5 Community Happenings to End the Year With a Bang

A late-night beer fest, two Hudson Valley concerts, and more from this week’s top picks for things to do around the Hudson River.


The Great Ramen Challenge

Albany NY Library, Albany
December 28, 2-3 p.m.

Register your teens and tweens for Albany’s free ramen competition on Friday. Just in time for New Year’s Eve, the Capital region library hosts a cook-off for young chefs to ignite a friendly rivalry and see who can concoct the most unforgettable noodle dish of the day. Creativity and collaboration are encouraged, so feel free to bring friends.

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Eggbert After Dark Volume III: Eggbert Strikes Back

Newburgh Brewing Company, Newburgh
December 28, 8-10 p.m.

On Friday, everyone’s favorite egg returns to Newburgh for round three of the brewery’s holiday festivities. To celebrate the limited-edition release of the last batch of Angry Eggbert IPA, Newburgh will serve and sell the seasonal brew for the last time in 2018. Taprooms doors open at 4 p.m., while Eggbert warms up to the crowd at 8 p.m. Plan on getting to the brewery early if you want to score a spot and a sip.

Upstate Concert

Towne Crier, Beacon
December 28, 8:30-11 p.m.

Formerly Upstate Rubdown, newly reborn band Upstate returns to the Hudson Valley for an intimate concert to perform its new music. The multitalented performers bring a bounty of instruments and talent galore to Beacon, where they’ll play tunes that meld folk, jazz, gospel, rock, and so much more. Curious about their sound? Check out our full article on the local group here.

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The Big Takeover Takes Hudson

Helsinki Hudson, Hudson
December 29, 8:30 p.m.

Best of Hudson Valley award-winning band The Big Takeover heads to Hudson for a Saturday night concert to help end 2018 with a bang. If you love powerful tunes with hints of soul, Motown, and classic pop, you’ll want to score tickets to this foot-tapping show a.s.a.p.

Holiday Swing

Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock
December 30, 2-4 p.m.

Sidestep over to Woodstock for a festive music performance in collaboration with Catskill Jazz Factory that brings the best of the Jazz Age and Swing Era to the Hudson Valley. Bring the kids (they’ll get a discount) for family fun that celebrates the nostalgia of old-timey tunes.

Related: Here’s Where to Spend New Year’s Eve in the Hudson Valley

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