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Spring Into the Season at Hudson Valley Craft Fairs and Festivals

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Spend sunny afternoons perusing unique finds at these local antique markets, craft fairs, and open-air festivals in the Hudson Valley.

You know the *raises hands* emoji? That’s our mood now that it finally feels like spring in the Hudson Valley. To celebrate the arrival of the flower power season and impending summer vibes, we’re counting down the days to each and every one of the local craft fairs and festivals in the region. After all, there’s no better way to say hello to warm weather than by heading outdoors to browse handcrafted treats from talented makers.

Ready to get your shop on? Don’t forget to pack your reusable bags and throw on a pair of sunglasses! You’ll need both if you want to scout the stalls like a pro.

Upstate Vintage Antique Show

Stone Ridge Orchard, Stone Ridge
May 22

One of the Hudson Valley’s most eclectic outdoor markets, Upstate Vintage Antique Show takes its vendors to a gorgeous setting at Stone Ridge Orchard. The gorgeous farm tucked between the Catskills and the Shawangunk Mountains is a perfect venue for antique clothing, delicate crafts, and so much more. Reserve tickets online in advance of the craft fair event, and enjoy socially distant shopping with contact-free payment options.

Mower’s Saturday & Sunday Flea Market

Behind Bread Alone, Maple Lane, Woodstock
Opens May 22

If you plan any day trips to Woodstock this spring, don’t pass up a detour to the Mower’s Flea Market, which sets up shop every weekend beginning May 16. Vendor booths run the gamut from antiques and collectibles to vintage clothing and crystals, so make sure to spend time at each and every table. Afterward, head into town for a finger-licking lunch at one of Woodstock’s fan-favorite eateries.

Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair

Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz
May 29-31

Over the course of Memorial Day weekend, the Woodstock-New Paltz Fair takes over the Ulster County Fairgrounds for three days of every kind of art you can imagine. From glass art and ceramics to wood furniture and even specialty food, the fair is a must for creatives throughout the Valley. Whether you return for old favorites or chat with new-to-you vendors, you’ll love spending a full day at the grounds with family or friends.

Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market

Stormville Airport, Stormville
May 29 & 30

It’s back! Arriving with spring, Stormville Airport kicks off a jampacked season of flea market shopping in the Hudson Valley. If you’ve never been, go get yourself to the massive market and craft fair, which features more than hundreds of vendors. Bring a tote bag (or four) as you wander between stalls that pack everything from homemade jewelry to antique treasures and artisanal wares. This rain-or-shine event is outdoors, so don’t forget to check the forecast and slather on sunscreen before you go.

Barn Star’s Spring Antiques at Rhinebeck

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
May 29-30

Antique lovers and history nuts alike will adore this annual Hudson Valley event. Barn Star’s Spring Antiques at Rhinebeck puts together an array of artifacts, accessories, and more. Explore local history through Native American jewelry, folk art, and pottery or take a global approach with Asian rugs and European textiles. This hybrid vintage market and historical exhibit spreads across three large buildings at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. The venue is well-ventilated, and social distancing will be observed.

 

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Field + Supply Mini MRKTS

Uptown Shopping District, Kingston
Every other Sunday in May, every Sunday June-August

Uptown Kingston is the perfect place to spend a day dining and shopping. While you’re there, shop the wares from modern makers at this year’s scaled back Field + Supply MRKTs. Admission is free due to this year’s mini market format. Enter at the corner of Crown and John St. for a wonderful Sunday afternoon perusing the small-scale craft fair.

 

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Virtual Albany Tulip Festival

Online, Albany
Throughout the month of May

April showers are bringing May flowers in Albany. Celebrate the peak of spring with a series of interactive virtual events. Take an online tour of blooming tulip beds with the City of Albany gardeners and learn about the care required to raise such gorgeous plants. Watch engaging musical performances from local artists in unique locations throughout the city, and follow the schedule of games to play with the kids. The Tulip Festival will announce prizes throughout the month.

The Hudson Shores Farmers Market & Craft Show

Hudson Shores Park, Watervliet
Every second and fourth Sunday through October

Watervliet hosts a combination farmer’s market and craft fair along the majestic Hudson River. Visitors to the Albany County city can enjoy live music outside, delicious local food, tons of crafts, and games for the kids. Attendance is completely free, and there are two chances every month through the fall to peruse the gathering of Hudson Valley vendors and makers.


Related: An Insider’s Guide to May Events in the Hudson Valley