For the supremely mellow, a festival combining disc golf and jam bands might just inspire terminal levels of chillness. Bliss out to groups like Doom Flamingo, Space Bacon, and Moon Hooch.
Pull your boots out of storage and throw on your ten-gallon for a weekend of country acts like Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town.
Hunter Mountain, Hunter, www.tasteofcountryfestival.com
The original Hudson Valley festival moves to Bethel Woods for its biggest year yet. 2019’s massive lineup is headlined by Willie Nelson and the Avett Brothers, but don’t miss down-ticket stars like Mikaela Davis and acclaimed Saugerties songwriter Laura Stevenson.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, www.mountainjam.com
There is no more polite music festival in all the land. Handicapped seating, signers, and kind crowds fit right in with a bill featuring legendary songwriters like Ani DiFranco and Tom Chapin.
Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, www.clearwaterfestival.org
This summer-long series focuses around new voices in jazz and classical, including avant-garde vocal troupe Roomful of Teeth, Spanish singer BUIKA, and an entire program focusing on composer Caroline Shaw, the youngest-ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, 914.232.1252, www.caramoor.org
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood headlines this festival of local beer and food trucks out on the tarmac.
Hudson Valley Regional Airport, Stormville, 845.226.1660, www.tailwindsmusicfest.com
Big names in international jazz play all day at the amphitheater and a smaller Discovery stage. Look out for guitarist George Benson, saxophonist James Carter leading his Organ Trio, and a headlining set from Norah Jones.
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 518.584.9330, www.spac.org
This summerscape is dedicated to the work of Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold and his contemporaries, including a the U.S. premiere of a new production of Korngold’s The Miracle of Heliane opera.
The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape
If the bigger festivals freak you out, try this low-key simulacrum, headlined by songwriter Caitlin Koch, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and former Eagle Don Felder.
Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville, 716.699.2345, www.ellicottvilleny.com
The region’s best fiddlers, pickers, and crooners ascend to the historic “Irish Alps” to show off their chops in a week of sessions.
MJQ Irish Cultural and Sports Center, East Durham, 518.678.5833, www.catskillsirishartsweek.com
Check out wooly and wild pickers like the Earls of Leicester, I’m With Her, and the Steep Canyon Rangers at this tweedy get-together.
Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 888.946.8495, www.greyfoxbluegrass.com
This festival is focused on the communal aspect, with plenty of collaborations and song-sharing sessions between songwriters like Stephen Kellogg, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Martyn Joseph.
Dodds Farm, Hillsdale, www.falconridgefolk.com
Festival of the Voice focuses around short plays and opera excerpts exploring radical and avant-garde themes.
Phoenicia, 845.688.3291, www.phoeniciavoicefest.org
Get ready for virtuosic performances from bassist Ron Carter, the young Bahamian-born trumpeter Giveton Gilen, and saxophonist Javon Jackson.
Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie, 845.384.6350, www.jazzinthevalleyny.com
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival with a year-long celebration including four days of festivities on the anniversary weekend. It kicks off with a performance by 1969 alum Arlo Guthrie and a screening of Woodstock: The Director’s Cut on Thursday (this event is sold out). Friday kicks off three nights of concerts headlined by alum John Fogerty and Santana (performing with The Doobie Brothers), as well as Ringo Starr.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, 866.781.2922, www.bethelwoodscenter.org
Good vibes are the law of the land at this festival run by local musical duo Mike & Ruthy, and headlined by house band the Mammals.
Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333, www.hoot.love