There is so much to do in the Hudson Valley. Views, Art, Culture, Outdoors, Recreation, Entertainment, History, Dining, Shopping and more. Each month we’ll give you new ideas for how you can explore and take advantage of all the Hudson Valley has to offer.

Albany County

Capitol Hauntings Tour, New York State Capitol: October: Does the night watchman who died in the Capitol fire of 1911 still make his rounds? Which two United States Presidents visited the Capitol after they died? What happened to the "lost" Capitol murals and their eccentric artist? Come to the New York State Capitol for a special tour that explores these questions and other legends connected with this historic building. Free daily tours throughout October. More>

Murder at Cherry Hill : October 27 & 28: In 1827, a notorious murder occurred at Cherry Hill that resulted in two sensational trials and Albany's last public hanging. Come relive that night! Meet the historical players, walk in the footsteps of a murderer, and revel in harrowing titillation during this annual October event! October 28, 5:30pm & 7pm, October 29, 4pm, 5:30pm & 7pm. $18 non-members/$12 members. 523 ½ Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202. More>

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Columbia County

Columbia County Fair: August 30-September 4: Nightly grandstand entertainment including Demolition Derby, rodeo & national country singing stars, volunteer firefighting parade, daily animal shows and much more! Columbia County Fairgrounds, 182 Hudson Avenue, Chatham. 518-392-2121 More>

Festival of Books: September 1-3: Giant used book sale featuring more than 10,000 gently used books, including fiction and non-fiction, hard and soft covers. Readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, and a children's program. Spencertown Academy, 790 Route 203, Spencertown. 518-392-3693 More>

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Dutchess County

Jazz in the Valley Festival: Aug. 20. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie. On the main stage see the outstanding musicians Jeff "Siege" Siegel Sextet, Christopher Dean Sullivan Ensemble, Elio Villafranca and The Jass Syncopators, and Swing Unlimited These superb bands rock the main stage (ticketed seats) while others jam on the pavilion stage (free) all day. No car? No problem! Walk from the Poughkeepsie train station! More>

The Wassaic Project Summer Season: Aug. 11-12 Festival: Maxon Mills, Wassaic:
Join the fun for two days of dance and feature films. View the Summer Exhibition Vagabond Time Killers, bring the family to the Art Nest and hear live music at The Lantern on Sat. night. More>

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Greene County

Cat N around Catskill: May 27 - September 22: Cat 'n Around Catskill is a Summer long art event that culminates with the Cat's Meow Auction & Gala in September. Activities include the public display of the Cats in the Village of Catskill and Leeds, Cat Raffle, and the grand finale. More>

Exhibition: Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills. May 2 - October 29: Curated by Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills explores the artist's creative process and for he first time brings the original paintings to a venue just a few miles from the sites that inspired them.  More>

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Orange County

Civil War Weekend at Museum Village, Monroe (Sat-Sun) Sept 2 & 3: The 42nd Annual Civil War Weekend at Museum Village is a living history family-friendly event! See representations of Federal and Confederate infantry, artillery and cavalry units, medical demonstrations and civilian life. Witness re-enactments of standard Civil War tactics and troop movements as the two armies meet in battle. Visitors can stroll through the camps, meet and talk with the troops and civilians, and shop at Sutler’s Row, the civilian merchants who followed the Army. Admission.  More>

New York Renaissance Faire, Tuxedo Park (Every Sat-Sun and Labor Day) Aug 5 - Oct 1: Take a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England brought to life. See hundreds of costumed characters, dancers, strolling minstrels and storytellers in a Tudor style marketplace of period crafts and games. Food, drink, music, stage shows, horseback joust, falconry, and more. New shows and themed weekends.  More>

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Putnam County

Putnam County Wine & Food Fest: August 12-13: Live music, great food, and the best wine and spirits New York has to offer! Come sample wines, ciders and spirits from some of New York’s and beyond most renowned producers, or enjoy a cold craft or local beer. Bring a blanket and some lawn chairs and enjoy savory foods while rocking to the rhythmic sounds of live music. There will be arts and crafts, cooking and mixologist demonstrations, exhibits, and more entertainment than you can shake a stick at – even for the kids. So, bring the whole family and enjoy a day full of fun and entertainment! More>

17th Annual Nimham Pow Wow: August 19-20Gates open 10am. There will be: Native American drumming, dancing, Birds of Prey, Storytellers, Teepees, Children’s Program, Native foods and arts & crafts. Radio station WHUD will be on hand with their Prize Wheel and DJ Mike Bennett & Fun Crew. Movie in the Big Barn Saturday Night 7pm – Host Drum – Nimham Mountain Singers / Co-Host Drum – Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe. More> 

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Rensselaer County

New York-Penn All-Star Game, Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, Troy: August 15: The best and brightest stars of the New York-Penn League will gather at the “Joe”. All Star festivities will include a two day event featuring a Fan Fest the night before, a pregame autograph sessions with the players, and many more fan-interactive activities. More>

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Rockland County

Wine Tasting, Live Music at Torne Valley Vineyards: Weekends in August: Visit Torne Valley Vineyards for all-day wine tasting on Saturdays and Sundays or choose from a selection of craft beers, lunch available in the cafe and live music. $7 for wine tasting. See the events calendar for Friday night concerts.  More>

Highlands Bluegrass Festival & Craft Fair: September 10: Celebrate the end of summer with family fun and  music by Banjo great Tony Trischka and his band headlining this year’s festival. More>

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Ulster County

Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson: Sept. 10: Watch Olympic-level equestrians athletes compete for $1 Million/Grand Finale featured event. Enjoy a day of family-friendly fun. Presentation of the Flags by West Point cadets. Tickets $10, children under 12 free. 2 p.m. HITS-on-the-Hudson, 454 Washington Ave. Extension, Saugerties. 845-264-5515. More>

Art Walk Kingston: Sept. 23-24: Two-day celebration of the arts and local community. Explore three distinct area of the city of Kingston and immerse in a range of art and events. Noon-5 p.m. City of Kingston. More>

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Westchester County

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze: Late Sept. - Oct.: The Hudson Valley's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event returns for a whopping 20 nights! See more than 4,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in an elaborate walk-through experience.. All admissions require timed tickets. Van Cortlandt Manor, 914 631-8200 (Advance tickets) More>

Horseman's Hollow: October: Are you ready to be scared out of your mind?? This brand new haunted experience takes the tale of the “The Legend of Sleep Hollow” to its darkest extremes. This event is not suitable for small children, adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures or have other chronic health conditions.  High fear factor – enter at your own discretion. You have been warned! Timed ticket admissions, on the half hour, starting at 7 p.m. Philipsburg Manor 914 631-8200 (Advance tickets)  More>

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