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

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

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. With the arrival of winter comes skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and snow-covered hikes. Or, if you’d prefer not to brave the cold, explore the history of the Hudson Valley at historic sites like Olana in Hudson and Schuyler Mansion (any Hamilton fans in the house?) in Albany. To help scout out the best events in the Valley in January, 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

Salutations of the Season

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, Albany
January 6, 4-7 p.m.

 

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Taking place on January 6 to mark the final festive holiday of the season, Salutations of the Season is a celebration of the holidays as they did in the 18th century. Enjoy an open house at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site during the event, with 1700s holiday fare, live music, bonfires, period reenactors, and a toast to the season with wassail.

New York State Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany
January 8, 6-8 p.m.

Visit the Empire State Plaza Convention Center for this free and open to the public event in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this January. There will be a special screening of a tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. King as Albany also celebrates the people and organizations across New York State who embody the principles of America’s greatest leader for social justice, freedom, and equality.

Albany Chefs’ Wine and Dine Festival for the Arts 2024

Albany Capital Center, Albany
January 25-27

 

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Over the course of three days, this highly anticipated festival showcases Albany’s restaurants, chefs, and their innovative cuisine. The festival also educates on healthy sustainable agriculture and raises funds for the support and preservation of the nonprofit arts community in Albany.

Columbia County

44th Annual New Year’s Day Sale

Copake Auction Inc, Copake
January 1, 9 a.m.

 

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At Copake’s premiere auction of the year, featured items for sale will include 18th- and 19th-century furniture, mid-century and modern artwork, period accessories, stoneware, primitives, and much more. The New Year’s Day sale will begin at 10 a.m. with doors opening at 9 a.m. for those looking to show up early.

Campfire Winter Music Series

Catamount Mountain Resort, Hillsdale
January 13, 12-3:30 p.m.

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In the Catamount Lodge this January, enjoy live music by the Dave Keller Band starting at noon. Along with the great tunes by talented local bands and musicians, grab tasty food from Campfire BBQ and enjoy the views at Catamount Mountain Resort.

Annual Wassail at Little Apple Cidery

Little Apple Cidery, Hillsdale
January 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

At its annual wassailing event, Little Apple Cidery celebrates winter and the passing harvest season. Join the orchard to wake the tree spirits and shoo the evil demons to ensure a bountiful harvest this coming year. Along with the celebration, enjoy cider, a firepit, an orchard procession, and other winter festivities at this ticketed event.

Dutchess County

First Day Hike

Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburgh
January 1, 11 a.m.

Start your 2024 off on the right foot and join the park staff at Staatsburgh State Historic Site for a hike on the woodland trail within Mills State Park. The hike will launch from near the mansion and include a visit to a small cemetery in the woods. Upon return to the mansion, hikers can enjoy hot cocoa. Leashed pets are welcome, and the hike is a moderate 1.2 miles.

Hudson Valley Free Day

Dia Beacon, Beacon
January 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

On the last Sunday of each month, Hudson Valley residents from Albany to Westchester receive free admission to Dia Beacon. The museum has an extraordinary collection of contemporary art, from the 1960s to the present. While in the Beacon area, museum visitors can also head to Main Street to browse local businesses and grab a bite.

Wild Game Dinner

Mill House Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie
January 28, 5 p.m.

Each year, Poughkeepsie’s Mill House Brewing Company hosts a wild game dinner for meat lovers in the area. For its fifth annual dinner this January, Mill House will dish up a multi-course, family-style, wild game meal along with beer and cocktail specials, raffles, and games. The event is sure to sell out, so make sure to get your tickets soon.

Orange County

Return of the Blues Invitational

Blue Arrow Farm, Pine Island
Every Friday starting January 5

Starting in early January and running until the spring, this winter favorite is returning to Blue Arrow Farm this coming year. The TeeVee Allstars’ weekly blues invitational will take place every Friday on the farm’s Upper Barn Stage. A full backline of sound equipment is provided, and those who are willing to participate only need to bring an instrument or sticks. Signups begin at 6 p.m. nightly, and music starts at 7 p.m.

Cheese Tasting and Pairing: French Edition

Foundry42, Port Jervis
January 25, 6-7:15 p.m.

This event is not only educational but also delicious as it explores the art of pairings, giftings, and board creations through four French cheeses. Foundry42 will host the event, and Naomi Stubbs of Port Provisions will walk diners through the cheeses and discuss the principles of selecting and pairing. Accompaniments will be served in addition to the cheeses, and guests will receive a discount on cheese-related Foundry42 products.

Afternoon Tea

The Historic Thayer Hotel, West Point
January 27, 3-5 p.m.

Warm up this winter at the Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point. Delight your senses at this afternoon filled with scones, tea sandwiches, sweets, and a selection of Harney and Sons tea from right in the Hudson Valley. Registration is required to attend the 3 p.m. event, and admission is $38.

Putnam County

Thunder Ridge Ski Area

Patterson
All January

 

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With 22 trails, three chairlifts, and four magic carpets, the gentle slopes and advanced trails at Thunder Ridge Ski Area meet the needs of skiers and snowboarders of all levels. If you’re looking to learn a new snow sport, Thunder Ridge has a dedicated ski school that teaches the fundamentals and skills to newcomers. Only one hour from New York City, the ski area is in a premier spot for anyone in the tri-state area.

Fahnestock Winter Park

Carmel
All January, weather permitting

Right across the street from Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is the Fahnestock Winter Park that offers 18 kilometers of machine-groomed, tracked, and mapped trails for beginning and experienced cross-country skiers and snowshoers. In addition to sports, the winter park is perfect for families looking to go tubing or sledding, with rental equipment available. The park also offers a concession stand with hot food and beverages and is only open when it snows.

Brewster Ice Arena

Brewster
All January

Head to Brewster for Putnam County’s favorite sports and entertainment facility. The Brewster Ice Arena has three indoor rinks available for public skating, hockey, figure skating, and private lessons in addition to a fourth seasonal outdoor rink. A bar and dining room is available on the second floor, and seating overlooks the ice rink.

Rockland County

Winter Wonderland

The Jacob Blauvelt House, New City
Until February 25

The Historical Society of Rockland hosts this winter wonderland event at the Jacob Blauvelt House in New City. This year, the 47th annual holiday exhibition will feature children’s toys, books, games, holiday cards, art, and more. Tickets are only $5, and everyone is invited.

Comedian Chris Kattan

Levity Live, West Nyack
January 5, 7 p.m.

Best known as being one of the longest-serving cast members on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Chris Kattan is coming to Levity Live in West Nyack this January. The comedian has been featured on the show for eight years and also starred opposite Will Ferrell in the 1998 cult classic Night at the Roxbury. Tickets start at $30, and the event is 21 years and older only.

Rockland Arts Festival

Throughout Rockland County
January 26 – February 9

All throughout Rockland County this January, there will be 13 events, both in-person and online, to celebrate local artists and art galleries. Come out to meet the artists, celebrate the best of local arts, and explore a broad spectrum of mediums including painting, jewelry, textiles, sculpture, photography, and mixed media.

Westchester County 

Backyard Sugaring

Muscoot Farm, Katonah
January 6 & 7, 1 – 2 p.m.

 

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This January, stop by Muscoot Farm and participate in a Backyard Sugaring workshop, where visitors can discover the art of maple sugaring. Gain insights into the necessary equipment, identifying sugar maples throughout the year, proper tree tapping techniques and the process of turning maple sap into delicious syrup for pancakes and waffles, and enjoy some along the way.

Westchester Children’s Museum

Rye
All January

Stop by the Westchester Children’s Museum if you find yourself in Rye to discover a world where creativity and learning collide. All month long, the museum offers a unique and engaging experience for children focused on STEAM-based playful learning for kids of all ages.

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