Eat, Sip, and Smile at 6 Local Events This Week
A children’s festival in Suffern, a St. Patrick’s Day party in Poughkeepsie, and more from this week’s picks for things to do in the Hudson Valley.
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Adams Fairacre Farms
Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, March 1-10; Kingston, Wappingers Falls, March 8-17
As spring draws nearer, Adams breaks out the blooms for its 36th annual garden show. Held during different weeks at each Adams location throughout the Hudson Valley, the show spotlights the stunning design backdrops created by the company’s landscaping crews. Before you grocery shop, take a few minutes to wander through the patios and ponds that pop up in the store, then browse the spring plants and shrubs that color the greenhouses. Not sure which plants to pick up for your home? Just ask the store’s knowledgeable staff for recommendations.
Mountain Top Library, Tannersville
March 8, 7-8:15 p.m.
As part of its “Arts in the Snow” series, Mountain Top Library invites the community to a free-for-all night that showcases the talent of Julliard graduate and multicultural artist Mathis Picard. Using his French-Malagasy roots, Picard infuses dance music into the world of jazz, improvising his own melodies and entrapping audiences along the way.
Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie
March 9, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Get into the pre-St. Patrick’s Day spirit at Poughkeepsie’s Paddy on the River fest. On Saturday, the community shindig takes over the riverfront to celebrate all things Irish in the Hudson Valley. Grab bites to eat and drink from local vendors, then spend the day with the family listening to Irish tunes and more. So far, The Mighty Ploughboys, Ireland the Band, and Derek Dempsey are confirmed to perform, with more to be announced as the festival day approaches. For those over 21, admission to the onsite beer garden, which will serve stouts, lagers, and IPAs from Mill House Brewing Company, is included in the ticket.
Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie
March 9, 1-5 p.m.
Just when you thought the Hudson Valley had every food and drink festival imaginable, Chowder Fest arrives to satisfy all your comfort food cravings. In addition to a multitude of bisques, chilis, chowders, and soups available for your sampling delight, the fest will also offer brews and ciders from more than a dozen breweries, along with pickles, jerky, and other tasty, local specialties.
The Desmond Hotel, Albany
March 9, 5-9 p.m.
Celebrate the slow, steady return of food and drink festivals to the Hudson Valley at Albany’s sixth annual New York Craft Brewers Festival. Hosted by the New York State Craft Brewers Association, the evening event features over 60 New York breweries and a number of award-winning and limited-edition brews. A general admission ticket gets you unlimited beer and limited food samples, all of which come from local restaurants and vendors. Cheers!
Rockland Community College, Suffern
March 10, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For a family-friendly activity that is just as fun for little ones as it is for kids at heart, check out Rockland’s 2019 YouthFest on Sunday. Now in its 21st year, the event features a number of live art performances and interactive exhibits from Nyack Hospital’s Teddy Bear Hospital, Inflatable Party Adventures, The Great Charlini, and Matty Roxx Music and Entertainment. Admission and parking are free, so the only thing you’ll need to worry about is keeping track of the tykes as they adventure from one fun display to the next.