Summer Fairs and Festivals 2011

From musical marvels to top-notch theatre, from classic county fairs to Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, these 22 events help you celebrate the summer in style.

“I believe that in a great city, or even a small city or village, a great theater is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture.”

If Sir Laurence Olivier is right, then let us not deny the Hudson Valley its cultural greatness. Despite a national economy on the brink and mounting global turmoil, the arts are alive and well in our bucolic region. Many theaters and organizations are coming off best-ever seasons in 2010; this summer — with more events, bigger names, and a few well-deserved renovations — an already world-class slate of offerings has been taken to the next level. So, without further ado, here’s what’s on tap……

Caption: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival performs Cymbeline under the great tent last year

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival 2011, Garrison NY

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Maverick Concerts 2011 Season, Woodstock, NY

The Old Songs Festival 2011, Altamont, NY

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival 2011, Croton Point, NY

Bard College Summerscape and Bard Music Festival 2011, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

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Mountain Jam Festival 2011, Hunter, NY

Shadowland Theater 2011 Season, Ellenville, NY

Saratoga Performing Arts Center 2011 Season, Saratoga Spring, NY

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 2011 Season, Bethel, NY

Mac-Haydn Theatre 2011 Season, Chatham, NY

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Beacon Riverfest 2011, Beacon, NY

Powerhouse Theater 2011 Season, Poughkeepsie, NY

County Fairs in the Hudson Valley: Orange County, Putnam County, Ulster County, Dutchess County, Columbia County Fairs 2011

Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice 2011, Phoenicia, NY

Caramoor Music Festival 2011, Katonah, NY

Bluestock Festival 2011, Hunter, NY

Belleayre Music Festival 2011, Highmount, NY

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