Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
Throughout the region in March and October/November
Chefs from about 200 participating restaurants showcase signature fare with three-course, reduced-price, prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus.
Maple Weekends at Crown Maple
Last two weekends in March
Tour the facilities and taste certified organic “from bark to bottle” maple syrups, including specialty infused and smoky types. (Various farms also partake in Maple Weekends.)
Farm Film Fest
Third weekend of March
A festival of films devoted to farming, food, and the many issues related to each.
Last weekend in March
This festival features lectures and panel discussions from authors, publishers, and editors both local and international, on topics like mystery, health, and spirituality.
Westchester Jewish Film Festival
First two weeks of April
Two weeks of national premieres and international hits featuring Jewish filmmakers from throughout the world, as well as select episodes of TV.
Photo provided by Hunter Mountain
TAP: Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival
Last full weekend of April
A veritable smorgasbord is included with your tasting ticket at this long-running event, drawing revelers to taste the best of brewpubs and small breweries.
Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market
May 25–26, July 6–7, Aug 31–Sept 1 (also Oct–Nov, select dates)
This picker’s paradise bursts at the seams with more than 600 vendors from eight states selling furniture, apparel, jewelry, and memorabilia.
Crafts at Lyndhurst
May 3–5 (also Sept 13–15)
Semiannual spring/fall artists’ gathering brims with limited-edition jewelry, handbags, glass, dishware, sculpture, furniture, and fashion in an inspired setting.
Hudson Children’s Book Festival
Free-and-easy literary extravaganza attracts big names like Newbery medalist Kwame Alexander, Disney animator Elanna Allen, and bestselling author Nick Bruel to show and tell to young’uns.
Albany Tulip Festival
Various locations in Albany
May 11-12 (Mother’s Day weekend)
See more than 100,000 tulips and attend tulip tours, a street scrubbing, and the Royal Tulip Ball. Plus, kids’ activities, music, and food.
Red Hook Apple Blossom Day
Various locations in the Village of Red Hook
Scoop up fresh flowers or a new necklace for Mom at this lively fling, featuring more than 65 craft and food vendors plus live Irish and country music.
Mower’s Saturday/Sunday Flea Market
Weekends, May 18–Nov 24
Kitschy statues, retro fashion, and luggage, records, ethnic textiles and baskets, and collectible bottles are just the beginning at this funky flea in a field.
Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fairs
Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz
Memorial Day weekend, May 25–27 (also August 31-September 2)
Yes, they have gorgeous furniture and architectural crafts, but there are also specialty foods and healthcare products to try, plus a children’s art project tent.
Country Living Fair
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
May 31–June 2
Shop repurposed furniture, upcycled jewelry, and vintage textiles from some 200 vendors.
Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival
Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Meet top chefs, sommeliers, wine and spirits makers, and specialty food purveyors and sample their appetizing wares.
Photo by Joshua Timmermans
Taste of Country Music Festival
Nashville’s finest come to the area for a weekend of brews, brats, and cowboy hats. RV and tent camping make this multiday event a hoot and a holler.
This folk rock blowout has relocated to Bethel Woods for a weekend of music, food, and camping. Headliners include Willie Nelson and the Avett Brothers.
Hudson Valley Wine & Chocolate Festival
Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz
Chockablock with chocolate treats and tempting tastings of wine, cider, and ale, this Kentucky Derby-themed party awards prizes for the best hats.
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival
Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson
The late Pete Seeger started this folk festival to bring attention to the environment in general, and the Hudson River in particular. Expect all-star players in intimate, polite settings.