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Top 10 Events in April

Date Published: March 26, 2021

Our monthly list of Top 10 Events has been altered to ensure everyone can experience Dutchess’ exciting happenings – both virtual and in-person (while maintaining social distancing to keep everyone safe)!

1. Cousin Maine at Kings Court 

Saturday, April 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at King’s Court Brewing Company

Have a taste of the seaside right here in Dutchess! From ABC's Shark Tank to our neighborhood, join Cousins Maine Lobster as they stop by Kings Court Brewing Co.! You can’t go wrong with fresh beer and #RealMaineLobster, sourced and sustainably harvested directly from Maine. Enjoy the Spring weather and have a seat on their outdoor patio or take a socially distant seat inside their vibrant bar. For more information, click here

2. Arteffect Teen Film Festival

Wednesday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m. at the Trolley Barn

The Art Effect is hosting its popular Reel Exposure International Teen Film and Photography Festival in a hybrid format. The festival is a 3-day event, April 7 - 9 and includes an in-person (or virtual) photography exhibition opening on April 7 at 5:00 p.m. at the Trolley Barn Gallery in Poughkeepsie followed by a two-day virtual event at 7:00 p.m. on April 8 and 9, showcasing short films made by creative young artists around the world. This year the festival has youth work from nine countries—giving the audience a global teen perspective and celebrating some of the world’s strongest youth art and media! For more information, click here.

3. Staatsburgh Titanic Quiz Night 

Friday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Staatsburgh State Historic Site Facebook

Commemorating the 109th anniversary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage and tragic end, Staatsburgh State Historic Site is hosting an online quiz night! Based on the site’s popular online “pub-trivia”-style events, the program will focus on the story and legacy of Titanic – including its Hudson Valley connections, countless film adaptations, and the fascinating parallels between Staatsburgh and “The Ship of Dreams.” There is a special prize for nightly winners donated by the Friends of Hyde Park and the Friends of Mills at Staatsburgh! Registration is required. This event is free, but spaces are limited. For more information, click here. To learn more about the Mill’s connection to the Titanic, attend one of the Programs on Portico exploring this topic, with multiple dates at the end of April 

4. Milbrook Marathon

Sunday, April 11 at 7:30 a.m. at Town of Washington Park and Pool

Join the first-ever Millbrook Marathon presented by the Eastern Dutchess Road Runners Club! Run through 26.2 miles of the beautiful Millbrook roads and the surrounding area. This might not be the flattest marathon you’ve ever run, but with the quiet country roads, rolling hills, and countless farms it sure will be the most scenic one! Take the first step and be a part of this exciting new marathon by signing up, and when you take that last step across the line it will feel so rewarding. For registration and more information, click here

5. Eighth Annual Hudson Valley History Reading Festival

Saturday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m on FDR Library & Museum’s Youtube Page.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District present the eighth annual Hudson Valley History Reading Festival! Tune in to this year’s virtual festival on the FDR Library YouTube page. In four sessions, beginning at 1:00 p.m., authors of recently published books on Hudson Valley history will present author talks with live Q&A from the virtual audience. Signed copies of the authors' books will be for sale in the Library's online store.

6. Clermont Springtime Story hour

Saturday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Clermont State Historic Site

Take a step outside in the beautiful landscapes of Clermont State Historic Site for their Springtime Story Hour. Enjoy Costumed interpreters as they read Spring-themed stories in-person. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and an adult must be accompanied by a child. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing. 

7. Hudson Valley Holistic Market 

Saturday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Akasha's Journey 

Visit the Hudson Valley Holistic Market for unique finds by local artisans and vendors happening Saturdays in April through November. This free outdoor market will feature a variety of crafters, artists, readers, and healing practitioners every weekend. These events will be weather dependent, please check their website for the most up-to-date information. 

8. Southern Dutchess Flea Market 

Saturday, April 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Stormville Airport 

Shoppers near and far come to the Flea Market and discover everything from antiques and collectibles; arts and crafts to new merchandise! Walk around, browse, shop, and eat in this all-day event featuring food trucks. This free event is rain or shine and does not allow pets. For more information click here

9. PoughETRY Fest 2021

Saturday, April 24 at 12:00 p.m. online

Celebrate Poetry Month in April with the PoughETRY Fest 2021! This Year’s hybrid event is curated by the 2017 & 2018 Dutchess County Poet Laureate – Poet Gold, in collaboration with the Cunneen Hackett Arts Center. PoughETRY Fest is a one-day festival, free and open to the public highlighting the art of poetry – both written and spoken, as well poets of the Hudson Valley and beyond. Spelled, PoughETRY, to signify where the Poet Gold resides, Poughkeepsie, NY in the Mid-Hudson Valley - this event is mindful of social distancing requirements and will be a hybrid with online programming and an in-person finale streamed live on social media platforms. 

10. Bardavon Virtual Cinema 

Wednesdays in April streaming online 

Join the Bardavon in their new Virtual Cinema series happening every Wednesday in April. Watch films or recorded live performances like “Kinky Boots” “Secret Impressionist” and more. Purchase your tickets for a timed screening time and watch from home! For a list of upcoming screenings and ticket information, click here.


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