Best Arts & Culture Experiences to Enjoy this Fall in the Hudson Valley

Beacon Bonfire, CREDIT Daniel Rowan

From the vibrant music festivals to the captivating art events, this carefully curated list unveils the top 6 experiences to enjoy this Fall. Get ready to be captivated by the melodic harmonies, mesmerizing performances, and awe-inspiring artistic creations. Don't miss out on these extraordinary opportunities to immerse yourself in the world of art and music!

1. Beacon Bonfire Music and Arts Festival (November 4 & 5) | Dutchess County

This festival is a haven for music and fun lovers. The second annual event features over 100 artists performing at more than 20 venues. Relax by the main street bonfires, and enjoy discounts on food, beverages, services, and retail items. The Beacon Free Loop provides free bus service from the Beacon Metro-North train station to the festival. Click here to see an updated list of performers and to purchase festival passes. Or, check out the HVT calendar for more information!

2. Skywalk Arts Festival (September 16) | Greene County

This seventh annual festival is now on a Saturday due to popular demand. The festival will feature art from local artists and photographers, and live music by David Temple - plus you'll have the opportunity to learn to paint incredible scenery. The festival will be held at the park on the west side of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, a beautiful location along the Hudson River. Visit the HVT calendar for more information.

3. Phoenix Festival - Live Arts in Nyack (September 28 - October 21) | Rockland County

This festival returns for its second season in the beautiful riverside town of Nyack. The event features live indoor/outdoor performances of classical theater, music, dance, local culture, and more! Tickets are on sale now! Visit for more information.

4. Basilica Farm & Flea (November 24-26) | Columbia County

An antidote to big box Black Friday, Basilica Farm & Flea is part timeless flea and farmer’s market and part 21st-century craft and design fair. The market features a diverse group of regional vendors selling their wares alongside locally sourced, farm-fresh foods. Visit for more information.

5. Grape Stomping at Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery (September 9 - October 15) | Orange County

The beloved Grape Stomp returns with an exciting competition format. Grab your teammate and come stomp your heart out for a chance to win a special prize! 1839 Restaurant and Bar will be selling delicious food and drinks. The event runs every weekend from September 9th through October 15th. Visit the HVT calendar for more information.

6. Modern Makers Market Cold Spring (October 14-15) | Putnam County

Over 40 artisans, artists, designers, and makers will showcase their handcrafted and small-batch goods at this Hops on the Hudson event. The market is dog-friendly, Metro North friendly, and offers free raffles. It takes place on the beautiful grounds of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in the Village of Cold Spring. Free parking is available on all side streets and at the Cold Spring Metro North Train station. Check out the HVT calendar for more information.

Whether you're exploring the vibrant art scene at the Skywalk Arts Festival, tapping your foot to the rhythm at the Beacon Bonfire Music and Arts Festival, or immersing yourself in the unique atmosphere of the Modern Makers Market, these events offer enriching experiences that will stay with you long after their closing moments. So mark your calendars, because these festivals are too good to miss!

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