An Insider’s Guide to November 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 November.

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 though the leaves have already peaked and the weather grows colder by the day, there are plenty of sites to explore indoors and outside. The weather is perfect to enjoy a tall mug of cider or a crisp glass of local wine and, with Restaurant Week this month, it’s a perfect time for foodies to find their new favorite eatery.

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

2023 Shaker Holiday Market

Shaker Heritage Society, Albany
All November

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Get in the holiday spirit at the Shaker Holiday Market, where you can browse products from regional artisans including jewelry, pottery, artisan foods, and more. Pick from a selection of unique and locally crafted gifts, or grab some holiday treasures of your own inside the Shaker Heritage Society’s historic 1848 Meeting House.

Albany Saints & Sinners: Full Novel Marathon Public Reading of Ironweed

Albany Distilling Co. Bar & Bottle Shop, Albany
November 1, 12–9 p.m.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ironweed by Albany native William Kennedy, Albany Distilling Co. will host a marathon public reading of the novel. The novel takes place in the capital city and helped put Albany on the literary map. Proceeds will benefit the food pantry at Sacred Heart Church, Kennedy’s parish while growing up in the city.

52nd Annual Festival of Nations

Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany
November 5, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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The Festival of Nations is a celebration of people and cultures from around the world, right in Albany. Enjoy native traditions like dances, food, and music from across the globe, as well as crafts and other entertainment, like the Parade of Nations and the crowning of Miss Festival of Nations. The celebration is a representation of over 30 cultures.

Columbia County

Blithe Spirit

The Copake Grange, Copake
November 10–12 & 17–19

This comic play is set in the home of socialite and novelist Charles Condomine. The play starts with an exciting dinner, at which one of the guests is an eccentric medium who Charles invited to gain introspection about the occult he is studying. He has arranged for her to conduct a séance after dinner, but you’ll have to get tickets to know what happens instead!

Super Saturday: Where the Wild Things Dance

Museum of Firefighting, Hudson
November 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Bring your kids to bust a move at the Museum of Firefighting at this Kids’ Silent Disco. Special guest dancers Ms. Zebra, Leopard, and Peacock will make an appearance as DJ ShattyBlacks and DJ Sample Ama are on music duty celebrating 50 years of hip-hop, with additional stations to choose from. As a special gift, the Kiwanis Club will provide a free copy of Where the Wild Things Are to the first 100 children who attend.

Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market

Basilica Hudson, Hudson
November 24–26

 

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Since Thanksgiving weekend in 2013, Basilica Hudson has hosted its Farm & Flea market to celebrate timeless crafts and designs instead of the big-box Black Friday. Each market features a diverse group of regional vendors selling their wares alongside locally sourced, farm-fresh foods. With over 10,000 sq ft of raw space, the Basilica Farm & Flea Market is the one of the biggest holiday markets in the region.

Dutchess County

Hudson Valley Beer, Whiskey, and Wine Festival

Barton Orchards, Poughquag
November 4, 12–6 p.m.

 

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This celebration of beer, whiskey, and wine is hosted by Barton Orchards and will feature dozens of different beers from breweries all across the world and right here in the Hudson Valley. Sample the finest whiskeys and spirits from local distilleries and wineries while you enjoy the day at the farm before it gets too cold.

Beacon Bonfire Music and Arts Festival

Main Street, Beacon
November 4–5

Experience two days of music and fun with dozens of artists performing at this year’s Beacon Bonfire. Multiple venues in Beacon will feature local artists for you to enjoy while snuggling up by one of Main Street’s crackling bonfires burning all over town. You won’t want to miss the discounted beverages, food, services, and retail items.

Veterans Day at the Culinary Institute of America

Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park
November 10

This Veterans Day, veterans can visit Hyde Park’s Culinary Institute of America to get a complimentary lunch or dinner at one of the CIA’s five eateries and restaurants with a reservation. The CIA was founded to prepare returning World War II veterans for careers in the culinary arts, so this special is a celebration of those who served for us.

Greene County

First Fridays Catskill

Main and Bridge Streets, Catskill
November 3

On the first Friday of each month, Catskill hosts an all-day celebration of culture and community on its Main and Bridge Streets. This November, visit the town to browse local shops that are open later, most until 8 p.m., and cash in on specials like sips, snacks, pop-ups, music, discounts, and more.

Festival of Trees

Anthony’s Banquet Hall, Leeds
November 10–12

The holiday spirit is alive and well at the Festival of Trees in Leeds. Come see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths that will be available for silent bid, and enjoy plenty of food, vendors, gift ideas, live entertainment, and, of course, a visit from Santa. The proceeds from the fundraiser go towards the local community, so come out and support a great cause.

Chilly Willy Winter’s Eve Tours

Bronck Museum, Coxsackie
November 10–12

These special tours at the Bronck Museum will give you a taste of winter living in times past. Venture through the interior of the venerable Bronck houses as they’re decorated for the fall and winter holidays. A guide in costume will lead you through and tell stories of now largely forgotten holidays and traditions and reminisce on how people lived in the Catskills during winter months in times of old.

Orange County

Farm Fall Fest Weekends on the Farm

Twin Ponds on the Farm, Montgomery
November 3–5

 

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Make memories with more than 20 activities that are fun for all ages as you enjoy the beauty of the farm this November. A seven-acre corn maze is open until 10 p.m. so you can enjoy the spooky maze by moonlight, and treats like specialty beverages and apple cider donuts are available for purchase at the concession.

Puppy Pals

Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf
November 11, 2–3:30 p.m.

The Puppy Pals Comedic Stunt Dog Show is straight from America’s Got Talent. The show includes a hilarious presentation full of surprises and laugh-out-loud canine comedy that you won’t want to miss. Puppy Pals incorporates audience involvement to tell a tale of what happens when humans and animals come together in kindness and comedy.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thayer Hotel, West Point
November 23, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Enjoy the historic Thayer Hotel’s famous and festive Thanksgiving dinner buffet on November 23. The dinner will feature a carving station with herb-roasted Tom turkey and New York strip loin, in addition to a host of other entrees, sides, and dessert. Vegetarians are welcome to join in on the feast, too, with a number of alternative dining options. The dinner will run all day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the evening.

Putnam County

Putnam History Museum History Hike

North Redoubt Trailhead, Garrison
November 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Protecting the Hudson River was a key part of the American Revolution. While West Point protected the west side of the river’s bend, the North and South Redoubts defended the east side in Garrison. This historic hike will take participants to both redoubts, discussing the history of chaining the Hudson during the Revolutionary War and how the redoubts helped defend the chain, the river, and the Continental cause.

The Brewster Theater Company: Prelude to a Kiss

The Theater at Drew Methodist, Carmel
November 3–5 & 10–12

The Brewster Theater Company is proud to present this groundbreaking production that puts a new spin on this beautiful story of Prelude to a Kiss. The enchanting and thought-provoking play explores the power of love, identity, and the unexpected twists that life can bring.

Comedy Night at Tilly’s Table

Tilly Foster Farm, Brewster
November 10, 6:30 p.m.

 

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Tilly Foster’s Funny Farm hosts hilarious comedians Richie Byrne, Richie Shultis, and Travis Grant for its November Comedy Night. Laugh the night away as you enjoy a buffet dinner and a show for $45, with a cash bar available throughout the evening. Get ready to see these popular comedians and stand-ups perform hilarious original material in Putnam County.

Rockland County

Hudson Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

Clover Stadium, Pomona
November 4, 12–5 p.m.

Sample a wide range of cuisine from some of the area’s most popular food trucks at the Hudson Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival. From savory barbecue to sweet treats, there is something for all kinds of appetites, in addition to craft beverages from local breweries. The festival is fun for the whole family with games, activities, and music that are sure to entertain all day.

Rockland Fashion Week

Palisades Center, West Nyack
November 4, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Fashion designer Hope Wade is bringing her spectacular fashion show to the Palisades Center on November 4. Rockland Fashion Week provides an exciting and professional platform for multicultural fashion and accessory designers to showcase their skills. An audience of Rockland natives, media influencers, and fashion bloggers are invited to see this talented array of models, musicians, makeup artists, hairstylists, and more at this event.

Winter Holiday Artisanal Craft Fair

Cropsey Community Farm, New City
November 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Rockland Farm Alliance presents its Winter Holiday Artisanal Craft Fair at the Cropsey Community Farm at the end of November. Shop dozens of local vendors and handmade goods and find the perfect gift just in time for the holidays. While you’re there, check out all the farm has to offer, including cute animals!

Westchester County

Victorian Christmas Historic House Tour

Armour-Stiner Octagon House, Irvington
All November

With the holiday season approaching, the Octagon House is prepared for the festivities. It is decked out in wreaths, garlands, and glittering antique ornaments on an original feather tree, transforming this restored landmark into a Christmas scene from 1872. During the one-hour guided tour, visitors will learn how the holidays were celebrated in back the 19th century.

Tree Lighting Celebration

Cross County Center, Yonkers
November 17, 6 p.m.

Join other families at Cross County Center in Yonkers for the lighting of the 40-foot-tall Christmas tree to kick off the holiday season. Have fun with live music, an electric train ride, strolling entertainers including Mrs. Claus and stilt walkers, food trucks, a DJ, and selfie spots. For a seasonal activity, the pop-up ice skating rink will be open for beginners and amateurs alike to try gliding on the synthetic ice.

Frosty Day

Main Street, Armonk
November 26, 12 p.m.

Armonk’s Annual Frosty Day is a celebration you won’t want to miss. Try activities like build-a-Frosty, train rides, and ornament and trinket decorating, and be entertained by clowns, music and dance performances, and magicians. The Frosty Day Parade will kick off at 4 p.m., and more than 40 local groups and organizations will participate with light-up floats and decorated vehicles.

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