February Events You Won’t Want to Miss in the Hudson Valley

Wingfest in Poughkeepsie, a hot chocolate celebration in Olivebridge, and more make February special in the Hudson Valley.

Wingfest — Poughkeepsie

February 3, 5 p.m.

Taking over the MJN Convention Center, this annual event presents over 30 flavors of the best chicken wings in the region. Plus, there’s live music from Bon Jovi tribute band Wild Night, dancing, games, and cash prizes. famousfoodevents.com

Wingfest
Photo courtesy of HV Wingfest

The Capital Region Spring Home Show — Albany

February 3–4

Returning to the Albany Capital Center, the Home Show will feature a variety of established construction and design professionals to help inspire you for any upcoming renovations. capitalregionhomeshow.com

Cinderella — Albany

February 4, 3 p.m.

Follow the story of Cinderella, her wicked stepmother, magic slippers, and a charming prince via an elaborate dance program. The New York Theatre Ballet will take the stage at The Egg in spectacular costumes to tell the classic tale. theegg.org

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Classics for Kids Presents “The Kid” — Beacon

February 9, 5:30 p.m.

Head to the Howland Cultural Center for a family-friendly screening of the 1921 Charlie Chaplin film “The Kid.” The silent movie will be accompanied by live pianist Tomomi Sato. Tickets for adults are $15; children are free. howlandmusic.org

Winter Guided Walk with Wild Hudson Valley — Tannersville

February 11

Each season, the Mountain Top Arboretum hosts a guided walk around their 178-acre property. Join local ethnoecologist Justin Wexler to identify seasonal flora and fauna and learn about their role in the region’s ecosystem, as well as their uses in native Lenape culture. Pre-registration required. mtarboretum.org

Bluegrass Jam — Voorheesville

February 12, 6:30–9 p.m.

Grab your guitar, banjo, or fiddle and come to an open session at the Old Songs Community Art Center. Jamming is free, but a small donation to the center is suggested. This event happens every second Monday throughout the year. oldsongs.org

Mardi Gras for a Cause
Live music at Mardi Gras for a Cause. Courtesy of Mardi Gras for a Cause.

Mardi Gras for a Cause — Warwick

February 13

Festive music, colorful beads, and community—what’s not to love about Mardi Gras? And on the evening of February 13, you’ll find all the above and more in Warwick. Since the first event in 2013, Mardi Gras for a Cause has raised money for Backpack Snack Attack, a Warwick-based organization that provides food to over 250 area students over the weekends.

Mardi Gras for a Cause
Courtesy of Mardi Gras for a Cause

Join the party for food and drink specials, raffle prizes, free beads, and live music at 10–15 venues throughout the village, plus an after party with top regional bands. “It’s a great night. Since we started, we’ve raised close to $130,000 for Backpack Snack Attack,” says founding festival organizer John Desibia. For more information visit mardigrasforacause.com. – Eli Nussbaum

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Family Tree Tapping — Yonkers

February 17, 24

Have you ever wanted to make your own maple syrup? Bring the family to the Lenoir Preserve to see how it’s done—the 30-minute experience will include tree tapping and a tasting. Reservations can be made in advance online. parks.westchestergov.com

Hot Chocolate Fest — Olivebridge

February 17–18, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Spend the day indulging in cocoa at the Ashokan Center. They’ll have eight different flavors to choose from, such as peppermint, coffee, and salted caramel. Attendees can also enjoy live music, food, guided hikes, and blacksmithing demonstrations; for an extra fee, you can craft your own metal project like a plant hanger or fire poker. ashokancenter.org

Pinkalicious, the Musical — Tarrytown

February 18, 1 p.m.

Based on the bestselling children’s picture book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann, this musical follows the story of Pinkalicious, a young girl who loves all things pink. After eating too many pink cupcakes, she turns pink—what will she do? tarrytownmusichall.org

Fortune Feimster — Poughkeepsie

February 18, 7 p.m.

Known for her charismatic stage presence, comedian, actor, and writer Fortune Feimster will bring her confessional style of comedy to the Bardavon. bardavon.org

The Bardavon
Photo courtesy of The Bardavon

Westchester Spirited Drumming — Carmel Hamlet

February 24, 6 p.m.

On the last Saturday of every month, join community organization Arts on the Lake for an inclusive, rhythmic jam session. Bring your own percussion instrument to participate in the drum circle; the program is free to the public, but donations are encouraged. artsonthelake.org

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Urban Bush Women — Purchase

February 24, 8 p.m.

Coming to The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, Urban Bush Women will dance, sing, and act to live music in their 90-minute program “Legacy + Lineage + Liberation.” The group aims to amplify the voices of women of color and inspire reflection on topics of equity, justice, empathy, and joy. artscenter.org

Dani Zanoni — Warwick

February 25, 2 p.m.

As part of the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery’s weekly concert series, New Jersey-based indie-pop singer Dani Zanoni will perform original songs for a crowd inside of the locale’s tasting room. Sip on Black Dirt Bourbon or Doc’s Cider while listening to tunes by the fire. wvwinery.com

Young & Strange Delusionists — Peekskill

February 25, 3 p.m.

Childhood friends Richard Young and Sam Strange present a comedic magic show at the Paramount Hudson Valley. Known for their online content and appearance on TV series “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” the duo performs showy tricks such as sawing bodies in half, magically swapping places, and materializing a person out of flames. paramounthudsonvalley.com

Ivalas Quartet
Photo by Caitlin Eddolls/ Courtesy of Caramoor

Ivalas Quartet — Katonah

February 25, 3 p.m.

This concert (previously scheduled for last June) will be the final performance in the Ivalas Quartet’s Ernst Stiefel String-Quartet-in-Residency at Caramoor. Taking place in the venue’s Renaissance-style Music Room, the program will feature works by Black and indigenous composers. caramoor.org

Studio B pottery
Photo courtesy of The Newburgh Pottery

Studio B — Newburgh

Looking for a new creative outlet? Check out The Newburgh Pottery’s new space (dubbed Studio B) at 42 Liberty Street. Owners David and Jenny Moldover opened Studio B to offer a wider array of classes in hand building, wheel throwing, and even special one-night workshops for kids, teens, and families. (Their flagship location, Studio A, will remain a design studio and space for members and adult courses.) Plus, at Studio B, The Newburgh Pottery is partnering with after-school nonprofit the Newburgh Armory Unity Center to offer free weekly classes to local children and families; to qualify, register at the NAUC.

Co-owner and pottery teacher David Moldover.
Co-owner and pottery teacher David Moldover. Photo courtesy of The Newburgh Pottery

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