August festivals and fairs

Get out and have fun before the summer ends

Get out and have fun before the summer ends

From fair food to rides the Hudson Valley is bustling with family-friendly festivals and fairs this August. We are rounding up the best festivals and fairs for the month and updating often so make sure you bookmark this page and check back often!

August 3-6

Ulster County Fair. The Ulster County Fair has joined forces with Dreamland Amusements to offer the most popular pay-one-price ride and show admission in the Hudson Valley. All day, every day. Over 20 rides for the young and old! Tons of entertainment and fireworks on Wednesday evening at dusk. Plus, Horse Shows and a Baby Contest. They are also offering The Sensory Safe Space for families with a child with autism or any individual with sensory sensitivity. 10am. 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz. 845-255-1380.


August 4

Bard College Music Festival. Through a series of themed concerts, lectures and panel discussions, this year’s 33rd annual festival celebrates and explores the life and works of British composer Vaughan Williams, one of the greatest symphonists of the 20th century. 30 Campus Rd, Annandale-on-Hudson.


August 5

Disability Awareness Parade. RCAL and Harambee are proud to bring a new experience to Kingston, a Disability Awareness Parade.  Come and show your disability pride or be an ally.  March with us or come show your support. Be a part of our 40th year of celebrations!

Line up at 9am at People's Place on St. James Street, Kingston. Step Off at 10am. Speeches and activities at noon at the Municipal Lot across from Frank Guido's Little Italy (Back Section). 10am. St James Street, Kingston.


August 5-6

Putnam County Wine & Food Fest. Sip wine, spirits, and cider. Listen to live music, while you shop from vendors including honey, olive oil, fine crafts, specialty foods, food vendors including the beer tent which are available to purchase during the event. See the cooking and mixology demonstrations. Plus, various activities for everyone including the kiddies, which features face painting, rides, sand arts and other games. There will also be a pickle ball on the tennis court which is provided by The Pickleball Barn. Food and beer are not included in the admission price. Tickets are Non-refundable. Rain or Shine. Children ages fifteen and under admitted free. 11am. 98 Oak Street, Brewster.


August 6

La Guelaguetza Festival. After a week of exploring and showcasing Oaxacan culture and traditions during Oaxaca Week in Poughkeepsie, the 16th-annual La Guelaguetza festival brings everyone together at Waryas Park for a day-long celebration which includes traditional Oaxacan dances and costumes, artwork, crafts, live music, kids' activities and a whole lot of authentic Oaxacan food! Bring the entire family, and don't forget your appetites! 1pm. Main St., Poughkeepsie.

August 12

Blueberry Festival. Ellenville-Wawarsing Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Annual Blueberry Festival in the Village of Ellenville beneath the beautiful Shawangunk Mountains. This event features craft & food vendors, music and "blueberry" contests. One of Southern Ulster County's premiere event for over 20 years. 9am. Liberty Square, Ellenville.


August 12

Third Annual Caribbean Carnival. Experience a day of Carnival fun, complete with authentic Caribbean food, music, and various cultural events. In the West Indies, the carnival celebration signals the “crop over” time, when harvest is complete. Come celebrate the joy of the West Indies. 11am. Pavilion Street, Saugerties.


August 13

THE BAGEL FESTIVAL 2023Bagels, Art, Music, Shopping, Car Show, a performance by the Forestburgh Playhouse Resident Company, and so much more! Lowkey Creative and a select few talented artists will be painting huge murals on Broadway throughout the week leading up to the Bagel Festival, with the culmination of their work happening LIVE throughout the day of the Bagel Festival. Bagel Boulevard (Broadway), Wurtsboro.


August 13

Beacon Sloop Club Corn Festival. The corn is ripe, sweet, and ready! The Beacon Sloop Club’s annual Corn Festival is a fun, family-friendly event along the shores of the Hudson River. Admission is free and all are welcome! Featured is fresh-picked, sweet Hudson Valley corn, boiled and served with butter. In addition, treats such as chilled watermelon and ice-cold, freshly squeezed lemonade will be available to quench your thirst on this August day. Two music stages, one dedicated to the children to enjoy, will provide live music throughout the day. Numerous food and craft vendors will be on hand. Environmental non-profits will feature displays of local river history and the environment, along with information about their organizations. Families can enjoy many free activities for children. Guests can enjoy the day surrounded by the majestic Hudson River. The Beacon Sloop Club’s boat, the Woody Guthrie, will be taking guests on free sails from Beacon Harbor, weather permitting. The public may sign up for an afternoon sail to relax and experience the beauty, power, and grandeur of the Hudson. Sign up at the Beacon Sloop Club table starting at noon. 12pm. Red Flynn Drive, Beacon. (914) 907-4928.


August 13-16

Obon Festival & Gardens for Peace. The Obon Festival is an annual Buddhist event typically observed between August 13 to 16 and where one honors and celebrates their ancestors. To commemorate this important holiday, come and hear about these traditional practices and learn the bon odori dance. Gardens for Peace: Join the North American Japanese Gardens Association’s (NAJGA) initiative to “rake for peace” and fold origami cranes at the Hammond. 2pm. 28 Deveau Rd, North Salem.

August 18-20

Grahamsville Little World's Fair2023 marks the 143rd annual fair which will feature agricultural and livestock exhibits and contests, daily entertainment including live music and demonstrations, rides for all ages, an array of great food, games, vendors, and a whole lot more! Admission includes free parking, access to exhibits and contests, and free entertainment! Rides are not included in the admission prices above and are extra fees. Rides begin at noon each day. Most rides require 3-4 tickets. Sensory Friendly hour (no music or lights) for sensory-sensitive riders will take place on Saturday from 10am - Noon before general admission. 8230 State Route 55, Grahamsville.


August 18-19

2023 Sullivan County Youth Fair. Come celebrate all that Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County 4-H youth members, leaders, volunteers, and clubs have accomplished throughout the year. From creative still exhibits to entertaining live animal shows, there is something for everyone! 10am. Millbrook.


August 19

Hudson River Seafood + Music Festival

Enjoy amazing tribute bands playing Bon Jovi, Meatloaf and Billy Joel. Dance away to the mixes of DJ Parag, the ultimate Pitbull Party Time Experience. Dine on seafood creations such as Maine lobster rolls, a raw bar, ceviche, paella, fried seafood, such as calamari, and salmon. They will serve 8 + different craft, imported and domestic brews, ciders and seltzers and margaritas. Delight in the official seafood Summer Punch. Also available are soft beverages lemonade and Jarritos drinks. Please remember this event takes place Rain or Shine and there are no refunds. 12pm. 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie.


August 19

Hudson Valley Fiesta Latina. Hudson Valley’s “Fiesta Latina” Festival Celebrates Family, Faith, and Country. The committee recognizes one outstanding individual this year, with our annual “Con Orgullo Lo Nuestro Award”. Also, we will have a 65th Infantry Regiment “Borinqueneers” the all-Puerto Rican Army unit. Additionally, we will have a reading and Book Signing by renowned author and best seller Herman Mendoza “Shifting Shadows” We intend to conduct a press conference and invite the media on the morning of Saturday, August 19 at 10:00 am. Fiesta Latina promises to be a thrilling exhibition of hallmark Latin culture as live salsa music” Chico Alvarez MAFIMBA is scheduled and will be performing. 10am. 1010 Route 17M, Monroe. (845) 782-8247.


August 20

Community Health and Wellness Fair. The Community Health and Wellness Fair will be held on Sunday, August 20th, 2023 from 10am – 2pm  at the Broome County Regional Farmers Market. 10am, Millbrook.


August 20

Jazz in the Park. Cross-Cultural Connection presents the 5th Annual Jazz Festival at the Peekskill Riverfront Green Park. The program includes six world-class jazz bands: Cynthia Scott, T.K.Blue, CCC Ensemble, Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, Ray Blue Sextet and Mark Morganelli and the JazzForum All-Stars Celebrate Brazil! Master Of Ceremonies: Sheila E. Anderson, WBGO. Bring your friends and family, and your own chairs and food, and enjoy this wonderful outdoor event. For more information please visit FREE ADMISSION. 12pm. Hudson Avenue, Peekskill.


August 20

Jazz in the Valley at Waryas Park. With awe-inspiring views of the Hudson River providing a breathtaking backdrop, this annual festival welcomes world-class musicians to the Poughkeepsie waterfront for a celebration of jazz the entire family will enjoy! General seating is available in the tent, or you can bring your own chair or blanket and chill on the lawn. Waryas Park is within walking distance of the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station. Click here for updates. 1 Main Street, Poughkeepsie.


August 20

Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby. Now celebrating 28 years. The soapbox derby is a parade of non-motorized kinetic sculptures capable of rolling down lower Broadway. It is an event that brings professional artists, creatively inclined, families, and friends together to show off their wild, wacky, and original soapbox creations. 12pm. lower Broadway, Kingston.


August 22-30

177th Dutchess County Fair. Drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, the Dutchess County Fair is the second-largest county fair in New York State. Since 1842, it has been an annual celebration of homegrown agriculture and all the best of what Dutchess County has to offer! Attractions include carnival rides, concerts, livestock shows and competitive, historical and educational exhibits. Plus, enjoy an endless supply of tasty food and beverage options to satisfy every appetite. The list of vendors and attractions includes agriculture, horticulture, arts and crafts, antiques, crafts, food and beverages, rides, live music and so much more! Click here to purchase tickets. 10am. 6636 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck.


August 25-27 & September 1-4

5th Annual Sunflower Festival. The Sunflower Festival at Barton Orchards is truly a unique experience. Take a hayride up to a breathtaking five-acre rolling field with about 100,000 sunflowers in a variety of sizes and colors. Take your time cutting your own sunflowers and taking pictures in one of the most photographed spots in the Hudson Valley. Enjoy live music, wine, and beer served next to the field, entertainment as well as a variety of craft vendors. 4pm. 63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag. (845) 227-2306.


August 26

Cornhole For a Cause & Community Festival. Join us on August 26th at Dutchman's Landing in Catskill, NY presented by MVP Health Care to raise funds to advance In Flight's mission to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who strive for independence. Cornhole for a Cause will support programs that address the barriers to independent living including personal safety, barriers to employment, learning household skills, and community integration. Not a cornhole player? The day also features food trucks, live music from Guilty Pleasure, raffles, a face painter, and more! Cornhole is pay-to-play, but it is free for the community and spectators to come to enjoy the day! 10am. 10 Main Street, Catskill.

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