COLUMBIA COUNTY... getaway and play
If you are looking for the perfect getaway destination, Columbia County is the ideal place. Unsurpassed rural beauty, quaint unique boutiques, Hudson antiques, a rich cultural scene, active recreational opportunities, and heritage sites fill the seasons with things to do and see.  Here's a glimpse of what's happening now!

Hudson Children's Book Festival
May 5

Over 75 children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, hundreds of books to browse, author and illustrator presentations, arts & crafts and workshops.
Hudson Junior/Senior High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Children's Book Festival

Audubon Bird Walk
May 12 
The Grounds at Steepletop Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay inspired many people with her nature poetry. To honor her legacy, Larry Federman from the Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at Steepletop. We hope to inspire visitors to learn more about birds and help to protect the wildlife and the magnificent habitat that surrounds us. Wear your hiking attire, bring your binoculars and meet at the Visitors Center 15 minutes before the hike begins. Reservations recommended.
Edna St. Vincent Millay's Steepletop, 440 East Hill Road, Austerliz
Admission: $10
Time: 7:30am-9:30am
Audubon Bird Walk
Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market
May 12-13

In collaboration with Hudson River Exchange. With more than 60-90 vendors, the marketplace consists of a diverse group of regional makers, farmers and vintage collectors. Visitors can browse vintage and artisanal goods and eat locally sourced farm-fresh food.
Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front Street, Hudson 
Admission: $5
Time: 10:00am-6:00pm Sat & Sun
Basilica Farm & Flea
Our Town
May 18-20 and 25-27
Set in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece is narrated by a Stage Manager and performed with minimal props and sets, as the audience follows the Webb and Gibbs families, as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theater history – die.   The Ghent Playhouse is thrilled to present the playwright’s definitive version of Our Town, described by Edward Albee as “… the greatest American play ever written.”  Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The Ghent Playhouse, 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent
Admission: $10-22 
Time: varies per day, please see website                                                             
The Ghent Playhouse
Farmers' Daughter Gravel Grinder
May 20
The Farmer’s Daughter Gravel Grinder is a non-competitive bike ride that will take you through some of the most scenic country in the Northeast, in and around Columbia County, NY. It is approximately 65 miles long, on a rolling course that provides over 6100 feet of climbing, almost entirely on dirt roads with a bit of pavement here and there, and several sections of off-road thrown in as well. 
Crellin Town Park, 2940 Route 66, Chatham 
Time: 9am 
Admission: $60                                                           
Gravel Grinder


Damn Yankees
May 24-27 and 30-31

America’s favorite past times—baseball and musical theatre! See this classic as you’ve never seen it before and start the 50th season off with a home run.
This devilishly clever classic celebrates America’s favorite past time! Follow Joe Hardy, a middle aged baseball fanatic as he sells his soul to the devil to help The Washington Senators win the World Series.
Mac-Haydn Theatre, 1925 NY-203, Chatham   
Tickets: $15-36.50
Time: Varies by day, please see website
Mac-Haydn Theatre


Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival
May 26-27

6th Annual !! – Featuring the five beverage trail members plus other regional wineries, distilleries, cideries and craft beverages. There will also be delicious foods for sale and sampling including gourmet cheeses and creameries, baked goods, grass fed meat producers and more! Throughout the weekend there will be special guest appearances and book signings, seminars of wine and food pairings, home brewing, and cheese making by some of the region’s foremost experts. 
Columbia County Fairgrounds, 182 Hudson Street, Chatham    
Tickets: $10-25
Time: 11am-6pm, 5/26 and 11am-5pm, 5/27
Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival


Hemmings Motor News - Musclepalooza
May 27

*1/4 mile Drag Racing with new class: American Muscle Trucks (must be two-wheel drive)…..Bracket Racing Time Trials at 9:30am, Eliminations 1:00pm
*All-American Cars – Event is open to all American muscle cars in sounds, working order
*Special Feature: F.A.S.T. Shootout – (open to qualifying candidates) A real crowd favorite! Stock-appearing, tweaked and tuned muscle cars run head-to-head dragstrip shootouts pulling into the 10s!
Lebanon Valley Dragway, 1746 US Route 20, New Lebanon   
Admission: $2-40
Time: 9:30am
Hemmings Musclepalooza


Columbia County Artisanal Beverage Tour
June 8

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