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11 Fun Hudson Valley Happenings to Check out in June

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A summer festival in Tivoli, a vintage market in Rhinebeck, and a comedy special in Bethel are among the highlights this month.

Don McLean — Albany

June 2, 8 p.m.

As part of his American Pie 50th Anniversary tour, the 76-year-old composer is making a stop at The Egg Center for Performing Arts. Along with that famous song (for which the tour gets its name), you can expect folk hits like Vincent and Castles in the Air. Plus, a few new tunes.

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By Jacob Lewis Lovendahl

Kaatsbaan Summer Festival — Tivoli

June 3, 4–5, 11–12, 18, 19

Kicking off with an intimate concert and dinner, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park’s annual summer fest spans three weekends packed with music and dance. Performances by Live Arts Global; rising stars from The Juilliard School, ABT JKO School, and the School of American Ballet; playwright Taylor Mac; and a community event honoring Juneteenth fill out the schedule.

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Courtesy of Newburgh Illuminated Festival

Newburgh Illuminated Festival – Newburgh

June 4, 12–10 p.m.

A day of live music, performances, food, and more is planned to celebrate the diverse culture of Newburgh. Admission is free, and pets are welcome. Visit Broadway and Liberty streets for five performance stages, over 125 food and craft vendors, and historical tours.

Vintage Vibe Markets — Rhinebeck

June 4 at 10 a.m.–5 p.m., June 5 at 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

If you’re the type who loves thrift-shopping and antiquing, this two-day market taking over the Dutchess County Fairgrounds should be on your radar. Makers will display their goods at indoor and outdoor booths—everything from vintage home décor to upcycled apparel and jewelry. Enjoy live music and an expansive food court on site, too.

By Alon Koppel

By Alon Koppel

Raven Halfmoon: Ancestors — Ghent

Through June 12

On display at Art Omi’s indoor Newmark Gallery, this collection of ceramic sculptures marks Raven Halfmoon’s first solo exhibition. Six works stand tall and examine past and present entanglements of Caddo people, Caddo tattooing and mythology, and Halfmoon’s own family history. Go see it before it’s gone!

Courtesy of Zelda/Judith Z. Miller

Courtesy of Zelda/Judith Z. Miller

Que Sera Sera — Kingston

June 15–18

Live on stage at the Stockade’s Lace Mill, multimedia artist Zelda (Judith Z. Miller) will perform her self-written Que Sera Sera: A Life’s Journey of Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in celebration of Pride month. An exploration of growing up queer from the 1950s to now, the Radio Kingston-sponsored show is intended for mature audiences.

Photo by Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

Bill Burr — Bethel

June 17, 8 p.m.

As part of his “Bill Burr (Slight Return)” tour, the explosive Bostonian will be bringing his humor to the Bethel Woods stage. You may know the Grammy-nominated comedian from his previous Netflix specials, his long-running Monday Morning Podcast, or his role in Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island film.

Follow the Arrow — Accord

June 18, 12:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Presented by musician Marco Benevento in conjunction with Impact Concerts, this all-day festival is taking place across two performance stages at Arrowood Farms. Enjoy sets by musicians including The Slip, Antibalas, and many more; plus, there’s plenty of local food vendors and craft beer to keep the fun going between sets. For more info, visit eventbrite.com.

Summer Stories at Sunset — Garrison

June 18, 7 p.m.

Boscobel House invites you and your family to celebrate the return of summer on the Great Lawn with a gorgeous sunset over the Hudson River, science, and storytelling. Look out for more info as the date nears.

Family Day: Free Admission — New Paltz

June 19, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Historic Huguenot Street will be offering free tours of sites including a replica Esopus Munsee wigwam and the Jean Hasbrouck House to learn about New Paltz’s multicultural past. Family Day coincides with the Juneteenth celebration, which features live music, presentations, a potluck, and more.

Sausage & Cider Fest — Highland

June 25, 12–8 p.m.

Join Bad Seed Cider for a day of sampling over 16 hard ciders made from HV apples. You can also try one of 22 beers from local breweries, grab a slice of sausage pizza from Bad Seed’s pizza truck, sample a grilled sausage from Catskill Food Company, and listen to live music. Admission is free—just pay for parking.

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