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8 Incredible Hudson Valley Events Happening in May

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Kick off spring with in-person and virtual programming in the form of craft fairs, fairy house hunts, and more throughout the Valley.

Through July 25: A Sense of Time: The Historical Art of L.F. Tantillo

Go back in time while viewing historical art at the Albany Institute of History & Art. L.F. Tantillo’s special exhibit provides art lovers with more than 90 works detailing historical and marine landscapes. The exhibit includes sketches, models, and videos showing the artist’s process. Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany; 518.463.4478

May 1: 10th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep

Start your May of right and give back to Mother Earth. Along the Hudson River — from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks — participants can join shoreline cleanups to beautify our natural settings. multiple locations

May 1–June 27: Fairy House Hunts in the Garden

Feeling extra magical? On weekends in May and June, visitors can join the Fairy Hunts in the Garden at Samuel Morse’s estate. Search the grounds’ smallest nooks and the tightest crannies to find 20 hidden fairy houses. Fairy wings are highly encouraged. Locust Grove Estate, Poughkeepsie; 845.454.4500

Starting May 8: Nivola: Sandscapes

Explore this special exhibition dedicated to sculptor, muralist, and designer Costantino Nivola. Museum-goers can enjoy around 50 of his works, including sandcast reliefs, sculptures, and rare maquettes of architectural commissions. Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring; 845.666.7202

May 15–16, 23: Introductory Woodworking Classes

Start your woodworking journey at The Wooden Boat School at Hudson River Maritime Museum. The school is offering a series of classes at their wood shop taught by skilled wood masters. Choose from crafting Adirondack chairs (May 16-15) or live edge tables (May 23). Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston; 845.338.0071

May 22–23: ModernMakersMarket

Calling all craft beer lovers! Head to the Seeger Riverfront Park for a weekend of locally made food and drinks, like cider, spirits, hot sauces, pickles, and sunflower oil. Plus, enjoy six New York-based food trucks, live music, and craft tents featuring artisan items. Seeger Riverfront Park, Beacon

Starting May 22: Mower’s Saturday/Sunday Market

Flea markets are for everyone — whether you’re a collector or looking for a new purchase for your home. At Mower’s 44th seasonal market, you can find just about anything you could ever imagine. Pro-tip: Arrive in the morning to beat the crowd for those one-of-a-kind goods. 11 Maple Lane, Woodstock; 845.679.6744

May 29–31: Woodstock-New Paltz Arts & Crafts Spring Show

Spend Memorial Day Weekend at this chart-topping 40th annual arts and crafts show. Snack on handmade ice cream or pita sandwiches while checking out booths full of ceramics, fibers designs, glass and metal work, and even furniture. Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz; 845.516.4342