Annual Festivals

  • Autumn in Austerlitz

    OCTOBER – This popular autumn event takes place at the Old Austerlitz site and features 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 crafts and seasonal market vendors.

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  • Basilica Farm + Flea: Spring Market & Holiday Market

    MAY & NOVEMBER –  With over 100 local independent artists, collectors, farmers, makers and chefs you are sure to find something special at either the Spring Market in May or the Holiday Market in November. Both markets are filled to the rafters with vintage and handmade clothes, as well as handcrafted jewelry to suit all tastes and budgets. For those looking for handcrafted items, look no further! Everything from specialty soaps and home goods, botanical tea blends, and a diverse collection of home and garden items are available at both markets. Food lovers need not worry, you will find a whole range of packaged and prepared foods, and some sweet treats too.

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  • Basilica Soundscape

    SEPTEMBER – A carefully curated weekend of music and art that’s been called “the anti-festival” by various publications for offering 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 artists.

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  • Blueberry Festival

    JULY – Popular festival featuring 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.

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  • Chatham SummerFest

    JULY – Street fair atmosphere highlighting Chatham’s one-of-a-kind stores and restaurants as well as performers, artists, and vendors.

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  • Chatham WinterFest

    DECEMBER – Celebrate the Holiday’s in Chatham! Looking for that special gift for those nearest and dearest? Chatham’s many one-of-a-kind stores and restaurants are sure to have something to meet your gift giving needs. WinterFest has something for everyone young and old with free activities for kids, live music, and a visit with Santa.

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  • Columbia County Fair

    AUGUST/SEPTEMBER – Six-days of fun for the whole family with nightly grandstand entertainment including demolition derby, monster tractors, rodeo, national country singing stars, volunteer firefighting parade, daily animal shows and much more!

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  • Dalmation Day

    OCTOBER – Celebrate the Dalmatian and National Fire Prevention Week at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting! Live dalmatians, games, shows, demonstrations and more make the FREE family friendly event an annual favorite.

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  • Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

    AUGUST – Annual three-day folk-oriented music and dance festival at the foot of the Berkshires.

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  • FilmColumbia

    OCTOBER – Eight-day festival of world-class films representing major studios, independents, international films, animated features, documentaries, and children’s short films. In addition to screening approximately 50 films, the festival also features panels, Q&A sessions with filmmakers and screenwriting workshops.

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  • Handmade in America: Artisans Along Main Street

    OCTOBER – 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, along with a selection of artisanal beverages. Browse the many shops selling ceramics, botanical and handmade soaps, fabric and textile objects, silver and hand-crafted jewelry, along with other exquisite handmade and distinctive goods.

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  • Hawthorne Valley Fall Festival

    OCTOBER – This popular annual festival is the perfect opportunity to get to know Hawthorne Valley’s diverse initiatives and experience the beauty of autumn in Columbia County. Spend the day at the farm; book signing, hay rides, cider pressing, cow parade, craft and gift vendors, and more!

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  • Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival

    MAY – Celebrate the bounty of wine and food at this annual event showcasing many regional wineries, distilleries, cideries, breweries, and food producers. Special guest appearances and book signings, seminars on wine and food pairings, home brewing, and cheese making by some of the region’s foremost experts are just some of the weekend’s highlights.

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  • Hudson Children’s Book Festival

    MAY – One of New York State’s largest Children’s Book Festivals with over 75 authors and illustrators, live entertainment, and much more! Established in 2009, the festival strives to create, sustain, and nurture a culture of literacy in partnership with our community and schools.

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  • Hudson Jazz Festival

    FEBRUARY – Curated by Hudson-based jazz pianist Armen Donelian, the festival treats jazz aficionados and world music fans to a banquet of masterful artists playing music from around the globe. Other features include a free film screening, workshop and more.

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  • Hudson Winter Walk

    DECEMBER – Winter Walk lights up the early December night once more with stunning storefront displays, roaming carolers, Mr. Claus, street performers, and a magical fireworks display from the Hudson River.

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  • Independence Day Celebration

    JULY – Clermont State Historic Site welcomes you to celebrate Independence Day, while taking in one of the most spectacular views of the Hudson River Valley from anywhere along the river. Enjoy 18th century music and entertainment, children’s activities, and house tours. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for a picnic and music while waiting for the Saugerties fireworks display.

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  • Oldtone Roots Music Festival

    SEPTEMBER – An old-time music festival featuring Traditional Mountain Fiddling, Bluegrass, Early Swing, Classic Country, Brass, Cajun and Contra music. A family-friendly full camping festival with kids activities, dancing, hands-on instrument workshops, and instrument and band contests. Also showcased are Hudson Valley farm-to-table food and libations.

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  • Sangria Festival

    AUGUST – Annual festival at Hudson-Chatham Winery featuring fresh-made sangria and flamenco guitar music; food vendors, henna tattoos and Tarot card readings make this a great way to spend a Saturday.

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  • Spencertown Academy Festival of Books

    SEPTEMBER – 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.

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  • WinterWalk & Winter Parade

    DECEMBER – Santa Claus accompanied by the Winter Parade will ring in festivities throughout the village of Valatie. An eclectic mix of shops are open and teeming with holiday goodies, live music and entertainment, and holiday food items will greet visitors young and old to this charming historic village.

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