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

FilmColumbia Film Festival: October 22-29: Eight day film festival screening over seventy major studio and independent features, award winning foreign films, documentaries, animation and meet-the-filmmaker events. Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, Chatham. 518-392-3459 more>

34th Annual Super Swapmeet: November 5: Over 500 vendors: circle track, dirt, asphalt, drags, carts, collectibles and much more. Rain or shine. Lebanon Valley Speedway, 1746 Route 20, West Lebanon. 518-794-9606 more>

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Dutchess County

Barn Star Antiques at Rhinebeck: October 7 - 8. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. 125 American and Continental antique exhibitors display wares in attractive, idea-inspiring settings. More>

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Greene County

Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest Weekends: September 23-24, 30 October 1, 7-8, 14-15Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest is held over four weekends from September 23 to October 15, featuring the traditional bratwurst and beer you'd expect.  More>

10th Annual Guinness Festival at Gavin's Irish Country Inn: October 7: Plenty of Guinness and Live music. More>

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Orange County

The Chocolate Expo Hudson Valley: October 22: 10 AM - 5 PM America’s largest chocolate event is happening under the BIG tent on the green of their new Hudson Valley location, Museum Village, a working 19th Century village, just 3 miles west of world-famous Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. Admission includes entry to all Museum Village and Chocolate Expo exhibits, tastings and vendors of gourmet chocolate, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, wines, distilled spirits, hard ciders and much more.  65+ local, regional and international vendors will be on hand. Held rain or shine. Tickets purchased online are just $15/adult & $10/child (ages 4-12). Tickets purchased at the door (if available) are $20/adult & $15/child (ages 4-12). Children under 4 years old are free at this location. Monroe. More>

Wright Family Farm Fall Harvest Weekends: Fri-Sun until October 29: Spend a fun day at the farm. Take a free hayride to the 9-acre pumpkin patch to pick that perfect pumpkin (priced by the pound). Get lost in a 5-acre corn maze! Younger children can dig in a crunchy corn box and play at rubber duck racing. Take a whirl on the pedal carts and ride the cow train and the ponies. Sit by the camp fire and lots more! Fri 4-6pm, Sat/Sun 10am-6pm (last admission 5pm). Flashlight Nights: Fri .Oct 13 & 20 4-9pm (last admission 8:15pm). Admission fees to barnyard and maze and for pony rides. Warwick. More>

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Rensselaer County

October 21:  Annual "Haunted" Evening Corn Maze, Swartz Dairy & Produce, Castleton, 7 PM to 9 PM:  It can already be scary trying to find your way through the corn maze, now try it in the dark with ghouls and goblins jumping out at you! (Event geared to older children and adults) NO FLASHLIGHTS PLEASE! This one-night special event will begin at 7pm, and the last ticket will be sold/last hayride will depart for the maze at 9pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Farm Store ($5 a person), where the hayride will be running continuously to and from the maze throughout the evening. Please note that this event is WEATHER-PERMITTING. The rain date will be the following Saturday, October 28th. More> 

November 4 & 5:  Holiday Art Fair, Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park:   Local artisans provide unique and hand crafted items perfect for holiday gift giving.  Saturday (11/4): 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday (11/5): Noon to 4 pm. More>

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Rockland County

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in October: Bear Mountain Oktoberfest at Anthony Wayne: The annual Oktoberfest will feature German beer, food, music, dancing, vendors and much more.  More> 

October 21: Autumn Electronix Festival: This festival is a specially-curated selection of live acts representing many varied facets of electronic music including Void Vision, Snowbeats, Bastet and more. Tickets: $13.50 advance; $15 at door More>

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Ulster County

Burning of Kingston: Oct. 13-15: Weekend–long celebration of American history, bravery, sacrifice and resilience. For more information about the 2017 Burning of Kingston including directions, historic maps and weekend discount information, visit website. More>

Bad Seed Cider Fall Back Festival: Nov. 4: As the clocks turn back, celebrate everything to love about Bad Seed Cider and fall in the Hudson Valley. Ticket includes unlimited unique, small batch, craft hard ciders from local apples as well as local beers totaling 15 taps, Hudson Valley Sausage Company with great barbecue items for purchase and also deserts and live music. 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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