Things To Do This Weekend in Kingston, NY for 4/30-5/2

Happy Weekend and say “Hello! to the month of May! Spring is really in full swing here in the Hudson Valley where music and art happenings are really gearing up after a long hiatus. Here are some highlights of events to enjoy this upcoming weekend.


It’s the UCSPCA’s annual ‘Garden Party & Flea Market!’ Find the perfect blooms for Mother’s Day, gorgeous flowers for your garden, hanging baskets and seedlings, and more! Flea Market includes items from their Happy Paws Thrift Store, there will also be additional vendors, raffles, and fun during this free event! Vendors, 50/50 raffle with a pot starting at $500, and more! In person event with limited number of participants allowed in the market and vendor area at one time.

May 1st is Clean Sweep Day! Join in this city-wide effort to help clean up Kingston. Join local organizations including the Kingston Land Trust, Riverkeeper, the City of Kingston, and more for a socially-distanced effort to pick up the trash and beautify our community spaces! Super special this year- it’s Riverkeeper’s 10th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a great day of service for the Hudson River and its tributaries. Join the Kingston Land Trust at the Kingston Greenline’s Kingston Point Rail Trail to help start the clean up and make new friends! Keep an eye out for the other community businesses and organizations taking part in this effort, and join in any way you can. Remember, you don’t need a special holiday to help pick up trash and be mindful of your habits.

Another great event for the family is Virtual Musical Storytime for Families with the Town of Ulster Library! Celebrate May 1st because it is Save the Rhino Day! Join the Town of Ulster Library’s Ms. Kelley who will read aloud books, sing songs and share a craft!



Check out ArtPort on the Rondout with their exhibition “Form or Function,” running April 24, 2021 until June 6, 2021. This show features artists Chuck von Schmidt, Karen Jaimes, Staveley Kuzmanov, Traci Johnson, Barbara Marks, Ellie Murphy, Courtney Puckett, Jim Osman, Rachel Urkowitz and Gabriele Hamill, Inna Babaeva, Clemens Kois, Sophie Kravits, Christina Kruse, Jeanne Atkin, Kathleen Vance, Erika DeVries, and Rodger Stevens. The exhibition “Form or Function” presents works that crosses over media and discipline exploring the relationship of objects in between contemporary art, design and craft. Schedule a Gallery Visit at the Lockwood Gallery and check out the new exhibition ‘CAPTURED SPACES,’ a multi-disciplinary visual discussion that explores how three abstract artists apply their individual perspectives to the shaping of spatial experiences that express the world without and the world within. CAPTURED SPACES is on view from April 24 – May 23! Also not to be missed are two new exhibit openings-‘Psychic Self-Defense,’ a new work by process-based artist, Nina Isabelle opening Saturday May 1st at the Art/Life Institute in Kingston, NY! And- Works by Christine Hughes, Jerry Orter, and Scott Michael Ackerman will be on exhibition at Green Kill in Kingston, NY. The Green Kill May Exhibition opening party is on Saturday May 1, 2021, from 5 to 7 PM.



Plan your weekend with ‘Music on the Patio’ at Lydia’s Cafe in Stone Ridge with the Pete Levin Trio. For more great outdoor music opportunities, head up to Woodstock for Finding Alice at the Colony Cafe. Swing by Keegan Ales in Kingston, NY this weekend for Jeff Entin Friday Night, David Kraai on Saturday, and everybody’s favorite- Deadbeats Duo on Sunday! Looking for a change of scenery? Head across the river to Rhinebeck and enjoy some tunes by ‘Fresh Paint’ and great food from Dave’s Global Kitchen food truck at Grand Cru in Rhinebeck!



Not to be missed is Bardavon Presents Virtual Cinema livestream: ‘Secret Impressionists.’ This film reveals the story of the art revolution sparked by the Impressionist movement of the late 1800s. The art-documentary unveils 50 previously unseen works by Impressionist masters Manet, Caillebotte, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Signac, Sisley, and Morisot. You can stream this on demand! Also not to be missed- the Rosendale Theatre will present an awesome online panel discussion surrounding a variety of topics related to the film ‘Awakenings,’ all to shed light on “Mysteries of the Brain: Role of Science, Humanism, and Curiosity” on Wednesday Night.


…The best part of this week’s happenings? Many of these events are Virtual so if you’re not feeling like venturing out just yet, there are still many fun and exciting happenings to take part in. Have a nice week no matter what you do!

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