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

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Dutchess County Fair | Photo by Vijai, HV Illustrated, courtesy of Dutchess Tourism, Inc.

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

By Lauryn Starke, with additional reporting from Savannah Messam

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. And as we enter the final stretch of summer vacation, the Hudson Valley bustles with festivals, musical performances, outdoor activities, and more—a little something for everyone.

To help scout out the best 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

Historic Neighborhood Brew Tour

Lionheart Pub and Brewery, Albany
August 11, 6–8 p.m.


Historically, Albany is a bustling hub for the beer industry in North America. Guided by Albany beer historian Craig Gravina, this tour guides you on a trip through history as you explore Albany’s former brewing districts. Participants should meet Gravina at Albany’s Lionheart Pub and Brewery. Be sure to get there early to grab a pint before the tour, and hang on till the end to enjoy happy hour as a group.

Altamont Fair

Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
August 16–21

 

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Nothing screams summer fun like a day at the fairgrounds! Altamont’s annual fair has been thrilling and delighting visitors for over 125 years with exhilarating carnival rides, live music, and fried foods galore. The attractions are endless, promising archery, horse shows, multiple museums, adorable farm animals, and more.

Jersey Boys

Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany
Through August 21

 

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Witness the journey of the legendary Four Seasons group in this musical biography about the rise and fall of four friends that became icons of their generation. Enjoy a night of classic hits like “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” which are sure to have audiences dancing in their seats. The performers include Broadway’s Evan Jay Newman as Frankie Valli, Jeffrey Kringer as Bob Gaudio, Brian Michael Henry as Nick Massi, and Justin Scott Brown in the role of Tommy DeVito.

Columbia County

Monsters ‘N’ Megas

Lebanon Valley Speedway, West Lebanon
August 5–6, 3–10 p.m.

 

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Ready for a monster of a good time? Pardon that pun…then get your adrenaline pumping as some of the country’s top monster and mega trucks battle it out in the Lebanon Valley Speedway. This year’s event features the legendary creator of the Grave Digger monster truck, Dennis Anderson, who will go head-to-head against other mighty trucks like Avenger, Axe, and Krazy Train.

The Full Monty

Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham
August 18 – September 4 


This ten-time Tony Award nominated musical tells the story of six unemployed steelworkers down on their luck who hatch a wild plan to free themselves from debt and reunite with the ones they love. The group forms an act as male strippers with “real” bodies who are willing to bare it all (literally) for love. Not only does this show bring the laughs, but it explores deeper topics of masculinity, self-consciousness, and relationships, all culminating in one of theater’s most iconic final scenes.

Columbia County Fair

Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham
August 31 – September 5

 

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August goes out with a bang at the Columbia County Fair! There may be fairs and festivals across the Valley, but Columbia takes it to another level with exciting entertainment including a demolition derby, talent shows, painted pony rodeo, and even a Guinness World Record-holding extreme pogo stick jumper. Get your thrills on the carnival rides, listen to live musical performances, and enter the annual ice cream eating contest (we recommend chowing down after you take a spin on the Tilt-a-Whirl, not before).

Dutchess County

Bard Music Festival

Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson
August 5–14


EDM and pop tunes are mainstays at musical festivals, but lovers of classical music will be much more at home at this Fisher Center event. In its 32nd year, the annual Bard Music Festival – hosted in the Fisher Center at Bard College – nods to a composer of each chapter in the genre, including the baroque and romantic eras. Patrons will be immersed into the world of Rachmaninoff, the Russian composer whose work takes center stage at this festival, in the way of performances, lectures, and more.

Morning Light Sunrise at Innisfree Garden

Innisfree Garden, Millbrook
August 13

 

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Even if you’re not an early bird, here’s an incentive (that isn’t work) to wake up at dawn. Get the best of Innisfree Garden without the crowds or scorching August sun looming above. Starting at 5 a.m., Innisfree Garden allows nature lovers and bird watchers to stroll about the grounds engulfed in a soft golden light. Given the unique landscape and quality of light, it’s also a great opportunity for photographers and artists to find inspiration for their next work of art.

Hudson Valley Seafood Festival

Riverfront Park, Beacon
August 27–28, 1–6 p.m. 

 

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Get your bibs and butter sauce, because the Hudson Valley Seafood Festival in Riverfront Park is back for another year of yummy fun in the sun. Dive into endless lobster rolls, clams, oysters, and seafood salads, then wash it all down with craft beers, ciders, and wines from Hudson Valley wineries. The festival also offers options for those who prefer food sourced on dry land. Additionally, there are vegan and gluten-free bites. All good eats at the festival are accompanied by live music. 

Orange County

Sunshine Daydream Bluegrass Festival at Blue Arrow Farm

Blue Arrow Farm, Pine Island
August 13, 1 p.m.

 

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For a full day of fun for the whole family, check out this summer music festival in Pine Island. Peruse local food trucks and vendors while jamming to the musical stylings of TMU Band, Sad Cowboy Collective, Moonshine Creek, and more. Keep the kids entertained with a trip to the animal sanctuary and a trek down the dinosaur trail, or hop on a train ride to tour the grounds of the farm.

Hudson Valley Jazz Festival

Multiple Locations
August 18–21


Calling all jazz lovers! This iconic jazz festival celebrates its 13th season of bringing smooth, swinging music to the Hudson Valley. Featuring a mix of premier jazz artists and up-and-coming talent from the region, each musical act brings something new and exciting. Some of this year’s names include The Hudson Valley Jazz Sextet, Slide Attack, and Bill Ware & The Upstate All-Stars.

Drowned Lands Wild Acres Fest

Drowned Lands Brewery, Warwick
August 20, 1–5 p.m.

 

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Spend the afternoon sipping on craft brews from the Hudson Valley and beyond at this summer festival. For those looking to taste exclusive ales and lagers, Drowned Lands is the place to be. Since the brewery opened in 2020, it has been at the forefront of the Valley’s craft beer scene, winning the Best Brewery in New York State at TAP NY 2022. Enjoy the picturesque grounds of the brewery overlooking Wawayanda Creek while you crack open a cold one (or two…or three…).

Putnam County

11th Annual Putnam County Wine & Food Fest

Mayor’s Park, Cold Spring
August 6, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; August 7, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Anyone in the mood for a picnic in the park? Grab your blankets and lawn chairs for an afternoon of indulging in ciders, spirits, and wine from the Hudson Valley’s finest producers. Sip on a crisp Sundog cider or a rich Chardonnay from Warwick Valley Winery while music from an impressive lineup of local bands fills the park. Soak up the spirits with mouthwatering morsels from Bobby’s Brick Oven Pizza, Sage Wings, and plenty more.

Larger Than Life, The Ultimate Boyband Experience

Putnam County Golf Course, Mahopac
August 12, 6:30 p.m.


Take a trip back in time to the ’90s with a night of nostalgic hits from all your favorite boybands – from The Backstreet Boys to NSYNC to New Kids on the Block. Even if you weren’t a ’90s kid, you’ll hear smash hits from other iconic heartthrobs like The Jackson 5, Temptations, and even One Direction. Let out your inner screaming teen and dance all night to, like, totally the best songs ever.

Modern Makers Market: Shop Second Saturdays

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Cold Spring
August 13, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

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Over 50 New York artists and artisans converge in Cold Spring for this eclectic shopping experience. Stroll past booths stocked with hand-crafted jewelry, one-of-a-kind artwork, darling home décor, and more. After you shop till you drop, chow down on fare from a collection of food trucks and listen to live music from local singer-songwriters.

Rockland County

Bear Mountain Native American Celebration

Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Bear Mountain
August 6–7, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Celebrate indigenous culture surrounded by nature at this full contest pow wow. The event draws 500-plus Native American artists, educators, and performers from all over the country for a weekend of art, music, and other festivities. Vendors will sell everything from hand-crafted jewelry to authentic indigenous cuisine, including buffalo burgers, and venison stew.

Nyack International Film Festival

Hotel Nyack, Nyack
August 14–18

 

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This annual film festival is back in Nyack, showing an eclectic mix of films from around the world. The lineup includes a variety of shorts and feature-length films that film aficionados and casual moviegoers alike can enjoy. Kick off the festival at the opening party at Hotel Nyack to get a sneak peek at the films premiering throughout the week.

Summer Restaurant Week in Suffern

Downtown Suffern
August 14–18 and August 21–25


Foodies rejoice at Suffern’s Summer Restaurant Week! For just $30.99, guests can feast on a three- or four-course meal from one of the nine phenomenal restaurants participating in this year’s event. Whether you’re craving classic Italian cuisine or looking to spice up your meal with bold Mexican flavors, this food haven has something for everyone. Snap an Instagram-worthy pic of your plate for a chance to win a gift card, so you can head back for round two.

Ulster County

Ulster County Fair

Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz
August 2–8


If you’re in need of some good old-fashioned summer fun, look no further than the Ulster County Fair. With live music every night, thrilling carnival rides, and even racing pigs – what’s not to love? Fill up on all the fair food you can eat and watch the fireworks illuminate the night sky after a day of family-friendly fun.

The Wallflowers at Bearsville Theater

Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
August 19, 8 p.m.

 

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Woodstock is a hub for some of the best music the Hudson Valley has to offer, especially during the summer months. Experience the rock and roots music of Grammy award-winning band The Wallflowers, lead by frontman Jakob Dylan (son of the Bob Dylan). Rock out all night to classics like “6th Avenue Heartache,” “One Headlight,” and more from the band’s iconic discography.

Saugerties Artists Studio Tour

Multiple Locations in Saugerties
August 13–14, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

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Go behind the scenes to see where the magic happens as you explore the studios of the Hudson Valley’s best and brightest. Download a map from the Studio Tour website to visit 40 studios and experience the artistic side of Saugerties. Learn about the inspiration and approach behind the creations while you meet the artists you love. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new favorite masterpiece.

Westchester County

Counting Crows at The Capitol Theatre

The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester
August 2–3, 8 p.m.

 

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Westchester never disappoints when it comes to live music. The Capitol Theatre welcomes renowned rock band Counting Crows for two nights of soulful rock and roll sure to bring the house down. Get your tickets now to experience one of the world’s leading live rock bands right here in the Hudson Valley.

The Avett Brothers at The Capitol Theatre

The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester
August 27–28, 8 p.m.


Incredible summer music continues with three-time Grammy Award nominees The Avett Brothers taking the stage at The Capitol Theatre. This chart-topping American folk rock band from North Carolina will delight listeners with their introspective lyrics and masterful melodies. Tickets are available on The Capitol Theatre website.

Monique Brideau: Abstract Collage

Warner Library, Tarrytown
Open through September 30

 

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For years, the beautiful scenery of the Hudson Valley has been an inspiration for countless works of art. Artist Monique Brideau displays a unique way to give old art a new life by deconstructing and reassembling her past work to create collages depicting the stunning landscapes of the Hudson Valley. Spend the afternoon exploring the gallery and marveling at these sustainable works of art.

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