Jump Into Memorial Day Weekend With These 7 Hudson Valley Events

A food tasting in Woodstock, a tulip dig in Albany, and more from this week’s picks for things to do around the Hudson Valley.


Dirty Projectors will perform at Hudson Hall this weekend.

Photo by Jason Frank Rothenberg


Taste of Woodstock

May 22, 6-9 p.m.

Now in its seventh year, Taste of Woodstock returns to celebrate the culinary diversity and vibrant dining options throughout the Ulster County town. Hosted by the Woodstock Film Festival and the Hudson Valley Film Commission, the event takes place around dinnertime on Wednesday night. Purchase tickets for $50 apiece, then get ready to pick up a walking map and stroll to participating restaurants to sample and vote on the dishes from participating restaurants. Over a dozen eateries are confirmed so far, including local favorites like Bread Alone, Nancy’s of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery, Oriole 9, and Shindig. Come hungry – and don’t forget to wear your walking shoes!


Westchester Magazine Event: Wunderkinds

Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club, Mamaroneck​
May 22, 6-8 p.m.

Join our sister publication 914INC. as it recognizes this year’s Wunderkinds of Westchester County. In case you’re wondering, Wunderkinds are the region’s top businessmen and women under 30 who are moving and shaking throughout the community and beyond. If you’re looking for the place to network and get inspired this week, Wunderkinds at the picturesque Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club is the place to be.


East Durham Irish Festival

East Durham
May 25-26

The spirit of the Emerald Isle comes to the Valley this weekend for East Durham’s 42nd annual Irish Festival. Sponsored by The Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre, the fest takes place over the course of two days and featured a jam-packed lineup of Irish musicians and dancers. Shows occur on two stages and in the beer garden, so check out the schedule online to plan which performances you want to catch. If you get hungry while you’re there, keep an eye out for scrumptious eats by JMB Concessions and Angelo’s Village Pizza, to name a few. Tickets cost $20 at the gate or $35 for a weekend pass.



Tulip Dig & Sale

Washington Park, Albany
May 25-26, 9 a.m.

After oohing and aahing over the blooming buds at Albany’s annual Tulip Festival, locals can actually dig them up this weekend. Get there early (before 9 a.m. if you want to get a good spot in line) to select the top tulips for your home garden. On Saturday, flowers are dig-your-own in designated beds, so pack a garden fork (no shovels or spades) and gloves if you want to unearth a few flowers. On Sunday, visitors can purchase pre-dug bulbs that are sorted by color. Washington Park Conservancy estimates that stock will sell out before 11 a.m. both days, so have cash on hand if you’d like to stop by. Bags of 30 cost $5 each, with a limit of 5 bags per person while supplies last.



Washout at Windham Parks

Windham Mountain Resort, Windham
May 25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Get your adrenaline rush at Windham’s annual Memorial Day weekend rail jam. Attendees of all ability levels can cruise through the jib plaza and show their skills at the rail jam. Anyone who wants to participate must sign and submit a waiver prior to receiving admission, so keep that in mind before you head to the mountain. Also happening at Windham this weekend, free scenic skyrides are available for all and the Windham Mountain Bike Park is officially open for summer cruising.


WOW Water on Water! Exhibit

Time and the Valleys Museum, Grahamsville​
May 25-26, 12-4 p.m.

Head to the under-the-radar Time and the Valleys Museum this weekend for the opening of a new watercolor exhibit that spotlights the watersheds of the Hudson Valley. In addition to browsing the serene works from area artists, visitors can also listen to artist talks, adventure through guided tours of Catskill Farm, and participate in family-friendly activities. As for admission, there’s a suggested $5 donation price.



Dirty Projectors Concert

Hudson Hall, Hudson
May 25, 8 p.m.

Continuing its string of show-stopping concerts and events (remember Winter Walk?), Hudson Hall keeps the upstate entertainment going strong with a special Saturday concert by Dirty Projectors. An indie rock, pop collective from New York, the group performs engaging tunes that will have your feet tapping throughout the night. If you’re interested, scoop up tickets for $35, then head to the historic concert venue for a stellar weekend show.


Also happening this weekend, Stormville Airport's Antique Show & Flea Market returns for Memorial Day, while Field + Supply takes over Hutton Brickyards in Kingston for its Spring MRKT. Up in Chatham, the Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival lights up the Columbia County Fairgrounds for a weekend of wining and dining. And for all you go-getters, the Greater Hudson Valley Young Professional Summit welcomes local movers and shakers to SUNY New Paltz for an afternoon of talks and workshops on Thursday.

Related: An Insider's Guide to May Events in the Hudson Valley

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