Spring 2018 Festivals in the Lower Hudson Valley

Fairs and festivals in Orange, Rockland and Dutchess

Despite what Mother Nature thinks (snow? really?), spring is definitely here, and that means outdoor festivals will soon dot the landscape of Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley! That's great news for those of us suffering from the winter blues and daydreaming about warm, sunny days and budding flowers.

We’ve rounded up many fun fairs and festivals throughout Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Rockland counties. In addition to featuring kiddie favorites like rides, games and live entertainment, many of these fetes celebrate the local environment, with workshops and educational activities for the entire family. Read on for all the details, and be sure to check out our Event Calendar for even more options.

Hit the carnival rides at SpringFest.

SpringFest – Nyack
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Nyack comes alive with live music, hundreds of food and craft vendors and outdoor restaurant seating. There is also a carnival with rides and games. Free admission; expect to pay for the rides and games. 

Suffern Street Fair – Suffern
Sunday, April 15, 2018
In addition to live music, vendors and a Kidz Zone, this year's festival will have a beer garden for adults.

Earth Day – Nyack
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Activities include games, art projects, live entertainment, planting activities and craft vendors. Free

Hudson Valley Fair – Fishkill
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 4-20, 2018
If you’re looking for your traditional county fair, the Hudson Valley Fair may be your best bet this spring. It has carnival rides, thrilling entertainment shows and a petting zoo, as well as fireworks on Saturday nights. There’s a full roster of eyebrow-raising entertainment held every day, including a Banana Derby (monkeys riding dogs), hypnotists, and a lion and tiger show.

Marvel at (and devour) the creative cupcakes at the Gardiner Cupcake Festival.

Gardiner Cupcake Festival - Gardiner
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Held at Wright's Farm, this festival kicks off with a 5K through the orchard and then segues into a day packed with cupcakes (more than 10,000!), music, vendors, wagon rides and other fun stuff. Kids can also try the zip line, get their faces painted, and bounce on inflatables. And, yes, there will also be other food to eat. The icing on the cake? Enter your own creation in the cupcake competition!

Sugar Loaf Spring Festival – Sugar Loaf
Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, 2018
Sugar Loaf is walkable little village, and each Memorial Day Weekend you'll find it packed with people poring over arts and crafts, eating treats and listening to live music. Admission is free.

Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair - New Paltz
Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28, 2018
This massive arts and crafts fair features live music and a supervised children's tent. There is a fee to enter, but ages 12 and under are free. 

RiverFest – Cornwall-on-Hudson
Saturday, June 2, 2018
The children's activities and entertainment are still being finalized for this year, but past festivals have included free kayaking demonstrations as one of the highlights. Free

Visiting the fairy-wand workshop at the Children’s Earth and Water Festival. Photo courtesy of the venue.

Children’s Earth and Water Festival – Montgomery
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Along with food and craft vendors, expect environment-related activities, animals, games, music, bounce houses, a performance by Arm of the Sea Theater and more. Pick up a Passport to Fun to collect stamps and receive small prizes (while supplies last). Looking to make a bigger day of it? Visit the Sally’s Dream Playground. Admission is free.

Strawberry Festival – Beacon
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Held by the Beacon Sloop Club, the annual Strawberry Festival typically boasts music, kids’ activities and craft vendors—not to mention fresh strawberries employed in a variety of delicious treats. Free

New City Street Fair – New City
Sunday, June 10, 2018
In addition to vendors, this fair features bounce houses, a DJ spinning music and plenty of food and arts and crafts. Admission is free.

Originally published in 2015 and updated for 2018. 

Top photo: Bumper cars at the Nyack SpringFest. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the organizers/festivals.

Sugar Loaf Spring Festival
Kings Highway
10918 Sugar Loaf , NY 41° 18' 53.3196" N, 74° 16' 56.3628" W
New York
Donohue Memorial Park 12520 Cornwall-on-Hudson , NY 41° 26' 41.3376" N, 74° 0' 56.5056" W
New York
Thomas Bull Memorial Park
211 NY-416
10916 Campbell Hall , NY 41° 28' 29.4492" N, 74° 15' 59.1264" W
New York
Riverfront Park 12508 Beacon , NY 41° 30' 17.3376" N, 73° 58' 10.4988" W
New York
Nyack Spring Fest
Main Street
10960 Nyack , NY 41° 5' 30.0192" N, 73° 55' 20.514" W
New York
Veterans Park Gazebo
Main Street and Cedar Street
10960 Nyack , NY 41° 5' 28.338" N, 73° 55' 10.326" W
New York
Suffern Street Fair
Lafayette Avenue
10901 Suffern , NY 41° 6' 51.4296" N, 74° 8' 32.7912" W
New York
New City Street Fair
Main Street
10956 New City , NY 41° 8' 3.1668" N, 73° 59' 26.6964" W
New York
Dutchess Stadium 12590 Fishkill , NY 41° 31' 19.002" N, 73° 55' 27.21" W
New York
Ulster County Fairgrounds
249 Libertyville Road
12561 New Paltz , NY 41° 43' 19.362" N, 74° 7' 20.8056" W
New York
Wright's Farm
699 NY-208
12525 Gardiner , NY 41° 40' 1.1064" N, 74° 8' 16.4832" W
New York
Spring Fever Family Day and Book Fair
29 N. Hamilton Street Family Partnership Center
12601 Poughkeepsie , NY 41° 42' 14.6088" N, 73° 55' 16.446" W
New York