Upstater Destinations: Three Memorial Day Weekend Events

  |  May 23, 2013

Yes, please.

If we attempted to innumerate all of the Memorial Day weekend events starting on Friday, we’d be here until next Memorial Day. Instead, we decided to pick three fun happenings we think you will enjoy as you officially kick off the unofficial start of summer.


Opening Day of the Saugerties Farmers Market, May 25, Main Street next to the Kiersted House (GMAP)

The Saugerties Farmers Market is always a good time, even if you don’t buy anything (and you will, believe us). And the folks who run it sure know how to start things off with a bang every year. This time around, the Farmers Market will have live music, chef’s demos, a kids’ arts and crafts table, and free soil testing by Cornell Cooperative Extension. And we all know that nothing says summer fun like free soil testing! Check out the list of upcoming events and the full roster of vendors on the Saugerties Farmers Market website.

Hudson Berkshire Food and Wine Festival, May 25-26, Columbia County Fairgrounds (GMAP)

If the Farmers Market just isn’t enough delicious, locally grown food for you, head up to Columbia County to the Food and Wine Festival. Whether you’re hankering for a hunk of spicy cheese from Worldling’s Pleasure or a bubbly glass of Blanc de Blanc from the Hudson-Chatham Winery, you’re going to find something yummy. Tons of chef’s demos are scheduled for the day. You can take a look here on the festival website.

Rhinebeck Antiques Fair, May 25-26, Dutchess County Fairgrounds (GMAP)

Had enough to eat? Now spend what’s left of your money on cool, old stuff. With more antiquities dealers than you can shake a stick at, the Rhinebeck Antiques Fair is a popular event around these parts. Parking is free for this event, but leave your pup at home since the fairgrounds are a pet-free zone. Find out everything that’s going on those two days on the antiques fair website.

If these selections don’t quite tickle your fancy, take a gander at Chronogram’s massive Memorial Day weekend events calendar. Oh, and make sure you just ignore the weather forecast. Trust us on that one.


From the Rhinebeck Antiques Show website


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Kandy is a writer and musician/music teacher living in Saugerties, NY.

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