Upper Landing Park Community Day. An array of family friendly entertainment and activities including Jarana Beat, Kim & Reggie Harris, Sonando, Miss 360 Hoops, Paris the Hip Hop Juggler, Stilt Walkers, Arm of the Sea Theater, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Performers, and many more. There will also be children’s activities including Two by Two Petting Zoo, Imagination Playground, plus lots of affordable food options. upperlanding.org. Upper Landing Park, 83 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. August 6, 11am-4pm.
8th Annual La Guelaguetza Festival. Authentic flavors of Oaxaca, Mexico, with its colorful costumes, dances, joyful rhythmic music, tasty foods, and typical handicrafts. This festival also offers children’s activities including a handicraft workshop, and local nonprofit organizations providing information about community services. Free. facebook.com/pokguelaguetza. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie. August 7. 1-7pm.
Omega Family Week. A unique balance of time together and time apart – so every family member can learn, play, and grow. Adult workshops run concurrently with kids’ camps, and all gather together for meals, free time, and evening entertainment. Children of all ages are welcome, as well as families of all configurations. A complete list of workshops and camps is available online at eomega.org. Omega Institute, 150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck. August 7-12.
Historic Tavern Trail. On the second Friday of every month (May through October), local history and cuisine will combine at historic restaurants and taverns across Dutchess County. Each program will begin with a brief presentation on the establishment’s history and role in the community, followed by dinner and drink specials, wine and spirits tastings, and sparkling revelry. This month’s program will be at Stissing House, a 1782 inn and purported brothel at the confluence of east-west and north-south roads in northern Dutchess. facebook.com/dutchesstaverntrail. Stissing House, 7801 S. Main Street, Pine Plains. August 12, 6pm.
Harneyfest. Founded in 1983, Harney & Sons Fine Teas sources, blends, and delivers the finest quality teas to customers around the world. A day of fun, factory tours, tea tastings and tips, live music, food and family activities. Don’t miss our famous Tent Sale with special offers on tea, treats and teaware. Free. Harney Headquarters, 5723 Route 22, Millerton. August 13, 9am-4pm.
Music by the Lake. 2016 marks the 11th year of this series of free concerts presented since 2006 by the Pawling Recreation Department. HOTROD returns on August 13 with their unique take on classic rock, featuring many of your favorite classic songs and a few you might not expect, including a tribute to Jim Morrison and the Doors. The Greyhounds will close the season on August 27, taking you back in time with their repertoire of driving rockabilly, R&B, roots rock, and surf instrumentals. Bring picnic baskets, blankets, and folding chairs. Free. Lakeside Park, 2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling. August 13 and 27, 6-8pm.
Hudson Valley Pet Expo. Created by Barry Shipes of VCA Animal Hospitals and Paul & Joannie of Orange County Choppers to benefit Dutchess County SPCA of Hyde Park & Hudson Valley SPCA of New Windsor. They will each receive 50% of all funds raised from this year’s inaugural event. Pets for adoption, food for sale, a motorcycle run, raffle prizes, and more. Free. Mesier Park, 2 Spring Street, Wappingers Falls. August 13, 11am-4pm.
Beacon Sloop Club Annual Corn Festival. Fresh-picked Hudson Valley sweet corn, cold sweet watermelon, corn salad, fresh made chili, and more. Two solar music stages, featuring April Mae & the Junebugs, Hank Woji, Haynes & Samuel, Heather & Ghost River Gypsy, Jann Klose, Spook Handy, and more. Children’s activities, environmental displays, food, and craft vendors. beaconsloopclub.org. Pete Seeger Park, 1 Flynn Drive, Beacon. August 14. 12-5pm.
Community Clay Day. Art Centro, Poughkeepsie’s new neighborhood art center, is located in the downtown Middle Main area, operating in conjunction with the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center to offer classes in ceramics and other art forms, events and performances, and work space for Poughkeepsie’s growing arts community. Community Clay Day is an opportunity for anyone to get their hands dirty. $6 allows you to make and fire one piece (or pay what you can). Art Centro, 485 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. August 20 (and every third Saturday), 1-3pm.
An Evening with David Crosby & Friends. Legendary singer-songwriter and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, inducted as a member of both the iconic folk-rock band The Byrds—with whom he first rose to stardom—and the iconic Woodstock era-defining group Crosby, Stills & Nash. Tickets may be purchased in person at Bardavon or UPAC or at ticketmaster.com. $60-85. Bardavon Opera House, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. August 20, 8pm.
16th Annual Jazz in the Valley Festival. An unforgettable outpouring of music on two stages, featuring the likes of Randy Weston, Randy Brecker, Javon Jackson, Jimmy Cobb, and more. Also, world-class talent under the big tent with a global food court and marketplace. Price: $60 at the gate/$50 advance/$20 for students with ID. jazzinthevalleyny.org. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie. August 21. Gates at 11am.
171st Dutchess County Fair. For six days each August, the bucolic fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck plays host to nearly half a million patrons. The second largest county fair in New York State is the showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County. Over 162 acres of finely manicured gardens and grass create a beautiful setting for thousands of farm animals, agricultural exhibits, and horticultural displays. $15 admission, children under 12 free. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck. August 23-28, 10am-10pm.
‘Constellation’ Artist-Led Tour of Bannerman Island. Experience the magical transition of ‘Constellation’ from the shifting light of twilight until the full dark of night. Includes a brief guided walk on the island and ‘Constellation’ viewing from the water aboard The Bannerman Castle Trust’s motor vessel, The Estuary Steward. For scheduling and information on this site-specific installation and to book tours, visit melissamcgillconstellation.com. $45 adult/$40 children. Boats leave from Beacon Institute Dock, Red Flynn Road, Beacon. Friday and Saturday evenings in August.