Here’s a look at a few fun things happening over the Independence Day holiday weekend and beyond. Got a tip to share? Drop us a line.
- First Fridays: Friday, July 1, various times and locations. July Fourth weekend kicks off with First Friday events in both Saugerties and Middleburgh. At Saugerties’ First Friday in Ulster County, various downtown venues offer great shopping, strolling and live music to go along with special treats from local restaurants and bakeries. At Middleburgh’s First Friday in Schoharie County, the fun begins on Main Street at 6 p.m. with live music, a farmers’ market and a cruise-in at the Best House. Enjoy a Catskills-born beer at Green Wolf Brewing Co. and fudge from Under the Nose. [UPDATE: Outdoor events in Middleburgh, including the cruise-in, have been canceled due to the threat of severe weather. Indoor events are still on.]
- Music on the Mountain at Plattekill: Saturday, July 2, 4 to 7 p.m. (rain or shine). The second of the ski resort’s summer concert series showcases a traditional pig roast and local craft brews. Bring a lawn chair, take a chairlift ride and listen to rock, blues and soul from Becca Frame and the Tall Boys. Admission and music are free. Food and beverages are available for sale. The series continues Aug. 6 with a traditional clam bake and Sept. 3 with a Labor Day weekend barbecue.
- Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary July Jamboree: Sunday, July 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine), 2 Rescue Road, High Falls. You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy the caravan of award-winning food trucks converging from near and far for this annual fundraiser. Sample goodies from Chickpea & Olive, Peaceful Provisions, The Bunnoli and more (see full vendor list here). Proceeds benefit the sanctuary’s rescue, shelter and outreach work. Kids’ activities include face-painting, crafts, a bouncy castle and a waterslide. Meet more than 300 friendly rescued cows, pigs, goats, turkeys and more. Tickets are $20/adults, $5/kids 12 and under and available online. A special carpool discount admits groups of up to five traveling in one vehicle for just $40. If you’re headed upstate from the metro area, you can catch a free shuttle departing hourly from the New Paltz bus station.
- Catskills Greek Festival: Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10, Fireman’s Field, 1669 Gulf Road (Route 123), Callicoon Center. Greek cuisine and customs star in this annual celebration. Enjoy a wide variety of savory and sweet dishes in the food pavilion. Live music, traditional dancing and plenty of fun for kids take place all weekend, including a fireworks show on Saturday, July 9.
- Place Invaders Pop-Up: Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10, Woodstock, various times. Created by two Brooklynites with a love of food, travel and real estate, Place Invaders hosts traveling feasts at private residences. This month, it happens at an as-yet-undisclosed “barn-style luxury estate” near Woodstock, where chefs John McCarthy and Ryan Tate of Hudson’s The Crimson Sparrow will concoct a menu of brunches ($90/person) and five-course dinners ($125/person) inspired by the traditional Japanese Kaiseki dining experience using local ingredients from farms surrounding their restaurant, as well as seafood from Japan. Beverage pairings include sake, wine and cocktails from Hudson Valley mixologists Red & Brown. Overnight stays are also available.
- Sunday Supper Club at The North Branch Inn: Sunday, July 10, 5 p.m., 869 North Branch Road, North Branch. Like the inn’s restaurant, the menu for this supper series is entirely locally sourced, and includes a five-course tasting menu with beverage pairings for $89/person. This month’s dinner features ingredients from nearby Horak Farm, with beer pairings from Livingston Manor’s Catskill Brewery. This is the second of three summer events; the last one happens Sept. 11. The feast is held outdoors, weather permitting. For more on this new Sullivan County hotspot, see our story here.
- Tastes of the Valley: Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Barber’s Farm & 1857 Spirits Distillery, 3617 Route 30, Middleburgh. The farm stand and distillery host a daylong display and tasting of Schoharie County treats, including farm-fresh produce and vodka from potatoes grown and distilled on-site. The fledgling distillery is offering its first public tours, and there will be plenty of facepainting and games for kids. Admission is free.
- Pick Your Own Berries: Late July into August is blueberry and raspberry season at local Catskills farms. See our guide here.