There are so many Hudson area events, things to do in Hudson Valley region this summer, that it’s almost impossible to narrow down the list, but we will make note of the ones that interest us most.
In fact, you can almost plan nothing at all and still have a great time walking Warren Street with its many shops and restaurants—the kind you’re unlikely to see in most other towns the size of Hudson. Hudson is known as an archive of American architecture and the nearer you get to the waterfront, the older the buildings. We have more intact and renovated 18th and 19th century architecture here than many cities much larger in size.
Beyond that are a couple of old (and very worthwhile) standbys close to Mount Merino: Olana, the home of Frederic Edwin Church, a founder of the famed Hudson River School of painting; featuring spectacular views of the Hudson Valley. And across the river there’s the Thomas Cole House in Catskill where you can experience more Hudson River School masterworks.
Hudson Area Events in August 2014 :
Bard is a small liberal arts college about a half-hour south of Hudson and besides its bucolic campus and high-achieving students, it boasts the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts designed by internationally famous Frank Gehry—its undulating forms look like no other building you’ve seen (except another Frank Gehry!) and houses a beautiful set of performance spaces.
Bard Music Festival: Schubert and His World: A New Aesthetics of Music August 15 – 17 @ Richard B. Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
Basilica Hudson is a wonderfully repurposed old factory near the waterfront—a local cultural icon.
Basilica Screenings Film Series: Programs I & II Colony of Light Friday, August 15, 8pm, 110. S. Front Street – film series featuring filmmaker discussions
The John Davis Gallery may have a modest storefront but features an enormous three-story exhibiton space in the back showing both traditional and nontraditional works. The sculpture courtyard is especially inviting.
Group Show Exhibition Opening Saturday, August 16, 6pm – 8pm, 362 1/2 Warren Street – on exhibit through September 7
Club Helsinki is a world-class music venue (with a great restaurant adjacent) and often brings in new and fascinating indie bands as well as some old stalwarts:
Robert Ellis August 17, 8pm, 405 Columbia Street
Taj Mahal Wednesday, August 20, 8pmi, 405 Columbia Street
With these and many more choices, you’re sure to find lots to do in and around town—and if you long to break away and see some unspoiled natural habitats, the Berkshires are a half hour east and the northern Catskills are a half hour west. You can hike in the day and take in a show at night! Not many places offer that kind of variety—but Hudson does.