Spring Activities in Dutchess County: Let the Fun Bloom!
Spring activities in Dutchess County are a joy in any year, but in 2021, they’re also filled with hope and a return to some kind of normalcy.
As the weather grows warmer, there are so many opportunities to get out and enjoy the season – while also observing COVID-19 safety measures. Here are our recommendations:
Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market
Mondays starting May 3
3:00pm to 6:30pm
The Pavilion at Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie https://mhcm.org/visit/poughkeepsie-waterfront-market/
Make the most of the natural bounty of the region, on the shore of the Hudson River. Free onsite parking in the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum parking lot, with overflow parking in the Waryas Park lower parking lot.
Beacon Farmer’s Market
Sundays starting May 2
9:00am to 2:00pm
DMV parking lot, 223 Main Street, Beacon https://beaconfarmersmarket.org/
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 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Eastdale Village, 10 Otto Way, Poughkeepsie https://www.eastdalevillage.com/second-fridays
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
Tuesday, May 11
Dutchess Stadium, 1500 NY-9D, Wappingers Falls https://www.milb.com/hudson-valley/tickets/2021-schedule
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.
Kaatsbaan Cultural Park Spring Festival 2021
Thursday May 20 through Sunday, May 30
Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, 120 Broadway, Tivoli https://www.kaatsbaan.org
This year’s Spring Festival at Kaatsbaan’s breathtakingly lush campus includes 16 performances and presentations across two outdoor stages.
Barton Orchards Apple Blossom Festival
Saturday, May 1st 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, May 2nd 11:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, May 8th 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, May 9th 11:00am – 6:00pm
Barton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag https://bartonorchards.ticketspice.com/apple-blossom-festival
Orchards full of blooming apple trees covered in white flowers – that’s one spring sight you don’t want to miss. This festival makes it a full experience with live music all along the “Apple Blossom Trail,” in addition to food and taproom cider. Don’t forget your camera.
Open to the Public for the Season
Saturday, May 1
362 Tyrrel Rd, Millbrook https://innisfreegarden.org/
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.
Now Open to the Public
Fridays through Mondays, 10:00am – 5:00pm
3 Beekman Street Beacon https://www.diaart.org/visit/visit-our-locations-sites/dia-beacon-beacon-united-states
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.
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” Performed Live at Bannerman Island
June 18th, 19th & 20th 2021
7:45pm Performance; Boat leaves Long Dock at Beacon Point Park at 6:00pm https://bannermancastle.org/hunchback-of-notre-dame/
See Victor Hugo’s epic story retold as a musical with Disney’s award-winning score and Bannerman Castle (and the surrounding Hudson River) as the scenery. This will be a truly unique outdoor theatre experience.
However you end up celebrating the season (safely), we hope you enjoy the bounty of fun that Dutchess County has to offer!
Apple blossoms line the entrance to the Sleight Farm neighborhood.