Saturday afternoon in summer starting after noon right in the middle of town, in the same place where one of the region’s biggest drum circles takes up every Sunday at 4 pm. On this day look to hear such local up-and-comers as Norm Wennet, Melissa Lovaglio, Cows and Thunder, Eric Margan, Dave Houghton & the Neighbors and Jay Collins, along with whatever special guests happen to pass by with an instrument in this musically-rich community. August 19, 1 to 5pm. Woodstock Village Green, Tinker Street & Rock City Road, Woodstock.

Kingston Artists’ Soapbox Derby. Launched in 1995 by local artists, the Kingston Artists’ Soapbox Derby is a parade of non-motorized kinetic sculptures capable of rolling down lower Broadway in Kingston, drawing together professional artists, the creatively inclined, families and friends to show off their wild, wacky and original creations. The day is filled local vendors, musicians, and performers. August 20. Check in and assembly at 10 am; cars roll at noon. Corner of Broadway and Spring streets, Kingston. kingstonartistsoapboxderby.com.


Wassaic Summer Festival. A multi-disciplinary celebration of art, music, dance, and community featuring over 100 artists, 25 bands, film screenings, dance performances, and much more in a community that’s given itself over to contemporary and young art. Participants are encouraged to come for the day or stay the weekend, camping onsite. Programming is cutting-edge yet family friendly. August 5 – 7. Starts at 5pm Friday, ends at 5pm Sunday. Free. The Maxon Mills, 37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic. www.wassaicproject.org.

Clermont Summer Gala. Clermont was the Hudson River seat of the politically and socially prominent Livingston family for more than 230 years. Seven successive generations of the family left their imprint on the architecture, room interiors, and landscape at the stately riverside mansion on 500 acres. Clermont. August 5. 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Reservations pricey and necessary. Off Route 9G, Clermont (Columbia County). (518) 537-6622 or www.friendsofclermont.org/events.

Skull & Bones Nature Program Tour. A fun nature program for children ages 6-9. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children become detectives, examining animal skulls to learn about predator and prey animals. Reservations required. $2 per child. Sunday, August 6. 11am. Staatsburgh State Historic Site. 75 Mills. Mansion Drive Road off Old Post Rd. Staatsburg. Call (845) 889-8851 for more information.

Ninth Annual “La Guelaguetza” Festival in Poughkeepsie. La Guelaguetza celebrates the diversity of Oaxacan culture through joyful dance, lively music, delicious food and colorful costumes with accompanying children’s activities, information from nonprofit organizations and all that’s needed to send participants home with  a piece of Oaxaca in your heart. August 6. 1 – 7pm. Free. Waryas Park, 1 Main Street, Poughkeepsie.

bigBANG Band. One of the premier big bands in the Hudson Valley, the bigBANG led by bassist Robert Kopec makes its first appearance at one of Beacon’s top nightspots after popular stints across the river. Sunday, August 6. 8pm. Quinn’s, 330 Main Street. Beacon. A $10 donation towards the musicians is requested.

Catskill Jazz Factory Spiegeltent at Bard College. Summer-long series of special jazz events taking place in the elegant and feisty Spiegeltent at Bard’s Summerscape, opposite the Fisher Center. Special concert, “1960s: Songs of Protest and Reconciliation” features the scintillating Vuyo Sotashe Ensemble. Thursday, August 10. 8pm. Spiegeltent, 60 Manor Road, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. (845) 758-7900 or http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

28th Bard Music Festival: Chopin and His World. Part of Bard’s Summerscape extravaganza, this two weekend festival within a festival includes concerts, lectures, an opera and numerous film screenings, including some of Ingmar Bergman’s classics. Takes place at Bard College’s Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center. August 11–13 and 18–20. Various times and prices. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. (845) 758-7900 or fishercenter.bard.edu/bmf.

Beacon Blend Tour. These walking tours will take you through the old and new of this unique and fast-changing town, allowing participants views of a great mix of art, culture, and history all in one. Witness what happens when old factories find new purposes as cultural and residential centers. August 12. 11am-1:30pm. Main Street. Beacon.  

Village of Fishkill Block Party. Family fun, children activities, food, drink, live bands and more to celebrate this unique small town. Rain date Aug. 27th. Free. August 19. 6 – 10pm. Main Street, Fishkill. www.facebook.com/events/112107352627671/.

Crown Maple Pancake Breakfast. Escape the summer heat and enjoy a pancake breakfast inside the sugarhouse. After breakfast, stick around for a 1pm tour, explore hiking trails and roasting a complimentary marshmallow over the fire pit! Reservations are required for this event. Sunday, August 20. 9:30am. Crown Maple Estate. 47 McCourt Road. Dover Plains. Call (845) 877-0640 to make reservations.

Hudson Valley Holistic Market. Come shop your favorite metaphysical vendors, crafters, healing practitioners, artists, and psychic readers; the market features local businesses that carry products to help you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle with specializations in metaphysical and esoteric products and services. The Hudson Valley Holistic Market prides itself on friendly, low stress, diverse and inclusive events. Sunday, August 20. 10am-4pm. 542 Route 9. Fishkill.

Jazz In the Valley. An afternoon of music and art the concert has since grown into an annual festival, showcasing music performed by world-class musicians complemented by breathtaking views of the Hudson River Valley as backdrop. With Delfeayo Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Javon Jackson, Elio Villafranca, Christopher Dean Sullivan, Mala Waldron, Steve Nelson, Neil Clarke, and Jimmy Cobb. Sunday, August 20. 11am-6pm. General admission is $50, and $60 at the gate (students with valid ID gain entrance for $20). Waryas Park,1 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. jazzinthevalleyny.org.

Dutchess County Fair. The second largest county fair in New York State is the showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County with advance adult admission available online or at the Fairgrounds office Monday through Friday 9am-4pm. August 22- August 27.10am-10pm. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. 6550 Springbrook Avenue. Route 9. Rhinebeck.

Vino and the Beast 5k Run. Come enjoy the heartbeat of The Hudson Valley Area and run in a 5k run with 10 obstacles sponsored by Beast Mode Athletics and Millbrook Vineyards and Winery. After the run there will be a post race celebration with live music, free wine tastings, food, and fun! Awards will be given to the top performing athletes and the participants with the best costumes. Bring running shoes that can get muddy, your craziest costume, and a beastly attitude! A portion of race proceeds will benefit local charities. Saturday, August 26. All day event. Millbrook Vineyards and Winery. 26 Wing Road. Millbrook.

Water Ceremony for the M’heakannituck. A water ceremony on the edge of our beautiful M’heakannituck (Hudson River), “the river that flows many ways,” celebrating the body’s bringing of life to the plants, fish, animals, and humans who live along it. Native Americans will lead in song and prayer for the waters. A Sloop Clearwater sail will follow. August 26. 3-4pm ceremony. Clearwater sail at 4pm. Free, with tickets required to sail. www.clearwater.org.