ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (April 27, 2023) – Spring is the perfect time to recharge and enjoy the great outdoors. Orange County, N.Y., boasts a variety of outdoor activities, festivals, and farmer’s markets for you to explore. The region’s natural beauty, complete with fresh foliage, provides a picturesque backdrop for browsing unique artisanal crafts and artworks at outdoor stands. Additionally, take part in a spring-themed cookie-decorating class to add some sweetness to your day.
According to Amanda Dana, Director of Orange County Tourism & Film, “Orange County, N.Y., is the ideal destination for soaking up the sun during spring. Take a leisurely stroll through our open-air markets and outdoor events while basking in the warm glow of the sun. This is a magical time of year, and you won’t want to miss out on all the county has to offer.”
Some of the many spring-related activities:
Friday, May 5
Pine Bush First Friday, Main Street, Pine Bush, N.Y.: Spring marks the return of First Friday in Pine Bush. Enjoy live music, food from local restaurants and special sales offered by the hamlet’s small businesses and specialty shops. Sidewalk vendors showcase their unique wares and artworks. It takes place the first Friday of every month through December. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. https://orangetourism.org/events/pine-bush-first-fridays-3-2023-05-05/
Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7
Sugar Loaf Spring Festival, Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf, N.Y.: Celebrate the beauty of spring with live music, food, artists, crafters, craft beer, specialty vendors and more. Local shops will be open and displaying new items for spring. 10 a.m. https://www.sugarloafnewyork.com/events/
Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7
Spring Love Makers Market, Lewis Park, 74 Main St., Warwick, N.Y.: More than 40 local artists and artisans display their unique, handmade wares under the beautiful canopy of Lewis Park in historic downtown Warwick. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, you will find that perfect handmade gift to brighten the maternal loved ones in your life. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. https://orangetourism.org/events/spring-love-local-maker-market-4/
Wednesday, May 10
Ode to Springtime Cookie Decorating Class, City Winery, 23 Factory St., Montgomery, N.Y.: Learn basic cookie-decorating techniques and go home with a set of six adorable spring-themed treats your friends and family will love. Taught by Jen Lombardo from Elemental Cookies. Supplies will be ready for you to begin. No experience necessary. 6 p.m. https://orangetourism.org/events/ode-to-springtime-cookie-decorating-class/
Friday, May 19
Goshen Farmers’ Market Opening Day, Orange County Government Center, 255 Main St., Goshen, N.Y.: The farmers market promotes local and regional agriculture and ensures a supply of fresh local produce for the community. It is open every Friday through Nov. 17. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. https://orangetourism.org/events/goshen-farmers-market-opening-day-2/
About Orange County Tourism & Film
Orange County Tourism & Film, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism and film production headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, events and film resources can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. Additionally, a fun, free, 56-page travel guide is available for digital download at orangetourism.org/travel-guide/.
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