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Last Updated: 10/19/2017

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!


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


  • Pot Luck Wednesday
  • Line Dancing


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



  • 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


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


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Harvest Gala 2017
Day: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 5-9pm
Location:  The Roundhouse, 2 E Main St, Beacon, NY
James Beard Nominee & highly regarded Chef Terrance Brennan and our friends at The Roundhouse present Common Ground Farm's first annual Harvest Gala. The event will feature gourmet dishes prepared with local ingredients by Chef Brennan and his team, live music, craft cocktails, dancing, auction, and a presentation highlighting Common Ground Farm's mission and programs. Tickets available online: click here.
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Thrills and Chills
: Friday, October 20, 2017
Time: 4-5pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Boys & ghouls ages 7-10 are invited for some Halloween fun filled with spine-chilling tales told by the glow of the jack-o-lantern. Revolting refreshments will be served! Costumes welcome!Strictly for older children. No registration necessary. 

Movies That Matter: “Cries From Syria”
Day: Friday, October 20, 2017
Time: 7pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, McKinley Hall, 50 Liberty St, Beacon, NY
The account of a brutal conflict drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen journalists, as well as testimony from child protestors, leaders of the revolution, human rights defenders, ordinary citizens, and high-ranking army generals who defected from the government. Free Admission.
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Catoberfest 2017
Day: Friday, October 20, 2017
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; or $18 at the door.  There will be a cash bar.

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival
Day: Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22, 2017
Time: 9am-5pm (Sat), 9am-4pm (Sun)
Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY
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5th Annual "Pink Kiss" Breast Cancer Awareness Fashion Event
Day: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 6pm
Location: Atlas Studios, 11 Spring Street, Newburgh, NY
See A Little Beacon Blog's Article >

Baba Andrew Lamb Trio
Day: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Tickets are $10 for general admission.  

Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Dover Quartet
Day: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY

Story Screen presents "Child's Play"
Day: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Time: 7:30pm doors, 8pm movie
Location: Quinn's, 330 Main St, Beacon, NY


Environment Citizen Soapbox
Day: Monday, October 23, 2017
Time: 6:30-9pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church, Beacon, NY
All residents, including community organizations, elected officials, and city council candidates are welcome to speak and share their views, their concerns, their vision, and their work towards creating a more environmentally conscious city. Anyone can sign up to speak for a couple of minutes about related topics.
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Line Dance For a Cause
Day: Monday, October 23, 2017
Time: 7:30-10:30pm
Location: Poughkeepsie Nissan, 1445 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY
Get your boots and join the fun! Join Poughkeepsie Nissan and Grace Smith House for a night of line dancing!  All proceeds go to Grace Smith House in Poughkeepsie.




Pumpkins in the Park Jack-o'-Lantern Lighting Event
Day: Monday to Friday, Oct. 23-27, 2017
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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“The Indestructable Man”
Day: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 7pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
The Beacon Historical Society is hosting guest speaker David Rocco, coauthor of The Indestructible Man: The True Story of World War II Hero ‘Captain Dixie’.  Commodore Dixie Kiefer, was the decorated captain of the carrier Ticonderoga who forever will be linked to Beacon by his tragic death in a plane crash in the Fishkill Mountains near Beacon on November 11, 1945. The Kiefer book will be available for purchase.  

Boscobel Ghost Tours
Days: October 25-27, 2017
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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Children's Museum Not-So-Spooky Fun House
Day: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 5:30 to 8 pm
Location: Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY
Fun activities, mini hay maze, trick-or-treating, and more! Purchase tickets! Can't make it Friday? Then visit the Not-So-Spooky Fun House in the Pavilion from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 28, 2017. 

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters Concert
Day: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Towne Crier Café, 379 Main St, Beacon, NY
Beacon’s own and Grammy nominee Bruce Molsky will be returning to the Towne Crier Friday Oct. 27 with his band “Molsky’s Mountain Drifters.” After a hectic touring schedule across the US and stopping through Beacon, they will be headed for the UK, followed by a tour across Australia this winter.
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"A Very Beacon Halloween" Psychic Fair
Day: Saturday, October 28, 2017 (new date!)
Time: 12-5pm
Location: Notions-n-Potions, 175 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Stony Kill No-so-Haunted Barn and Hay Ride
Day: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Ln, Wappingers Falls, NY
Tickets $3 at the door. Including Animal Embassy at 5pm.
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"A Very Beacon Halloween" Ghoul's Night Out Show from the Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: Doors open at 6pm. Show starts at 8pm.
Locations: Clove Creek Dinner Theater, 18 Westage Business Center Dr #7, Fishkill 12524
Details: A murder mystery, "Ghouls Night Out," is a play performed at the Clove Creek Dinner Theater in Fishkill (near the movie theaters). Tickets are $70 and $65 for seniors. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Beacon Chamber of Commerce.
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Dogwood Halloween Spooktacular
Day: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 8pm
Location: Dogwood, 47 E Main St, Beacon, NY
Autumn is finally here and you know what that means... it's almost Halloween! Come celebrate everyone's favorite creepy day with us! Rogue Brewery is sponsoring the event and we'll be showcasing some of their best beer, including some you can't get anywhere outside of Oregon! There will be costume contests, live entertainment and fortune tellers! We'll be adding more details as the day gets closer so check back with us. Don't forget to dress up!!
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Hot Jazz, Cool Art
Day: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
A fundraiser benefit for the Howland Cultural Center. Tickets are $20 through  There will be live music from The Chris Crocco Fluid Trio and Art Made Live with Basha Maryanska, Cynthia McCusker, Joe Pimentel. 


"A Very Beacon Halloween" 21st Annual Children's Halloween Parade aka The Hocus Pocus Parade from the Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Sunday, October 29, 2017 (new date! 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: Style Storehouse, located down the block from Utensil, will be handing out candy!

Storm King Art Center's Pumpkins and Painted Faces
Day: Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Location: Near the north parking area at Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY
Storm King Art Center is world-renowned for the earth art and mega-sculpture installations on its 500 acres. Draw inspiration from the landscape, and make your own art by carving pumpkins and consulting on face-painting at this pre-Halloween shindig across the river from Beacon. Registration is required. Reserving your pumpkin online guarantees it will be held for you at the event site until 3 pm. Storm King encourages participants to come anytime between noon and 3 pm to avoid overcrowding. Be sure to wear your costume to get a special treat! This program will take place rain or shine. Pumpkins not claimed by 3 pm will be available for purchase by the general public. ***ALL SALES ARE FINAL. May not be used with any other offer.***
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Grace Pumpkin Parade
Day: Sunday, October 29, 2017
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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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
Days: October 30 thru November 12, 2017
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Rascal's Monster Bash
Day: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Dutchess Stadium, 1500 NY-9D, Wappingers Falls, NY
Join Hudson Valley Renegades mascot Rascal on Halloween for some trick-or-treating, treats, activities & more. And its FREE!


Made & Given Pop-Up Shop
Days: Fri-Sun, November 10-12, 2017
Times: See below
Location: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
hop small for thoughtful holiday gifts this year at a special pop-up shop featuring independent brands from New York State.  Complimentary beer and wine Friday and Saturday after 5 pm.

Friday: 4pm-7pm
Saturday: 11am-8pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

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Paranormal Investigation of the Old Beacon High School
Day: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 7-11pm
Location: 211 Fishkill Ave, Beacon, NY
Ghost Hunt at the old Beacon High School with para team, 
"Ghost Magnets with a Twist"
Pick 1 time or register for Both:
7-9pm :$25
9-11pm $25
Purchase ticket for Both...7-11pm $40 (save $10)
Bring your own equipment or work with us
Meet at the front door & wait for guide.
All guests must sign a waiver.
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Howland Chamber Music Circle presents Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
Day: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY

The Beacon Players presents "The Princess Luncheon"
Day: Saturday & Sunday, November 18-19, 2017
Time: 12-1:45pm
Location: Beacon High School, 101 Matteawan Rd, Beacon, NY
Meet and greet the princesses from Ella's Enchanted Events and an appearance from Cinderella.  A 2pm production of Cinderella follows after the luncheon. Luncheon tickets are $15,  "Cinderella" tickets sold separately at

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Day: Friday-Sunday, November 24-26, 2017
Time: TBA
Location: A Little Beacon Space, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
Details to come soon!

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Self Made: A Makers Collective presents Holiday Bash
Day: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 11-7pm
Location: The American Legion, 413 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Holiday Open Barn
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 3:00-6:00pm
Location: Stony Kill Barn, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Stony Kill maintains a working farm housing chickens, cows, pigs, and sheep. Our Farm Supervisor oversees the operations, and the daily care of the farm animals is done by our Livestock Caretakers. We rely heavily on volunteers to assist with maintenance and to give the public the opportunity to visit the farm. This is a special Open Barn date before the regular season starts in February.

Dia:Beacon Community Free Day
Day: Check back in 2018
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Dia:Beacon, 3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY
Dia:Beacon’s quarterly Community Free Days offer engaging programs for broad audiences, including thematic tours of the collection and special exhibitions, Gallery Talks, interactive workshops for children and families, and performances. Admission is free for residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties.
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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
More Information> Beacon Sloop Club

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
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.

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!
We've added a whole acre of strawberries, so we'll have more certified organic strawberries for picking than ever before! Spend the day enjoying live music by The Big Takeover, wagon rides through the orchard, kids strawberry themed crafts, and even strawberry-themed foods at the Fishkill Farms Grill and Farm Store! The Treasury Cider bar offering free samples of hard cider & selling Treasury by the glass & bottle. We're even working on a special strawberry cider cocktail especially for the event. 
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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 with  Breakneck Ridge Revue, Cosby Gibson, Dan Einbender, Driscoll & Smith, Earthtones, Jim Connor, The Dirty Stay Out Skifflers, and the Trouble Sisters. The Children’s Stage will feature Bindlestick Bill, Funkinships, G Rockwell & the Still River Ramblers,  Lydia Adams Davis & Giada Remedios Amador,   S.L.A.M, Susan Wright & Friends,  and Solar Sound. Environmental displays & many free children’s activities. A special thank you to our sponsors - Horizon Family Medical Group, Radio Woodstock, All You Need Bakery, Beacon Key Food,  Fishkill ShopRite, Cabott’s Creamery, Russell Farms. 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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Beacon Riverfest Music & Food Festival
Location: Riverfront Park (on the other side of the train station)
An entire day of live music and food! A large lineup of bands are playing on 3 stages in Riverfront Park. Kids under 10 get in free, and tickets are available for purchase for adults. Enjoy music, food and crafts. 
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Beacon Riverfest In The Parks Series (Free)
Location: The Beacon Pool - POOL PARTY! (at the Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott)
Bring a picnic and make sure you're wearing your dance shoes! The band is "PONTOON."

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.

For even more Things to Do for July 4th Weekend in Beacon, NY, see our Pools, Picnics and Fireworks Roundup!

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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2017 Stiletto Stampede - CANCELLED
Day: July 22, 2017
Location: Beacon, NY

Firefly Feast
Day: Check back in 2018
Time:  4:00-9:00 pm
Location: 4 Hanna Lane, Beacon, NY
The fourth annual Firefly Feast a celebration of local chefs, food, music, and art to benefit Common Ground Farm. Food vendors include Tito Santana Taqueria, Homespun Foods, Barb's Butchery, Le Express Farmers & Chefs Food Truck, Stock Up, Gino's Italian Ices, Dogwood, Chef Katie Key, and Beacon Pantry. 

Breweries include Hudson Valley Brewery, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, Chatham Brewing, North River Brewing, Newburgh Brewing. 

Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 day-of. Kids 10 and under are free. Admission includes food from local chefs cooking with local produce and proteins.

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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: Saturday, August 7, 2016 (the rain date has been enacted)
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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Speed Of Sound Festival
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 1:00-10:00 pm
Location: Dutchess County Airport - 263 New Hackensack Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
There is no show in 2017, check website for details.

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: Thursday, August 11th, 2016
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Location: Dutchess Stadium, 1500 RT 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY
It's the 4th annual Hudson Valley Magazine Burger & Beer Bash, an event that brings all the elements of Summer together - juicy burgers, a cold beer, live music, and competitions.  Hosting local restaurants whose specialties include burgers. A single ticket is $50 and a Party Pack of 10 is $450.
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Forget U Cancer's 2016 Stiletto Stampede
Day: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 4-8pm
Location: The DMV Parking Lot across from Pleasant Ridge (see A Little Beacon Blog's Free Parking Lot Guide for pictures)
You're invited to our Co-ed High-heeled race...prizes for the winners and also for Best Dressed!!! Feel free to get of our previous Stampedes will be posted here soon to get some ideas! All proceeds will support our Hudson Valley family members that are currently in their journey with cancer and need a lil extra help or comfort during...We'll have live music and a DJ. Live dance performances and some local guests. We'll have a variety of vendors and lots of fun kiddie activities! You won't want to miss our comeback event!
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Writing The Walls II
Day: August 1 thru December 2016
Location: Hudson Valley Center For Contemporary Art (HVCCA)
For several years now, HVCCA has been bringing together visual art with written word through Words that Paint and Writing the Walls. These programs provided the opportunity for words and imagery to collaborate.  Writing the Walls II is another opportunity to put word and art together. Writing the Walls invites writers to respond to works in the current art show at the HVCCA: WORD. This year, we ask that you not only take the images for inspiration, but consider using the words in the art as part of your work. This project is especially designed for poets and playwrights who live and/or work in Westchester and Putnam County! We want to focus loving attention on the home-front. Deadline to submit is July 20, 2016.
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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
Fifth year in a row, starting one hour earlier!  Chronogram Magazine's annual block party will be on Wall Street between John and North Front Streets in Kingston. The day will feature live music from Decora, Quincy Mumford, JK Vanderbilt, The Ballroom Thieves, and more! Food trucks from the Hudson Valley, Beer & Wine Garden, featuring select brews from Lagunitas Brewing Company and Keegan Ales, hard cider from Angry Orchard, wine from Benmarl Winery, and more!
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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.

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 on September 15-17, 2017 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 , 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.

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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 2017
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. 

6th Annual Classic Car Show In Beacon
Presented by Beacon's Chamber of Commerce and Dutchess Cruisers
Sunday, October 15, 2017
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
Get the scoop, pictures and a video for Beacon's Car Show 2015!

Walking Tour of Beacon's East End A Taste Of History
Day: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm
Location: Tour starts and ends at Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Learn about the people, the buildings, the factories and the stores of the time when the East End was the village Matteawan.  At the end of the tour there will be special desserts from an old Beacon cookbook.  $15.00 per person.
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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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2nd Annual Dark Parade
Presented by the Chamber of Commerce and A Very Beacon Halloween:
Check back in 2017
Lineup Time/Location: 6:45pm Lineup at Main Street and Teller Avenue. The parade ends at the Elks Club for a dance party.
Questions: This parade is organized by A Very Beacon Halloween, a committee of the Beacon Chamber of Commerce.
Accepting applications now for Spooktacular and glowing floats!
Enjoy this spooky dark party! Costumes and lights are encouraged, including flashlights or other creative lights that may come with your costume, like a light saber or glowing staff! Being that it's dark and late, this is for adults only. Parade ends at The Elks Club for a dance party. Get dinner ideas here in A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide, and consider making reservations first at any restaurant, as you'll be with several other hungry people.

Harvest Fest 2017
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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Red Pepper Dance Night
Day: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 7:00-11:00 pm
Location: The Red Pepper, 1458 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls
Dance, Chat, Eat, Drink, Enjoy! at the Red Pepper Bistro on Saturday, October 22nd at 7:00-11:00 p.m. Enjoy a wide array of much loved, as well as lesser known songs, mostly from the 60's to present. Styles include Soul, R&B, Latin, Funk, Reggae, Afro-Latin, Rock, Disco, Swing, Blues, International and more. DJ’s Rhoda and Al add new song selections for each dance event, always aiming for the music to be moving, exciting and beautiful. 

The Red Pepper bistro serves creative Sir Lankan specialties along with freshly made American cuisine using healthy, locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Full bar service is available before and during the dance. The setting is warm and informal, the sound is superb, there is an outdoor patio for lounging, and plenty of free parking. All are welcome: singles, couples, friends, newcomers and kids. $10 admission includes American and Sri Lankan appetizers.

Pumpkins in the Park Jack O'Lantern Lighting
Check back in 2017!
Lighting: TBA
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Long Dock Park, Beacon waterfront
On afternoons Tuesday to Friday, visit Long Dock Park to put your carving skills to use on pumpkins provided by Scenic Hudson. Stick around Friday evening, when the jack o'lanterns will be set aglow and displayed throughout the park.
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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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21st annual Goods and Services Auction
Day: Check back in 2017!
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Dutchess Golf Club, 2628 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY
Mid Hudson Animal Aid Cat Sanctuary presents our 21st annual Good and Services Auction on November 13, 2016 at the Dutchess Golf Club, 2628 South Road, Poughkeepsie NY. Check in begins at 4:30. Silent Auction and Buffet Dinner begin at 5:00.  The evenings menu includes: Tossed Salad with House Vinaigrette, Caesar Salad, Rolls & Butter, Sliced Roast Beef with Mushrooms, Pearl Onions and Red Wine Reduction, Roasted Chicken with Lemon & Thyme, Penne a la Vodka, and Seasonal Vegetables. Live auction begins at 7:00 with many awesome lots: Pet Pampering, NYC Hotel stay, Themed Baskets, Sports Gifts, Theater and Performing Arts tickets, Art and Antiques, Local Restaurant and Store Certificates. 

All proceeds to benefit MHAA Cat Sanctuary, a no kill cat sanctuary in Beacon, NY. Tickets may be purchased through  For additional information, visit our Facebook page, our website:, or email
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Dia:Beacon Community Free Day
Day: Check back soon!
Time: 11am-6pm
Location: Dia:Beacon, 3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY
Dia:Beacon’s quarterly Community Free Days offer engaging programs for broad audiences, including thematic tours of the collection and special exhibitions, DiaTalks, interactive workshops for children and families, and performances. Admission is free for residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties. For more information go to

Hudson Valley Farm & Flea
Day: Saturday, November 26, 2016
Time: 10:00-5:00 pm
Location: Motorcyclepedia Museum 250 Lake St. Newburgh, NY
The Hudson Valley Farm & Flea will highlight the innovation and talent of our passionate community of artisans, vintage collectors and local farmers. Added to this unique mix are musicians, filmmakers and food entrepreneurs. Collecting all of these local businesses under one roof will foster an environment where customers can be immersed in a total Hudson Valley lifestyle experience on Small Business Saturday, November 26th.

As founder and creative director of Farm2Fashion and a longtime Hudson Valley resident, Laurie Perrone knew that there were lots of local craft fairs and events but nothing in the area that would support Farm2Fashion’s mission to bring together on a larger scale the many independent local farmers, craftsmen and designers who were also making their goods right here in America. Determined to pull these forces together to make a difference in the “Made in America” rebirth, Laurie was inspired to reach out to the many local makers and artisans who were working hand in hand with local and regional farmers, designers and manufacturers to bring American made products to a wider market.
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Local Artisan Holiday Market
Day: Saturday, November 26, 2016
Time: 10:00am
Location: CREATE Community, 11 Peekskill Rd, Cold Spring, NY
Create Community, a shared work and play space in Nelsonville, will host a Local Artisan Market on Small Business Saturday (11/26). With over 20 vendors, the market will offer gifts, goods, and nibbles to suit a range of tastes at various price points. The majority of vendors will be selling local handcrafted items. Offerings include stationery, bath/body, sweets, jewelry, art/ceramics, apparel, home/garden and more. 
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Sinterklaas Festival Day!
Day: Check back in 2017
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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Breakfast With Santa
Day: Check back in 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Location: The Towne Crier 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY
This is the 9th year “Tinsel” (Miss Vickie) has hosted Breakfast With Santa in Beacon, and it has become more popular every year! Tinsel, Little Santa and Elf Bob hand out craft ornaments for children to work on as they are finishing their buffet breakfast from the renown Towne Crier kitchen, and enjoying their Christmas coloring books (all included). Santa stops at each table to talk with children and give out candy canes while parents take pictures. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Adult $15.00, Children $10.00
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Common Ground Farm Annual Benefit Auction
Day: Check back in 2017
Time: 7:00-10:00 pm
Location: The Red Barn at Long Dock, Beacon, NY
Get ready for local food, good drink, live music from Break Neck Boys, and both a silent auction and a spirited live auction with host Mark Roland! All proceeds benefit the Farm's food justice, farm-to-school, and education programs. More information.

Little Boxes Art Contest 2016
Day: Check back in 2017
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Scenic Hudson's River Center (Red Barn) at Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY
Show your artistic side and support the restoration of the ferry sloop Woody Guthrie. For an entry fee of $25 each artist  will receive a 3 x 3 inch numbered canvas on which to create an original work of art on the theme of "The Hudson River" in their media of choice and a ticket to the reception. 
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BeaconArts & The City Of Beacon Annual Tree Lighting
Day: Check back in 2017
Location: Polhill Park / Beacon Visitor's Center (Main Street & Rt. 9D) The Annual Bicycle Tree Lighting ceremony from Beacon Arts, which partners with The City of Beacon and The Beacon Hebrew Alliance, is wrapped in entertainment for the whole family! Enjoy Kids’ Crafts with Wee Play, holiday music with Emily Ellison, the Beacon City School District Choirs and the Beacon Players. Plus, enjoy hot cider and donuts! BYOM (bring your own mug) Santa arrives via pedicab!
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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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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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Day: Check back in 2017
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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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 2017
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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2016 Christmas at First Presbyterian Church
Day: Check back in 2017
Time:Times vary by event, please see below.
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 50 Liberty St, Beacon, NY
Dec 17, 5pm – Blue Christmas 
Holidays got you down? Is there someone you know struggling with grief? Join us as we point to the light in the midst of the darkness with this simple, moving service. 
*Directly after the Blue Christmas, join us in the Amity Arts Center (in the basement) for a "Sanctuary of Angels" art installation, hot cider and places to talk or rest in quiet contemplation. 

Dec 24, 8pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 
Come for our traditional Christmas Eve service as we celebrate with music and candlelight.  Carry Christ’s light with you out into the world when you leave!

Dec 25, 10am – Christmas Brunch & Carols 
Looking for someone to celebrate with?  Gather in our Fellowship Hall to the sound of church bells and the smell of good food!  We’ll share this feast with our friends from the Welcome Table Soup Kitchen. 
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BeaconArts & The Beacon Hebrew Alliance Menorah Lighting
Day: Check back in 2017
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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Santa Spottings on Main Street
Day: Check back in 2017
Location: Main Street Shops
Santa comes to coffee shops and restaurants around Beacon. Where will you visit him?
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New Year's Eve Dance Distilled at Dennings Point Distillery

Music by DJ's Zesto Q & Freefall. Admission $10 at the door or $6 online RSVP. Includes $7 Craft Cocktails or $50 Unlimited Drink Wristband. Champagne Toast.
Day: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 9:30pm
Location: Dennings Point Distillery 10 N. Chestnut Street, Beacon, NY

New Year’s Eve at Dogwood
: Check back in 2017
Time: 8pm-2am
Location: Dogwood, 47 E Main St, Beacon, NY
Join us in celebration of a new (and hopefully better) new year.
We'll have The Back Coffee Blues Band w/special guests to entertain you. 
Followed by the annual Beacon Ball Drop (courtesy of Ed Benavente!) and a champagne toast. No cover!
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New Year’s Eve Celebration
Day: Check back in 2017
Time: 10pm
Location: BAJA328, 328 Main St, Beacon, NY
No cover!!  Enjoy drink specials and music from DJ IQue & MC Redd. 

Uptown New Year’s Eve 2017 Celebration    
Day: Check back in 2017
Time: 8pm
Location: Uptown Kingston, 321 Wall St, Kingston, NY

*** MIDNIGHT BALL DROP *** (free + open to public)
featuring fireworks! Sponsored by Basch & Keegan, LLP! 

Happens at the corner of Wall St. + N Front St. in Uptown Kingston. 
PARKING: Plenty of Street and Municipal (free) lots around the neighborhood, PLUS the city has allowed for free parking at the Cioni Building lot til 3am (directly behind BSP)
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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 All applications are due back by March 3rd. Spring is super should go for it!