Festivals

Autumn in Austerlitz – October 8, 2017

19th C. craft demonstrations, music, soup kitchen with homemade soups and breads, cider press, silent auction, quilt raffle, children’s activities, historic crafts and games for children and parents, special animal exhibits, and a wide array of craft and seasonal market vendors. Old Austerlitz site, 11550 County Route 22, Austerlitz - 518-392-0062 www.oldausterlitz.org

Basilica Farm + Flea: Holiday Market - November 24-26, 2017

In collaboration with Hudson River Exchange, the marketplace consists of a diverse group of regional makers, farmers, and vintage collectors. Visitors can shop, hear music, and eat locally sourced farm-fresh foods. Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street, Hudson basilicahudson.com

Basilica Farm + Flea: Spring Market - May 6-7, 2017

In collaboration with Hudson River Exchange. With more than 60-90 vendors, the marketplace consists of a diverse group of regional makers, farmers, and vintage collectors. Visitors can bowse vintage and artisanal good and eat locally sourced farm-fresh food. Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street, Hudson basilicahudson.com

Basilica SoundScape - September 15-17, 2017

A carefully curated weekend of music and art that’s been called “the anti-festival” by various publications for offering of a thoughtful mix of music, visual art, and literature. This experimental music and art event draws unconventional connections, parallels and collaborations between a diverse area of artisits. Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front St, Hudson. www.basilicahudson.org

Blueberry Festival - July 30, 2017

19th C. craft demonstrations, music, “famous” blueberry pancake breakfast, food court, bakery, music and entertainment, children’s activities, special animal exhibits, a wide array of crafters, artists and seasonal market vendors, and much more. Old Austerlitz site, Rt 22, Austerlitz Austerlitz Historical Society 518-392-0062 www.oldausterlitz.org

Chatham Summerfest - July 8, 2017

The street fair, whose activities will take place on Main Street, Park Row and Hudson Avenue, regularly draws hundreds of visitors and showcases many varied local organizations as well as performers, artists, and vendors. Many of Chatham’s one-of-a-kind stores and restaurants will set up tables outdoors as part of a sidewalk sale. 10am-4pm. Main Street, Chatham Village. 518-269-1057. www.visitchathamny.com

Chatham WinterFest - December 16, 2017

Holiday sales throughout the village, free activities for kids, live music, visits with Santa, and more. Village of Chatham. www.visitchathamny.com

Columbia County Fair - August 30 - September 4, 2017

Nightly grandstand entertainment including Demolition Derby, rodeo & national country singing stars, volunteer firefighting parade, daily animal shows and much more!10am-11pm Columbia County Fairgrounds - Rt 66 & 203, Chatham Village 518-392-2121 www.columbiafair.com

Dalmatian Day - October 7, 2017

Celebrate the Dalmatian and National Fire Prevention Week at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting! Live Dalmatians, games, shows. demonstrations and more make this FREE family friendly event an annual favorite! 10am-3pm FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson - 518-822-1875 www.fasnyfiremuseum.com

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival - August 4-6, 2017

A three-day community event of Folk music and dance at the foot of the Berkshires. Dodds Farm 44 County Rt 7D, Hillsdale 860-364-0366 www.falconridgefolk.com

Farm Film Fest - March 19, 2017

The festival shows films that focus on farms, farming, and farming issues and is especially interested in films that have a local connection. Crandell Theatre, Main Street, Chatham chathamkeepfarming.org/FarmFilmFest

Festival of Books - September 1-3, 2017

The Festival features a giant used book sale, one of the biggest in the region, featuring more than 10,000 gently used books, including fiction and non-fiction, hard and soft covers—all offered at very affordable prices. Two days of readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, and a children’s program. Admission is free to all of the events, save for the early book-buying opportunities. Spencertown Academy, 790 Rt 203, Spencertown. www.spencertownacademy.org

FilmColumbia Film Festival - October 22-29, 2017

Eight day Film Festival screening over seventy major studio and independent features, award winning foreign films, documentaries, animation and meet-the-filmmaker events in Chatham and Hudson. Crandell Theatre 48 Main Street, Chatham Village and locations in Hudson.518-392-3459 www.filmcolumbia.org

HandMade In America: Artisans Along Main Street - October 7, 2017

Live acoustic music and over 40, local and regional, artisans will display and sell their works on Main Street in Valatie. Festival will feature delicious artisan cheeses, breads, condiments, and other hot and cold foods and artisanal beverages; ceramics, botanical and handmade soaps, fabric and textile objects, silver and hand-crafted jewelry, exquisite handmade and other distinctive goods. Link

Hawthorne Valley Fall Festival - October 8, 2017

Spend the day on the farm; hay rides, cider pressing, cow parade and more.Hawthorne Valley, 10am-4pm, 327 Rt 21C, Ghent (Harlemville), 518-672-4465. www.hawthornevalleyassociation.org

Hudson Berkshire Wine and Food Festival - May 27-28, 2017

Featuring the five beverage trail members plus other regional wineries, distilleries, cideries and craft breweries. There will also be delicious foods for sale and sampling including gourmet cheeses and creameries, baked goods, grass fed meat producers and more! Throughout the weekend there will be special guest appearances and book signings, seminars of wine and food pairings, home brewing, and cheese making by some of the region’s foremost experts. Columbia County Fairgrounds, Rt 66, Chatham. Sat 11am-6pm Sun 11am-5pm. www.hudsonberkshirewinefestival.com

Hudson Children’s Book Festival - May 6, 2017

75 children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, hundreds of books to browse, author and illustrator presentations, arts & crafts and workshops. Hudson Junior/Senior High School 215 Harry Howard Ave, Hudson www.hudsonchildrensbookfestival.com

Hudson Summerfest - August 19, 2017

Event will feature live music and audience engaging performances by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Food and beverage vendors will provide the best of our local resources, organized by FarmOn! Foundation. There will be a craft and maker tent to showcase the work of local artisans, and much more. Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Ferry Street, Hudson NY - www.hudsonsummerfest.com

Independence Day Celebration - July 4, 2017

18th century music and entertainment, food and the Saugerties fireworks display Clermont State Historic Site, off Rt 9G, Clermont 518-537-4240 www.friendsofclermont.org 3-10pm

Path Through History Weekends - June 17-18 + October 7-9, 2017

Path through History is comprised of events which are heritage and cultural celebrations and special programming that promote the unique history of New York State. www.iloveny.com/paththroughhistoryweekend

Sangria Festival - August 12, 2017

​Join the De Vitos and Hudson-Chatham Winery in celebrating the 9th Annual Sangria Festival. Lots of fresh-made sangria and great flamenco guitar music; Food vendors, henna tattoos and Tarot card readings makes this a great way to spend a Saturday. 10am-6pm. 1900 Rt 66, Ghent. 518-392-9463. www.hudsonchathamwinery.com

Winter Walk, Hudson - December 2, 2017

Holiday revelers ride in carriages drawn by teams of horses up and down Warren Street, Hudson’s main thoroughfare. Carolers dressed in Victorian costumes sing songs of the season. Musical ensembles and dancers perform in the many shops that fill the street. The aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. It’s a scene evocative of days gone by. But that scene becomes a modern day reality on the evening of the First Saturday of December as the Hudson Opera House Center for the Arts presents Winter Walk on Warren Street. This free event from 5pm-8pm is a holiday tradition for area residents with entertainment and activities to please all ages. Hudson Opera House Center for the Arts 518-822-1438 www.hudsonoperahouse.org

WinterWalk & Winter Parade, Valatie - December 9, 2017

Santa and Mrs. Claus ring in the festivities throughout the village and will welcome you to the Valatie Community Theatre to listen to kids’ Wish Lists, a live reindeer petting area, marionettes, jugglers, musicians, musical acts, and roaming carolers travel up and down the street. A variety of live musical performances will include rock’n’roll ; singer-songwriters; harpist and acoustic blues. Carolers will meander at various indoor and outdoor venues, and Dancers will perform along Main Street.Village shops teeming with holiday goodies, additional food vendors, artisans, music, entertainment; and sales at local stores, and more throughout historic Valatie’s Village Main Street 5-9 pm. www.veravalatie.com/Winter_Walk.html