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Top 10 Events in August

Date Published: July 21, 2022

August in Dutchess County means it’s time once again for the Dutchess County Fair, and this year’s Fair (Aug. 23-28) is certainly shaping up to be another memorable event, a six-day celebration of all the wonderful things the Hudson Valley has to offer.  

However, don’t sleep on the many other great things happening all over Dutchess in August! 

Of course, if you’ve never been to the Fair, you absolutely must go. You will not be disappointed. And even if you’ve gone to the Fair every year, go again. There is always a new experience waiting for you. 

But keep these other events in mind, too, as you try to squeeze as much fun as possible into the final weeks of your summer vacation: 

Bard College Fisher Center
The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson

32nd Bard Music Festival 

Aug. 5-14, The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson 

Through a series of themed concerts, lectures and panel discussions, this year’s festival celebrates and explores the life and works of Russian composer, conductor and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. You can grab a bite to eat and a drink at the Fisher Center. If the weather is nice, pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on Bard’s spacious and picturesque campus. For a schedule of events and to purchase tickets, click here. Coach transportation is available from Lincoln Center in New York City for select Bard Music Festival events. Click here for details.

Related: Top 10 Places to Get Ice Cream in Dutchess 

Innisfree Garden
Innisfree Garden, Millbrook

Morning Light Sunrise at Innisfree Garden    

Saturday, Aug. 13, 5 a.m. at Innisfree Garden, Millbrook    

If peace and tranquility are what you are looking for, look no further than Innisfree Garden! The 185-acre public garden will open about an hour before sunrise for anyone looking to experience the beauty and serenity of the picturesque garden’s natural and designed features as they awaken with the first light of day and are gently bathed in golden sunlight. With its beautiful flowers and plants, breathtaking rock formations and all sorts of wildlife, Innisfree is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest gardens. To purchase tickets, click here.   

La Guelaguetza
La Guelaguetza Festival, Victor C. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie

La Guelaguetza Festival 

Sunday, Aug. 14, 1-7 p.m. at Victor C. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie  
After a week of examining and showcasing Oaxacan culture and traditions earlier in the summer in Poughkeepsie, it’s time to celebrate! The 15th-annual La Guelaguetza festival brings everyone together on the banks of the Hudson River for a celebration which includes traditional Oaxacan dances and costumes, artwork, crafts, live music, kids activities and a whole lot of authentic Oaxacan food! Bring the entire family, and don't forget your appetites! Waryas Park is within walking distance of the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station. For details on Oaxaca Week events in late July and early August in Poughkeepsie, click here. 

Related: Summer in Dutchess County 

Craig Harris
Craig Harris

Jazz in the Valley 

Sunday, Aug. 21, 12-6 p.m. at Victor C. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie 

The Hudson River provides the scenic backdrop for this annual festival, which welcomes world-class musicians to the Poughkeepsie waterfront for a celebration of jazz the whole family will love! Featured artists include Buster Williams, Craig Harris, Regina Carter, Camille Thurman, Joaquin Pozo, Carla Cook and Michael King. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late Charles Mingus, the great American jazz double-bassist, pianist, composer and bandleader. This year’s festival will honor his life and career. Grab a bite to eat at one of the local food trucks scheduled to be on-site. Choose from soul food, fish and chips, Caribbean cuisine, barbecue chicken, sandwiches, tacos and ice cream. Seating is available in the tent, or feel free to bring your own blanket or chair and relax on the lawn. Gates open at 11 a.m. Arrive early and pick your favorite spot! Waryas Park is within walking distance of the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, so getting there is a breeze! Purchase your tickets online before Aug. 1 to receive the early-bird discount. Click here for details.   

Related: 2022 Jazz in the Valley Festival Brings Live Music to the Poughkeepsie Waterfront   

Hudson River Seafood Fest  

Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28, 1-6 p.m. at Riverfront Park, Beacon  

The annual Hudson Valley Seafood Fest is back and bigger than ever! Come and feast on all sorts of delicious seafood delights, including shrimp, clams, scallops, oysters, lobster rolls and delicious seafood salads. Not a seafood lover? Then choose from a variety of food trucks and restaurants serving up plenty of other choices, like barbecue and tacos, along with vegan and gluten-free options. Enjoy a local craft beer or glass of wine while you’re there. Be sure to inquire about the popular King of the Sea VIP ticket, which includes a bottomless buffet with a variety of seafood and non-seafood items, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, 90-minute early entry into the festival and VIP seating. Live music and a DJ will keep the tunes rolling all weekend! Riverfront Park is within walking distance of the Beacon Metro-North train station, so getting there is a snap! For ticket options, click here. 

Millbrook Vineyards and Winery
Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, Millbrook

Millbrook Vineyards Wine Run 5-Kilometer Race 

Sunday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m. at Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, Millbrook 

Whether you’re running for victory or walking the course, this race through the picturesque landscape of Millbrook Vineyards and Winery promises to be a fun time for all! Registration for the chip-timed race includes a T-shirt, a collapsible wine glass, a finisher’s medal – which doubles as a bottle stopper – and, of course, a pour of wine! Race results will be posted online. After the race, stick around and grab a delicious meal from the Tomas Smokin BBQ food truck. While you’re there, schedule a wine tasting and sample some of the finest wines the Hudson Valley has to offer. To register for the race, click here. 

Related: Choose Your Hudson Valley Adventure 

Poughkeepsie PorchFest Music Festival   

Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Academy Street Historic District, Poughkeepsie   

Stroll through Poughkeepsie’s Southside Historic District and enjoy this free, family-friendly live music event that is always a big hit! Walk along Academy, Garfield, Barclay and Montgomery streets to hear local musicians perform right on the front porches of the neighborhood’s beautiful homes! Stop for lunch at one of several eateries within a few blocks of the neighborhood, including Abe’s on Lincoln, Sophia's Homestyle Cafe or the Vassar Cafe and Deli. For updates, click here.  


Mills Mansion
Mills Mansion, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburg

Skull and Bones Nature Program for Children 

Sunday, Aug 28, 10-11 a.m. at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburg 

The kids will love this! Designed for children ages 6-9, this hour-long, fun program allows kids to become nature detectives. What can you tell by looking at a skull? Children examine animal skulls to learn about predators and prey. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Check-in will be at the Mills Mansion; the program will be held at the estate’s powerhouse overlooking the Hudson River, the perfect place to picnic afterwards. To make the required reservations, click here.  

Daughtry to Play in Poughkeepsie 

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. at MJN Convention Center, Poughkeepsie 

Get ready to rock! American rockers Daughtry, one of the biggest bands of the last 20 years, brings its heart-pounding, fist-pumping sound to the former Mid-Hudson Civic Center on its "Dearly Beloved" tour. Daughtry, led by front man and former "American Idol" finalist Chris Daughtry, released its sixth studio album, "Dearly Beloved," in 2021. Daughtry, which burst onto the scene with its self-titled debut album, the top-selling album of 2007, will be accompanied by Pop Evil, whose album "Versatile" was released in 2021. To purchase tickets, click here. And why not make a night of it? Grab dinner and a drink before the show at one of the many restaurants and pubs in the neighborhood around the Convention Center, including Brasserie 292, Schatzi's Pub and Bier Garden, Zeus Brewing Company, Draught Burger and Mill House Brewing Company, to name a few. Coming from out of town? The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel is adjacent to the Convention Center. 

Related: Top 10 Ways to Enjoy the Hudson River in Dutchess 

Hudson Valley Cold Pressed Oils
Hudson Valley Cold Pressed Oils, Pleasant Valley

Fifth-Annual Sunflower Cutting Event 

Begins Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. at Hudson Valley Cold Pressed Oils, Pleasant Valley 

Cut your own beautiful sunflowers at this popular annual event! Dates and times are subject to change due to weather and flower availability. To stay up to date on sunflower-cutting events, live music shows and other special events at the farm, click here. In the meantime, feel free to check out the HVCPO website and browse their online shop for many sunflower-based products, including gluten-free sunflower muffin mix, hummus made with sunflower oil and all sorts of sunflower-themed jewelry items and T-shirts. 

Related: Alpaca Yoga and More Dutchess Farm Fitness


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