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Where to Go for the Best Arts and Culture in the Hudson Valley in 2021

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Want to catch a concert or see a play in the region? These Best of Hudson Valley spots offer all the entertainment you need locally.

INDOOR MUSIC VENUE

Bearsville Theater

Known for Albert Grossman’s (AKA “The Baron of Bearsville”) iconic rock ‘n’ roll record label, this theater’s deep musical history shines. Bearsville has given a stage to trailblazers for decades — Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Peter, Paul and Mary to name a few. It continues to be a platform for up-and-coming musicians, surrounded by funky decor and mementos that celebrate the site’s legacy.

Woodstock; bearsvilletheater.com

NEW GALLERY SPACE

ArtPort Kingston

Though the new kids on the block, ArtPort Kingston is bringing expert takes on culture and contemporary art to the historic Cornell Steamboat building along the Rondout Creek in Kingston. The space is colorful and interactive, promising performances, exhibits, and workshops that will change the way you think about connecting with art. A family-friendly platform, there are rainbow sculptures and eye-catching paintings galore.

Kingston; artportkingston.com

SMALL-SCALE, THEMED EVENTS DURING THE PANDEMIC

Revel 32

When the pandemic turned in-person events upside-down, Revel 32 in Poughkeepsie pivoted. To foster connections in the Hudson Valley and help people celebrate safely, the mixed-use performance venue hosted socially distant dinners (an evening with Chef David Burke, anyone?), concerts, and events that sold out week after week. Happily, the spot is back to capacity for festivals, weddings, and more.

Poughkeepsie; revel32.com


READERS’ PICKS

Art Classes for Adults
Zhane’s Palette Studio
Poughkeepsie
zhanespalettestudio.com

Arts Center
Garner Arts Center
Garnerville
garnerartscenter.org

Arts Center
Garner Arts Center
Garnerville
garnerartscenter.org

Children’s Dance School
Betty Jean’s Dance Studio
Wappingers Falls
bjdsdance.com

Children’s Music Program
New Windsor Music Academy
New Windsor
newwindsormusicacademy.com

Comic Book Store
Megabrain Comics
Rhinebeck
megabraincomics.com

Dance Classes (Adults)
Queen City Dance
Poughkeepsie
queencitydance.com

Drive-In Theater
Greenville Drive-In
Greenville
drivein32.com

Educational Programs
Two by Two Zoo
Pleasant Valley
twobytwozoo.com

Educational Programs for Adults
Dutchess BOCES
Poughkeepsie
dcboces.org

Historic Site
Franklin D. Roosevelt National
Historic Site
Hyde Park

Historical Society
Wappingers Historical Society
Wappingers Falls
wappingershistoricalsociety.org

Independent Bookstore (East of the Hudson River)
Oblong Books & Music
Rhinebeck
oblongbooks.com

Independent Bookstore (West of the Hudson River)
The Barking Goose Bookstore Bar & Café
Newburgh
barkinggoosebookbar.com

Indoor Music Venue
Bardavon
Poughkeepsie
bardavon.org

Library
Grinnell Library
Wappingers Falls
grinnell-library.org

Live Music Joint (East of Hudson River)
Daryl’s Restaurant & Live Music Club
Pawling
darylshouseclub.com

Live Music Joint (West of Hudson River)
The Falcon
Marlboro
liveatthefalcon.com

Martial Arts School
Fighting Spirit Martial Arts & Fitness
Gardiner
fskmartialartsandfitness.com

Movie Theater (Independent)
Upstate Films
Rhinebeck
upstatefilms.org

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Museum
Dia:Beacon
Beacon
diaart.org

Music Classes for Adults
New Windsor Music Academy
New Windsor
newwindsormusicacademy.com

Outdoor Music Venue
The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck
centerforperformingarts.org

Portrait Photographer
Krys DeRosa Photography
Newburgh
krysderosa.com

Record Store
Darkside Records
Poughkeepsie or Kingston
darksiderecords.com

Theater (Community)
County Players at the Falls Theatre
Wappingers Falls
countyplayers.org

Theater (Professional)
Bardavon
Poughkeepsie
bardavon.org

Virtual Events
The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck
centerforperformingarts.org


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