June Events You Won’t Want to Miss in the Hudson Valley

UFOs in Pine Bush, improv in Wappingers Falls, Pride fun in Albany, and more make June a month to remember.

Pine Bush UFO Fair

Pine Bush
June 1, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Dubbed the UFO capital of the East Coast, Pine Bush will celebrate all things extraterrestrial at the 13th annual UFO Fair. Don an alien costume—prizes are awarded for the best ones—and enjoy street vendors and live music on Main Street.

Photo by Elisabeth Tatum

Then & Now Festival

Red Hook
June 1, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

The Elmendorph Inn and Green (the oldest building in town) hosts an all-day celebration of Red Hook’s history. At the circa-1700s inn, expect a variety of family-friendly activities, demonstrations, live music, and local vendors.

“Charlotte’s Web”

June 2, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The beloved children’s story by E. B. White comes to the stage. Performers will act out the classic tale of friendship between Charlotte the spider and farm pig Wilbur at Emelin Theatre. This show is recommended for ages 5–10.

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Pine Plains
June 2, 4 p.m.

Award-winning choreographers Bo Kyung Lee, Jin A Kim, and Younghoon Oh present a program of traditional and contemporary Korean dance at The Stissing Center. Technique and movement are complemented by stunning costumes.

Hudson Valley Improv Jam

Wappingers Falls
June 7, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Children ages 12–18 can dive into the world of improvisation in this workshop led by Leaders by Choice. Develop improv skills, flex your creativity, and work as a team to act through fun scenarios at the River Valley Arts Center. Register online before coming to class.

Hudson Valley Taco Fest

June 8, 1–6 p.m.

Taco trucks, craft beer, sangria, and margaritas take over the Newburgh Waterfront at this annual food festival. The family-friendly event will feature live music from Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley cover bands, as well as a traditional mariachi.

Rhinebeck Crafts Festival

June 8–9

The Dutchess County Fairgrounds welcomes over 200 furniture, clothing, and crafts vendors for this two-day annual market. When you’re done shopping, stick around for tastings from local distilleries, craft demonstrations, and family-friendly activities. Tickets are available at the gate.

Photo by Lauren Passenti’ Courtesy of Artrider

Capital Pride Parade & Festival

June 9

One of the largest annual LGBTQ+ pride events in the region, the Capital Pride parade will once again lead a variety of floats and marchers down State and Lark streets and Madison Avenue. After the parade, head to Washington Park for live music, food vendors, a beer garden, and more.

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Medea: Re-Versed

June 11

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival kicks off its 2024 season with the world premiere of this play. “Medea: Re-Versed” adapts Euripides’ classic tragedy into a modern hip-hop tale of family, power, and revenge written in battle rap verse. More dates are available online.

Viaggio con Luca

Cold Spring
June 14

Explore the history of regional Italian cuisine at Magazzino Italian Art’s Café Silvia. Chef Luca Galli will prepare a traditional meal from the Campania region: Neapolitan spaghetti omelet paired with Italian wines.

Juneteenth Weekend

June 14–16

The weekend before Juneteenth, join the Haverstraw African American Connection for a three-day celebration. The festival kicks off on Friday night with dancing under the stars and continues with more festivities before closing on Sunday with praise in the park.

Rockland Rowing Masters Regatta

June 15

Grab your rowing crew and hit the waters of Rockland Lake to compete in one or more races at this yearly regatta. Events will include 1,000-meter sprints and relays. Don’t miss the on-site beer garden, open to both competitors and spectators.

Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival

June 15, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Come to Barton Orchards for a day of food and fun—food trucks such as Cousins Maine Lobster, Reggae Boy Café, and The Steak Truck will be in attendance. The festival will also have a petting zoo, vendors, a farm market, a beer garden, and live music throughout the day. More info on Eventbrite.

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Pixerina Witcherina Magisterium

Opens June 22

Curated by Julie Heffernan, this exhibit at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild honors the absurdist mode of communication “Pixerina Witcherina” invented by author Virginia Woolf. Ceramics, collages, and sculptures by Joan Bankemper, Ruth Marten, and Jenny Lynn McNutt will be on view.

Photo by Megan Wilson

“Driving Miss Daisy”

June 28–30, 8 p.m.

Live performances return to Bannerman Castle with the premiere of “Driving Miss Daisy,” a Pulitzer-winning story that explores racial prejudice and social conventions. Tickets to the show include a cruise to Bannerman Island from Beacon, and a lecture on the island’s history.

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