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

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

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. Even in the face of the coronavirus, there exist dozens upon dozens of ways to experience the best of what the region has to offer. While they might not be traditional per se (virtual bird watching, anyone?), they are engaging, entertaining, and 100-percent #flattenthecurve-approved.

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

Discover Albany President and CEO Jill Delaney shares her top recommendations for the month.

 

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Fly

Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany
Through February 20 

Kicking off Black History Month, the Capital Repertory Theatre performs a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. Based on a true story, Fly tells the story of the first African American Army Air Corp. Through spoken word, tap dancing, and other performance art, theREP conveys the struggles and triumphs of these four black servicemen.

City of Cohoes Winter Carnival

Van Schaick Island Pond/Park, Cohoes
February 12, 12-3 p.m.

Ready for family-friendly winter fun? The City of Cohoes Winter Carnival features open-air ice skating, cozy hot chocolate, horse and carriage rides, and plenty of games. This event is completely free to the public.

 

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Price Chopper Black History Month Step Show & HYP3st Dance Competition

Palace Theatre, Albany
February 20, 5 p.m.

The Palace Theatre and Price Chopper present a Black History Month Step Show and HYP3st Dance Competition. This annual performance showcases the agility and endurance of step dancers, along with the complexity of step choreography. Some of the best dancers in the Hudson Valley will perform, while exploring themes of culture, identity, and society.


Columbia County

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

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Sunday Sessions at Vosburgh Brewing Company

Vosburgh Brewing Company, Elizaville
Sundays, 2-5 p.m.

Thirsty for craft beer and live music? Head to Elizaville’s Vosburgh Brewing Company every Sunday of the month. Bennett Harris Acoustic Blues performs first, followed by The Deadbeats Duo the following week. This rustic 1800s Dutch barn is the perfect setting for weekend sips.

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Hudson Jazz Festival

Hudson Hall, Hudson
February 10-13 and 17-20

The highly-anticipated Hudson Jazz Festival returns for two weekends in 2022. Multi Grammy-nominated artists like singer Jazzmeia Horn, The Baylor Project duo, and composer Jimmy Greene take the stage. This year’s theme conveys a message of hope and revival, while paying tribute to the rich history of black American jazz artists.

Dutchess County

Dutchess Tourism President and CEO Melaine Rottkamp shares her top recommendations for the month.

MODfest 2022

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie
January 27-February 5, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Vassar College’s annual MODfest returns in 2022 as a hybrid festival. This year’s theme, exploring 20th- and 21st-century art, is “Kaleidoscope”—which presents a diverse spectrum of creative perspectives (like a traditional kaleidoscope reflects colors). Live music, choreographed dance performances, and multimedia art displays intersect at this dynamic event.

2022 Wing Fest

Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center, Poughkeepsie
February 5, 5-8:30 p.m.

Who’s ready for the biggest Hudson Valley Wing Fest yet? The Mid-Hudson Civic Center hosts this competition, during which chefs vie for the title King of the Wings. Guests can chow down on delicious chicken wings and participate in interactive games. Plus, expect live music and other entertainment.

 

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Murder Cafe Presents Death by Chocolate

Le Chambord at Curry Estate, Hopewell Junction / Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck
February 11, 12, & 16

Can you solve this grisly crime? Rosendale’s Murder Cafe puts Hudson Valleyites right in the middle of a colorful whodunnit. Le Chambord’s ballroom is the setting for a fabulous dinner theater experience. Everyone at the table is either a witness or a suspect, as chocolatier Danny Crunkle is poisoned before the salad is served. Call or visit the website to purchase a ticket for performances at Le Chambord or the Beekman Arms. Plus, additional dates are scheduled for The Venue Uptown in Kingston, the Meadowbrook in New Windsor, and more.


Orange County

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

Maple Sugar Tours

Outdoor Discovery Center, Cornwall
February 19-20, 26-27; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Some of the earliest signs of spring in the Hudson Valley are maple sugar tours. At the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, guests can get a step-by-step look at the entire sugaring process. In addition, tours walk visitors through the history of techniques, starting with local indigenous peoples and ending with modern-day farmers. Reserve your tour online and in advance.

Saturday Cider Tasting

Penning Farm and Orchard, Warwick
February 12, 19, & 26; 12 – 4 p.m.

Cider lovers rejoice! Penning Farm and Orchard hosts private tastings in February. At each guided tasting, visitors sample five of the latest small-batch ciders while learning about the entire farm-to-bottle process. Reserve your spot online.

Funk Junkies Valentine Show

Hudson Valley Arts Live, Newburgh
February 12, 7 p.m.

Love is in the air at Hudson Valley Arts Live. Sweethearts and singles alike head to this Newburgh venue for the Funk Junkies Valentine’s Day Show, during which everyone can dance through two separate floors of music. Murali Coryell performs on the Silk Factory Cafe Stage downstairs at 7 p.m., while the Funk Junkies have two sets upstairs. At 9 p.m., Dr. Sheila Pearl leads a love discussion, and DJ Mike Lynn takes over at 11 p.m. Get tickets online.

Galentine’s Day Brunch

Winding Hills Golf Club, Montgomery
February 13, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Round up your girlfriends and dig into a delicious Galentine’s Day brunch in Montgomery. The idyllic Winding Hills Golf Club is the perfect setting for a fun and elegant gathering. Avocado toast bites, burrata platters, fresh cinnamon rolls, and more round out the delightful dishes served. Of course, each seating comes with a glass of mimosa.

Putnam County

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

Eagle Viewing Program Offers Prime Observation Site with Birding Experts

Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison
February 5 & 12, 9 a.m.

The Hudson Valley is full of incredible wildlife, but few creatures compare to the glorious bald eagle. Bundle up at Boscobel’s Belvedere overlooking the Hudson River, Constitution Marsh, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as bald eagles begin migrating south, using the Hudson River as a stopping point on their journey. Birding experts will help visitors spot these majestic creatures. Plus, virtual programming offers even more information on native wildlife.

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Comedy Nights at the Funny Farm

Tilly Foster Farm, Brewster
February 4 & 5, 6:30 p.m.

Hungry for some laughs? Tilly’s Table restaurant in Brewster hosts “The Funny Farm,” an evening of stand-up comedy. Three acts come to this scenic destination. Kevin Lee combines traditional comedy with juggling and magic. He’s appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, and Jamie Foxx’s Uptown Comedy Club. In addition, Mark DeMayo and Tony Papadog join Lee for a knee-slapping night of entertainment. On February 5, ventriloquist John Pizzi performs his hilarious act.

Ice Skating in Brewster

Brewster Ice Arena, Brewster
All month long

For a premier ice skating experience, Brewster is your destination. Three indoor rinks and a fourth seasonal outdoor rink for old-school skating round out the facilities at the Brewster Ice Arena. Public skating opens nearly every day, and classes for beginner skaters and hockey players begin at the start of the month. The BIA Skating School has been getting people on the ice for more than 20 years. A perfect outing for families, this skate rink needs to be visited during the winter months.

 

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Romantic Sunsets in Putnam

Throughout Putnam County
All month long

Want to enjoy a beautiful sunset for Valentine’s Day? The Hudson River offers a dazzling array of colors, as do the beautiful lakes and reservoirs throughout Putnam County. Some local favorites include Lake Gleneida and the Westbranch Reservoir by the Carver Bridge in the Hamlet of Carmel, Lake Mahopac, and Lake Carmel. NY DEP land permits are free, so be sure to download the free access permit if you are on those lands.

Rockland County

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

Latin Jazz Guitarist Nelson Riveros

Union Arts Center, Sparkill
February 10, 6 & 8 p.m.

Head to Sparkill’s Union Arts Center to catch captivating Latin guitar. Jazz musician Nelson Riveros takes the stage for two shows. Recently, he tackled the compositions of Wes Montgomery and arranged them with Caribbean rhythms. He surrounds himself with incredibly talented artists, including pianists, percussionists, and more.

Marlon Wayans at Levity Live

Levity Live, West Nyack
February 23 & 24, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Scary Movie franchise alum and wildly energetic comedian Marlon Wayans comes to the Hudson Valley. He performs three shows at Levity Live in West Nyack, with two sets on February 24. In addition, be sure to grab some gourmet bites or craft cocktails before the show.

34th Annual Suburban Home Show

Rockland Community College Fieldhouse, Suffern
February 25 — 27

This Suffern institution of higher learning also hosts one of the region’s biggest home shows. This event highlights designers, contractors, landscapers, and more. Of course, homeowners can scope out kitchen and bath design, heating and cooling equipment, solar panels, and pools.

Skate at the Bear Mountain Rink

Bear Mountain State Park, Tomkins Cove
All month long

Looking for more family fun outdoors? Skate at the Hudson Valley’s largest open-air rink, weather permitting, on weekends (check website for up-to-date schedule). Pricing is affordable: adults pay $5 to skate, parking is $10 on weekends and holidays, and skate rental is $10 per pair.


Ulster County

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

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Secret Ruin Hike

Overlook Mountain, Woodstock
February 5, 9 a.m.

Have you experienced the ruins of Overlook Mountain? The remains of what was once the Overlook Mountain Hotel make this Woodstock hiking trail an unforgettable experience. The summit stands over 3,000 ft above the Ulster County town, and BornWild guides seasoned hikers and newbies alike along the path. Highlights of the itinerary include the fire tower, the flat rock at Eagles Point, and Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.

Valentine’s Day Wine Dessert Pairing

Nostrano Vineyards, Milton
February 11-13

What’s a more romantic setting than a Hudson Valley winery for Valentine’s Day? Scenic Nostrano Vineyards serves wine flights paired with a trio of satisfying desserts. Book a table in hourly time slots (reservations are good for two hours for up to four people). Take in the views while sipping local, small-batch vino.

Winter Family Weekend at East Valley Ranch

East Valley Ranch, Claryville 
February 18-21

Make the most of winter in the Hudson Valley by getting outside and exploring local landscapes. Frost Valley offers its guests half-day snowshoeing hikes, cross-country skiing trips, and snow tubing. In addition, warm up inside with hot chocolate, arts and crafts projects, adorable farm animals, and cookie decorating.

 

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Hot Chocolate Festival

Ashokan Center, Olivebridge
February 19-20

When it comes to winter festivities, it doesn’t get much better than the hot chocolate hoopla at the Ashokan Center. A fully outdoor event (with the exception of blacksmithing demos), it offers attendees the chance to enjoy self-guided nature hikes, live music, and lunch. If snow is on the ground, bring your own sled for winter fun. Plus, admission comes with a hot breakfast sandwich or chili. Get tickets in advance online.

Bearsville Theater Presents Comedian Pete Correale

Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
February 26

Head to Woodstock’s reimagined Bearsville Theater for live stand-up comedy. Pete Correale tells stories from his life and unique experiences. Correale currently hosts a podcast with Sebastian Maniscalco for iHeart Radio, and has been featured on several network shows.

Westchester County

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

 

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Teatown Hudson River EagleFest

Teatown, Ossining
February 4, 5, & 6

Running for 18 years strong, Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest returns. The annual winter migration of bald eagles is truly an unforgettable sight, and the guided bird walks highlight the descent of these beautiful creatures. Plus, catch presentations from talented falconers.

 

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See What I Wanna See

ArcStages, Pleasantville
February 4-19

Arc Stages presents a dramatic musical based on three short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. This play tackles themes of greed, lust, faith, and redemption. Get tickets for performances across three weekends in February.

Sugaring at Muscoot Farm

Muscoot Farm’s Sugar House, Katonah
February 13, 10 a.m. –  3 p.m.

Maple sugaring season is here. Head to Muscoot Farm in Katonah for its family-friendly tours and demonstrations. Observe the team turn sap into delicious syrup while learning about the history of this trade in the region.


Related: 50 Experiences to Add to Your Hudson Valley Bucket List 

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