Annual Festivals

  • Autumn in Austerlitz

    SEPTEMBER – 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. CANCELLED IN 2021

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  • Basilica Mini 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. CANCELLED FOR 2021

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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

    AUGUST – 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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  • Cider Week New York 2021

    CIDER WEEK NEW YORK 2021 GOES STATEWIDE!

    MAY & OCTOBER – Cider Week New York 2021 has been expanded to include two festivals with the first being held from May 15-31 and the second held in the fall from October 2-17. The festivals will feature 37 of New York’s finest cider producers across the state!

    Cider Week New York 2021 will include a hybrid mix of both virtual and in-person events including special flights, virtual tastings, local events, panels, and dinners.

    For more information and to stay up to date with all the events and happenings of Cider Week New York 2021, follow us on Instagram at @newyorkcider.

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  • Columbia County Fair

    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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  • Grillsdale 2021

    Local Chefs, Local Food, Local Libations & Live Music!

    SEPTEMBER – One of the most tantalizing evenings of the summer. Grillsdale proudly spotlights the bounty of Columbia County, Dutchess County, and the Berkshires – featuring some of the best grilled small plates from top restaurants, chefs, and purveyors from the area. Set against the hills at Roeliff Jansen Park, watch the sunset while sampling your way through an all-inclusive food and drink menu.

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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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  • Hillsdale Pumpkin Festival

    OCTOBER – Celebrate the season with events at businesses and locations throughout the Hamlet of Hillsdale. Free

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  • Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival

    OCTOBER – The Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail hosts this annual event featuring award-winning wineries, distilleries, cideries, farm producers, and crafters from the Hudson Valley and the Massachusetts Berkshire Region all together under one roof. Local artisans will have items on display. Food producers will be selling and sampling gourmet cheeses and creameries, bakeries, grass fed meats and more. Seminars and presentations by industry experts will be offered throughout the weekend. CANCELLED IN 2021

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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 2022

    FEBRUARY – Curated by Cat Henry, the Hudson Jazz Festival 2022 gives voice to artists as they respond to transformative events in our nation’s history and look toward a brighter future.

    Held over two weekends in February and featuring performance, art, film, spoken word, and community events; HJF22 honors the spirit of the unofficial Black national anthem Lift Every Voice in a joyous, optimistic celebration of a new era of hope for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

    The Hudson Jazz Festival 2022 features six performances from exceptional talents – multi-GRAMMY-nominated singer Jazzmeia Horn, multi-GRAMMY-nominated duo The Baylor Project; rising star vocalist Alexis Morrast; acclaimed vibraphonist Warren Wolf; GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist/composer Jimmy Greene and his quartet; and spoken-word artist, activist and TONY-nominated actor Daniel J. Watts.

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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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  • Winter Walk – 25th Anniversary

    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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  • 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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