The September Events You Don't Want to Miss

Lyndhurst welcomes craftspeople, “American Pie” comes to Peekskill, and Bavarian dancers get a headstart on Oktoberfest.


Through  Sept. 1: Summer of Love It’s been almost 50 years since the summer of ‘Flower Power’ was celebrated at Woodstock. An exhibition of contemporary artwork demonstrates the spirit of Freedom, Peace, Love and Flower Power by artists Gabe Brown, Mary Judge, David Konigsberg and Melanie Parke. Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. • Kenise Barnes Fine Art, 1947 Palmer Ave, Larchmont, 914.834.8077;

Through Sept. 3: 2017 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region Highlights the work of the best visual artists in the region. This 81st annual, juried exhibition pays tribute to the many talented artists working within a 100-mile radius of the Capital District. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. most days, closed Mon. & Tues. • Albany Institute, 125 Washington Ave, Albany, 518.463.4478;

Through Nov. 5: Overlook Exhibition: Teresita Fernández Confronts Frederic Church In this exhibition, artist Teresita Fernández examines Frederic Church and his contemporaries’ response to the cultures and landscapes they experienced during their 19th-century Latin American travels. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Fernández’s perspective and respond to her provocative installation. Tues.–Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, children under 12 free. • Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, 518.828.0135;

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Sept. 27–Nov. 12: Selected Paintings & Sculpture Art works by James O’Shea, Susan Stover, Adam Cohen, Ginny Fox, and Dai Ban will be showcased at this exquisite gallery for the fall months. Contemporary paintings of oil on canvas, acrylic on panels, hand-printed paper with mixed media on panels, and sculptures of Styrofoam on Venetian plaster will be on display. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. • Carrie Haddad Gallery, 622 Warren St, Hudson, 518.828.1915;

Through Dec. 15: Picture Industry Comprising works by close to 80 artists and ranging from historical documents to major installations, this exhibit draws  from photography’s role within science, the humanities, and contemporary art to complicate traditional accounts of the photographic medium. The exhibition encompasses a broad range of photographic practices from the late 19th century to the present. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. • Bard, Hessel Museum of Art, 33 Garden Rd, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7598;

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Stephen King, author of more than 50 worldwide bestsellers, and fellow author (and son) Owen King discuss their provocative and gloriously absorbing new collaboration, Sleeping Beauties. Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, this novel is the highest of high-stakes stories. This event, presented by Oblong Books & Music in collaboration with the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, comes at the start of a national book tour and includes an audience Q&A, but will not include a public book signing. Sept. 27, 7 p.m., $40. Bard College, The Richard B. Fisher Center, 60 Manor Ave, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900;

The West Point Band holds a Labor Day Celebration concluding the concert series, “Music Under the Stars” at Trophy Point. This band has presented concerts on the banks of the Hudson since 1817, overlooking waters that Washington called “the key to the continent.” Enjoy music ranging from John Philip Sousa to Bruno Mars ending with a spectacular fireworks show over the river. Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m., free. Trophy Point, 117 Washington Rd, West Point, 845.938.2617;

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Sept. 2–3: Pohaku Solo Dance Christopher K. Morgan performs an evening that incorporates storytelling, hula, classical music, projection design, and modern dance. His show features his personal stories of Hawaii’s native people along with live music by Kumu Hula Elsie Kaleihulukea Ryder and electric cellist, Wytold. 8 p.m., $35 adults, $18 students. • PS 21, 2980 Rt 66, Chatham, 518.392.6121;

Sept. 8: The Drifters A legendary vocal group of the ’50s, they are once again touring the US singing their top hits such as “Under the Boardwalk,” “Stand by Me,” and “There Goes My Baby.” 8 p.m., $36+. Sept. 15: Don McLean A musical icon of the ’70s, McLean is best known for his classic rock ballad, “American Pie,” and has amassed more than 40 gold and platinum albums; his other hits include “Vincent,” “And I Love You So,” and “Castles in the Air.” 8 p.m., $55+. • Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St, Peekskill, 914.739.0039;

Sept. 10: Big Band Concert & Sunset Picnic Bring a picnic supper and delight in the music of the 20-piece Big Band Sound orchestra as they recreate the swinging sounds of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and more. A swing dance demonstration by the Fred Astaire Dance Studio will entertain the crowd, and everyone is invited to jump in. Doors open at 5 p.m. for picnicking, music is 6–8 p.m., $17 adults, children under 10 years are free. • Boscobel House & Gardens, 1601 Rt 9D, Garrison, 845.265.3638;        

Sept. 10: Shanghai Quartet with Orion Weiss, Piano Classical music to soothe the soul. This quartet will be playing: Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95, and Serioso; Krzysztof Penderecki’s String Quartet No. 3 and Leaves of an Unwritten Diary; Brahms/Busoni’s Three Chorale Preludes and Op. 122; and Dvorák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, and Op. 81. 4 p.m., $5+. • Maverick Concert Hall, 120 Maverick Rd, Woodstock, 845.679.8217; 

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Sept. 16: Popa Chubby An in-your-face blues/rock/R&B guitar slinger, his motto is that the core of music is about excitement. The energy and showmanship of Popa Chubby’s music has earned him critical and commercial acclaim. 8:30 p.m., $25. • Towne Crier Café, 379 Main St, Beacon; 845.855.1300;

Sept. 21: The High Kings Ireland’s Folk Band of the year performs traditional and original Celtic music, showcasing their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists and vocalists in their latest recording, “Grace & Glory.” 7:30 p.m., $34. Sept 30: Tango Fire Twelve spectacular dancers and a quartet of musicians from Buenos Aires combine rawness and sophistication with the seductive and sultry sides of Tango, artfully tracing its origins from the streets of Argentina through its evolution into today’s ballroom styles. 8 p.m., $34. • The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, 518.473.1845;

Sept. 24: Graham Nash The original classic union of Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young) lasted only 20 months, but their songs are lightning rods embedded in American culture: “Marrakesh Express,” “Pre-Road Downs” (written for then-girlfriend Joni Mitchell), and “Lady Of the Island.” 8 p.m., $66+. Sept. 28: Cabaret Night with Borislav Strulev and Friends This orchestra’s program will feature jazz, tango, and classical musical performances. 8 p.m., $17+. • Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd, Bethel, 866.781.2922;



Sept. 924: The Mystery of Edwin Drood In this wildly warm-hearted musical, you finish the story that Charles Dickens didn’t with a hilarious whodunit. When young Drood disappears one stormy Christmas Eve, murder is suspected, but who could have committed the crime?  That is for the audience to decide! Performance by the Creative Theatre-Muddy Waters Players. Weekends, Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., Call for ticket costs. • Mainstage at the Playhouse, Museum Village Inc, 1010 Route 17M, Monroe, 845.294.9465;

Sept. 1424: How to Pray Vividly theatrical and filled with humor and heartbreak, this play by Michelle Carter is about a woman named Faith who never wanted to have children, but when her brother begs her to be a surrogate for him and his barren wife, she agrees to help them. Complications ensue with a cast that includes an irrepressible dog, a surly house cat, a social-networking boyfriend, and a friend in a gender-identity crisis. Recommended for ages 16+. 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m., $22, $10 students. • Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge St, Catskill, 518.943.3818;

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The Elmwood Playhouse will be staging a production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, about two divorced friends, Felix Unger and Oscar Madison, who try to live together despite ideas of housekeeping and lifestyle that are as different as night and day. Together with their poker pals and female neighbors, the two men discover whether sharing an apartment will ultimately drive both of them to mayhem. Weekends Fri.–Sun., Sept. 8–Oct. 7 (excluding Sept. 29- Oct. 1), Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., adults $25, seniors/students $22. Elmwood Playhouse, 10 Park St, Nyack, 845.353.1313;



Sept. 14: Royal Shakespeare Company’s Titus Andronicus The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss. He relinquishes power, but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism, and mutilation fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society. Shakespeare presents us with murder as entertainment and poses questions about sexuality, family, class, and society. 2 p.m., $20 members, $30 non-members. • Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663;

Sept 2224: Sci-Fi Film Festival Featuring new and classic science fiction films to thrill and excite with this frightening, out-of-this-world showcase. Check website for films and times. • Paramount Theatre, 17 South St, Middletown, 845.346.4195;



Mondays through Sept. 4: Yoga With a View Entice the senses as you stretch and pose overlooking the Hudson River from the beautiful landscape of Boscobel. All levels of yoga will be taught by internationally recognized instructor, Ellen Forman. 6–7:15 p.m., $18/class. • Boscobel House & Gardens, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, 845.265.3638; 

Sept. 8–10: Germania Oktoberfest Highlighting this festival will be authentic German foods, Bavarian pretzels, Munich’s finest Biers, singers, Bavarian dancers, vendors, a children’s Chicken Dance party, clowns, balloons, and more. Fri. 5–10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 12–6 p.m., $6, 16 and younger are free. • Germania Festival Grounds, 51 Old Degarmo Rd, Poughkeepsie, 845.471.0609;

Sept. 9: General Montgomery Day Celebrating its 28th year, this event attracts nearly 30,000 people annually, starting with a parade of floats and marching bands. Live music on several stages, a children’s soapbox derby, pony rides, craft vendors, puppet shows, food trucks, bounce houses, fireworks, and more, fill this time-honored event. 9 a.m.–9:30 p.m. • Union St & Clinton St, Montgomery, 845.457.9661;

Sept. 9: Drum Boogie Festival A multi-cultural music event celebrating the diverse style of music and dance from around the world including jazz, rock, and African styles. Renowned musicians such as Nexus and The Big Takeover will be performing. Bring a blanket/chair. Food trucks available. 11 a.m.–8 p.m., free. • Andy Lee Field, Rock City Rd, Woodstock, 845.657.0455;

Sept. 16: Light into Night This is the 4th annual fundraiser for Art Omi and features avant-garde art happenings and innovative performances. After a fun and lively cocktail hour outside as the sun sets over the studio barn, guests will enjoy a seasonal farm-to-table dinner. Silent and live auctions, and then dessert and dancing, will top off the night. Also available will be a children’s party at Camp Omi with a campfire and art-making. 5–10 p.m., see website for varying costs. • OMI International Art Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent. 518.392.4747;

Sept. 17: Taste of New Paltz A family fun event with gourmet foods from area restaurants that provide a sampling of some of the scrumptious dishes the Hudson Valley has to offer.  Craft breweries and wineries will have beer and wine tastings; arts and crafts cater to children; live music rocks the day away. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., advance tockets $3, $5 day-of, 12 and under are free. • Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Rd, New Paltz, 845.255.0243;

Sept. 23: Larkfest In its 36th year, the annual LarkFest is Albany’s largest one-day street festival with 80,000 people expected to attend. On hand will be live music and entertainment, fun activities for children, and food delicacies. Vendors will be selling jewelry, handmade soaps, photography, ceramics, crafts, and more. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. • Lark St, Albany;

Sept. 23–Oct. 29: Bear Mountain Oktoberfest Each weekend the party celebrates German culture with traditional foods, beer, dancing, and music. A different band will play each day. Sat./Sun. noon–6 p.m. • Bear Mountain Inn, 3020 Seven Lakes Dr, Bear Mountain, 845.786.2731;

Sept. 24: Windham Wedding Expo Prospective brides and grooms are welcome to meet the area’s bridal professionals and view the latest fashions, flowers, and foods for their special occasion. Wedding vendors include DJs, photographers, wedding planners, rental companies, bakeries, and more. Brides can enter to win many door prizes and enjoy a complimentary sky ride to view Windham Mountain’s Wedding Deck. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., free. • Windham Mountain Resort, 19 Resort Dr, Windham, 518.734.4300;

Sept. 24: Port Jervis Fall Foliage Festival In its 25th year celebrating autumn, it boasts a car show, live entertainment, craft vendors, children’s activities, and tasty foods throughout the village. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., free. • 1 Jersey Ave, Port Jervis, 845.858.4000;

Oct. 1: Traubenfest The 127th annual festival of German culture features food, live oompah bands and dancing, and beer for sale. 11 a.m.–dusk, rain or shine. Admission, $5 for adults, kids under 14 are free. • German Masonic Park, 89 Western Hghwy, Tappan;

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Attracting thousands of visitors each year, the Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst features 300 contemporary American artists and craftspeople. Talented artists will be selling jewelry, handbags, wooden furniture, hand-woven fashions, pottery, blown glass vases, and more. Craft demonstrations such as canoe building, spinning fiber, and silk scarf making will be held throughout the day. Children’s activities include a puppet theatre, face painting, and crafts. Sept. 15–17, Fri./Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $12, seniors $11, children 6–16 yrs. $4, under 6 yrs. free. Lyndhurst Mansion, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, 914.631.4481;



Sept. 9: Rootin’ Tootin’ Hootenanny with Emily A family sing-a-long that occurs the second Saturday of each month for children 0-10 years of age. A musical show of instruments and some of your favorite children’s songs are sure to please. 10–11 a.m., $5. • Beacon Music Factory, 333 Fishkill Ave, Beacon, 845.765.0472;

Sept. 9: Back to School Party & Movie Night Get the new school year off on the right path with a back-to-school party for your little ones. A screening of the PG-rated movie Stuart Little will be shown, so bring a picnic dinner and blanket to enjoy the festivities. 7:30 p.m., free. • Freedom Park, 212 Skidmore Rd, Pleasant Valley, 845.452.1972;

Sept. 16: Family Free Night Enlighten your children’s minds through a fun and creative learning environment where hands-on experiences spark curiosity, discovery, and the joy of exploration at this free family event. 5–8 p.m. • Mid Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 N Water St, Poughkeepsie, 845.471.0589;

Sept. 19: Shopkins Live! This premiere live production lights up the stage with show-stopping performances featuring the Shoppies. Join Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, and Polli Polish as they perform the coolest dance moves, sing the latest pop songs, and show off the trendiest fashions. 6 p.m., $28+. • Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave, Albany, 518.465.4663;

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This year marks the 25th anniversary for the Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival, where local wineries and orchards entice crowds with their sweet and savory harvest. Along with several cooking demonstrations and wine tastings, event-goers can marvel at the juried art show, peruse craft vendors, and wind through a classic car show. Pony rides, bounce houses, a haunted house, pumpkin painting, and clowns entertain the younger crowds. Sept. 16–17, Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10–5 p.m., $8 adults, free for kids 15 and under. Altamont Fair Grounds, 129 Grand St., Altamont, 518.786.1529;



Sept. 16: Donnell Rawlings – One Night Only An overnight success a decade in the making, he’s been on Comedy Central’s award-winning and critically celebrated Chappelle’s Show as numerous characters with his edgy and relevant humor.  8 p.m., $55+. • Middletown Paramount Theatre, 17 South St, Middletown, 845.346.4195;

Sept. 16: Robert Klein Best known for his unique brand of observational humor, he has a gift for satirical social criticism. Honest, self-questioning, and always contagiously funny, Klein has never spared directing his scathing wit on himself and inspiring laughs across America. 8 p.m., $35+. • Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St, Peekskill, 914.739.0039;

Sept. 23: Elizardi “Eli” Castro This comic’s animated and physical comedic style has made him an audience favorite. A licensed attorney, Castro uses his experience as a prosecutor, a criminal defense attorney, and his remarkable storytelling abilities to engage audiences of all ages. 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m., $20. • Carmine’s Comedy

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Andrew Dice Clay is proud to be one of America’s most controversial and outrageous comics. Clay’s rise to fame was nothing less than meteoric; he became the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row. The Dice Man has released numerous best-selling DVDs (No Apologies and Dice Rules!) and a string of gold- and platinum-selling CDs. Sept. 13, 8 p.m., $70+.  Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St, Peekskill, 914.739.0039;


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