Have a Bang-Up Memorial Day Weekend Upstate with These 5 Events

  |  May 24, 2019

If picnics and parades don’t tickle your fancy, there is a whole bunch of summer fun left to do this Memorial Day Weekend in the Hudson Valley. This holiday Weekend marks a key threshold in the arc of the year. Summer solstice is still a few weeks off, but the days are already long, the sun is out, and work seems suddenly less serious. Celebrate the official unofficial start of summer this weekend with these 5 Hudson Valley Memorial Day Weekend events.

5 Memorial Day Weekend Events in the Hudson Valley


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Just as the verdant scenery inspired the Hudson River School of painters, the region rich natural and cultural landscape continues to inspire creatives. The 2nd-annual DESIGN HUDSON Festival, which returns May 24-26, aims to bring those creators and designers to light. For this year’s festival theme, the New Hudson River School, designers will express their contemporary interpretations of the palette, landscape, and outlook of Hudson Valley painters Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. DESIGN HUDSON kicks off today, Friday, May 24 at the Dr. Oliver Bronson House, and continues through the weekend with designer home tours, talks, panel discussions, and shopping along Hudson’s Warren and Columbia Streets, the city’s walkable retail hub. Get more information about DESIGN HUDSON 2019.

Dirty Projectors at Hudson Hall

On Saturday, May 25, at 8pm the six-person indie-pop sensation Dirty Projectors will take the stage at Hudson Hall. Since their debut in 2002,the Dirty Projectors have seen enough transitory members pass through their ranks to fill a phone book (do they still make those?). Led by main man David Longstreth (vocals, guitar), the Brooklyn-born collective’s 30-plus list of past players includes notable names like Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Tyondai Braxton (Battles), and Olga Bell. Currently a sextet, the group is still basking in the glow of last year’s Lamp Lit Prose, their 10th album of arty, lo-fi pop confections. In preparation for their playing the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona at the end of the month, the Projectors have trained their lenses on Hudson Hall, where they’ll be rehearsing before doing this rare area date.

Gather Outdoors

The Catskill region will be graced by the Gather Outdoors music festival, bringing a long list of both US and international bands along with it. From May 25 to 26, this festival will take place nestled in the woods at a picturesque spot on Holiday Mountain Ski Resort. Some of the big-name acts in attendance include Floorplan, James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem), Agoria and Art Department. Those who wish to stay the night can find camping and RV areas on the festival grounds, with scattered shower accommodations as well. Attendees can enjoy a selection of food and drink, plus any ticket holders can hop on a free shuttle to-and-from the venue from NYC. Tickets are for sale online now starting at $79.

Glen Falls HouseSummer Kickoff Party // Phoenicia Flea

Fish out those white pants and kick off the summer right with a dj’d pool party and barbeque at Glen Falls House, this Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm. In addition to good eats and good music from Billy Caldwell of Love Tempo, the curated nomadic craft fair Phoenicia Flea will be setting up shop on the grounds of this historic resort, with more than 30 artisans and makers peddling their handcrafted and vintage wares. After you finish shopping, head to the woods to explore the nearly 50-acre property, which is laced with trails, dotted with while mushrooms, and bisected by creeks, with two impressive waterfalls. In its 137-year history, Glen Falls House has changed hands multiple times, undergoing several expansions in the ’60s in the waning golden days of the Catskills resort boom. Two years ago, it was bought by two bright-eyed entrepreneurs who have ushered the historic property into the modern era, while maintaining the connection to nature and Catskills charm. Want to know more about this magical destination? Read our profile on Glen Falls House.

Field + Supply Spring MRKT

Field + Supply, the maker and artisan fair is what design-savvy people mean when they say something is “curated.” The event, founded in 2014 by New York designer Brad Ford as an upscale riff on a typical crafts fair, will kick off its first spring fling this Memorial Day weekend, starting at 2pm on Friday, May 24, and running through Sunday, May 26. With some 144 exhibitors, the Field + Supply Spring MRKT will sell you everything (except the vowels)—from a burnished coal coffee table (furniture designer Jim Zivic makes pieces for the likes of Kylie Jenner and Lou Reed) to an “Upstate and Chill” mug (from Hamilton & Adams). The artisan extravaganza, which hosted about 7,000 visitors last fall, will be held located at the Hutton Brickyards, a reclaimed former industrial site right smack on the Hudson River. With so much to do, buy, and see, we’ve created a guide to Spring MRKT to help you get the most out of your visit.

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