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Summer Arts Preview

Summer Arts Preview 2023
Summer Arts Preview

Summer Arts Preview 2023

A round-up of the banner cultural events and arts happenings taking place this summer in the Hudson Valley and beyond.
June 1, 2023

It’s another glorious summer here in the Hudson Valley. And once again, the hills are alive with, that’s right, music—along with theater, dance, and arts happenings of all genres and temperaments. Starting this month and continuing into September, arts-related festivals, exhibitions, series, and sensational one-off events are taking place throughout our picturesque fields and meadows, wooded havens, charming small towns, bustling bigger' burgs, and breathtaking river-view sites.

The region’s outdoor performance sites, dedicated theaters, museums, dance facilities, sculpture parks, multi-arts centers, and pop-up spots are aglow with beloved returning activities and an explosion of intriguing new events that are making their 2023 debuts.

—Peter Aaron

The 2023 Summer Arts Preview is sponsored by Tanglewood.

Music in the mountains: A trip to Tanglewood opens a world of possibilities. Create a summer concert line-up that’s all your own, with performances by the BSO, Boston Pops, and some of the biggest names in classical music, jazz, folk, and more. Official Tickets only at

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  • Powerhouse Theater

    124 Raymond Avenue Poughkeepsie

    (845) 437-5599

    For five weeks every summer the Powerhouse Theater Program comes to life on the Vassar College campus to provide a nurturing environment in which passionate theater lovers from students to professional practitioners and audience members learn from one another. The Powerhouse Theater Training Program provides aspiring theater professionals a chance to immerse themselves in acting, directing, and playwriting.
    3 articles
  • Garrison Art Center

    23 Garrison's Landing Garrison

    (845) 424-3960

    Garrison Art Center’s summer arts programs have been touted by parents as the best in the Hudson Valley. Summer Arts on the Hudson (June 26-July 21) for K through 8th graders, Summer Art Institute, an intensive two-week program for high school students (July 24-Aug4), and Art a la Carte for 2nd - 8th graders (Aug 7-18). For more information email [email protected]. Upstate Art Weekend July 21 - 24th, visitors to the Garrison Art Center will have the opportunity to view a selection of teaching artist James Murray and his students' completed work displayed throughout the grounds of the Art Center and the Garrison's Landing riverfront park. Saturday, July 22nd, and Sunday, July 23rd, from 12-5 pm, visitors will have the opportunity to experience a steam bending demonstration along with wood assembly by James Murray himself.
    6 events 2 articles 1 comment
  • Dia Beacon

    3 Beekman Street Beacon


    Located in a former Nabisco box-printing factory, Dia Beacon presents Dia’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions and public programs.
    1 event
  • Catskill Art Supply

    Kingston Plaza Kingston

    (845) 331-7780

    1 article
  • Bradford Graves Sculpture Park

    28 Doggums Way Kerhonkson

    (845) 230-0521

    Bradford Graves Sculpture Park in Kerhonkson showcases over 200 works of a man who worked primarily in stone and possessed a deep and unyielding fascination with archaeology and all things of this earth. Sculpture for sale. Wedding and fashion photoshoots welcome. Open May to late October, appointment only.
  • Berkshire Opera Festival

    352 Main Street Great Barrington


    We are Berkshire Opera Festival (BOF), a fully-producing summer festival that opened in 2016. Adhering to the highest standards of artistic excellence, we are committed to restoring fully-staged opera to a place of prominence in the Berkshire community. Each summer, we present musically and dramatically compelling operatic productions, in addition to recitals and other related musical events.
  • Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

    149 Girdle Ridge Road Katonah

    (914) 232-5035

    Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is a destination for exceptional music, captivating programs, spectacular gardens and grounds, and wonderful moments with friends and family. It enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Its mission also includes mentoring young professional musicians and providing educational programs for young children centered around music.
    1 event 1 article
  • Jane St. Art Center

    11 Jane Street Saugerties

    (845) 217-5715

    Jane St. Art Center is a fully renovated artist-owned 19th Century brick warehouse dedicated to mid-career artists new work and works in progress, artist residencies, performances, exhibitions, community projects and classes.
    2 events 1 article
  • GARNER Arts Center

    55 West Railroad Avenue, Garnerville Haverstraw


    GARNER Arts Center is an interdisciplinary arts center that advances the creation and presentation of contemporary, experiential art within a repurposed 19th century textile mill complex. GARNER seeks to be a catalyst for just and sustainable economic growth in its Hudson Valley host community.
    2 events 1 article
  • Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

    200 Hurd Road Bethel


    Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is located in Bethel, NY, at the National Register Historic Site of the 1969 Woodstock festival. We are known for our music events as well as the historic 1960s Woodstock Museum, both located on 800+ acres of scenic country hills in the Sullivan Catskills.
    3 events 3 articles
  • Old Songs, Inc.

    37 South Main Street Voorheesville

    (518) 765-2815

    Old Songs is a family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance, known for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops, hands-on experience and participatory nature. In addition to evening concerts each night, there are over 100 daytime workshops, dances or performances. Also featured are craft, food and instrument vendors, and a well-run children’s activity area.
  • New York Stage and Film Company

    PO Box 1333, New York

    New York Stage and Film is a non-profit company dedicated to artists developing new stories for theater, film and beyond by supporting responsive processes. Since 1985, NYSAF has been a vital incubator for emerging and established artists and their work, a catalyst for stories that start with us and continue across the country and around the world.
  • Close Encounters with Music

    PO Box 34 Great Barrington

    Our Mission is to engage the imagination of diverse concert audiences in a welcoming setting; connect listeners to performers and composers; foster the excitement and sense of community that live performance arts builds; and turn performances into intellectually enriching and educational and artistically uplifting experiences. We present internationally celebrated soloists in thematic chamber music performances; stimulating music-oriented lectures with notable figures; galas and special-themed celebrations October-June.
  • Women's Studio Workshop

    722 Binnewater Lane, Kingston Rosendale


    Women’s Studio Workshop envisions a society where women’s visual art is integral to the cultural mainstream and permanently recorded in history. WSW maintains facilities for etching, letterpress, papermaking, book arts, silkscreen, 3D work, ceramics, and photography. Our studios are housed in an historic building, located in the foothills of the Hudson Valley’s Shawangunk Mountains. The studios are extensively equipped and well-maintained. Artists can take workshops, rent the studios, or schedule private instruction.
    1 event
  • Basilica Hudson

    110 Front Street Hudson

    (518) 822-1050

    Housed in a solar powered, reclaimed 1880s industrial factory, Basilica Hudson, a nonprofit multidisciplinary art center located in Hudson NY, welcomes over 20,000 visitors each season to genre-pushing music festivals, large scale marketplace events, regular film screenings, an artist in residency program, a new weekly concert/art series in the Gallery Building, public installations and other community gatherings. The majority of its programs are free or sliding scale.
    1 event 4 articles
  • Mahawie Performing Arts Center

    14 Castle Street Great Barrington

    (413) 528-0100

    The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents live performances, film, and cultural events year-round, bringing a variety of content to the stage and screen of our historic Berkshire theater, through programs of the highest quality in dance, music, drama, comedy, ​and educational and family programs. We bring together diverse audiences and artists, highlight national and regional talent, and contribute to the quality of life of our community through the performing arts.
    1 article
  • West Strand Art Gallery

    29 W Strand St Kingston

    (845) 853-8689

    The West Strand Art Gallery is a contemporary commercial art gallery located on the waterfront in Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood. The gallery exhibits the work of mid-career, emerging, and established artists of diverse backgrounds primarily from the Hudson Valley and Tristate region including New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
    2 events
  • Geary Contemporary

    34 Main Street Millerton

    (732) 838-4511

    Geary was founded in the Lower East Side in 2013 by Jack Geary and Dolly Bross Geary. The gallery represents emerging and mid-career artists working in a variety of media. Geary presents solo, two-person, and group exhibitions, and seeks to raise artist profiles and exposure through placement in museum collections and exhibitions, and through presentations at art fairs.
    1 event
  • Tanglewood

    297 West Street Lenox

    (413) 637-1600

    One of the world’s most beloved music festivals, Tanglewood is the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its training academy, the Tanglewood Music Center, as well as the Boston Pops. It’s also the year-round home of the Tanglewood Learning Institute. In a typical summer, Tanglewood welcomes more than 350,000 visitors to performances, recitals, and seminars across 500 acres nestled between Lenox and Stockbridge.
    1 article
  • Fenimore Art Museum

    5798 State Highway 80 (Lake Road) Cooperstown


    Fenimore Art Museum is dedicated to welcoming and connecting people to our shared cultural heritage through exhibitions and programs that provoke, delight, and inspire.

    Located in a beautiful setting on the shore of Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, New York, the Fenimore Art Museum offers a unique collection of American art, including folk art, Native American art, and fine art.

    1 article
  • 'T' Space Rhinebeck

    125 1/2 Round Lake Road Rhinebeck

    (212) 629-7262

    ‘T’ Space, located in the woodlands of Rhinebeck, NY, is an arts organization focused on the arts, education, design and ecology. Founded in 2010 by the Steven Myron Holl Foundation, ‘T’ Space has grown to become a vital center for the arts, nature and humanism in its region of the Hudson Valley.
  • Shadowland Stages

    157 Canal Street Ellenville


    Shadowland Stages is a not-for-profit, professional, Actors' Equity theatre company in Ellenville, NY. In addition to its mainstage summer season, the theatre offers year-round programming and educational opportunities in a newly renovated, air-conditioned, historic venue.
    3 articles
  • The Art Effect

    45 Pershing Avenue Poughkeepsie

    (845) 471-7477

    The Art Effect empowers young people to develop their creative voice to shape their futures and bring about positive social change. The Art Effect helps youth explore, experience, and excel in the arts, introducing them to visual arts and media, giving them the opportunity to develop real skills in these fields, and guiding them towards achieving their academic and career goals. The Art Effect directly serves over 2,000 young people in classes and programs throughout the Hudson Valley each year.
    1 article
  • Lord of the Strings

    8 South Chestnut Street Beacon


    Lord of the Strings is a stringed music instrument making and repair shop located in the heart of Beacon.
  • Fisher Center at Bard College

    Bard College PO Box 5000 Annandale-on-Hudson


    The Fisher Center develops, produces, and presents performing arts across disciplines through new productions and context-rich programs. As a premier professional performing arts center and a hub for research and education, the Fisher Center supports artists, students, and audiences in the development and examination of artistic ideas, offering perspectives from the past and present, as well as visions of the future.
  • ArtPort Kingston

    108 E Strand St Kingston

    ArtPort Kingston is a commercial contemporary art gallery housed in the historic Cornell Steamboat Building along the Rondout Creek in Kingston located at 108 E Strand. ArtPort’s aim is to be a destination for art experiences and unconventional interaction between contemporary art and a wide range of audiences.
    1 event
  • Artists' Collective of Hyde Park

    4338 Albany Post Road Hyde Park


    A warm, inviting gallery experience year round, with art and music events to inspire and engage visitors and artists. Offering sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and mixed media works in a variety of styles by seasoned artists.
  • Shakespeare & Company

    70 Kemble Street Lenox

    (413) 637-3353

    One of the most extensive arts-in-education programs in the northeast, Shakespeare & Company reaches more than 40,000 students and teachers each year with innovative, socially responsive, and educationally challenging performances, workshops and residencies. The Program has been nationally recognized as an innovative leader in the field of integrating theatre arts into education, and teaching Shakespeare.
  • Pinkwater Gallery

    56 North Front Street Kingston


    The à la Maison collection by Pinkwater Gallery is the FUN way to buy art. Presented in a welcoming, home-like environment at our location in Uptown Kingston, our range of contemporary art is curated from the region's talented female abstract artists. Explore our artist bios and currently available works on the website, and sign-up to receive emails about upcoming exhibit openings, artist talks, and other fun stuff.
    1 event
  • Berkshire Arts Festival

    Ski Butternut, Rte. 23 Great Barrington

    Now in its 23rd year and featuring 175 jury-selected artists from across the country, the Berkshires Arts Festival is recognized nationally as one of the country's most respected summer art events. The Berkshires Visitors Bureau rates the Berkshires Arts Festival as one of the top ten "Hot Spots" in Western Massachusetts. It is highly recommended as one of The places to go for family get-togethers and an extraordinary shopping experience. "With its relaxed atmosphere, great food, exceptional art & fine crafts, puppet shows, and live music, it's a great weekend for the entire family."
  • Boston Early Music Festival

    43 Thorndike Street, Suite 302 Cambridge

    Since 1981, the Boston Early Music Festival has established itself as an international leader in the field of Early Music. BEMF presents a wealth of diverse programs and activities, including superb productions of Baroque opera, award-winning recordings, an annual concert season that brings the field’s brightest stars to Boston and New York City, and North America’s leading festival for Early Music.
  • August for the Arts

    Stanley Demming Park Warwick

    Join Us for a Celebration of the Arts this August in the Hudson Valley. Saturday, August 5th. Stanley Demming Park / Warwick, NY. 4pm - 9:30pm