Mirror Tent, now through August 6th
Looking for date ideas? Get ready for the Looking Glass Tent, part of Bard College’s SummerScape festival, returning after a two-year absence. Performances include “The Sound of (Black) Music”, part of Black Roots Summer; Nona Hendryx and Mamafunk; Nightlife impresario Suzanne Bartsch presents New York, New York; Summertime Swing with the George Gee Swing Orchestra; combo chimbita; Martha Redbone and more. There are special events (a kids dance party!) and After Hours, a late night option that runs until 12:30am where you can dance to the spins of top DJs. After Hours is open to guests 21 and older; Tickets are $12 or complimentary with your ticket to another SummerScape event on the same day. Spiegeltent takes place at the Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College, 60 Manor Ave. Annandale-on-Hudson; 845-758-7900. Visit fishercenter.bard.edu/spiegeltent for more information, including the full event schedule, tickets and health logs
Stormville Airport Flea Market, July 9th
It wouldn’t be summer without this sprawling market, which offers shoppers, oglers, and browsers a chance to discover everything from antiques and collectibles to crafts and new goods. Runs rain or shine from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Stormville Airport grounds. 428 Way 216, Stormville. Free entry and parking, but no pets allowed. Visit stormvilleairportfleamarket.com for more information
Orange County Fair, Oct. 14-31 July
Where can you see live music, Hanneford Circus, monster trucks, a banana derby, fireworks and your favorite carnival foods? After a year’s hiatus, the Orange County Fair is back with a range of musical performances in a new amphitheater, the Royal Hanneford Big-Top Circus, the All New Benjamin Jackson Comedy Hypnosis Show and the Banana Derby. The fireworks will take place on July 15th, 22nd and 29th. Musical guests include a tribute to Prince, Dean Ford and the Beautiful Ones and Live Wire, a tribute to AC/DC, among many others. The opening hours of the fair are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 16:00-23:00 on weekdays, 13:00-23:00 on weekends. The fair is closed from Monday to Wednesday. Admission is $10 for adults; $7 Seniors (65 and older) $7 Children (7-12 years); free for children up to 6 years. Unlimited ride offers are $30 per day. For a full schedule of events, entertainment and vendors, as well as a link to purchase tickets for the fair and various events, visit www.orangecountyfair.com/schedule. The fair takes place at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Middletown.
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Dutchess County Fair, 23-28 August
The 176th fair returns in 2022. The daily fair times for 2022 are: Tue-Sat 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-8pm Buy tickets: online or at the gate, but note that fairgoers are encouraged to buy tickets online Long lines are expected and means shortage of staff that there will be limited person-to-person window sales. Adult admission is $13.50 (+ $1.50 service charge); Children under 11 years old are free. Parking is free. For 2022, all-day ride wristbands are $25 (plus a $1.50 surcharge). Admission on the day of the fair gate is $18 Tuesday through Sunday. Ride all day wristbands are $30. For a full list of visitor FAQs visit dutchessfair.com/the-fair/visitor-info/ The show will be held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds at Rhinebeck, 6550 Springbrook Ave, Rhinebeck.
Air shows at the Rhinebeck Aerodome through October 16
Every Saturday and Sunday through October 16, gates open at 10am with pre-show activities at 2pm; the planes leave at 2:30 p.m. Double-decker flights are available before and after the air shows, starting at 10:00 am and running until dusk. Lunchtime open. That STuesday’s History of Flight program highlights the Pioneer era before WWI, a taste of the WWI show and the golden age of aviation in the 1920’s and 30’s. The Sunday show is a spectacular WWI dogfight featuring a hero, heroine, the villainous Black Baron von Rhinebeck, sets, pyrotechnics and a WWI tank. The supporting cast includes many antique automobiles. Admission is $28 Adult (18-64) $21 Senior (65+) Youth $13 (6-17) Infants 5 and under are free. Active retired military with ID, $21. Old Rhinebeck Airfield, 9 Norton Rd., Red Hook. Information and tickets can be found at oldrhinebeck.org/airshows/
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Theater, July 7 – Sept 18
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents its first season at its new home in Garrison. The season begins July 7 with William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, and ends September 18 with Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn, with music by Michael Friedman and directed by Davis McCallum, will be in repertoire with Romeo and Juliet from July 8th to September 17th. Produced with the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library. The performances begin on August 13th and last until August 22nd. Visit HVSF.org for more information
Putnam County 4H Fair
This traditional 4-H fair has been reimagined with a mix of old favorites and new activities. The three-day event, July 15-17, includes concerts under the stars on Friday and Saturday nights, traditional 4-H exhibitions during daylight hours, food trucks, craft vendors, a beer garden, and fun bouncy castles and games for children. This year’s showcase includes showings from the Eastern Hudson Valley Horse Council and 4-H Miniature Horse Showmanship; a concert by Ronstadt Radio, High Noon, a Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band and the Duck Derby. Visit putnamcountyny.com/tourputnam for more information
New York Renaissance Faire, Aug. 27-Oct. 9
Get to the New York Renaissance Faire! Sterling Forest’s annual theater event transports you to 16th-century Elizabethan England for a day. Both the young and the young at heart will find plenty of activities including fairground rides, 16th century games, stage shows, arts, crafts, food, vendors, music and dance, and for cosplay fans the sights of knights, damsels and royal whistlers and Pirates will not disappoint you. Tickets: $18-$35; a season pass is $225. For a full calendar of events and more details, visit renfair.com. Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park.
NY Summer Stage and Film Season, through August 7th
The NY Stage and Film features more than 25 public screenings of new works in progress at Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater and Marist College. Check out new plays, musicals in progress, and readings of new plays from a diverse group of writers and playwrights, including Josh Radnor and Anna Deavere Smith. Tickets are available now for $25 each. Visit newyorkstageandfilm.org/summer for tickets and more information
Hudson Valley Balloon Festival, September 2-4
Bring your blankets and chairs to watch hot air balloons rise from the designated picnic area. Watch in awe as hot air balloons fill the sky and light up the night with a glowing moonlight and fireworks display in full glory. Reservations can be made for a donation of $15 per person for the evening start and $8 for the morning start. Advance reservation is required as donations are not accepted at the gate. The donation is non-refundable and non-transferrable. As always, balloon inflation is at the sole discretion of the pilot and is subject to ideal wind and weather conditions. Hot air balloons are not allowed to inflate or fly – especially when the wind and weather are not safe for ballooning. Visit www.dcrcoc.org for more information.
Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival, Oct. 10-11 September
Check out local celebrity chefs, wine experts and festival vendors at this annual event, held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Browse hundreds of New York City wineries, cideries, distilleries, craft beers, good trucks and fine dining. Do not bring pets or leave them in your car. Cool boxes are not allowed. Horus are Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; 11am-5pm Sunday. Free parking. The event is rain or shine, just enter through the main gate of the exhibition center! Tasting tickets are $45, $80 and include a tasting glass and all wine/beer/cider/spirit samples. Food is not included. Designated driver tickets available. Visit hvwinefest.ticketspice.com/2022 for more information.
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