These Are 5 of the Coolest Things to Do in the Hudson Valley This June

ArtsWestchester showcases local contemporary artists; candid conversation in Hudson; and Newburgh holds its 6th arts/music fest.

Hudson Has Everyday People

Award-winning filmmaker and photographer J.D. Urban introduces [R]evolution is Uncomfortable, part of his documentary series, The Everyday People Project. Urban describes it as “an interview series featuring candid conversations with everyday people about how their personal experiences have shaped their political beliefs.” A photography exhibit of his works with a collection of shorts is on display until June 24.

Screening and reception June 15, free. Henry Hudson Hall Center for the Arts, 327 Warren St, Hudson, 518.822.1438;


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Let There Be Light

Newburgh Illuminated celebrates its sixth year as one of the largest music and arts festivals in the Hudson Valley, with more than 17,000 people in attendance across six blocks in the heart of Newburgh. With more than 40 bands performing on four stages, the all-day event also boasts all sorts of local talent featuring magicians, spoken-word entertainers, artists and craftspeople, dance performances, children’s activities, Colorfest, and food vendors.

June 2, free. Broadway & Liberty St, Newburgh,


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Strawberries Galore in Beacon

The Beacon Sloop Club hosts the annual Strawberry Festival spotlighting live music, educational displays, children’s activities, and dozens of food and craft vendors. At the center is the Strawberry Tent, where fresh-made strawberry shortcakes, as well as strawberry smoothies and chocolate-covered strawberries, are a sweet delight.

June 10, Riverfront Park, 124 Red Flynn Dr, Beacon, 914.907.4928;


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Artisan Showcase

The 2nd Annual Craft Market Walk spans a mile-long stretch through Gardiner from the library through the rail trail to the Yard Owl Craft Brewery, showcasing artisans and vendors from around town. The free, family-friendly event highlights artists, farmers, brewers, beekeepers, and craft-makers accompanied by live music and delicious foods. June 2, Station Square, Gardiner, 845.337.9987;

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Legendary Rockers

Iconic rock legends from the ’60s and ’70s, The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton will be performing some of their greatest hits. Steve Miller burst on the scene with his band performing songs such as “Take the Money and Run,” and “Fly Like an Eagle.” Peter Frampton, a British-American rocker, has long been a staple in the music industry and best known for his song, “Baby, I Love Your Way.” 

June 29, $36+. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd, Bethel, 866.781.2922;

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