Fairs and Festivals

Once again, it’s that lovely and amazing time of year: summer. After a terribly long, icy winter and slow-starting spring, the sun is shining — and the region is bursting with events ripe for the picking. Whether you’re looking for quality theater, classical music, family fun, or anything in between (and we do mean anything — classic motorcycles, anyone?), there’s a fair or festival somewhere in the Valley to help you celebrate the season


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Half Moon River DayThe Half Moon, a replica of Henry Hudson’s boat, takes center stage on River Day — and all summer — as the Hudson Valley celebrates its Quadricentennial

Photograph by Thomas Moore

River Day

June 6

Rumor has it that 2009 is the Hudson Valley’s Quadricentennial — and celebratory events have been taking place from Manhattan to Albany all year long. Summer is the perfect time to fete the anniversary’s shining star — the Hudson River — and River Day plans to do just that with its Great River Day Flotilla. The first Saturday in June serves as the official opening day, kicking off a week of festivities to honor 400 years of Hudson history.

The flotilla commences at the Statue of Liberty with the boat and yacht clubs of Manhattan and New York City being led up Henry Hudson’s historic river path by New York State heritage ships including the Onrust, a replica of a 1612 Dutch ship; Pete Seeger’s sloop Clearwater; the historic replica Half Moon; and the Beacon Sloop Club’s Woody Guthrie. The day ends in the Tarrytown and Nyack area. Over the next several days the flotilla continues along its way to Albany and Rensselaer, with overnight stops in Beacon/Newburgh (June 7-8), Poughkeepsie (June 9), Kingston (June 10), Athens (June 11), and Castleton (June 12). Throughout the week, special events will be held at various boat and yacht clubs, waterfront parks, and civic institutions as the flotilla journeys to Albany. For great views of the ships, check out our story on Riverside Dining, or visit www.exploreny400.com for more up-to-date information.


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