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Here’s What to Do in the Hudson Valley This Week


Outdoor markets in Stone Ridge, fresh cider donuts and wood-fired pizza in New Paltz, and more from this week’s picks for Hudson Valley events.

Mother’s Day at Butterfly Plant Studio

Butterfly Plant Studio, Troy
Starting May 5

Mother’s Day bundles at Butterfly Plant Studio make a perfect gift for mom this year. A larger assortment includes a large potted plant, Jean’s Greens tea, a Sweet Spring candle, and an ornately decorated butterfly card. The shop’s mother-daughter duo speaks highly of the anthurium plant, nicknamed the “loving hearts” due to its heart-shaped leaves and flowers. Stop in for custom jewelry, local art, and even more creative ways to show gratitude this year.

Open the Doors!

Online, Garner Arts Center
May 6, 7:30 p.m.

Garner Arts Center is close to achieving its goal of transforming an 1800s textile mill into its new permanent home. In order to surge forward in fundraising efforts, the virtual “Open the Doors!” gala hosts performances from Tony Award-winning comedian Bill Irwin, avant-garde cellist Ashley Bathgate, jazz duo Shirley Crabbe and David Budway, and many more. A live panel of guests also honors the founder of Industrial Arts Brewing Company, Jeff O’Neil. Reserve your spot online, and take part in a historic project.

Spring Lights at the Thomas Cole Historic Site After Dark

Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill
May 7 – 9

If the view from the Thomas Cole Historic Site wasn’t impressive enough during the daytime, you have to see the new nighttime experience planned for the artist’s home. Titled “Spring Lights,” this event illuminates the walking path around the iconic grounds. Visitors will see a building-wide projection of light and sound, referencing the vast body of work completed by the Hudson River School of Art’s founder. Visit the website to secure tickets to this evening experience.

The Original Flea Outdoor Market

Newburgh Vintage Emporium, Newburgh
May 8, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

According to local legend, the first outdoor flea market in the nation’s history was held in Newburgh back in 1752. Pay tribute to a bygone era at the Newburgh Vintage Emporium. The open-air version features 40 local vendors and food trucks galore. Record dealers, antique sellers, craft artisans, and more showcase the best of regional goods. When the weather in the Hudson Valley is so gorgeous in May, there’s no reason to stay inside during a shopping spree.


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Women in Food and Farming Festival

Stone Ridge Orchard, Stone Ridge
May 8, 11 a.m.

Check out over 25 local vendors at a scenic Hudson Valley destination for the Women in Food and Farming Festival. A special VIP experience includes a tasting with esteemed cider maker Elizabeth Ryan under a 300-year-old tree. Sample locally made breads, jams, chocolate, kombucha, and much more at the outdoor market. On May 9, virtual attendees can learn about opportunities in agriculture, agritourism, and the hospitality industry. There is so much to discover at Stone Ridge Orchard this weekend.

Mother’s Day Donuts

Twin Star Orchards, New Paltz
May 9, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Apple trees are in bloom, and apple cider donuts are being fried special for Mother’s Day. Twin Star Orchards gives away free donuts for mom and runs a festive brunch pizza for the occasion. Fresh ricotta, eggs, charred tomatoes, ramps, and edible flowers join “Bloody Mary” cocktails. Enjoy live music and a gorgeous setting at the orchard while sipping on limited release small-batch ciders.

Looking for more Hudson Valley happenings this week? Our day trip guides offer tempting itineraries across the region. For those looking to support local, check out our shopping day trips guide. Plus, take a peek at our monthly insider guide for April fun, including plenty of family-friendly activities and outdoor events. Seeking a rural escape? Visit one of our many beautiful farms throughout the seasons. Plus, cross experiences off your Hudson Valley bucket list with our ultimate guide to local activities.

For foodies, our recipe index has everything from beautiful breakfasts and lunches to divine desserts straight from Hudson Valley chefs. You won’t want to miss any of it!

Want even more? Check out our Hudson Valley event calendar guide.