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

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Ashokan Rail Trail / Photo courtesy of Ulster County Tourism

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

By Greta Stuckey and Sabrina Sucato

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. So, to help scout out the hottest events in the region, 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.

The True

Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany
April 1-24

Travel back in time to Albany circa 1977 with The True at Capital Repertory Theatre. Running from April 1 to 24, the political drama about Dorothea “Polly” Noonan is an intimate portrait of the bounds of love, loyalty, and female power in the male-dominated world of 1977 patronage politics.

Colonie Art League Art Show at Pruyn House

207 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham
April 4-29, recurring every weekday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Colonie Art League and the Town of Colonie are co-sponsoring an art exhibit at Pruyn House. It is a juried show and will feature approximately sixty selected paintings by members of the Colonie Art League. The Colonie Art League was founded in 1974 by a group of Capital District artists and currently has around 200 members who work on the advancement of visual arts in the area. The Pruyn House will be open to the public, and there is no admission fee to enter the art show. 

Albany Empire Home Opener

MVP Arena, Albany
April 23

Tickets are on sale now for the Albany Empire’s home opener at the MVP Arena on Saturday, April 23. Cheer on the home team as they take on the Carolina Cobras and help the Albany Empire celebrate the 2021 NAL Championship win.

Rabbit Ramble Four-Mile Run & Two-Mile Walk 

Guilderland HS, 8 School Rd, Guilderland Center
April 23

This fun run and walk is a benefit event for local food pantries in the area. Both of the races will begin at 9 a.m. and online pre-registration is $25. Those under the age of 17 or over the age of 70 will get a discount on their racing price. The first 100 participants to sign up before April 13 will receive a race shirt. One specific charity organization at the event will be the Caring Closet. The Caring Closet accepts items such as body wash and bar soap, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes, dental floss, deodorant, feminine hygiene pads, tampons, body splashes, facial cleanser, and lotion.

Columbia County

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

Lucy’s Food Truck 

Cooper’s Daughter Spirits at Olde York 284 State Route 23 Claverack
April 9, 12-6 p.m.

Lucy’s Food Truck will be in Columbia County to offer residents a variety of foods such as sandwiches, pasta salad, hot dogs, knishes, and desserts. All of its sandwiches are served on local seeded Italian bread.

In addition to meaty sandwiches like the Queens Get Money sandwich that has salami, pepperoni, and prosciutto,  the truck will have vegetarian food options. For customers carving sweets, it will be offering kettle corn, black and white cookies, cannoli, and sfogliatelle pastries. 

“Fun Home”

The Ghent Playhouse 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent
April 8-10

This play was the winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical and adapted from the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel. The story reveals memories of Bechdel’s dysfunctional family, as she tries to unlock the mysteries of her father’s past, while discovering her own sexuality. It is an original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. The play was written by Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tresori, and Alison Bechdel. Tickets are available for purchase at the door for $12-28. 

Spring Forest Bathing Walk

This outdoor experience will be an hour-long guided tour at Clermont State Historic Site. The session will be led by Brooke Mellen, a trained professional in forest medicine with Dr. Li in Japan. Forest bathing is based on a Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku that involves connecting with nature. At this event, participants will feel more centered and grounded in the outdoors. The goal of the event is to lower participants’ blood pressure, boost immunity, and reduce stress. The session will end with a tea ceremony. 

Earth Day Night Market

Cooper’s Daughter Spirits at Olde York 284 State Route 23 Claverack
April 12, 4-8 p.m.

This night market hosted by Cooper’s Daughter Spirits has no fee for entry, so residents can feel free to stop by and browse. The event will host a variety of vendors including Misto Food Pop Up, Supreme Soft Serve Ice Cream, Hamov Eh Spreads, Worldling’s Pleasures Cheese, Gulden Farm Grass Fed Beef, Ash Hopper Soaps, and more. It will be a fun evening of cocktails, mocktails, hot food by Misto, and shopping with local vendors.

Dutchess County

Take a peek at Dutchess Tourism, Inc.’s top picks for things to do in Dutchess County this month.

Walkway at Night

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Poughkeepsie
April 22, 8-10 p.m.

Celebrate the arrival of spring weather with an evening stroll over the Walkway Over the Hudson. Registration in advance is required, and members can attend free of charge, while non-members can attend for $5 per person.

Romanticism at Innisfree Garden

Innisfree Garden, Millbrook
April 20, 1-2:30 p.m.

If you’ve never been to Innisfree Garden before, make this the month you visit. On April 20, the Dutchess County garden hosts landscape curator Kate Kerin for a discussion about landscape architect Lester Collins and his Romantic Era inspiration. Tickets are $15 per person or free for Innisfree members.

Bardavon Presents: Weird Al Yankovic

Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie
April 26, 7:30 p.m.

Hitting the stage at the Bardavon at the end of the month, “Weird Al” Yankovic makes a pitstop in Poughkeepsie as part of his The Unfortunate Return of the Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour. Emo Philips is a special guest, and tickets run $69 per person.

Greene County

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

Easter Egg Hunt

Angelo Canna Town Park, Cairo
April 16, 11 a.m.

Hop on over to Cairo for an Easter celebration this month. Families with children 10 and under can head to the park starting at 11 a.m. for an egg hunt divided into three groups according to age. The event is sponsored by the Cairo Hose Auxiliary.

Motorcycle Mayhem

Blackthorne Resort, East Durham
April 22-24

Calling all motorcycle lovers! This month, Blackthorne Resort invites riders and aficionados to stop by for an event that’s all about motorcycles. Attendees can sip on cocktails and enjoy bites to eat and even ride through the bar on their motorcycles. On Saturday morning, the Annual Polar Run takes place, guiding participants through Greene County’s scenic backroads.

Drink Lightly With Natasha David

Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, Hunter
April 25, 4-8 p.m.

As part of Scribner’s Artist in Residence program, bartending expert Natasha David stops by to serve signature cocktails from her new book, Drink Lightly. Attendees can sip top cocktails on Monday, or they can come back on Tuesday night for a mixology class to learn the ins and outs of cocktail making from David herself.

Orange County

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

Friday Night Fish Fry With Live Music 

161 State Route 94 S Warwick, NY 10990
April 8 and 15

Friday nights have always been the start to a weekend full of fun at Pennington Farm and Orchard in Warwick. The annual Friday Night Fish Fry kicks off each weekend through April 15. The special fish and seafood menu includes Chef Oscar’s legendary Fish & Chips Dinner. Hankering for something else? Order from the daily farm-to-table menu. Dance off dinner to live music from a different band each week.

COVID-ERA ART

Amity Gallery, Warwick
Weekends April 2 – May 1, 1-4 p.m.

The Amity Gallery in Warwick opens for the year with an exhibition of artists’ works created during the COVID-19 pandemic. The art exhibition is titled “Creativity in a Time of Solitude.”

Artistic endeavors helped us get through a difficult time.  This show at the Amity Gallery offers an insight into the creative process of the gallery committee members during this time of isolation. Work will be shown by Phyllis Lehman, Roslyn Fassett, Patricia Foxx, Flavia Baccarella, Diane  Arcieri, Karen Martis, Lynne Youland, and Susan Sciaretta.

 

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Apex Brewery Trivia

405 NY-17M, Monroe
Sundays April 10, 17, 24

Mark your calendar for trivia Sundays at Apex Brewery in Monroe hosted by Half Pint! Test your wealth of knowledge in four rounds of trivia, each with an individual prize. The overall winner gets a round of beer. The maximum team size is four people.

Natural Easter Egg Dying 

221 Craigville Rd., Goshen
April 16, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Bring the kids to All One One All Farm in Goshen for some family fun with Miss Beth. Dye farm-fresh eggs using anything but paint, and visit the chickens, collect eggs, and explore the farm in search of natural dyes. Participants will practice natural egg-dying techniques using botanicals and resist-dyeing. Take home your creations!

Putnam County

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

Bike path

Photo courtesy of Putnam County Tourism

Putnam County Bike Path – Part of the Empire State Trail

Take advantage of the warm spring days to bike with the family safely and off road through beautiful Putnam County. Paved trails make for easy riding. The Putnam County portion of the trailway offers wooded scenery, high bridges, and lots of water views. Heading south: stop and order a snack at the Freight House Café in Mahopac or leave the trail for a bit and let the kids play at Chamber Park on the shore of Lake Mahopac. Heading north: the new Maybrook section travels along The Great Swamp, which is a birders’ paradise. 

Tilly Foster pond

Photo courtesy of Putnam County Tourism

Tilly Foster Farm

100 NY-312, Brewster

The farm is free and open every day. Enjoy the spring weather and visit with the animals. Hiking trails are on the property, and there is even a small pond if you want to bring your fishing pole (catch and release only; NY State fishing regulations apply). For the farm-loving adults: Tilly’s Table restaurant located on the property serves up great dinner and cocktails. 

Boni-Bel store

Photo courtesy of Putnam County Tourism

Boni-Bel Farm & Country Store at Green Chimneys

Brewster store hours Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Set on Boni-Bel Farm, The Country Store offers high-quality foods and locally-grown fruits and vegetables. It also has handcrafted gift items and products from local farms and vendors. Works by local artisans include handmade birdhouses, glass ornaments, pottery, and other crafts. Gourmet items include cheese, honey, syrup, condiments, and seasonal goodies. Stop in The Country Store for a taste of something local or pick up a unique gift and support Green Chimneys School students.

Rockland County

Take a browse through some of the hottest things to do in Rockland County throughout the month.

BoulderBird’s Easter Egg Hunt

Clover Stadium, Pomona
April 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Clover Stadium hosts BoulderBird’s annual Easter egg hunt in Rockland County. The event is free to attend, with the egg hunt occurring right on the field at 9:45 a.m. Bring your own basket to collect eggs aplenty.

Haverstraw Earth Day Arts & Science Festival

Emeline Park, Haverstraw
April 23, 12-5 p.m.

In honor of Earth Day, round up the family for a fun-filled, rain-or-shine event in Haverstraw. The fest is organized by the Haverstraw Brick Museum and invites kids to experience hands-on learning through eco-tables, fish games, eel races, and nature-inspired arts and crafts using recycled materials.

 

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Garden Party Murder: An Interactive Murder Mystery

Rhino Comedy, Suffern
April 29, 8 p.m.

Love a good whodunnit? Then this murder mystery event is just for you! Join Rhino Comedy for an evening full of twists and turns as participants interview suspects and inspect the scene of the crime in order to figure out who did the deadly deed. Tickets cost $20 and should be purchase online in order to receive an exclusive clue on the day of the event.

Ulster County

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

Guided Nature Walk 

Emerson Resort & Spa, 5340 Route 28, Mount Tremper
April 18

Walk the Emerson grounds with one of the site’s guides and learn more about the history and wildlife of the Catskills. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

The Fifth Annual Black History Month Kingston Gala 

The Tavern at Diamond Mills, 25 South Partition Street, Saugerties
April 16

This event is a celebration of African-American heritage in the Kingston area. Engage in a night of musical performances, dancing, and more. The theme is “Coming To America,” and attendees can don African garb or accessories if they so choose.

Blossom Street Fair

Blossom Street Fair Main Street, Milton
April 23

Stop by the Hamlet of Milton for the Blossom Street Fair. The fair will have crafts, farms, food, music, dance, entertainment, and kids’ activities. In addition, the hamlet shops in the area will have front sales and items on display.

38th Annual Kiwanis Kingston Classic 

9W bridge in the downtown Kingston area
April 24, 10 a.m.

This event will feature a 5k, 10k, and 1.5-mile fun run. After the races, there will be a party at Ole Savannah on the creek, complete with food, beer, and music. An awards ceremony will immediately follow the race. Race start and registration is under the 9W bridge in the downtown Kingston area.

Westchester County

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

Spring Craft Show

Lyndhurst Mansion 635 S Broadway, Tarrytown
April 29-May 1 

The Spring Craft Show features 150 craftspeople and makers in a modified, socially distant layout. Attendees can shop for one-of-a-kind gifts, handmade original fashions, accessories, jewelry, and art, and will find gourmet foods, food trucks, and tastings from local distilleries, wineries, and cider houses.

Earth Day Festival

Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park, Ossining
April 23 

Green Ossining’s 12th Annual Earth Day Festival expects to return to its live and in-person format at Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park on April 23, including artisan vendors, food, and live music on the banks of the Hudson River.

Harriet Tubman – The Journey to Freedom

White Plains’ Renaissance Plaza
April 1 – June 30

The Journey to Freedom will celebrate the American hero with an outdoor movie screening of Harriet on May 21 and an evening tribute concert on June 22 featuring soul, R&B, gospel, and jazz by Sounds of A&R (aka S.O.A.R). Visit the website to learn more.

Oak and Oil Gallery

April 16 – May 15 

Katonah’s Oak and Oil Gallery will host an exhibit showcasing works by artist Natalya Khorover. She uses hand stitching and mending of vintage linen to stitch and collage layers of translucent single-use plastics that would otherwise contribute to litter pollution. 

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