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Spring Activities in Dutchess County – 2023

April 1, 2023

Spring activities abound in Dutchess County…

As the weather grows warmer, there are so many opportunities to get out and enjoy the season, celebrate community, and make the most of all our Dutchess County area has to offer. Here are our recommendations:
Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market
Mondays starting May 2
3:00pm to 6:30pm
The Pavilion at Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie
Bring home some of Dutchess County’s natural bounty! This weekly event happens on the shore of the Hudson River. There’s free onsite parking in the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum parking lot, with overflow parking in the Waryas Park lower parking lot.
Barn Star’s Spring Antiques at Rhinebeck
Saturday May 27 10am – 5pm
Sunday May 28 11am – 4pm
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 Route 9 in Rhinebeck
This beloved annual event is finally back, with over 130 exhibitors in three buildings where you can hunt for your next great antique find. Features everything from fine art to jewelry to architecturals.
Beacon Farmer’s Market
Sundays starting May 1
10:00am – 3:00pm
DMV parking lot, 223 Main Street, Beacon
Enjoy this vibrant community market and gathering space, filled with veggies, dairy, meats, baked goods, and artisan fare.
Second Fridays with Eastdale Village at Cottage Square
Fridays May 19, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Eastdale Village, 10 Otto Way, Poughkeepsie
Enjoy dinner, treats, and drinks from the Cottages eateries as well as a rotating selection of specialty food trucks. A different local band provides the live entertainment each month. Bring a blanket or chair, or grab a seat at one of the outdoor tables.
Hudson Valley Renegades Home Opener
Friday April 7
Dutchess Stadium, 1500 NY-9D, Wappingers Falls
The Renegades are back and more pinstriped than ever! They’re now a New York Yankees High-A Affiliate, with lots of exciting baseball and stadium fun in store all spring and summer. The opening homestand will feature fireworks on Friday and a Dance Party on Saturday April 8.
Barton Orchards Apple Blossom Festival
Saturday May 7 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday May 8 11:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday May 14 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday May 15th 11:00am – 6:00pm
Barton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag
Orchards full of blooming apple trees covered in white flowers – that’s one spring sight to put on your bucket list. This festival makes it a full experience with live music all along the “Apple Blossom Trail,” in addition to food, taproom cider, and other activities for the whole family. Don’t forget your camera.
Innisfree Garden
Open to the Public for the Season
Saturday, April 29
362 Tyrrel Rd, Millbrook
Innisfree Garden is one of Dutchess County’s best-kept secrets – a truly magical place recognized as one of the world’s “10 Best Gardens.” Explore the 150-acre space as you wander along streams, waterfalls, terraces, retaining walls, rocks, plant, and a lake, all planned along the principles of Chinese landscape design. Advance ticket reservations required. The highlight of opening weekend is their Daffodil Viewing, and it’s stunning.
Dia Beacon
Now Open to the Public
Fridays through Mondays, 10:00am – 5:00pm
3 Beekman Street Beacon
Dia Beacon, located right on the Hudson River, is a one-of-a-kind exhibition space in a former Nabisco box printing factory. The museum presents Dia’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present, as well as special exhibitions and public programs. Advance tickets required. Hudson Valley residents receive free admission to Dia Beacon on the last Sunday of each month.
First Annual Outdoor Spring Craft Fair – Town of Wappingers Recreation
Saturday, April 29
10:00am – 3:00pm
Wappingers Town Hall, 20 Middlebush Road, Wappingers Falls
An outdoor, juried fair filled with handcrafted items by local artisans. Free admission with parking on site.
Bannerman Island & Bannerman Castle Cruise and Walking Tour
Beginning April 29
Have you ever been on the Metro North train or the Mid-Hudson Bridge, spotted an old castle on a small island in the river, and wondered, What IS that? Here’s your chance to find out, up close and personal. Bannerman Island is one of the most unique locations in Dutchess County. The 30-minute cruise from Beacon and 2.5 hour walking tour is a memorable experience. The Island also offers special live events throughout the summer.
We hope your spring season blooms with fun!
Apple blossoms line the entrance to Sleight Farm community of new homes in the Hudson Valley

Apple blossoms line one of the entrances to the Sleight Farm neighborhood.

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