Summer Fairs & Festivals in Hudson Valley, Upstate NY 2012

Summer’s in full swing, and the Valley is buzzing with events for all ages


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beacon riverfestThe Octomen

Beacon Riverfest, Beacon NY

(June 30)

Local 845’s free, one-day mini-fest at Beacon’s Riverfront Park returns for the third year and features a handful of musicians you may not have heard of, but should definitely know. “Beacon has a history of community and folk music,” says festival founder Stephen Clair. “I wanted to make something that fosters music that everyone can be a part of.” This year’s acts include the electrifying 10-piece brass band Brooklyn Qawwali Party; the funked-out Bing Ji Ling; brash Saratoga Springs punk freaks the Figgs; party-pop-rock duo Schwervon!; and Beacon-based surf trio the Octomen. Besides the mainstage acts, a new family tent offers kid-friendly music by the likes of the M Shanghai String Band. Clair says the impetus for it came from “the huge turnout of many different generations over the past two years. It’s nice to give families a place to go nearby with live music between the mainstage events.”  

» Next fest: Maverick Concerts, Woodstock (June 30-Sept. 16)


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