A Guide to Orange County, N.Y. Summer Fairs and Festivals

Spend the day with friends and family at one of the many local outdoor events this summer

ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (July 16, 2019) – It’s still going strong, but a lot has changed since the first Orange County Fair was held in 1841. Today, the fair – one of New York’s oldest – draws crowds to the newly renovated fairgrounds in Middletown, N.Y., for amusement rides, speedway events, carnival fun, and cool concerts with legendary performers like Lou Gramm of Foreigner, headlining this year’s musical entertainment. As the Orange County Fair has grown, so too, have the number of summer happenings throughout the county. Just 60 miles from New York City, the New York Renaissance Faire, the New York Air Show, and many more amazing events will attract fun-loving visitors.

“Orange County is a fantastic place for families to experience fun and entertainment all summer long,” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “We’ve got what happy memories are made of. Come for the cotton candy, the fireworks, the thrilling Blue Angels, the jousting knights, the art, the music, the history, the parks — look no farther than Orange County to make the most of your summer!”

Some upcoming summer fairs and festivals in Orange County, N.Y. include:

Orange County Fair, Orange County Fairgrounds, Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 28, 2019, Monday-Friday, 4:00-11:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 12:00-11:00 p.m.: Returning for its 178th year, this county-organized event offers incredible entertainment, including grandstand performances, a Lion and Tiger show and Loan Start Horse Revue, petting zoo, concerts, and more. www.orangecountyfair.com

Interactive Art Festival: Dusklit, Seligmann Center for the Arts, Saturday, July 20, 2019, 5:00-9:00 p.m.: This fourth annual festival features 21 immersive projects by 40 contemporary artists from across the U.S. Projects span performance art, cooking, music, virtual reality, dance, and interactive theatre. www.dusklit.com

Hudson Valley Music Festival, Ring Homestead Camp, Saturday, July 27-Sunday, July 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: Explore 77 acres of nonstop fun, including live music, raffles, games, food trucks, and much more. Local artists from across the Hudson Valley will perform from 12:00-7:30 p.m. each day. ringhomesteadcamp.com

Orange County Freedom Fest 2019, Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Saturday, July 27, 2019, 4:00-10:00 p.m.: Featuring a special salute to our veterans, this free firework show will also include live entertainment. Food and drinks will be available throughout the evening. www.orangecountygov.com

New York Renaissance Faire, Tuxedo Park, Weekends beginning Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Travel back in time to an age of adventure at the 42nd annual New York Renaissance Faire. See amazing acrobats, magical fairies, and swashbuckling pirates; feast on savory sweets; cheer on your favorite knight at the Joust Tournament; or shop the marketplace, featuring more than 100 artisans; and more. renfair.com/ny

New York International Air Show, New York Stewart International Airport, Saturday, August 24-Sunday, August 25, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Royal Air Force Red Arrows will headline this year’s international air show. The weekend long event will also feature the Northeast U.S. debut of the F-36 Lightning II Demo Team as well as some of the nation’s top military and civilian performers. airshowny.com

Orange County Tourism recently unveiled a fun, free, totally revamped, 55-page travel guide, highlighting its tourism destinations, as well as suggested itineraries and lodging. The guide is available for digital download or by request at www.orangetourism.org/travel-guide.

About Orange County Tourism

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail tourism@orangecountygov.com or call 845-615-3860.

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