The Rosendale Street Festival - The 2011 Taft Street Festival Guide
by Dylan Taft
on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 12:28pm.
- UPDATE - View our latest 2012 Rosendale NY Street Festival Guide!
The annual Rosendale NY Street Festival is a beloved local event that has grown and expanded year after year. This weekend's upcoming festival is no exception! Much like the town of Rosendale NY itself, the Rosendale Street Festival started from humble beginnings, and through the hard work of volunteers has blossomed into a venue that showcases local talent. Located just 7 miles from New Paltz NY (Exit 18 on the NYS Thruway), the street festival is no doubt a feasible weekend trip for New York CIty residents. At Taft Street Realty we've got your 2011 Street Festical Guide, a few tips to help you enjoy one of the collest local events of the summer!
- Plan Your Parking - Main Street Rosendale NY will be closed to all traffic, starting at 10am Saturday & Sunday. Current construction on NY State Rte. 213 will make parking at this year's festival a little hairy. The festival offers free parking at 5 different designated sites around the area. Ulster County NY Transit will then be running free shuttles down to the festival. The shuttles will start at 12:30 on Saturday and Sunday. These buses will run continuously through 9:30pm on Saturday and 6:30pm on Sunday. The festival's website states that they will try and run buses every 1/2 hour or so be prepared to hang out and keep cool in your chosen parking lot, at least for a little while.
- Plenty To Do & See - Upon arrival at the festival, entrance is free however a suggested donation of $5 per person is greatly appreciated. Pets & animals are not allowed at the festival. You may bring a skateboard, bike, etc., however, they must be walked through the main thoroughfare. No alcohol or glass containers are permitte, but don't worry if you'd like a cold drink, as there are beer gardens and food vendors throughout the festival. In fact there is tons of gret food, drinks, and local vendors and artists selling all sorts of things, so we encourage any support to our local artisans. There will be no shortage of free entertainment however! The festival will have 5 stages with over 70 bands scheduled to play. The constant stream of music is complimented by improptu drum circles and some fascinating people watching! The festival will go on rain or shine, and weather reports are calling for a steamy weekend, so please be sure to dress accordingly and prepare for heat and sun exposure. Most important of all, have a great weekend and enjoy yourself!