Listen to Live Music at These 4 Weekend Fests

A brass brand bonanza, a donut dash, and more from this week’s top picks for things to do in and around the region.


Family Fun Day 2018

Education Center and 4-H Park, 300 Finchville Tpke, Otisville
July 28, 12-7 p.m.

Bring the family to Otisville for the Orange County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s fun-filled community event. The free celebration will give little ones the chance to explore the petting zoo, make their own crafts, learn at interactive exhibits, and dance it out to local performers. The highlight of the day comes in the form of the Duck Derby, in which rubber ducks race down a man-made river. The winning duck scores $500, although the true fun happens when cheering on the squeaky competitors.

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Hudson Valley Brassroots Festival

Seed Song Farm, Kingston
July 28, 1-10 p.m.

On Saturday, the best of brass band music will set up shop in Kingston for the inaugural festival. Eight bands are scheduled to perform, including Red Hook’s The ‘Ol Factory Brass Band. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Seed Song Farm, its CSA program, and its educational outreach. In addition to foot-tapping tunes, attendees can look forward to open-air dancing, local bites and drinks, farm tours, and a bonfire in the evening.


Blackdome Music Festival

Windham Civic Center, Windham
July 28, 2:30 p.m.; July 29, 11 a.m.

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Plan a day trip to Windham this weekend to check out the Blackdome Music Festival. On Saturday night, Keelan Donovan, Sam Moss, and the Hudson Dusters will perform at the Windham Civic Center. The following day, a children’s concert will delight the little ones. Throughout the weekend, local performances and musical workshops will also be open to the public.


5K Donut Run

Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction
July 29, 8 a.m.

Rise and shine early on Sunday to make it over to Fishkill Farms in time for the races. The party starts with a Kids’ Dash at 8 a.m., followed by a 5K Orchard Run at 8:30 a.m., and a 5K Donut Run at 8:45 a.m. After the competitions conclude, stick around for the music and the farm-fresh food. Pick-your-own produce is available during the day as well. Whatever you do, don’t forget to pick up a homemade donut before you leave. They’re made fresh daily and guaranteed delicious every time.


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Westchester Magazine Event:

Best of Westchester Party

Glen Island Harbour Club, New Rochelle
July 25, 6-10 p.m.

Get ready for our sister Westchester Magazine’s party of the year this Wednesday. It’s the one unforgettable night when all the winners of the Best of Westchester awards come together to celebrate the one-of-a-kind people, places, and things that make the county unique. Guests who attend the epic event will have the opportunity to savor the best food and drink in Westchester (literally), pamper themselves with mini massages and eyebrow shaping, and discover the award-winning boutiques and shops in the region. 

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