After a Long Winter, Spring Festivals are a Breath of Fresh Air

Mark your calendar for outdoor festival fun in Orange County, N.Y.

ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (April 21-, 2017) – Spring is in the air, and there’s no better time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the scenic Hudson Valley. Festivals for all tastes and ages are a perfect way to enjoy the milder weather. From a tribute to a local town’s history of UFO sightings to a whimsical day centered on fairies and pirates, each festival offers a unique atmosphere and schedule of events.

“Our fairs and festivals are like mini-vacations taking you to whole new worlds,” said Orange County Tourism Director Susan Hawvermale. “Get away for a day and visit different centuries, exotic cultures, and interesting art forms.”

Here’s a sampling of some festivals on the calendar in Orange County, NY this spring:

May 6, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.: Beltane Festival at Palaia Vineyards, 10 Sweet Clover Road, Highland Mills. Reminiscent of an ancient Celtic May Day festival celebrating the coming of spring, this family-friendly event will feature entertainment, workshops, food, shopping from over 60 vendors, and the famous Maypole dance at noon. Held rain or shine. 845-458-8726, www.beltane2017.wixsite.com/beltane2017

May 19-21: Hoboken International Film Festival at Lake Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park in Greenwood Lake. Showcases the world’s most cutting edge filmmakers and movies, features a  jury including multiple film and TV celebrities as well as cash prizes in multiple categories. Oscar-like gala awards ceremony hosted by comedian/actor, Gilbert Gottfried. www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com

May 20, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Pine Bush UFO Fair on Main Street. Enjoy live music, fun games, attractions, food and craft vendors, UFO novelties, Star Wars Storm Troopers, Paranormal Center, the Interstellar Miss Galaxy Beauty Pageant, UFO speakers, and the famous Alien and UFO-themed parade. 845-744-2029 1133, Facebook: Pine Bush UFO Fair, www.pinebushufofair.com

May 20, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Fairy Pirate Day at Museum Village in Monroe. Dress up your favorite fairy or pirate for a magical day of whimsical fun. Can you find all the treasure? Can you walk the plank across Pirates Lagoon? Pixie Pub will have will have snacks for your little ones. Photo ops for both your fairy and your pirate. Learn to fly at Fairy Flying Academy!    845-782-8248, www.museumvillage.org

Also visit Orange County Tourism’s website: www.orangetourism.org.

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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