Bookmark These Hudson Valley Happenings in May

Senior Editor Polly Sparling lists her top event picks for May 2012

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From a street fair in Suffern and a beer fest in Bethel to an arts and crafts fair in New Paltz, there’s so much to do this month.

Spring Suffern Street Festival — Suffern

May 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the first of two annual Suffern Street Fairs is set to take over Lafayette Avenue for a day full of activities. Peruse the many food and maker vendors, listen in to live music, try your hand at karaoke, or let the kids take a turn in the bounce house. Rain or shine!

TriviaFest — Elmsford

May 1, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Kicking off in late morning and marathoning until after dusk, Let’s Go Trivia is a fun-packed day of contests, vendors, and live entertainment—including local country star Jessica Lynn—at Captain Lawrence Brewery. One free beer with admission—kids under 12 are free. More details at

Lecture: Maiden Full Circle — virtual

May 4, 6 p.m.

Tracy Edwards, skipper of Maiden—the first all-female crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1988–89—knows a thing or two about leadership. As the projects manager of The Maiden Factor foundation for empowering girls through education, join Edwards for a lecture that is sure to be an inspiration for all ages. Presented by Kingston’s Hudson River Maritime Museum; registration information available on their website.

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Rhinebeck Antique Car Show — Rhinebeck

May 6–8

Taking over the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for the whole weekend, the Hudson River Valley Antique Auto Association’s 2022 show will feature everything from hot rods and customs to antique and classic cars, with some even up for sale. Come as a spectator or register to have your car on display.

11th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep — various locations

May 7

Join Riverkeeper in advocating for a cleaner Hudson River by volunteering to assist with trash cleanup, invasive species removal, and planting greenery at one of over 100 locations between the city and the Adirondacks. Pre-registration is required, find a cleanup site near you online.

Photo courtesy of Magazzino Italian Art

Gilardi: Tappeto-Natura — Cold Spring Opens

May 7

As the first American solo show for Italian multimedia artist Piero Gilardi, this exhibition at Magazzino Italian Art will showcase a series of 27 works that focus on climate, ecology, and the environment. Gilardi’s carved environmental scapes, crafted with vinyl resin and rubber latex, will envelope the Magazzino’s walls for an immersive viewing experience.

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Albany Tulip Festival — Albany

May 7–8

The city’s signature event is returning to historic Washington Park, along with over 140,000 tulips and more. Activities will include annual traditions such as a fine arts show, delicious food and handmade crafts, two stages of live entertainment, and of course the crowning of the Tulip Queen!

Apple Blossom Festival — Poughquag

May 7, 8, 14, 15

Join Barton Orchards for their annual two-weekend celebration of spring. Exact details were unavailable at press time, but attendees can expect live music, entertainment, food, and family fun.

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Houndmouth — Tarrytown

May 8, 7 p.m.

Widely known for their explosive radio hit “Sedona,” Houndmouth hit the alternative scene in the early 2010s, and nearly a decade later, are bringing their unique brand of Americana indie music to Tarrytown Music Hall. Along with past singles, expect to hear a sampling of their latest album, Good For You, which was released late last year.

Hike-a-Thon — Cornwall

May 14–15

Hike for a cause! Hosting six separate hikes across two days, this weekend of nature education will donate proceeds to support future programs at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Spanning family-friendly walks to slightly more challenging hikes, all tours will be led by nature museum naturalists; online registration required.

Wine and Wellness: Yoga with Megan — Montgomery

May 15, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Come for the yoga, stay for the wine. Hosted by City Winery, this afternoon of self-care starts out with a yoga class along the Wallkill River with certified instructor Megan Quigley. Afterward, indulge in a locally produced wine flight with light bites included (brunch menu available a la carte).

Samara Joy — Marlboro

May 15

As part of The Falcon’s Jazz Sundays series, Samara Joy—JazzTimes number one new artist of 2021—will be taking the stage with the Pasquale Grasso Trio (who are also backing her on her debut album). Gathering musical inspiration through watching her father perform and write songs, as well as from singing three times a week in a church choir for two years, her timeless voice attracts jazz fans of all generations. No ticket or cover fee charged, but donations encouraged to support the artists.

Natural History of the Hudson River — Virtual

May 18, 4–5 p.m.

Presented by the Columbia Climate School at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, this free session will explore the relationship between man and nature as it pertains to the Hudson River. The target audience is high schoolers, but the program is suitable for anyone who wants to learn about the development of the river. More details at

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Artmaking by Nature for Adults— Woodstock

May 19–20, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Taught by artist Muriel Stallworth, this two-day workshop invites participants to immerse themselves in the woods that surround Woodstock School of Art and participate in activities that combine art and science, including; keeping a nature journal, making ink from plants and tempura paint from soil, molding paper from mushrooms, and then creating art with your handmade materials.

French Macarons with Tess Kelly — Hillsdale

May 21, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

If you’ve ever tried to make the classic macaron at home, you probably know that it’s no easy feat. Join French-trained pastry chef and founder of Kingston’s Seraphine Bakery, Tess Kelly, for a two-hour lesson at Hillsdale General Store to master the delicate cookie and turn your shells from flat and cracked to light and airy. Class is limited to 10 students, so sign up early!

TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival — Bethel

May 21, 2–6 p.m. and May 22, 1–5 p.m.

Returning for its 23rd year, this event brings 100 NYS breweries, an expansive food court, and live entertainment from both regional and nationally touring musicians. For the first time, it will be held at its new home, the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center. This festival is one of the state’s premiere foodie fests—grab a ticket online now to secure your spot.

Photo courtesy of the Hudson River Museum

The World of Frida — Yonkers Through

May 22

Celebrating the culture, style, and persona of iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, the Hudson River Museum is displaying work by more than 75 international artists who were inspired by Kahlo. Portraits of her, her garden, Mexican culture, and more are featured, honoring Kahlo’s life and influence as a painter.

Photo courtesy of The Bardavon

STOMP — Kingston

May 26, 8 p.m.

What started as a street performance in the United Kingdom nearly 20 years ago, STOMP has grown into an international percussion sensation, and luckily for us the show is coming to the Ulster Performing Arts Center. Using paint cans, plumbing fixtures, and even kitchen sinks to create rhythmic beats, it’s an evening not to be missed.

Photo courtesy of the Ashokan Center
Photo courtesy of the Ashokan Center

Ashokan Uke Fest — Olivebridge

May 27–30

From absolute beginners to virtuosos, ukulele players of all skill levels will enjoy this musical retreat held at the Ashokan Center. Featuring workshops, group strumming sessions, camper open mic, and a staff concert, this weekend away is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the ukulele, learn new techniques, and meet new people along the way.

The Who with Hudson Valley Philharmonic — Bethel

May 28, 7:30 p.m.

As part of their highly anticipated “The Who Hits Back!” 2022 North American Tour, the beloved classic rock band will be making a stop at Bethel Woods. Plus, for this date only, The Who will be backed by Poughkeepsie’s own Hudson Valley Philharmonic on stage while they perform their discography.

East Durham Irish Festival — East Durham

May 28–29

Over Memorial Day weekend, head to the Catskills to enjoy this excellent festival, returning to East Durham for its 44th year. Presented by the Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre, visitors can expect a wide range of live music, food, handmade Irish goods, and workshops in traditional song and dance.

Woodstock-New Paltz Spring Art & Crafts Fair — New Paltz

May 28–30

The Ulster County Fairgrounds is hosting a multi-day art- and food-filled festival. Vendors include over 200 juried artists and makers, craft beverage producers, and gourmet specialties, as well as a food court, children’s tent, and live music. Parking is free!

Thomas Cole’s Studio: Memory and Inspiration — Catskill

Throughout May

On display for the first time, this exhibition will reassemble the artwork that painter Thomas Cole left behind in his studio when he suddenly passed away in 1848 to explore how his example influenced the evolution of art in America. This display will be available for viewing until October 30.

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