Yes, it was an incredibly mild winter this year, but now that daylight savings time has come and gone, Easter too, we’re ready to trade in our down feathered jackets for sandals and t-shirts, for good. And when the warm weather in the Hudson Valley returns, so too do the annual outdoor events and festivals that we have all come to love and return to year after year!

Summer brings a ton of festivals to Ulster County, as well as throughout the rest of the Hudson Valley, but we’re itching and just can’t wait 3 more months to get our festival fix! So here we go, wait no more… a quick peek at some of the major spring and early summer festivals around Ulster County to get excited about! This should hold us all over until all those sweet summertime festivals are back upon us!

Bright Ideas Festival

APRIL 2, 2016

Location:         High Meadow School, Stone Ridge, NY 

Description:    On Saturday, April 2nd from 1 to 5pm, High Meadow School will be holding a free Bright Ideas Festival to showcase "invention, creativity, and problem solving for all ages." The festival, which is open to the public, is a full afternoon of workshops, challenges, interactive displays, maker lab craft projects and presentations focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematic learning experiences. Among the presenters at the festival will be Wild Earth, Spark Media, Mid-Hudson Astronomical Society, Mad Science and many more. This is sure to be a fun and educational experience for the whole family! Check out High Meadow School's website for more details and a full schedule of events. 

Woodstock Writers Festival

APRIL 7-10, 2016

Location:         Various locations in Woodstock, NY 

Description:    Back for its 7th year, this 4 day and 3 night festival brings together some of the best authors in the writing world for a weekend of intensive workshops, poetry slams and more! This highly anticipated festival is a must for any writer looking for new inspiration; and what better place than the creative epicenter of Woodstock! Look for more details on the festival’s website regarding times and locations of panels and workshops, and to purchase your tickets your tickets (some workshops are already sold out!). 

Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz 

APRIL 22-24, 2016

Location:         Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY  

Description:    Join some of the culinary world's finest at a weekend long extravaganza featuring local restaurants, domestic and international wineries, celebrity chef demonstrations, seminars and tastings, all at the breathtaking Mohonk Mountain House. Celebrity chefs attending this year include Peter X. Kelly,(restauranteur and owner of Xaviar's Restaurant Group that manages multiple highly acclaimed New York restaurants) Sara Moulton, Kevin Zraly and many more (Martha Steward headlined the festival last year!). In addition to all the great culinary activities, a silent auction will be held and all proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Spend the weekend with some famous celebrity chefs, fabulous food and wine and help support a worthy cause. More details about the festival and ticket information can be found at 

New York Craft Beer and Food Festival

APRIL 23-24, 2016

Location:         Hunter Mountain, NY

Description:    The TAP New York Craft Beer Festival is now the largest craft beer festival in New York State! Spend the weekend at Hunter Mountain, enjoying samples of some of the finest local hand-crafted brews and delicious food, based on a certain culinary theme (2015 food sampling was based on the ‘Great American Sandwich’; 2016 theme yet to be announced). The festival is also filled with chef and brewmaster demonstrations and of course, awarding of medals for best brews. 

**You must be 21 to attend, and children, even accompanied by parents, are not allowed so make sure to make arrangements ahead of time!** 

Kerhonkson's Mother's Day Craft Fair

APRIL 30, 2016

Location:         Kerhonkson Elementary School, Kerhonkson, NY

Description:    Join the Kerhonkson Elementary School PTA as they host their Mother’s Day Craft Fair at 20 Academy Street from 9am-4pm. More details on vendors still to come. Check their Facebook page for more updates. 

Beltane Festival 

APRIL 30, 2016

Location:         Stone Mountain Farm, New Paltz, NY 

Description:    Back for its 26th year, the Beltane festival is a Celtic celebration of the return of spring. The festival is a Renaissance Crafts fair, filled with music, food and drink vendors, artisans, clowns, masquers, birds, giant puppets and even dancing dragons! Join in the merriment! Admission is $15 and more information about the festival can be found at

New Paltz Regatta

MAY 1, 2016

Location:         Main Street, New Paltz, NY 

Description:    Get ready for the 61st annual New Paltz Regatta boat race down the Wallkill River to welcome in summer! The Regatta started back in 1955 by SUNY New Paltz's Delta Kappa Fraternity and since has become a symbol of New Paltz's community and eccentricity. Watch as the parade of handcrafted and uniquely themed boats travels down Main Street before they launch and race to finish line (the Route 299 Bridge in downtown New Paltz). Prizes are awarded to Best in Show, Funniest and Most Likely to Sink, among other categories. For more information and to see photos of past years Regatta boats visit 

Antique Car Show and Swap Meet

MAY 6-8, 2016

Location:       Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck NY

Description:  Just over the river from Kingston, NY, the Dutchess County Fairgrounds hosts the annual Rhinebeck car show, bringing in spectators from all over the northeast! The swap meet takes place on Friday the 6th, followed by a weekend of fun, car shows featuring Hot Rods & Custom Cars (Saturday), Classic and Antique Cars (Sunday), 60 antique car classes and a multitude of other vendors to keep the whole family satisfied. Look for more details on

2016 Cars and Craft Show

MAY 7, 2016

Location:         Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz, NY

Description:    Hosted by the New Paltz Fire Department, the 3rd Annual Cars and Craft Show takes place from 10 am to 4 pm at the Ulster County Fairgrounds and is sure to be a day of fun for the whole family. The car show features all makes and models of vehicles and there will also be hand crafted items for sale, live music, food trucks, fun for the kids and a beer garden for the adults. For more details, visit New Paltz Fire Department’s website. 

Tulip Festival and Mother’s Day Showcase

MAY 8, 2016

Location:         Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, Ellenville, NY

Description:    Surprise Mom this Mother’s Day with a delicious American fusion lunch buffet accompanied by live piano music and a day exploring the large selection of crafts and other specialty vendors under the stunningly picturesque Shawangunk mountains, in full bloom for spring! If shopping isn’t mom’s thing, she can also get her aura read or participate in the Tulip photo contest. Reservations are required for lunch and more information can be found on their website, here.

Gardiner Cupcake Festival

MAY 14, 2016

Location:         Wrights Farm, Gardiner, NY

Description:    Get ready for a day full of sugar! Start the day by partaking in the Gardiner 5K Cupcake Classic run through the peach and apple orchards of Wrights Farm, under the picturesque Shawangunk Ridge with a cupcake waiting for you at the finish line. The festival will have over 30,000 cupcakes, local vendors, food, wine tastings, music and activities for children of all ages and if you want to join in on the cupcake fun yourself, there are even awards given for Best Star Wars Themed and Animal Decorated Cupcake in the Amateur Cupcake Contest. Rain or shine, get your sugar fix! More information on their website here. 

Craft Brew Boogaloo

MAY 21, 2016

Location:        Cantine Field, Saugerties, NY

Description:    After last year’s inaugural success, the 2nd annual Craft Beer Boogaloo is back! Sponsored by Radio Woodstock, the festival will contain samples of local craft beers, delectable food and live music to enjoy. This is a 21 and older event and tickets can be purchased in advance at discounted rates on Craft Brew Boogaloo’s website.

Highland Spring Fest 2016

MAY 21, 2016

Location:        Main Street, Highland NY

Description:    Join the Town of Lloyd as they welcome in Spring with their 5th Annual spring Fest on Saturday, May 21st. Enjoy local music, local artisan and craft vendors, food and more as Highland shuts down Main Street in the hamlet for an old fashioned street festival. More information is to come on their website, and the links for vendor registration can be found here. 

Memorial Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Fair

MAY 28-29, 2016

Location:       Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz, NY

Description:  The extremely popular and beloved Woodstock- New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair is back for their first festival of 2016 at the Ulster County Fairgrounds (if you can’t make it Memorial Day, they will be back Labor Day weekend, as always!). More than 300 artisans exhibit their craft creations at the fair. Enjoy the day with some shopping, live music and grab some food from many local vendors. Discount coupons and more information can be found on their website,

2016 Barn Star Antiques at Rhinebeck

MAY 28-29, 2016

Location: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Description:  Featuring over 120 exhibitors, the Antiques at Rhinebeck show is back again for it’s spring weekend at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. You can find many of your favorite antique dealers, along with some new exhibitors, great local food vendors and other special exhibits. Check Barn Star’s website for more details on the Spring 2016 event. 

...And we’re just getting started!! Check back with us as we bring you more events and festivals taking place in the summer and fall of 2016!  And as in the past, Taft Street Realty will be covering many of these awesome events, so stay tuned to our blog for more upcoming posts! Or feel free to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on these and all other local happenings along with tons of real estate related tips, advice, and other local market updates.

If you know of a great spring or summer festival or activity here in Ulster County, contact us so we can add it to our ever-growing list!

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