It’s hard to make summer plans in the Hudson Valley. When faced with the inevitable ultimatums, how do you make the call between one craft fair and another? How do you finally decide which music festivals are worthy of your hard-earned vacation days?
Hutton Brickyards gets that those choices are tough ones to make. That’s why it’s bringing its A-game with a powerful lineup of to-dos in 2019. After all, if you’re going to dedicate one of your precious summer days to an event, it had better be worth your while, right?
Located along the Hudson River, the historic County venue switches gears from its past collaboration with Smorgasburg (it’s not coming back, FYI) to focus wholly on music and craft festivals instead. First up, it kicks off the return of warm weather vibes in the Valley its Spring MRKT. The event, which is designer Brad Ford’s first Field + Supply fest to occur in spring, offers a modern take on traditional craft fairs with contemporary makers, interactive workshops, and intriguing wares. Held over the course of the May 24-26 weekend, the market centers around the great outdoors.
Next up, and perhaps most exciting, is the back-to-back concert series. Presented by Poughkeepsie’s historic Bardavon Opera House as part of its 150th anniversary celebration, both shows are bound to draw a crowd. First, on July 18, American indie favorite Lord Huron will visit for an evening show along the Hudson River. Named after one of the Great Lakes, Lord Huron is best known for its indie folk pop sound. The group will be joined by Bully, a Nashville-based rock band led by frontwoman Alicia Bognanno.
Ten days later, the Bardavon calls the Steve Miller Band to the Hutton Brickyards stage. Miller, who rose to rock fame in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, brings with him special guest Marty Stuart for an iconic, one-night-only show. We can’t promise anything, but — fingers crossed — Miller just may break out hits like Rock’n Me and Abracadabra for the summertime performance.
“The concerts in July will be amazing and bring a different energy and experience,” says Joel Lippmann, the director of sales and marketing at Hutton Brickyards. “[They’re] a place everyone can come enjoy and experience.”
Rounding out the season, Hutton Brickyards will host a repeat performance of its Field + Supply craft fair over Columbus Day weekend in October. While that’s everything the venue, which was founded on the grounds of the historic Hutton Brick Works Company, has announced for the public thus far, it already has a slew of private events like weddings and retreats slated over the course of the next few months. Keep an eye out on the Hutton Brickyards website as more information about upcoming events and festival vendors becomes available.