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July Events
July 1, 2024

Check out our list of fun things to do in Dutchess County this July. 


Brooklyn Cyclones vs the Renegades, FISHKILL
Don’t miss the Brooklyn Cyclones vs. The Renegades at Heritage Financial Park. These two skilled baseball teams will go head-to-head on a night filled with fun for the whole family. Ticket prices vary. Game starts at 7:05 pm

Friday Night Food Trucks and Live Music at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, MILLBROOK
Celebrate the start of the weekend and take advantage of summer sunsets from the Taproom Terrace with à la carte family-friendly menus from local food trucks at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. Bring your own chairs and blankets to enjoy the lawn, or find a picnic table. No reservations are needed; seating is first-come, first-served. 5 pm – 8 pm


Red, White, and Blues Summer Party, RHINEBECK
Join the Wilderstein Historic Site as they host the Red, White, and Blues Summer Party, their annual summer celebration benefit fundraiser. Live blues in the ambiance of the past, fabulous food and libations, silent auction, house tours, and fun! Registration is required and prices vary. 5 pm

Rhinebeck Theatre Society Presents Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady, RHINEBECK
Mark your calendar for Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady presented by the Rhinebeck Theatre Society at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. Tickets are $29 and times vary.


Food Pop-Up: Oyster Party, RED HOOK
Join Rose Hill Farm in a food pop-up featuring freshly shucked oysters and lobster rolls. No tickets or reservations are required. 11 am – 6 pm

Lyra Music Festival, BEACON
Join the Howland Cultural Center as they welcome pianist Fei-Fei and the outstanding young musicians of the Lyra Music Young Artist Performance Program. A gala reception will follow the concert. This event is free and open to everyone. Concert begins at 4 pm.


Sunset Sensations, POUGHKEEPSIE 
Join food and wine enthusiasts at the Locust Grove Estate for Sunset Sensations, an event featuring culinary tastings, wine pairings, and garden tours. Tickets are $37 per person. 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

2024 Family of the Year Awards, POUGHKEEPSIE
The Family of the Year Awards celebration is Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s signature event, recognizing local families and individuals whose support and community contributions have made memorable and positive impacts throughout the Hudson Valley. Tickets are $200. 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Llamaste Yoga and Lavender Loofahs,  HYDE PARK
Come to Clover Brooke Farm for outdoor yoga with instructor Virginia Bocchicchio alongside the farm’s friendly llamas and alpacas. Afterward, stick around for a hands-on class creating your own lavender loofah with Andrea Parent-Tibbetts. No prior experience needed. Tickets are $45. 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College – 38th Season Programming Lineup – Absolute Zero, POUGHKEEPSIE
Absolute Zero is a gleeful reclamation of the patriarchal and often sexist spy genre: a classic form in a decidedly new wineskin. Fueled by a contemporary pop-rock and jazz score, Absolute Zero is a taut, funny musical thriller written for a cast of female, trans, and gender nonconforming performers. 8 pm

Join Mashomack Fish and Game Preserve for the ninth annual Play for P.I.N.K. Millbrook Luncheon and Silent Auction Friday, July 12. Play for P.I.N.K. is a non-profit organization that donates 100 percent of proceeds to its sole beneficiary, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). 11:30 am – 2 pm


Greece Lightning, PINE PLAINS
Learn about amazing characters from Greek history and Greek myths and legends while watching Greece Lightning at the Stissing Center for Arts and Culture.  Event is free. 10 am – 11 am

Rooftime Volleyball Tournament Presented by Hudson River Housing, HOPEWELL JUNCTION
Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced volleyball player, you’re invited to Rooftime, the 32nd-annual volleyball tournament supporting Hudson River Housing. The tournament will consist of reverse co-ed doubles on Saturday, and men’s/women’s triples on Sunday. 8:15 am – 11 am 

Bear Creek Farm Farmers Market, BANGALL

Mark your calendars for Bear Creek Farm Farmers Market on July 13th, with a special appearance by Cousins Lobster Truck! Enjoy some Lobster Tots and shop for fresh local produce grown with love by your neighbors!


Rhinebeck Farmers Market, RHINEBECK
The Farmers Market is a weekly popup neighborhood to munch, meet, mingle, and revel in the bounty of the seasons. Market is open on Sundays from May 5 through December 29, 10 am – 2 pm, rain or shine.

Mexican Folk Concert: Pulso de Barro, HYDE PARK
Join the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association for an afternoon of Son Jarocho music at the garden at Bellefield. Bring food and drink to enjoy during the show. Son Jarocho is a form of music from the southern region of Veracruz in Mexico.  3 pm – 4:30 pm


Upstate Art Weekend at Foxtrot, STANFORDVILLE
Unruly Edges, a group exhibition curated by Charlotte Woolf, is returning to Foxtrot for Upstate Art Weekend! This exhibition explores queer ecologies, agriculture, and the body, challenging the separation between nature and culture. Experience art on a working flower farm, and enjoy special events, including live music, tattoo pop-ups, and book readings with three authors. July 18, 7:00 pm – July 21, 8:00 pm. 

Jim Dale: Living with Laughter, POUGHKEEPSIE
This show is Dale’s telling and reenactment of his life and stage story, from Britain’s beloved Music Hall and beyond it to every possible medium, including Shakespeare and Molière. Tickets are $53. 7 pm


Comedy Night with Buddy Fitzpatrick and Chris Monty, PINE PLAINS
Get ready to laugh at Comedy Night with Buddy Fitzpatrick and Chris Monty. Ticket prices vary. 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Walkway at Night, POUGHKEEPSIE
Join the Friends of the Walkway for a special Walkway at Night event where the Hudson Valley will be viewed after dark. Telescopes will be available. Children 12 and under are free. Reserve your tickets. 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Dana Robinson: The Urgency of Leisure, WASSAIC
Join the Wassaic Project for the opening of Dana Robinson’s The Urgency of Leisure at Troutbeck. Robinson addresses the topics of youth, femme identity, and ownership through combining, reproducing, and blurring vintage Black media. The opening is free and open to the public. 5 pm – 7 pm

Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College – 38th Season Programming Lineup – Messy White Gays, POUGHKEEPSIE
This show will keep you entertained at every step! All Play Workshop tickets are $30 and go on sale May 30, 2024.


Upstate Art Weekend at the Wassaic Project,  WASSAIC
Join the Wassaic Project as they celebrate their Upstate Art Weekend. This event, open to all ages and free to the public, will consist of a whole day of programming lined up all around Wassaic. 12 pm – 9 pm

Wassaic Project Opens Studios at Maxon Mills, WASSAIC
Get a special chance to peek at artists-in-residence from the Wassaic Project with the Maxon Mills exhibit. This unique exhibition space is an historic seven-story wooden grain elevator along the train tracks that has been repurposed into a magnificent gallery for contemporary artists. Event is free and open to the public. 3 pm – 5 pm

Dance Party: ¡Viva Democracía!, WASSAIC
Get your dance on with this art weekend event at the Waissac Project. Music Co-Directors Tim “Love” Lee and Scott Anderson are throwing this dress-up dance party at the Capricorn Dream Sound Machine, where they’ll take you on a world tour of some of the most famous, but entirely fictional, hot spots from the last 100 years. This event is 21+ and tickets are $28. 7 pm – 12 am.

Bellefield Garden Talk: Tick Patterns and Prevention in Dutchess County, HYDE PARK
Disease ecologist Felicia Keesing will describe a recent project to determine how controlling ticks in residential neighborhoods of Dutchess County affected tick abundance, tick infection, and incidence of tick-borne diseases in people and pets. 11 am – 12 pm

July Full Moon Hike & Musical, RHINEBECK
Join the Winnakee Land Trust for a beloved Winnakee tradition that allows guests to experience Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill after hours. Take in spectacular views of the setting sun, the rising moon, and our stunning Hudson Valley landscape while enjoying live music. 6:30 pm – 9:15 pm


No One Rocks Alone Music Festival , WAPPINGER
Save the date for this James’s Warrors Music Fest. Six bands will be featured and there will be food trucks, raffles, and more. James Warr;ors is a not-for-profit organization that aims to bring change to the way mental health is perceived and reduce the stigma surrounding it. 12 pm – 9:30 pm

Lost Lake By David Auburn, PINE PLAINS
Join the Stissing Center for Arts & Culture for the second play reading of our BOUNTIFUL: RURAL VOICES series. This series includes three plays celebrating life in rural America. Tickets are $12. Show starts at 2 pm.


Learn & Play: The Roosevelt Home Garden with NPS Horticulturists, HYDE PARK
Gather at the Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield, then walk over to the Home Garden at the FDR Historic Site to learn more about the history of Sarah Roosevelt’s Home Garden and the process of recovering the garden from the past from National Park Service horticulturists Anna deCordova and Susan MacAvery. 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.


Millbrook Horse Trails, AMENIA
Celebrate the deeply rooted equestrian traditions of the Hudson Valley at the Millbrook Horse Trials. Enjoy four days of dressage, cross-country, and show jumping competitions, as well as a country fair with vendors, food trucks, a petting zoo and other family-friendly activities. This is an important event on the national calendar and will feature roughly 400 competitors of all levels, from Olympic riders to local amateurs. Spectator admission is free. Times vary.

Game Night: New York Stage and Film, POUGHKEEPSIE
Mark your calendars for Game Night at New York Stage and Film, an exhilarating story of seven friends coming together for their monthly gathering of good times, jokes, and, most importantly, games. Told through dance and spoken word, this performance showcases the beauty and complexities of American experiences through the lens of Black American culture, and unabashedly highlights the challenges of those experiences. Tickets are $38. Show begins at 7 pm.

Join the Fisher Center as they present Le Prophète by GiNacomo Meyerbeer, a new production sung in French with English supertitles. This glorious psychodrama is about religion, power, and manipulation. Tickets start at $25. Showings are July 26 at 6:30 pm, July 28 at 2 pm, and July 31 at 2 pm.


Dan Tepfer – Pianist Inventions / Reinventions, PINE PLAINS
Mark your calendar for Dan Tepfer at the Stissing Center for Arts & Culture. One of his generation’s extraordinary talents, Tepfer has earned an international reputation as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging innovation, individuality, and drive. Tickets start at $25. 7 pm

Bollywood Dancing Workshop with Arobi Hanif, HYDE PARK
Join the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association in the garden for energetic and entertaining dance celebrating the music of popular Indian movie soundtracks. Arobi Hanif is a dancer and Bard graduate who has taught students of all ages.  11 am – 12 pm

Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College – 38th Season Programming Lineup – New Works Play Festival, POUGHKEEPSIE
The annual summer season brings together some of today’s most influential theatrical voices and welcomes the next generation of theater artists as members of the renowned Powerhouse Theater Training Program.


Beyond a Simple Song: Hudson Valley Folk Guild, PINE PLAINS
Beyond a Simple Folk Song was conceived in 2009 to be an annual concert of music that challenges acoustic singer/songwriters and musicians to venture out of their comfort zones and stretch their craft beyond the constructs and scope of a song. Enjoy songs from The Piedmont Bluz, Kurt Henry and Cheryl Lambert, and Kevin Becker. Tickets are $22. 2 pm – 4 pm 

Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College – 38th Season Programming Lineup – Shanghai Sonatas, POUGHKEEPSIE
Shanghai Sonatas is a powerful performance that captures how the seeds sown by fateful events of the past resonate to this day. Tickets for $35 can be found here. Show is at 8 pm