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

Art festivals, handmade crafts, a food truck festival, and the Capital Pride Parade are musts this June in the Hudson Valley.

Kaatsbaan Spring Festival — Tivoli

June 2–19

This multi-disciplinary festival will take place in Kaatsbaan Cultural Park’s indoor theater and around its sprawling 153 acres. Over the course of the event, enjoy art installations, nature walks, film screenings, and performances by groups including The José Limón Dance Company, the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Trisha Brown Dance Company, and more. kaatsbaan.org

Photo by Marco Giannavola

Then & Now Festival — Red Hook

June 3, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Head to the mid-18th century Elmendorph Inn and Green (the oldest building in town) for an all-day celebration of Red Hook’s history. The events were not confirmed at press time but attendees can expect a variety of family-friendly activities, demonstrations, live music, and local vendors. Rain date is June 4. historicredhook.org

Photo by William Tatum

PLUS Polish Festival — Tappan

June 3–4

Held on the grounds of the German Masonic Park in Tappan, this two-day annual event hosted by PLUS Weekly honors Polish culture with traditional food and entertainment. Watch live music and dance shows, participate in games and contests, and dig into authentic pierogi, kielbasa, and more. plusfestival.com

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Nanuet Street Fair — Nanuet

June 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Last year, this festival attracted over 18,000 visitors to Nanuet. Head to Main Street for a variety of live music, a car and jeep show, food, kids’ activities, and over 170 vendors selling handmade crafts. nanuetchamber.com

Did you know?

Pine Bush is the UFO capital of the Northeast. For over a century, thousands of alleged extraterrestrial objects and sounds have been reported. The 13th annual Pine Bush UFO Fair, hosted by the Pine Bush UFO & Paranormal Museum, takes place on June 3 along Main Street, with novelty and food vendors and live entertainment. Costumes are encouraged.

Croton-on-Hudson Summerfest — Croton-on-Hudson

June 4, 1–6 p.m.

Returning to the village for its 35th year, the annual Croton-on-Hudson Summerfest will once again take over the streets of the Upper Village with food, street vendors, and live entertainment. Plus, this year’s festival will kick off with a parade celebrating the village’s 125th anniversary. crotonsummerfest.org

Capital Pride Parade & Festival — Albany

June 11

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. 518capitalpride.com

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Dad Fest — Albany

June 18

In honor of Father’s Day, this free event invites families to enjoy a summer afternoon in Washington Park. Attractions include a classic car show, a variety of vendors, and great food—a rain date is set for Sunday June 25. albanyevents.org

James Baldwin Abroad: A Program of 3 Films — Pleasantville

June 19, 7 p.m.

To celebrate Juneteenth, head to the Jacob Burns Film Center for a special screening of documentaries on James Baldwin. The three short films, all recently restored, explore the playwright’s life as a writer, thinker, and activist. burnsfilmcenter.org

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Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival — Poughquag

June 24, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Held on the grounds of Barton Orchards, the HV Food Truck Festival is a day full of different cuisines, live music, a children’s petting zoo, a farm market, and a beer garden. Vendors are still being announced, but expect food from Empanada Mama, Cousins Maine Lobster, Max’s Melts, and more. Tickets available online. Find them on Facebook

Round Top Bavarian Summer Fest at Reidlbauer’s Nussy’s Bier Garten — Round Top

June 24–25

Join Riedlbauer’s, a German-American family resort, for this summer’s “Oktoberfest-style” celebration. Feast on traditional food and beer from their onsite restaurant, Nussy’s Bier Garten, all while listening to live music from Alpine Squeeze, Die Schlauberger, and Gregory and his Band. riedlbauersresort.com

Bobolink Migration Art & Theater Workshop — New Paltz

June 24, 12–4 p.m.

This four-hour workshop taught by award-winning artist Jill Obrig will lead families in the creation of masks, drawings, and more inspired by the bobolink bird. After the art is finished, you’re invited to take part in a reenactment of the bobolink’s migration from the Hudson Valley to Argentina and back. Tickets are $45 per family. mohonkpreserve.org

Create and Cook: Searching for Summer Patterns

June 24, 12 p.m.

Join Olana and The Sylvia Center for nutrition education for this family workshop to express your creativity both through cooking and watercolor pencil. In the kitchen, you’ll learn how to make a kale, carrot, and apple salad. Then, head to the studio to learn about and sketch Olana’s orchard. olana.org

June events in the Hudson Valley
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June events in the Hudson Valley
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Rhinebeck Crafts Festival — Rhinebeck

June 24–25

Looking for new accessories or home décor? Head to the 2023 Rhinebeck Crafts Festival, a showcase of over 200 vendors taking over the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for two days. When you’re done shopping, stick around for tastings from local distilleries, craft demonstrations, and family-friendly activities. Tickets are available at the gate. artrider.com

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Friends of Pollinators — Katonah

June 25, 11 a.m.

This free walking tour brings visitors through the trails of Katonah’s Lasdon Park and Arboretum. Be on the lookout for important pollinators like butterflies, bees, and birds; the guide will help you identify the plants that feed them. lasdonpark.org

Female Trouble — Hudson

June 27, 7 p.m.

Hosted by Trixie Starr and Mark Allen, this screening of John Water’s 1974 film “Female Trouble” will be held at Hudson Hall in honor of Pride Month. Tickets are $5 per person; film is not suitable for children. hudsonhall.org

cape cod getaway
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Cape Escape

If you’re looking for a lovely, upscale Cape Cod getaway this summer, book a stay at Chatham Inn, the island’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel. The circa-1830 property on Chatham’s Main Street—walking distance from Lighthouse Beach—was thoroughly renovated in 2019 and received Forbes’ Five-Star designation in 2022. The 18 modern guest rooms feature luxurious bedding and spa-like bathrooms. But the biggest draw may be the on-site fine-dining restaurant, Cuvée—one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Tip: Splurge on the 7-course chef’s tasting menu for a truly extraordinary experience. — Linda Fears

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