These September Events Will Get You in the Fall Spirit

Get rockin’ in Catskill, eat a ‘Movable Feast’ in Hudson, check out indie songstress Neko Case in Poughkeepsie, and celebrate an early Oktoberfest at Hunter Mountain.


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Sept 12–16: Catskill Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Fest

Thousands of motorcyclists descend on the Northern Catskills, bringing with them music, vendors, and rodeos. You are only recommended to bring earplugs.

Blackthorne Resort, East Durham, 518.634.2541,

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Sept 22–Oct 14: Oktoberfest

Beer, brats, and BMWs, all in a makeshift Bavaria. Four weekends of festivities give you plenty of opportunities to hoist a stein and try out some of the region’s best food and drink.

Hunter Mountain, 888.486.8376,


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Movable Feast is a night of local food and drink, with the chance to visit some of Hudson’s historic homes. After wine in Hudson Hall’s historic ballroom, visitors are sent off for a gourmet two-course dinner in a local home or business space. Proceeds from tickets, as well as a raffle of gift certificates and local products, will benefit the Hall.

Sept 22, Hudson Hall, Hudson, 518.822.1438,



Sept 2: Trio Solisti – Maverick Chamber Music Festival

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Focusing on music for piano, violin, and cello, with pieces by Haydn, Chausson, and Dvorak.

Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, 845.679.8217,


Sept 9: David Byrne

The legendary former frontman of the Talking Heads brings his latest high-concept stage show to Albany. Featuring tunes from throughout his career as well as his latest, American Utopia. 

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663,


Sept 12: John Mayall

The “Godfather of English Blues” and collaborator with Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor will play selections from his 50-year career.               

Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, 845.679.4406,


Sept 13: Rhiannon Giddens

This banjo player and cofounder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops will play hits, originals, and traditionals before a standing-room-only crowd.

Towne Crier Café, Beacon, 845.855.1300,


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The Catskill Street Festival celebrates the many restaurants, breweries, farmers, and artists of the Catskill area. Come for the food trucks and live music; stay for the creek and the many, many shops throwing open their doors to the Crossroads-drinking, bread-sampling, and otherwise satisfied visitors to this Greene County seat and the nearby Hamlet of Leeds.

Sept 15, Main Street, Catskill


Sept 13: Mystic Braves

Throwing back to an earlier era of garage and psychedelic bands, and then throwing them all into a blender.

BSP, Kingston, 845.481.5158,


Sept 15: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

“The last ‘blog rock’ band standing” will bring their particular lo-fi charms to Woodstock’s most historic venue.             

Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, 845.679.7625,


Sept 15: Leaf Peepers: Tim Fain

This acclaimed violin virtuoso’s career has included collaborations with Philip Glass, performances on the scores for Black Swan and 12 Years a Slave, and VR work with Google. The program includes pieces by Bach, Muhly, and Zhurbin, as well as Fain himself.

Hudson Hall, Hudson, 518.822.1438,


Sept 21: The Hudson Dusters with Special Guest James Hearne

Local extraordinaires on guitar and ukulele, the members of this Hudson-based group play a mix of country, folk, and bluegrass.

Club Helsinki, Hudson, 518.828.4800,


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Brats, brews, and more overflow at Germania Oktoberfest, the region’s premiere Oktoberfest celebration. Come for three days of authentic Bavarian cuisine, choice beers, and live music from the Bratwurst Boys, Gregory and the Brauhaus Band, and the Adlers Band.

Sept 7–9, Germania Festival Grounds, Poughkeepsie, 845.471.0609,                   


Theater and Dance

Aug 31–Sept 3: Rip Van Winkle

This world premiere by Seth Bockley focuses not only on the man who slept too long, but the many ravers of his home village as well. The company’s first-ever mainstage commission.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Boscobel House & Gardens, Garrison, 845.265.9575,


Sept 30: Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games

The dancers dance, fiddlers fiddle, and the Fenians spin in their graves. But this features a few twists, and all-new music from Gerard Fahy. 

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663,


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Sept 14: John Pizzarelli Trio with Catherine Russell

A night of jazz guitar and tributes to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.

Sept 18: Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary

The Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman bring in a group of ringers to celebrate when the late Gram Parsons helped them go full-country.

Sept 27: The High Kings

In the tradition of groups like the Dubliners, Irish balladeers will perform standards and originals updated for modern audiences.

Empire State Plaza, Albany, 518.473.1845,


Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Sept 1: Steve Martin and Martin Short

Classic comedians, actors — and some high-flight banjo tunes to boot — on the Bethel Woods main stage.

Sept 2: Deep Purple and Judas Priest

As metal as you can get without moving to Scandinavia. All the hits you remember, and more.

Sept 30: Hot Tuna

Folk, blues, and psychedelia with the co-founders of Jefferson Airplane. In the Event Gallery.

Bethel, 866.781.2922,


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Sept 13: Sugar Ray

Get ready to fly: Back to Malibu, and the late ’90s, and your glory days, when nothing was more impressive than frosted tips and a Tommy Bahama shirt.

Sept 14: Jefferson Starship

They built this city; so why not renew your citizenship for one more night of synths, hair, and anticipation?

Sept 22: The Gipsy Kings

Flamenco, salsa, and rumba, with touches of Costa del Sol and the South of France to boot. Includes a free download of their upcoming album Evidence.

Sept 23: Nils Lofgren Acoustic Duo

The master himself, famous for his solos on classics like Tonight’s the Night, will play deep cuts from his own extensive catalog.

Peekskill, 914.739.0039,


Daryl’s House Club

Sept 12: California Guitar Trio

All riffage, all the time, in search of the connections between jazz, rock, and classical.

Sept 14: Rhett Miller

Alt-country with a touch of punk rock, Miller pokes and provokes while crooning like Heaven’s most sarcastic angel.

Sept 29: Steven Page Trio

You might only know Page’s run of late-90s hits with the Barenaked Ladies, but this master popsmith is still going strong.

 Pawling, 845.289.0185,


Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

Aug 31–Sept 9: The Last Five Years

This two-performer musical explores the half-decade relationship between an actress and writer. May not be appropriate for younger audiences.

Sept 14–16: Understudy Jesus

Set in the costume shop of a small-town Indiana Masonic Temple, this serio-comic exploration of drama in all its forms centers around a Passion play.

Sept 21–30: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

It’s the 1930s, and the titular Brodie educates and miseducates her class at the top-flight Marcia Blaine School for Girls.

Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080,



Through Dec 9: Community and Continuity

An exhibition of contemporary painting, sculpture, and  photography, this exhibit focuses on the enduring presence of New York’s indigenous peoples.            

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, 845.257.3844,


Sept 14–Oct 26: Bring Your Own Sunshine Group Show

This Nancy Daubenspeck-led show focuses on artists inspired by nature.

Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, 914.834.8077,


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Comedy’s great neurotic, Richard Lewis is famous for his rambling, confessional style of comedy, as well as his iconic self-parodying role on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Sept 15,

Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill, 914.739.0039,


Sept 23–Nov 4: Bejeweled: Mixed Media Abstractions

After a summer of figures and photography, the Gallery is going abstract. Work from Vincent Pomillo, Stephen Walling, Susan Stover, and Sarah Berney. Through Nov 4.

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, 518.828.1915,



Sept 5: La Familia

This low-key father-son drama was reportedly the first Venezuelan film to be screened in competition at Cannes. In Spanish with English subtitles. NR.

The Rosendale Theatre Collective, Rosendale, 845.658.8989,


Sept 11: An Education

Set in ’60s London, this Nick Hornby-penned romance finds Carey Mulligan drawn to a man twice her age, played by Peter Sarsgaard. PG-13.

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663,


Sept 23, 26: An American in Paris

The classic Gene Kelly musical. Inspired by and set to the music of George Gershwin, with a heavy focus on the dancing chops of Kelly and co-star Leslie Caron.

The Rosendale Theatre Collective, Rosendale, 845.658.8989,


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Ignis Lumina by artist Marlene Krumm-Sanders, photo provided by ROCA

Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) celebrates the present vision of its teaching artists with the Contemporary Rockland Artists: RoCA Faculty Exhibit, which will kick off the fall season of exhibits in the Emerson Gallery. RoCA, founded 70 years ago, continues the legacy of its founders by offering courses of instruction under teachers who actively create, teach, and exhibit throughout the Hudson Valley and the U.S. An opening reception is set for Saturday, Sept 8, from 1–4 p.m.

Exhibit runs Sept 8–23. Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, 845.358.0877,



Sept 7–8: Laser Magic

Music and laser lights for an out-of-this-world show in the Museum’s planetarium.

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550,


Sept 8–Nov 10: Saturdays at the Woods

Days of kid-focused arts activities for ages 4–13, to help them build skills and exercise their creativity.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, 866.781.2922,


Sept 15: Hardscrabble Day

Come for the local food, stay for the live music at this annual celebration of the artisans, businesses, and people of Red Hook. 

Village of Red Hook, 845.758.108, find them on Facebook



Sept 9: An Evening with Groucho​ ​

Frank Ferrante’s award-winning portrayal of the master jokester transforms the legend’s many famous bits, songs, and routines into a 90-minute stage show.             

Paramount Hudson Valley, 914.739.0039,


Sept 15: Keith Robinson

This “quintessential comedian’s comedian” brings his “back of the bus funny” routine to Poughkeepsie, riffing and improvising on Robinson’s life and the world at large.

Laugh It Up! Comedy Club, inside Mahoney’s Irish Pub, Poughkeepsie, 845.418.3989,


Sept 15: Sebastian Maniscalco

Whether you’re hungry for takes on PC-culture or fed up with this overcooked style of comedy, you have to agree: this guest of Conan and The Late Show certainly says what he thinks.

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663,


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Over 20 years and dozens of songs, Neko Case has proven herself the voice to beat. From her early country work to turns in arena rock and throwback pop, as well as being a co-founder of indie royalty The New Pornographers, Case has obliterated eardrums and expectations with her soaring, keening pipes. Her backing band will perform songs from 2018’s Hell-On.

Sept 21, Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072,


Sept 27: Lewis Black

If not the most famous comedian, certainly the loudest. Black has hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner, performed at Carnegie Hall, and was a recurring guest on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, 914.739.0039,


Sept 29: Judy Gold

Storyteller, social critic, and award-winning Shakespearean actor, Gold has debuted specials on HBO and Comedy Central in addition to her work in TV and theater.

Laugh It Up! Comedy Club, inside Mahoney’s Irish Pub, Poughkeepsie, 845.418.3989,



Sept 8–9: Bluestone Carving Learn this ancient art’s every step, from seeing your vision in the stone to finishing your masterpiece’s surface. Fee includes box lunch and dinner.

Windham Mountain Resort, Windham, 1.800.754.9463,

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