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An Insider’s Guide to July Events in the Hudson Valley

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Hudson River tourism directors share their top picks for places to go, sights to see, and things to do throughout the month of July.

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. Even in the face of the coronavirus, there exist dozens upon dozens of ways to experience the best of what the region has to offer. With things returning to normalcy and all COVID-19 regulations lifted, there’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of summer than with outdoor events and visits to scenic, open-air destinations. For our guide to Fourth of July fireworks, click here.

To help scout out the hottest events in the Valley, we reached out to local tourism directors from Albany to Westchester for their top picks for things to do. Check out their selections, then get planning!

Albany County

Discover Albany President and CEO Jill Delaney shares her top recommendations for the month.

 

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New York State’s Fourth of July Celebration

Empire State Plaza, Albany
July 4, 6 p.m.

Independence Day celebrations return to the iconic Empire State Plaza. Head to New York’s capital for a slew of musical performances, food vendors, and, of course, vibrant fireworks illuminating the night sky. Sip craft beverages from some of the Hudson Valley’s finest producers. Plus, if you’re still seeking a vaccination, a pop-up site will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

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Ain’t Misbehavin’

Park Playhouse in Washington Park, Albany
July 6-24, 8 p.m.

Witness jazz legend Fats Waller come to life in this rendition of the Emmy Award-winning musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Waller’s sassy humor and electric energy fuel this Broadway smash. Playhouse Stage Company performs in the wonderful outdoor environment of Washington Park. A dynamic cast of seasoned actors wow audiences with a knee-slappin’ good time, while showcasing the emergence of jazz in America. Director Jean-Remy Monnay of the Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY directs, and tickets are available online.

 

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Michelangelo – A Different View

Albany Capital Center, Albany
Starting June  29, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Is it possible to gaze upon the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel without flying to Italy? Michelangelo – A Different View answers this question with a resounding yes. One of the most famous frescoes the world has ever seen will be on display at the Albany Capital Center. This exhibition presents the entire set of works, more than 50 in count. Visitors can examine them on ground level, instead of having to look up at the actual site in Rome. These elaborate reproductions, including the massive Last Judgement, are officially licensed by the Vatican Museums.

Columbia County

Read up on Columbia County Tourism’s highlights for things to do in the Hudson Valley this month.

2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl

Starting at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson
July 10, 9 p.m.

Hudson is an absolute delight to visit on the weekends. Strolling though the Hudson Valley hotspot reveals art galleries, antique dealers, pop-ups, and so much delicious dining. Following in the footsteps of popular art walks and street fairs native to DUMBO, SOHO, and the Chelsea Piers, comes the 2econd Saturday Gallery Crawl. Every single month, artsy destinations stay open until 9 p.m. to promote new visitors. Food trucks, bars, live music, and street markets keep things lively well into the night. This is the kind of community event people were missing during the quarantine days.

Agatha Christie’s The Stranger

The Theater Barn, New Lebanon
July 15 – July 25

Who doesn’t love a good thriller? Agatha Christie’s classic short story, Philomel Cottage, fuels this murderous evening at The Theater Barn. Throughout the show, guests will stay on the edge of their seats in this New Lebanon barn. The production follows Enid as she navigates a remote country cottage with a handsome stranger, only to find that dark things await. Reserve tickets online for $30 per person.

Catamount Summer Concerts

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Rocking into Midsummer

Catamount Mountain Resort, Hillsdale
July 3 & 17, 12 – 6 p.m.

Head to the mountain for Columbia County’s premier music series. Catamount Mountain Resort hosts two afternoon shows, rain or shine, in a gorgeous destination. At the beginning of the month, catch an acoustic set with KT Turnstall, Kat Wright, and The Clams. Later in July, cool down with Marc Roberge of O.A.R., Pete Kilpatrick, and Adam Gardner of Gustar.

Dutchess County

Dutchess Tourism President and CEO Melaine Rottkamp shares her top recommendations for the month.

Bard Summerscape

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2021 Bard SummerScape 

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
Starting July 8

One of the most prominent arts and culture festivals in the entire Hudson Valley, Bard SummerScape returns with a loaded season. Live music, dancing, opera, and other performances attract visitors from all over the place. Celebrating over 30 years of Bard Music Festival, this year’s production includes the Black Roots Summer concert series. The series continues through two weekends and brings together more than 20 artists. Performances expand through Bard’s scenic campus. For a full list of events or to purchase tickets, visit The Fischer Center’s website.

Vanderbilt Gardens

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Great Estates Landscape and Garden Tours 

Throughout Dutchess County
July 17 & 18 

Have you explored the lush gardens and pristine landscapes found along the Hudson River? This collection of tours showcases the immense beauty and fascinating histories of Dutchess County’s “Great Estates.” A walk through these sites is a walk through the region’s storied past, including the American Revolution, the Gilded Age, and World War II. Many outdoor events will also be held at certain places. On the lineup are Clermont State Historic Site, Wilderstein Historic Site, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Locust Grove Estate, Mount Gulian, and the Vanderbilt National Historic Site.

New York Stage and Film Summer Session  

Marist College/Vassar College/Revel 32°, Poughkeepsie
Throughout July 

Artsy Hudson Valleyites must check out the New York Stage and Film Summer Sessions. Live theater performances and screenings of indie film projects unite creatives from throughout the region and beyond. To keep things safe and sustainable, the event will expand to three iconic locations: Marist College, Vassar College, and Revel 32°. Enjoy concert performances of “Mexodus” by Brian Quijada and Nygel D. Robinson at Vassar’s amphitheater or Marist, or check out a one-woman musical called “South” at Revel 32°.

Greene County

Look no further for the coolest attractions and activities in Greene County during the month.

Music in the Park Summer Concert Series 

Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill / Coxsackie Riverside Park, Coxsackie
Thursdays throughout July / Sundays throughout July

There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy live music outdoors in Greene County this summer. Dutchman’s Landing in Catskill hosts free concerts along the Hudson River every Thursday night. Country, blues, rock, and other genres bring timeless tunes and original songs to the Catskills. Over at Coxsackie Riverside Park, Sunday nights are the time to boogie. Pull up with a chair or a blanket for this free concert series. Check each calendar listing online for a full lineup of artists to take the stage and bring summer music back to the Hudson Valley.

 

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Music on the Mountain

Windham Mountain, Windham
July 9, 16, 23, 30

Windham Mountain is one of the most gorgeous destinations in the Hudson Valley for skiing, snowboarding, and music. Every Friday night through the end of summer, Windham hosts an exciting concert series on the back patio of the Windham Mountain Base Lodge. Every single show will be free, inviting guests to enjoy the fresh mountain air and panoramic scenery. Enter raffles to earn prizes, sample craft cocktails from the Umbrella Bar, and dig in to southern-style barbecue.

The Greene County Youth Fair

Angelo Canna Park, Cairo
July 22-25

The entire family will enjoy the festive Greene County Youth Fair. Discover the varied talents of young performers and creatives in Greene County. Interactive agricultural education displays and live music are among the many forms of entertainment available. Admission is free to this event at one of Cairo’s great open-air parks.

Orange County

Check out Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana’s selections for the best things to do this month.

Revolutionary Era Blacksmithing

Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, Fort Montgomery
July 3, 10 a.m.

In the Hudson Valley, there’s more than just fireworks to commemorate American independence from Great Britain. During the Revolution, blacksmiths served an integral role by providing iron implements to build military fortifications (including Fort Montgomery). On July 3, local master blacksmiths demonstrate 1700s tools and smithing methods.

 

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The Great American Pub Crawl

Breweries and Pubs in Downtown Middletown
July 3

Drinking fresh, local beer is an American tradition that dates back to the country’s inception. Purchase tickets to a pub crawl through Middletown, including seven pours from five different stops. Clemson Bros. Brewery, Quinnz Pinz, QB Ball, Tapped, and the Switch Inn serve fresh draughts all day long. Cheers to Independence Day!

 

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Freedom Fest Fireworks

Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery
July 17, 4 – 11:30 p.m. 

Orange County’s Freedom Fest returns to its original location, Thomas Bull Memorial Park. Hillbilly Parade performs as visitors peruse a fleet of food trucks and craft beverage vendors. The fun continues for hours, peaking with the dusk fireworks show.

Music in the Grove: Free Summer Concert Series

Village of Walden
Throughout July

Looking for more music? The Village of Walden hosts its Music in the Grove concert series for free, all month long. See local Hudson Valley acts perform, like the Mike Antonelli Jazz Quartet. The summer’s complete lineup includes Soul Purpose, The Bunker Boys, and Kevin Cronin & Walk Don’t Run.

 

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The Orange County Fair

Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown
Starting July 15

More than a century of fun lives on at the Orange County Fair. Families from throughout the region and beyond enjoy top-rate fair food, niche performances, high-octane racing, and so much more. The fair returns with new and improved amenities, like fresh amusement rides, a brand-new amphitheater for concerts, and the ever-hilarious Banana Derby. For our guide to festivals and fairs in every county, click here. The memories made here will not soon fade. Get tickets at a discounted rate during the pre-sale online.

Putnam County

Read up on Putnam County Tourism Director Tracey L. Walsh’s picks for things to do this month.

Boscobel HVS

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Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison
Throughout July

The iconic festival takes the stage at Boscobel for the last time this summer before moving to its new Philipstown location in 2022. The team tackles The Tempest later in the summer, but throughout July the festival highlights a different bard. James Ijames’s The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington examines slavery and the legacy of early-American leaders. Spend a summer night under the coverage of an open-air tent in Boscobel.

Putnam County Culture Festival at Tilly Foster Farm

Tilly Foster Farm, Brewster
July 10

Putnam County celebrates its diverse community with a summer festival at Tilly Foster Farm. Food from local vendors and the delectable offerings at Tilly’s Table Restaurant delight guests. Tickets are $12 online and include a live music performance. Plus, visiting the cute animals is free and open every day. Hiking trails are scattered throughout the property, offering guests something more to do. There is also a small pond onsite for catch-and-release fishing on calm, still days.

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Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park and Fahnestock State Park

Carmel
Throughout July

Visit these two glorious Carmel destinations during perfect-weather days in July. The 200-plus-acre Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park offers prime fishing, idyllic lake swimming, and miles of hiking trails. Visitors can enjoy the park and beach for nearly the entire day. Plus, several memorials dedicated to fallen veterans showcase an M-60 tank, a Cobra-318 helicopter, and other looks at historical resources. In addition, Fahnestock State Park debuts a brand-new parking area and trailhead. The state park connects Hudson Valleyites with entry points to the famous Appalachian Trail. Plus, fishing, row-boating, and other beach activities await at Canopus Lake.

 

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Pop-Up Modern Makers Market

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Cold Spring
July 17, 10 a.m.

Hops on the Hudson presents one of the summer’s ultimate artisan markets. The pop-up Modern Makers Market highlights regional artisans several times per summer, including on July 17. The free event also showcases local specialty food vendors and brewers via a beer tent. Stay for a while and enjoy live music, just a short stroll away from the Cold Spring train station.

Rockland County

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.

Walk or Bike Across the Mario Cuomo Bridge

Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Rockland Landing
Throughout July

Have you wanted to cross the former Tappan Zee Bridge in style? Whether you enjoy brisk winter jogs or long scenic bike rides, the bridge path on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is a must-visit. Enjoy spectacular views from themed glass platforms overlooking the Hudson River, with free audio tours available to enhance the experience. Visit six unique overlooks on your way to the Westchester side.

 

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New York Boulders July 4th Firecrackers

Palisades Credit Union Park, Pomona 
July 3, 6:30 p.m., July 4, 6 p.m.

Hot dogs, cold drinks, mini golf, and more await. Watch The New York Boulders play ball at the Palisades Credit Union Park. After each show, fireworks illuminate the night sky to commemorate July 4. The Rockland County baseball stadium is a delightful destination and a great spot for family fun.

Friday Night Concerts at Torne Valley Vineyards

Torne Valley Vineyards, Hillburn
Throughout the month of July

Friday night concerts return to the magnificent Torne Valley Vineyards. Performers take the stage at 7 p.m. every weekend throughout the month of July. Be sure to enjoy delicious fare, and, of course, sip wines produced onsite.

Ulster County

Read up on Ulster County Tourism’s event highlights for the month.

Persen House

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Gysbert’s Inventory: A Reflection of 1665 Dutch Life

Matthewis Persen House Museum & Cultural Heritage Center, Kingston
Thursdays through Saturdays, starting July 1

Discover the legacy of the Dutch settlers in the Hudson Valley. The Matthewis Persen House Museum and Cultural Heritage Center in Kingston examines the history of Dutch settlers in Wiltwyck. This exhibit is a unique look at life in the year 1665, revealing the kinds of clothes, kitchen items, medical supplies, books, and other possessions that were typical for the average family. Visit the center during the month of July on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Accord Speedway Fireworks

Accord Speedway, Accord
July 2 

Keeping with its annual tradition, Accord Speedway hosts a fireworks spectacular for Independence Day in the Hudson Valley. This Ulster County locale treats guests to high octane fun and car races every Friday night of the summer.

 

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Woodstock Playhouse Presents “Evita: The Musical”

Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock
Weekends July 2-18

Grow with the main character of Evita: The Musical, the ambitious and eventually powerful Eva Peron. Watch her exponential rise in importance from young child to saint in Argentina. The Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber-penned musical masterpiece will be performed live at the Woodstock Playhouse. Come for iconic songs like “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”

Bearsville Center

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July at the Bearsville Theater

Bearsville Center, Woodstock
July 3, 10, 17, 23, 31

Feast on home-smoked barbecue and cool off with local craft beer at the newly restored Bearsville Theater. Every weekend in July, enjoy a down-home meal and live Americana music at the classic Woodstock venue. The concerts feature evening headliners, compiling some of the most prominent artists of the genre. While you’re onsite, take a tour of the revived Bearsville Center and discover everything it has to offer.

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Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks

July 4, 11:30 a.m.
Ellenville

Ellenville’s Fourth of July parade gathers at Liberty Square around 11:30 a.m., and everyone participating must observe social distancing. The walk traverses down Canal Street onto Route 209 before heading north to Napanoch and Kerhonkson for a total of 9.5 miles. Later in the day, fireworks light up the sky from Joseph Y. Resnick Airport at 9:30 p.m.

 

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Radio Woodstock Presents…Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Belleayre Mountain, Highmount  
July 31

Radio Woodstock presents one of the region’s largest concerts of the summer, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at Belleayre mountain. The legendary destination hosts one the nation’s biggest groups. The soulful sounds of The Marcus King Band and Allison Russell, founder of Our Native Daughters, also serenade guests of Belleayre. Snag tickets online and opt for the VIP package, which includes access to exclusive areas and VIP bars.

Westchester County

Discover the hottest happenings according to Westchester County Tourism this month.

 

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Broadway in Bedford 

Bedford Playhouse, Bedford 
July 25, 5 p.m.

Celebrate some of the most iconic leading ladies of Broadway in the open summer air. Enjoy your favorite songs from Broadway’s Best on the Playhouse lawn, sung live by Meg Doherty, from WICKED the Musical, Kara Lindsay, from the original Newsies cast, and many more. Experience the magic of Broadway from your own backyard!

 

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Jazz Festival at Caramoor 

Caramoor, Katonah 
July 31, 1:30 p.m.

Caramoor Estate’s annual Jazz Festival is presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center! Explore the historic Caramoor grounds while enjoying music from current jazz artists and classic tributes to the legends that made the genre great. Watch former lead trumpeter of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sean Jones, end the festival at the Venetian Theater as the encore performance. 

Screenings Under the Stars 

Kenisco Dam Plaza, Valhalla 
July 30, 7:30 p.m.

Who needs a day to relax? Catch a showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at a pop-up drive-in movie theater presented by Westchester County Parks Foundation and White Plains Hospital. The event is rain or shine at the Kenisco Dam Plaza and tickets are per-car. Be sure to catch their other screenings of classics like Tom and Jerry and Forrest Gump throughout the summer while enjoying your favorite Westchester parks!