By Francesca Furey, Jake Mauriello, and Megan Wilson
Say “guten tag” to a fun taste of Germany deep in the Catskills. Riedlbauer’s Resort presents this annual festival at their Nussy’s Bier Garten, brimming with classic, Bavarian-style live music and dancing, juicy schnitzel and brats, and tons of beer.
Round Top; www.riedlbauersresort.com
Get your craft on! Tucked away in a creative capital of the Valley, Artrider’s two-day festival celebrates artists and handmade fine arts and crafts. Head to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds to shop for unique pieces and sample products from gourmet concessions, local wineries, and distilleries.
Calling all beginner and expert sommeliers! Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this annual festival heads to Mayor’s Park in Cold Spring for two days of live music, wine and spirit tastings, chef demonstrations, art and crafts, and various exhibits. The festival is rain or shine.
Cold Spring, www.putnamcountywinefest.com
Love seafood? This only-one-of-its-kind-in-the-Valley festival focuses on delectable Alaskan Snow Crab. There are also fun lawn games, polo matches, a dance floor, and hot-air balloon viewing.
For its 9th year, this film festival presents a movie buff’s paradise, with national and international submissions of cinematic glory. What makes it so unique — and fun for Valley residents — is the large number of local films shown over the course of the three-day event.
For its 30th year in action, this famed festival is coming to Tymor Park. Bring friends or family and a picnic as you watch colorful balloons float across the sky. Buy tickets (viewing only, due to COVID protocols) in advance to close out your summer with breathtaking day views and an illuminated night sky, plus access to various vendors.
Union Vale; www.balloonfesthv.com
The iconic festival takes the stage at Boscobel for the last time this summer, before moving to its new Philipstown location in 2022. Spend a summer night with a production of Shakespeare’s drama The Tempest (Aug 5–Sept 4). Plus, earlier in the season, enjoy James Ijames’ contemporary play about the legacy of slavery in America, The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington (Jun 24–Jul 30). Both productions will occur under an open-air tent at Boscobel House and Gardens.
It’s been too long without Broadway; Here’s something to tide over theater geeks. Led by MacArthur Fellow flute soloist Claire Chase, “Pan” is described as a “celebration of the post-pandemic rebirth, nature and community” that details the life of the titular Greek deity and connects it to contemporary life. This live performance is held at PS21’s open-air Pavilion Theater.
The Concerts in the Vineyard series kicks off on June 6 with a show by Damn the Torpedoes: A Live Tom Petty Experience. Other acts throughout the summer include: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes (June 19), 10,000 Maniacs (June 26), Joan Osborne (July 11). Seating for all shows will be in pods to ensure safe social distancing, and proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test is required for entry.
The Clearwater Festival is normally a huge celebration of environmental activism, featuring famed musicians, public figures, and the beloved Sloop Clearwater sailboat. This year, the festival will be live streamed on Clearwater’s website, Facebook, and YouTube pages. Tune in for passionate speeches, performances, and more.
With performers spanning a multitude of musical genres and cultural backgrounds, jam out to 35 live events throughout the summer season. Enjoy season highlights like the annual Jazz Festival, Pops & Patriots Concert, or a celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 91st birthday, all held outdoors on Caramoor’s grounds in Westchester.
Featuring events rescheduled from 2020, the Bethel Woods Pavilion concert series presents outdoor shows throughout July and August on the land where the famous 1969 Woodstock Festival took place. Tickets purchased for the original 2020 dates will be honored.
July 2: James Taylor
July 4: Steely Dan with Steve Winwood
July 10: The Black Crowes
July 20: An Evening with Chicago
August 19: Kidz Bop
August 22: Santana with Earth, Wind & Fire
After a seemingly endless year, this architectural monument has re-opened its doors. Find more than 200 objects designed by the Wrights specifically for Manitoga. (The Design Gallery is included in public tours of the site.) Architecture and design aficionados can also explore the home, studio, woodland garden, and gallery through guided tours.
Escape to the beauties of nature in the form of art at the Olana and Thomas Cole historic sites. Stemming from 19th-century hummingbird and habitat paintings by Martin Johnson Heade, this presentation explores crosspollination in both art and nature, featuring work from artists spanning the 1800s to now. The exhibition is open until Halloween.
Become a student again at this virtual taste of Irish arts, with access to a variety of masterclasses in Irish instruments, language, literature, and dancing. Participants are also able to view prerecorded presentations and concerts of past Irish celebrations. Perhaps with some four-leaf clover luck, this Irish Alps event will return to the Catskills next year.
Get up close and personal with beautiful, pedigree horses. For nine weeks, HITS welcomes equestrians for several competitions of varying difficulty. Come as a spectator to watch horses and their riders make impressive maneuvers and exciting jumps in Olympic-level horse shows.
What a hoot! Get a peak at the area’s migratory and resident birds on this walk starting at the replica Esopus Munsee wigwam on New Paltz’s historic Huguenot Street. As you’re led to the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary, hear about indigenous bird folklore and names, plus some history of bird life.
Held outside at the Lyndhurst Estate, the 145th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be paw-some. Attendance will be virtual due to COVID-19; dog lovers can coo over cute and talented pups on FOX Sports networks. Tune in for Best in Show judging on the 13th.
Limited to 250 participants, this organized bike ride is a real “choose your own adventure,” with distances ranging from a 10-mile to a 75-mile ride. Along the way, stop at Hudson Valley farms to sample small bites and learn about the agriculture in the Valley. End your day with a much-needed organic picnic lunch.
For its second year, this rally of vintage cars commemorates the 1903 Automobile Endurance Run that once wound through the Catskills. Spanning 140 miles roundtrip and passing through Ulster, Sullivan, and Delaware Counties, drivers can awe in rural views, smooth roads, and 13 historic covered bridges. Plus, refreshments and browsing at the route’s end in the Town of Andes.
Mount Tremper/Andes; www.1903autorun.com
This beloved car show has returned: check out more than 500 hot rods, muscle cars, and classic antique vehicles lining the streets of Saugerties. Vibe to entertainment on four different stages while strolling by cars you wish were in your own garage. The Sawyer Automotive Foundation donates a percentage of proceeds to local charities.
With up to 500 spots available this year, cycle in the heart of the scenic Catskills. There are three races of varying degrees of difficulty: 27-, 52-, or 75-mile rides. Challenge yourself by tackling the famous Devil’s Kitchen Climb, included in the 75-mile registration.
It’s all about the engines at the Orange County Fair, where you’ll find the best vehicular entertainment from monster trucks to the demolition derby. Apart from its unique taste in carnival fun, this event still maintains its county fair feel with traditional and thrill-seeking rides and other entertainment.
July belongs to the youth of Greene County. The Greene County Fair showcases the talent and creativity produced through 4-H Club participation. Along with its agricultural grandeur, this fair also provides other means of entertainment for all ages. Children can enjoy the activities area, while the adults can partake in the traditional forestry and conservation displays.
A pay-one-price ticket gives you access to more than 20 fair rides for all ages, exhibits from the county sheriff’s office and local 4H, and headlining shows, from Sass and Brass to Emily Ann Roberts. Don’t forget to indulge in a generous helping of fried Oreos or funnel cake before you watch the nighttime fireworks.
New Paltz; www.ulstercountyfair.com
For its 175th year, New York State’s second largest county fair returns to Rhinebeck. Spend a day at its one-of-a-kind mix of gardens, agricultural exhibits, and Century Museum Village with in-costume storytellers. Plus, explore traditional fair activities, like hitting the wild. adrenaline-inducing rides and trying every type of carnival food you could imagine, for a truly memorable way to end the summer.
The Columbia County Fair returns for its 181st year, bringing back midway rides, monster tractors, livestock, crafts, talent competitions, a firefighters’ parade, and more.