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An Insider’s Guide to March 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 March.

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 history tours, 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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Irish American Heritage Museum Sweat-er Run

Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany
March 5, 10:30 a.m.

Runners, rejoice: the Irish American Heritage Museum’s Irish Sweat-er Run is back. Participants can sign up for a 5k or 10k race, and everyone walks away with a festive gift. Of course, runners compete for prizes like tickets for shows, gift certificates, and free entry to other races. Afterward, the museum hosts live Irish music and dance with plenty of food and drink, including the annual Irish soda bread competition.

Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Corner of Quail and Central Ave, Albany
March 12, 2 p.m.

Albany’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to its original in-person format. Parade Day events commence with a traditional service at Albany’s Blessed Sacrament Church in the morning. After, the parade begins its march from the corner of Quail and Central Ave and ends at State and Green St. Plus, pick up parade merch to don your own festive attire.

Table Hopping Mac-N-Cheese Bowl

Downtown Cohoes
All month long

The fundraiser for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York takes shape as an outdoor festival. Head to historic Remsen St in Cohoes in order to determine who has the best mac ‘n’ cheese. Makers from across the Hudson Valley and Capital Region compete, while local breweries provide the perfect palate-cleansing pints.

Columbia County

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

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Free First Weekend Wandering

Olana State Historic Site, Hudson
March 5, 12-1 p.m. 

Have you always wanted to see the landscape at Olana? The artist-curated grounds welcome guests for free hour-long walking tours. Each experience begins at the Wagon House Education Center in the historic farm complex. Five miles of carriage roads are begging to be explored. Register in advance online, and gain insight into Frederic Church’s creative vision.

 

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Hudson Brewing Company’s St. Patty’s Day ’70s Psychedelic Disco

Hudson Brewing Co., Hudson
March 18, 7-10 p.m

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in ’70s fashion at Hudson Brewing Co. The popular Columbia County watering hole hosts live music from Telepathic Moon Dance, establishing a fun psychedelic disco vibe. Don your best vintage look and prepare for an evening of food and drink specials.

 

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Fun Home

Ghent Playhouse, Ghent
March 25-26, 7:30 p.m. (with a 2 p.m. on 3/27)

This unique theatrical experience won the 2015 Tony award for best musical, and now it’s coming to the Ghent Playhouse. It’s adapted from a graphic memoir, tracing a dysfunctional family through the years. This honest tale shows what it’s like to look at your parents through adult eyes. Tickets start at $12.

Dutchess County

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

Blippi the Musical

Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center, Poughkeepsie
March 2, 6 p.m.

Searching for some family fun in the Hudson Valley? Head to Poughkeepsie for Blippi the Musical, a funny and educational experience. The popular children’s TV character leaps off the screen and onto the stage, teaching life lessons along the way. In addition, tons of audience engagement make this an interactive experience for kids under seven.

 

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Maple Weekend at Soukup Farms  

Soukup Farms, Dover Plains 
March 19- 20 & 26-27, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

Of course, March marks the start of maple season in the Hudson Valley. Soukup Farms sets up family-friendly activities, including self-guided tours, maple and apple cider donuts, product samples, and more. Enjoy the bounty of Dover Plains two weekends in March.

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9th Annual Chili Festival  

Villa Borghese, Wappingers Falls  
March 27, 12-3 p.m.

Hudson Valley chefs compete against one another to win this Dutchess County chili festival. Taste the best around and help choose the victor. In addition, local restaurants serve artisan desserts, house-made ice cream, cornbread, and more. Chilis come in meat and vegetarian varieties.

Orange County

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

Whiskey Pairing Dinner

Stagecoach Inn, Goshen
March 4, 6:30 p.m.

Dig into smoked trout latkes, a NY strip steak, and a salted caramel mousse at the Stagecoach Inn. At the whiskey pairing dinner, sip six amazing spirits alongside Chef Justin Ernsberger’s cuisine. Whiskey expert Michael Mednikoff gives an outline of the history of the craft and walks guests through the entire whiskey-making process.

Live Music at Brotherhood Winery

Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville
March 5, 6, 12, 1-5 p.m.

This classic Orange County winery (one of the oldest in the nation) hosts live music throughout March. For Brotherhood Winery’s first weekend, watch KJ Denhert’s unique blend of jazz and urban folk. Her performance is sure to inspire laughter, dancing, and even tears. Then, on March 12, hear original tunes from NYC singer-songwriter Christina Franciosa.

 

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Trivia Sundays

Apex Brewery, Monroe
March 6, 13, 20, 27, 3 p.m.

Monroe’s Apex Brewery is the perfect place to practice your trivia skills. In four rounds, teams have the opportunity to win prizes, and the ultimate champion earns a round of beer.

Maple Sugar Tours

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall
Saturdays and Sundays through March 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The end of the winter season brings up a ton of sappy feelings. It’s maple sugaring time in the Hudson Valley! Visit the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum and learn how to identify sugar maple trees and tap them, then discover techniques used by Native Americans and some of the region’s earliest pioneers. Seeing an evaporator in action is a special treat. Register for a spot on these tours online for only $11 per non-museum member.

45th Annual Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Greenwood Lake
March 13, 2-4 p.m.

Ready for the return of St. Patrick’s Day parades? This stunning outdoor event weaves through scenic Greenwood Lake. Grand Marshall Thomas Mulcahny leads the way.

Putnam County

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

Putnam County Farmers’ Markets

Cold Spring Farmers’ Market, Garrison; Hudson Valley Regional Farmers’ Market, Brewster
Every Saturday and Sunday in March

Every weekend in March, upgrade your Hudson Valley produce game by visiting these two excellent farmers’ markets. First, Cold Spring Farmers’ Market welcomes shoppers every Saturday at Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison. Second, Brewster’s Hudson Valley Regional Farmers’ Market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Prescription: Murder

Brewster Theater Company, Brewster
March 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 7:30 p.m.

Ready to solve a classic caper? Brewster Theater Company presents the original Columbo play, Prescription: Murder. This season marks the company’s second decade providing art and entertainment to the region. Catch one of the many evening shows, or the 2 p.m. matinee on March 13.

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Northern Westchester/Putnam St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Mahopac

Putnam St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Mahopac
March 13, 2 p.m.

The 45th annual Northern Westchester/Putnam County St. Patrick’s Day parade—the third largest in New York State—comes to downtown Mahopac. Don your best green and walk along Route 6, starting at 2 p.m.

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Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage

Throughout Putnam County
March 17

You can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Hudson Valley properly without the delicious Irish staple of corned beef and cabbage. Putnam County classics offering the iconic meal include Fiddlers Green Pub in Carmel, Riverview in Cold Spring, Kelly’s Corner in Brewster, The Carriage House with locations in both Mahopac and Patterson, and McCarthy’s Grill House in Lake Carmel.

Rockland County

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

Virtual Tourism in Rockland in Honor of Black History Month

Online
March 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Embark on a virtual tour through Rockland, and explore the county’s black history. Civil and human rights award-winner Virginia “Ginny” Norfleet explores the once thriving and predominant African American communities in the lower Hudson Valley. This journey covers the histories of townships like Minehole, Mudhole, Skunk Hollow, and Talleybottom.

Nyack Feasts

Nyack
March 1-10

Celebrate Nyack Feasts, in which participating restaurants offer discounts and special menus for dine-in and takeout. Dig into the many culinary offerings, including traditional hearty Italian food, savory Thai fare, creative Mediterranean cuisine, Caribbean-inspired soul food, and much more at the diverse eateries of Rockland County. Make reservations today and take advantage of free parking for grab-and-go orders in the village.

Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Pearl River
March 20, 1:30 p.m.

Pearl River’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is a joyful experience. Hosted by the Rockland County Ancient Order of Hibernians, this event will run rain or shine.

Penguin Rep Theatre Presents Small

Penguin Rep Theatre, Stony Point
March 18 — 20, 24 — 27

Stony Point’s Penguin Rep Theatre presents a riveting play through the last two weeks in March. Small follows a man’s journey from bullied youth to successful jockey. It explores the question, “What happens when you (literally) outgrow your dream?” This play tells the true story of Robert Montano, with stops at the Belmont Park Racetrack and jazzy Broadway stages.

Ulster County

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

 

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Women’s History Month Kingston

Kingston
Throughout March

With a full month of programming, Kingston’s Women’s History Month festivities extend through the city and feature everything from panels and readings to receptions and talks. Visit the program’s site for the full rundown of happenings, which include a presentation by Claire Bellerjeau on her book Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth. Women in art shows, book discussions, virtual open mics, and more round out the month’s events.

 

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Maple Family Weekend Activities at Seed Song Farm

Seed Song Farm, Kingston
March 5 

Maple sugaring season is officially here. At Seed Song Farm, families get to directly take part in the process. Learn first-hand how to set up taps and collect sap from maple trees. Then, convene around the sap boiler in Seed Song’s sugar shack and discuss the entire process. After that, enjoy live music from the farm’s Farm-ily Band and pancakes with fresh maple syrup.

 

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Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

UPAC, Kingston
March 6, 6 p.m.

Postponed from October, legendary lead singer of the Four Seasons Frankie Valli performs in Kingston. Ulster County Performing Arts Center hosts the iconic voice behind “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Especially with the massive success of Tony-winning Jersey Boys, you won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch a living legend.

“WE GOT THE BEAT:” Women in Music Summit

Bearsville Center, Woodstock
March 25-27

The Bearsville Center celebrates the incredible achievements of women in the music industry. Award-winning performers, filmmakers, journalists, photographers, and industry leaders gather for three days of activities. Concerts, expert panels, and film screenings all support professional growth for women in the entertainment field.

 

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Ashokan Center’s Maple Fest 2022

The Ashokan Center, Olivebridge
March 26-27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Well, it’s official. In addition to being Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day season, March is well-known for maple sugaring. The Ashokan Center puts on Maple Fest in order to celebrate this tasty time of year. Take self-guided nature walks on beautiful trails, sit around cozy campfires listening to live music, watch blacksmithing demos, and more. Of course, embark on guided hikes to the famed sugar shack. Admission costs $15 for adults.

Westchester County

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

 

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Caramoor Performances

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah
March 13, 20; 3 p.m.

Two can’t-miss performances come to Caramoor this month. The Schwab Vocal Rising Stars take the stage on March 13. Four young singers and a pianist were selected by Caramoor artistic director Steven Blier for a week-long residency. This celebration of their intensive includes love songs from Spain, Germany, France, and America, and features music by greats like Milhaud, Sondheim, Montsalvatge, and more. The following week, virtuoso pianist Michelle Cann takes on works by Brahms, Chopin, Schumann, and more.

Cherish The Ladies, St. Patrick’s Celebration

Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown
March 17, 8 p.m.

The Grammy award-nominated Irish-American supergroup, Cherish the Ladies, comes to Tarrytown Music Hall. They formed in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in the previously male-dominated Celtic music space. Thirty-five years later, they’re continuing to share timeless traditions from the emerald isle.

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