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.
Albany Capital Center, Albany
Back and better than ever at the Albany Capital Center, the pre-winter showcase previews sports and seasonal sips in one place. Throughout the weekend, attendees can score discounts on winter gear from Alpin Haus, Potter Brothers, and Steiner’s Sports, then watch live sporting events on the big-screen setups with a glass of craft beer or wine from Saratoga Eagle. P.S. It pays to pick up tickets early! The first 500 paying guests receive free lift tickets to New York mountains on Saturday and Sunday.
USS Slater / Photo courtesy of Discover Albany
USS Slater, Albany
November 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This Veterans Day, hop aboard the USS Slater for a tour of the last destroyer escort in the United States. The event commences with a morning ceremony to honor those who have served, so show up promptly at 9 a.m. to catch it.
Shaker Heritage Society, Albany
Through November to December 20
Hello, holiday shopping! Running through November and most of December, the Shaker Heritage Society’s holiday fair is a one-stop shop for handmade treats from regional artisans. The seasonal shindig has a little something for everyone, with jewelry, pottery, and more arranged across the charming tangle of tables.
Albany Pine Bush Preserve, Altamontâ€‹
November 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
A fun way to burn off the Turkey Day eats, the Waddle Walk takes participants on a hike along the preserve’s 2.5 miles of walkable terrain. If you’re looking for an outdoorsy Black Friday alternative, the community hike is the perfect way to get the whole family moving after a full day of feasting.
Read up on Columbia County Tourism’s highlights for things to do in the Hudson Valley this month.
Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market / Photo courtesy of Columbia County Tourism
Basilica Hudson, Hudson
November 29 – December 1
Once again, Basilica Hudson opens its doors to the beautifully curated Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market. A true Hudson Valley shopping experience, the weekend event spotlights more than 100 vendors, 25 of whom are making their grand debut at the market in 2019. General admission is $5 for all three days, making it a wonderful alternative to the big-brand Black Friday madness.
Ghent Playhouse, Ghent
November 29-December 1
The classic tale of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet who aspires to be a real boy, takes the stage at the Ghent Playhouse during the final weekend in November. It’s written by theatrical group The Pantaloons, who give the story a quirky twist that the family will love. Can’t make it in November? The show has additional dates in December as well.
Take a peek at President & CEO of Dutchess Tourism, Inc. Mary Kay Vrba’s top picks for things to do in Dutchess County this month.
Red Hook & The Chocolate Festival / Photo courtesy of Dutchess Tourism, Inc.
November 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The sweetest festival in all the land – ahem, the Hudson Valley – returns to Red Hook on the first Saturday in November. A full-day, community-wide fest, it packs chocolate tastings, competitions, vendors, live music, hay wagon rides, and more into one cocoa-covered day. Get there early to peek into Equis Art Gallery, sample flower-powered Peony Vodka, munch on treats from Freestyle Confections, and, you know, imbibe as much chocolate as your sweet tooth can handle.
Stormville Airport, Stormvilleâ€‹
If you haven’t made it out to Stormville for what might be the most beloved flea market in the whole of the Hudson Valley, this is the last chance to shop ‘til you drop in 2019. During its final weekend of the year, the family-friendly antique and artisan fair ropes more than 600 vendors onto the grounds for an incredible pre-holiday event. Because it’s scheduled a few weeks before the holiday chaos settles in, it’s an ideal destination to browse for gifts and home décor sans the seasonal stress.
Poughkeepsie Train & Hobby Show / Photo courtesy of Dutchess Tourism, Inc.
Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center, Poughkeepsie
November 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Chugga chugga choo choo into Poughkeepsie’s annual train lovers’ expo in November. Rail fans in the region can get lost amid the 20,000 square feet of operating layouts and model exhibits. On top of that, the show hosts railroad clinics, modeling demonstrations, and railroad movies for anyone who wants to brush up on train-related tidbits and trivia.
Look no further for the coolest attractions and activities in Greene County during the month.
Anthony’s Banquet Hall, Leeds
Dive into the spirit of the holiday season at the Festival of Trees this month. Held at Anthony’s Banquet Hall, the annual to-do features different events every day. After a photo night on Thursday, a gala on Friday give attendees the change to dance, dine, and peek at the trees and wreaths. The grand festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with a silent auction, local vendors, live entertainment, and even a Santa sighting scheduled during the celebratory occasion.
Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill
November 24, 2-3 p.m.
For the 14th annual Raymond Beecher Lecture, Thomas Cole National Historic Site sheds insight on the Hudson Valley artist’s “Course of Empire” series. Alan Wallach, Ph.D., Ralph H. Wark professor of art and art history emeritus and professor of American studies emeritus at the College of William and Mary, presents on the puzzling artwork, which focuses on the highs and lows of empires.
Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter
November 30, 8 p.m.
Calling all Bach aficionados! In time for the holiday season, the Knights Chamber Orchestra presents an homage to the acclaimed musician with a medley of tunes inspired by his works. With more than two dozen musicians onsite for the evening, the concert is a delightful night for folk fans and classical listeners alike.
Check out Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana’s selections for the best things to do this month.
Michie Stadium, West Point
Fall in the Hudson Valley isn’t complete without a touchdown at an Army football game. Throughout the month, West Point’s Black Knights defend the kingdom with games against UMASS on November 9 and VMI on November 16. Show up early to tailgate at Michie Stadium, where the Hudson Valley flocks en masse for food, fun, and football festivities.
Soons Orchard, New Hampton
November 8, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Looking for a true farm-to-table dining experience in the Hudson Valley? As part of its dinner series with Amuzae Chef Shawn Hubbell, Soons Orchard invites locavores for a gourmet meal in Orange County. The evening begins with light bites in the Tasting Room, then progresses to the orchard store for a multi-course dinner that prioritizes hyperlocal ingredients. In addition to preparing the cuisine, Chef Hubbell answers questions and demonstrates his secrets to perfecting each dish. As for the menu, it’s announced the week before the event, so keep an eye out if you want to sign up this November.
Museum Village, Monroe
November 9-10, 12-4 p.m.
Get a taste of local history at Museum Village’s pre-Thanksgiving weekend. During the family-approved event, attendees can sample traditional dishes like breads, soups, and pies from the early American and Victorian eras. In addition, the Village asks all attendees to bring an unwrapped toy as part of the drive to benefit the Country Kids Food Pantry.
Pennings Farm Market, Warwick
November 26, 7-9 p.m.
We bet you’ve never played bingo quite like this! At the end of November, Pennings Farm partners with the Craft Beer Guild Distributing of NY for a game night filled with drinks, swag, and prizes galore. Admission is free, and the farm grill is open for bites during the game.
SAVE THE DATES! Support more than 30 local artists and the Warwick Community Center when you shop the festive Holiday Market featuring locally handcrafted gifts and make-and-take ornament stations located throughout the market. Visitors of all ages can shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and can create their own handmade decorations to give as festive gifts or adorn their own homes for the holiday. Hot drinks and baked goods available for nibbling. $3 Suggested Entry Donation to benefit the @warwickcommunitycenter Love Local Holiday Market // November 29 & 30 // 10am-6pm // 11 Hamilton Avenue, Warwick NY // More Holiday Market details in the Link in Bio #makermarket #giftmaking #makerspace #makersofinstagram #lovelocalhv #wickhamworks #warwickcommunitycenter #warwickny #visitvortex #hudsonvalleyhappenings #hudsonvalleyholiday #holidaygifts #handcrafted @rosnersoap
Warwick Valley Community Center, Warwick
Just in time for the arrival of holiday shopping season, the Warwick Valley Community Center opens its doors for a seasonal market that features local products front and center. While the shopping is top-notch, the make-and-take ornament stations and seasonal bites are extra incentive to skip the mall and support local artisans.
Take a browse through Director of Economic Development and Tourism Jeremy Schulman’s picks the hottest things to do in Rockland County throughout the month.
Clarkstown Reformed Church, West Nyackâ€‹
Fall into the world of romance, tragedy, and overwhelming emotion when La Bohème takes over the Clarkstown Reformed Church during the first weekend in November. Performed by the Hudson Lyric Opera, the four-act work follows Giacomo Puccini’s moving tale of love and loss. For anyone who’s never seen the show before, this Hudson Valley rendition wows with masterful music, costumes, and character portrayals.
Torne Valley Vineyards, Hillburnâ€‹
Saturdays and Sundays in November, 1-5 p.m.
Want to savor every last drop of wine-filled weekends in the Hudson Valley this fall? Plan an excursion to Torne Valley Vineyards any Saturday and Sunday in November for tastings, lunch at the café, and live music. Take a peek at the winery’s Facebook page for a preview of performers, then stop by for $8 samplings of all eight wines produced at the vineyard, along with sangria and a selection of NYS craft beers and ciders.
SUNY Rockland Community College, Suffernâ€‹
A triathlon for cyclists, Rockland County’s Supercross Cup is a serious competition that lures amateurs and professionals alike. The cyclocross race combines cycling, running, and steeplechase into one challenging multi-terrain course. Whether you go to watch or compete, expect a mess of mud, grass, and more than a few smiles at the finish line.
Van Houten Farm, Orangeburgâ€‹
November 16, 3-7 p.m.
Back for its second year, Van Houten Farm’s harvest festival is the perfect place to prep for Thanksgiving. The Orangeburg farm partners with Rockland Cider Works on an afternoon filled with homegrown produce, seasonal hard cider, and live music from the Jeb Jones Band. Defiant Brewing Company joins in on the action with tasty barbecue dishes, while Hungarican Hotspots serves up its signature Hungarian-Latin fusion fare.
The RIttenhausen Theater, Nyackâ€‹
November 17, 2-3 p.m.
Powerhouse pair Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza bring their signature community music to Nyack in November. Zanes, a Grammy award-winning children’s performer, harmonizes with Eliaza, a Haitian-American music therapist and jazz vocalist, on sensory-friendly concert filled with folk music that’s accessible for everyone. Ticket run $18 apiece for the feel-good event.
Read up on Ulster County Tourism’s event highlights for October.
Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery, Gardiner
November 2, 12-5 p.m.
Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery shines the light on everyone’s favorite pairing at its afternoon tasting event. Alongside the winery’s signature vintages, Lagusta’s Luscious vegan bonbons and other local chocolate temptations offer the ultimate pre-holiday indulgence.
Westbrook Lane Station, Kingston
Hop aboard the Hudson Valley’s magical Polar Express when it pulls up to the Westbrook Lane Station in Kingston. In ode to the movie of the same name, the train decks the halls with the spirit of the season – ticket punching and hot cocoa included.
Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale
If you think a festival dedicated to pickles sounds a little too niche, that’s only because you’ve never been to Rosendale’s event before. A favorite to-do among Hudson Valleyites, the fest is a hotspot for all things pickle. Throughout the occasion, which attracts upwards of 5,000 people each year, 100 vendors showcase dill pickles, sweet pickles, pickled fruit, pickled root vegetables, and more. Stick around for the pickle triathlon and – if you dare – enter your name into the pickle juice drinking contest.