Below we’ve listed eight of our top picks for the weekend, but several particularly stand out. The Hudson Valley Chalk Festival is a three-day affair, where professional artists elevate New Paltz's aesthetics with eye-popping artwork around town, and kids get to decorate a four-wheel vehicle with their own chalk creation. Other attractions are offered as well, and the whole kit ‘n caboodle is FREE.
Also of significance is the Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival, loaded with assorted Chinese cultural attractions (art workshops among them) and, of course, the famed dragon boat race. Also FREE!
Not free but worth the price of admission is the high-caliber Jazz Festival, an annual day-long concert we’ve previously reviewed, presented at Caramoor in partnership with the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center (with appeal for kids, too). Other faves this weekend are the Arab-American Heritage Celebration and a performance by a magician and mind-reader.
Read on for more details and more picks—plus our Event Calendar includes other events you’ll want to review before choosing what to do. Don't forget to consult our July GoList for our favorite events for the rest of the month, and check out our Summer Activity Guide for things to do all summer long, including the best swimming lakes and rivers for Westchester families.