Getting your first whiff of those freshly sharpened school pencils? Sense a fall chill in the air? Probably not just yet, but make no mistake, they’re on the way. Be sure to start off the final month of summer right with a few of our festival favorites, an eat-till-you-drop culinary crawl, or a much-welcomed two-for-one Chardonnay special.
War, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill
With a sound as transcendent and powerful as their name, War, a rare, lasting brand of cross-genre royalty, will be sharing a bit of their magic with us this Friday as they continue on with their 150-show cross-country tour. With monster hits like “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Spill the Wine,” and “Smile Happy,” the band has solidified their proclamations of being the “original Afro Cuban jazz rock blues band.” Tickets to Friday’s show range from $25 to $42.
New York Renaissance Faire, 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park
Indulge your inner Jon Snow during the opening weekend of Orange County’s 39th annual New York Renaissance Faire. Claim your seat at King Arthur’s Round Table (figuratively speaking) and feast on absurdly oversized medieval turkey legs, or follow along with Robin Hood’s epic, arduous battle with the Merry Band of Outlaws. From there, prove yourself a formidable warrior against the merciless Test O’ Strength or hop in a Dream Boat for an idyllic fairytale ride along the water. With adventure bustling around every corner, 2016 is sure to be the fair’s biggest and best year yet, with more exciting new features attendees can count on.
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Dodds Farm, Hillsdale
Brace yourself for three full days of gourmet gorging, swing dancing, and and local and national folk luminaries ranging from the Felice Brothers to Professor Louie. Featuring 47-plus craft and import vendors, plus eclectic cuisine ranging from Nyota’s Ting vegan blueberry pancakes to Poughkeepsie’s own Reggae Boy Cafe jerk chicken, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is an absolute can’t miss this weekend. Want to start the fun a day early? Stop by today for the festival’s pre-fest tastings menu, and don’t forget to stock up on handcrafted artisanal hard cider, roasted, spiced pumpkin seeds, and bright, farm-fresh veggies for your fridge while you’re there.
Midnight Madness Fridays, Nyack Pour House, Nyack
No surprise, the discounts at Pour House this weekend are insane! Kick back with their weekly 10 pm-12 am two-for-one special on all beer, wine, and mixed drink purchases, plus some stellar live music. Then, did somebody say mimosas? Keep the party going Saturday morning with a $22.99-29.99 bottomless brunch (with or without an entree), or whip out your dancing shoes for a non-stop ’90s party featuring Resident DJ Shant from 10 pm-4 am.
Rhinebeck Village Culinary Crawl, Municipal Parking Lot, Village Center, Rhinebeck
For $49, you can stroll through the cozy Dutchess town’s picturesque village streets and tickle your taste buds with old and new favorites alike, and be sure to stop by one of our multi-winning HV Readers’ Picks, Rhinebeck Farmers Market while you’re in the neighborhood. This month only, you can also get 15 percent off all August tours with the promo code 15OFFAUG. Happy crawling!
“Walk in the Cloud” Dedication Ceremony, Upper Landing Park, Poughkeepsie
Head to the Poughkeepsie waterfront for a first glimpse at local mason and artist Carl Greico’s concrete relief, “A Walk in the Clouds,” inspired by the Walkway Over the Hudson Historic State’s Park river-spanning pedestrian bridge. A brief dedication ceremony will take place at 10 am on August 6 at Upper Landing Park as a preamble to the park’s Community Celebration Day.