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Last Updated: 2/21/2018

Things To Do Every X Day

Please see the Ongoing Events Guide to see if you're out and about on a day where your usual go-to activity is happening!

Monday

  • Bridge Club: every 3rd Monday
  • The Community Chorus: back in Fall 2017

Wednesday

  • Pot Luck Wednesday
  • Line Dancing

Friday

  • Open Mic Night: every 3rd Friday
  • Unplugged Game Night: 1st Friday of month
  • Zine Club
  • Anime & Manga Club
  • Pokemon Players Meetup
  • Bingo Night

Sunday

Tuesday

  • Old Timey Southern Fiddle Tunes: every 2nd Tuesday
  • History of Beacon: every 4th Tuesday
  • Bicycle Run
  • Learn to Hula Dance
  • Club Draw
  • Helen Savoit Daytime Book Club: every 2nd Tuesday

Thursday

  • The Beacon Chess & Backgammon Club: every 2nd Thursday
  • Beacon Drum Circle, Long Dock Park, 7pm

Saturday


UPCOMING & ANNUAL EVENTS, PARADES & FESTIVALS

Beacon Open Studio Artist Registration
Dates: January 27-March 3, 2018 (Standard Registration)
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2018 Cupcake Festival Vendor Application
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Art Opening Reception: National African American History Month
Day
: Saturday, February 3, 2018 (Reception), February 3-25, 2018 (Exhibit)
Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Curated by Josephine Green and Richard Outlaw, the Howland Cultural Center celebrates it’s 24th annual National African American History Month featuring an exhibition of sixteen African American artists of the Hudson Valley.  Exhibit runs February 3 through 25th.

Live Concert: Kofi & Sankofa
Day
: POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Admission $10

Film: The Pursuit of Happyness
Day: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 12-2pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Join us on for a special presentation of The Pursuit of Happyness. This film is based on the true story of Chris Gardner, an entrepreneurial salesman who becomes homeless and struggles to take care of his son. Starring Will Smith, Jaden Smith, and Thandie Newton. (PG-13) This event is free and no registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.

IEP / 504 Parent Group
Day
: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 4-6pm
Location: J V Forrestal Elementary School, 125 Liberty St, Beacon, NY
The IEP/504 Parent Group will be meeting at JV Forrestal. Joyce Hawk of Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center will be presenting "Understanding Your Child's Individualized Education Program (IEP)".

This presentation will provide a review of the language and type of information that goes in each section of an Individualized Education Program; who contributes information; how progress is monitored and how a student's needs of concern to a parent, are considered throughout the process.

We hope you can attend this very informative meeting. Please note change of time and venue.
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Garrison Art Center's School Invitational Theme Exhibition; Inside the Outsiders Mentor Program Show
Day
: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: Opening Reception 3-5pm
Location: 23 Garrison’s Landing Garrison, NY
In the Gillette Gallery of the Garrison Art Institute is the School Invitational Theme Exhibition (SITE): Inside the Outsiders, a study into the creative
spirit of self-taught and outsider artists. The School Invitational Theme Exhibition is a collaboration between Garrison Art Center and neighboring schools which includes Garrison Union Free School, Haldane Elementary School, Haldane Middle School, Beacon High School, John Jay High School, Kennedy Catholic High School and Peekskill High School. The program has served thousands of students since 1994. Each year the Art Center offers an art related theme for teachers to use as inspiration for special projects with their students.

In the Balter Gallery, there will be an exhibition resulting from the Garison Art Center’s Mentor Program; an independent study for the arts, featuring 12 high school students from across the Hudson Valley. This year’s exhibition features the work of Harsha Philip, Nina Ansaldi, Emma Galantich, JoAnna Galbo, Andrew Mark, Debora Martinez, Katerina Merendino, Makena Mohl, Grace Sanker, Joseph Song, Tyler-Tyrel Winston, and Michelle Yannarelli. This year’s participating mentors are Ada Pilar Cruz, Rick Price, Rob Penner, Hildreth Potts, Sheryl Levine, Lori Merhige, Jenny Bender Stasikewich, Erin Murphy Doan, Andrea Lenci- Cerchiara, Stephen Rose, Barbara Smith Gioia, and Thomas Huber.
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Soup4Greens Fundraiser
Day
: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Beacon Farmer's Market, 413 Main St, Beacon, NY
Join us for the 2nd Annual Soup4Greens at the Beacon Farmers' Market! Money raised from the event all goes to our Greens4Greens program which helps those in need of food assistance to buy fresh, locally grown, nutritious produce. Plus, all of that money goes to our farmers! This year, we hope to raise enough money to bring Greens4Greens over to our Newburgh markets. 
Last year there were 20 delicious homemade soups to choose from. This year - we're hoping for 30 pots of soup! 

A bowl of soup to enjoy at the market will be just $5. 
Take soup to go for $15! Or purchase a beautiful, handmade bowl, donated by local potters and artisans, for $25 and fill it with soup for years to come!
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The Beacon Players presents First Look 2018
Day
: Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Beacon High School, 101 Matteawan Rd, Beacon, NY
Beacon High School is hosting First Look 2018. First Look is an evening of teasers and  performances by the Beacon Players from Les Mis and other school's  Spring Musicals, this event provides the students with an opportunity to perform before an audience. It will be a fun evening for all and the students will have a great time watching the other performances.

Reel Life Film Club presents “First Position”
Day
: Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
The Reel Life Film Club for tweens and teens returns to Beacon and will be screening the award winning documentary, First Position. The film follows six young dancers from different backgrounds as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world. Directed by Bess Kargman, the film offers a window into the hard work and challenges the young people face as they compete for scholarships to elite ballet schools. 
 
For this screening, Reel Life will be changing it up a bit making a real life local connection to the documentary. After the film, there will be a Q&A with Alex Bloomstein, director of Ballet Arts Studio and student Solee Dinio. Solee is a 9th grader at Beacon High School and has recently competed in Youth America Grand Prix depicted in the film. Solee has been student at Ballet Arts Studio for three years and is currently preparing to compete in the Connecticut Classic. 
 
Reel Life Film Club is an opportunity for middle school students to view award-winning documentary films and talk about them with filmmakers. Now in its second year, the film series is a collaboration between the Beacon, Cold Spring and Garrison libraries. A new film is shown each month, rotating between the three locations.  

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Day
: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Time: 1pm
Location: Village of Wappingers Falls, NY
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Celebrating Women’s History Month - Opening Reception
Day
: March 3, 2018
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
An art exhibit curated by Bibiana Huang Matheis.  Exhibit runs March 3 to April 1, 2018. 

 

 

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Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Inon Barnatan, Piano
Day
: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
The New York Times calls Inon Barnatan "One of the most admired pianist of his generation." And Alan Gilbert from the New York Philharmonic says he's "The complete artist: a wonderful pianist, a probing intellect, passionately committed, and a capable contemporary-music pianist." Returning to the series, he will perform Musical Moments by Schubert, Dorman, and Rachmaninoff.  Tickets are $30/adults, $10/students. For more information and to purchase tickets: howlandmusic.org, 845-765-3012

2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Day
: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY
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The Mitten - A Family Musical Experience
Day
: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 10am and 3pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Ain St, Beacon, NY
All ages welcome (3-7 recommended). Words and music by Todd Hulet. Tickets are $10/adult and children are free.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Reserve your spot at brownpapertickets.com.

Special Screening: “Grassroots Rock: Beacon & Riverfest” Filmmaker:Mark Westin.
Day
: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: TBA
Location: Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries/Clarkson University
Gallery, 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY
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Square Dance
Day
: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 8-10:30pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Squares and big circle dances in the Southern Mountain style. Come kick up your heels for some Old-Time fun! Live music by Devil’s Box and caller will be Liz Slade. Beginners welcome, all dances will be taught.
$12 Admission. 

Hudson Valley Women In Business Member Meeting
Day
: Monday, March 12, 2018
Time: 5:30-730pm
Location: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
Days
: March 12-25, 2018
Visit website for details and reservations on participating restaurants

The Cinehub 7th Annual Mixer
Day
: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time: 7-10:30pm
Location: Dogwood, 47 E Main St, Beacon, NY
The time has come to network! No matter which "hat" you wear in the TV/Film & Video Production Industry - we invite you to join us for the 7th Annual Mixer to reconnect and celebrate the growing talent pool in the Hudson Valley!
RSVP via Facebook here!

Beacon’s All-Star Lip Sync Battle w/ host Pissi Myles
Day
: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: TBA
Location: Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Wine & Irish Cheese Pairing Event
Day
: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Time: 1pm and 3 pm
Location: Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, 26 Wing Road, Millbrook, NY
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NY Maple Weekend
Days
: Saturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18, 24-25, 2018
Time: Visit website for times
Location: Visit website for locations

Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Jason Vleaux, Guitar
Day: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
For more information and to purchase tickets: howlandmusic.org, 845-765-3012

Carnival of the Animals
Day
: Sunday, March 25, 2018
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Presented by The Howland Chamber Music Circle and Howland Cultural Center. Performers are The Lyra Young Artist Students and Lyra Faculty Artist.
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Beacon Open Studios Weekend
Days: Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29
Time: 12-6pm
Location: City-wide exploration of artists in their studios. Studios can be in an artist's home or in a different location. Pick up a printed map/brochure of where to find each artist in Oak Vino Wine Bar and other storefronts.
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Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Parker String Quartet w/ Charles Neldich, Clarinet
Day: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
For more information and to purchase tickets: howlandmusic.org, 845-765-3012

Expansion - Art Auction Fundraiser
Day
: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: TBA
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 447 Main St, Beacon, NY
Fundraiser for Randolph School.

Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Harlem String Quartet with Michael Brown, Piano
Day: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
For more information and to purchase tickets: howlandmusic.org, 845-765-3012
 

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Off Broadway 5K
Day
: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Time: 7-8:30am (Registration) 9am (Start)
Location: 111 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
Join us for the Safe Harbors of the Hudson annual Off Broadway 5K. All proceeds from this event benefit Safe Harbors and its programs. The Safe Harbors of the Hudson Off Broadway 5K features stunning views of the Hudson River and the famous architecture of Newburgh’s historic district. Starting and finishing in historic downtown at 111 Broadway Newburgh, the 5K will take you on a great tour of this Hudson Valley city.
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Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Calldore String Quartet
Day: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
For more information and to purchase tickets: howlandmusic.org, 845-765-3012

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2018 EVENTS THAT ALREADY HAPPENED

These events have passed. Look for them next year!
We move them to the bottom of this Guide to get ready for next year!
No plans yet! Got an event you want to tell us about? Email editorial@alittlebeaconblog.com for consideration

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Hudson Valley Wingfest 11
Day: Check back in 2019
Time: 5-9pm
Location: Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plz, Poughkeepsie, NY
HV Wingfest 11 is back at the Mid Hudson Civic center in Poughkeepsie!This year we are planning our Biggest and Best ever. 30 Amazewing Wing places,More Games and Fun ,More Celebrities and our special K104 Winter Carnival games as you the Wing Lover get to enjoy Voted the best Cabin Fever event in the Hudson Valley.Also hang out in the VIP area with VIP seating and celebrities and check our $1047 King of The Wings Eating Competition! Plus Great Music from Phillip the Wingbox (Meatbox)The Ultimate Top 40 Party Band ,Rock the night away with Bedrock and the Civic Center debut of Boy Band Pros and Icons!Get your tickets because this event sells out in Advance!
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Beacon's Parade Of Green
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 11 am
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY - start South Ave/end Tioronda Ave
Come celebrate the inaugural Parade of Green in Beacon. Festivities will begin at Main Street at 11 am.

2017 Maple Fest
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: Pancake Breakfast 11am-1pm, Festival 1-4pm
Location: Randolph School, 2467 Rt 9D, Wappingers Falls
The Randolph School will host its 8th annual Maple Fest, a traditional maple-sugaring event for the whole community. Hudson Valley residents are invited to tour the maple-sugaring process of tapping, collecting, and boiling sap to make maple syrup. Additional activities include music, sing-a-longs, storytelling, face painting, cooperative games, and hikes on Randolph’s lovely, forested property. A pancake lunch will round out the event, from 11-1 pm.

Sugar Maple Celebration
DayCheck back in 2018
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Sharpe Reservation Camp, Camp Hidden Valley, 436 Van Wyck Lake Rd, Fishkill, NY
The special free event will include: Maple Sugaring Demonstration, Historical Characters of Sharpe, Nature Discovery Room, Planetarium, Live Animal Show, Local Crafts and Food Market, Live Music, and Annual Maple Syrup Judging Contest. 
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Easter in Memorial Park
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: Memorial Park, Beacon, NY
Hop on Over to the Park! It is our annual Easter celebration in Memorial Park. Join us for our Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Fling at Memorial Park. Fun for kids of all ages. Activities include egg hunt (ages 1 - 12 years old), a visit from the Easter Bunny, Bike and Basket Raffles, Petting Zoo, the annual presentation of the Mayor’s Egg, and more!
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Hudson Valley Mac and Cheese Festival
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 1-5pm
Location:  Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery - 100 Brotherhood Plaza Dr., Washingtonville, NY
Attendees this year will be able to sample Mac & Cheese creations from some of the finest restaurants and Chefs in the Hudson Valley. Entry with all tickets will include a free self guided tour of the winery and lots of Mac and Cheese samples as your taste buds will decide who will be crowned Kings of the Mac and Cheese! This is a family event kids 10 and under are FREE and we are expecting this event to be sold out before it begins.  
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Beacon Celebrates Earth Day Cleanup
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 10am-2pm
Location:  Visit Green Beacon for locations
Join the City of Beacon and Green Beacon Coalition on Saturday, April 22nd for a city-wide cleanup and BBQ to celebrate Earth Day. Cleanup locations listed below and the BBQ is at the Recreation Center from 2-4pm. Show your love for Mother Earth by helping to clean the shoreline and remove invasive plants at one of our most popular parks.  Bring the family - there will be projects for all ages!  You can volunteer at different locations throughout Beacon. Locations include High School Woods, South Ave Park, Teller Woods, Rocky Glen Park, Mount Beacon, Long Dock Park, Main Street. 
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Earth Day! Celebration at Stony Kill Farm
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 11am-7pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
Bring friends & family to come celebrate Earth Day with Stony Kill Foundation, Common Ground Farm and Hawk Meadow Montessori. Make some earth friendly crafts, plant some seedlings, enjoy a pond study, learn about bees, tour the farm, pick up manure for your garden, and visit with the animals - including the new baby lambs! Free admission! 

Record Store Day 2018
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: An all day affair. Plain accordingly!
Celebrating the culture of the indie record store. Local stores in the Beacon and the mid-Hudson Valley will most likely be participating. In Beacon, visit the newest record store, Hudson Valley Vinyl in the middle of Main Street 267 Main Street (have you checked out their website yet? They reallllllly want your records). They will not participating in RSD this year but will have a lot of great sales to take advantage of. Sound Shack Beacon may be doing a Record Store Day appearance at Beacon Music Factory, but confirm with them first. Otherwise, find Sound Shack at their usual home at the Newburgh Emporium. After crate digging in Beacon and Newburgh, head over to Cold Spring and check out Halfmoon Records or shoot up to Poughkeepsie to Darkside Records & Gallery and see their new, larger space.
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Third Annual Newburgh Urban Farming Fair
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Safe Harbors of the Hudson, 111 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
The 2nd Annual Newburgh Urban Farming Fair, to be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 is a celebration of fresh food, local vendors, crafts and farm fun. Every one of all ages will learn about urban farming and gardening and participate in “how to” demonstrations about what they can do in their yards, schools and neighborhoods.
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11th Annual Beacon Barks Parade & Street Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY - from Mountain Tops to DMV/Homespun Foods
It’s back! The popular Beacon Barks Parade returns to Main Street this year so get your four-legged friends ready.  Beacon Barks! is the street festival for people who love animals, live music, great food, and having fun in the heart of Beacon. In addition to the parade, there will a costume contest, canine performances, food, live music, vendors, and the option to adopt a pet!
Show appreciation for animal shelters, rescue and welfare organizations. It’s free, fun, family-friendly!  Local shops and restaurants open their doors to participants (both canine and otherwise) for tasty snacks & treats.  A variety of service providers (such as groomers, vets and many others) offer information and advice on caring for your best friend. 
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Read about this year's Beacon Barks Parade here

2018 Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 5-8pm
Location: St. Rocco Society, 26 S. Chestnut St, Beacon, NY
The trustees of the Howland Public Library will be honoring Wee Play Community Project - the recipient of the ninth annual Helen Savoit Library Advocacy Award.  They will also recognize Destiny Sanchez, the recipient of the Savoit Education Gift. Tickets are $50, tickets for children ages 5-12 are $7, under 5 years old are free.  Evening includes buffet from Papa Joe's and proceeds go to benefit the Howland Public Library Helen Savoit Fund. RSVP by April 14th.

Ree-Play Sale
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: The University Settlement Camp, 668 Wolcott St, Beacon, NY
The kids tag sale that directly benefits Beacon parks and other programming, put on by Wee Play Community Project. Friday, April 21st to Sunday, April 23rd from 9am-1pm daily at the University Settlement Camp Theater (Beacon Pool entrance/9D, Beacon). Credit cards are accepted. Parking is at the pool, along the driveway, and up in a field by the casino building. Clothing deals include a $15 fill-a-bag for the clothing tables. As is every year, a delicious bake sale will be held daily, with fresh baked goods from local parents (have you heard of the #BeaconDessertMafia? OMG). Half-Price Day is Sunday, with a special treat of Balloon Animals form 11am-1pm on Sunday, too! See A Little Beacon Blog's article about it here.
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Hudson Valley Comic Con
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 10am-7pm (Sat), 10am-6pm (Sun)
Location: Gold's Gym, 258 Titusville Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY
Hudson Valley Comic Con returns to Gold’s Gym this Spring with an upgraded Kids Zone, Gaming Lounge, and Main Floor! New Guests, New Vendors, New Panels, New Activities, & More
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Stony Kill Spring Celebration
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: TBD
Location: Stony Kill Farm - 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
This year’s Spring Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 7 with a raindate of Sunday, May 8. In addition to various craft demonstrations and local vendors, you can watch our sheep get their annual shearing and purchase plants in our greenhouse. Get ready for the spring season with vegetables and herbs that were grown in Stony Kill's greenhouse.  Live music – food – children’s activities –  information – demonstrations – gift shop – tours of the farm animals in the barn – tours of the Verplanck Tenant Farmhouse – and much more!
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Common Ground Farm Plant Sale
Day: Check back in 2018
Location: Tito Santanas Taqueria, Beacon, NY
There's no better time to start planning your garden - or raised bed, or windowsill box, or countertop pot - than the first week of spring. Mark your calendars & help your garden get off to its strongest start with our vegetable and herb seedlings, available for pre-order or purchase at our annual Plant Sale on May 7 at Tito Santana Taqueria.

Riverkeeper Sweep
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Denning's Point Trailhead - Denning's Point, AND Beacon Sloop Club - 2 Red Flynn Drive , Beacon, New York 12508
Join Zero to Go and Riverkeeper for a cleanup of Beacon’s Denning’s Point on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River. Volunteers should park in the Beacon Institute parking lot (near the transfer station/wastewater treatment plant) and walk over to the meeting point at the Denning's Point trailhead. We ask all Sweep volunteers to wear sturdy shoes or boots, clothing that they can get dirty, and to bring a hat, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle and snacks. This site is suitable for elementary-aged children with proper adult supervision.
More Information>  Dennings Point
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Beacon Farmer's Market Re-Opening Celebration
Day: Check back in 2018
Location: Beacon Waterfront by the Metro North Station
The market is already open for the year, to a great turnout with delicious vendors and pantry and home decor items you will love. Get the scoop on the new mission and direction here!

Obercreek Plant Sale
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Location: 59 Marlorville Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
The Obercreek Farm Standis selling their Certified Organic vegetable and herb plants for your home garden!  They are growing over 60 varieties, traditional and heirloom; check out the line-up below:
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Apple Blossom Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY
Experience the orchard in beautiful bloom!
Hayrides will be running for the duration of the event to bring visitors on a scenic trip through the flowering orchard. Enjoy face painting, and fun kids craft activities celebrating the spring season including the opportunity to "touch a tractor" and interact with some of the big machinery that allows us to farm the way we do. Live music by kid's band Michael and the Rockness Monsters. The Fishkill Farms grill will be serving up its signature Jerk Chicken, grass-fed beef burgers, veggies burgers, and hot dogs. The farm store will have fresh baked pies and homemade donuts galore! 
*Food is not included in admission. Admission: $5 (ages 12 and under are free)
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Memorial Day Parade
Day: TBD
Lineup Time: 9:30am
Time Parade Starts: 10:00am
Location and Lineup: South Avenue near Bank Square
Hosted by the Beacon New York American Legion Post 203
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Self Made Market
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: University Settlement Camp at the base of Mount Beacon, Beacon NY
Self Made: A Makers Collective brings together the top craftspeople and artisans in the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas for a one-day marketplace. The day features 70+ vendors, some which include fashion and jewelry designers, leatherworkers, metalsmiths, apothecaries, natural beauty makers and more.
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K104.7 Cupcake Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 1-5pm
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY (bet Rt 52 & E. Main St)
NEW LOCATION!! Shop local vendors. Enjoy fun family activities! Enjoy Cupcakes from all over the Hudson Valley & more!  Slide down the inflatable slide, or jump in the Jumpy castles provided by Party Time Rentals! FREE ADMISSION!
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Common Ground Farm Spring Plant Sale
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 12-3pm
Location:  327B Main St (next to Beacon D'Lites, across the street from All You Knead.)
Grow your garden AND support your community farm this season by choosing locally grown, no-spray vegetable, flower and herb plants this season at CGF's one day annual pop-up plant sale! Stop by the Green Teen Beacon garden next to Tito's on May 13th, the day before Mother's Day, from 12-3. CGF's farmers will be on hand to answer questions, tell you about varieties, and help you choose the perfect plant for your mama.
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Beacon Open Studios
Days: Check back in 2018!
Time: All day! Keep A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide open on your phone for when you get hungry.
Location: Shops, Studios and Residences all over Beacon. Look for the brochure that has a map and details of all participating artists. Beacon Open Studios is a community supported project by artists, volunteers, individuals, and local business. Studio spaces are created around the community where you can drop in during daytime hours. As you walk around town, you will see the big red circle dot that identifies a studio space in a shop or home.
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5K Run/Walk With The Dogs
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Memorial Park, Beacon, NY
The 5k Run/Walk With The Dogs is a fun non-competitive charity event to benefit Animal Rescue Foundation in Beacon, NY. The event is geared for the whole family, even your dogs! Participants will be able to walk or run by themselves or with their dogs. Your dogs are welcome to participate in the run or walk as long as they are leashed at all times, are current on their rabies & distemper vaccines, and have EXCELLENT temperament with other dogs & children. Strollers are welcome in the run and walk as well. Early Bird registration has ended but you can still register the day of for $30.00 All Proceeds to Benefit Animal Rescue Foundation.
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Country Living Fair
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 10-5pm
Location: Dutchess Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY
If you are into Rustic or Shabby Chic designs, this is the event for you!  This weekend promises great shopping, seminars (including a presentation with Barb from Barb's Butchery)  and demonstrations, delicious food, and a chance to meet the  editors of Country Living!
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Newburgh Illuminated Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 12pm
Location: Broadway & Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY
Enjoy live music from 40+ bands FREE! The Newburgh Illuminated Festival aims to highlight all the things that make Newburgh the charming, culturally diverse city that it is. Sample a veritable world of food from local purveyors, and enjoy live music all day on multiple stages. There is something for all ages! Newburgh and Hudson Valley vendors will be on hand selling locally-sourced and handmade goods. Discover pop-up art shows, child and family-friendly events, and a trolley tour of historical Newburgh, and a Colorfest!
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Beacon's City Wide Yard Sale
Day: Check back in 2018
Location: Beacon, NY
If you don't have a yard for a Yard Sale, you can set up at The Pavilion at Memorial Park.  Sale hours are 9:00-3:00 pm. Participating in the yard sale can happen one of two ways - you can register your address as an official yard sale and get on the map (try calling the City of Beacon at (845) 838-5000, or just put stuff out on your yard and tag it. People will surly be driving by and will stop.
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Queen City Pride 2017
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 5-11pm
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Start your day at the Hudson Valley PRIDE March and Festival in New Paltz - and end the day with the summer’s biggest, gayest, and most fabulous BYO picnic & dance party at LOCUST GROVE. Back for its 9th year, The Queen City Pride picnic starts at 5pm and now is the time to start planning for the most fabulous picnic of the summer!
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Beacon's City Wide Yard Sale
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Beacon, NY
If you don't have a yard for a Yard Sale, you can set up at The Pavilion at Memorial Park.  Sale hours are 9:00-3:00 pm. Participating in the yard sale can happen one of two ways - you can register your address as an official yard sale and get on the map (try calling the City of Beacon at (845) 838-5000, or just put stuff out on your yard and tag it. People will surely be driving by and will stop.
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3rd Annual Local Cider Market & Tasting
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 12:00-4:00 pm
Location: Deyo House Lawn (across from DuBois Fort) - 81 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NYAs part of Cider Week Hudson Valley, Historic Huguenot Street will host its third annual hard cider market and tasting on Saturday, June 10. This year’s market will feature over a dozen New York State cideries, wineries, and breweries, plus food trucks, and live music from Blue Museum and the Liana Gabel Band. In addition to ciders, vendors will be selling other products from their orchards and farms as well, including fresh cut flowers, local apples, apple cider donuts, and more.

Participating vendors: Angry Orchard, Awestruck Ciders, Brooklyn Cider House, Eve's Cidery, Glorie Farm Winery, Hardscrabble Cider, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, Kaneb Orchards, Kettleborough Cider House, Naked Flock Hard Cider, Pappi's Mediterranean, Pitchfork Hard Cider, Sundog Cider, Warwick Valley Winery (including Black Dirt Distillery and Doc’s Hard Cider), and more.
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Strawberry Jammin' Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 10-4pm
Location: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY
Join us for Fishkill Farm's annual Strawberry Jammin' Festival for a berry good time for all ages!
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BSC Annual Strawberry Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 12-5pm
Location: Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY
Homemade strawberry shortcake with fresh berries real whipped cream, & hot biscuits, chocolate strawberries, smoothies and more. Live music, main stage stage. Free admission. 

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival
Days: Check back in 2018!
Time: 9am-9pm
Location: Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (aka “the Clearwater Festival” or “Revival”) features seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming as well as a juried Handcrafters’ Village, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, the Artisanal Food & Farm Market, environmental education displays and exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus. The festival is wheelchair accessible and most stage programming is staffed with American Sign Language interpreters.
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2018 Hudson Valley Family Fest Pet Expo
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Dutchess Stadium, 1500 R 9D, Fishkill, NY
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Hudson River Exchange 5th Annual Summer Market
Days: Check back in 2018!
Time: 4-9pm (Fri), 11am-6pm (Sat)
Location: Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Hudson, NY
Popular Summer 2-day Handmade market right on the river. Summer Market is a weekend gathering of creativity and exchange, bringing together about 100 makers, collectors, farmers, live musicians and community organizers to celebrate creation, connection, and the scenic beauty that is the Hudson Valley.
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City of Beacon Independence Day Celebration
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 3-10pm
Location: Memorial Park, Beacon, NY
Bring the whole family! There will be live music, food vendors, kids activities and of course, fireworks!
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2017 New York Air Show at Stewart Airport
Day: check back in 2018!
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Stewart International Airport
The New York Air Show’s home at Stewart International Airport provides the opportunity to have aircraft on ground display along with simulators, exhibits, a kids zone and much more. The display and viewing area encompasses over 40 acres on the South side of the airfield so plan to come early and enjoy everything there is to see! Over 30 military and civilian aircraft will be on display in the air and on the ground.  Gates open at 9:00 am!
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Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Beacon City Hall
Help keep history alive in Beacon! 🇺🇸 Join us in celebrating the role of the Declaration of Independence in the founding of our American Democracy. After the reading of the Declaration, stay for light refreshments.

Balloon Festival
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 1-5pm (Fri), 10am-5pm (Sat & Sun)
LocationBarton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY
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Firefly Feast
Day: Check back in 2018
Time:  4:00-9:00 pm
Location: TBD
 

O+ Fesitval - Poughkeepsie
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: TBA
Location: Main St bet Academy & Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY
The inaugural O+ Poughkeepsie, a festival of art, music and wellness, takes place Aug. 5 on the block of Main Street between Academy and Market streets. Participating visual artists and musicians will receive complimentary health and wellness care from art-loving volunteer providers.
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Annual Great Newburgh to Beacon Swim
Day: Check back for 2018!
Time: Check-In: 8:30-10:30am   Splash-In: 11:45am
A wonderful opportunity for experienced swimmers to swim about one mile (72 lengths of a standard 25 yard pool) across the Hudson River and raise funds to benefit the non-profit volunteer organization River Pool at Beacon. Registration is now closed and walk-in registrations are not accepted. Cheerleaders are encouraged!
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The Butterfly Festival
Day: Sunday, August 7th, 2016 (they moved it to the rain date)
Time: 11am - 3pm
Location: 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
Visit the Verplanck Memorial Perennial Garden and learn all about butterflies! Visit the butterfly tent and have a one on one experience with these wonderful creatures! Food – gift shop – children’s activities - information – demonstrations – and much more! (Free)
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Burger & Beer Bash
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Location: Dutchess Stadium, 1500 RT 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY
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Beacon 3D
Day: Going on now all around you on Main Street
Location: Main Street
Beacon 3D was started as an annual public art project by Eleni Smolen with the help and support of Ed Benavente and Insun Kim, with fiscal sponsor BeaconArts, as well as the community at large to commemorate Beacon's Centennial Year in 2013. At that time, the project started with three sculptures at one location. Beacon 3D has quickly developed into an award-winning annual event, thanks in part to Arts-MidHudson, highlighting the works of local and regional sculptors. In 2016, Beacon 3D is pleased to present the work of eleven artists, including three names new to the roster - Wilfredo Morel, Ann Provan and Herman Roggerman. Returning artists include Sarah Haviland, Naomi Teppich, Kenneth Wright, Insun Kim, Ed Benavente, Emil Alzamora, Judy Sigunick and Jon Reichert.
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The Beacon Sloop Club Annual Corn Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 12-5pm
Location: Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, 1 Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY
Rain/Shine Featuring fresh corn on the cob cooked on the spot ($1/ear), homemade chili, cold sweet watermelon. Two solar powered stages featuring live musical performances. Environmental displays and activities, and children’s stage and many free children’s activities. Free.
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Chronogram Block Party
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 3-11pm
Location: Wall Street, Kingston, NY
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Riverside Craft Fair
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Garrison Art Center, 23 Garrison's Landing, Garrison, NY
Rain or Shine! Over 60+ vendors, artists, craft persons, new gourmet food items and more.
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Hudson Valley Hoptember Harvestfest
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 12:00-5:00 pm
Location: Eastern View Farm & Nursery, 1167 Noxon Road, Lagrangeville, NY
The event will feature 30 plus local brewers, music by "Buckeye Rooster, and our Hop smoked BBQ by the award winning "Bacon Brothers" as well as many other Hop Infused Delights. Be one of the first to try new regional brews. Music by Buck Eye Rooster and Gold Hope Duo! The Bacon Brothers, the Hudson Valley Ribfest winners, serve hop smoked BBQ. PLUS Hop-infused delights from Tomas Tapas, Obercreek Farm, Crown Maple, Mill House, and Sprout Creek Farm! Don’t miss this real farm to pint experience with Dutchess Hops in Lagrangeville.
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Beacon Independent Film Festival
Days: Check back in 2018!
Location: Beacon's University Settlement Camp on Wolcott Avenue (aka 9D)
Film, food, and fun pack the lineup for the fifth annual Beacon Independent Film Festival at The Theatre at University Settlement Camp Park. Come see works by Hudson Valley filmmakers and artists, eat food from local eateries, and participate in thought-provoking conversations with industry experts. It's a weekend you won't want to miss!
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Crafts at Lyndhurst
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 10am-5pm (Fri & Sun), 10am-6pm (Sat)
Location: Lyndhurst Mansion, 635 S Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst, a celebration of all things handmade, returns to Tarrytown, New York! Featuring 300 modern American artists, designers and craftspeople, it is Westchester County’s most beloved arts event and favorite shopping experience at one of its most popular landmarks.Crafts at Lyndhurst is a destination event not to miss! Festival-goers can meet talented emerging and seasoned artists who will be selling their exciting contemporary creations which include one-of-a-kind and limited edition designs in every material imaginable. A weekend pass is $12; seniors (62+) are $11; children 6 – 16 are $4 and children under 6 are free.
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Theater Day
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 8am-5pm
Location: Beacon High School, 101 Matteawan Rd, Beacon, NY
Students from high schools in and around Dutchess and Westchester Counties are invited to attend a FREE day of performance and technical workshops, including free breakfast and lunch, sponsored by Beacon High School, Spackenkill High School, Arts Mid-Hudson , BeaconArts and the Beacon Performing Arts Center. The day is designed to provide educational theatrical guidance in various fields while students can interact with each other from different schools and talk about one of the things they love the most: THEATER! There is no charge to attend Theater Day, but students need to register early, once we reach our cut off of 250 students we will close registration. We will likely hit our cutoff quickly, so don’t wait to sign up! Students can register by sending an email to beacononstage@gmail.com , stating their name, grade and school. A confirmation number will be sent by return email and subsequent information as it develops. Each of these workshops will be detailed with full explanations and breakdowns in a brochure that will be sent to all of you after you register.

The 5th Annual Hudson River Craft Beer Festival
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 12:30-5:30pm
Location: 1 Red Flynn Dr, Beacon, NY 12508 (Beacon Metro North train station)
Wine isn’t the only thing the Hudson Valley is known for! The 5th annual Hudson River Craft Beer Festival returns to Beacon this September for the biggest & best craft beer festival yet. Follow the river to Riverfront Park to sample over 180 craft beers from over 90 of America’s best craft breweries while enjoying live music, local vendors and delicious food. There will be VIP and general admission sampling sessions available so you can sip the day away while enjoying the scenic Hudson River views!
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Stony Kill's Foundation Country Fair
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Ln, Wappingers Falls, NY
Free admission and parking. There will be farm animals, chili cook off, hay rides, apple pie contest, local crafters and more. 
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Chefs for Clearwater
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 4pm
Location: The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park, NY
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater announces this year’s second annual Chefs for Clearwater culinary event to take place on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Chefs for Clearwater is a partnership of leading Hudson Valley Chefs, the CIA and Clearwater, aimed at spreading awareness of critical issues involving sustainability and food ethics, and how it relates to the Hudson Valley watershed. The event is a fundraiser to support Clearwater’s environmental education and advocacy programs on the Hudson River.

Chefs for Clearwater’s featured chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, ranchers, vintners and cider makers have been invited to participate because of their demonstrated commitment to practicing and advancing sustainable agriculture and socially responsible business practices. The health of the Hudson River watershed directly impacts the health of the ground soil—and the reverse just as true. Chefs for Clearwater is a celebration of the great progress made on both fronts in recent years.

Tickets and sponsorship packages are available at www.chefsforclearwater.org.

Hudson Valley Seed’s 3rd Annual Let’s Eat! Fundraiser
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Hudson Valley Brewery, 2 Churchill St, Beacon, NY
A community dinner celebrating school gardens and benefitting Hudson Valley Seed.  Dinner, drinks, dessert, and silent auction with fantastic offerings at Hudson Valley Brewery. Featuring garden-to-table food prepared by local chefs and new brews from Hudson Valley Brewery and Angry Orchard. 
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Windows On Main Street - Opening Reception
Days: Check back in 2018!
Time: 7-10pm
Location: Oak Vino Wine Bar, 389 Main St, Beacon, NY
Windows on Main Street (WOMS) is a vibrant public art opportunity that provides a citywide platform for artists, some of whom have otherwise little exposure in Beacon, and may be more widely known in other cities or internationally.Windows on Main is a project of BeaconArts. Read more about this year's Windows on Main Street art installation in our article. 
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Second Annual Friendraiser
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 1pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
The event will feature a Silent Auction of local goods and services and a sale of affordable Small Works from local artists. There will also be a "White Owl" sale table with an eclectic mix of handmade and vintage items for sale. Last but not least, back by popular demand, Origami Bob will be folding up some origami fun at our maker station. All proceeds from the exhibit will benefit Howland Public Library.
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Spirit of Beacon Day
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 12:00 pm nonprofit info tables open, 1pm the Parade starts.
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY
This highly anticipated parade celebrates Beacon and its community. The theme this year is "Celebrate 40 years of Spirit History". Parade route is from River to Mountain: from Main Street and Beekman Streets, near Municipal Plaza, to Tioranda Avenue.  The lineup is at 12:00 and the parade starts at 1:00. The awards ceremony will follow after the parade around 1:45. The parade disbands at Tioronda Ave, and the street stays closed from Main & Teller to Brett until 4:00.
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City of Beacon Pumpkin Carving Contest
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Pavilion at Beacon Memorial Park
Kids 15 and younger can compete for Top Carver in two age divisions (13 to 15, and 12 and under). Parents should supervise children at all times! Supplies will be provided, but are limited. Sign up ahead of time at City Hall. Organizers insist, no professionals, please. 

7th Annual Classic Car Show In Beacon
Presented by Beacon's Chamber of Commerce and Dutchess Cruisers
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Check back in 2018!
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Main Street, Beacon
Great free family event where you can walk down Main Street gazing at classic cars and looking under the hood. Free Visitor parking is available in the DMV parking log off Main Street, the City Hall parking lot, Memorial Park, and a few other free municipal parking lots around Beacon. Please see A Little Beacon Blog's Guide to Free Parking to get addresses of parking lots and pictures, which is sponsored by Antalek and Moore's car and RV insurance options. Shuttle service via the Philipstown trolley available 11am to 6pm.  To participate, email coken@optonline.net.
Get the scoop, pictures and a video for Beacon's Car Show 2015!

Beacon Sloop Club Annual Pumpkin Festival
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 12-5pm
Location: Pete & Toshi Seeger Park, 1 Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY
Rain/Shine  Hudson Valley pumpkins all sizes & shapes, pumpkin pie, cider, & stone soup. Two solar powered music stages.  Many free children's activities, environmental displays. Free Sails on the Woody Guthrie. Free Admission.
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Harvest Fest
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 10:00-3:00 pm
Location: Stone Barn Center for Food & Agriculture, 630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills, New York 10591
13th annual celebration and fundraiser. Join in this community celebration of the farm at its most fruitful. Festivities for the whole family include hands-on farming and food activities, live music, a seasonal farm and food market with delicious fare, hayrides, a turkey parade and more.
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2016 Pumpkin Smash!
Day: Check back in 2017!
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Beacon Farmer's Market, 8 Flynn Drive, Beacon, NY
Soggy Pumpkin? SMASH IT, don't trash it with Zero to Go and the Beacon Farmers' Market on Sunday, November 6th! We'll be down at the Farmers' Market smashing pumpkins from 1pm-3pm.
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Catoberfest
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 6-10pm
Location: Hudson Valley Brewery, 2 Churchill St, Beacon, NY
Music, Food, Craft Beer and Prizes; Proceeds to Help Care and Find Loving Homes for the Hudson’s Abandoned and Special Needs Felines. You’ll have a chance to enjoy live bands, craft beer, German-style food and a raffle for prizes Friday, October 20th, when Mid Hudson Animal Aid holds its 6th annual Catoberfest at Hudson Valley Brewery in Beacon, 6:00-10:00 pm. In addition to offering a great time, proceeds will benefit the felines of this unique no-kill, free range cat sanctuary. Hudson Valley Brewery will be hosting the event 6:00-10:00 pm, with free admission.

Barb’s Butchery will prepare a special Fancy Feast of German fare, with proceeds going to MHAA. The Fancy Feast can be enjoyed for $16 in advance through catoberfest.brownpapertickets.com; or $18 at the door.  There will be a cash bar.

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 9am-5pm (Sat), 9am-4pm (Sun)
Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY
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"A Very Beacon Halloween" Psychic Fair
Day: Check back in 2018 
Time: 12-5pm
Location: Notions-n-Potions, 175 Main St, Beacon, NY
Congratulations Sheryl of Notions-n-Potions on her feature in the Poughkeepsie Journal's feature on Adults Who Love Halloween. Mike Burdge of Story Screen was also featured.
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Pumpkins in the Park Jack-o'-Lantern Lighting Event
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: Monday to Thursday, 3 to 6 pm, pumpkin carving; Friday, 6 to 8 pm, jack-o'-lantern lighting and display
Location: Scenic Hudson River Center, 8 Long Dock Road, Beacon, NY
Show off your pumpkin-carving artistry and see Long Dock Park ablaze with jack-o’-lanterns—including yours. Please join Scenic Hudson at their River Center to help carve the pumpkins on Monday through Thursday afternoons. Pumpkins are supplied by Scenic Hudson and must be carved on site. Friday evening, the pumpkins will be lit and displayed throughout Long Dock Park. Please dress for the weather. Flashlights are highly recommended. The event is free!
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Boscobel Ghost Tours
Days: Check back in 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: Boscobel House & Garden, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY
Join us once again for spellbinding ghost stories told by popular paranormal investigator and author, Linda Zimmermann. Linda will be accompanied by her ghost hunting partner Michael Worden, a police detective and author of Ghost Detective, as well as psychic and psychometrist, Barbara Bleitzhofer. Barbara will be using her sixth sense to determine what spirits are present and why they are there. Recommended ages 12+.
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Grace Smith Pumpkin Parade
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Pulaski Park, Poughkeepsie, NY
Join Grace Smith House, Inc. every October in Poughkeepsie, NY for our annual Grace Pumpkin Parade! We celebrate the spookiest of seasons, enjoy local hot cider, and raise funds to support Grace Smith House in empowering survivors of domestic violence and their families to live free from fear. October is also Bullying Awareness Month, and we encourage costumed creepers of all ages to dress up in non-violent costumes, be inspired by each others creativity, and be safe during Trick or Treat. Together, we can break the cycle of domestic violence in our community!
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"A Very Beacon Halloween" 21st Annual Children's Halloween Parade, aka The Hocus Pocus Parade from the Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Day: Postponed
(See our article about it here)
Rain Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017. See our article about it here.
Line-up Time: 12:30 pm at the Visitors Center
Parade Marching Time: 1 pm
Locations: Costumed kids start lining up at Polhill Park (South Avenue/9D and Main Street) for a parade all the way down Main Street stopping at Teller Avenue.
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Questions: This parade is organized by A Very Beacon Halloween, a committee of the Beacon Chamber of Commerce.
Read about last year's parade to know what to expect. Kids can dress in costume. Trick-or-treating at businesses is fun for the whole family. For all of the years this parade has been held, it happens on the weekend before Halloween. So mark your internal calendar for years to come.
Watch For It: A Little Beacon Space (291 Main St., in the historic Telephone Building) will be handing out treats from 10 am to 4 pm. Stop in!
Watch For It: Do check in at the Beacon Flea on Henry Street behind the post office, too! They'll have some treats for the little goblins.
Watch For It: The Patio at The Roundhouse will continue with their post-parade tradition of opening the patio to paraders and their families for free cider and treats. They will also have the option of a boozy cider for the adults who might need it!
Watch For It: Boutiques and shops on the far east end of Main Street like The Blushery and Style Storehouse may be handing out candy, so continue on around the bend to trick or treat even more!

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Beacon of Love Bake Sale and Fundraiser
Day: Check back in 2017
Time: 11:00am-7:00pm
Location: Open Space, 510 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Part bake sale, part raffle, and 100% love, this fundraiser will feature a tempting array of sweet and savory baked goods prepared by both home cooks and professional bakers. There will also be a raffle offering a range of donated prizes that are perfect for gift-giving, including books, CDs, original art, crafts, gift certificates to local businesses, and services, including specialty baking and massage. The money raised at the Beacon of Love fundraiser will be donated to the Mid-Hudson Refugee Welcome Fund to defray the costs of the goods and services arriving families will need to ease their transition to life in America.  There will be 80 refugees resettled in the area.

**Read more about this fundraising event in our blog post!

Wreath Decorating & Holiday Food Fair
Day: Check back in 2017
Time: 12:00-4:00pm
Location: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY
Enjoy delicious food and drink samples. Holiday crafts and more!
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Sinterklaas Festival Day!
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: All day!
Location: Village of Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, NY
A day-long, colorful celebration that features children’s workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck. This year be sure to visit the LIVE OWLS and the giant COO COO CLOCK. Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade at 6:00 pm, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, closes the day at twilight. A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins residents and visitors alike, people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season.
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Beacon Blood Drive: Holiday Edition
Day: Check back in 2017
Time: 1:00-7:00pm
Location: Beacon Hebrew Aliance, 55 Fishkill Ave, Beacon, NY
In between all the thanks-giving and the gifts-giving, can you make time for a little blood-giving too? You might remember that this summer, New York Blood Center declared an emergency blood shortage and we mobilized to help? Well, they just issued a press release saying that an additional 240 blood drives are needed in December and January to insure that we keep our blood banks full through the holiday season. So we're mobilizing again and we need your help. Will you donate to save a life? 
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Sparkle!
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 5:00-9:00 pm
Location: Boscobel, 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY
A Dazzling Celebration of the Season! Join us for a series of dazzling evening events featuring thousands of lights, luminous displays and festive holiday happenings around the gardens and grounds of Boscobel. Walk the candlelit paths with a hot cup of cocoa and celebrate the season with family and friends! Twilight Tours of the mansion book quickly – reserve your Grounds PLUS tickets early! Returning attractions this year include Magician Margaret Steele, Ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner, The Libby Richman Jazz Trio, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus…and much more!
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Breakfast With Santa
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 11:00 am
Location: The Towne Crier 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY
The Towne Crier is pleased to present the 9th Annual Breakfast with Santa hosted by Elf Tinsel(Miss Vickie) with help from Elf Bob and Little Santa. Price includes coloring book and crayons, a full breakfast buffet and special holiday ornament craft -- plus pictures with Santa. Reservations recommended.Adult $15.00, Children $10.00
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Santa Visits the Farm
Day: Check back in 2017
Time: 12:00-4:00pm
Location:  Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY
Kids of all ages and pets take photos with Santa up on his tractor. 
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Winter Children’s Book Event
Day: Check back in 2017
Time: 10:00am
Location: Binnacle Books, 321 Main St, Beacon, NY
My Day…A Long Distance Lullaby is a new children’s book about the power of love and family across distances.  There will be crafts, kid-centered fun, and light snacks with a special performance of the book’s lullaby. There will also be the chance to win a copy of the book and a stuffed animal puppy.

Breakfast With Santa
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: County Fare, 2652 East Main St, Wappingers Falls, NY
Join us for breakfast with Santa. The man himself will be in the building to spread holiday cheer and take some pictures. Seatings at 10AM and 12PM. Price is $10 per child, $15 per adult and includes a breakfast buffet and a make your own ornament craft for the kids. By reservation only so give us a ring and book your spot today.
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Hudson Valley Holistic Holiday Market
Day: Check back in 2017
Time: 11:00-6:00 pm
Location: Ramada Conference Center, 542 Route 9, Fishkill, NY
Holistic Market Vendors, readers, healers, and crafters are back, reassembled to bring you a Holiday Market like no other! Shop your favorite vendors plus new faces.
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BeaconArts & The Beacon Hebrew Alliance Menorah Lighting
Day: Check back in 2018
Location: Polhill Park / Beacon Visitor's Center (Main Street & Rt. 9D)
The story of Beacon is the story of a town coming through hard times with hope and dedication. In order to celebrate those who light up our community, Beacon Hebrew Alliance and BeaconArts are teaming up to celebrate Illumin8 at the one-of-a-kind Beacon Bicycle Menorah!

Hannukah tells us that we can hope against all reason and sometimes, we will prevail. Sometimes, the mighty will fall before the weak, and sometimes, just a little bit of fuel will get us through the darkest night – or even eight of them, if need be.

Grateful thanks to sculptor Ed Benavente, the artist behind the Bicycle Menorah.  In 2014, Rabbi Brent Spodek presented a maquette of the menorah at the White House’s Hannukah celebration.
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New Year’s Eve Bash
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 8pm-1am
Location: Dogwood, 47 E Main St, Beacon NY
Come out and ring in the New Year with the Dogwood crew! There will be a complimentary champagne toast and disco ball drop. Live music by the Black Coffee Blues Band!
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LOTTERY, SEASON PASSES & SIGNUPS

Scenic Hudson Kayak Storage
May 7 - October 31, 2016
This lottery signup is annual. Deadline to sign up is April 22nd. We covered it here on the blog.
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Beacon's New Pool at the Settlement Camp
Passes available March 1st, 2016
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Green Teen Beacon

Spring Green Teen applications are out now! You can get them from the Beacon High School guidance office, our office, or msg or email hgb4@cornell.edu. All applications are due back by March 3rd. Spring is super fun...you should go for it!