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Last Updated: 12/18/2018

Things To Do Every X Day

Lots of venues have the same event every X day, or every certain day of the week or month. We aren't sure what to call this guide, so in the meantime, it is called A Little Beacon Blog's Ongoing Events Guide , or Every X Day. Check it on a day you're looking for something to do, because there just might be line dancing or a bridge group meeting!

Did you know we have a separate guide for Second Saturday that is updated every month?  If you are looking for special events related to the art galleries in Beacon and what they're doing for Second Saturday, you can check it out here



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ERDAJT's Holiday Christmas Light Display in Lagrangeville
Days: Now through December 27, 2018
Time: Weekdays: 4:45–9:30pm (Sun – Thurs), Fridays, Saturdays, 12/25, 12/26: 4:45 – 10:30pm
Location: 8 Patrick Drive, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
The display began back in 1995, the same year Emily was born with 600 lights. Born by a father's desire to make the holidays magical for his kids...
ERDAJT = Emily Raejean (ER), Daniel Arthur (DA) and John Timothy (JT).
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Winter Tidings at Rombout Middle School
Day
: Friday, December 21, 2018
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Rombout Middle School, 88 Matteawan Road, Beacon, NY
Join Ballet Arts Studio for their Annual Winter Tidings Performance on Friday, December 21st at 5:30 pm at Rombout Middle School, 84 Matteawan Road in Beacon, New York. Dancers of all ages will be sharing the holiday spirit through jazz, modern, tap, theater dance and, of course, ballet! Doors open at 5 pm and the performance is free and open to the community. Winter Tidings will feature the premiere of a work-in-progress by the Dutchess Dance Company - Beacon’s beloved local ballet and dance company for the past 24 years. Please join us to celebrate the season with dance! 
For more information about this performance, please contact Ballet Arts Studio, 107 Teller Avenue, Beacon, New York at 845.831.1870 or info@balletartsstudio.com
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Blue Christmas
Day
: Friday, December 21, 2018
Time: 7-8pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 50 Liberty St, Beacon, NY
Gather with us on the winter solstice for a time of silence, candlelight, and moving music. Through prayer and creative ritual, we will make space to acknowledge our pain and grief... and remember the coming of the light on the longest night.
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A Very Slambovian Christmas: The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Day
: Saturday, December 22, 2018
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St, Beacon, NY
Descending from the snow-filled highlands of upstate New York, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams has a sack full of holiday cheer and music for everyone at their “Very Slambovian Christmas Show. The Hudson Valley’s “Best Band” brings Christmas songs “with a Slambovian twist” and sprinkles of rockin’ original holiday tunes for a slightly ‘outside the box’ holiday show.

This alt-Americana group play a rootsy psychedelica that hints at Dylan, Bowie, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Incredible String Band, Waterboys, and the Decemberists. The perfect mix of Christmas tradition and cool vibes for all ages and persuasions. Celebrate the holidays and have ‘A Very Slambovian Christmas’! 16 + recommended.
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Restorative Sound Healing
Day
: Friday, January 4, 2019
Time: 7:30-9pm
Location: Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St, Fishkill, NY
Restorative Sound Bath with Shawn Feeney. A deeply relaxing experience of unmediated acoustic sound. Shawn uses the natural order in sound and music to help entrain organization and harmony to our internal worlds. Listen with your entire body to the resonant sounds of quartz and metal singing bowls, chimes, tuning forks, tank drums, and more. Cost $20.

The Artichoke - Live Storytelling Comes To Beacon!
Day
: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 8pm
Location: The Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Featuring performers you’ve heard on The Moth, This American Life, Risk!, Story Collider, Stories From The Stage and more! Some material may not be suitable for children. Ticket $10 in advanced, $15 at the door. Buy here.

Howland Chamber Music Circle Presents Natasha Paremski
Day
: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 4pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
With her consistently striking and dynamic performances, pianist Natasha Paremski reveals outstanding virtuosity and voracious interpretive abilities. She continues to generate excitement from all corners as she wins over audiences with her musical sensibility and powerful, flawless technique. In her first performance for us, her program will include Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
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Hudson Valley Wingfest 12
Day: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 5-9pm
Location: Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plz, Poughkeepsie, NY
Wingfest 12 is back at the legendary Mid-Hudson Civic Center! Expect the best wing places to be battling it out for HV Wing Supremacy. We need You to be the judge of the best wings in the Hudson Valley! This year we host the Golden 10 awards, awarded to the Best Darn High School Football Players. We will also showcase the Best Mascot Competition and Wackiest Wingiest Battle of the Booth. Music acts to be announced and stay tune for King of the Wings “Bad to the Bone” Eating Competition for the Top prize $1047.00. This year VIP Bad to the Bone ticket will showcase Unlimited Wings and 90 min early entry with lotsa of Wing Goodies TBA! Tickets go on Sale soon. Thanks for Making us the Northeasts top 3 Wing Events! It’s BAD to the Bone!
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The CineHub Birthday Party
Day
: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 4-7pm
Location: The CineHub, 20 W Main St, Beacon, NY
The CineHub is celebrating their 5 year anniversary as well as to celebrate the growing success in the local film scene over the years.
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Beacon Open Studios Costume Ball/Fundraiser
Day
: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Hudson Valley Brewery, 7 East Main St, Beacon, NY
Winter costume party fundraiser (The Great Gatsby 1920's Fundraiser)  will take place Thursday February 7th 2019 at Hudson Valley Brewery from 6-9pm. Tickets are $25 and will go on sale January 1st.


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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Beacon's St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Day
: Check back in 2019
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY
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Maple Fest at Randolf School
Day: Check back in 2019
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.
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Crown Maple Weekend
Days
: Check back in 2019
Time: All Day
Location: The Crown Maple Estate, 47 McCourt Road, Dover Plains, NY
'Tis the season to get tapping! Crown Maple is celebrating maple sugaring season with two Maple Weekends, March 17-18 & 24-25. Sample twelve different syrups, taste a maple cocktail from Black Dirt Distillery, or try Angry Orchard's Maple Wooden Sleeper cider. Tours of the sugarhouse are self-guided but maple experts (sugarrmakers) will be available to talk about maple production from tree to barrel. And don't miss the café's specials! We've got our eye on the Maple Buttercream Whoopie pies. Both events are free and open to the public, so don't miss out!
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EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA
Day
: Check back in 2019
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction, NY
Enjoy a day on the farm with the whole family visiting with the Easter bunny, hunting for eggs amongst the apple trees, planting sunflowers, and taking hayrides through the orchard. We’ll be serving hot lunch and snack items, and as always, we’ll have our delicious cinnamon sugar donuts made fresh. Our Treasury Cider Bar will be open and offering free tastings of Fishkill Farms’ own hard cider (21+), as well as serving glasses and full tastings in the comfort of our warm barn.  Sold out online for the last 3 years so reserve your spot now!
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Sugar Maple Celebration
Day: Check back in 2019
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 2019
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! 

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.

Beacon Celebrates Earth Day Cleanup
Day: Check back in 2019
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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14th Annual Ree-Play Sale Benefiting Community Parks in Beacon
Day
: Check back in 2019
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: 724 Wolcott Avenue, Beacon NY (same driveway as the Beacon Pool)
You've seen the Ree-Play flyers around town. You've marked the date for the Ree-Play sale on your calendar - this Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Now it’s time to shop and score great deals on kids clothes, gear and toys! The Ree-Play Children's Tag Sale is a fundraising effort from Wee Play Community Project that impacts your life in Beacon. Not only will you score a major deal on some kids gear that can change your children's lives forever (ok, maybe for 5 minutes), but your purchase contributes to equipment for three parks in Beacon (Tot Park at Memorial Park, Green Street Park, and River Front Park) in addition to kids programming at the Howland Library, and other initiatives around the city.

The Annual Beacon Barks Parade & Street Festival for 2018
Day: Check back in 2019
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY starting at Polhill Park (across from Bank Square Coffee)
The popular Beacon Barks Parade returns to Main Street. Beacon Barks! is the street festival for people who love animals, live music, great food, and having fun in the heart of Beacon. It is a day to meet the people and animals behind animal shelters, rescue and welfare organizations. It’s free, fun, family-friendly!  A variety of service providers (such as groomers, vets and many others) offer information and advice on caring for your best fur friend. 
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Beacon Open Studios Weekend
Days: May 17-19, 2019
Time: 12-6pm
Location: Kickoff party Friday May 17th! 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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3rd Annual Newburgh Urban Farming Fair
Day:
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Time: 12-4pm
Location: 80 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
The third annual Newburgh Urban Farming Fair will be held on at 80 Broadway at the corner of Grand Street in the City of Newburgh. The free outdoor event celebrates urban farming with exhibits, demonstrations, children’s activities, vendors, food and raffles with the goal to increase city residents’ access to healthy food while revitalizing the community’s economic and social vitality. The Fair includes attractions for all ages including crafts and seed planting projects by Hudson Valley Seed, food and farm related story time, expert advice on gardening by Orange County Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, chicken demonstrations, and practical tips on “how-to” build and install container gardens and compost bins in your yard. Attendees will also be able to bring several samples of soil from their yards and soilSHOP staff will be available to screen the soil for toxins and provide same-day results.
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Hudson Valley Mac and Cheese Festival
Day: Check back in 2019
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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Ree-Play Sale
Day: Check back in 2019
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 2019
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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Beacon Waterfront Cleanup
Day
: Check back in 2019
Time: 11:30am-2pm
Location: Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Flynn Dr, Beacon, NY
Join the Beacon Sloop Club and Riverkeeper for a cleanup of Beacon’s Waterfront from Riverfront Park to Long Dock on Saturday, May 5, Volunteers should meet at the Beacon Sloop Club, located at 2 Red Flynn Drive in Beacon. We ask all Sweep volunteers to wear sturdy shoes or boots, clothing that they can get dirty, and bring a hat, gloves, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle and snacks. Contact site leader Metal Winters at metal@stationbuilt.com

The sweep is free & consider purchasing a tee shirt in support of Riverkeeper. Tee shirts must be ordered before April 22. All volunteers must register in advance through this website
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K104.7 Cupcake Festival
Day: Check back in 2019
Time: 1-5pm
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY (bet Rt 52 & E. Main St)
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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Read about the 2018 Cupcake Festival here!

Stony Kill Spring Celebration & Plant Sale
Day
: Check back in 2019
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm - 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
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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Beacon Farmer's Market Opening Day Celebration
Day: Check back in 2019
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Veterans Place, Beacon, NY
Join us this Sunday for Opening Day of the 2018 Beacon Outdoor Farmers' Market! We're heading back to our new location on Veterans Place, which was a huge success for us last year! The street will be full from end to end with your favorite returning vendors and some exciting new ones!
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Apple Blossom Day
Day
: Check back in 2019
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY
Seeing the orchard in beautiful bloom is something you don't want to miss! Celebrate the spring season and take in the stunning site of 80+ acres of fruit trees blossoming. There will be wagon rides, food & drinks, and more!
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Common Ground Farm Spring Plant Sale
Day
: Check back in 2019
Time: 12-3pm
Location: Tito Santana's 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.
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Memorial Day Ceremony
Day:
Check back in 2019
Time: 11am
Location: American Legion - Beacon Post, 413 Main St, Beacon, NY

Country Living Fair
Day: Check back in 2019
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 2019
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 2019
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Beacon, NY
Don’t have a yard? Not enough stuff to set up a whole sale? Consider being part of the Sale at the Center this year. We will have space and an 8 foot table waiting for you here at the Recreation Center. Bring a chair, an umbrella and your wares for sale and we will have a Flea Market here at 23 West Center Street. All this for $15 and your sale will be part of our list.
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The Beacon Sloop Club Annual Strawberry Festival
Day:
Check back in 2019
Time: 12-5pm
Location: Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, 1 Flynn Dr, Beacon, NY
Come enjoy the best shortcake you have ever imagined --- strawberries made with home-made biscuits topped with real whipped cream --- while surrounded on three sides by the glorious Hudson River. There will be many treats such as strawberry smoothies, freshly made chocolate covered strawberries and other great foods. Many vendors will be on hand selling food and crafts. 

Many other free activities for children including Hoops by Judy. Tanks of live fish and other river life will be on exhibition along with displays of local river history and environment. Free Admission
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Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival
Days: Check back in 2019
Time: 9am-9pm
Location: Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival), the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, brings together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June. Clearwater Festival 2018, which takes place on June 16 and 17, on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY announces its initial line-up.   
 
A number of Clearwater’s favorite artists will be returning this year including: The Mavericks, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, Tom Chapin, Joanne Shenandoah, David Amram, Josh White Jr., The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy), Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Dan Zanes, The Nields, The Kennedys and Dance Troupe The Vanaver Caravan.  
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Rhinebeck Craft Festival
Days
: Check back in 2019
Time: 10am-6pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, located at 6550 Spring Brook Avenue (Route 9) in Rhinebeck, NY
Two-hundred of America’s best independent artists and craftspeople are coming together in the heart of the beautiful Hudson Valley for the sixth annual Rhinebeck Crafts Festival. This diverse experience is a celebration of all things handmade which includes: unique contemporary craft and art, gourmet specialty foods, tastings from Hudson Valley distilleries and wineries, interactive craft demonstrations and exciting family activities.  Fine artists and craftspeople will be traveling from over 20 states to exhibit and sell their one-of-a-kind creations. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their pieces with a distinctive creative vision with one-of-a-kind and limited edition: jewelry; apparel and accessories; furniture and home décor pieces; functional and sculptural works in ceramics, glass, metal, wood and mixed media; fine art painting, printmaking, drawing and photography. 
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City of Beacon Independence Day Celebration
Day: Check back in 2019
Time: 5pm-Dusk
Location: Memorial Park, Beacon, NY
Bring the whole family! There will be live music, food vendors, kids activities and of course, fireworks!
Food by: Empire Concessions and Poppy’s
Fun from: Southwest Entertainment - Bounce fun, games, henna and
tattoos.
RAMP: Stop by the RAMP tent to learn more about the new skate park coming to Memorial Park!
Fireworks would not be possible without the fundraising efforts of Beacon
Natural Market, and financial support received from the following
businesses and individuals.  
THANK YOU TO:
M&T Bank, John Car Realty, Homespun, Dominic Penzetta, Dogwood, Drink More Good, Hudson, Valley Auctioneers, Greg Zabel, Hudson Beach Glass, Artisan Wine Store, Hudson Valley Brewery, Mobile Gas Station, Quinns, Quinns Employees, Keyfood, Antalek & Moore, Mountain Tops, Kitchen Sink, Hudson Valley Zoned, Luxe Optical, Law Office of Dennis Vetrano, Gate House Realty, Kiwanis Club, Roundhouse, Melzingah Tap House, Poppy’s, Beacon Natural Market, and Thundercut.
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Read the story behind this year's fireworks.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Day
: Check back in 2019
Time: 11am
Location: City Hall, 1 Municipal Plaza, Beacon, NY
Read our article for more details on this event. 

2nd Annual Cannonball Run
Day
: Check back in 2019
Time: 9:30am-12pm
Location: University Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott Ave, Beacon, NY
Join us for our annual “Cannonball Run” through the University Settlement property on Saturday, July 7th. Choose a 5-kilometer or mile-long course; both end with a jump into the Beacon Pool. This is a trail run! Be prepared for some hills!

Registration starts at 9:30. First heat starts at 10:15

A donation of $20 for the 5K and $5 for the mile is suggested to benefit the Beacon Rec After School Programs. Cash and exact change are appreciated.

O+ Fesitval - Poughkeepsie
Day: Check back in 2019
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 2019
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: Check back in 2019
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 2019
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Location: Dutchess Stadium, 1500 RT 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY
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Corn Festival
Days:
Check back in 2019
Time: 12-5pm
Location: Pete & Toshi Riverfront Park, 1 Flynn Dr. Beacon, NY
Rain/shine Fresh picked, ready‐ to‐eat local‐grown sweet corn on the cob, cold drinks, and other summer treats. Fun for all ages, two solar music stages- Main Stage: April Mae and the June Bugs, Caroline Doctorow, Cosby Gibson, Hank Woji, Spook Handy, The Offshoots, and The Roadhouse Roosters. Children's Stage: Bindlestick Bill, Lydia Adams Davis, Miss Vicki, Solar Sound, The Hudson Valley Troubadors, and The Quahog Quire. Environmental displays and activities for all ages. The sloop Woody Guthrie will give free public sails (weather permitting). Lots of craft and food vendors. First time Corn Bread Contest! The corn bread must be made from scratch with recipe. 1st place is $25. Cornbread must be entered at the Contest Tent before 2pm. Winner announce at 3pm. 
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Windows on Main Street Opening Reception
Day
: Check back in 2019
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Oak Vino Wine Bar, 389 Main St, Beacon, NY
Join us for a celebration of Windows on Main Street - the annual event that turns main street in a mile long gallery! 

The event at Oak Vino will feature:
Tiny Windows - a small works show
A DJ - playing fun music
Awesome free food being provided by Barb's Butchery
and Oak Vino
A Live Drawing/Silent Auction by Donna Mikkelsen
Logo Shirts and Totes for purchase
Cash Bar
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Back to School Block Party
Day
: Check back in 2019
Time: 12-4pm
Location: South Avenue Park (Loopers Court) on 9D & South Ave, Beacon, NY
It's that time again! As you know, back to school is one of the most stressful times of the year for both students and parents. In effort to support Beacon families, I Am Beacon partners with Key Food to host the 4th Annual Back to School Block Party- and we want you to be a part of it!  There will be fun, food, music, and giveaways. Bring the whole family!

What ways can your School/PTA/PTO/Organization be involved?

  • Set Up a Booth: We are offering space (free of charge) to all groups and community organizations that provide positive experiences for Beacon youth. This event will allow your organization to engage students/parents in a fun environment. (Act fast as space is limited)

  • Donate supplies (i.e. pens/pencils etc) or materials (i.e. literature, tips & tricks) to be included in the Back to School "Starter Kit" back packs that will be handed out to the first 100 students.

  • Donate raffle items in support of "Class in a Bag" which provides new back packs and a complete set of schoolsupplies to local students in need.

  • Spread the word: Tell your network about the event to help us reach the most students possible.

For more information or questions, please reach out to me directly at 845.505.6820 or  b.m.simmons28@gmail.com

Riverside Craft Fair
Day: Check back in 2019
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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Beacon Independent Film Festival
Days: Check back in 2019!
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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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.

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 - Party and Tiny Windows Exhibit
Days: Saturday, August 11th
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Oak Vino Wine Bar, 389 Main St, Beacon, NY
Featuring Tiny Windows Exhibit, live drawing/auction by Donna Mikkelsen, DJ, and free food. Windows on Main Street shirts and totes will also be available for purchase! 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.
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The Howland Public Library's Friendraiser
Day: Check back in 2018
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Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Sun & Earth Festival
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Time: 3-8pm
Location: Stony Kill Farm, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
Enjoy local food vendors, live music, farm & food activities, and Common Ground Farm's dedication to the Veggie Van, a new, more efficient vehicle that will run on vegetable oil, and will install a solar-powered freezer, cooler, hot plates, and cookers; this is in thanks to a $86,000 Sun Club grant. The grant also supports a solar food dryer to make and preserve the harvest, as well as cooking demonstrations.

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival
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Time: 11am-6pm
Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 Rt 9, Rhinebeck, NY
The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest celebrates the bounty of wine, food and fun in the Hudson Valley at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Enjoy wines from Hudson Valley wineries, cideries,  distilleries, craft beers, food trucks and gourmet foods. For more information and to buy tickets, visit hudsonvalleywinefest.com.

25th Annual Fishkill Fine Arts and Crafts Fair
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Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Main St, Fishkill, NY
The Fishkill Business Association is proud to announce its 25th year celebrating the community through the Fine Arts and Crafts Fair, and its third year taking over the village of Fishkill’s Main Street with its vendors.  This fair is a perfect opportunity to meet and support local aspiring crafters, cooks and artists alike as they showcase their talent in an event made for uplifting the community’s individuals.
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September Bird Walk
Day
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Time: 8:30am-10am
Location: Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY
Join the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society for our free September “Third Saturdays” Birding Trip. Explore the rich and diverse bird life of this scenic park, a strategic migrant trap along the Hudson River Flyway. Target birds include neotropical migrants en route from their boreal breeding grounds. Universally accessible walking path. Meet in the parking area at the end of Long Dock Rd in Beacon. The walk will be led by Perry Pitt, Kyle Bardwell, and Brian Rubino. Birders of all experience levels are welcome to join. Walks are free and supported by donations to Putnam Highlands Audubon Society.
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Hudson River Craft Beer Festival
Day: Check back in 2019
Time: 1:30-5:30pm (12:30 VIP)
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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2018 New York Air Show
Day
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Time: 9am
Location: Stewart International Airport, New Windsor, NY
The 2018 New York Air Show soars into Stewart International Airport September 15-16, 2018 headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
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4th Annual Sausage Fest
Day
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Time: 10am-7pm
Location: Barb’s Butchery, 69 Spring Street, Beacon, NY
Put on your stretchy pants and check out the  4th Annual Sausage Fest at Barb’s Butchery on Sunday, September 16th in Beacon. We’re talking over 650 pounds of sausage in more than 40 mouthwatering recipes, from old favorites like sweet Italian and Barb’s own pear kale blend, to the new and super satisfying Argentinian chorizo. They will have FREE in-shop tastings from 10 am to 7 pm (or until they run out), so you can try, love and buy them all!

Stony Kill's Foundation Country Fair
Day: Check back in 2019
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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Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
Days
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Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Cantine Field, Washington Ave Extension, Saugerties, NY
Delve into an array of garlic and garlic-flavored foods, including garlic ice cream. Live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, garlic growing demos and more. Admission: $10; kids 12 and under: free.
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Spirit of Beacon Day
Day: Check back in 2019 (always the last Sunday in September)
Event Time: 12:00 pm nonprofit info tables open,
Parade Time: 1pm the Parade starts.
Location: Main Street, Beacon, NY
This highly anticipated parade celebrates Beacon and its community. The theme this year is "Celebrating Unity". Parade route is from River to Mountain: from City Hall (the end of Main Street on 9D), to Tioranda Avenue (Howland Cultural Center).  The parade lineup is at 12:00pm along 9D and the parade starts at 1:00pm. The awards ceremony will follow after the parade around 1:45. The event runs until 4:00pm with music and food from different organizations. Walking the street is a great way to see which activities and groups Beacon has to offer. Look for A Little Beacon Blog's booth at this year's Spirit of Beacon Day and say "Hello!"  We got stickers and totes!
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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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Catoberfest
Day: Check back in 2019
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. 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.
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The Catskills Wine & Food Festival
Days
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Time: View website for event schedule
Location: Echo Campgrounds, Bloomingburg, NY
The inaugural Catskills Wine and Food Festival (CWFF) is a two-day food and music experience. A two-day jam-packed celebrity-studded line-up spotlighting acclaimed chefs nestled in the beautiful mountains of upstate New York.

The fest is a two-day jam-packed celebrity-studded line-up spotlighting acclaimed chefs and musicians including Josh Capon, Marcus Samuelsson, Gail Simmons, The Revivalists, Lord Huron and dozens more! 

Single day tickets are still available ($65 for Saturday and $55 for Sunday
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Harvest Festival
Days
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Time: 9am-6pm
Location: Barton Orchards, 63 Appletree Lane, Poughquag, NY
Join us at Barton Orchards for a fun filled 3-day weekend with plenty of food, music, attractions, PYO and much more! Plenty to see and do for the entire family!
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8th Annual Classic Car Show In Beacon
Presented by Beacon's Chamber of Commerce and Dutchess Cruisers
Day:
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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!

New York State Sheep & Wool Festival
Day: Check back in 2019
Time: 9am-5pm (Sat), 9am-4pm (Sun)
Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY
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Grace Smith Pumpkin Parade
Day: Check back in 2019
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Pulaski Park (at the Waterfront), 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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Pumpkins in the Park Jack-o'-Lantern Lighting Event
Day: Check back in 2019
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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Fishkill Farms Fall Harvest
Day
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Time: 9-5pm (rain or shine)
Location: Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY
Apple picking, wagon rides, live music, fresh cider donuts, Hard Cider Garden are just a few of the things you will experience when you visit Fishkill Farms this Fall. Read more about their Fall Harvest events here.

The Hocus Pocus Kids Halloween Parade from the Beacon Chamber of Commerce
Day:
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Line-up Time: 12:00 pm at the Visitors Center
Parade Marching Time: 1pm
Locations: Costumed kids start lining up at Polhill Park (South Avenue/9D and Main Street) for a parade all the way down Main Street. This year it has been extended to go to Verplanck Avenue (which is past The Roundhouse, near the old train tracks along the Fishkill Creek). The first step is the parade. Smile and Wave! A firetruck will be bringing up the rear of the parade while police escorts lead the parade. The second step will be trick or treating from storefronts on Main Street on your way back up from the end of Main Street on the sidewalk. After everyone completes Phase 1 of the parade (the marching part), the street will be unblocked, and you and the kids will trick or treat on the sidewalk on the return trip back up Main Street. This gives people time to visit the storefronts, see what’s inside, and have an overall more casual experience.
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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
Days
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The Valley Table magazine officially kicks off the beginning of fall 2018 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (HVRW), revealing the nearly 200 participating restaurants. Running from October 29-November 11, restaurants will feature their best dishes by way of three-course, prix-fixe lunch ($22.95) and dinner ($32.95) menus. The complete list of participating restaurants is available here: valleytable.com/hvrw. Reservations are recommended at all Hudson Valley Restaurant Week restaurants.

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Veterans Day Ceremony
Day
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Time: 11am
Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 413 Main Street, Beacon, NY
From the Dutchess Tourism Website:
”The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 666 will be sponsoring Veterans Day ceremonies on the front porch of the Veterans Memorial Building. The public and all Veterans are cordially invited and encouraged to attend. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the bingo hall of Veterans Memorial Building. Guest Speaker: Lt. Colonel Caroline Pogge”
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Christmas Tree Lighting - Pohill Park
Day:
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Time: 3-5pm
Location: Visitor’s Center, Pohill Park, Beacon NY
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Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks
Day
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Time: 6:30pm
Location: Downtown Poughkeepsie, NY
The City of Poughkeepsie, in conjunction with the Bardavon, and many others will present the 25th annual Celebration of Lights Parade and

Each year thousands of people attend this event, voted by DUTCHESS COUNTY TOURISM as the “Best Event” of the holiday season.
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Sinterklaas Festival Day!
Day: Check back in 2019
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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Holiday Open House @ Vanderbilt Mansion
Day:
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Time:
9am-7pm
Location:
Vanderbilt Mansion, 4097 Albany Post Road 
Hyde Park, NY
Vanderbilt Mansion is lavishly decorated for the holidays this year. Holiday Open House is Sunday, December 2 from 9am-7pm.  Free self-guided tours. Refreshments by the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association. Live music all day and evening, visits from the park mascot and more. Be sure to have your family photo taken in front of one of our trees. 
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Santa Visits the Farm
Day: Check back in 2018
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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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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Breakfast With Santa
Day: Check back in 2019
Time: 11am
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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BeaconArts + City of Beacon’s Bicycle Tree Lighting
Day
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Time: 4pm activities start, 5pm Santa arrives and tree is lit
Location: Pohill Park/Visitor’s Center / Intersection of Main Street + 9D
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All are welcome to participate in this community gathering sponsored by the City of Beacon Recreation Department and BeaconArts. Bring your own mug for hot cider or hot chocolate!

The program for the celebration begins at 4:00 with a festive "Kick Off" with dancers from Yanarella Dance Studio.  At 4:30 pm the Beacon Hebrew Alliance will light the 7th wheel/candle on the Beacon Hebrew Alliance + BeaconArts Bicycle Menorah, honoring the city's clergy from all faiths. The program continues with music provided by Gina Samardge of Compass Arts and Santa will arrive at right around 5:00 led in by the Beacon Music Factory's one and only Women's Drum Core.  Once Santa arrives the countdown to the tree lighting begins.  Santa will be staying  to greet families until 6:00pm.

Parking is available in the City Hall parking lot directly across the street from the event. Take the new Beacon Free Loop to the event and all of the Second Saturday events; on Saturdays there is free parking at Beacon's Metro North Station and the Dutchess County building located at 223 Main Street. For more information on the Beacon Free Loop, visit beaconarts.org/beaconfreeloop.

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
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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
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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!