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Top 10 January Events in Dutchess

Date Published: November 18, 2022

Winter, spring, summer and fall – exciting adventures are always in season here in Dutchess County! With so many fascinating places to visit and interesting things to do, New York’s Hudson Valley truly is a year-round travel hot spot. Outdoor excursions, cozy getaways, a vibrant nightlife and world-class dining – you'll find all that and more. Consider these events as you plan your stay this January, and let the beauty and wonder of Dutchess County warm your soul.  

First Day Hike 

Sunday, Jan. 1, 1-3 p.m. at the Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie 

Start the new year off on the right foot at the world's longest elevated pedestrian bridge. First Day Hikes are a true tradition in the Hudson Valley, and a stroll across the 1.28-mile Walkway is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to experience breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley and the surrounding Catskill, Taconic and Berkshire mountains from 212 feet above the river. Dress warmly and keep the camera handy! No pre-registration is necessary. Leashed pets welcome.  

Related: The Dutchess Tourism Inspiration Finder Arts and Culture Trail 

Towne Crier Cafe Beacon
Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon

“The Ivy League of Comedy” 

Rescheduled to Sunday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. at the Towne Crier Café, Beacon 

You’ve heard them cracking jokes on late-night television and Comedy Central, now come and see them live and in-person. Join Al Lubel, Liz Miele and Shaun Eli for an evening of laughs and fun. The “Ivy League of Comedy” is a group of premier comedians known for its original, well-written material. Arrive early and enjoy dinner and drinks from the Towne Crier’s expansive menu. To purchase tickets, click here.

Howland Chamber Music Circle’s Piano Festival 

Sundays, Jan. 15 and 29, Feb. 19 and March 5, 4 p.m. at the Howland Cultural Center, Beacon 

The musical majesty of four extraordinary pianists is sure to keep Downtown Beacon warm all winter long. Performances by Frederic Chiu, Zhu Wang, Drew Peterson and Gabriela Martinez highlight this annual festival in the quaint and intimate concert hall at the Howland Cultural Center, where every seat is a good one. Click here to purchase tickets. 

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“Dancing with the Stars” 

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m. at the Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center, Poughkeepsie 

America’s favorite TV dance show is coming to Poughkeepsie for a night of amazing new routines and non-stop action! Experience all the unforgettable magic of the television show, complete with your favorite “Dancing with the Stars” professionals and special guest stars. For ticket options, click here.

Rose Hill Farm Red Hook
Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook

Wassail Celebration 

Saturday, Jan. 21, 4-5:30 p.m. at Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook 

Join the Rose Hill Farm orchard team as they uphold the ancient tradition of wassailing. This annual celebration of the year's apple harvest dates all the way back to the 15th century in England. Help anoint the trees with cider to ensure a prosperous apple harvest next year. Take a guided, torch-lit tour of the orchard, complete with songs, poems and reflections with the trees, with special guests Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo, authors of the book “American Cider.” Click here to learn more. 

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Friday, Jan. 27, 7-10 p.m. at Revel 32, Poughkeepsie 

Come to Revel 32 for a night of salsa, rumba, merengue and more with Cuboricua, a band whose uniquely smooth sound was inspired by the unmistakable rhythms and melodies of the Caribbean. These veteran musicians have recorded and performed with many world-renowned artists, including Celia Cruz and Pete "El Conde" Rodriquez, among others. Click here to purchase tickets. 

MODfest Vassar College
MODfest, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie (photo by Karl Rabe)

Vassar College's "MODfest 2023"

Jan. 26-Feb. 5 at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie 

Visit Vassar College’s picturesque campus for the 21st annual week-long exploration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. This year's theme is "Measures and Meanings." Among the many highlights of the festival will be the Indigenous Performance Productions concert titled "Welcome to Indian Country," a celebration of Native culture through music and storytelling. Vassar's Muslim Students Association performs excerpts from the new play "Wedding Scraps," by Arshia Iqbal '23. The week also includes a special performance by Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre with the Heidi Latsky Dance Company, along with several other concerts, exhibitions at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and a variety of art and music workshops and discussions. Click here to see the full schedule.

Mead Tasting 

Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. at Slate Point Meadery, Poughkeepsie 

Have you discovered the magic of mead? This honey-based libation has existed for centuries, and is currently being produced right here in the Queen City of Poughkeepsie at Slate Point Meadery. With our Dutchess Tourism Taste Finder, experience a tasting flight of eclectic meads highlighting Hudson Valley ingredients. Choose any four off the menu to sample, ranging from green tea-infused meads to an option with blackberry blossom honey and figs. To get your pass, click here. 

Related: Use Your Dutchess Tourism Taste Finder Passport to Sip and Save in Style  

Trevor Zoo Millbrook
Trevor Zoo, Millbrook

Trevor Zoo 

Open every day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment at the Millbrook School, Millbrook 

Did you know the Trevor Zoo was open year-round? This charming AZA-accredited zoo—the only in the nation run by a high school—features a wide selection of animals representing more than 80 species. Plus, this year a new red panda cub was born onsite. Come see the adorable cub and support global red panda conservation efforts. 

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"Holiday Escape" Package

Throughout January at Mirbeau Inn and Spa, Rhinebeck

The holiday whirlwind has come and gone, and now, it's time to relax and recharge. This seasonal package at Mirbeau helps you do just that. Allow yourself to be pampered as you enjoy lavish overnight accommodations in the 49-room resort, an expansive selection of luxurious spa treatments and a delicious breakfast in the Bistro, all for one low price. You'll receive a pair of Barefoot Dreams socks and a limited-edition Mirbeau Parisian Holiday moisturizing body whip. Click here to book your getaway. Check out more hotel perks with “Stay in Dutchess Deals.”

Bonus Event

"Rent" at the Center for Performing Arts

Select dates in January at the Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck

CENTERstage Productions presents Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, which follows the lives of a group of young musicians and artists struggling to survive in New York City in the shadow of HIV/AIDS. This production at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is directed and choreographed by Tamara Cacchione and Jennelle Liscombe with musical direction by Karen Sheehy. To purchase tickets, click here.

Attached photo of the Walkway Over the Hudson courtesy of @julialeemuzi.

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