Here's What to Do in the Hudson Valley This Week
An unforgettable party in Westchester, a slew of local music festivals, and more from this week’s picks for Hudson Valley events.
Garner Arts Center, Garnerville
Calling all film fans! Beginning on Friday night, Garner Arts Center debuts a series of curated short flicks by regional filmmakers. The same movies will be screened on both nights, so guest can pick whichever day works best for them. As for what will appear on the big screen, expect to encounter powerful themes like true crime, adoption, terminal illness, immigration, and religion. On Saturday night, a pre-show VIP cocktail party by Hudson’s Mill Tavern sets the scene for the evening.
Seed Song Farm, Kingston
Back for its second year, the Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival kicks off in the afternoon on Saturday with bands, bites, and a bonfire at night. Brassy performers include names like Brasskill, a New Orleans-inspired band based out of Hudson, and Black Tie Brass, a NYC group with funk and pop tones. On Sunday, a community day gives visitors a chance to meet the musicians and listen to even more live melodies. Add finger-licking eats from Hudson Valley vendors like Papa’s Best Patch, a smoky sandwich shop from Red Hook, and Nancy’s Artisanal Creamery, the sweetest ice cream shop in Woodstock, and there’s no better way to spend the day in Kingston.
Ring-Homestead Camp, Middletown
Over the course of the weekend, Hudson Valley Music Festival takes over the campgrounds in Middletown for an incredible two days of performances. Artists featured are from the Hudson Valley, so keep an eye out for local acts like Jordan Stoner, a country artist from Stanfordville, and IzzyNyce, a singer-songwriter from Middletown. In addition to a full lineup of shows, the festival grounds also play host to paintball, a ropes course, and even food trucks. For anyone interested in overnighting it on the grounds, camping options are available as well.
Windham Civic Center, Windham
July 27, 12-10 p.m.
For one day only, Windham welcomes award-winning world and folk music artists for its Blackdome Music Festival. Anyone who loves folksy tunes, enticing rhythms, and strong instrumentals will be bowled over during performances by two-time Grammy winner Bakithi Kumalo, Lorkin O’Reilly, and The Whispering Tree. While the music is an allure in itself, extra incentives at the fest include morning yoga, a farmers’ market in town, and a behind-the-scenes peek into a local guitar shop. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday, huh?
Victor C. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie
July 27, 12-6 p.m.
Take in the incredible views of the Hudson River at the annual Latin American Festival in Poughkeepsie on Saturday. Held in support of the Hudson Valley Latino High School Scholarship fund, the community happening features live entertainment, children’s activities, and a number of local food and drink vendors. Want to make a full day out of it? Stroll on up to the Walkway Over the Hudson for a morning meander to Highland, then return for the free festival, which runs right until dinnertime.
Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery
July 27, 4-10 p.m.
A sweet community get-together, the Orange County Freedom Fest invites locals to honor the region’s hardworking veterans. The late afternoon event features tunes by the Black Dirt Bandits, plus food and drinks from local vendors. At dusk, a spectacular firework show lights up the Hudson Valley sky (so bring blankets or chairs if you want to camp out).
The Chapel Restoration, Cold Spring
July 27, 8 p.m.
Cold Spring’s historic Chapel Restoration marks its inaugural jazz concert with a nighttime performance by the Jon-Erik Kellso Quartet. The group, which harmonizes trumpet, wind, guitar, and bass, specializes in jazz classics and new takes, making it an easy listen for kids and adults alike. To make the most of a day in town, head to a nearby eatery for dinner, then sit back and relax for a concert at the breathtaking waterfront landmark.
Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction
July 28, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Get moving with the family at Fishkill Farms! On Sunday, the picturesque Dutchess County farm starts the day bright and early with a 1,000-meter Kids’ Dash, followed by a scenic 5K that winds through the apple orchards. Open to competitive runners and casual athletes alike, the event is a great way to begin the morning on the right foot – literally. Afterward, all participants can stick around to collect their free t-shirt and munch on one of the farm’s decadent cider donuts.
Glen Island Harbour Club, New Rochelle
July 24, 6-10 p.m.
On Wednesday evening, Glen Island Harbour Club is the place to be. That’s the day Westchester Magazine’s epic Best of Westchester Party takes over the waterside spot in New Rochelle to honor the best of the best in Westchester County. Come party with more than 3,000 people and enjoy all the scrumptious eats, award-winning services, and endless entertainment. General admission tickets are $85 apiece, while VIP tickets, which grant early access and admission to the after-party, are $110.
Want even more? Check out our Hudson Valley event calendar guide.