Plan a Full Week of Father's Day Fun at 7 Hudson Valley Happenings

A dad fest in Albany, a folk music celebration in Croton-on-Hudson, and more from this week’s picks for things to do around the Hudson Valley.


Beer Pairing Dinner With Keegan Ales

Dutch Ale House, Saugerties​
June 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

If the Dutch Ale House’s everyday menu isn’t enough of an excuse to convince you to make the trek to Saugerties, the eatery’s beer dinner most definitely should be. Hosted in partnership with the Hudson Valley’s very own Keegan Ales, the dinner features four courses that are expertly paired with beer (or wine).

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Diners can dig into smoked rabbit sausage, Hudson Valley striped bass, farm cheese gnocchi, and more as they sip lagers and IPAs from Keegan. For those of you wondering, yes, the brewery’s famous Mother’s Milk makes an appearance at dessert.


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“Pay What You Can” Show

Denizen Theatre, New Paltz​
June 12, 8 p.m.

New Paltz’s coolest black box theater hopes to integrate the arts even further into the Hudson Valley community with its “Pay What You Can” days. On Wednesday, the theater invites locals to contribute whatever is within their means in order to see “Companion Piece,” a new play that explores themes of empathy and connections.

Written by Kevin Armento and directed by Joe Langworth, the play is a regional premiere that has already garnered praiseworthy reviews from local and national outlets.


Clearwater Festival

Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson
June 15-16, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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If you only do one thing this weekend, let it be a visit to The Great Hudson River Revival. Also known as the Clearwater Festival, the event lights up Croton Point Park over the weekend for folk tunes, family fun, and environmental education around the Hudson River.

While the Clearwater Fest is always a blast, this year is bound to be a particularly memorable one, since it marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the sloop Clearwater and the 100th anniversary of Pete Seeger’s birth. In addition to the dozens of feel-good performances throughout course of the two days, visitors can also look forward to artisan and food vendors, sloop and schooner rides, and beach combing explorations.

Related: An Inside Look at the History of Clearwater



Rondout Valley Garden Tour

Davenport Farms, Stone Ridge and Victoria Gardens, Rosendale​
June 15, 9:30 a.m.

Whether you’re an avid gardener or a budding green thumb, you’ll love exploring some of Ulster County’s bountiful backyards during the Rondout Valley Garden Tour. The self-guided program has two potential starting points at Davenport Farms and Victoria Gardens, respectively, so pick whichever location you prefer and get ready for a full day of flower power and local explorations.

At 4 p.m., rest your feet and catch up with fellow plant lovers at Bevier House Museum’s reception.


Poughkeepsie Open Studios

June 15-16, 1-5 p.m.

Now in its fifth year, Poughkeepsie’s Open Studios program returns to recognize the burgeoning art scene within the Queen City community. Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, locals can explore the various artistic exhibits and studios throughout town and participate in workshops to learn how to draw and watercolor.

On Saturday, a puppet show offers kid-approved entertainment In Mural Square, while a lawn party closes out the fun at Cunneen-Hackett Art Center.



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Water Lantern Festival

Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery
June 15, 4 p.m.

To celebrate the final day of Chinese New Year festivities, Orange County Tourism hosts a family friendly Water Lantern Festival at Thomas Bull Memorial Park. Held in collaboration with I LOVE NY and Noble Fun Travel, the event invites locals to release lanterns onto the lake, enjoy Asian and American cuisine, and learn more about the international tradition. Admission and parking are free, although there is a $10 suggested donation.


Dad Fest

Washington Park, Albany
June 16, 1-6 p.m.

Yes, it’s Father’s Day weekend. No, you don’t have to panic about coming up with a last-minute gift for dad. Instead of presenting him with another jersey or grill set, get him out and about in the Hudson Valley at Albany’s fifth annual Dad Fest. The father-centric event rounds up all the things that dads love, including a classic car show, live music from a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute band, and finger-licking local eats. Dad will be happy to spend a full day doing all his favorite things, and you’ll be able to pat yourself on the back for planning such a thoughtful day for him.

Further afield in the Hudson Valley, Palaia Winery’s Celtic Festival brings Warriors on horseback to Highland Mills, while Nyack’s ARTWALK honors the talented creatives within the Rockalnd community. On the foodie front, the Hudson Valley Wine & Chocolate Festival returns to New Paltz with 85-plus vendors and all the chocolate and wine to fuel you through the weekend.

For #PrideMonth revelers, Hudson is the place to be this weekend, with a movie screening, boat cruise, and parade courtesy of OutHudson. And, need we remind you that Mountain Jam is kicking off its first year at Bethel Woods? Yeah, you won’t want to miss that one. P.S. Whatever you do, don’t forget about Dad! Father’s Day is this Sunday, Hudson Valley.

Related: Treat Dad to 5 Unforgettable Hudson Valley Day Trips This Father’s Day

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