Fall fun guide

Fill up your fall with Valley fun

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008
The days are cooler, the trees aflame with rich color, and the Hudson Valley comes to life to celebrate its bounty. From now until the end of October, not a weekend will go by without a festival of apples, music and outdoor fun. Find even more great fun at hvlifeonline.com!

An around the world experience this fall Belgian Festival. Hugenot Street in New Paltz is celebrating its roots with Belgian foods, crafts, music and more. Free. 11am-5pm. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 845-255-1660. huguenotstreet.org.

Sat., Sept. 27. Celtic Day at Staatsburgh. Pipe bands, Celtic music, dance presentations, sheepdog herding, clan tent displays. Fee. 11am-5pm. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. 845-889-8851. Sun., Sept. 28.

Octoberfest. Music, German food and more. Reservations required. Noon-6pm. Winding Hills Golf Course, Montgomery. windinghillsgolfcourse.com. 845- 457-3187. Sat., Oct. 4.

Get out and get moving Paddle from Tivoli to Esopus. For moderate paddlers ready for 5-mile excursion by kayak or canoe. Register by Labor Day. Tivoli Bays Visitor Center, Tivoli. 845-928-1730. midhudsonADK.org.

Sun., Sept. 7. 9th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble. More than 100 guided walks, hikes, paddles, bike tours, river explorations and cultural events throughout Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. hudsonrivervalley.com/ramble. 800-453-6665. Sept. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28.

Guided Walk. Easy to moderate, 1-2-hour walk through Clausland Mountain Park in Upper Grandview. 9am. Rain or shine. 845-708-7307. Sun, Sept. 7 and a more challenging hike on Sat, Oct. 11.

Tour de Squeak Bike Ride. 10, 30 or 50 mile easy to moderate rides through the Catskill mountains. 9:30am. Cinder Track Bicycles, 48 Church St., Livingston Manor. 845-439-4590. Sat., Oct. 4.

McQuade Foundation Fall Foliage Tour. Orange County bike tour benefits the McQuade Foundation. 845-561-0436. Sun., Oct. 5.

Fantastic festivals
Monroe Cheese Festival. Food, crafts, live music, exhibits. 10am-6pm. Stage Road Square, Monroe.
monroecheesefestival.com 845-774-1727. Sat., Sept. 13.

13th Annual Lobster Fest. Lobsters with all the trimmings, live music. Rivendell Winery, New Paltz.
rivendellwine.com. 845-255-2494. Sat., Sept. 13.

18th Annual Taste of New Paltz. Dozens of local restaurants, wineries, micro breweries and crafts people. Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz. 845-255-0243. tasteofnewpaltz.com Sun., Sept. 14.

Irish Heritage Festival. Irish music, dance, crafts, food. Noon. Thomas Bull Memorial
Park, Montgomery. 845-343-5736. irishheritagefestival.org.  Sat., Sept. 13-14. 

18th Annual Von Steuben Parade & Germanfest. Food, crafts, music and dancing, parade (Noon), Germanfest to follow. Fireman’s Field, Yulan. 845-557-8431. Sat., Sept. 27.

Hudson Valley Garlic Festival.  Food, crafts, music, chef and farmer lectures. Cantine Field, Saugerties. 845-246-3090. hvgf.org Sat., Sept. 27-28.

Chili Cookoff and Italian Festival. Rondout waterfront, Kingston. 845-331-7517 or 339-6925. ci.kingston.ny.us Sat., Oct. 11 & 12.

The Heart of the Hudson Valley Bounty Festival. Local farms, wineries, restaurants; attractions, craft vendors, antiques, demos. Rain date Oct. 5. 10am-4pm. Cluett-Schantz Memorial Park, Route 9W, Milton. 845-616-7824. meetmeinmarlborough.com. Sat., Oct. 4.

18th Annual Harvest Party. Unique food & wine tasting experience featuring fine Hudson Valley purveyors from The Culinary Institute of America and others. Noon-4pm. Millbrook Winery, 26 Wing Rd., Millbrook. 845-677-8383.  millbrookwine.com. Sat., Oct. 11.12th

Annual Fall for Art. Juried art show and sale of regional artists. 6-9pm. Wiltwyck Golf Club, Kingston. 845-338-8131. ucjf.org. Thurs., Sept. 4.

Harvest Moon Folk Festival. Live music and wine tasting. Apple and pear picking. 12-6pm. Warwick Valley Winery & Orchard, Warwick. 845-258-4858. wvwinery.com.  Sat., Sept. 6-7.

SeptemberFest 2008. Outdoor street fair with 200 vendors, live entertainment, food and much more. Rain or shine. 10am-5pm. Main Street & Broadway, Nyack. 845-353-2221. Sun., Sept 7.

Town of Wappinger Community Day. Vendors, community group booths, parade (2pm), live music. Free. Fireworks at dusk. Noon-dusk. Schlathaus Park, 126 All Angels Hill Rd., Wappingers Falls. (Rain Date Sept. 14th). 845 297-5771. Sun., Sept. 7.

Walden Harvest Fest 2008. Parade, entertainment, food and special events. 9am-9pm. Municipal Square, Walden. 845-778-2655. villageofwalden.org. Sat., Oct 4.

Fourth Annual Goshen Jazz Festival. Celebrating Willie “the Lion” Smith. 11am. 845-294-6606. goshenjazz.com. Sat., Sept. 13.

51st Annual Stanford Community Day. Parade, flea market, flower and vegetable show, community booths and exhibits. Free. 10am-6pm. Stanford Grange Hall and Recreation Park, 6043 Rte. 82, Stanfordville. 845-868-7869. Sat., Sept. 13.

7th Annual Haverstraw International Festival. Live music and dance, ethnic foods, artists, antiques, edibles. 11am-5pm. Main Street, Haverstraw. 845-429-0300. haverstrawchamber.org  Sun., Sept. 14.

The Congers Italian Festival will be bustling on September 14 from 11am-7pm. This makes for a great day out with the grandkids. They’ll want to take part in the grape stomping contest! For details, visit CongersItalianFestival.com.

16th Annual Plattekill Day. 10am-5pm. Thomas Felten Park, Rte. 32, Modena. 845-883-7331 or 883-7332. Sun., Sept. 21.

Catskills Jeep Jamboree. Get dirty and see best scenery the Catskills has to offer in your Jeep. Mr. Willy’s Restaurant & Catering, Corner Rte. 42 & Sackett Lake Rd., Monticello. 845-791-4328. catskillsjeepjamboree.com. Fri., Sept. 26-28.

Jeff Fest ’07. Autumn festival, classic/custom car show, music, games, crafts, food. 10:30am-5pm. Free. Downtown Jeffersonville. 845-482-4275. Sat., Sept. 20.

Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival. Rubber stamps, cardmaking, scrapbooking and paper crafts. Free classes, make & takes, demos. Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 11am-4pm. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rt. 9, Rhinebeck. dutchessfair.com/calendar.html. 845-876-4001.

Sat., Sept. 20-21. 31st Spirit of Beacon Day. Exhibits, crafts, entertainment, parade (1pm). Rain date Sept. 30. 11am-4pm. Free. Main St. to Teller Ave., Beacon. 845-831-5401.

Sat., Sept. 28. Crafts at Rhinebeck. Indoor show with more than 350 crafters, specialty foods, wine tasting, music. Fee. Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-5pm. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rte. 9, Rhinebeck. 845-876-4001. Sat., Sept. 4-5.

36th Annual Sugar Loaf Fall Festival. Arts, crafts, live music, food and fun for all ages. Rain or shine. 10am-6pm. 845-469-9181. sugarloafnychamber.com. Sat., Oct. 11-13.

Pottery Festival. The potters of Sullivan County come together to exhibit their recent work. 11am-5pm. Main St., Jeffersonville. 845-482-4976. Sat., Oct. 11.

Bluestone Festival. Exhibits, demonstrations, food, live music. Noon-6pm. T.R. Gallo Park, Kingston. 845-331-7517. Sun., Oct. 5.

Applefest. Street festival with live music, food, arts and crafts vendors, and more! 10am-5pm. Downtown Warwick. 845-987-8300. warwickapplefest.com. Sun., Oct. 5.

Antiques and Collectibles
Nyack Street Fair. Over 300 vendors and dealers showing fine crafts, jewelry, art, photography and ceramics. Live entertainment and more. 10am-5pm. Main Street & Broadway, Nyack. 845-353-6981. Sun., Oct. 12.

Woodstock Film Festival.
Independent film festival featuring films, concerts, panels and more. Woodstock. 845-679-4265. woodstockfilmfestival.com.
Thurs., Oct. 1-5.

21st Gathering of Old Cars. Antique automobiles, car capers
on the west lawn, and a costume show. Free. 11am-4pm. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Old Post Rd., Staatsburgh. 845-889-8851. staatsburgh.org. Sun., Oct. 19.

Historic Burning of Kingston. Reenactments, encampments, exhibits, demonstrations and
tours throughout Kingston.
845-331-7517. ci.kingston.ny.us
Fri., Oct. 18-19.
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