Your Complete Guide to October's Top Events

With so much to do around the Valley, there's no need to stay inside this month.


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Special Events

Oct 6

Wine Fest This 21+ event focuses on the region’s many top-flight wineries, with tastings and drink-and-draw sessions, as well as plenty of live music and local food. VIP passes include early access and an exclusive pairing course.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, 866.781.2922, www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events

 

Oct 11

Best of Hudson Valley At our annual celebration of the best of everything in the Hudson Valley, you’ll get a chance to sample the goods from hundreds of winning restaurants, stores, and venues — plus meet our staff!

The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie, www.bestofhudsonvalley.com

 

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Photo by Chuck Fishman

At The Chocolate Expo, you can taste, purchase, and otherwise indulge in gourmet chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, cheeses, and craft beverages from more than 60 vendors; and make sure you tour Museum Village, which offers a glimpse into life during the 1800s.

Oct 21, Museum Village, Monroe, 845.473.2072, www.thechocolateexpo.com

 

Oct 12

3rd Annual Hudson Valley Plein Air This juried outdoor painting event tasks artists with painting one canvas from Olana’s historic sculpted landscape. Artists compete for awards and are all featured in a post-event exhibition, with the option of selling their work.

Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, 518.828.0135, www.olana.org

 

Oct 13

Marbletown Multi-Arts 20th Anniversary Celebration This free, outdoor festival celebrating the venerable arts institution will take place on Stone Ridge’s historic main street from 7–10 p.m. Live music and more are in the works.

MaMA, Stone Ridge, 845.687.609, www.cometomama.org

 

Historic Hudson Valley Events

 

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze A surreal glowing landscape of carved pumpkins.

Sept 28–Nov 24 (some dates are weekends only), Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson

 

Irving’s Legend A dramatic performance of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Various dates throughout October, The Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow

 

Horseman’s Hollow See the Horseman and other ghouly creatures in this maze of horrors.

Various dates throughout October, Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow

www.hudsonvalley.org/events

 

Oct 25

Hudson Valley House of Hope Gala Join guest speaker George D. Martin, former defensive end for the NY Giants, as the Wappingers Falls-based domestic violence shelter celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Tickets include: event entry, event anniversary journal, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Mill Creek Caterers, Hopewell Junction, www.hudsonvalleyhouseofhope.org

 

Oct 27

Halloween Ball Between the feast, open wine and beer tastings, and underground dance club, this annual Halloween get-together remains the party to beat. P.S. Don’t forget the costume contest.

Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville, www.brotherhood-winery.com

 

Music

Oct 4

Alice Cooper Shock rocker, metalhead, goth icon: Cooper’s done it all. His highly theatrical stage show, full of props, costumes, and dramatic lighting, is not to be missed.

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663, www.palacealbany.org

 

Oct 7

Aletheia Piano Trio These Juilliard-trained musicians have dedicated themselves to chamber music, bringing their outstanding skill to the traditional configuration of piano, violin, and cello. Part of the PLAY: The Classics series at Bethel Woods.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, 866.781.2922, www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events

 

Oct 7

Dwight Yoakam This country legend brings his many hits, deep cuts, and stories to Albany. From his early days in LA’s country-punk scene to indelible duets like “Streets of Bakersfield,” Yoakam has taken the traditional to new and raucous places.

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663, www.palacealbany.org

 

Oct 9

The Machine This all-star Pink Floyd cover band performs the group's classic run: Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, and Wish You Were Here. Accompanied by laser lights designed for none other than Roger Waters

Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, 845.454.5800, www.midhudsonciviccenter.org

 

Oct 14

Jonathan Richman Richman was the founder and frontman of classic protopunks The Modern Lovers, influencing several generations of musicians from Joan Jett to Weezer to the Violent Femmes. This solo show will feature former MLs member Tommy Larkins on drums. 

The Beverly Lounge, Kingston, 845.514.2570, www.thebeverlylounge.com

 

The Egg

Oct 13

Strings in Harmony This classical Indian music duo bring back the sitar and saroud duet, a style made famous by Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan in the 1950s, for their US tour.

Oct 20

Jane Monheit and Frank Vignola These skilled interpreters of standards will take on the most American of composers with John DiMartino’s jazz trio. Rescheduled from April 13.

Oct 27

America Come for the many, many hits, stay for the years of camaraderie and the effortless musicianship.

Oct 28

Parsonsfield and Sawyer Fredericks A night of upbeat folk, R&B, and soul in the Swyer Theater. The Parsonsfield band has been acclaimed by outlets like NPR, while Fredericks was a recent champion on NBC’s The Voice.

The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

Daryl’s House Club

Oct 10

Soft Machine These jazz-rock pioneers influenced a thousand bands while never quite attaining success on their own. This 50th anniversary tour celebrates their 1968 debut album — even if none of the current members were in the band at the time!

Oct 12-13

Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre Barre wrote many of the prog-rock group’s jazz-fusion odysseys, cementing their folk-rock sound as part of the rock pantheon. Will perform both his own solo compositions as well as a smattering of Jethro Tull’s “greatest hits” over two nights.

Oct 17

Elizabeth Cook This Grand Ole Opry-certified singer-songwriter welds traditional country chops to raw, boozy licks. Cook is currently touring behind her 2016 album, Exodus of Venus.

Oct 25

Kandace Springs Juggling classics and her own compositions, this pianist puts together soul, pop, and R&B on her recordings for the venerable Blue Note Records. On her latest, Indigo, Springs takes cues from The Stylistics, Chopin, and Roberta Flack for a totally unique style.

Daryl’s House Club, Pawling, 845.289.0185, www.darylshouseclub.com

 

Oct 18

Kathy Mattea Mattea’s hits range from country and bluegrass to Celtic folk music, and have brought her plenty of acclaim. She is touring behind Calling Me Home, a lyrical and sonic tribute to her West Virginia roots. 

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, 518.273.0038, www.troymusichall.org

 

Oct 21

Arlo Guthrie Sure, you know “Alice’s Restaurant,” but this folk legend’s catalog takes in many decades and styles.

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, 914.739.0039, www.paramounthudsonvalley.com

 

Oct 25

Vusi Mahlasela This South African singer-songwriter and guitarist is known as “the Voice” back home. He and his band will perform “Township,” a piece channeling a generation of South African musicians in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

Oct 28

Ethan Bortnick This prodigy has been fluent in the piano since he was a pint-sized 3-year-old, and his concerts of standards, pop hits, and original compositions have aired in constant rotation on public television and raised tens of millions for charities.

Troy Music Hall, Troy, 518.273.0038, www.troymusichall.org

 

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Photo by Ben Moon

The indie rock greats Modest Mouse bring their tour through Albany for a night of hits, deep cuts, and jams. Isaac Brock and company have been hitting the blacktop since the early 1990s, blowing up in the early 00’s with megahits “Float On” and “Ocean Breathes Salty,” but remaining as strange and confrontational as ever. Not to be missed.

Oct 14, Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663, www.palacealbany.org

 

Oct 28

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas This fiddle-and-cello duo turn traditional Scottish music inside-out, focusing on rhythm and interplay between the Juilliard-trained Haas and Fraser, who was recently inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

Towne Crier Café, Beacon, 845.855.1300, www.townecrier.com

 

Theater and Dance

Oct 12-28

Ghost the Musical Sure, you’ve seen the original, and you’ll never look at a pottery wheel the same way again. But this musical, featuring songs from the classic soundtrack as well as an original score, might convince you to take out the clay once again.

Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org

 

Oct 13

Project 44 Gierre Godley’s all-male group takes on assumptions about male dancers by stressing their athleticism through flexible and visceral performances.

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli, 845.757.5106 ext 112, www.kaatsbaan.org

 

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Photo by Paula Lobo

Founded in 1970 to explore Latino identity through dance, Ballet Hispanico brings the work of contemporary choreographers to theaters all across the world. This particular show from the touring troupe will focus on works from Latinas Michelle Manzanales, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Tania Pérez-Salas.

Oct 19, The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, 518.473.1845, www.theegg.org

 

Oct 5-21

Papermaker Set in a company town in rural Maine, this play examines the stresses and struggles revealed when workers at the local paper mill go on strike. Monica Wood’s play takes on the perspectives of both loyal union men and higher management.

Shadowland Stages, Ellenville, 845.647.5511, www.shadowlandstages.org

 

Oct 27

10 Hairy Legs This repertory company performs existing as well as commissioned pieces with an all-male troupe. Their repertoire includes works from founder Randy James, Doug Elkins, and Julie Bour.

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli, 845.757.5106 ext 112, www.kaatsbaan.org

 

Art

Oct 6

Opening, Jennifer Wen Ma Throughout the month of September, Ma has worked on two paintings for Omi: one for the grounds, the other to be housed in the Benenson Visitors Center. From 1–2 p.m., view both works in their final forms, along with the artist herself.

OMI International Art Center, Ghent, 518.392.4747, www.artomi.org

 

Through Oct 27

Project Space – Margot Glass Glass’s botanical drawings turn common forms into linework reminiscent of subway maps and bacterial clusters. This exhibition will feature high-contrast work in graphite and 14k gold on black paper.

Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, 914.834.8077, www.kbfa.com

 

Oct 27

Artists on Art at Olana These special tours allow artists and experts to provide a unique perspective on Frederic Church’s historic home. October’s tours will be led by artists associated with the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art to tease out themes from Olana’s history and Church’s work in the Middle East and North Africa.

Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, 518.828.0135, www.olana.org

 

Through Nov 4

Milton Glaser Though most famous for his graphic design work on “I Love New York” and the Brooklyn Brewery logo, Glaser has made many landscape prints, reminiscent of Degas and Hopper. On Oct 13, Glaser will be interviewed by designer Ken Carbone.

Edward Hopper House, Nyack, 845.358.0774, www.edwardhopperhouse.org

 

Film

Oct 6, 20, 27

The Met HD Live broadcast in HD, these screenings bring the best of the Metropolitan Opera House to Poughkeepsie. This season’s slate includes Verde’s Aida, as well as famous works by Puccini and Saint-Saëns

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Oct 10-14

Woodstock Film Festival This venerable festival returns for its 19th year. Expect celebrities, premieres, and a slate of independent film comparable to an international competition like Venice or TIFF.     

Various Theaters, Woodstock, 845.679.4265, www.woodstockfilmfestival.org

 

Oct 20-21

The Book of Life This kid-friendly animated film follows two friends who must rescue their love interest from the Mexican underworld. As part of the JBFC’s Kids Film programming, it includes a short Q&A after the screening.

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663, www.burnsfilmcenter.org

 

Oct 26

Halloween Movie Marathon The cinephile’s frightfest, this annual scary movie marathon touches on genre staples and international classics, as well as the newest and best to get your heart racing.                         

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663, www.burnsfilmcenter.org

 

Oct 28

Falsettos w/Q&A Filmed during its Lincoln Center run, this story of family, closeted love, and New York Jewish life includes a Q&A with director James Lapine and star Christian Borle.

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663, www.burnsfilmcenter.org

 

Family

Weekends

Grape Stomping Brotherhood is America’s oldest operating winery, and, in addition to their typical tours and tastings, October will include live music and outdoor grape stomping. Encouraged for all ages.

Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville, www.brotherhood-winery.com

 

Oct 17

Gray Matters: Connecting Dementia & Alzheimer’s to Olana This bi-monthly program, for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s-related illnesses and their families and caretakers, includes a tour of Frederic Church’s landscape, a carriage ride, and tea and cake in the site’s visitor’s center.

Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, 518.828.0135, www.olana.org

 

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Photo courtesy of Boscobel

Love apple cider? Of course! The annual Heritage Applefest showcases the premiere fall drink in all its forms: soft, hard, fresh-pressed, and baked into a donut. Samplings, live music, family events, and grounds tours of this historic site only add to the sweetness of a crisp fall day and a crisper glass of cider.

Oct 6, Boscobel House & Gardens, Garrison, 845.265.3638, www.boscobel.org

 

Oct 17

The Price is Right Live All the patented excitement of guessing prices and spinning giant wheels, but with all of your friends and family watching. The classic daytime game show turns into a nighttime live event, with audience members chosen to partake in the fun, all hosted by Antiques Roadshow’s Mark L. Walberg. Registration begins 4 p.m.

Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston, 845.339.6088, www.upac.org

 

Oct 18, 24, 26

Field Trip Season A special series of shows for children and families, October's offerings include the Class Repertory Company doing Animal Farm and Frankenstem, a comedic intro to topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org

 

Oct 27

Museum Storytelling: Family Tours These deeply-researched tours from storyteller Tom Lee use objects, paintings, and history to tell the unique, kid-friendly story of Frederic Church’s Olana. The 10 a.m. tour is recommended for children 5-plus years of age.

Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, 518.828.0135, www.olana.org

 

Comedy

Oct 5

Paul Reiser and Vance Gilbert One of the all-time great comedians, Reiser has starred in plenty of classic TV and film, notably Beverly Hills Cop and the lucrative Mad About You. He will be joined by musical stand-up Vance Gilbert.

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 914.739.0039, www.paramounthudsonvalley.com

 

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Photo courtesy of Bardavon

Very  few  can  make  the  jump  from  internet  fame  to  real-life  renown.  Hand  it  to  Randy  Rainbow,  then,  for  turning  his  catchy  viral  song  parodies  and  YouTube  sketches  into  a  combination  comedy-variety  show,  with  all  the  wit  and  political  irreverence  of  his  online  hits. 

Oct  19,  Bardavon,  Poughkeepsie,  845.473.2072, www.bardavon.org

 

Oct 11

Kathleen Madigan This tireless pavement-pounder has been throwing audiences into fits for decades. Her work in late night, on the stage, and on USO tours has made her one of the most brutally insightful comedians of her generation.

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, 914.739.0039, www.paramounthudsonvalley.com

 

Oct 20

Brian Regan A true comedian’s comedian, Regan is beloved by his peers, performing regularly on the Tonight Show and drawing raves from Jerry Seinfeld and Patton Oswalt. His observational style takes on everyday life through Regan’s particularly caustic lens. 

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663, www.palacealbany.org

 

Workshops/Classes

Oct 21

WoodsTalk:Live – Thoreau and Living Deliberately Seeking to connect ecological, historical and political themes through the life of Henry David Thoreau, this installment in Bethel Woods’s WoodsTalk:Live series includes a talk from the Thoreau Society’s Michael Schleifer, followed by a walk and foraging with naturalist Laura Silverman from the Outside Institute.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, 866.781.2922, www.bethelwoodscenter.org/events

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