7 Father’s Day Events to Celebrate Dad in the Hudson Valley

Celebrate dad and all he does at festivals, barbecues, and cruises around the Hudson Valley this Father's Day.

As Father’s Day weekend nears, you might find yourself looking for ways to show dad how important he is. The Hudson Valley is the perfect place to venture out and enjoy events that are fun for the whole family. From food festivals to delicious barbecues to scenic cruises on the Hudson River, these activities are sure to make dad’s Sunday spectacular.

Bourbon, Bacon, & Beer

The Barley Beach House, Rye
June 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Because some dads just want the day to do nothing on Father’s Day, this special festival takes place on the day before the June holiday. Bring dad out for a bourbon-bacon-beer extravaganza that will knock his socks off at The Barley Beach House. The Rye event features a hand-selected lineup of top bourbons, along with locally sourced craft beers, unique bacon eats, kids’ activities, axe throwing, badminton and football, and vendors to shop for dad.

Daddies & Doggies Fest

City Winery Hudson Valley, Montgomery
June 16, 12 p.m.

City Winery kicks off its Sunday festival season with a special Daddies & Doggies event in Montgomery. Starting at noon, live music from a Police tribute band and Cars tribute band will provide the perfect ambiance for an afternoon of wine tastings, cocktails, food, artisans, art shows, games, and more at this Orange County event. Dogs are not only welcomed, but encouraged to join in on the fun.

Dad Fest

Washington Park, Albany
June 16, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


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Yes, it’s Father’s Day weekend. No, you don’t have to panic about coming up with a last-minute gift for dad. Instead of presenting him with another jersey or grill set, get him out and about in the Hudson Valley at Albany’s annual Dad Fest. The father-centric event rounds up all the things that dads love, including a classic car show, live music, and finger-licking local eats. Dad will be happy to spend a full day doing all his favorite things, and you’ll be able to pat yourself on the back for planning such a thoughtful day for him.

Father’s Day Cruise on the Hudson

176 Rinaldi Blvd, Poughkeepsie
June 15-16

If dad is a fan of sailing or being out on the water, a cruise is the perfect way to spend Father’s Day with him. Head to Poughkeepsie, where you will climb aboard and experience the magnificent views of the Hudson River from the vessel on Saturday or Sunday. Of course, free gifts will be included for fathers.

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Father’s Day Weekend

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz
June 14-16

Spend the whole weekend up at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz to enjoy hiking, kayaking, swimming, eating, and more. Treat dad to this weekend getaway so that he can indulge in the great outdoors on the golf course, the trails, or the lake as he canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, or swims his way through the water. The special package includes recreation, entertainment, dining, and an outdoor barbecue that leaves no work for dad.

Fermentation Festival and Barbecue

Twin Star Orchards, New Paltz
June 15-16

For the foodie-focused dad, you won’t want to miss Twin Star Orchards’ Fermentation Festival on Saturday, followed by a whiskey flight and barbecue event on Sunday. At the festival, chow down on all types of good-for-your-gut foods like natto, kimchi, pickles, and more and experience demonstrations and workshops led by fermentation experts. Then, stick around to wash low-and-slow beef short ribs down with superb local whiskeys and bourbons on Father’s Day.

Sunday Session

Vosburgh Brewing, Elizaville
June 16, 2-5 p.m.

Musically inclined dads will have a blast at Vosburgh Brewing’s special Sunday Session on Father’s Day. Joe Tobin, singer and songwriter from the band The Acoustic Medicine Show, will perform original music influenced by country, bluegrass, and folk sounds. Make sure to sip some of the brewing company’s craft beers during the day and pair them with a few small plates to make the most of your Sunday.

Related: Father’s Day Gifts That Are Perfect for Any Hudson Valley Dad

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