As the summer winds down, some big annual events have returned to the Hudson Valley, from the NY Air Show to the hot air balloon festival. Be aware, that rules around mask wearing and vaccination status could change at any time, so please check with the venue website before you go.
Here’s a look at what’s coming. We will update this list:
2021 New York International Air Show, Aug. 28, 29
For the second year in a row, the show will be held at the Orange County Airport in Montgomery. Among the lineup will be the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as headliners featuring the U.S. Air Force 22 Raptor Demo Team, the West Point Parachute Team, F-18 Rhino Demo Team, an Air Force Heritage Flight, a Navy Legacy Flight, aerobatic pilot Mike Wiskus, and more. Tickets start at $32.50. The website notes that wearing a facial covering is optional, but recommended if you are not vaccinated. For updated show info, go to airshowny.com.
Dutchess County Fair, Aug. 24-29
The Dutchess County Fair is back with excellent festival foods, music performances, contests and more. Be sure to stop by the agricultural and 4-H exhibits — there’s nothing cuter than watching young children pamper and prep their animals for showtime. Masks will be required for those not vaccinated. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck; 845-876-4000; visit dutchessfair.com.
Mid-Hudson Comic Con, Aug. 28-29
The mid-Hudson Valley’s pop-culture convention will take over the Mid-Hudson Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The convention will feature appearances from celebrities, comic books, and all things pop culture. Day passes for adults are $23 on Saturday and $20 on Sunday; weekend passes are $38; tickets for children ages 7 to 15, students, military and seniors are $15 a day; weekend passes for students, military personnel and seniors are $25; tickets for children ages 6 and under are free. Masks requested for those who are not vaccinated. For more information, go to mhcomiccon.com/tickets.
Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival, Sept. 3-5
The Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival returns for its 30th annual event. The 2021 festival will take place at Tymor Park in Unionvale. Throughout the weekend 75 hot-air balloons will take to the skies, there will be hot air balloon moon glows, fireworks, tethered hot air balloon rides, helicopter rides, live music, food trucks and more. The festival begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Scheduled balloon takeoffs take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday; 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Times may vary based on wind and weather conditions and may not happen at all if conditions do not allow. Hot Air Balloon Illumination Moon Glow and Fireworks will begin after dark. For more information, on tickets, balloon rides and more go to dcrcoc.org/balloonfesthv.org.
‘The Tempest,’ through Sept. 4
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Theatre presents “The Tempest,” through Sept. 4. Performances will be held under the tent on the lawn at Boscobel in Garrison, but capacity will be limited. Proof of vaccination will be required. Tickets are $15-$175 at hvshakespeare.org. Boscobel is located at 1601 Route 9D, Garrison.
BriteVibes Festival, Sept. 4
BriteVibes is a new craft beer festival taking place at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown. It combines a craft beer festival, live musical performances, food trucks, artisan booths, exhibitors, and on-site camping. Throughout the day, attendees (21+) will have the opportunity to sample beer from 30+ breweries representing every corner of New York state — the majority of which are award winners from the NYS Craft Beer Competition. Attendees can purchase an on-site camping reservation on the festival grounds, a former hops farm, which includes yoga on the green the following morning. Tickets are now on sale now at https://www.britevibesfestival.com.
Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival, Sept. 11, 12
The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest is back at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. Takes place 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept.11; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sept. 12. Attendees can taste and purchase hundreds of wines, sample craft beer, or food from food trucks and concessions. Shop for gourmet specialty foods, fine art, crafts, home goods and more or take part in a cooking demonstration or seminar.
Tickets are nonrefundable and food is not included in admission price. Children age 10 and under are admitted free, but keep in mind this is an adult-oriented event. Held rain or shine. Free parking. Attendees may be required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test before entering the Fairgrounds so check with website as date nears: hudsonvalleywinefest.com/event/2021
Dutchess County Open Days, Sept. 18
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days garden tours are back, with Sept. 18 dedicated to Dutchess gardens. Pre-registration is required for each garden at gardenconservancy.org. Children under 12 are free and do not need to be pre-registered if accompanied by pre-registered adult. Capacity is limited and no walk-ins allowed; no paper tickets or cash payments will be accepted on-site. Masks are required, at the discretion of the garden owners, and social distancing is encouraged at all in-person events. Go to gardenconservancy.org to register, purchase tickets, which are generally $10 for nonmembers, and get directions.
These gardens will participate on Sept. 18:
- Clove Brook Farm, Millbrook: The garden was designed by P. Allen Smith in collaboration with potter Christopher Spitzmiller to complement the 1830s Greek Revival farm house.
- Squirrel Hall, Millbrook: A surprisingly witty garden, formally designed on a tiny village lot of less than one acre
- Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer, Millbrook: The couple;s hornbeam-enclosed flower garden with formal bluestone paths frames fourteen flowerbeds and was inspired by the flower garden at Wave Hill in The Bronx
- Bear Creek, Standforville: This country garden invites you through an artful stone-pillared entrance along a long curving driveway framed by lilies, red maples, and river birches.
Woodstock Film Festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 2
The Woodstock Film Festival is returning for its 22nd anniversary for both in-person programs in Woodstock, Kingston and Saugerties, as well as online. The festival will also have panels featuring actors and other creatives at White Feather Farm. Online only passes are $150 each and full festival passes, which allow the pass-holder access to both in-person and online festivals, are $450 each. A full festival deluxe pass is also available for $750 per person. Woodstock Film Festival Headquarters, 13 Rock City Road, Woodstock; 845-679-4265; [email protected] or woodstockfilmfestival.org.
Alan Cumming’s ‘Baggage,Oct. 25
Actor, singer, writer, filmmaker, activist and Tony Award winner Alan Cumming reflects on his new book “Baggage,” followed by a Q & A at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie. “Baggage,” Cummings said, chronicles “my life in Hollywood and how I recovered from a nervous breakdown at 28. It is also about marriage(s): starting with the break-up of my first (to a woman) and ending with the ascension to my second (to a man), with many kissed toads in between!” Tickets start at $35 at bardavon.org. Proof of vaccination may be required. The theater is located at 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie.
Karen Croke, Heather Clark and Shaniquah Gabino contributed to this story.