We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. There are a ton of things to do in the Hudson Valley each month. Even in the face of the coronavirus, there exist dozens upon dozens of ways to experience the best of what the region has to offer. While they might not be traditional per se (virtual St. Patrick’s Day parades, anyone?), they are engaging, entertaining, and 100-percent #flattenthecurve-approved.
To help scout out the best events in the Valley, we reached out to local tourism directors from Albany to Westchester for their top picks for things to do. Check out their selections, then get planning!
Discover Albany President and CEO Jill Delaney shares her top recommendations for the month.
For anyone who’s never been to one of Albany’s over-the-top parades before, prepare to catch a glimpse of the annual festivities from afar. The virtual slate will include a host of fun activities and streamed performances that will be accessible all day.
March 8 – 14
Join runners across the Hudson Valley in celebrating St. Patty’s Day with a 5k or 10k run. This year’s virtual version allows participants to complete the race whenever and wherever they choose. After registering, digital bibs can be made and customized. Once the race is completed, upload a photo to the expansive gallery of runners finishing their March races.
Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany
All month long
The latest exhibit from the Albany Institute of History and Art has something for every history buff and art lover. “A Sense of Time” brings the Hudson Valley’s rich history to life through the artwork of the times. Over 90 pieces display places, people, and moments in time that shaped the destiny of New York State. The Dutch settling Fort Orange, the ice industry on the Hudson, Kingston in the 1800s, and more grant a unique look at the region.
Read up on Columbia County Tourism’s highlights for things to do in the Hudson Valley this month.
Catamount Mountain Resort, Hillsdale
Weekends throughout March
Explore Columbia County’s scenic Catamount Mountain all month long. Two types of guided hikes are available to accommodate visitors of all hiking levels. The first is 90 minutes, and is designed with beginners in mind. For avid hikers used to cold-weather conditions, a 150-minute hike is also available.
Take a peek at Dutchess Tourism, Inc.’s top picks for things to do in Dutchess County this month.
Revel 32°, Poughkeepsie
March 5, 8 p.m.
Everyone could use an escape from reality. Revel 32° is back with a host of events for the month of March. Things kick off with “Revel in the Magic,” a 21+ magic show with a cash bar and small plates. Illusionist Ryan Dutcher gives audiences a bit of insight into the art of magic with his entertaining performance.
Online, Bardavon Presents
March 13, 5 p.m.
An epic virtual concert experience awaits at the Bardavon this month when We Banjo 3 (WB3) performs live from Ireland. The WB3 band members come together on stage for the first time since the pandemic started. The show streams live from the stunning Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin to showcase the incredible talents of the Galway and Nashville-based quartet. WB3 pushes musical boundaries while maintaining a top-tier audience experience.
Facebook Live, Friends of Clermont
March 13, 2 p.m.
Huge strides in the fight for women’s rights in the United States were taken right here in the Hudson Valley. This presentation from Friends of Clermont offers a look at the New York women who worked hard to accomplish the passage of women’s suffrage in 1917 within the state, and in 1920 nationally. Stories and artifacts from the region are the focus in this talk given by Ashley Hopkins Benton, a historian and curator of social history at the New York State Museum.
Look no further for the coolest attractions and activities in Greene County during the month.
Virtual via Mountain Top Arboretum
March 6, 10 a.m.
Before exploring the Hudson Valley this spring, prepare yourself for nature. With this virtual workshop held by Mountain Top Arboretum, learn how to avoid ticks and tick-borne illnesses. The webinar teaches how to prevent infection, identify symptoms, and treat diseases. While hiking local peaks and trails, working in home gardens, and walking through the woods, be sure to stay as safe as possible.
Check out Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana’s selections for the best things to do this month.
Beez’ Shop by the Jenny B Project, Washingtonville
March 6, 6 p.m.
Have you always wanted to get into beekeeping? It’s not too late to start. This two-hour seminar can get even the most novice beginners on the road to becoming full-fledged beekeepers. Crash-course topics include hive placement, ordering bees, installing a hive, the basics of equipment, pest control, and much more. Classes are kept small, so be sure to register in advance.
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall
Saturdays and Sundays through March 14
The end of the winter season brings up a ton of sappy feelings. It’s maple sugaring time in the Hudson Valley! Visit the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum and learn how to identify sugar maple trees and tap them, then discover techniques used by Native Americans and some of the region’s earliest pioneers. Seeing an evaporator in action is a special treat. Register for a spot on these tours online, for only $10 per non-museum member.
Storm King Art Center, New Windsor
Saturdays and Sundays through March 21
Storm King Art Center is a unique outdoor experience in the Hudson Valley during any season, but especially in the winter time. Covered in a blanket of snow, the grounds transform completely. Whether you are a photographer searching local inspiration, or an avid hiker looking for unique scenery, Storm King offers a special time. Register online for advanced tickets, and snack on delicious, warm eats from a food truck 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.
Motorcyclepedia Museum, Newburgh
March 20, 10 a.m.
Discover the very best of Orange County’s farm-fresh foods, home and garden services, mixologists, jewelry, art, bath and body, vintage collectors, and more at the eclectic Hudson Valley Farm and Flea Market. Housed in Newburgh’s Motorcyclepedia Museum, the market invites locals to shop vintage and hand-crafted good while listening to the sweet sounds of local musicians. If you want to check out the unique venue and bikes as old as 1897 ahead of time, the Motorcyclepedia Museum is having late-night hours on Thursdays throughout the month.
Read up on Putnam County Tourism Director Tracey L. Walsh’s picks for things to do this month.
Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, Putnam Valley
Opens March 1
Abstract art can be one of the most intriguing and controversial developments in the art world. This invitational exhibit at the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center celebrates the unique challenges presented to artists tackling the abstract. Many professional creatives from the Hudson Valley are featured in this online scrollable gallery. Viewers can vote on their favorite, and the winner will receive a “People’s Choice” award.
Throughout Putnam County
You can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Hudson Valley properly without the delicious Irish staple of corned beef and cabbage. Putnam County classics offering the iconic meal include Fiddlers Green Pub in Carmel, Riverview in Cold Spring, Kelly’s Corner in Brewster, The Carriage House with locations in both Mahopac and Patterson, and McCarthy’s Grill House in Lake Carmel.
Online, Putnam History Museum
March 20, 7:30 p.m.
Calling all local history buffs! How much do you know about the Hudson Valley’s storied past? This virtual trivia night covers the entire region, as well as topics hyper-specific to Putnam County and general areas encompassing all of New York State and beyond. Register online to test your knowledge and compete against others.
Take a browse through Director of Economic Development and Tourism Jeremy Schulman’s picks of the hottest things to do in Rockland County throughout the month.
Bear Mountain State Park, Tomkins Cove
All month long
Looking for more family fun outdoors? Skate at the Hudson Valley’s largest open-air rink, weather permitting, on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and weekends (see website for schedule). Pricing is affordable: adults pay $5 to skate, parking is $10 on weekends and holidays, and skate rental is $5 per pair. The rink operates at 50-percent capacity. Masks are required, and skaters must keep six feet of distance between others at all times.
Seven Lakes Station, Sloatsburg
All month long
Ever wanted to have a refreshing draft inside a snow globe? Enjoy craft beer and food in your own heated beer garden bubble at Seven Lakes Station. These outdoor dining bubbles can be reserved for up to eight people for a truly unique beer garden experience. Seven Lakes Station pours local coffee stouts, blonde ales, trappists, and more.
Palisades Center, West Nyack
All month long
For those seeking warm indoor fun, the Palisades Center offers many activities with enhanced safety protocols. Space Adventure miniature golf, Palisades Climb Adventure, Autobahn Indoor Speedway, and, of course, a ton of shopping awaits just inside the Hudson Valley center’s doors.
Sundays – Thursdays, March 14 — 25
Celebrate the many culinary offerings from the Village of Suffern with 2021’s Restaurant Week. Traditional hearty Italian food, savory Indian fare, down-home BBQ, Southern-inspired soul food, and much more is available at the diverse eateries of Rockland County. Make reservations today and take advantage of free parking in the village.
Read up on Ulster County Tourism’s event highlights for March.
With a full month of programming, Kingston’s Women’s History Month festivities extend through the city and feature everything from panels and readings to receptions and talks. Visit the program’s Facebook page for the full rundown of happenings, which include a talk titled “Women & Earth” with Sarah Elisabeth and Sally Bermanzohn. Bermanzohn speaks on the Wise Woman Tradition, followed by a cooking demonstration of Root Stew, while Elisabeth discusses Native American Women as Farmers and Leaders in the Eastern Woodlands and demonstrates how to make Three Sisters Stew.
Seed Song Farm and Center, Kingston
Saturdays and Sundays
Rekindle your relationship with the land this winter by tapping a maple tree and collecting sap in the Hudson Valley. This educational and cultural experience for all ages runs throughout the month. Live music from the Seed Song Farm-ily Band fuels every weekend. The Atharhacton Maple Project honors the Lenape name for the Kingston area and celebrates the region’s first people and one of their many gifts to future generations: maple sugar.
Throughout Ulster County
March 5 – 17
Join Ulster’s running community online and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a two-mile course. The first 100 runners registered are guaranteed a decorative gaiter shipped to them. Complete your Shamrock Run Race Day on any day between March 5 and St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.
Online, Kingston Library
Sirens and Superstars is a “herstory” showcase that celebrates 70 years of women’s contributions to the American music landscape. Join Rhonda Denét, a vocalist, songwriter and bandleader as she presents her unique interpretations of classic songs from the “Queen of Swing” Mildred Bailey and the Boswell Sisters to ’90s powerhouse hitmakers Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
Discover the hottest happenings according to Westchester County Tourism this month.
Throughout Westchester County
All month long
Due to its proximity to one of the culinary epicenter of the world (New York City) and a region chock-full of diverse farm-fresh ingredients (the Hudson Valley), Westchester turns dining into a top-tier experience. “Dine On Westchester” provides local residents and visitors with a simple way to search the county’s varied eateries by geography and service options. Utilize this new resource to find your next Michelin-level meal.
Pelham Art Center, Pelham
All month long
With Every Fiber presents the work of several artists curated by Anki King. These talented artisans manipulate fibers to communicate emotions and meaning. Eclectic clothing, embroidery, and color patterns run across the walls.
Online, Jay Heritage Center
March 8, 6 p.m.
Join Dr. Amanda Foreman, an award-winning historian and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, as she discusses her documentary The Ascent of Woman as a part of Women’s History Month in the Hudson Valley.
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