Joan Jett in Kingston, Plus More Cool Things to Do in August

Bentley croons at Bethel Woods. Plus, a cardboard puppet show, and classics gather at the Rat’s Nest Run-In.

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The Roar of the Battlefield

Come see a live re-enactment of musketry and battle tactics of the Continental Army as Mount Gulian Celebrates the American Revolution. Other scheduled activities include house tours, children’s military drills, a talk explaining how the Americans beat the strongest army in the world, and a visit by Patriot General von Steuben, one of the unsung heroes of the war, portrayed by a local actor.

Aug 12, Mount Gulian Historic Site, Beacon, 845.831.8172;

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Having an Adventure with Cardboard Boxes

Watch empty boxes become even more magical in Cardboard Explosion with Puppeteer Brad Shur. With help from the audience, Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. This is a free event, but pre-registration is requested.

Aug 3, PS 21, Chatham, 518.392.6121;


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Yonkers has Gypsy Funk

Balkan brass, funk grooves, Gypsy accordion, and jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party an event not to be missed. Known as New York’s Official #1 Brass Band, they bring their unique stylings from NYC to the Hudson Valley for a cultural experience like no other.

Aug 3, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550;


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Joan Jett in Kingston

Trailblazing their way through the ’80s with innovative rock hits, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts established themselves as a cornerstone in the industry. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 and had 10 songs on Billboard’s Top 100 list, including the classics “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” (which rose to No. 1), and “Crimson and Clover.”

Aug 4, Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston, 845.339.6088;


Photo provided by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Tip It On Back

With top hits including “Drunk On A Plane,” “What Was I Thinkin’,” “Tip It On Back,” and “Come A Little Closer,” Dierks Bentley brings his 2018 Mountain High Tour to Sullivan County. He’s joined on stage with special guests Brothers Osborne & LANCO for a boot-stompin’ good time.

Aug 3, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, 866.781.2922;


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Enjoy Some Lip-Smacking Corn-On-The-Cob

It isn’t summer without a salty, buttery cob of corn to sink your teeth into. There’s that and much more at the annual Corn Festival at the Beacon Riverfront Park. Take a ride on the sloop Woody Guthrie, listen to educational talks, enjoy musical performances, interactive demonstrations, and various craft vendors for an all-around relaxing day.

Aug 12, Beacon Sloop Club, Beacon, 845.542.0721;


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No Ordinary Doors or Windows

“Sensual Surfaces; Windows, Walls, and Doors Explored,” by artist Marcy Bernstein is a solo exhibition of mixed media explorations on re-used surfaces such as doors and windows, transforming ordinary objects into works of artistic beauty.

Opening reception Aug 16; the show will run until Sept 9, Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz, 845.419.2208;


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Hot Rods, Martinis, and a Pig Roast

If you’re in the mood for fast cars, ’50s pin-up girls, and fireworks, head to the annual Rat’s Nest Run-In. A free martini hour and pig roast, along with fun contests, several bands playing day and night, vendors, and incredible cars and bikes from a by-gone era complete this weekend event.

Aug 17–19, Blackthorne Resort, East Durham, 518.634.2541;

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