Where to Find the Best Arts & Culture in Hudson Valley This Summer

Exterior of Dutchess County FDR Library Museum

The Hudson Valley is home to some of the best arts and culture events in the country! With so many amazing attractions and activities, it can be hard to decide where to go first. To help you out, we've rounded up six of our favorites happening in the Hudson Valley this summer. So get ready for a fun-filled adventure as you experience all that this beautiful part of New York State has to offer!

1. Catamount Mountain Resort's Summer Music Series | Columbia County

The Catamount Mountain Resort's Summer Music Series is a free concert series held over 7 weeks in July and August on Friday nights - July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, and August 18. Enjoy views from the back patio, fresh mountain air, great music, and delicious food and drinks! For more information, visit https://catamountski.com/plan/event-calendar.

2. "Black Americans, Civil Rights and the Roosevelts” Exhibit | Dutchess County

Starting on June 3, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park will be showcasing a brand new exhibition that explores the political transformation of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt on matters of racial justice. This must-see exhibit spotlights the voices of numerous Black community leaders, wartime service members, and everyday citizens who directly engaged with the Roosevelt administration and fought tirelessly for progress. To find out more about this exhibit, head over to https://www.fdrlibrary.org/.

3. Concert in the Catskills | Greene County

Three Nashville recording artists, including platinum-selling artist Michael Ray, will perform live on the Hudson River in Greene County on Saturday, June 24. The concert will take place at the Historic Catskill Point, located in Catskill, New York. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $35 and VIP tickets are $75. VIP tickets include a private meet-and-greet with the artists, a backstage tour, and premium seating. This is a great opportunity to see some of the biggest names in country music perform live in a beautiful setting. So mark your calendars and get your tickets today!

4. Petra Island Wright Over Water-Mahopac | Putnam County

If you're a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright's breathtaking designs, you won't want to miss the opportunity to visit Petra Island and the Massaro House. Nestled in the heart of Lake Mahopac, these stunning homes are accessible via boat and are sure to leave you in awe. This summer, for the very first time, visitors can take a tour of the island led by one of the homeowners. Learn about the history and inspiration behind these architectural gems, and marvel at the attention to detail and craftsmanship that went into their creation. Each tour includes access to both the Chahroudi House and the Massaro House, as well as a boat tour of Lake Mahopac, providing a unique perspective on the island's natural beauty. Tours are seasonal and limited to 12 people per boat, so be sure to book your spot early! For more information, check out https://www.wrightoverwater.com/.

5. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival | Putnam County

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) is a professional theater company based in Garrison, NY, just one hour north of Manhattan. Since its founding in 1987, HVSF has earned critical acclaim (The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal) for its inventive productions of William Shakespeare's plays under an iconic open-air Theater Tent that overlooks the Hudson River. Don't miss HVSF's exciting 2023 Summer Season, which includes a double-bill of Shakespeare plays, a world premiere of a new music-theater piece, HVSF2 readings, and two site-specific events. Buy your tickets today! https://hvshakespeare.org/

6. Caramoor Summer Music Festival | Westchester County

From June to August 2023, you can enjoy a full season of outdoor concerts at the Caramoor Summer Music Festival. Whether you're a fan of American Roots, chamber music, opera, classical, or jazz, there's something for everyone! So, grab a blanket, pack a picnic, and get ready to be swept away by the sweet sounds of summer. Don't miss this opportunity to experience world-class performances in a breathtaking outdoor setting.

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