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What COVID-19 Means for Hudson Valley Fairs & Festivals

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Find out which of the region’s spring and summer events are canceled, postponed, or rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Spring and summer are looking quite a bit different in the Hudson Valley right now.

In a normal year, buzz about craft fairs and outdoor concerts would already be rippling across the region. It would be paired with talks about food festivals themed around everything from cupcakes to burgers or, in the case of Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival, a little bit of everything.

Yet because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the familiar roster of Hudson Valley happenings is more than a little off-kilter.

As the region continues to cope with the effects of the coronavirus, a number of fairs and festivals have taken preemptive steps to cancel or postpone to a later date. Here’s a running list of where the Hudson Valley’s seasonal to-dos stand:

Canceled:

Burger & Beer Bash

Wappingers Falls

With the safety of the region in mind, Hudson Valley Magazine has canceled its Burger & Beer Bash, normally held at Dutchess Stadium, for 2020. We hope to celebrate the best the Valley has to offer at our Best of Hudson Valley Party later in October.

Friehofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

Saratoga Springs

The annual jazz fest at Saratoga Performing Arts Center is no longer taking place. It anticipates a return on the weekend of June 27-28, 2021.

As for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as a whole, it canceled all programs for May, with a few events tentatively scheduled for the end of June. Visit the website for updates about individual concerts and performances.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Cold Spring

Sadly, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival canceled its entire 2020 season in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Anyone who purchased tickets can make a tax-deductible donation, use them as credit for the 2021 season, or request a partial or full refund.

L.A.B. Fest

Garnerville

The too-cool art and beer fest hosted in collaboration with Garner Arts Center, Industrial Arts Brewing, and Garner Historic District is canceled. Current ticket holders will receive a full refund from Eventbrite.

Mountain Jam

Bethel

Originally slated for May 29-31, the music festival will not take place at Bethel Woods this year. It’s the first time in 15 consecutive years that Mountain Jam will not occur. Tickets will be automatically refunded.

In regard to the rest of the summer season at Bethel Woods, the venue has opted to postpone or reschedule on a case by case basis. Visit the website for more information.

Rhinebeck Crafts Festival

Rhinebeck

Rhinebeck’s summertime crafts festival, which was scheduled for June 27-28, is canceled. While the show is no longer taking place, locals can still shop from the makers who would have attended via Artrider’s online marketplace.

TrailBlazer Festival

Hunter

Hunter Mountain’s country music and camping festival is no longer taking place in 2020. Any guests who purchased a 2020 festival, camping, or parking pass will be automatically refunded.

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“When one door closes, another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” — Iconic reminder by #alexandergrahambell beautifully conveyed here by @lashot_david . @quailhollowevents is heartbroken to cancel its 39th annual Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair Memorial Day weekend show due to the Covid-19 crisis. Our thoughts are with everyone suffering from this pandemic — whether physically, emotionally or financially. We will be back stronger than ever and can’t wait to see you Labor Day weekend in New Paltz. Now, more than ever, please continue to #supporthandmade and #supportsmallbusiness . All of the talented artisans who were slated to exhibit with us this Spring are listed at quailhollow.com, where you can peruse work in our media galleries before clicking over to exhibitors’ individual websites. Thank you for encouraging artists and makers to create beauty and express themselves visually during this historic moment.

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Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair

New Paltz

The Memorial Day incarnation of the Ulster County Fairgrounds event is no longer taking place, but the Labor Day weekend fair is still scheduled for September 5-7. Shop from the vendors who would have participated in the market here.

Postponed:

The Collar City Craft Fest

Troy

Troy’s community craft fair, normally held at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, is postponed. A new date has not yet been announced.

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The Virtual Great Hudson River Revival

Online
June 20, 1-9 p.m.

Although the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s annual outdoor festival is not happening in 2020, the organization plans to host a Virtual Revival on June 20, with music, storytelling, education, and more. Scheduled performers include the Chapin Family, The Riks, Matt Turk, and Arm of the Sea, to name a few.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Oak Hill
July 15-19

For the first time in its 35-year history, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is canceled. Instead, the organizers plan to host a virtual Spirit of Grey Fox 2020 event on July 15-19, when the fest was originally scheduled. Nine-time Grammy winner and Grey Fox artist-in-residence Jerry Douglas will co-host, with artists like Della Mae, Fireside Collective, and Charm City Junction scheduled to perform.

Catskill Irish Arts Week

Catskill
July 12-18

The 26th annual festival, which was slated for July 12-18, is canceled to prioritize the safety of its artists, students, and staff. The festival organizers are working to put together a virtual program instead.

Rescheduled:

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In light of the current health crisis & given Governor Cuomo’s latest projections on the number of months that will require social distancing to flatten the COVID-19 curve in Westchester, it is with great reluctance, but out of an abundance of caution, to postpone the 10th Annual Wine & Food Festival from the week of June 8th – 14th to the week of September 22nd– 27th. Please note all ticket purchases for the original June dates will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Check back for updates on our website #linkinbio for all we have planned for a fun filled week! Special thanks to our restaurants who are doing an amazing job during this time providing for our county.

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Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival

Throughout Westchester
September 22-27

Westchester’s hottest food festival is rescheduled to the end of September. All ticket purchases for the original week in June will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Tickets are available now, with events like Party on the Pier at Playland, Burger & Beer Blast, and the signature Grand Tasting Village guaranteed to make the week unforgettable.

Still Happening:

Stormville Flea Market

Stormville

After canceling its Springtime in the Country market at the end of April, its Memorial Day market in May, and its family yard sale in June, the Stormville Airport Flea Market has not yet announced whether it will cancel any of its other warm weather markets this year. The next scheduled event is the Fourth of July market on July 4 and 5.

Bard SummerScape

Annandale on Hudson
June 26-August 16

Bard College’s SummerScape, a seven-week festival of dance, film, music, and theater, is presently scheduled to begin at the end of June. Because of the unpredictable situation, Bard’s Fisher Center has risk-free purchasing to allow tickets to be returned, exchanged, or donated at any point.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Hillsdale
July 31 – August 2

The three-day folk music festival plans to kick off its 32nd year at the end of July. Tickets are now available, with a pre-fest tastings day and farm market scheduled for July 30. Camping opens on July 29.

New York Renaissance Faire

Tuxedo
August 15 – October 4

Beginning in the middle of August, the Hudson Valley’s acclaimed renaissance faire returns every weekend until October 4 in Tuxedo. Visit the website to read up on themed weekends and special events.

Summer Hoot

Olivebridge
August 28-30

The Ashokan Center’s Summer Hoot will take place as planned at the end of August. The lineup announcement and ticket sales go live on June 1.

Farm to Fork Fondo

Warwick
September 19-20

The Hudson Valley Fondo is set to take place in September at Bellvale Farms. In case the event is canceled, registrations will be honored for future races. The “Meet the Farmers” dinner is September 19, while the race itself departs in the morning on September 20.

To Be Determined:

Caramoor Summer Series

Katonah
Beginning end of June

Caramoor is currently closed to the public, with a number of upcoming shows canceled or postponed. Beginning at the end of June, it does currently have concerts scheduled for its summer series. Service fees for ticket purchases are being waived at this time.

Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival

Rhinebeck
July 10-12

The Hudson Valley’s beloved hot-air balloon fest is on the books for the middle of July. Some form of the festival will take place, with more details to come. Tickets and ride reservations are available now.

The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

Phoenicia

The acclaimed Hudson Valley festival has not yet made an official decision as to whether or not it will host its series of shows in August. It hopes to better assess the situation over the course of the next month.

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