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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bethel woodsJust like ’69: Music fans gather at Bethel Woods, the site of the original Woodstock festival

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel NY

(June 9-Sept. 22)

Woodstock lives on — in a way. Located on the site of the original 1969 music festival, Bethel Woods continues to celebrate the arts with two performance venues — including an outdoor pavilion stage — and a multimedia museum. The 2012 concert season offers something for everyone, from new country stars to groovy, old school rock and roll favorites. The Classical Series showcases performances by Navah Perlman (June 9) and the Parker Quartet (Sept. 22). Other highlights include the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour (June 17); Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (June 16); Furthur, featuring Bob Weir and Phil Lesh (July 15); and Brad Paisley with the Band Perry and Scotty McCreery (Aug. 10). Country rocker Jason Aldean also brings “his kinda party” to the Valley on Aug. 26. 

At the museum, a pair of exhibits — “A Tale of Two Posters,” a retrospective of the work of David Edward Byrd and Arnold Skolnick (through July 22); and “Across the Great Divide: Photographs by Roberta Price” (Aug. 2-Dec. 31) — will be on view. Kid-friendly events include Family Day (July 8); and Youth Opera Experience, a weeklong performing arts program (July 9-14). Call for ticket information; 866-781-2922 or

» Next fest: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Garrison (June 12-Sept. 2)


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