Garden Conservancy Open Days. Amenia’s best private gardens will open their gates to visitors for self-guided tours. No reservations required. Admission is $5 per garden; children 12 and under are admitted free. See website or call for specific locations and hours. 888-842-2442. opendaysprogram.org. July 6.
4th of July Independence Day Celebration. Live music, food vendors, kids’ activities, and fireworks after dark. Memorial Park. Robert Cahill Drive, Beacon. iambeacon.org. July 4. 4pm.
Beacon Flea Market. This market features a variety of vendors selling vintage collectibles, household items, and antique curiosities. Vendor list changes every week. Parking lot behind Main Street Post Office. Henry Street and South Chestnut Street, Beacon. 845-202-0094. beaconflea.blogspot.com. July 6, 13, 20, 27. 8am–3pm.
Beacon Second Saturday. During this monthly celebration of the arts, galleries and shops stay open late to feature exhibition openings, artist receptions, music, food, wine, and other special events. Various location throughout Beacon. beaconarts.org. July 12.
Community Free Day at Dia:Beacon. Residents of counties Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester are invited to view Dia:Beacon’s renowned collection of contemporary art on this day free of charge. Dia:Beacon. 3 Beekman Street, Beacon. 845-440-0100. diabeacon.org. July 12. 11am–6pm.
Sunset Newburgh Bridge Walk. Participants are invited to join in a supper in the park followed by a sunset walk over the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to view the full moon. Contact walk leader to register. Group meets at Long Dock—Beacon Point Park. Long Dock Road, Beacon. 845-471-9892. firstname.lastname@example.org. July 12. 7pm.
Cold Spring (Putnam County)
Cold Spring to Bannerman’s Castle Paddle. This intermediate-level paddle is about seven miles and will head north to view Bannerman’s Castle from the waters of the Hudson River; there will be one rest stop. Required equipment: a 13.5-foot (or longer) kayak with two bulkheads and a personal flotation device. Launching from boat ramp at Foundry Dock Park. Market Street, Cold Spring. 845-549-4671. midhudsonadk.org. July 13.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Now in its 28th season, this year’s festival presents performances of “Othello,” “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” and “The Liar,” a comedy by David Ives. Shows are put on every night of the month; see website for schedule. Audience is welcome to come early and enjoy a picnic dinner on the lawn before the show. Tickets start at $12. Boscobel Gardens. 1601 New York 9D, Garrison. 845-809-5750. hvshakespeare.org.
Arts and Crafts Expo. Artists and crafters present their creations including watercolors, jewelry, crocheted works, candles, and other items. Admission and food is free. Hopewell Depot Restoration, Dutchess Rail Trailhead. 36 Railroad Avenue, Hopewell Junction. 845-226-7003. hopewelldepot.org. July 5. 10am–3pm.
Hyde Park Food Truck Festival. New this year, the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting a monthly festival of food trucks complete with other vendors and entertainment. Across from Town Hall. 4390 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-8612. hydeparkchamber.org. July 6. 12pm–7pm.
Farms & Food: Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up. This conference invites educators and the general public to discover new and innovative ways to learn about the region’s culture, history, and future. Over 15 workshops and presentations, exploring topics including nutrition, food policy, childhood food education, environmental issues, and more, will be offered during the conference. Registration begins at $40 for one day. Henry A. Wallace Education and Visitors Center. 4079 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park. 845-229-9116, ext. 2035. teachingthehudsonvalley.org. July 29–31.
Concerts in the Park. This live music series is sponsored by the LaGrange Parks and Recreation Department. It is recommended that spectators bring a lawn chair or blanket. Concerts are free. Burr Johnson, July 6. The Greyhounds, July 13. Stolen Heart, July 20. Guys’ Night Out, July 27. 7pm–9pm. Freedom Park Bandshell. 212 Skidmore Road, LaGrange. 845-452-1972. lagrangeny.org.
Annual Monastery Vinegar Festival. Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery is the only monastery in the Hudson Valley to produce wine and cider vinegars based on the ancient monastic recipe. This celebration will feature tastings as well as an explanation of the organic, artisanal aging and fermentation process. Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery. 246 Barmore Road, LaGrangeville. 845-483-0899. ourladyoftheresurrectionmonastery.webs.com. July 12–13. 11am–4pm.
Wappingers Creek to the Hudson Evening Paddle. Explore the tidal Wappingers Creek on this easy, 5-mile, 2-hour paddle. Personal flotation device required. Launching from New Hamburg. Creek Road, New Hamburg. 845-452-7238. midhudsonadk.org. July 22. 6pm.
Garden Conservancy Open Days. Pawling’s best private gardens will open their gates to visitors for self-guided tours. No reservations required. Admission is $5 per garden; children 12 and under are admitted free. See website or call for specific locations and hours. 888-842-2442. opendaysprogram.org. July 6.
“Music by the Lake” Summer Concert Series. Now in its 9th year, this series will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival this summer with several free concerts. Lakeside Park. 2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling. 845-855-1131. email@example.com. July performances: Hotrod. July 12. Petey Hop and the Jackrabbits. July 26. 6pm.
Balloon Festival 2014. Balloonists bring their hot air balloons from all over the country to participate in this three-day event. Many balloon launches are accompanied by food and community gatherings. There will be individual launches throughout the area and the weekend; see website for details. Saturday and Sunday morning mass launches will be held at the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse. 270 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. dcrcoc.org/balloonfestival. July 4. 6pm. July 5. 6am and 6pm. July 6. 6am.
Dutchess Dragon Boat Race and Asian Cultural Festival. This day-long event features a friendly, short race of “dragon boats” (40-foot canoes in the shape and style of a dragon) on the Hudson River. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate; training and safety information will be provided prior to the race. The festival will also include staged performances, art and kite-making workshops, and cooking demonstrations. Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse. 270 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-264-2005. dutchessdragonboat.org. July 5. 8:30am–2pm.
Evening Experience Paddle. This easy paddle route is about 5 miles and should take under two hours. Required equipment: a 13.5-foot (or longer) kayak with two bulkheads and a personal flotation device. Launching from boat ramp at Waryas Park. Main Street and North Water Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-452-7238. midhudsonadk.org. July 8. 6pm.
Town of Poughkeepsie Summer Concert Series. This free series offers a variety of music in a pleasant, shaded location. July performances: Long Neck, July 8. Johnny Dell and Nite Life, July 15. The Greyhounds, July 22. Chaingang, July 29. 7pm–9pm. Greenvale Park Pavilion. 2260 New Hackensack Road (Route 376), Poughkeepsie. 845-485-3628. poughkeepsietownrec.com.
Pete Seeger Memorial Concert. This concert, part of a five-day memorial fest held by his family, will celebrate the life and music of Grammy-Award-winner and environmental activist Pete Seeger. Tickets are free, but there is a limit of two tickets per household and they must be picked up in person. Bardavon. 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. bardavon.org. July 18. 7pm.
Gallery Talk: Faces and Figures in Self-Taught Art. This free presentation, open to the public, is part of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s summer gallery talk series. Curator Mary-Kay Lombino will lead an informal discussion of the summer exhibition, “Faces and Figures in Self-Taught Art.” Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5632. fllac.vassar.edu. July 25. 12pm.
Wilderstein Summer Party. This event, which benefits the Wilderstein Historic Site, a 19th-century estate, will feature a picnic with food and cocktails, lawn games, live music, house tours, a new exhibit, and a silent auction. Tickets are $100. Wilderstein Historic Site. 330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck. 845-876-4818. wilderstein.org. July 5. 5pm.
“Essence of the Valley.” This exhibition features works by watercolor painter Betsy Jacaruso and the Cross River watercolor artists that capture the essence of the Hudson River Valley. The Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery. 43-2 East Market Street, Rhinebeck. 845-516-4435. betsyjacarusoartist.com. Exhibition on view, July 8–August 31. Opening reception, July 19. 5pm–7pm.
Family Fun Night with the Hudson Valley Renegades. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County is partnering with the Hudson Valley Renegades—come and watch the Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team play the Vermont Lake Monsters, while supporting a local nonprofit agency! Tickets are $10 and include a Hudson Valley Renegades hat. Dutchess Stadium. 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls. 845-677-8223, ext. 137. gadesgroups.com (password “cornell”). July 27. 5pm.
Art Scouts. This four-session, art-led program is intended for kids ages 5–12. The program includes hands-on creative activities inspired by works on view, scavenger hunts, observational drawing, and gallery conversations. The program culminates in a mini-exhibition and reception for participating families. Free for students in the Webutuck School District; $20 for all others. Pre-registration required. Maxon Mills. 37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic. wassaicproject.org. July 5, 12, 19, 26. 10:30am–12:30pm.