We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. There are a ton of things to do in the Hudson Valley each month. In fact, when it comes to actually choosing between one event or another, there’s potentially too much to do. Food fest on Saturday? Great. But there’s also that play you wanted to see. Oh, and that workshop you RSVP’d for in the afternoon. And the…oh wait, that’s already two things too many!
To help scout out the best events in the Valley, we reached out to local tourism directors from Albany to Ulster for their top picks for things to do. Check out their selections, then get planning!
Discover Albany President and CEO Jill Delaney shares her top recommendations for the month:
CH Evans Brewing / Photo by Discover Albany
CH Evans Brewing at the Albany Pump Station, Albany
Albany’s beloved CH Evans Brewing celebrates its 20th anniversary by closing down Quackenbush Square for live music, food, local beer, spirits and cider samples, corn hole, and even a duck tank. Tickets are $20 apiece, a price which includes a special anniversary glass and two drink tickets to sample the brewery’s top-rated ales and lagers.
South End tour / Photo by Discover Albany
South End, Albany
June 6, 6 p.m.
In the history of America’s craft beer industry, the Hudson Valley’s Capital Region once lay at the very center of it all. To honor Albany’s longstanding presence in the hoppy scene, Craig Gravina, the city’s beer historian and author and co-founder of the Albany Ale Project, leads special tours through the city’s former brewing districts on June 6. Along the way, he explains the impact that beer and ale production had on Albany throughout the years. The tour takes place on June 6 and begins at Excelsior Pub, the city’s only New York State-themed pub. Tickets cost $10. If you want to explore the area even more, keep an out for the remaining tours in this series, which visits Center Square on July 11, Warehouse District on August 22, and Downtown on September 19.
Jennings Landing, Albany
June 7, 5-9 p.m.
Presented by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, this free music fest ties in with an outdoor street fair at Jennings Landing. Bring the family for community performances, local food and drinks, art events, and fun for all. Catch the 7:30 p.m. concert, which brings history alive with works inspired by famous New Yorkers like Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas, then stick around after the show for fireworks.
Washington Park and Lark Street, Albany
June 9, 12 p.m.
When it comes to Pride celebrations in the Hudson Valley, Albany doesn’t mess around. The city hosts one of the largest hooplas in the Hudson Valley on June 9, with thousands of locals and visitors expected to attend. The parade steps off at noon, then continues to Washington Park, where live entertainment and vendors await to welcome festive marchers.
Read on for Tourism Director for Greene County Heather Bagshaw’s picks for things to do in June:
Hunter Mountain, Hunter
It’s back! This month, Taste of Country brings all the biggest names in country music to Hunter Mountain. The three-day event features Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, and Brooks & Dunn as headliners, so expect unforgettable performances and high energy crowds if you go. As if those names weren’t enough, other artists at the fest include Josh Turner, Brett Young, and Lindsay Ell, to name only a few. Pick up your tickets here, then plan where to camp or overnight nearby.
Through Columbus Day
If adventure is what you crave during the summertime months, make a trip to Windham Mountain Bike Park for serious thrills that get your legs moving and your heart racing. Whether you explore the miles of trails designed for beginners and experts or test your tricks in the Skills Park, you’ll have a blast as you spin your wheels with family and friends. For kids, Windham offers a special two-day mountain bike camp throughout the season as well.
Throughout Greene County
Calling all Hudson Valley golfers! If you love to swing your irons on sunny summer days, take advantage of the $199 golf trail pass, which give you access to the “Catskill Nine” golf courses, plus a stay on the courses, samplings from the restaurants, and so much more. On top of that, anyone who purchases a pass can enter to win a whopping $10,000 in cash and travel prizes. See you on the green?
Check out Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana’s selections for the best things to do this month.
Broadway and Liberty Street, Newburgh
June 1, noon – 10 p.m.
The Best of Hudson Valley-winning festival returns to Newburgh to shine a light on the creativity and diversity of the riverside town. Scoot into the city before noon to find a parking spot (or park at the Beacon train station and make use of the free shuttle into town), then spend the day watching outdoor performances, snacking on local food, and shopping from crafty vendors.
Palaia Winery, Highland Mills
June 15-16, 12-6 p.m.
Sip wine and and celebrate all things Celtic at Palaia Winery’s annual Celtic Fesival this month. A rousing occasion, the event costs $10 per person and features everything from Celtic warriors on horseback to step dancers and a harpist. As far as eats and drinks go, a medley of Irish and American food will be onsite, as well as beer, cider, mead, and – of course – fine wine from Palaia’s vineyards. A kid-approved event, the fest includes wagon rides and a bouncy slide as well.
Trophy Point Amphitheater, United State Military Academy at West Point
June 8 – September 1
Returning for its 2019 season, the West Point Band delivers a packed roster of concerts from June to September. Beginning on June 8 with the West Point Jazz Ensemble, the music series features a medley of tunes that range from classic and jazz to pop, rock, and Broadway. While all the performances are bound to be memorable, the Independence Day event on July 6 and the Labor Day celebration on September 1 are musts this summer.
Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery, Warwick
If you like biking and you love food, you’ll be all over the Hudson Valley’s Farm to Fork Fondo. The multi-city event takes over the grounds at Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery for the ultimate cycling and dining event. Starting on Saturday night, registrants can mix and mingle with vendors and dig into a Meet the Farmers dinner. The rides kick off the following day, with short, medium, and long courses for participants of different endurance levels. After the rides end, participants can refuel at the Farm to Fork Barbecue and shop the goods at the festival market.
Throughout Orange County
Celebrate dad’s big day with a number of fun-for-all to-dos across Orange County. On June 16, the Goshen Historic Track welcomes first responders and the Hudson Valley community at large for live harness racing. In Newburgh, meanwhile, River Rose Cruises hosts a Father’s Day Brunch Cruise to treat local fathers to picturesque sights along the Hudson River. For dads who want a little history with their festivities, the Bannerman Island Tours, complete with a self-guided tour and live music performance, depart from the Newburgh waterfront.
Browse through the top local things to do in Rockland County throughout the month of June:
Growler & Gill, Nanuet
June 1, 1-4 p.m., 5-8 p.m.
Hudson Valley hops fans, this one’s for you! On the first day of June, Nanuet’s Growler & Gill hosts a fest that features a whopping 100 brews from more than 50 local and domestic breweries. Attendees can sip and sample their favorite beers or discover new ones, then take a break to enjoy music from Josh Casano, John Moroski, and Joe D’Urso.
June 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Spend the day in Nanuet on June 2 for the city’s festive street fair. With more than 200 vendors, the event is expected to draw around 18,000 vendors. Come in the morning for scrumptious coffee and pastries, then wander through town as you shop from local artisans, enter raffles, and savor gourmet bites. The first 500 families to stop by the Nanuet Chamber table will receive a free gift bag, so plan accordingly if you go.
Main Street and Broadway, Nyack
Now in its 14th year, the Nyack ARTWALK returns to celebrate the talented artists and makers in the Hudson Valley. The theme for the year is “perception,” so keep that in mind as you take in the works at the juried show, which exhibits in shops throughout town. To preview the artists in attendance, visit the ARTWALK’s Facebook page here.
German Masonic Park, Tappan
June 22-23, 11 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
As part of the Hudson Valley’s epic summer concert lineup, the Rockland-Bergen Music Festival brings a rich, diverse ensemble of performers to Tappan this June. Whether you want to jam out to Americana tunes from Steve Earle, folksy melodies from Anthony D’Amato, or power pop from The Demos, you won’t want to miss any of the dozens of acts lined up for the weekend. Although no outside food or beverages are allowed in the park, all festival-goers can chow down on grub from Bailey’s Smokehouse, City Winery, Growler & Gill, or True Food when they need sustenance before their next show.
Torne Valley Vineyards, Hillburn
Weekends in June
Is there any better way to spend a summer weekend than with local wine and sweet serenades at a Hudson Valley vineyard? Torne Valley winery doesn’t think so, which is why it pairs sips like its homemade rosé and Riesling with weekend concerts by talented visiting musicians. Check out the full schedule of performances on the winery’s Facebook page before you make the drive to Hillburn.
Read up on Ulster County Tourism’s event highlights for June:
T.R. Gallo Park, Rondout Waterfront, Kingston
June 2, 1-5 p.m.
Make a day trip to Kingston for the city’s seventh annual multicultural fest on the first weekend in June. Hosted by the Reher Center for Immigration Culture and History, the event brings together the Hudson Valley’s diverse communities for one welcoming celebration along the Hudson River. Look forward to local music, dancing, and decadent dishes throughout the day, and bring the kids for crafting and family fun.
Kingston Kayak Festival / Photo by Ulster County Tourism
Kingston Point Beach, Kingston
June 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For kayakers in the Hudson Valley, Kingston’s festival is the only place to be on June 8. Whether you’re a newcomer or an old hand with the hobby, you’ll love brushing up on your boating skills, learning about various types of kayaks, and scoping out the newest gear. The event is free, although a $10 donation is suggested.
Klyne Esopus Historical Society Museum, Ulster Park
June 17, 12-3 p.m.
It’s strawberry season in the Hudson Valley! Celebrate the return of the sweet little berries at the Klyne Esopus Historical Society Museum’s festive summer event, which is free to enter. Grab a juicy burger while you’re there, then end on a sweet note with a homemade strawberry shortcake dessert. Community entertainment will be onsite throughout the afternoon as well.
Boating fun at the Maritime Festival / Photo by Ulster County Tourism
Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston
A very Hudson Valley occasion, the Maritime Festival is a full day of boating along the Hudson River. Visit the museum docks to explore the antique and classic boats on parade, then lounge along the river as you watch rowing demos and the national boat building challenge, in which teams from across the United States compete to construct a boat from scratch in four hours. If that sounds impressive, just wait until you see construction take place before your eyes.