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Summer Events in Columbia County

  • August 27-September 1
    174th Columbia County Fair

    Plenty of fun for the whole family with nightly grandstand entertainment, midway filled with rides and games, agricultural activities, and vendors.

  • August 30 - September 1
    Festival of Books

    Featuring a giant used book sale, two days of readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, and a children’s program. Spencertown, 9am-4pm

  • September 6
    6th Annual Taste of Hudson

    ​Sampling from 20+ eateries/chefs. Rain or Shine, Warren St (between 2nd & 3rd) 11am-2pm.

  • September 7
    7th Annual Barry Hopkins Run

    A 3.8 mile scenic cross country run, primarily on historic carriage roads with a few hills and spectacular views. Olana 8:30am

  • September 12-14
    2nd Annual Basilica Soundscape

    Basilica Hudson is working in collaboration with international music organizers and connoisseurs, Pitchfork’s Brandon Stosuy and Brian Deran of Leg Up Management to program Basilica SoundScape, a carefully curated weekend program featuring a wide range of music, visual art, and literature that aims for specific connections instead of “festival”-style overload. Hudson

  • Sept 13, Oct 11
    Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Tours

    Tours of the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse by Emily Brunner, a woman who actually lived in the lighthouse in the 1930s and 1940s. She will tell stories about her life at the lighthouse and of her father who was light-keeper until it closed.

  • September 20
    Hudson Valley Apple Festival

    A day of old fashioned family fun including a hayride, wacky apple crate derby, wine and craft brew tasting, arts & crafts festival, apple baking contest, car show, live music, food and fireworks. Palatine Park, Germantown 9am-6pm Fireworks at dusk.

Getaway and Play in Columbia County!

If you are looking for a perfect weekend getaway, vacation destination or just a place to kick back and relax, Columbia County, NY is the ideal place to visit. The County offers unsurpassed rural beauty, a rich cultural scene and active recreational opportunities.

An abundance of theater, dance, and music options as well as all kinds of festivals fill the seasons with non-stop entertainment. While over 50 public heritage sites capture the county's distinctive place in U.S. history. No matter what you choose to explore, come and visit the Columbia County country hospitality.

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