Your Complete Calendar of October Events

Every reason to ditch the couch this month.

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Oct 6: Heritage Applefest

Explore the agricultural and culinary traditions of America’s most popular fruit at this annual event. Preserving, cider-pressing, sampling, and more are all part of the festivities.

Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, 845.265.3638,

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Oct 17-24: Dance on Film

This beloved annual series presents all things toe-tapping and heel-stomping, as hoofers show off all the fascinating things a body can do on the big screen.

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.747.5555,


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Best known as the long-running host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno had – and has – been one of America’s top touring comedians since the 1970s. Come see the chin-heavy car enthusiast run through his classic bits at a special UPAC show.

Oct 18, UPAC, Kingston, 845.473.2072,


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Oct 18-20: Newburgh Literary Festival

This first annual event brings renowned writers and poets to historic downtown Newburgh for a robust program of readings, interviews, podcasts, Q&A, a meet-and-greet cocktail reception, and more.

Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz (107 Broadway), Newburgh, 845.784.1103,


Oct 20: Fall Family Fun Fest

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason present a day-long celebration of music and the outdoors, with nature hiking, pumpkin painting, broom-making, blacksmithing, and more.

The Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333,


Oct 25: Nightmare at the Hudson River Museum

Teens can prep for Halloween with this museum-wide event, with spooky mansion tours, a special planetarium show, karaoke, a costume contest, and more.

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550,



Oct 13: Sarah McQuaid

McQuaid has spent her life in various parts of Europe and the USA, and it shows in her music, which blends classic Americana with the British Folk Revival, Irish music, and more.

Towne Crier Café, Beacon, 845.855.1300,


Oct 15: Justin Hayward

Hayward sang on all the classic The Moody Blues hits, and will perform classics like “Tuesday Afternoon” and “Nights in White Satin” solo.

The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845,


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Hip-hop supergroup Blackalicious formed in the early ’90s in SacramOKento, and have been turning out groundbreaking music ever since. Come see Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel as they tour on the 20th anniversary of their groundbreaking NIA album.

Note: This concert is canceled.

Oct 19, Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, 845.679.7625,


Oct 18: Daddy Long Legs

Though less than ten years old, DLL sound like a throwback to a wilder, fuzzier period of rock & roll. They’ll perform tracks from 2019’s Lowdown Ways.

Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, 845.679.7625,


Oct 20: Los Lobos & David Bromberg Big Band

These two titans of classic rock share a night filled with folk, fusion, and more.

UPAC, Kingston, 845.339.6088,


Oct 23: Juan Wauters

The LatinxProject presents folk-rocker Wauters, who will perform songs from, among other albums, La Onde de Juan Pablo, recorded with many musicians as he traveled around Latin America.

BSP, Kingston, 845.481.5158,


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Artist Rudy Vavra presents all-new Paintings & Drawings. Vavra works in an abstract vein, mixing color washes across large-scale canvases, and has exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the country.

Oct 24-Dec 6, Marist College Steel Plant Studios Gallery, Poughkeepsie, 845.575.3182,


Oct 25: Bruce Cockburn

Cockburn is one of the all-time great songwriters. The Canadian’s catalog includes such classics as “If I Had a Rocket Launcher,” “Pacing the Cage,” and “Going to the Country.”

The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845,


Oct 26: Hudson Valley Philharmonic – Moon Landing

Mozart’s “Jupiter” crowns a program dedicated to all things out-there and cosmic. Featuring a performance by String Competition winner Cherry Choi Tung Yeung.

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072,


Oct 26: Toby Walker

Walker performs the trademark acoustic blues of albums like Just Rolled In and Shake Shake Mama for a tiny audience.

Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, 845.358.0877,


Theater, Dance, & Comedy

Oct 4-6: Pollock

French playwright Fabrice Melquiot deconstructs artistic myths in this Brechtian dream-scape, where Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner address the audience with their lives, their relationship, and their views of artistic creation.

PS21, Chatham, 518.392.6121,


Oct 9: Cody Ko & Noel Miller

These two former software engineers, hosts of the Tiny Meat Gang podcast, bring their banter and bawdy humor to the stage as a comedy duo.

The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845,


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Sofia Coppola’s filmmaking career began with The Virgin Suicides, her masterful adaptation of the Jeffrey Eugenides novel that explores love, sex, and death in an American suburb.

Oct 23, Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663,


Oct 11-Nov 3: Matilda the Musical

Roald Dahl’s story of a spunky girl and the cruel, wonderful world around her comes to the stage with original songs from Tim Minchin.

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


Oct 13: Maz Jobrani

Jobrani’s award-winning, boundary-pushing comedy, as seen in specials like Immigrant and I’m Not a Terrorist but I’ve Played One on TV has brought him acclaim, large venues, and an invitation to the White House, where he introduced Michelle Obama.

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, 914.739.0039,


Oct 25: Philadanco

This innovative contemporary dance troupe aims to preserve African American traditions as part of their groundbreaking stage show.

The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845,



Oct 12-Nov 10: Jylian Gustland

Painter Gustland presents all-new works, focused on bodies characteristically transformed by her thickly-applied palette.

Canfin Gallery, Tarrytown, 914.332.4554,


Oct 13-Nov 24: Visions of Awareness

This exhibition presents art by low-vision and legally-blind artists who challenge the notion that visual art is primarily visual. With work from Busser Howell, Ken Kotara, and Simone Kestelman.

Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, 845.358.0877,


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Oct 3: Lee Brice

The country-rocker twangs his way through upbeat numbers from Love Like Crazy, Hard to Love, and other albums which are at least slightly less about love.

Oct 9: The Head and the Heart

Get ready to stomp, clap, and woah-oh-oh along to this ever-so-peppy indie pop band.

Oct 12: Dream Theater

If endless solos, fantastical lyrics, and AP Trig-worthy time signatures are your thing, then you probably already have tickets for this path-breaking prog metal band.

Oct 26: Kansas

“Hold On” – “Can I Tell You” that if you think you have a “Reason to Be” anyplace other than this Kansas show, then you’re reaching a “Point of Know Return” – “Carry On (into the venue) My Wayward Son” or else you’ll end up as “Dust in the Wind.”

Albany, 518.465.4663,


Oct 19-20 & 26-27: ArtEast Open Studio Tour

This beloved annual event, now spread over two weekends, invites you to follow its sign-posted routes to the studios of more than two dozen working artists.

Dutchess County,



Oct 1: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

The Coen Brothers turned the deep south into a place of Homerian dimensions in their 2000 musical odyssey. You’ll be a Dapper Dan Man too, once the spirit gets into you.

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663,


Oct 4: The Ascent

Larisa Shepitko’s nerve-shredding masterpiece follows two Soviet soldiers in their flight across a snowy, inhuman landscape during the darkest days of World War II.

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663,


Oct 5: I Am Cuba

This 1964 Soviet-Cuban oddity was spurned in its time but found an American audience after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Recently restored.

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663,


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Izzy Cubito paints scenes both tropical and domestic in matter-of-fact tones. His Transparency exhibition focuses on all-new work, his plain brushwork serving up a subtle sort of beauty.

Through Oct 12, Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz, 845.419.2208,


Oct 6: The Cotton Club Encore with Francis Ford Coppola

Coppola is touring the country with this brand-new edit of his underappreciated 1984 crime picture, so different as to demand an entirely new title.

The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845,


Oct 12: Met Live Presents Puccini’s Turandot

Franco Zeffirelli’s staging of this Italian opera spotlights soprano Christine Goerke in the title role. With a pre-show talk by Leslie Gerber.

Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072,



Oct 4: Rhyme Time by the Hudson

Museum educator Lisa DiMarzo leads the last of her monthly programs in early October. Aimed at children ages 1 to 4, DiMarzo incorporates nursery rhymes, storytelling, and songs to get kids playing and meeting others in their cohort. This program is pay-what-you-wish.

Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, 845.265.3638,


Oct 5, 12, 19, 26: Potter-thon

Complete the series with this weekly screening of Order of the Phoenix through the second installment of The Deathly Hallows.

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663,


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Photo by Kate Milford

Mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn presents Science Fair, an original, one-woman opera incorporating music, physical demonstrations, and on-stage experiments that both tells the story of major scientific discoveries and celebrates their work.

Oct 26, Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, Hudson, 518.822.1438,


Oct 10: Layer the Walls

Explore immigrant stories with Liz Parker and Rachel Sullivan, who use puppetry, toys, and masks to peel back the wallpaper of a New York City tenement house to reveal the lives buried beneath them. Free with reservation.

Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, Hudson, 518.822.1438,


Oct 12: Sand Shading and Mosaic Wooden Creations

A special family-focused tour of the Boscobel House with educator Lisa DiMarzo will be followed by hands-on crafting activity.

Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, 845.265.3638,


Oct 12: Cat Tales

The Cat in the Hat leads kids through stories from the Pete The Cat series, with a few brand-new ones to boot.

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


Oct 12: Bilingual Family Art Class

Led by artist Alvaro Garcia Ordoñez, families will create their own escultura del rio with fine art, natural, and recycled materials before launching them onto the Hudson. Presented in both English and Spanish.

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550,


Oct 19: Berger & Frank’s Magic Show

Derrin Berger and Frank Monaco present a family-friendly show of jokes, stories, and tricks – sorry, illusions.

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


Oct 26: Little Red and the Big Bully Wolf

The Bright Star Touring Theatre updates the children’s tale to tell a story about bullies, friendship, and standing up for yourself.

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



Oct 5: Afro-Latino Moves and Music

The Panamanian folkloric dance company Conunto Nuevo Milenio invite others to join them as they dance and drum their way through the galleries in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, 914.963.4550,


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Gosh! It’s been 15 years already, Napoleon Dynamite? Celebrate the off-beat 2004 comedy that launched a thousand catchphrases and surprisingly few careers, with its two stars. Tater tots not included with admission.

Oct 17, The Egg, Albany, 518.473.1845,


Oct 17: The History of Hudson’s Merchants and Whalers

Learn about the city’s historical connections with the seafarers of Providence and Nantucket during this special talk with historian Carl Whitbeck Jr. Free, but reservations encouraged.

Hudson Area Library, Hudson, 518.822.1438,


Oct 27: Painting Workshop – Developing a Tonalist Palette

Artist Kevin Cook supplements the Dorsky’s ongoing Tonalism exhibition with a special hands-on color theory workshop.

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, 845.257.3844,

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