Hudson Valley Staycations: All In For Art

Here's your weekly guide to fun, exciting, and inexpensive activities across Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.

If a trip to the Caribbean or even the West Coast isn’t in your family’s budget, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy summer close to home.

What’s on the agenda this week? Painting, drawing, sculpture, music, and dance. The Hudson Valley’s parks, theatres, and other venues boast some of the most riveting and magnificent arts in the state.  Who needs to book a flight to Paris for its art or trek to New York City for a Broadway play when some of the most talented artists, musicians, and performers are right here in our own back yard?

Check out 5 ‘art’ events in the Hudson Valley this month and bookmark these 3 sites below to keep up with the arts in Putnam, Westchester, and Rockland all year round.

Arts Council of Rockland

Arts Council


1. Great American Pow-Wow

This unusual and exciting event features Native American singing, dancing, food, crafts, story telling, and birds of prey. The cultural celebration is organized by the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, a not-for-profit organization that shares Native American culture with others through dance, art, and pow-wows. This weekend’s pow-wow will be held at various times Friday through Sunday at Anthony Wayne Recreation Area in Rockland’s Harriman State Park. 

For more information visit this site.

2. “The Foreigner” at the Elmwood Playhouse

Come to Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack for an incredible performance of “The Foreigner” directed by Kathy Gnazzo. Set in a fishing lodge in Georgia, the comedy delves into human judgment, society, and how people understand one another. The performance is running Friday through Sunday and ticket prices range from $18 to $21 depending on age.

For more information visit this site

3. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Are you a Shakespeare fan? The annual Shakespeare Festival runs all summer at Putnam County’s beautiful Boscobel House and Gardens and it sure beats your memories of reading Hamlet in high school. The festival showcases Shakespeare in an affordable, accessible, and fresh way, perfect for the whole family.

For more information visit this site

4. River Day 

Our 4th Arts option takes you back to the Hudson River in late 18th and early 19th centuries. The event, on Sunday, August 7th, from noon to 5 PM, celebrates the river’s history with boat rides, hands-on activities, cooking, brick making, and even boat building. Don’t miss this event at the Van Cortlandt Manor, in Croton-on-Hudson for music, food, and fun. 

For more information visit this site.

5. Garrison Fine Crafts Fair 

There is no better way to take in the Hudson River feeling than from Garrison’s annual Fine Crafts Fair, featuring handmade goods, food, and live music, coupled with breathtaking river views from Garrison’s Landing, August 20th and 21st. Free for children under 18, and with great deals for seniors and college students, this is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the arts in Putnam County. 

For more information visit this site.


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