Things to Do Every Day This August

Let our monthly events calendar help you have a memorable end of summer.




Through Sept. 30: Matera, Italy

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Nick Zungoli’s photographs of Matera, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world that has gained international fame for its ancient town, the “Sassi di Matera.” 

Exposures Gallery, Sugar Loaf, Chester, 845.469.9382;


Through Oct. 28: Thomas Cole’s Paper Trail

An exhibit that highlights the artist’s drawings of Hudson River scenes and letters between family and friends in the 1800s.

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Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, 518.463.4478;


Photo by Stewart Dean

Our pick: Southern Square & Cajun Dance & Picnic Dinner — one of the many events during the Ashokan Center’s Southern Week, Aug 12–18  —  is sure to lift your spirits and your feet. After a delicious meal of BBQ chicken and corn-on-the-cob, Will Mentor will be calling the square dancing, while Jay & Molly entertain the crowds with waltzes and Coullion Connection follows up with some Cajun fun.

Aug. 11, Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333;

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Aug. 2–Sept. 1: Cool & Collected ’18: Emerging Artists 35 and Under

Featuring artists Katie Barrie, Rebecca Levitan, Laini Nemett, Alex Osborne, Sophie Treppendahl, and others.

Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, 914.834.8077;


Music and Dance


Aug. 1: Slayer

Heavy metal music at its best. Guest stars Lamb of God, Testament, Anthrax & Napalm Death. 

Times Union Center, Albany, 518.487.2000;


Aug. 4: Luminarium Dance Company in Concert

A family-friendly performance featuring newly commissioned work inspired by Clermont’s history and landscape, alongside a selection of repertory favorites ranging from classical to contemporary. 

Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown, 518.537.4240;


Aug. 9: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

For more than 20 years this group has been known for mesmerizing live shows marked by orchestral dynamics and epic rock power. 

Basilica Hudson, Hudson, 518.822.1050;


Aug. 11: Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band

This group performs all of the hits of the Eagles, as well as Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh’s solo albums.

Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, 914.631.3390;

Aug. 11, 18, 25: Orange County Pop, Rock, & Doo-Wop Concert Series

World-class pop, rock, and doo-wop music concerts featuring music from the ’50s and ’60s, free of charge. Bring your own chair/blanket. 

Newburgh waterfront, People’s Park, Newburgh;


Aug. 11, 25: Pawling Music by the Lake

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening of music outdoors by the lake. On the 11th, the Bruce Katz Band will be belting out their blues, soul-jazz, and American roots music. On the 25th, The Greyhounds will be entertaining the crowds with their rhythm-driven rock ’n’ roll.

Lakeside Park, Pawling, 845.855.1131;


Aug. 12: Danish String Quartet

Playing the music of Beethoven, Hans Abrahamsen, and Haydn will be: Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen and Frederik Øland on violin, Asbjørn Nørgaard on the viola and Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin playing the cello.

Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, 845.679.8217;


Aug. 12: Gordon Lightfoot in Concert

A legendary folk singer-songwriter, his popular hits include “Sundown,”  “Carefree Highway,” and “If You Could Read My Mind.”

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, 914.739.0039;


Our pick: Flower power invades Westchester this month when Hippiefest 2018 comes to Peekskill. The lineup of bands performing includes Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels (above), and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland.

Aug. 18, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, 914.739.0039;


Aug. 13: American Idol Live!

The 2018 top 7 finalists will be performing the songs that made them famous; the winner from season 8, Kris Allen, guest stars.

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663;


Aug. 18: Kansas

Eight gold albums and three sextuple-platinum albums are just a few reasons why Kansas has become legendary with songs such as “Carry On Wayward Son,” and “Dust in the Wind.” 

Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston, 845.339.6088;


Aug. 24: The Everly Brothers Experience Featuring the Zmed Brothers

Honoring the aesthetics of the iconic sound of one of the most popular groups of the ’50s and ’60s with songs such as “Bye Bye Love” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream.” 

Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, 845.679.4406;


Aug. 26: The Kurpil Family Fiddlers

Enjoy an afternoon of fiddle music, song history, and an exhibit of photos and memorabilia with this family of fiddlers.

Time & The Valleys Museum, Grahamsville, 845.985.7700;




Through Aug. 4: Kalamazoo

A romantic roller coaster about two seniors on different ends of the spectrum: an Irish-Catholic woman and a Jewish East Coast man. After they meet on an online dating site, their first date consists of body shots and tattoos as they discover they’re still young at heart.

Curtain Call Theatre, Latham, 518.877.7529;


Through Aug. 4: Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller’s classic drama about the loss of identity and seeking the American Dream.

Elmwood Playhouse, Nyack, 845.353.1313;


Through Aug. 5: Honky Tonk Laundry

In this light-hearted musical, a couple of country angels turn a Nashville laundromat into a boot-scootin’ honky-tonk.  Features music by the Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, and more.

Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville, 845.647.5511;


Through Aug. 25: The Heart of Robin Hood

To escape her forthcoming marriage to the villainous Prince John, Marion flees to the forest seeking Robin Hood but finds an aloof clod in this re-imagined adaptation by David Farr.

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


Our pick: Spend a relaxing afternoon along the banks of the Hudson River at Jazz in the Valley, an annual festival that showcases music by world-class musicians. This year the music lineup includes: Mimi Jones, Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Henderson, Renee Marie, Donald Harrison, and Javon Jackson.

Aug. 19, Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie, 845.384.6350;


Aug. 2–19: Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

A murder mystery that only Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Watson can solve. These intrepid sleuths try to find the killer of the Baskerville family’s cursed male heirs in a web of clues, silly accents, hilarious disguises, and unsavory characters in this comedic murderous tale.

Clove Creek Dinner Theater, Fishkill, 845.202.7778;


Aug. 10–Sept. 9: Bang Bang!

Written by John Cleese of Monty Python fame, this new adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s classic farce is about a high-society couple who are cheating with secret lovers.

Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville, 845.647.5511;


Aug. 11: Truth

A theatrical performance based on the life of Sojourner Truth that features music, dance, spoken word, and puppets. 

Rosendale Theatre Collective, Rosendale, 845.658.8989;




Aug. 7: How to Steal a Million

A 1966 romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole as two burglars who decide to rob a Paris museum, but things don’t exactly turn out as planned.              

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663;


Aug. 28: Moana

Part of the free summer movie concert series, this children’s movie is about a girl who wishes to sail the ocean and free her people from an ancient curse. 

Palace Theatre, Albany, 518.465.4663;                                         


County Fairs


July 31–Aug. 5: Ulster County Fair

Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz, 845.255.1380;


Aug. 7–12: Schoharie County Sunshine Fair

Cobleskill Fairgrounds, Cobleskill, 518.234.2123;


Aug. 9–12: Otisville Country Fair

Finchville Turnpike, Otisville, 845.283.0635;


Aug. 14–19: Albany County’s Altamont Fair

Altamont Fairgrounds, 518.861.6671;


Aug. 17–19: Sullivan County’s Grahamsville Little World’s Fair

Grahamsville Fairgrounds, Grahamsville, 845.985.7367;


Aug. 21–-26: Dutchess County Fair

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, 845.876.4000;


Aug. 29–Sept. 3: Columbia County Fair

Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham, 518.392.2121;


Aug. 29–Sept. 3: Rensselaer County’s Great Schaghticoke Fair

Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, 518.753.4411;


Special Events


Through Aug. 19: The 15th Annual Bard SummerScape Festival 

Featuring world-class opera, theater, dance, cabaret, film, and music throughout the month, inspired by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, 845.758.7900;


Aug. 3–5: 30th Annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Music, dance, food, and crafts highlight this celebration. More than 20 performers will play including Annie Wenz, The Kennedys, The End of America, Dan Navarro, and more. 

Dodds Farm, Hillsdale, 860.364.2138;


Aug. 4: In the Good Old Summertime

Knox’s Headquarters celebrates 100 years with Edwardian games (tennis & croquet), tours, and a lecture of the Jane Colden plant sanctuary and the Ellison House. 

Knox’s Headquarters Historic Site, Vails Gate, 845.561.5498;


Aug. 4: Jazz at the Grill

Bring a lawn chair to enjoy this outdoor jazz concert series while feasting on cuisine prepared by the local eatery Slammin’ Salmon. 

Millbrook Vineyards, Millbrook, 845.677.8383;


Aug. 4: 10th Annual Summer Festival

The town of Wassaic comes alive with music, dance, art, and all-around fun for everyone at this free annual event.      

The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, 855.927.7242;


Photo provided by Jacob Burns Film Center

Our pick: A Fistful Of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood is a classic Western at its best. Eastwood plays a wandering gunfighter who arrives in Mexico scheming to make some money pitting two rival families against each other.

Aug. 14, Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663;

Aug. 5: Mustang Club Car Show

If you revel in the beauty of Mustangs (the four-wheeled kind), this car show has a lot to admire.

Museum Village, Monroe, 845.782.8248;


Aug. 11: 11th Annual Sangria Fest

A lively celebration featuring fresh-made sangrias, authentic Mexican cuisine, henna tattoos, tarot card readings, and live music throughout the day. 

Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent, 518.392.9463;


Aug. 24–26: Summer Hoot

A down-home, multi-generational celebration of live roots music on two outdoor stages with plenty of local foods and crafts for a full weekend. 

Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333;


Aug. 25: Grape Jam Music Festival

Featuring the music Hurley Mountain Highway and the Fred Zeplin band along with vendors, bounce house and wagon rides for children, raffles, beer, wine, food, and more.   

Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills, 845.928.5384;


Aug. 25–26: Olana Summer Market

More than 25 workshops, craft vendors, and delicious eateries will adorn the lavish landscape for an afternoon of picnics, shopping, and fresh air.

Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, 518.828.0135;



Every Saturday and Sunday: Meet the Animals 

Kids will love to view rabbits, turtles, frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, fish, owls, and the crowd favorite — Edgar, the resident crow — up close.           

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Wildlife Education Center, Cornwall-on-Hudson, 845.534.7781;


Aug. 10: Just for Fun: Bill Shannon

This unique performance is based on creative movement and dance, integrating skateboarding, physical comedy, and storytelling to inspire children to find their own personal moves.

PS 21, Chatham, 518.392.6121;


Aug. 11: Magic by Monaco

Frank Monaco returns with his fast-paced and entertaining magic and comedy show with live animals and boat-loads of fun. 

Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080;


Aug. 15: Junior Naturalists: Birds

Children can learn all about birds as they play interactive games, make a crafty bird mask, touch real feathers, and take a walk on the picturesque trails in search of birds. Must pre-register. 

Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz, 845.255.0752;


Photo provided by Ulster Performing Arts Center

Our pick: Air Supply, Australia’s soft rock duo of the ’80s, is coming to Kingston. The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell create a dynamic show featuring their greatest hits, including “All Out of Love” and “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All.”

Aug. 10, Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston, 845.339.6088;


Aug. 18: Sesame Street Live! C is for Celebration

Sing and dance along with Elmo. Marvel at Abby’s magical moments. Shake it up with Cookie Monster. Be amazed as Super Grover flies. And move to the music with Rosita.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, 866.781.2922;


Aug. 18: Il Commedianti with Teatrino Giullare

An international puppet production by acclaimed Italian artists Giulia Dall’Ongaro and Enrico Deotti, two actors that bring to life surreal characters in the Italian theatrical tradition of Commedia dell’Arte mixing comedy, music, and puppetry. 

Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080;


Aug. 25–26: Dr. Dolittle by Kids on Stage

The classic tale of a wacky and kind doctor who can talk to animals, taking the audience on a journey from the small English village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh to the far corners of the world. 

Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080;




Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Comedy Night

Local comedic talent every Thursday night that will give you a chuckle or two for a memorable evening out with friends.

Bear Mountain Inn, Bear Mountain, 845.786.2731;


Aug. 9: Jess Hilarious

She’s opened for Martin Lawrence and Rickey Smiley, but this comedian is best known for her appearances on MTV’s Wild N’ Out.

Nyack Levity Live, West Nyack, 845.353.5400;


Aug. 25: Paul Bond, Gene Trifilo & Anthony Zenhauser

Three funny men with a sharp wit and a caustic tongue to match, they have appeared on numerous TV shows; now they’re coming to the Hudson Valley to tickle your funny bone.

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




Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Business 101 for Artists and Makers 

This five-week class for artists, crafters, photographers, designers, and creators of all types will teach you how to market your creations online and will get you started with practical advice, money-saving tips, and personal guidance.

Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, 845.454.3222;


Aug. 16: Kitchen Class: Dehydrating/Food Preservation

Join established local cook, Janie Greenwald, in a fun culinary class learning how to dehydrate food for a scrumptious dinner.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, Kingston, 845.340.3990, ext. 326;

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