Hot fun in the summertime

Your guide to the greatest concerts, festivals and fun this summer

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2008
We know you’re not content to just sit at home on the weekend, especially in summer. That’s why we’ve come up with 50 reasons for you to get out of the house and have some fun.

Go for a paddle or a pedal
Be a pedal pusher at the Bicycling Festival on June 21, which includes a road cycling tour, bike gear expo, and Walnut Mountain Extreme Duathlon (if you dare). Walnut Mountain, Liberty. 800-516-0422, ext. 3.
Who needs daylight to go kayaking? On June 26, explore Kingston Point Park in a kayak by the light of the moon – just bring a flashlight! 8pm. Forsyth Nature Center, Kingston. 845-331-1682.  
On July 13 join the 12th Annual Hudson Valley Bi/Triathlon. Swim, bike, run. Town of Ulster. 845-247-0489.
Enjoy the scenery from your bike on the Harlem Valley Rail Ride on July 27. Ride 22-100 miles, then enjoy BBQ, farmers’ market, massage and music afterward. Starts and ends at Eddie Collins Field, Rte. 22, Millerton. 212-932-BIKE.
Get in shape now for the Great Hudson River Paddle, an 11-day, 150-mile kayak expedition July 31-Aug. 13. 518-424-3986.
On Aug. 12-17, the Great Hudson Valley Pedal Bicycle Tour kicks off, a six-day, 200-mile bicycle tour from Albany to New York City. 518-434-1583.
Ride 12, 25, 30 or 50 miles at the Tour de Kingston on June 22. 8am. 845-943-6022.
Mountain bike enthusiasts of all levels can take part in the Stewart State Forest Bike Tour on June 8. Lunch, trail maps included. 9am. DEC entrance, Rte. 207, New Windsor. 845-496-9487. or
Every weekend at the Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz join in a guided Singles & Sociables hike. 845-255-0919.

A little music in the summer
Pop icon Blondie performs June 12th at Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston. 7:30pm. 845-339-6088.
On Sundays all summer long, enjoy music under the stars with the USMA Concert Band. 7:30pm. Trophy Point Amphitheater, USMA, West Point. 845-938-2617.  
If you love jazz, don’t miss the Kingston International Jazz Festival Weekend on June 27-29. 845-331-7517 or 800-331-1518.
The July 5th Freedom Fest brings the music of John Cafferty from the Beaver Brown Band, Gary “US” Bonds, Larry Hoppin and Robby Dupree. Noon. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rte. 9, Rhinebeck. 845-876-4001.
The Belleayre Music Festival heats up this summer with Beach Boy Brian Wilson on July 12, country crooner Vince Gill on Aug. 23, and singer Chris Isaak on Aug. 30. 8pm. Highmount. 800-942-6904.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and listen to the band play your favorites at the Port Jervis Annual Summer Band Concert on July 17, 24, 31 and Aug. 7 & 14. It’s free! 8pm. Farnum Park, Port Jervis. 845-858-4017.
You can’t beat music outdoors. On July 26, catch the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra at Downing Park Summer Musikfest. 4pm. Downing Park Amphitheater, Newburgh. 845-913-7157.
The Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery in Warwick hosts a Blues Festival on Aug. 9 from Noon-6pm. 845-258-4858.
Enjoy tunes and tomatoes on Aug. 16 at the Heirloom Tomato & Music Festival. Rogowski Farm, Pine Island. 845-258-4574.  

Wine, food and song all summer long
Get a Taste of Millbrook on June 7 as area restaurants and caterers serve their finest creations at this benefit event. Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, 26 Wing Rd., Millbrook. 845-677-8383.
On June 14, Clinton Vineyards at 450 Schultzville Rd. in Clinton Corners celebrates with wine tastings, local foods, music, and farmers’ market at its 30th Anniversary Festival. 2-5pm. 845-266-5372.
17th Annual Around the World in 80 Miles tour on June 14-15 takes you to 10 wineries on the Shawangunk Wine Trail, starting at Rivendell Winery on Libertyville Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-2494.
Benmarl Winery in Marlboro has big plans for summer, starting with Summer Solstice Revelry on June 21, a July 4th Weekend Party on July 5&6, and a Summer Full Moon Party on July 18. 845-236-4265.
Rivendell Winery’s annual Reds, Whites and Blues concert and picnic on July 4 is a New Paltz tradition. 3-6pm. 845-255-2494.
On July 26-27, enjoy tastes and treats from area restaurants at wineries on the Shawangunk Wine Trail during the 12th annual Bounty of the Hudson Food And Wine Festival. Cooking workshops, live music and more. Noon-5pm. 845-255-2494.
Bring your blanket for some Shakespeare in the Orchard at Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery in Warwick. The Illustrious Theatre Company performs “Twelfth Night” on July 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 (Fri. & Sat. 8pm; Sun. 7:30pm). 845-258-4858.

Chart a course for the arts
Meet 50 artists in their studios at the GAGA Arts Festival on June 7-8 (11am-6pm). Exhibitions, demonstrations, live music, more. Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center, 55 W. Railroad Ave., Garnerville. 845-947-7108.
SummerScape opens at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson with Prokofiev’s “Romeo & Juliet” with performances on July 5, 6, 8, and 9. 8pm. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, River Rd., Annandale-On-Hudson. 845-758-7926.

How do those gardens grow?
Locust Grove, the Samuel Morse Historic Site on Rte. 9 in Poughkeepsie, hosts a Garden Party on June 6, with cocktails, silent auction, dinner & dancing. 5pm. 845-454-4500, ext. 12. 
Discover magnificent private gardens in Goshen on June 21 (10am-3pm), complete with gourmet luncheon and music. 845-294-6225.

Celebrate summer’s finest festivals
Experience world-class equestrian show jumping at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties on June 4-8, 11-15, July 23-27, July 30-Aug. 3. 845-246-8833.
Celebrate the Hudson at Riverfest 2008 on June 7 (11am-7pm) at Donahue Park, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 845-534-7581.
Explore area treasures on the June 7th Silver Ribbon House Tour of nine Dutchess County historic sites. Maps available at tour center. 845-471-1630.
Get steeped in history on June 7 at Historic Napanoch Day, with tours, music, crafts, food. From 10am-4pm on Main St., Napanoch. 845-647-5973.
On June 8 from 10am-5pm, the Suffern Street Fair goes on, rain or shine with vendors, entertainment and more. Lafayette Avenue, Suffern. 845-357-8424.
Street rods, classics, muscle cars. They’re all at the 16th Annual Famous ‘50s Northeast Nationals on June 12-15 at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson. 518-588-0814.
Check out antique machinery, antique trucks, WWI planes, biplane rides, thrill shows and more at Rhinebeck Grand National Super Meet on June 13-15 (9am-5pm) at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rte. 9, Rhinebeck.
Celebrate our differences at the annual Multi-Cultural Festival on June 14 (Noon-6pm). Free. Town of Haverstraw, Garnerville. 845-429-2200.
Downtown Livingston Manor comes to life on June 14 with the 5th annual Trout Parade at 1pm. Art & Music Festival from 11am-4pm. 845-439-4590.
Have a Great American Weekend in the Village of Goshen on July 5-6 (10am-5pm) with crafts, exhibits, entertainment, walking tours, and more. 845-294-7741.  
Feel the beat of Hispanic culture at the Latin American Festival on July 13 (Noon-7pm). Free. Riverfront Park, Beacon. 845-206-5197.
If you’re an “antiquer” at heart you’ll love the Antiques and Collectibles Nyack Street Fair, with more than 300 dealers, on July 13 (10am-5pm). Main Street & Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-3456 or 845-353-6981.
Watch ’em launch at the Mid-Hudson Valley Balloon Festival on July 18-20. Sat. entertainment 7-9pm; fireworks follow. Hot air balloon launch 6am and 6pm. Free. Waryas Park, Main Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-1700. Visit for launch sites.
You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy the Irish Feis on July 20 (9am-8pm). Step dancing, bag piping, field games and more. Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Harriman State Park. 845-928-2358, 845-634-4374.
Put on a bib for the Hudson Valley Rib Festival on Aug. 15-17. Cooking demos, music and more. Ulster County Fairgrounds, Libertyville Road, New Paltz.
Get your fill of corn at the Aug. 16th Hurley Corn Festival. Colonial craft demos, corn baking and corn husking contests, more. 10am-4pm. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 845-338-2193.
Crafty types won’t want to miss the Woodstock-New Paltz Art and Crafts Fair Aug. 30-Sept. 1 (10am-6pm; Mon. 10am-4pm), with more than 300 artists and craftspeople. Entertainment, specialty foods and more. Ulster County Fairgrounds, Libertyville Rd., New Paltz. 845-679-8087.

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