The season has been so jam packed with events that one would think there could be nothing left to do on the last weekend of the summer. Au contraire mon frère!
Below is a partial list of some of the amazing events planned for Labor Day Weekend. From real county fairs to faux county fairs, from jazz to celtic to classical music, from arts & crafts to farmers markets, and everything in between, this weekend is loaded with good family-fun events. There’s so many it has to be difficult to choose!
Two that don’t appear in the list below are:
- New Kingston Whoop-De-Doo Festival Sunday September 1 – A festival to showcase traditional folkways and crafts of the Catskills, the Blue Deer Center, a retreat center in New Kingston, will resurrect the long-dead Whoop-De-Doo on its campus on Rte. 6, just a few miles from the town center that was the site of the original festival. The Blue Deer’s version of the Whoop-De-Do is going to be a single day crammed with traditional crafts and activities. Just like the old Whoop-De-Doo, there will be a chicken barbecue, square dancing, and demonstrations of traditional crafts.
- Annual Flea Market at the Overlook Methodist Church in Woodstock, Saturday August 31 – the field next to the church (on the Rt 212 Bearsville flats) will be filled with vendors selling all kinds of treasures. In addition, church members will be selling refreshments, with a full bake sale and an awesome plant table. It seems most of the church folks are great bakers and gardeners. 9 a.m. is when the best buys are available, but it lasts until mid-afternoon.
Have a safe and happy Holiday!
The Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods
Sunday September 1 Harvest Festival
The 15th seasons begins with the Rosehaven Alpaca Festival. Besides the live alpacas, exhibits, spinners and weavers, the Festival will also feature its usual array of vendors and activities for the whole family, including the farmers market, craft village, a children’s area with educational programming, corn and hay mazes, live musical performances, arts and crafts workshops, pony rides and more.
New Paltz Arts & Crafts Fair
Saturday, Sunday & Labor Day, 2013 Crafts Fair
At the Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair you can experience one of America’s largest variety of art & craft demonstrations, be entertained by the best regionally based musicians, as well as experience the very best the Hudson Valley has to offer in both New York State wines and locally produced handcrafted specialty foods.
Hooley on the Hudson
Sunday September 1 – Irish Festival
On the Rondout waterfront (Kingston) – a day filled with Irish Music, Celtic Dancing, Pipe & Drum Bands, Storytelling and more! 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free on three stages!
The 2013 Wall Street Jazz Festival
Friday & Saturday night August 30 & 31 Jazz
Friday 8 p.m. $15 The Art of the Duo: Dual Pianos”, at the Old Dutch Church, Main Street & Wall Street, Kingston, NY, with Dena Derose, Francesca Tanksley, Nina Sheldon, and Peggy Stern. Saturday – a free outdoor concert, corner of Wall Street and N. Front Street from 6 p.m.
Felice County Fair
Saturday August 31 – Felice County Fair
A full day of fun for the whole family with some of the Hudson Valley’s finest entertainers! Featuring: The Felice Brothers, Amy Helm, Marco Benevento, Connor Kennedy and the Paul Green Rock Academy Allstars. Also, scrumptious local food trucks, tasty libations from KEEGAN ALES, and breathtaking views of the Catskill Mountains! Admission $25 Youngsters 10 and under admitted FREE!
New York Renaissance Faire
Saturday, Sunday & Labor Day – Renaissance Faire
An epic adventure across 35 acres. The quest for clues will guide you through an Elizabethan village filled with swashbuckling outlaws, singing wenches, courtly Lords and Ladies, bold jousters on horseback, savory treats, refreshing beverages, challenging games of skill and a wondrous marketplace featuring unique crafts and artworks. Donors who complete the Quest will enjoy an audience with our Queen where they shall be knighted for their extraordinary life-saving efforts!
Music Under the Stars
Sunday Sept 1 – 6 p.m.West Point Band
Their mission – to provide world-class music to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets and to serve as ambassadors of the United States Military Academy to the local, national, and international communities. The concert is the season finale, featuring performances by all of the academy’s musical groups, great views and fireworks.
Belleayre Music Festival
Saturday, August 31 – Belleayre Music Festival
The Music of Pink Floyd: A Rock Symphony. Following their fantastic The Music of Led Zeppelin performance last season, The Belleayre Festival Orchestra under the direction of Brent Havens returns with the second installment of its Rock Extravaganza series. This year The groundbreaking progressive rock of Pink Floyd will be celebrated at Belleayre on the 40th anniversary of one of the most enduring albums of all time, Dark Side of the Moon.
Columbia County Fair
thru September 2 – Columbia Fair
The curtain rises Wednesday, August 28 on the 2013 Columbia County Fair, featuring country music artists Joe Nichols and Chelsea Cavanaugh, an Eagles tribute band, a “Cupcake War” baking contest, the traditional Schoolgirl Queen pageant and Demolition Derbies, and the perennial showcase of Columbia County agriculture.