Your Complete Guide to July's Coolest Events in the Valley

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Through July 10: Agnes Hart (1912–1979): A Journey Towards Abstraction Features a selection of abstract paintings by the late Woodstock artist featuring recognizable forms of natural materials such as sand.

The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Woodstock, 845.679.2940,


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Through July 15: Marking Time: Andy Warhol’s Vision of Celebrations, Commemorations, and Anniversaries Andy Warhol took notice of various social practices to mark occasions such as births, deaths, and celebrations, representing them in his photography. This exhibit explores his insights into these social and personal significances.

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


Through July 28: Crazy Beautiful III An exhibition showcasing the works of nine contemporary artists: Jackie Battenfield, Rachel Hellerich, Mary Judge, Jenny Kemp, Molly McCracken Kumar, Catherine Latson, Joanne Mattera, Peter Pincus, and Janna Watson.        

Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, 914.834.8077,

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Through July 29: Figures We Fancy A summer group show featuring works by Mark Beard, Robert Goldstrom, David Dew Bruner, Louise Laplante, David Austin, and Abel Ramirez. The beautifully created subject matter is amazing to behold.                                                 

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, 518.828.1915,


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,


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The Badila Family: A Celebration of Community and Culture is a weekend of Central and West African traditions, music, and theater that resonates with the soul. On Friday, Young Paris takes the stage with his unique blend of traditional Afro-culture, high fashion, and visionary music. On Saturday, Lady Moon and the Eclipse present a multicultural collective, mixing R&B vocals with Afro-beat influenced rhythms, creating inspirational music. Lastly, on Sunday Spirit of the River will blend Pan-African folklore with dancing and drumming.

July 20–22, Hudson Hall, Hudson, 518.822.1438,


Photo provided by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Comedian/author/actor Kevin Hart (Jumanji 2) is taking his recent standup show “The Irresponsible Tour” on the road this summer. If you can’t catch him in Bethel this month, be on the lookout for his two new comedy specials on Comedy Central.

July 15, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, 866.781.2922,


Photo provided by The Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

Treasure Island is an interactive play that takes children on a journey with swashbuckling Captain Long John Silver and his band of marauding pirates across the seven seas in search of buried treasure.

July 28, The Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080,


Music and Dance

Through Aug 19: Bard Summerscape Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov influences the 29th annual Bard Music Festival and the 15th annual Bard Summerscape, featuring seven weeks of opera, theater, dance, cabaret, film, and music. 

The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-On-Hudson, 845.758.7900,                                                                            


July 6–8: Stephen Petronio Company Three signature shows featuring the sensual music of Nick Cave, Nico Muhly, and Rufus Wainwright, plus a revival of Steve Paxton’s Excerpt from Goldberg Variations (1986).

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


July 14: America This ’70s pop group still masters their signature hits that are staples in music history, such as “A Horse with No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” and “Sister Golden Hair.”

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, 914.739.0039,


July 20: The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra The swing dance band with an 18-member ensemble plays favorites such as “Moonlight Serenade” and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.”

Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, 914.698.0098,


July 22: The Quebe Sisters These siblings from Texas are triple-threat fiddle champions singing in multi-part close harmonies, getting audiences on their feet with their rousing beats.

Towne Crier Café, Beacon, 845.855.1300,


July 27–29: Lumberyard presents d. Sabela Grimes A hip-hop fusion dancer that cultivates a movement system called Funkamentals that focuses on elements evident in black vernacular and street dance forms. 

Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill, 518.943.3894,


July 29: The Bacon Brothers Award-winning actor Kevin Bacon and his Emmy-winning composer brother, Michael, have been creating music for more than 20 years with a sound that’s a blend of rock, soul, folk, and Americana, with seven albums. 

The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 518.473.1845,



Through July 22: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang This classic story — of a magical flying car created by a single father with a knack for inventions — comes to life in this Tony Award-nominated musical. 

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


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. 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.

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


July 5–22: Mamma Mia! Based on all the hit songs from the group ABBA, a young woman tries to discover who her real father is from a trio of gentlemen her mother bedded.

Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, 518.392.9292,


July 13–Aug. 4: Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller’s classic drama about the loss of identity and seeking the American Dream. A salesman with a wife and two sons is driven to succeed. 

Elmwood Playhouse, Nyack, 845.353.1313,


July 13–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 Stages, Ellenville, 845.647.5511,


July 19-29: Powerhouse Theater: The Waves This chamber musical sets a celebrated novel by Virginia Woolf to music in this reimagined version of an off-Broadway production that premiered more than 30 years ago. 

Powerhouse Theater, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, 845.437.5599,


July 28: Forever Motown A non-stop, high-energy trip down memory lane singing and dancing to more than 30 songs like, “My Girl,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Dancin’ in the Street,” “Stop, in the Name Of Love,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You). 

Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, 914.592.2222,



July 1: Gene Kelly: The Legacy The Hollywood legend’s wife Patricia Ward Kelly presents this one-woman show, which includes personal stories, film clips, and previously unreleased audio recordings. This is part of Hello Again, Dolly!, a six months’ long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the filming of Hello, Dolly! (directed by Kelly) in the Hudson Valley. 

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, 914.739.0039,


July 24: Quai des Orfèvres A 1947 French drama about a nightclub performer and her jealous husband as they become entangled in murder. This film is also directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot and stars Suzy Delair and Bernard Blier

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, 914.773.7663,


Club Helsinki Hudson

July 6: Royal Jelly Jive An intoxicating mix of hard swingin’ soul-jive, this group dives deep into the old-school throwback sounds of the ’40s with a groovy new twist.

July 14: Shemekia Copeland Grammy Award-nominated blues vocalist and the daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, this Queen of Blues has opened for the Rolling Stones and headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival.

July 20: Shannon McNally Cutting a path through the musical landscape with a Grammy nomination, she’s shared the stage with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Bonnie Raitt. Her record, Black Irish, is a collection of transcendent folk-blues and country-rock songs that solidify her place as a peerless Americana songwriter and performer.

Hudson, 518.828.4800,


Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

July 13: Jason Aldean with Special Guests Luke Combs & Lauren Alaina These country music stars kick off their “High Noon Neon” Tour featuring Aldean’s latest album, RearView Town, that gets back to aspects of his youth and draws inspiration from Otis Redding.

July 14: Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers Two of the most legendary bands of the ’60s and ’70s era re-create their top hits such as “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Hey Nineteen,” “Black Water,” and “China Grove.” They take their “Summer of Living Dangerously” Tour to where it all began.

July 21: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour Southern rock icons known for their most famous song, “Free Bird,” they take their 50th album on tour for one last memorable night of American rock ’n’ roll. They’re joined by special guests 38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, and Wild Adriatic.

Bethel, 866.781.2922,


Daryl’s House Club

July 20: Enter the Haggis Creating a rock edge to contemporary Celtic music by effortlessly melding bagpipes and fiddles with classic rock ’n’ roll, this group has introduced a style all their own.

July 21: Cracker This group has just released their tenth album, Berkeley To Bakersfield, representing a particular strain of Americana and country-rock music that emerges from the inland valleys of California.

July 22: Acoustic Brunch: Monica Rizzio Bringing her outlaw country and folk sound up and down the East coast, this fiddle-playing lady from East Texas performs her soulful autobiographical songs.

Pawling, 845.289.0185,


Special Events

July 4: An Old Fashioned Independence Day  Re-enactors, live music, 18th-century crafts, family entertainment, great food, and fireworks over the Hudson River complete this historic event.

Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown, 518.537.4240,


July 6–8: Empire State Hot-Air Balloon Festival Look skyward to see dozens of hot air balloons dotting the sky in a colorful array. Festivities include balloon & helicopter rides, hayrides, live music, farm area activities, fun-park, food, fireworks, and more.

Barton Orchards, Poughquag, 845.471.2879,


July 14: New England Square & Contradance and BBQ A fun night for the whole family, with a beginners dance workshop, then dancing under the stars accompanied by live bands and feasting on a bountiful BBQ.

Ashokan Center, Olivebridge, 845.657.8333,


July 14: The 45th Annual Athens Street Festival A Paper Hat Parade kicks off the festivities, followed by a classic car show, lighthouse tours, children’s rides and activities, music all day, fireworks at night, and more than 200 craft and food vendors. 

Riverfront Park, Athens, 518.945.2900,


July 19–22: The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival A non-stop party spanning four days with some of the  most famous bluegrass musicians in the country. More than 40 bands will be jamming throughout the weekend along with music workshops, dance performances, children’s activities, and delicious foods. 

Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 888.946.8495,


July 20–22, 27–29: Mountain Brauhaus Festival Two weekends celebrating all things German with live music, a Parade of Nations, Schuhplattler dancers, stein-holding contests, fun things for children, and authentic German cuisine. 

Crystal Brook Resort, Round Top, 800.999.7376,


July 28–29: 2nd Annual Supertone Music Festival Music, food, and art festival specializing in rock, punk, honky-tonk, and roots music. Some of the performers will be Bat Fangs, Black Lake, and the Jon Hatchet Band.  

Roeliff Jansen Park, Hillsdale, visit their Facebook page for more information



July 6, 13, 20: Rhyme Time by the Hudson A wonderful playdate for kids 14 years old, with nursery rhymes, songs, parachute play, and storytelling that will spark curiosity and imagination.

Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, 845.265.3638,


July 13: Dinner Date, Kids Create Drop your children off for a night filled with exciting art projects for them while you enjoy a night out at the area’s restaurants. Discounted coupons are given out for participating restaurants. For ages 5–12.

Roost Studios & Art Gallery, New Paltz, 845.419.2208,


July 14: Jack and the Beanstalk The Puppet People take the audience on an interactive, magical, fun  adventure with their colorful puppets to discover what happens when a beanstalk takes a boy, his cow, and some magic beans to a giant’s kingdom. 

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


July 23–27: Art Lab for Teens — Plein Air Painting Society Students will build fundamental skills in oil painting through explorations in color mixing, value, composition, expressive brushwork, and a range of techniques to convey ideas and feelings. Materials included. 

OMI International Art Center, Benenson Center and Gallery, Ghent, 518.392.4747,



July 14: J.J. Ramirez Self-proclaimed as “The Latin Lunatic,” this comic was born in the Bronx and brings his ethnic and observational humor to Westchester.

Yonkers Comedy Club, Ridge Hill Mall, Yonkers, 914.358.9260,


July 14: Jay Nog, Joe Pontillo, Mike Barone, & Nicole Pressler Rising stars of playful sarcasm, rambunctious humor, and laughable insights, these four comics have made the rounds at comedy clubs throughout the state. 

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



July 4, 11, 18, 25: Tango at the Pavilion Learn the art of Tango dancing as a liberating way of relating, expressing, and connecting with others in the beautiful Shawangunk mountains. Pre-registration required.  Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz, 845.255.0919,

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