Countdown to the first day of school

Rounding up the best events through August

First day of school countdown of events
Favorite events happening every day to help you make the most of your summer days

Aug. 1

Ulster County Fair. Come enjoy all the fair has to offer! Tons of midway rides, tasty food, fireworks, tractor pulls, racing pigs and a petting zoo! Wednesday:10am-10pm, Thursday: 10am-10pm, Friday: 10am-12am, Saturday: 10am-12am, Sunday: 10am-8pm. Vary by day. Ulster County Fairgrounds. 249 Libertyville Rd., New Paltz. 255-1380.

Aug. 2

Warwick Food Truck Festival. This festival includes food, drinks, live music and kids' activities. Fun for the whole family! Join us to celebrate summer nights in picturesque Warwick in food-truck style! 4-9pm. St. Stephens Soccer Field. 100 St. Stephens Pl., Warwick.

Aug. 3

Pawling Fireman's Carnival. Please come join us for carnival rides, games, food, entertainment and lots of other fun. There will be parades, fireworks and raffles. Times Vary. Village on Charles Coleman Blvd., Pawling. 855-4411.

Aug. 4

Bon-Odori Dance Festival For Peace. This will be a whole day of family fun, including eating great food, enjoying amazing bands and world dancers, local vendors/exhibitors, and learning Japanese culture and history. There will be a kids corner organized by MyKingstonKids. All will enjoy the "Bon-Odori" dance at 6:30pm. Let's dance together! 12-8pm. Kingston Point Beach. 102-144 Delaware Ave., Kingston. 750-1947. 

Evan Gottfried's Family Music Extravaganza! Sing, dance and make merry in this interactive, high energy show featuring award winning original songs. Great for families with children ages 2-10. 1-2pm. Newburgh Free Library Auditorium. 124 Grand St., Newburgh. 563-3601.

Aug. 5

New York Renaissance Faire. Travel back in time to an age of adventure! Join Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I on a grand visit to a beautiful 16th century English village. Cheer for your favorite knight at the Joust Tournament. Meet Robin Hood and his Merry Band. Feast on savory sweets and tempting treats. See amazing acrobats, magical fairies, swashbuckling pirates, and more! Saturdays and Sundays. 10am-7pm. New York Renaissance Faire. 600 Rte. 17A, Tuxedo. 351-5171.

Aug. 6

Hobby Night. Model trains, slot cards, model kids and scenery. First Monday of each month. 7pm/ The Hyde Park Station. 34 River Rd., Hyde Park.

Aug. 7

Music Rewind Drop in Craft. Drop in to make a new craft each week representing the different decades of music! Learn what music was popular for your parents or your grandparents or even your great grandparents! Allow 20 minutes to make the craft and for fun! 5-7pm. Goshen Public Library & Historical Society Library Meeting Room. 203 Main St., Goshen. 294-6606.

Aug. 8

The Build Guild. Robotics and challenges including LEGO, WeDo, Sprk+, Spero, Ozobots and more! Activities change weekly. Open to ages 8-17. 2-3pm. Newburgh Free Library Storyhour Room. 124 Grand St., Newburgh. 563-3601.

Aug. 9

Burger and Beer Bash. Hudson Valley Magazine’s annual Burger and Beer Bash has become the area’s hottest summer party! This signature event brings together all the greatest elements of summer: juicy burgers, cold beer, desserts and live music, plus the chance to be named Best Burger! 6-10pm. Dutchess Stadium. 1500 Rte. 9D, Wappingers Falls. 224-3248.

Hudson Valley Jazz Festival. The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival is designed to feature jazz musicians from the greater Hudson Valley. Times vary by day. Various locations in the Hudson Valley Area. See website for details.

Aug. 10

Otisville County Fair. Free admission, live bands, hay rides and daily events. Free craft vendor’s market place, big antique machinery display, animal display, youth cattle show. Amusement rides, shows, great food, local vendors, annual car show featuring antiques, rods and customs. Thurs-Fri 4:30-10pm, Sat. 12-11pm, Sun 12-9pm. 340 Finchville Tpke., Otisville. 283-0635.

Aug. 11

Learn to Fly Fish With the Family. Join us for the fun and educational science series for children - Learn to Fly Fish! Learn skills to help make fly fishing fun and enjoyable. Preregister for this free event with Trout Unlimited. 1-3pm. Olive Free Library. 4033 Rte. 28A, West Shokan. 657-2482.

The Blueberry Festival. Enjoy this annual family fun festival. There will be over 175 vendors, live music all day in Liberty Square and a children's area featuring A&T's House of Bounce and face painting. Enter the homemade blueberry muffin contest. Enjoy a blueberry pancake breakfast from 7:30-11am. Free admission and parking. 9am-4pm. Canal Street and Liberty Square, Ellenville.

Aug. 12

Bagel Festival. The biggest bagel extravaganza! There will be a street fair, car show, performances, live music, a bagel triathalon and more. 9am-4pm. Broadway, Monticello. 

Beacon Sloop Club Corn Festival. The Beacon Sloop Club holds or participates in several festivals and events each year to raise funds for the club’s activities and bring awareness to many environmental and social issues. Enjoy food, music and fun down by the river. There will be environmental booths and vendors. 12-5pm. Beacon Riverfront Park. Red Flynn Dr., Beacon. 914-907-4928.

Aug. 13

Moonlit Movie Monday. Hook. Enjoy Cheese-n-Apple Pirate Ships, a Croissant Crabwich or drink a Grog, a non-alcoholic Pirate Punch or Fairy Fizz while watching the film. Movie starts at 8:30pm. Ticket prices: $8 Adults, $6 Members, $5 Children. 8:30pm. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. 866-781-2922.

Aug. 14

The Altamont Fair. This family fun tradition celebrates its 126th year with midway rides, a circus, racing pigs, live music, livestock shows, agricultural exhibits and demonstrations, hypnotism shows, a petting zoo, tiger shows, exotic reptile presentations, chainsaw carving demonstrations, lumberjack shows, contests, a vast variety of fair food and more. One price admission includes parking, entertainment and rides. Fair gates open at 10am daily. Altamont Fairgrounds. 129 Grand St., Altamont. 518-861-6671.

Aug. 15

Rockin' Beaded Bracelets. Make a beautiful bracelet out of beads and wire. Choose a ready-made packet of beads and string your own pattern. 6:30-7:45pm. Goshen Public Library & Historical Society Library Meeting Room. 203 Main St., Goshen. 294-6606.

Aug. 16

Warwick Drive-In-Warwick Summer Arts Festival. One of the many gems of Warwick is the seasonal warm summer night outing to the Drive-In to enjoy cinema al fresco. For a second year, the Warwick Summer Arts Festival has partnered with Milkweed Sugar Loaf to present the annual one-night film festival of short films at the legendary Warwick Drive-In Theater. A line up of short films in a variety of genres including drama, comedy, animation, documentary, sci-fi, horror, music and experimental videos. The audience will vote the BEST FILM of the eve. Filmmakers of all ages and experience are invited to present their work and compete to win a cash prize. 8-11pm. 5 Warwick Tpke., Warwick.

Aug. 17

Nerf Wars. Join us for an after-hours Nerf battle and pizza. Free. Please RSVP. 5:30-7pm. Olive Free Library. 4033 Rte. 28A, West Shokan. 657-2482.

Aug. 18

Newburgh Puerto Rican Festival. Celebrating our rich Puerto Rican culture with community and friends! This is a free event with live entertainment, food and arts craft vendors as well as children activities! Feel free to bring your lounge chairs and dancing shoes! 12-7pm. People's Waterfront. 1 Washington St., Newburgh. 206-5197.

Aug. 19

Grahamsville Little World's Fair. The Grahamsville Little World's Fair is the longest running independent fair in New York, offering three days of old-fashioned family fun! Features 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 including parking, access to exhibits and contests and free entertainment. Begins at 9am each day. Grahamsville Fairgrounds. 8230 State Rte. 55, Grahamsville. 986-7367.

Aug. 20

Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market. The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is a vibrant summer market that operates on Monday afternoons on the shore of the beautiful Hudson River. We invite you to discover this seasonal market and celebrate the agricultural bounty of the Hudson Valley! The market will feature will feature fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, poultry, baked goods, and more from local Hudson Valley farms. 3-6:30pm. The Pavilion at Mid-Hudson Children's Museum. 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. 471-0589.

Aug. 21

Dutchess County Fair. Livestock and agricultural shows, exhibits, horse shows, carnival rides, arts and crafts, kids’ entertainment. 10am-10pm. Dutchess County Fairgrounds. 6550 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck. 876-4000.

Aug. 22

Mommy and Me Class. Our Mommy and Me class is designed for children 18-36 months and their caregivers. The class will include singing, story-time, a sensory based activity/game, snack and a craft. Classes meet every Wednesday. 10am-11:15am. Montgomery Nursery School. 21 Wallkill Ave., Montgomery. 457-7415.

Aug. 23

Great Summer Hikes Off the Beaten Track. Don Weise of the NY/NJ Trail Conference will talk about great hikes in our area and share some safety tips for all hikers. Don seeks to help people of all ages make lasting connections with nature through the trails. 6:30-8pm. Newburgh Free Library Storyhour Room. 124 Grand St., Newburgh. 563-3601.

Aug. 24

Story Time With A Farm Friend. Enjoy our free story time on the farm. Each week the farm friend changes. This year we are adding a free lending library in conjunction with story time. Visit the alpacas before and after story time. 2pm. Lilymoore Farm. 21 Moore Rd., Pleasant Valley. 605-7002.

Aug. 25

New Windsor Community Day. A fun filled day for the entire family! Free parking and admission, vendors, live music, fireworks, and many more activities for the entire family! Kristi Babcock Memorial Park. 660 Mt. Airy Rd., New Windsor. 563-4606.

Aug. 26

Folktales and Stories for Little Ones and Their Families. Bring your little ones and join us at the library for traditional stories from around the world with music, performance and crafts. 1-2pm. Hudson Area Library. 51 N. 5th St., Hudson. 1-518-828-1792.

Aug. 27

Stories and More. Join us at the library for stories, songs, games and crafts designed with our youngest patrons in mind. We will focus on developing early literacy skills and have fun too! This program is for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Mondays from 10-11am and Fridays from 11am-12pm. Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library. 479 Broadway, Monticello. 794-4660

Aug. 28

New Mother's Social Circle. This group is for mamas looking to meet other mamas and babies for friendship, answers about your new baby, and socialization. We have a different weekly discussion topic with Q and A. We have a warm and friendly, carpeted meeting room with everything a new mother could need. Friends, tea, snacks, spare diapers, breastfeeding help, a baby scale, and someone to hold your baby if you want to go to the bathroom. You can just drop in! This program occurs every Tuesday.  10am-12pm. New Baby New Paltz. 264 Main St., New Paltz. 255-0624.

Aug. 29

Summer Minecraft. Where kids and teens get to play and fight together on our special servers led by our Tech Services and Reference Librarian, Paul Tombrello. Explore, gather resources, and survive against monsters that creep, crawl, and explode! Registration required. 2-4pm. Hudson Area Library. 51 N. 5th St., Hudson. 1-518-828-1792.

Aug. 30

Columbia County Fair. There’s plenty of fun for the whole family with entertainment in the grandstands, rides and games, agricultural activities, and talent shows. Vary by day. Columbia County Fairgrounds. 182 Hudson Ave., Chatham. 518-392-2121.

Aug. 31

Woodstock Shakespeare Festival. The Bird-On-A-Cliff Theater Company will perform Romeo and Juliet on the Woodstock Shakespeare Festival Stage. Bring blankets, chairs and picnics. Admission is free. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. 5:30pm. 45 Comeau Dr., Woodstock. 247-4007.

For even more ideas for things to do with your family in the Hudson Valley, visit our calendar and top lists packed with family fun all year long. Or sign up for our Weekend Insiders e-mail to have great ideas delivered right to your inbox.

Updated 7/26/18