You can touch the sky this September at the Hudson Valley Hot-Air Ballon Festival and taste the best that New York has to offer at the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Festival, but don’t miss out on these other great events happening in Dutchess County. Whether it’s inner wellness, artistic beauty or edge-of-your-seat thrills, Dutchess has you covered in September. Here, take a look:
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Stormville Airport, Stormville
You’ve seen it on the HGTV show “Flea Market Flip,” and now is your chance to hunt for a hidden treasure or unique artifact! Browse hundreds of vendors and find everything from antique furniture, jewelry, clothing and records to artwork, handcrafts, collectibles and memorabilia of all sorts. You never know where the next unplucked gem is waiting! Parking and admission are free, and there will be plenty to eat and drink! For details, click here.
Thursday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. at Dutchess Stadium, Wappingers Falls
Looking for an adrenaline rush? Then head to “The Dutch” and be sure to bring a camera as Nitro Circus presents its Good, Bad & Rad show full of dare-devil thrills, bone-rattling spills and insane action! This all-new show features action sports stars like four-time X Games gold medal BMX rider Ryan “R-Willy” Williams, all-around stunt master Dusty Wygle, decorated BMX athletes Kurtis Downs, Todd Meyn and Josh Roberts, skateboarding pro Beaver Fleming and freestyle motocross stars Adam Jones, Blake “Bilko” Williams, Jarryd McNeil and Kassie Boone. They will be joined by “America’s Got Talent: Extreme” competitor Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, whose jaw-dropping tricks in a wheelchair have wowed and inspired fans around the world. To purchase tickets, click here.
Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9-11 at the MJN Convention Center, Poughkeepsie
Get ready to laugh! Sebastian Maniscalco brings his uproariously funny stand-up comedy routine to the MJN Center, formerly the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, for six shows over three nights on his “Nobody Does This” tour. The son of Italian immigrants, Maniscalco’s upbringing in the Chicago suburbs is a prime source for his comedic inspiration. These shows are all but guaranteed to sell out, so don’t wait! To purchase tickets, click here. Why not make a night out of it? Stay at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel right next door and enjoy dinner and drinks at the Market Street Bar and Grill.
Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9-11 at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Red Hook
The 55th-annual jamboree features three days of scale-model, antique, radio-controlled airplanes -- and all the family fun and memorable moments that come with it! The Aerodrome features a 200-foot wide by 2,000-foot-long grass runway and six flight stations. Cole Palen Memorial Awards will be given to aircraft in several different categories. Saturday and Sunday afternoons include a full-scale air show featuring the original and replica planes of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Biplane rides are available after the air shows. For a schedule of the weekend’s events and registration rules, click here. For tips on where to stay and eat while you’re in town, click here.
Sunday through Friday, Sept. 11-16 at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck
Reboot your body, mind and spirit at this annual wellness retreat! Choose from a selection of workshops designed to encourage renewed health and well-being. Stay on-campus at Omega’s serene 250-acre campus or stay off-campus. Wellness Week workshops include “Detox Your Heart: Medicine for the Soul,” “Finding Freedom in Movement: Pain-Free Techniques for Daily Living,” “Flow and Flourish: Becoming Poised to Thrive in Every Area of Your Life,” “Sacred Sexuality and the Infinite Possibilities for Ecstatic Connections” and “Women’s Wellness Through Hormone Harmony.” For more information on these or other wonderful programs at Omega, click here.
Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 15-17 at the Trolley Barn Gallery, Poughkeepsie
The Trolley Barn Gallery becomes the center of the creative universe as the PKX Festival showcases some of the finest artists in the Hudson Valley! The Art Effect invites you to enter an otherworldly empire of wonder, illusion and surprise! Three days filled with art activities and exhibitions, youth artists, live performances, local food vendors and an open gallery. And you won’t want to miss the public art unveiling by guest artists BoogieRez! This youth-led festival, and others like it, will help the development of a Youth Arts Empowerment Zone (a 10-year plan to establish a youth arts district along Main Street in Poughkeepsie). Part of the PKX Festival includes the “Wonderland” exhibition, which will be curated by Allison M. Glenn and will be on display at the Trolley Barn Gallery from Sept. 15 through Oct. 20. To learn more about this exciting festival, click here.
Sept. 16-Oct. 1 at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, Tivoli
Kaatsbaan’s Fall Dance Festival will be held over three weeks and feature several programs presented both outdoors across its scenic 153 acres overlooking the Hudson River as well as in its indoor theater. Kicking off the festival will be the annual gala dinner on Sept. 16 featuring world-famous chef Francis Mallmann. Kaatsbaan celebrates composer and pianist Philip Glass’ 85th birthday (Sept. 17-18) with Etudes at Kaatsbaan. Enjoy new works by Lucinda Childs, Chanon Judson, Justin Peck, Leonardo Sandoval, Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber with pianists Timo Andres, Anton Batagov, Conor Hanick, Noe Kains and Maki Namekawa as they perform and interpret the composer’s work. Other performances will feature the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Dorrance Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Group (Sept. 24-25) and a concert with Australian singer/songwriter Ry X (Sept. 30). There will be a special screening of the Steven Spielberg film “West Side Story” (Oct. 1) to close the festival. To buy tickets to the gala and the festival, click here.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 12 p.m. at Keane Stud, Amenia
Yee haw! The second-annual Hudson Valley Rodeo brings some of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the country to Amenia. Get ready for an East vs. West showdown full of riding, roping and much more! Award-winning country music star Brett Young will cap things off with an evening concert! Doors open at noon and there are loads of pre-rodeo activities to get things started before the rodeo competition begins at 3 p.m., including rodeo clowns, a stick horse rodeo competition for kids, barrel racing demonstrations, a rodeo roping clinic, face-painting, meet-and-greet photo opportunities and music from local country music artists. Enjoy food and beverages from local food trucks and check out what the local vendors have to offer. For ticket information, click here.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18 at Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie
Lace up those running shoes and stretch out those legs! It’s time for the 44th-annual Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club Dutchess County Classic road races. With races for all ages and abilities, the whole family can participate! The weekend of events begins with the free Kids Mile on Saturday. Sunday’s race lineup includes a Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and Half Marathon (Wheel). The Half Marathon course begins and ends at Dutchess Community College, running almost entirely on the Dutchess Rail Trail and featuring two crossings on the Walkway Over the Hudson. Last year’s Half Marathon overall winner, Chip O’Hara, finished the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 10 minutes, 56 seconds, a blistering pace of 5:25 per mile! The top female finisher, Kerri Gallagher, finished sixth overall in 1:20:13. To register for any of the weekend’s races, click here. To learn more about the MHRRC, click here.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in Rhinebeck
What better way to spend the first Saturday of autumn than strolling house to house down Livingston and Chestnut streets in Rhinebeck and catching some of the best musical acts in the Hudson Valley performing live on the front porches? Punk, folk, jazz, blues and everything in between. Dozens of great bands have signed up to participate in the annual event, including American blues guitarist and singer Murali Coryell, the headlining act who will provide the grand finale to the event at the corner of Platt and Mulberry streets. Be sure to grab a bite to eat from one of the local food trucks set to be on hand. This year’s PorchFest will kick off the “Fields for Our Youth” campaign to build a multipurpose field at Thompson-Mazzarella Park. For a list of bands and porches, click here.