Beacon Sloop Club Annual Strawberry Festival. A celebration of the seasonal fruit, this event features live music (a mainstage and a kid-friendly “family” stage) and, of course, fresh strawberries, smoothies, shortcake, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Riverfront Park. 1 Flynn Drive, Beacon. beaconsloopclub.org. June 15. 12pm–5pm.
21st Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair. Sponsored by the Fishkill Business Association, this fair allows the community to connect with artisans and designers of unique handmade items. Admission and parking are free. CVS Plaza. 986 Main Street, Fishkill. 845-656-0187. hudsonvalleyetsy.com. June 1. 11am–4pm.
Arts and Crafts Expo. Artists and crafters of watercolor paintings, jewelry, soy candles, crocheted goods, and more will sell their goods at this fair, on the first Saturday of every month (June through October). Admission and food is free (courtesy of Blue Mountain). Vendors encouraged to contact the expo about reserving a booth. Hopewell Depot Restoration. 36 Railroad Avenue, Hopewell Junction. 845-226-7003. hopewelldepot.org. June 7. 10am–3pm.
Hyde Park Brewing Company. Open Mic Blues Jam. June 4. 8:30pm. Mike LaFalce and the Chosen Adolescence. June 6. 9pm. Johnny Dell and the Night Life Band. June 7. 8pm. Open Mic Blues Jam. June 11. 8:30pm. BLTN. June 13. 9pm. Karl Allweier. June 14. 8pm. Open Mic Blues Jam. June 18. 8:30pm. Four Guys in Disguise, featuring Vito. June 20. 9pm. Heather Vacarr. June 21. Open Mic Blues Jam. June 25. 8:30pm. 8pm. Jukebox Junkies. June 27. 9pm. Anthony Nisi. June 28. 8pm. Hyde Park Brewing Company. 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. hydeparkbrewing.com.
Vanderbilt Garden Tea Fundraiser. Tea will be served in the beautiful historic gardens of the Vanderbilt Mansion with live music, refreshments including tea sandwiches and French macarons, and a historical presentation. Guests are encouraged to wear 1900s period clothing, garden party formalwear, and fancy hats! Tickets start at $40; proceeds benefit the non-profit Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site Formal Gardens. 119 Vanderbilt Park Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-6432. vanderbiltgarden.org. June 22. 2pm–4pm.
Arlington Farmers’ Market. The Arlington community ushers in a new season for their farmers’ market, which will now include a summer concert series in addition to over 20 vendors selling local vegetables, fruits, honey, meat, wool products, baked goods, homemade soap and jewelry. Vassar Alumni House Lawn. Raymond Avenue and Fulton Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-462-4979. arlingtonhasit.org. Thursdays, June 5–October 30. 3pm–7pm. Live music performances, last Thursday of June, July, and August.
Queen City Pride 2014. Big Gay Hudson Valley announces Poughkeepsie’s first ever pride celebration. This fun-filled weekend includes food, wine, bowling, 80s music, a block party, barbecue, burlesque, beer, and more. Detailed schedule available on the website. Various locations throughout Poughkeepsie. biggayhudsonvalley.com. June 5–8.
“Paranormal in Poughkeepsie,” A 10-Minute Play Festival. Now in its fourth year, the 10-Minute Play Festival features a series of short plays by award-winning playwrights. This year’s theme means that many familiar and beloved Poughkeepsie institutions are backdrops for bizarre scenarios involving bugs, aliens, psychics, and more. Tickets are $20. Half Moon Theatre Performance Space. 2515 South Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-235-9885. halfmoontheatre.org. June 6–7. 8pm. June 8. 2pm.
Powerhouse Theater Readings Festival. Now in their 30th year, this collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film will feature readings of The Unbuilt City by Keith Bunin (directed by Sean Mathias), Choice by Winnie Holzman (directed by Sheryl Kaller), The Humans by Stephen Karam (directed by Sam Gold), Gilgamesh, The Prince by David Rabe, and Fall by Bernard Weinraub (directed by Peter DuBois). The readings are free to the public, but reservations are required. Vassar College. 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5907. powerhouse.vassar.edu. June 20–22.
2nd Annual Arlington Classic Car Show. This family-friendly exhibition of classic cars will also include a DJ, live entertainment, raffles, prizes, giveaways, and more. The festivities, intended to celebrate the Arlington community, are free to the public; there is a $20 registration fee for show cars. Collegeview Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-462-4979. arlingtonhasit.org. June 28. 8am–4pm. “Law Enforcement Day,” another community event, will be happening simultaneously on the Vassar Alumni House Lawn. Raymond Avenue and Fulton Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 11am–3pm.
Country Living Fair. Experience the pages of Country Living Magazine come to life at this festival of antiques, art, furniture and home decor, and more. Artisans and professionals will lead how-tos, seminars, and cooking demonstrations. One-day pass is $16; full weekend access is $20. Children under 16 admitted free. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck. 845-876-4000. stellashows.com/shows/countryliving-rhinebeck. June 6–8.
“The New Face of Fiction” Panel. Rising young literary stars Emma Straub, Owen King, and Kelly Braffet discuss the changing world of fiction writing with Oblong Books co-owner Suzanna Hermans. Free and open to the public. Oblong Books of Rhinebeck. 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500. oblongbooks.com. June 7. 7pm.
Hudson Valley Craft Brew Festival: Beer, Bourbon, and Bacon. This event will feature food and drink, live music, and vendors. Tickets start at $45; every ticket includes a tasting glass and beer and bourbon samples. VIP tickets will include a community pig roast and meal. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. 6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck. beerbourbonbacon.com. June 21. 2pm.
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. BalletNext. June 7. 7:30pm. June 8. 2:30pm. New York Theatre Ballet. June 21. 7:30pm. June 22. 2:30pm. Adult tickets $30; tickets for students and children $10. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. 120 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-5106. kaatsbaan.org.
3rd Annual Hudson Valley Historic Racing Exhibit. This free event features a display of local stock cars, (past and present) dragsters, and other racing vehicles followed by the induction of drivers, owners, and promoters in the Racing Hall of Fame. The Sports Museum of Dutchess County. 81 Carnwath Farms Lane, Wappingers Falls. 845-297-9308. sportsmuseumdcny.org. June 8. 9am.