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16 Stellar Happenings in the Hudson Valley This February

John Mayer | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Thatcommonkid

A John Mayer concert in Albany, an artistic event at Vassar College, a Jimi Hendrix experience in Peekskill, and more top our list.

Kiss the Sky: The Jimi Hendrix RE-Experience — Peekskill

February 5, 8 p.m.

Music lovers, critics, and even former members of Jimi Hendrix’ original band, all agree: Jimy Bleu’s cover band is the real deal. If you’re a fan of classic rock, ‘60s culture, or always wished you could somehow hop in a time machine to see Hendrix live, getting Kiss the Sky tickets at The Paramount is the next best thing.

American Impressions: A Nation in Prints at Vassar College’s Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center — Poughkeepsie

Until February 6, Tues–Sun, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

At Vassar’s very own free-to-the-public art gallery, visitors will be treated to fine art prints showing representations of the United States from the colonial era to modern times. The work of contemporary American artists, including John Woodrow Wilson’s Head Study of Martin Luther King, Jr., will be featured.

The Harlem Globetrotters — Albany

February 6, 2 p.m.

The beloved American exhibition basketball team has been enthralling fans since 1926. Don’t miss this year’s Spread Game tour, a high-energy show with fabulous moves and funny on-court characters that’s guaranteed to entertain.

Hudson Jazz Festival — Hudson

February 10–13 and 17–20

These two weekends are truly special—packed with multimedia exhibitions including jazz singers and instrumentalists, art, film, spoken word, and more to celebrate Black History Month. Purchase tickets for single shows or go for full festival passes to immerse yourself in Cat Henry’s thoughtful presentations of transformative events past and present.

Waxahatchee with Special Guest Madi Diaz — Tarrytown

February 11, 8 p.m.

Stemming from a theme of letting go and moving on, Katie Crutchfield’s (aka Waxahatchee) latest album Saint Cloud takes listeners on a journey of self-examination through the places she’s been. Join her as she bares her soul in a performance of Americana songs with intimate lyrics at Tarrytown Music Hall.

Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique at The Palace Theatre — Albany

February 12, 7:30 p.m.

The Albany Symphony will bring this four-movement concert to life at The Palace for one night only. Led by David Alan Miller, a multi-Grammy Award-winning conductor, and joined by pianist Wei Luo, classical music lovers won’t want to miss this special performance of Tchaikovsky’s last composition.

John Mayer Sob Rock Tour 2022 — Albany

February 17, 7 p.m.

The multiple Grammy-winning singer is kicking off his 2022 tour (named after his eighth studio album) in Albany! Grab a few friends and be among the first to experience what promises to be a great show.

John Mayer

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons | Thatcommonkid

Winter Family Weekend at East Valley Ranch — Claryville

February 18–20

Grab the Idds and head to Claryville for this activity-packed weekend where you can cross-country ski, snowshoe, and more. Then head inside foi cookie decorating, crafts, and hot cocoa. Make sure to say hi to their farm animals before you leave!

24th Annual Fishkill Polar Plunge — Fishkill

February 19

Looking for a real thrill? Sign up to take the plunge at Sharpe Reservation While you’re welcome to join for free, you can also be “freezin’ for a reason,” and have donors sponsor your splash, with all proceeds benefiting New York’s Special Olympics.

Anais Mitchell featuring Bonny Light Horseman — Kingston

February 20, 7 p.m.

The writer of Broadway’s smash hit Hadestown, singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell will bring her folk supergroup Bonny Light Horseman with her to perform a truly unique show at the historic Old Dutch Church in Kingston’s Stockade district Mitchell will perform songs from her upcoming self-titled solo album.

New York Theatre Ballet with Special Guests Bridgman Packer Dance — Albany

February 25, 8 p.m.

As part of the city’s “Dance in Albany” 2021–22 series, the New York Theatre Ballet will be bringing the world premiere of a new body of work, choreographed by Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, to The Egg. Audiences can look forward to a unique combination of innovative choreography and video projected onto the dancers,

Black History Month Kingston Gala — Saugerties

February 26, 6 p.m.

Now in its fifth year, join Harambee Kingston, a self-described coalition that supports community strength and education through cultural events, for a vibrant celebration of African-American heritage and a tribute to its importance to the Kingston area. Consider arriving in traditional African dress for their theme of Coming to America, and enjoy a night of dinner, dancing, performances, and more. Find more info on Harambees Facebook.

“Self-Portrait” Art Exhibit at Wallkill River School of Art — Montgomery

Through February 27

The new year inspires self-reflection for many, which makes it the perfect time to visit this free-to-the-public exhibit: an array of artists who have turned their focus onto themselves and crafted introspective self-portraits. Open every Friday through Sunday.

Capone at Levity Live — West Nyack

February 17–20

For a string of six shows, well-known NYC comedian Capone will be bringing his repertoire of personal jokes—spanning family life to work to society as a whole—to Rockland county. With start times ranging from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., there’s plenty of opportunity to catch him for a laugh before he leaves town,

Greenwood Lake Winter Carnival — Greenwood Lake

February 18–20

Returning this President’s weekend, the 3rd annual winter carnival will bring entertainment, games, and rides (all included in admission) to Thomas P. Morahan Park. Plenty of food, drink, and vendors of handmade goods, as well as activities and contests like a polar plunge and more make this worth a trip for one or all three days. Find them on Facebook.

Teatown Hudson River EagleFest — Croton-on-Hudson

February 4–6

In celebration of the national bird’s return to the Valley after being near extinction, Teatown, a nonprofit nature preserve and environmental education center, will host an array of live bird-of-prey shows, guided viewings of eagles returning from winter migration, children’s activities, and food trucks, all inside heated tents,

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

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