Saturday, July 20: Decorated dragon boats have been used in special ceremonies in China for over 2,500 years. The sport of international dragon-boat racing began in Hong Kong around 1976. Now, more than a hundred cities in the US host dragon boat races, including our own Poughkeepsie.
A true celebration of the local by the locals, the long-running Rosendale Street Festival returns July 20-21.
The Rosendale Street Festival returns July 20-21. For more on the festival: See 80 bands in two days at the
Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14: Want to take a flight in a hot-air balloon, or go aloft on a tethered ride? No problem. A helicopter ride more your speed? Yeah, you can do that, too. Or do you just want to take in the spectacle of more than 100 hot-air balloons launching throughout the weekend? Or view the Illumination Moon Glow on Friday and Saturday evenings: a stationary display of hot-air balloons with their burners fired up, glowing against the night sky? A greater number than ever of the eyecatching “shape balloons” are expected this year – which have included lighthouses, cartoon animals and even a tuxedo balloon – and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome will get into the act, too, with an antique airplane display and flyovers (wind and weather permitting, as is true of all flight activities over the weekend).
Starting at about 10:30 p.m., Main Street will be closed between Partition and Market streets. Music will be provided by DJ Riley Cornelison, and the Saugerties High School senior class will be selling hot chocolate.
The group’s latest effort, Menetekel, is a remarkable and unusually colorful journey that follows the duo’s creative north star through soundscapes ranging from ominous to elevating. I was thrilled to touch base for an interview with the philosophical group prior to their upcoming gig at The Beverly Lounge on Friday, Dec. 7.
The big news is that Valley People Productions have convinced Iron Chic to visit Kingston. The show was originally booked at The Beverly but cops have been called for noise recently so they so had to move it to BSP. The show is on Nov. 10 and costs just $10 with a 7:30 p.m. start time and absolutely killer support bands Timeshares and Nightmares For a Week also.
July 21-22: The brickyards along the Hudson will once again host a festival featuring live music, food, beverages, crafts and games.
The Comic Fest will have stations set up throughout the Highland Public library, offering a wide sampling of different kinds of fandom fun for all ages.
A rundown of all the shows we know about across the Mid-Hudson Valley, with a map. 2018 edition. Plan your viewing!