Here's What to Do in the Hudson Valley This Week

An Oktoberfest in Nanuet, a pumpkin parade in Poughkeepsie, and more from this week’s picks for Hudson Valley events.




Newburgh Literary Festival

Safe Harbors of the Hudson, Newburgh
October 18-20

Hudson Valley bookworms, this one’s for you! For three days this weekend, Safe Harbors of the Hudson hosts Newburgh’s first literary festival. A community-wide happening, it features a Spring Street Reading Series with authors like Whiting Award winner Mitchell Jackson and poet Gretchen Primack. The main to-dos go down on Saturday, with a lineup of interviews, podcasts, Q&As, and readings scheduled throughout the day. Keep an eye out for notable names like author and actor Molly Ringwald and Dutchess County poet laureate Bettina “Gold” Wilkerson if you go.


The Great Give Back

Across the Hudson Valley
October 19

For one very special day, the libraries of the Hudson Valley band together to celebrate literacy and community. At each of the 35 participating libraries, locals can take part in workshops, charity drives, pet adoptions, and more. To find out if your library is joining in on the fun or read up on specific events scheduled for the day, see here.




Growler & Gill, Nanuet​
October 19-20

Not ready for Oktoberfest season to be over? Keep the German spirit alive at Growler & Gill’s two-day fest. Admission is free and includes access to the tented beer garden and German food stations, which feature everything from pretzels and brats to crispy potato pancakes. As for what’s on tap? It’s all German all day, with favorites like Spaten, Franzikaner, and Paulaner making their way into steins over the course of the weekend.


Grace Pumpkin Parade

October 19, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

On Saturday, Grace Smith House’s festive pumpkin parade takes over the City of Poughkeepsie. A kid-approved walk, it invites attendees to come in costume, prepare a float, or simply show up to savor the spirit of the season. Hosted by Grace Smith House, our Best of Hudson Valley charity partner for 2019, the event aims to increase awareness for the organization’s mission to reject family violence.



Fall Harvest Festival

The Shops at Nanuet, Nanuet​
October 19, 12-4 p.m.

Round up the family for Nanuet’s fall harvest festival on Saturday afternoon. With its autumnal theme and activities for all ages, the shindig is a delightful place to spend a crisp fall day in the Hudson Valley. Kids will love the chance to come in costume and scribble away at the chalk art event, while grown-ups can pose for caricature photos. As for bites onsite, Bongo’s Fries, Cupcake Carriage, and Rosie’s Empanadas food trucks will be parked on the grounds throughout the day.


Scary Storytelling

Olana State Historic Site, Hudson
October 19, 3 and 4:30 p.m.

For a one-of-a-kind Halloween experience in the Hudson Valley, head to Olana State Historic Site. At two times on Saturday, the artistic grounds play host to author and storyteller Pamela Schmebri, who leads participants on a ghost story walk along the carriage roads. As if the stroll across the scenic grounds isn’t incentive enough to scoop up a ticket, the chilling tales inspired by historic gothic and Victorian era literature and folklore most certainly are.



It Was Dark Back Then

Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site, Vails Gate
October 19, 7-10:45 p.m.

Like your scary stories with a side of history? You’re not going to want to miss the creepy theatrical presentation that goes down at Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site on Saturday. Performances take place every 45 minutes beginning at 7 p.m., so call 845.561.1765 x22 to reserve a haunted story tale time at the 1754 Ellison House.

Looking for more Hudson Valley happenings this week? Check out our complete October calendar of events for a fall fest at The Ashokan Center and the ArtEast Open Studio Tour in Dutchess County. Otherwise, take a peek at our monthly insider guide for the return of the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck and chairlift rides at Mount Peter. You won’t want to miss any of it!

Want even more? Check out our Hudson Valley event calendar guide.

Related: Every Single Event to Hit in the Hudson Valley by Season

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