Ashokan Center Festivals, Olivebridge, NY: On going festivals during the year add to the Ashokan Center’s mission of outdoor and environmental education. The staff includes folk musicians Jay Ungar and Molly Mason who host such music festivals as the Fall Family Fun Festival and the New Year’s Eve Music and Dance weekend.
Contact info: Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, NY 12461; (845) 657-8333; http://www.ashokancenter.org
Bard Music Festival, Annandale On The Hudson, NY: Usually held in mid- to late-August, this classical music festival on the campus of Bard College focuses on a single composer. Bard is a small Liberal Arts College on the banks of the Hudson River. If you remember the Steely Dan song “Barrytown” you can orient yourself accordingly.
Contact info: Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504; (845) 758-6822; http://www.bard.edu
Belleayre Music Festival, Belleayre Mountain: Belleayre Music Festival offers a blend of classical, Broadway, blues, rock and its Catskill Mountain Jazz Series. The season runs from July 4th weekend through Labor Day weekend at Belleayre Mountain.
Contact info: Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount Road, Box 198, Highmount, NY 12441; (845) 254-5600 ext 344; www.belleayremusic.org
Clearwater Music and Environmental Festival, The Great Hudson River Revival: The festival is sponsored by the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., and was created by Pete Seeger, legendary musician and environmental activist. The festival takes place over a weekend in June and promotes the beauty and environmental necessity of the Hudson River through the arts. Proceeds are used to restore the river, as well as support environmental research and education.
Contact info: Clearwater, 112 Little Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; (845) 454-7673. http://www.clearwater.org/festival.html
Contact info: O+ Festival, P.O. Box 3083 Kingston, NY 12402; email@example.com
Contact info: Rosendale Street Festival, PO Box 457, Rosendale, NY 12472; (845) 658-7340; http://rosendalestreetfestival.com
Truck America Festival, Big Indian, NY: The great British Truck Festival founded by brothers Joe and Robin Bennett comes to the Full Moon Resort located 40 minutes west of Woodstock in Big Indian. This festival is usual in the late summer to early fall and features independently signed bands with a focus on nature, family and friendly British vibes.
Up-State Reggae Woodstock: The Up-State Reggae Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness and appreciation for reggae music and culture in the Hudson Valley. The reggae festival is generally held in the summer months and features local artists.
Contact info: Up-State Reggae Woodstock, Box 1042, Woodstock, NY 12498; (845) 679-3382; http://www.myspace.com/reggaewoodstock
Wall Street Jazz Festival, Kingston: The Wall Street Jazz Festival is typically held in June in downtown Kingston. The event is free and features well-known local jazz musicians.
Contact info: Wall Street Jazz Festival, Peggy Stern; (845) 657-7371; www.wallstreetjazzfestival.com
Woodstock Guitar Festival: The Woodstock Guitar Festival is an annual event that sponsors fireworks display, as well as other year-round activities. It’s generally held over a 4-day period in August and features opening and closing night parties, fireworks and endless guitar jams that include up-and-coming artists and prominent legends in the business.
Contact info: Woodstock Guitar Festival, Glasco Turnpike, Woodstock, NY 12498; (845) 247-0449; http://www.woodstockguitarfestival.com
Woodstock Invitational Luthier Showcase: The Woodstock Luthier Show Case held at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY annually in October. Originally a grass-roots festival, this event features fine handmade acoustic guitars and stringed instruments exhibited by their makes. Instructional Clinics, Workshops, & Concerts are featured throughout the three day festival.
Contact: Woodstock Luthier Invitational Showcase, 234 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY 12498; Baker Rorick, Co-Founder; (845) 679-9025; http://www.woodstockinvitational.com