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Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck661 Route 308
Rhinebeck, NY
Phone: 876-3080
Price: Avg. price: $26
Dates: May 25-Aug. 19 [Thursdays-Sundays]
Info: The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck is going big this year, offering five shows over the summer. The four remaining shows (“Fiddler on the Roof” ended before this guide) are “The Wedding Singer,” “Avenue Q,” “1776” and “Legally Blonde.” The Center also produces children’s fare and hosts workshops.
Forestburgh Playhouse39 Forestburgh Road
Forestburgh, NY
Phone: 794-1194
Price: Avg. price: $40
Dates: June 12-Sept. 2 [Tuesdays-Sundays]
Info: “How do they do it?” is a regularly heard query outside the Forestburgh Playhouse, usually after the party discovers that the theater churns out high-quality musicals all summer, with barely a day to breathe. This year Forestburgh is doing seven shows, from “Legally Blonde” to “Murder Among Friends,” starring friend Loretta Swit. Pay a little extra and stay for the post-show cabaret, or go before the show for a cabaret dinner (new in 2012).
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival1601 Route 9D
Garrison, NY
Phone: 265-9575
Price: Avg. price: $45
Dates: June 12-Sept. 2 [Tuesdays-Sundays; Mondays in August]
Info: One of the crowning events of a Hudson Valley summer, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is a must for any resident. Each year the festival showcases three works, two by the Bard (“Love’s Labours Lost” and “Romeo and Juliet” this year) and one from the outside literary world (“The 39 Steps”). The creative shows are presented in a tent near the cliffs at Boscobel House and Gardens. Prices vary throughout the summer (cheaper on weekdays).
North American Cultural Laboratory110 Highland Lake Road
Highland Lake, NY
Phone: 557-0694
Price: Avg. price: $20
Dates: May 26-Nov. 18
Info: Off in the Catskills stands one of the more unique theater experiences in the world. The North American Cultural Laboratory offers original theater through artists in residence, plus family friendly fare that includes its acclaimed “The Little Farm Show.” Its 2012 season features a CSArts program (individual membership for all shows), which includes farm-fresh meals with selected shows.
Playhouse at Museum Village1010 Route 17M
Monroe, NY
Phone: 294-9465
Price: Avg. price: $20
Dates: July 13-Nov. 10 [Thursdays-Sundays]
Info: The Playhouse at Museum Village serves community theater with a slice of Americana each summer and fall, thanks to Creative Theatre-Muddy Water Players. Shows this year include “Plaza Suite” (July), “The Drowsy Chaperone” (September) and “The Dining Room” (November). Snap up a piece of apple pie at intermission.
Powerhouse Theater124 Raymond Ave.
Poughkeepsie, NY
Phone: 437-5907
Price: Avg. price: $30
Dates: June 22-July 29
Info: Big names (Chloe Sevigny) and acclaimed writers (Stephen Belber) join a cast of many at Vassar’s annual summer showcase of high-octane theater. Two mainstage and musical productions are joined by readings, black box productions and an apprentice program.
Shadowland Theatre157 Canal St.
Ellenville, NY
Phone: 647-5511
Price: Avg. price: $30
Dates: June 1-Sept. 30 [Thursdays-Sundays]
Info: A regional Equity venue, Shadowland produces four plays and one musical this season, from the highly original (“The Dangers of Electric Lighting”) to the whimsically sonic (“Shout!). Orson Bean, Alley Mills and Paula Prentiss come in for “A Song at Twilight” (July 20-Aug. 5).
SummerStar Theatre115 South St.
Middletown, NY
Phone: 341-4789
Price: Avg. price: $22
Dates: June 1-July 1 [Fridays-Sundays]
Info: Since 1999, SummerStar Theatre has offered theatergoers an outstanding outlet to see shows they might not normally see locally. This year is no different, as SummerStar will be producing “The Little Dog Laughed,” a comedy about being true to yourself. Rodgers and Hammerstein revue “A Grand Night For Singing” follows in late June.
Woodstock Playhouse103 Mill Hill Road
Woodstock, NY
Phone: 679-6900
Price: Avg. price: $36
Dates: June 21-Aug. 11 [Thursdays-Sundays]
Info: Reopening in 2011, the Woodstock Playhouse is remodeled in sparkling fashion, producing a number of summerstock shows each year with a young, exciting company from the Pan American Dance Foundation. This year’s schedule includes “The Producers,” “Legally Blonde,” “Equus” and “Chicago.” The playhouse will also host Peter Yarrow on June 16.
Cornerstone Arts Alliance223 Main St.
Goshen, NY
Phone: 294-4188
Dates: June 2-Sept. 30
Info: New to the Hudson Valley is Goshen’s Cornerstone Arts Alliance. This year’s schedule includes “Waiting for MacArthur” (June 2-17), “Much Ado About Nothing” (July 14-22, at Salesian Park) and “Einstein!” (Sept. 21-30). The annual Willie “The Lion” Smith Jazz Festival is Sept. 15.
Just Off Broadway158 Windsor Highway
New Windsor, NY
Dates: June 14-Dec. 16 (Thursdays-Sundays)
Info: Somewhat new to the theater fold is Just Off Broadway, which promises a full slate of shows from Broadway’s past. This year includes “The Pirates of Penzance” (June 14-24), “The Sound of Music” (July 12-29), “Seussical” (Aug. 16-26), “A Few Good Men” (Sept. 21-30), a young version of “Phantom of the Opera” (Oct. 26-28) and a radio version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Dec. 7-16). A number of pricing options are available at the group’s website.
Mount Tremper Arts647 S Plank Road
Mount Tremper, NY
Phone: 688-9893
Price: Average price: $15
Dates: June 9-Aug. 11
Info: With a combination of experimental theater, dance, visual arts and fresh food, Mount Tremper Arts is one of the area’s premiere summer cultural arts destinations. Its fifth season includes a preview of “This Clement World” by Cynthia Hopins (July 28), plus Friday “ART-B-Qs” – $15 for performance and barbecue dinner. A season-spotlight pig roast is July 14.
Penguin Rep Theatre7 Cricketown Road
Stony Point, NY
Phone: 786-2873
Dates: May 18-Oct. 28
Info: Down near Bear Mountain is Penguin Rep, which is showcasing four performances this summer. The Sherlock Holmes mystery “The Hound of the Baskervilles” runs through June 10; also on stage will be “The Last Days of Mickey & Jean” (June 29-July 22), “Dont Talk to the Actors” (Aug. 3-26) and “The How and the Why” (Oct. 5-28). Penguin strives to show new works (three are New York premieres) with unique voices inside its Bobbi Lewis Barn Theatre.
Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop5243 Main St.
South Fallsburg, NY
Phone: 436-5336
Price: Average price: $18
Dates: June 15-Oct. 27 (Fridays-Sundays)
Info: With shows at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg, the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop mixes established plays and musicals with a dash of the ambitious. The 2012 schedule continues in the summer with “The Fantasticks” (June 15-24), “Accomplice” (July 6-15), a youth performance of “Tiny Thumbelina” (July 20-22), “The Producers” (Aug. 10-19), “Almost Maine” (Sept. 21-30), “Bloody Murder” (Oct. 12-21) and “An Evening of Stand-up Comedy”
The Warwick Drive-In5 Warwick Turnpike
Warwick, NY
Info: Drive-In
Hyde Park Drive-In4114 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY
Info: Drive-In
Fair Oaks Drive In365 Bloomingburg Road
Middletown, NY
Info: Drive-In
Downing Film Center19 Front St.
Newburgh, NY
Phone: 561-3686
Price: Avg. price: $8.50
Info: Right on the Newburgh waterfront stands one of the region’s top film destinations. The Downing Film Center offers independent films, special presentations, Q&A events and the warmth of a mom-and-pop movie house. Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” starts June 29, while early June screenings are in Conjunction with the docking of the HMS Bounty on the Newburgh waterfront.
Paramount Theatre17 South St.
Middletown, NY
Phone: 346-4195
Info: The historic Middletown Paramount opened more than 85 years ago on South Street, giving Orange County residents a glamorous venue to watch stage, dance, music and film. These days the Paramount continues that tradition. Saturday is a presentation of Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest.” June means dance recitals by the Marya Kennett Dance Studio and much more.
Rosendale Theatre408 Main St.
Rosendale, NY
Phone: 658-8989
Price: Avg. price: $10
Info: The old movie house on Main Street was close to shutting down for good when a group of local film lovers stepped up and saved the place. Today, the Rosendale Theatre operates nearly every day, with new independent film screenings, opera broadcasts, concerts, comedy and children’s programming. June brings “An Evening of Sholem Aleichem,” (June 5), “Paul Goodman Changed My Life” (June 6) and “Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview” (June 18, 21).
Upstate Films6415 Montgomery St.
Rhinebeck, NY
Phone: 876-2515
Price: Avg. price: $8.50
Info: Along with its second location in Woodstock (132 Tinker St.), Upstate Films maintains a strong hold on independent cinema along the Hudson River. “Bully” and “The Fairy” are scheduled to open there soon, with ongoing series providing members and visitors with reasons to return.
Culinary Institute of America1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY
Phone: 471-6608
Price: Avg. price: $50
Info: Get those reservations in now, because the Culinary Institute of America is one of the country’s most in-demand destinations for deliciousness. Dining opportunities include the Escoffier Cafe (French), the American Bounty Restaurant (American) and Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici (Italian) and St. Andrew’s Cafe (farm-to-table).
Historic Huguenot Street18 Broadhead Ave.
New Paltz, NY
Phone: 255-1660
Price: Avg. price: $12
Info: In the 17th century, a group of Huguenots settled in the New Paltz area; today, a replica of a Huguenot settlement rests in New Paltz, for visitors’ eyes. Historic Huguenot Street offers tours, workshops and exhibits. Open Thursday-Monday.
Museum Village1010 Route 17M
Monroe, NY
Phone: 782-8248
Price: Avg. price: $10
Info: Life on the farm in the 1800s is something to remember at Museum Village, where a schoolhouse, general store, log cabin and more stand as testaments to a simpler culture. Open Tuesday-Sunday.
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor374 Temple Hill Road
New Windsor, NY
Phone: 569-0350
Price: Avg. price: Free
Info: At some point during the summer, take a moment to stop in the Purple Heart Hall of Honor, which remembers the fallen heroes of America’s past. Closed only on Labor Day (and winter holidays). Aug. 7 is the Hall’s Purple Heart Appreciation Day.
Roosevelt National Historic Site4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY
Phone: 229-9115
Price: Avg. price: $14
Info: You can spend a day learning about our 30th president, and our longest-serving president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was born and raised in Hyde Park, where his birthplace still stands. His museum and library are there, too. Open every day but major holidays.
Storm King Art CenterOld Pleasant Hill Road
Mountainville, NY
Phone: 534-3115
Price: Avg. price: $12
Info: Landscaped hills, woodlands and fields – to the tune of 500 acres – provide the bucolic backdrop for more than 100 sited sculptures that are part of a permanent collection as well as special shows, such as the current Light and Landscape exhibit. Although outdoors, appropriate decorum is enforced – so rein in the kiddies and your own desire to touch. Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through October, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays through Labor Day.
U.S. Military Academy at West PointWest Point, NY
Phone: 446-4724
Price: Avg. price: $13
Info: A major landmark, West Point is the place where young soldiers learn, train and develop the strength required to represent our country. You can get a glimpse of this world through tours, starting at the West Point Visitors’ Center. You must carry photo ID with you upon entering West Point.
Vanderbilt Mansion4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY
Phone: 229-7770
Price: Avg. price: $8
Info: See how the terrifically wealthy spent their days and evenings by visiting the Vanderbilt Mansion, a Gilded Age country home of one of the children of the Vanderbilt family. Open every day but major holidays.
Washington’s Headquarters84 Liberty St.
Newburgh, NY
Phone: 562-1195
Price: Avg. price: $4
Dates: Wednesday-Sunday.
Info: Interpreters and events are part of this historical experience, which details the life of George Washington at the end of the Revolutionary War.
Heritage TrailSt. James Place
Goshen, NY
Price: Avg. price: Free
Info: While the future sees a connection between Middletown and Harriman, the current Heritage Trail unites Goshen with Monroe on 10-foot-wide asphalt.
Hudson Valley Rail TrailTony Williams Park, County Route 15
Highland, NY
Price: Avg. price: Free
Info: A shorter but nonetheless still invigorating walk awaits in Highland at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. The hope is a longer trail that runs into the Walkway Over the Hudson.
Minnewaska State Park5281 Route 44-55
Kerhonkson, NY
Phone: 255-0752
Price: Avg. price: $8
Info: The views from here are unmatched. Minnewaska State Park offers swimming, relaxtion and, of course, hiking. Hit a trail and find yourself looking at the Hudson Valley and Catskills from a perfect perch. Open 9 a.m. to sunset. Pay for vehicle entry; pay extra for climbing pass, tent rental and more.
Mohonk Mountain House1000 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, NY
Phone: 255-1000
Info: A prime vacation spot in the middle of Ulster County, Mohonk Mountain House provides exceptional views of the Hudson Valley and Catskills, with amenities such as swimming, fitness, a spa, sports, dining and nightly entertainment. Come in the daytime and stroll amongst the gorgeous gardens. A place you have to see to believe. Music Week is June 24-29; Festival of the Arts is July 5-Aug. 27.
Opus 4050 Fite Road
Saugerties, NY
Phone: 246-9922
Price: Avg. price: $10
Info: Built completely by Harvey Fite over 37 years, Opus 40 is a marvel to behold. With pathways and walls and structures and statues made of bluestone and wood, it’s a testament to the ability of one man. The sculpture park is open Thursday-Sunday, and go this year, as it marks the 50-year anniversary of the raising of its 9-ton monolith.
Walkway Over the Hudson87 Haviland Road
Highland, NY
Phone: 834-2867
Price: Avg. price: Free
Info: Opening in 2009 with considerable fanfare, Walkway Over the Hudson is a an instant Hudson Valley landmark, a chance to see the Hudson River – and the beauty around it – just by walking. Enter by Highland or Poughkeepsie; bridge opens at 7 a.m. and closes at sunset.
Wallkill Valley Rail TrailSpringtown Road
New Paltz, NY
Price: Avg. price: Free
Info: Stretching along the Wallkill River between Gardiner and New Paltz, with some room to spare, is the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, a solid way to spend a healthy weekend afternoon. It’s a multi-use trail. Remember, June 2 is National Trails Day.
Backstage Studio Productions Lounge323 Wall St.
Kingston, NY
Phone: 481-5158
Price: Avg. price: Free; prices may vary
Info: At the other end of Kingston’s Broadway is Backstage Studio Productions, sitting on Wall Street in the Uptown area hosting concerts nearly every night. The summer its lounge will be filled with music from Duke McVinnie, SPIV UK and Mike and Ruthy, among others.
Bard Summerscape60 Manor Ave.
Annandale, NY
Phone: 758-7900
Price: Avg. price: $35
Dates: July 6-Aug. 19
Info: Music, theater, dance – expression, and at its most demanding and rewarding. That’s the mission of Bard Summerscape, an intense festival of artistry by the river. The focus is the Bard Music Festival, this year celebrating Camille Saint-Saens – with concerts and talks – but don’t forget the Spiegeltent, a place for all types where the most electrifying comes to life at night. A free dance party is 8:30 p.m. Aug. 19, to close the festival.
Bardavon35 Market St.
Poughkeepsie, NY
Phone: 473-2072
Price: Avg. price: $15; Berkner starts at $35
Info: The Bardavon, like its sister venue UPAC, mostly mixes dance and theater during the summer. “Shakespeare’s Clowns” come in on June 14 for a fun delight, while children’s music star Laurie Berkner performs June 23. Dance troupes out of Beacon and Poughkeepsie also come in for shows.
Bearsville Theater291 Tinker St.
Woodstock, NY
Phone: 679-4406
Price: Avg. price: $30
Info: You’ll never know who might play the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock’s major music venue in the middle of a cool complex also inhabited by Radio Woodstock and a couple restaurants. Shawn Colvin plays June 24, Jefferson Starship plays June 29, and July 13 brings a tribute to Paul Butterfield.
Belleayre Music Festival181 Galli Curci Road
Highmount, NY
Price: Avg. price: $40
Dates: July 7-Sept. 1
Info: A variety of events showcase each summer on Belleayre Mountain, as the Belleayre Music Festival brings big music names, opera classics and hilarious comedians to the region. This year features the Spinners, Susie Essman, Pat Metheny and “La Boheme,” among other treats. Prices vary by seat.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts200 Hurd Road
Bethel, NY
Phone: 866-781-2922
Price: Avg. price: $50
Dates: June 13-Sept. 15
Info: The premiere music destination of the Hudson Valley and Catskills – and one of America’s top amphitheaters – Bethel Woods is bringing in Lady Antebellum, the Dave Matthews Band, the Beach Boys and Kelly Clarkson this year. And coming back to the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival ... Joe Cocker. More events (including Event Gallery concerts) run through the year. Prices vary by seat.
Brian’s Backyard BBQ1665 Route 211
Middletown, NY
Phone: 692-3227
Price: Avg. price: $15
Info: In a flash, the red-hot blues coming from the unassuming building along Route 211 has made a huge impression on the Hudson Valley. Brian’s Backyard BBQ has already brought in Johnny Winter, J. Geils and Jimmy Vivino; June brings Savoy Brown (June 2) and the Joe Moss (June 16), among others. By the way, the food is lip-smacking delicious. Open 1 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday.
Catskill Distilling Company2037 Route 17B
Bethel, NY
Phone: 583-3141
Price: Avg. price: $5
Info: Sprouting up and becoming a destination for good times in Sullivan County, the Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distilling Company blend the spirit of the 1960s with the delicious independence of the homemade spirit and brew movement. Concerts are nearly daily at the Dancing Cat, with music starting usually around 7 p.m. The Catskill Distilling Company is open daily, with events peppered into its schedule.
The Falcon1348 Route 9W
Marlboro, NY
Phone: 236-7970
Price: Avg price: Free; donations accepted
Dates: Thursdays-Sundays
Info: One of the East Coast’s premiere music venues, and in a short amount of time, the Falcon has embraced “living artists,” not charging ticket fees but allowing for donations at every show. The Falcon also offers food and drink – a fine night out to see incredible musicians. There’s a concert every weekend night.
Greater Newburgh Symphony OrchestraNewburgh, NY
Phone: 913-7157
Info: Under the direction of Dr. Woonyung Choe, GNSO’s mission is to make accessible to young and old alike – at various venues throughout Newburgh – the joy of orchestral music and symphonic chorale performances, which include pre-concert talks. Talented young performers are encouraged to work with local professionals and guest artists. Its Summer Pops performance is slated for Downing Park on July 21. Regular admission is $20.
John Street Jam16 John St.
Saugerties, NY
Price: Avg. price: $5
Info: Inside the Dutch Arms Chapel in Saugerties is one of the best-kept non-secrets in the Hudson Valley. On the second Saturday of each month, two groups of four local musicians play a set in the round, called the John Street Jam. The stage is a rug, with chairs surrounding. Upcoming jams are June 9 and July 14; June 30 – the fifth Saturday – is a special themed jam.
Market Market1 Madeline Lane
Rosendale, NY
Phone: 658-3164
Price: Avg. price: $5
Info: Plan on enjoying a night of music when you visit Market Market on the weekends. Along with delicious burgers and greens, Market Market serves up local rockers and songwriters, plus the ever-popular monthly Tributon. There, musicians tribute a themed artist or style of music. June 23 and Aug. 11 are the next scheduled Tributons.
Maverick Concerts120 Maverick Road
Woodstock, NY
Phone: 679-8348
Price: Avg. price: $25
Dates: June 30-Sept. 16 [Saturdays-Sundays]
Info: America’s oldest, continuous summer chamber music festival thrives on the musical gifts of returning performers and those new to the concert hall nestled in nature and built in 1916 by artists and volunteers. The perfect acoustics enhance its intimate setting for live performance. And there are several Young People’s Concerts throughout its season.
Music Under the StarsWest Point, NY
Phone: 938-2617
Price: Avg. price: Free
Dates: June 17-Sept. 2 [Sundays]
Info: Head to Trophy Point Amphitheater, bring your blanket and a picnic, and lay out under the night sky while the West Point Band plays inspiring, emotive and incredible songs. The annual Music Under the Stars series returns with regular theme nights. July 7 is the annual Independence Day celebration with a marvelous fireworks display – it might be the climactic moment of a Hudson Valley summer.
Opera Company of the HighlandsNewburgh, NY
Phone: 831-6346
Price: Avg. price: $65
Info: Founded by acclaimed soprano Claudia Cummings, the Opera Company of the Highlands is dedicated to the dual goals of artistic excellence and community service. Toward that end, on July 7-8, performances of “Showboat” in concert will take place on Bannerman’s Island. The ticket price includes a round-trip boat trip and tour. The performance will be repeated at the Ritz in Newburgh on July 15.
Paramount Center for the Arts1008 Brown St.
Peekskill, NY
Phone: 914-739-2333
Price: Avg price: $40
Info: The Paramount Center for the Arts brings in dynamic performers for concerts and shows you’d regret missing. This summer? Boyz II Men checks in May 31, Chris Isaak plays July 6 and Kenny Loggins heads down the highway July 25. The Paramount also hosts screenings of hard-to-find films and opera
PianoSummer1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY
Phone: 257-3880
Price: Avg. price: TBD
Dates: July 14-Aug. 3
Info: Vladimir Feltsman’s vision is now an annual dip into the wide pool of artistic expression. SUNY New Paltz’s PianoSummer at McKenna Theatre begins July 14 with the Faculty Gala. Guest recitals follow July 21 and 28, and the finale, a Symphony Gala, is Aug. 3. Each event packs wonderful music, centered around the black and white keys.
Rondout Music Lounge21 Broadway
Kingston, NY
Phone: 481-8250
Price: Avg. price: Free; food extra; sometimes cover
Info: Down for some late-night music? The Rondout Music Lounge offers the opportunity to hear cool (mostly local) music in a peaceful environment. The lounge serves food and drink (with a good tap), as well. Open 5 p.m.-midnight (sometimes later) daily.
Rosendale Cafe434 Main St.
Rosendale, NY
Phone: 658-9048
Price: Avg. price: $15
Info: You might know the Rosendale Cafe for serving some of the finest and vegan-friendly cuisine in the Hudson Valley. But you might not know the venue presents revered musicians every weekend. Coming up is Frank Vignola (June 8), Dog on Fleas (June 9), the Boot Heel Drag (June 30) and more to come.
Tuscan Cafe5 1/2 South St.
Warwick, NY
Price: Avg. price: $5
Info: Open daily, Warwick’s Tuscan Cafe has been a staple in the village, both for its food (and coffee) and its regular live shows. Local rock bands, plus songwriters, jazz musicians and more take to the Tuscan each weekend. June 9 is a benefit show featuring Dead Channels, Young Lungs and a host more.
Tusten Theatre210 Bridge St.
Narrowsburg, NY
Phone: 252-7272
Price: Avg. price: $25
Info: The Tusten Theatre’s spring concert series will close in two weeks, but not before squeezing in Nancy and Spencer Reed (Saturday) and Red Molly (June 2). Meanwhile, the Digit Exposition comes back in July.
Ulster Performing Arts Center601 Broadway
Kingston, NY
Phone: 339-6088
Price: Avg. price: $18
Info: Throughout the year, the Ulster Performing Arts Center (lovingly UPAC) hosts major concerts, plus theater and dance events. And dance comes into the venue a lot during the summer; June 9 is the Saugerties Ballet Center’s 2012 presentation, and the next night is Michele Ribble’s “Dance Passion!”.
The Wherehouse119 Liberty St.
Newburgh, NY
Price: Avg. price: Free
Info: Now in its third year of operation, the Wherehouse stands as a testament to Newburgh’s growth. A regular haunt for local musicians, the Wherehouse hosts shows every weekend. The place also serves a rotation of gourmet burgers and carries quite a selection of beer. Sly Fox and the Hustlers play the venue’s rooftop on June 9.
Woodstock Concerts on the GreenTinker Street
Woodstock, NY
Price: Avg. price: Free
Dates: May 26-Sept. 8 [every two Saturdays]
Info: Smack in the middle of Woodstock is the town green, and every summer, musicians take to the spot to play fun shows in a friendly atmosphere. Last year produced concerts featuring Sarah Perrotta and Rat Boy Jr., among many more. Concerts begin at 1 p.m.
Delaware Valley Opera210 Bridge St.
Narrowsburg, NY
Phone: 252-3136
Price: Average price: $25
Dates: June 15-Aug. 19 (Fridays-Sundays)
Info: With most shows in the Tusten Theater (there are a few high school shows), the Delaware Valley Opera is producing a three-show season this summer. June 15-24 is “Othello,” July 20-29 is “Kiss Me Kate” and Aug. 10-19 is “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Shows are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.
ShandeleeJ. Young Road
Livingston Manor, NY
Phone: 439-3277
Price: Average price: $25
Dates: Aug. 7-18
Info: Each year, Shandelee’s Sunset Concert Series brings some of the world’s finest young classical musicians to the bucolic Catskill Mountains, and this year is no different. The festival begins Aug. 4 with Arman Alpyspaev (viola) and Cullan Bryant (piano). Proceeding concerts are Aug. 7, 9, 11, 16 and 18.
Weekend of Chamber MusicJeffersonville, NY
Phone: 887-5803
Price: Average price: $30
Dates: July 15-28
Info: Renowned chamber musicians unite in Sullivan County for the annual Weekend of Chamber Music. This year’s theme is “The Great Conversation,” including MusicTalks! programs (July 19, 26). The gala finale is at the Eddie Adams Farm in Jeffersonville and features Judith Pearce, Nurit Pacht, Max Mandel, Caroline Stinson and Tannis Gibson. An early summer benefit concert ($75 minimum) is June 16.
Golden Rail Ale House29 Old North Plank Road
Newburgh, NY
Info: Bar
Hop Heads2303 Lucas Turnpike
High Falls, NY
Info: Bar
Eddie’s Roadhouse18 Main St.
Warwick, NY
Info: Bar
Dutch Ale House255 Main St.
Saugerties, NY
Info: Bar
Keegan Ales20 St. James St.
Kingston, NY
Info: Bar
Gilded Otter3 Main St.
New Paltz, NY
Info: Bar
Hyde Park Brewing Company4076 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY
Info: Bar
Newburgh Brewing Company88 S. Colden St.
Newburgh, NY
Info: Bar
Woody’s All-Natural30 Quaker Ave.
Cornwall, NY
Info: Bar
Poppy’s184 Main St.
Beacon, NY
Info: Bar
Raccoon Saloon1330 Route 9W
Marlboro, NY
Info: Bar
Dallas Hot Weiners51 Front St.
Kingston, NY
Info: Hot Dogs
Dallas Hot Weiners490 Broadway
Kingston, NY
Info: Hot Dogs
Dallas Hot Weiners215 Main St.
Saugerties, NY
Info: Hot Dogs
Pete’s Hot Dog Stand293 S. William St.
Newburgh, NY
Info: Hot Dogs
Soul Dog107 Main St.
Poughkeepsie, NY
Info: Hot Dogs
Coney Island10 Railroad Ave.
Middletown, NY
Info: Hot Dogs
Tony’s Newburgh Lunch348 Broadway
Newburgh, NY
Info: Hot Dogs
Blueberry Mountain665 Route 17M
Middletown, NY
Info: Ice Cream
Boice Brothers62 O’Neil St.
Kingston, NY
Info: Ice Cream
Madison’s Main Street Stand46 Main St.
Livingston Manor, NY
Info: Ice Cream
Candy Cone3407 Route 55
White Lake, NY
Info: Ice Cream
Bellvale Farms Creamery1390 Route 17A
Warwick, NY
Info: Ice Cream
Beacon Creamery134 Main St.
Beacon, NY
Info: Ice Cream
Newburgh WaterfrontFront Street
Newburgh, NY
Info: You don’t need New York City to find clubs banging the top dance and pop hits. Newburgh’s waterfront has plenty of options, from the riverside outdoor bar of Billy Joe’s Ribworks (26 Front St.), to the classic Torches on the Hudson with its Saturday night DJ-led Summer Sessions (120 Front St.), to the stylish original Blue Martini with its specialty drinks. Plenty more dining options too – something for everybody.
Blue Martini14 Crystal Run Crossing
Middletown, NY
Info: Beer and Spirits
Stockade Tavern313 Fair St.
Kingston, NY
Info: Beer and Spirits
Beacon RiverfestRed Flynn Drive
Beacon, NY
Price: Free
Dates: 30-Jun
Info: One of Beacon’s crowning events is the annual Riverfest, which begins at noon, ends at 8 p.m. and features food, drink and a number of great bands and artists. Playing will be Brooklyn Qawwali Party, Bing Ji Ling, the Figgs and Schwervon!.
Clearwater Festival1A Croton Point Avenue
Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Price: Tickets start at $60.
Dates: June 16-17
Info: For two (hopefully) picturesque days on the Hudson River, some of music’s best bands and artists will unite for singing, dancing and advocacy. Started by Pete Seeger, Clearwater features great music for young and younger. Acts include Josh Ritter, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dawes, Bela Fleck, Ani DiFranco, Deer Tick and a celebration of the life of Woody Guthrie.
Dutchess County Fair6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck, NY
Phone: 876-4000
Price: Tickets start at $12.
Dates: Aug. 21-26
Info: Highly popular, the Dutchess County Fair combines agriculture and entertainment, rides and games for a week of wonderful late-summer fun. The 167th version features concerts with Lonestar, Justin Moore and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.
General Montgomery DayMontgomery, NY
Dates: September
Info: The entire Village of Montgomery becomes an all-day block party to celebrate its founding. General Montgomery Day takes place in September and features an 8K race, music, food, children’s activities, a soap box derby and fireworks.
Great American WeekendMain Street
Goshen, NY
Dates: June 30-July 1
Info: For 31 years, Goshen has celebrated Independence Day with a party of the highest order: Great American Weekend. Saturday morning is the annual 5K and 10K road races, followed by an arts-and-crafts fair. Harness racing is the highlight Sunday at the Historic Track, with music and entertainment happening all weekend.
Grahamsville Little World’s Fair7701 Route 55
Grahamsville, NY
Phone: 985-2500
Dates: Aug. 17-19
Info: The Grahamsville Little World’s Fair prides itself on being a quieter, traditional version of a county fair. The emphasis is on agriculture and crafts, with enough midway games and rides for the whole family to enjoy. Music plays throughout the weekend. Regular admission is $6. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day.
HITS on the Hudson454 Washington Avenue Extension
Saugerties, NY
Phone: 246-2289
Price: Avg. price: Free, $5 Sundays
Dates: May 25-Sept. 9
Info: The horses are in the spotlight for several exceptional long weekends in Saugerties. HITS on the Hudson hosts eight events throughout the summer, the final being Championship Weekend Sept. 5-9, featuring the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. The Grand Prix is Sept. 9, as is a special concert with Grammy-winning singer Michael McDonald. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 door for all final day
Hudson Valley Chalk Art Festival10 Main St.
New Paltz, NY
Dates: July 20-22
Info: Water Street Market will play host to the first Hudson Valley Chalk Festival, which isn’t just about writing your name in bubble letters. Professional chalk artists will be out creating eye-exploding art on the pavement. But bring the kids and your imagination – anything goes at this festival ... even bubble letters. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days.
Hudson Valley Jazz FestivalWarwick, NY
Dates: Aug. 16-19
Info: Now in its third year, the Warwick Valley Jazz Festival is becoming the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival. It features musicians local and beyond, centered around the Village of Warwick. The NY Swing Exchange opens the festival Aug. 16 on the Village Green. The weekend also brings music by Chris Persad, the New York String Trio, Gabriele Tranchina and Jeff Ciampa, featuring Mark Egan, Bill Evans and Richie Morales.
Hudson Valley Ribfest249 Libertyville Road
New Paltz, NY
Phone: 306-4381
Price: Avg. price: $5
Dates: Aug. 18-19
Info: Smack those lips! Gear up for a summer treat worth saving your belly for, as some of the finest barbecue providers in the Hudson Valley submit their food for your scrutinization. While chowing down, bands Exit 19, Thunder Ridge and Chain Gang will perform. Opens 11 a.m. each day.
Kingston Artist Soap-Box DerbyKingston, NY
Info: Back in 1975, San Francisco hosted an artist soapbox derby, as wild artistic creations spun and swerved down city streets. The 17th running in Kingston is happening in August, hosted by Donskoj & Company. Watch the weirdest soap boxes you’ve ever seen come down the Rondout in this incredible event.
Mountain Jam64 Klein Ave.
Hunter, NY
Phone: 888-512-7469
Dates: May 31-June 3
Info: It’s year seven for Radio Woodstock’s (WDST 100.1 FM in Woodstock) party at Hunter Mountain, and it’s as good as it’s ever been. This year brings the reunited Ben Folds Five, the Roots, Dawes, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, plus two headline sets by Gov’t Mule and Sunday’s big headliner, Steve Winwood. Tickets start at $60 and weekend passes are currently escalating in price, so get in now – it’s one of the hippest weekends of the year, by any measure.
New Jersey State Fair37 Plains Road
Augusta, NJ
Phone: Aug. 3-12
Price: Regular admission is $11.
Dates: Aug. 3-12
Info: Not far over the state line is the New Jersey State Fair (Sussex County Farm & Horse Show), held right in. The fair will feature agricultural education, crafts, rides, attractions and entertainment, plus the Sussex County’s Got Talent contest.
New York Renaissance Faire600 Route 17A
Tuxedo Park, NY
Phone: 351-5171
Dates: Aug. 4-Sept. 23 [Saturdays-Sundays]
Info: Denizens of Sterling Forest: The faire awaits! Every summer, all sorts of folks from near and far come to the Renaissance Faire for weekends of unbelievable fun under the sun. There’s swordplay, theater, music, a little romance, and all the turkey legs and mead you can stuff in your face. This year is the 35th year of the faire. Also open Labor Day. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Orange County Fair239 Wisner Ave.
Middletown, NY
Phone: 343-4826
Dates: July 13-29 [Wednesdays-Sundays]
Info: The fair takes over the Orange County Speedway in mid-July, as the 172nd Orange County Fair brings out games, rides, vendors, entertainers and animals – a celebration of summer fun. Stay tuned for details, but be sure to take in one night of fair fun this year.
Phoenicia International Festival of the VoicePhoenicia, NY
Phone: 586-3588
Price: Tickets start at $12.
Dates: Aug. 2-5
Info: The voice in all its glory will be celebrated at various, easy-to-walk-to venues throughout Phoenicia. Whether opera, throat singing by Tibetan monks or Broadway tunes, all’s noteworthy. Children ages 7-12 have the chance to explore their voices in a summer program July 27-29. Prices vary depending on how you want to experience the festival.
RiverFestShore Road
Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
Dates: 2-Jun
Info: The summer starts up in Cornwall-on-Hudson, where RiverFest means good music, good food and children’s fun. Musical guests include the West Point Steel Band and Hudson Blue. Tons of local vendors will also be on site with food, crafts and more. The fun begins at 11 a.m.
Rosendale Street FestivalMain Street
Rosendale, NY
Dates: July 21-22
Info: Rosendale’s Main Street is one of the coolest roads in the entire Hudson Valley, dotted with art galleries, a movie house, popular cafes and tiny boutiques. Everyone comes out to play for this festival, where the street scene is added by vendors and a laundry list of bands local and near-local. Last year featured five stages, great food and abundant sunshine. Free; donations accepted.
Ulster County Fair249 Libertyville Road
New Paltz, NY
Phone: 255-1380
Dates: July 31-Aug. 5
Info: Come out to the Ulster County Fair, where you can sip on one of the 4-H Club’s famous milkshakes while enjoying music from Lee Brice, the Village People or John Michael Montgomery, among others. The fun starts each day at 10 a.m., with tickets starting at $15 for admission.
Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair249 Libertyville Road
New Paltz, NY
Phone: 679-8087
Price: Regular admission is $8.
Dates: May 26-28, Sept. 1-3 [Fridays-Sundays]
Info: Quail Hollow’s annual fair, happening twice over the summer, first occurs over Memorial Day weekend, then returns for Labor Day weekend. Visit hundreds of craftsmen and artisans as they show off and sell their wares. Enjoy food and drink and live music. And note: if you come Memorial Day weekend, you won’t see the same vendors over Labor Day weekend. Opens 10 a.m. each day.
Dia:Beacon3 Beekman St.
Beacon, NY
Phone: 440-0100
Price: Avg. price: $10
Dates: Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Monday.
Info: Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, is home to the Dia Art Foundation’s collection of works from the most significant artists from the last half-century. There are also special exhibits and community talks. July 14 is a community free day, to coincide with a citywide arts and culture open house, where residents of neighboring counties – including Orange, Ulster and Sullivan – are invited to visit free.
Hudson River Maritime Museum50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY
Phone: 338-0071
Price: Avg. price: $7
Info: Steamboats bringing revelers up the Hudson River to summer in the Catskills stopped in Kingston. The city was also the terminus for the canal system bringing coal from Pennsylvania, was the major port between Albany and New York and is now the winter port of the Sloop Clearwater. It’s only fitting that it plays a role in keeping maritime history afloat with special exhibits, such as “The Faces of Work in the Hudson Valley,” and various programs on deck.
Museum at Bethel Woods200 Hurd Road
Bethel, NY
Phone: 866-781-2922
Price: Avg. price: $15
Dates: Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Sept. 3.
New York Trolley Museum89 E. Strand
Kingston, NY
Phone: 331-3399
Price: Avg. price: $5
Info: Once upon a time, clang, clang, clang went the trolley throughout the Hudson Valley. Today, there’s the opportunity to experience that once again in an excursion that runs 1 1/2 miles from the foot of Broadway to picnic grounds on the shores of the Hudson. The museum is also home to displays of trolley, subway and rapid transit cars from the United States and Europe.
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Ar1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY
Phone: 257-3844
Price: Avg. price: $5
Info: Named for a self-made man who embraced the arts after success in the garment industry, this 9,000-square-foot-space boasting six galleries is home to permanent collections of some 5,000 paintings, world collections, metals, photographs and works on paper. Through July 15, see Woodstock artist “Eugene Lundins: American Fantasist” and “Reading Objects 2011: Responses to the Museum Collection.” Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012” opens June 23.
Time and the Valleys MuseumRoute 55
Grahamsville, NY
Phone: 985-7700
Price: Avg. price: $2
Dates: Hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursday, and by appointment Saturday.
Info: Educating in the history of the Neversink and Rondout watersheds, the Time and the Valleys Museum has an exhibit this year titled “The Rondout and Neversink Watersheds and New York City’s Delaware Water Supply System.” The museum hosts the Old Time Fair July 28 at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds.
Castle Fun Center109 Brookside Ave.
Chester, NY
Phone: 469-2116
Price: Avg. price: Varies
Dates: Open daily.
Info: With miniature golf, go-kart racing and batting cages, the Castle is automatically a spot to see during the summer months. But that isn’t all the Castle has. There’s a climbing wall, an arcade, laser tag and, of course, roller skating. Jester’s Restaurant and Pub offers good food and a good mood, and on Saturday night head to Jester’s Comedy Club brings tons of laughs to Orange County.
Lazy Swan Golf & Country Club1754 Old Kings Highway
Saugerties, NY
Info: Golf Courses
Mansion Ridge Golf Club1292 Orange Tnpk.
Monroe, NY
Info: Golf Courses
Monster Golf Club84 Chalet Road
Kiamesha Lake, NY
Info: Golf Courses
Hudson Valley Renegades1500 Route 9D
Wappingers Falls, NY
Phone: 838-0094
Price: Avg. price: $10; tickets,
Dates: June 18-Aug. 29
Info: Play ball! The season opens on June 18 with post-game fireworks. Thirty-eight home games are scheduled for the low-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and the bases are loaded with events for kids. Former players of the Renegades include Evan Longoria, James Shields and Josh Hamilton
Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park99 Holiday Mountain Road
Monticello, NY
Info: Miniature Golf
Duffers Golf Range139 Route 32
New Windsor, NY
Info: Miniature Golf
Pitch & Putt 94Route 94
Washingtonville, NY
Info: Miniature Golf
Ascot Golf162 Esopus Ave.
Kingston, NY
Info: Miniature Golf
Jerry’s Mini-Golf Café288 St. Route 299
Highland, NY
Info: Miniature Golf
Lukanoo’s Family Fun Center180 Sawkill Road
Kingston, NY
Info: Miniature Golf
Puttin’ Plus455 Washington Ave.
Saugerties, NY
Info: Miniature Golf
Homegrown Mini-Golf and Tasting Gardens5755 Route 209
Kerhonkson, NY
Info: Miniature Golf
Monticello Casino and Raceway204 Route 17B
Monticello, NY
Phone: 794-4100
Info: Wanna bet? The Monticello Casino and Raceway has over 1,000 slot machines, plus electronic table games, so you might just win big. There’s live entertainment every weekend at the Lava Lounge, featuring DJs and local bands.There’s horse racing Monday-Thursday at the raceway.
Splashdown Beach16 Old Route 9
West Fishkill, NY
Phone: 897-9600
Price: Tickets start at $25.99
Dates: May 26-Sept. 3
Info: America’s biggest little water park is right off Route 9 in West Fishkill. Splashdown Beach has a home for Bob the Builder, plus the Bullet Bowl, the Humunga Half-Pipe, Cowabunga Falls and Pirate’s Plunge. New this year is the One World Rainforest Show, through July 1.
Beacon, NY
Info: Head over the river to Beacon, where the art galleries number by the dozen. Right along Main Street is RiverWinds Gallery (172 Main St.), Fovea Exhibitions (143 Main St.), bau (161 Main St.), Marion Royael Gallery (460 Main St.), Open Space (510 Main St.) and Back Room Gallery (475 Main St.). And don’t forget the restaurants, bars, cafes and boutiques. Beacon celebrates Second Saturday as part of Art Along the Hudson.
Hudson, NY
Info: Take a day and head north to Hudson, one of the antique capitals of Southern New York. Walk Warren Street for all the antique shops, plus some art galleries, like John Davis Gallery (362 1/2 Warren St.), Carrie Haddad Photographs (318 Warren St.) and 510 Warren Street Gallery. The Hudson Opera House (327 Warren St.) always has something going on. At night, see a concert at Club Helsinki (405 Columbia St.) or a film at Time & Space Limited (434 Columbia St.).
Kingston, NY
Info: The Broadway Wrench is reason enough to spend a day in Kingston. Uptown has cafes and restaurants like Boitson’s (47 N. Front St.) and Elephant (310 Wall St.), while the Rondout has art galleries like the Arts Society of Kingston (97 Broadway), the Storefront Gallery (93 Broadway) and KMOCA (103 Abeel St.). Kingston celebrates First Saturday as part of Art Along the Hudson.
Milford, PA
Info: The quaint town not far over the Pennsvylania border hosts a wealth of arts opportunities. Hang out on Main Street and visit the ARTery (210 Broad St.) for fine arts and crafts by local members. BlueStone Gallery is just down the street and around the corner (104 Ann St.). The Highlands Photographic Guild (224 Broad St.) shows off another side of the region’s artists. A number of restaurants dot the town center, too. Go on second Saturdays for Art After Dark.
Narrowsburg, NY
Info: Sitting against the Delaware River, Narrowsburg is one of the region’s unique art stops. It’s provided plenty inspiration for local artists, especially painters, who are part of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, which hosts shows at the Delaware Arts Center (37 Main St.). The town hosts Riverfest, which is in July. For history buffs, the Fort Delaware Museum (15 Route 97) offers a look inside a reconstructed 1750s fort.
Newburgh, NY
Info: Slowly becoming an exciting art town, Newburgh is home to the ambitious Ann Street Gallery (104 Ann St.). Next to that is the Ritz Theatre (107 Broadway), which hosts exhibits and concerts. Down Broadway is the Newburgh Actors Studio (784 Broadway), home to theatrical productions and revues. Want a bite? The waterfront and the Wherehouse are always good ideas.
New Paltz, NY
Info: Any trip to New Paltz should either start or end with Water Street Market (10 Main St.), where antiques, galleries and cafes blend at once. Unison Arts Center (68 Mountain Rest Road) has galleries and shows regularly. Also check out revered independent record shops Rhino Records (3 Church St.) and Jack’s Rhythms (54 Main St.). Stay for a bite at any number of restaurants – American, bistro, Mexican, Thai, Japanese. New Paltz celebrates Third Saturday as part of Art Along the Hudson.
Saugerties, NY
Info: Saugerties is on the rise as a hip art town, so get in now. Check out the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory (169 Ulster Ave.) and head by Café Mezzaluna (626 Route 212) for coffee, music and poetry. An artist studio tour is Aug. 10-12, and the town’s Sunset Concerts Series begins June 1.
Sugar Loaf, NY
Info: Orange County’s popular craft community is a fine place to spend an extended morning or afternoon. Check out Exposures Gallery (1357 Kings Highway), Endico Watercolor Originals (1386 Kings Highway), Bertoni Gallery (1392 Kings Highway) and Bliss Co-op (1371 Kings Highway). Grab a bite at the Barnsider, or visit the farmers’ market at Romer’s Alley.
Warwick, NY
Info: A gem of a village in Southern Orange County, Warwick has coffee shops and restaurants you’ll need to visit more than once. Shops and galleries include Strazza Fine Art (65 Main St.) and the Eclectic Eye (16 Railroad Ave.). Sunday is farmers’ market time. Go on a weekend night to the Dautaj (36 Oakland Ave.) for jazz or a singer-songwriter.
Woodstock, NY
Info: Known for its music history, Woodstock is a multi-arts paradise with galleries all over the map. The Center for Photography at Woodstock (59 Tinker St.) is renowned, but don’t forget VARGA Gallery (130 Tinker St.), Galerie BMG (12 Tannery Brook Road), the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (28 Tinker St.) and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild (34 Tinker St.). There’s food for any palate on Tinker, from noodles to American to vegetarian. Woodstock celebrates Second Saturday as part of Art Along the Hudson.
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