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 locations throughout Beacon. beaconarts.org. October 11.
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. October 5, 12, 19, 26. 8am–3pm.
Homemade Holistic Health Workshop. These monthly workshops, taught by herbalist Claudia Abbott-Barish, focus on familiarizing the novice with the basics of herbal medicine. October’s class will have an emotional focus, specifically addressing adversity and grief. The class includes a balanced lunch and tea; all necessary supplies are included. Registration is $50. 917-992-9901. firstname.lastname@example.org. Milan. October 19. 10am–2pm.
Sunday Sounds. Sunday Sounds is a weekly blues, rock, jazz, and R&B performance. A portion of the proceeds from each week’s show is donated to local charities to assist with funding music and arts programming for children and seniors. Admission is $5. Virgo’s. 469 Fishkill Avenue, Beacon. 845-831-1543. virgossipnsoul.com. October 5, 12, 19, 26. 6pm.
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. October 11. 11am–6pm.
Northern Dutchess Hospital Lecture Series. “Alternatives to a Blood Transfusion,” a lecture explaining the Blood Management for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program’s mission to use medical technology and state-of-the-art to minimize surgical blood loss. October 18. 9am. “Egg Freezing for Fertility Preservation,” a presentation by Dr. Rachel Bennett, reproductive endocrinologist. October 29. 6:30pm. Putnam Hospital Center Michael T. Weber Community Auditorium. 670 Stoneleigh Avenue, Carmel.
Germantown (Columbia County)
Hudson Valley Distillers’ 1st Annual Apple Pressing Party. Join the fun at the Hudson Valley Distillers’ Spirit Grove Farm for this family-friendly event, where guests will get to make their own fresh cider using a hand press and the same locally grown apples the HV Distillers uses in their spirits. Kids will have the chance to taste the cider they make fresh from the press, while adults can sample HV Distillers’ full line of spirits. This event is free to the public. Spirit Groves Farm. 1727 Route 9, Germantown. 518-537-6820. hudsonvalleydistillers.com October 18. 12-6pm.
Hudson Valley Distillers’ 1st Annual Paint Your Own Pumpkin Party. Join the Hudson Valley Distillers at Spirit Grove Farm for an afternoon of family-friendly fun and get in the Halloween spirit! The event will include kid-friendly activities, like jack-o-lantern painting, while adults can sample HV Distillers’ full line of spirits and tour the working distillery. This event is free to the public. Spirit Groves Farm. 1727 Route 9, Germantown. 518-537-6820. hudsonvalleydistillers.com October 25. 12-6pm.
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. October 4. 10am–3pm.
Fishkill Farms Fabulous Fall Harvest Weekends. Every fall weekend at Fishkill Farms features live music from a different band (listed below), plus hayrides, barbecue, cider donuts, pumpkin picking, and lots of delicious, Eco-Certified apples for picking. Admission is free! Fishkill Farms. 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction. 845-897-4377. fishkillfarms.com. Tin Pan Band, October 4. Big Takeover, October 5. The Rad Trads, October 11. Upstate Rubdown, October 12. Cricket Tell the Weather, October 18. Harvest Band, October 19. 9am–6pm.
Hyde Park Brewing Company Live Music. Hyde Park Brewing Company. 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. hydeparkbrewing.com. Open Mic with Petey Hop. October 1. 8:30pm. Just Two. October 4. Open Mic with Petey Hop. October 8. 8:30pm. Bryan Gordon. October 11. Open Mic with Petey Hop. October 15. 8:30pm. Chain Gang. October 17. Open Mic with Petey Hop. October 22. 8:30pm. Reality Check. October 24. Johnny Dell & Nightlife. October 25. Open Mic with Petey Hop. October 29. 8:30pm. Four Guys in Disguise with Vito. October 31.
Fall Festival Plant Sale. The Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association will be selling hardy mums, asters, flowering kale & cabbage, ornamental peppers, and fall perennials. Proceeds allow the all-volunteer, nonprofit Garden Association to continue rehabilitating and maintaining the Vanderbilt formal gardens. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. 119 Vanderbilt Park Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-6432. vanderbiltgarden.org. October 4. 9am–4pm.
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. October’s event will be the last for the season. Across from Town Hall. 4390 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-8612. hydeparkchamber.org. October 5. 12pm–7pm.
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. Pawling’s best private garden will open its gates to visitors taking 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. 888-842-2442. opendaysprogram.org. October 18. 12pm–6pm.
Maple Grove Historic Site Tours. This monthly event offers free house tours of this 1850 Hudson River bracketed country villa, part of a collection of farm estates in residential Poughkeepsie. Maple Grove Historic Site. 25 Maple Grove Lane, Poughkeepsie. 845-471-9651. maplegroverestoration.org. October 4. 10am.
Out On the Farm: Burgers, Bonfires, and Bovines! Spend a fabulous fall evening with the Hudson Valley LGBTQ community enjoying burgers with local cheese, music and dancing, hayrides, and a campfire with s’mores. BYOB! Presented by Big Gay Hudson Valley. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Sprout Creek Farm. 34 Lauer Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-485-8438. sproutcreekfarm.org or biggayhudsonvalley.com. October 4. 1pm.
Walkway Fitness Challenge. Pick up your feet and get your fill of fresh air on the Walkway Over the Hudson. Run, bike, or walk over the Hudson for 30 minutes and log your activity online to earn prizes like a pedometer, t-shirts, massages, and gift cards! Sponsored by Healthquest and Walkway Over the Hudson. See website for details. Walkway Over the Hudson. 61 Parker Ave, Poughkeepsie. hqwalkwayfitnesschallenge.com. October 4–November 15.
Northern Dutchess Hospital Lecture Series. Dr. Christopher Bromley, podiatrist, will discuss the innovative Tenex therapy. October 7. 6pm. “Innovative techniques in spinal disc replacement,” a lecture by Dr. Nick Reynaldo. October 27. 6pm. Daniel Z. Aronzon Ambulatory Surgery Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. 21 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie.
Kimlin Cider Tasting 2014. This old-fashioned cider-tasting event, now in its second year, will feature the recently revitalized cidery’s new “Kimlin Cider,” plus local ciders from Stone Ridge/Breezy Hill Orchards, Yankee Folly Cidery, and Half Time Beverage. Barbecue and appetizers also available. Tasting is $10; barbecue is $5. Kimlin Cider Mill. 140 Cedar Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-462-2516. cidermillfriends.org. October 11. 11am–3pm.
Athena Leadership Luncheon. The Chamber Foundation, Inc. is teaming up with the Dutchess Chamber Women’s Leadership Alliance to host keynote speaker Carolyn Everson, Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook (formerly of Microsoft and MTV Networks). Everson will speak about rising through the corporate ranks as a female executive. Tickets are $40. Dutchess County Community College. 53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-1700, ext. 1000. chamberfdn.org. October 28. 11:30am–1pm.
Red Hook Public Library Giant Used Book Sale. Bibliophiles rejoice, as books of all kinds will be on sale at bargain prices. Proceeds will benefit Red Hook Public Library and Red Hook Rotary Club’s early literacy campaign. Donations of books in good condition (no textbooks or encyclopedias please) gratefully accepted October 4, 11, and 18. Town Hall of Red Hook. 7340 South Broadway, Red Hook. 845-758-3241. redhooklibrary.org. October 25. 10am–4pm.
Red Hook Film Festival–Call for Entries. Filmmakers within a 100-mile radius of Red Hook are invited to submit to the 2014 Festival event “Harvest Shorts.” This year’s event will be November 14-15, and a special event for children 6-10 called ‘KidsFest’ Saturday afternoon. Tickets will be on sale at Red Hook Community Arts Network beginning October 6 and online beginning October 20. Tickets will be $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $6 for all seats at KidsFest. Proceeds from the film festival go to support the Red Hook Community Arts Network. redhookfilmfestival.com. Submission deadline: October 26. Festival: November 14-15.
Apple Festival. This annual event offers crafts, vintage vendors, baked goods, and of course, fresh apple pie for sale. Rhinebeck Reformed Church. 25 Mill Street, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3727. October 4. 10am–3pm. Lunch available from 11am–2pm.
Southlands Foundation Centennial Celebration. The Southlands Foundation, whose mission it to cultivate respect and love for the land and its animals, will celebrate the 100th birthday of their founder, Deborah Dows, with cocktails, dinner, music, dancing, and luminaries. Adult tickets start at $60 and children’s tickets start at $45; proceeds benefit the Southlands Foundation. The Southlands Foundation. 5771 Route 9, Rhinebeck. 845-876-4862. southlands.org. October 4. 5:30pm.
Northern Dutchess Hospital Lecture Series. Dr. Richard Perkins with present a lecture on spinal disc replacement, a new surgical technique. Cafeteria Conference Room. October 9. 6pm. “The Healing Power of the Personal Narrative,” a two-part workshop with Beverly Sloane. Center for Healthy Aging. October 20 and November 30. 2pm. Northern Dutchess Hospital. 6511 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck.
Fall Foliage Half Marathon and 5K. This beautiful run, which goes through historic downtown Rhinebeck to the shores of the Hudson River, is the perfect training run for the New York City Marathon, just three weeks later. A portion of the proceeds from the $65 registration fee will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research and the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. 6550 Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck. 561-470-7966. fallfoliagehalf.com. October 12. 10am.
New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. Over 300 fiber artists, sheepherding demonstrations, sheepdog trials, a petting zoo, a hay maze, crafts vendors, food, music, and more can be found at this weekend-long celebration of all things sheep and wool. Tickets are $9 in advance, $12 at the gate. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. 6550 Springbrook Avenue, Rhinebeck. sheepandwool.com. October 18–19. 10am–5pm.
Hudson Valley Oktoberfest. This outdoor beer festival features authentic German bier, craft beer, bratwurst and other food, and vendors. Tickets start at $10; VIP tickets with drink tickets, food tickets, and a souvenir beer stein are $50. Dutchess County Airport. 263 New Hackensack Road, Wappingers Fall. 845-592-4100. hvoktoberfest.com. October 4. 12pm.
1st Annual Halloween Parade and Festival. Radio Woodstock and the Grinnell Library team up to turn the Hudson Valley into the “Haunted Valley.” Costumed participants are invited to join the parade. Vendors, artists, performers, musicians, and volunteers are encouraged to contact sponsors to get involved in this debut event. Main Street near Grinnell Library, Wappingers Falls. 845-233-4964. October 18. 11am–5pm.