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17 Stellar Events to Bookmark in the Hudson Valley This March

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A pizza workshop in Hillsdale, an Irish cabaret show in New Paltz, a comedy night in Elmsford, and more are highlights this month.

“The Moving Picture Show” at Foreland — Catskill

Through March 27

We highly recommend a trip to this 85,000-sq-ft contemporary art campus to view a special group exhibition of work from 10 Valley-based media artists. A collection of video installations, video sculptures, and single-channel videos will be displayed throughout the mill buildings that previously manufactured Union Soldier uniforms during the Civil War.

An Evening with Rickie Lee Jones — Tarrytown

March 3, 8 p.m.

With a career spanning decades and genres, this two-time Grammy-award-winning American songwriter returns to the stage following the 2021 release of her memoir, Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour. Performing songs from her 18-album discography, this anthology tour is making a stop in Tarrytown’s own Music Hall for one night only.

Hands-on Pizza Workshop — Hillsdale

March 5, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Join Matthew White, the proprietor of Hillsdale General Store, and Anthony DeCaria, former food truck owner and longtime food enthusiast, as they teach you how to make a wonderful home-cooked pizza. After crafting your own cheese, sausage and onion, and white pies, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor alongside a salad prepared by DeCaria. Limited to 10 participants, so purchase tickets early!

Hands-on Pizza Workshop — Hillsdale

Imagination Movers at The Paramount — Peekskill

March 12, 11 a.m.

Coming to Westchester from New Orleans, this high-energy quartet describes their catchy tunes as alternative rock for preschoolers. Although the group’s performances are for children, the Imagination Movers is an interactive act that promises fun for the entire family.

Andy Cooney’s Irish Cabaret Show and Lunch — New Paltz

March 13, 12–3 p.m.

Dubbed “Irish America’s Favorite Son” by The New York Times, music icon Andy Cooney is poised to take the stage at Novella’s Banquet Hall in New Paltz just in time for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Joined by singer Eimear Reynolds, bold and brash comedian Jimmy Q, and The Guinness Irish Band, guests will be treated to a fun show and a great meal. More details at eventbrite.com

45th Annual Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Greenwood Lake

March 13, 2–4 p.m.

The festivities kick off with a 9 a.m. mass for St. Patrick at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, followed by a 10:30 a.m. parade and a Grand Marshal’s brunch at Kuhl’s Highland House, both in Middletown. The 45th iteration of this Valley tradition will follow in the afternoon, starting from Windermere Avenue in the Village, and running a circular route, taking time for each float to stop past the judges’ reviewing stand along the way.

Spanning the Centuries Music Festival — White Plains

March 13, 7–9 p.m.

Organized by Scarsdale’s Hoff-Barthelson Music School, this concert will present large ensemble performances of music from Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and more— at the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation in neighboring White Plains. A local treat for classical afficionados!

The Dropkick Murphys — Albany

March 14, 7 p.m.

With their signature sound of Celtic-meets-punk, this Boston-suburb born band quite literally screams Irish-American pride. Bringing back their tradition of a St. Patrick’s Tour after being unable to perform live for a while, they will be joined by The Bombpops, The Rumjacks, and Jess Ahern.

The Dropkick Murphys — Albany

Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth — Virtual Lecture

March 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Presented by Kingston’s Hudson River Maritime Museum, this lecture will feature author Claire Bellerjeau speaking about her new book. It tells the true story of an abolitionist and spy of George Washington and an enslaved woman’s struggle for freedom in the late 18th century, plus all of the famous figures they crossed paths with.

Pearl River Saint Patrick’s Day Parade — Pearl River

March 20, time TBD

One of the largest St. Patrick’s parades in the state (and greatly anticipated after having to cancel last year), the Rockland event will be held at the Blue Hill Golf Course in the hamlet of Pearl River. Line up along the parade route to share the energy and get a close-up view of student marchers, community organizations, bagpipe and drum bands in traditional attire, and more. Find the Rockland County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Facebook.

Comedy Night at Captain Lawrence — Elmsford

March 25, 8 p.m.

Hosted by Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, comedian Joe Larson—previously of America’s Got Talent, Gotham Comedy Live, and Laughs on Fox—will headline a night of laughs indoors at the brewery’s Elmsford location. Come early to get your seats and order some eats from the kitchen. Bonus: first beer is free with your ticket!

Capital District Garden and Flower Show — Troy

March 25–27

Looking for fresh ideas for your spring garden? Look no further than this expo of nurseries, landscapers, florists, and more at Hudson Valley Community College. While the event will be scaled back a bit due to pandemic restrictions, its return after a two-year absence still promises plenty of local purveyors, guest speakers and demonstrations, and beautiful floral exhibits.

Whitney Cummings at The Egg — Albany

March 26, 7 p.m.

(In)appropriately named for the return of socialization after countless isolated months, comedian Whitney Cumming’s “Touch Me” tour will showcase the comic speaking out on her personal life, the pandemic, and other issues plaguing society.

The Wailin’ Jennys — Poughkeepsie

March 27, 7 p.m.

What started as a “happy accident” of three solo artist getting together over two decades ago in a Manitoba guitar shop for a one-night-only performance has long since grown into folk-roots trio, The Wailin’ Jennys, and now, they are coming to one of Dutchess’ best venues, The Bardavon. The vocalists will show off their instrument prowess, too, with an upright bass, guitar, ukulele, and more!

The Wailin’ Jennys — Poughkeepsie

The Sky Tonight — Virtual

Every Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m.

Presented by Yonkers’ Hudson River Museum, this 1-hour virtual exploration of our solar system is open to all ages and occurs twice every weekend. Hop onto Zoom to get a free guided tour of the Milky Way as seen from the Hudson Valley, along with explanations on current astronomical events.

Urban Sublime: Recent Acquisitions of Photography at the Loeb — Poughkeepsie

Until March 27

Through the photographic works of several artists, this exhibition asks viewers to reflect on how humans have altered the natural world over time through the lens of the climate crisis, and to consider the true cost of urban renewal and modern industry. Harry Callahan, Joe Maloney, Nicholas Nixon, and more on display.

Suffrage and its Limits — New Paltz

March 31, 7 p.m.

Following the 2020 release of their book, Suffrage and its Limits: The New York Story, Meg Devlin and Susan Ingalls Lewis, professors in the history and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies departments at SUNY New Paltz, will lead a talk on the unfinished agenda of women’s rights. After suffrage was achieved, what obstacles have kept groups of women out of political discourse over the past century? Open discussion will conclude the night’s talk.


Related: An Insider’s Guide to March Events in the Hudson Valley

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