An Insider's Guide to August Events in the Hudson Valley

Local tourism directors share their top picks for things to do throughout the month.


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The Altamont Fair returns in August

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. There are a ton of things to do in the Hudson Valley each month. In fact, when it comes to actually choosing between one event or another, there’s potentially too much to do. Food fest on Saturday? Great. But there’s also that play you wanted to see. Oh, and that workshop you RSVP’d for in the afternoon. And the…oh wait, that’s already two things too many!

To help scout out the best events in the Valley, we reached out to local tourism directors from Albany to Ulster for their top picks for things to do. Check out their selections, then get planning!

 

Albany County

Discover Albany President and CEO Jill Delaney shares her top recommendations for the month:

 

Washington Park Farmer’s Market

Washington Park, Albany
Saturdays in August

A brand-new farmers’ market in the heart of Albany, Washington Park brings a delightful medley of local farm stands and vendors to the community on Saturdays through August and September. Swing by in the morning for early-bird yoga from 9-10 a.m., then stick around to shop the market, which runs throughout Knox Street Mall in the park.

 

Altamont Fair

Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
August 13-18

Make the most of fair season in the Hudson Valley and head to Altamont to take part in a tradition that’s over 125 years strong. An ageless occasion, the fair spotlights the agriculture, history, and culture of the Capital Region. Visit the fair’s website to purchase tickets and read up on the exciting attractions, music, and exhibits scheduled for this year.

 

Albany Trolley Tour

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Historic Albany Trolley Tour

Albany
August 16, 11 a.m.

Held monthly on every third Friday, the City of Albany’s Trolley Tour is a must for locals and visitors alike. The trolley departs from the Discover Albany Visitors Center, then takes riders on a guided trip to the Warehouse District, Ten Broeck Triangle, Downtown Albany, Capitol Hill, Center Square, and Washington Park. The unique experience costs $20 per person and is led by the Discover Albany Visitors Center in partnership with The Capital City Trolley, Driven by CDTA.

 

Aurora Games

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Aurora Games

Times Union Center, Albany
August 20-25

Designed to celebrate the best in women’s sports, entertainment, and culture, the Aurora Games bring together top athletes from more than 15 countries. They’re held at the Times Union Center over the course of six days and feature individual and team competitions in basketball, beach volleyball, figure skating, gymnastics, ice hockey, and tennis. In addition to catching the high stakes sporting, attendees at the Games can make the most of autograph signings, music performances, food tastings, sports clinics, and seminars at the Fan Zone. On August 19, the day before the Games commence in earnest, the Empire State Plaza hosts a very special Kickoff at the Plaza with a concert from Madison VanDenburg, a screening of A League of Their Own, a meet and greet with the athletes, and a firework show at night.


Dutchess County

Take a peek at President & CEO of Dutchess Tourism, Inc. Mary Kay Vrba's top picks for things to do in Dutchess County this month:

 

Wassaic Project

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Wassaic Project Summer Festival

Wassaic Project and Luther Barn, Wassaic
August 3, 12 p.m.

Now in its 11th year, the Wassaic Project Summer Festival continues its tradition of recognizing the best emerging artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and creatives. A free event, it weaves a wonderful harmony between different artistic mediums. Visitors can hop from dance shows to music concerts to dramatic performances, artist talks, and discussions over the course of the day. Visit the festival website for the full lineup of happenings.

 

Burger & Beer Bash

Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls
August 15, 6-10 p.m.

Bring your appetite to Hudson Valley Magazine's seventh annual Burger & Beer Bash, which takes over the grounds at Dutchess Stadium on August 15. A true summer food fest, the all-you-can-eat event pits local burger masters against one another to see who can take home the title of "Best Burger" for 2019. After sampling the sliders, attendees can vote on their favorite, then get ready for round two of beer, coffee, cookies, wine, and more.

 

Jazz in the Valley

Photo courtesy of Dutchess Tourism, Inc.

 

Jazz in the Valley

Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie
August 18, 12 p.m.

This year, Jazz in the Valley celebrates its 20th anniversary of making music in the Hudson Valley. With a packed schedule of world-class musicians and a scenic location along the Hudson River, the event is a must for music lovers of all ages. Scheduled performers include Ron Carter, Giveton Gelin, Baylor Project, Javon Jackson, and the Spanish Harlem Valley Orchestra. Along with the tunes, the fest features an Art Walk artisan shopping market and a Jazz Café with bites to eat from local food trucks and restaurants.

 

Dutchess County Fair

Photo courtesy of Dutchess Tourism, Inc.

 

174th Dutchess County Fair

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
August 20-25, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

It’s here, the fair is here! Beginning on August 20, the Dutchess County Fair returns to Rhinebeck for its 174th year (yes, really). The second largest agricultural fair in New York State is a beloved event for Hudson Valleyites both young and old and features agricultural and horse shows, livestock, milking demos, and sheep shearing. As for shopping, there’s a complete artisan market and an abundance of food vendors, many of whom participate in the fair’s annual SporkRun competition. It’s one summer event you won’t want to miss!


Orange County

Check out Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana’s selections for the best things to do this month.

 

 

Hudson Valley Seafood and Wine Festival

Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville
August 3-4, 1-5:30 p.m.

Bring your appetite to Brotherhood’s Seafood and Wine Festival during the first weekend in August. The shindig packs in scrumptious summertime eats like lobster rolls, seafood paella, and calamari at the raw bar, fried fish bar, and lobster hut. Throughout the day, party band The Hey Nows brings the beats to the winery grounds. As for sips, the seafood selections pair beautifully with Brotherhood’s award-winning wines and selection of Hudson Valley craft beers.

 

Orange County Summer Family Film Fest

Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery
August 10, 24; 5 p.m.

On two evenings in August, the Thomas Bull Memorial Park plays host to community movie nights that are fun for the whole family. Both nights kick off with a free concert at 5 p.m., with the movie screening to follow at 8:30 p.m. Kids can burn off their energy at the onsite playground and game stations, then hunker down with their parents to watch The Incredibles on August 10 or Ralph Breaks the Internet on August 24.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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New York Renaissance Faire

Tuxedo
August 17 – October 6

Huzzah! The New York Renaissance Faire invites visitors to travel back in time to the rollicking days of the Renaissance. Come in costume to immerse yourself in the world of the faire, then spend the day catching awe-inspiring performances by acrobats, fairies, and pirates. When the hunger pangs hit, satiate them with larger-than-life drumsticks and goblet-sized pints of ale. Refreshments in hand, end the day with an action-packed jousting tournament or a wander through the old-timey market, which boasts over 100 artisans.

 

New York International Air Show

New York Stewart International Airport, New Windsor
August 24-25

The sky’s the limit at the New York International Air Show, which takes over the New York Stewart International Airport in August. Throughout the weekend, the high-flying U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Royal Air Force Red Arrows show their skills for audiences on the ground. In a special display, the F-36 Lightning II Demo Team makes its grand debut in the northeast, alongside some of America’s top military and civilian performers.


Ulster County

Read up on Ulster County Tourism's event highlights for August:

 

Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

Photo by Mike Bloom

 

Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

Highmount, Phoenicia
August 2-4

In honor of its 10th anniversary in the Hudson Valley, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice invites an acclaimed array of international performers to Ulster County for three days of concerts. The shows span seven venues in Phoenicia and Highmount and features musical acts that range from opera and musicals to gospel and world music. As part of the festival, a special performance of the opera “Elixir of Love” by Donizetti takes place on August 3 at 8 p.m. The following day, it all comes to a sweet conclusion with a closing gala in the Catskill Mountains with a dance party to follow.

 

Saugerties Artist

Photo by Viorica Stan

 

Saugerties Artists Studio Tour

Throughout Saugerties
August 9-11

As part of the ever-trending celebration of artists in the Hudson Valley, the Saugerties Artists Studio Tour spotlights the works of local painters, photographers, potters, printmakers, and sculptors in the region. The weekend kicks off with Art in the Barn at 5 p.m. on Friday, then extends through the weekend with self-guided tours that hop across the village from one gallery to the next.

 

Blueberry festival

Photo courtesy of Ulster County Tourism

 

The Blueberry Festival

Canal St and Liberty Sq, Ellenville
August 10, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ideal for the whole family, Ellenville’s Blueberry Festival celebrates the berry-filled bounty of the season. The party begins with a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m., then continues with live music in Liberty Square, a blueberry pie sale and muffin contest, and an artisan market with over 175 vendors. You might not turn as blue as Violet Beauregarde, but you’ll feel very berry, ahem, merry as you sample all the blueberry-filled treats.

 

Antique Fire Engine

Photo courtesy of Ulster County Tourism

 

Antique Fire Engine Muster and Open House

Volunteer Fireman’s Hall and Museum, Kingston
August 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

An annual event, the muster is a delight for parents and children in the Hudson Valley. Kids will love the chance to see more than 20 antique, vintage, and new fire trucks up close alongside an 1845 hand pumper and parade carriages. Throughout the day, a bucket brigade contest, children’s firetruck raffle, and closing parade offer community-minded entertainment, while free hot dogs and soda hit the spot for classic summertime eats.

 

Ribfest

Photo provided by Ulster County Tourims

 

Hudson Valley Ribfest

Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz
August 16-18

Dig into the next level of barbecue at Hudson Valley Ribfest in August. Come any day during the weekend for finger-licking barbecue that runs the gamut from saucy and spicy to dry-rubbed and Asian-inspired. Along with the napkin-happy bites, attendees can savor music from regional acts like Jordan Stoner (Stanfordville), Williams Honor (Asbury Park, NJ), and Laila Mach (New Paltz). On Saturday, the New England Barbecue Society Grilling Contest pits grill masters against one another to see who can whip up the best pizza, bacon-wrapped bites, potato skins, and apple desserts around.


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