6 Hudson Valley Events to Make January Better
A winter fest in Highland, two wedding shows in Dutchess County, and more from this week’s top picks for things to do around the Hudson River.
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Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie
January 9, 5-8:30 p.m.
Planning to tie the knot in the Hudson Valley? You won’t want to miss the Poughkeepsie Grand’s wedding expo on Wednesday evening. Admission is $10 and includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, giveaways, vendors, DJs, and more. Whether you want to scout out inspiration for your ceremony or network with industry professionals, you won’t want to miss this all-in-one occasion.
P.S. Want more wedding inspiration? Don't forget to grab a ticket to Unveiled: A Boutique Bridal Brunch on February 24.
White Eagle Benevolent Society, Kingston
January 11, 7-11 p.m.
Get moving this January with a Hudson Valley community dance in Kingston. On Friday, locals are welcome to groove to the tunes of The Bunkhouse Boys, a Creole and Cajun-influenced band. Beginners can take lessons at 7 p.m., no partner necessary. Then, from 8-11 p.m. everyone can hit the floor for a night of dancing. P.S. If you’re looking for a fun way to work out in 2019, this may very well be it.
Empire State Plaza, Albany
January 12, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
This Saturday, Albany hosts a women’s empowerment conference that brings together leading ladies from throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. Speakers include Christine Ahn, the international coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, and Lacey Schwartz, the director, producer, and co-author of Little White Lie. Registration is required for the free conference and workshops.
Fort Orange Brewing, Albany
January 12, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fort Orange Brewery knows that sometimes you want to get fit, but you also want to keep sipping all your favorite Hudson Valley beer. To help achieve that balance, the Albany brewery hosts a Sunday morning yoga session with a boozy bonus. After a full hour of downward dogs and crow poses, attendees can unwind even more with a pint of their choosing. Now that’s how to do yoga!
Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, Highland
January 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Calling all snowbirds and winter lovers! If you can’t get enough of the Hudson Valley’s chilliest season, you’ll love the Rail Trail’s annual WinterFest. The outdoor event is all about warming up and having a blast, so expect cozy eats and heartwarming activities to fill the day. With highlights that include a chili contest, roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows, wagon rides, and wood-carving demonstrations, the fest is just the thing to get the whole family up and moving this weekend.
Villa Borghese Wedding Show Sunday, January 13, 2019 12PM - 4PM. Featuring Top Wedding Professionals, Fashion Exposition, Honeymoon Giveaway, Hors d'oeuvres, Hot Cocoa Bar. Register at https://www.thevillaborghese.com/wedding-show/ or call 845-297-8207. $5 per person - admission, complementary for Villa Borghese Booked Couples.
Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls
January 13, 12-4 p.m.
‘Tis the season for Hudson Valley wedding planning! Keep the pre-ceremony festivities going with an afternoon at the Villa Borghese to check out all things marriage in the Hudson Valley. Attendees can chat with wedding professionals, peek at the latest bridal fashions and designs, enter a honeymoon giveaway, and sip hot chocolate at the hot cocoa bar. Admission is $5 per person and free for couples booked at Villa Borghese.