The first month of 2019 is coming to a close and while most of the country is thinking about the upcoming Superbowl Sunday, the Hudson Valley is full of alternative options for a good time. Check out some of them below.

Vassar College’s Modfest

Tomorrow, January 31, 2019, marks the start of Vassar College’s Modfest, which is celebrating its 17th year. This eclectic art festival is Vassar College’s annual exploration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. This year’s theme is “In Motion” and it represents the first time the festival will expand beyond the Vassar campus to present a production in historic downtown Poughkeepsie.

Running through February 10th, participating artists will explore movement in its many forms: “from simply discovering what moves, to reflecting on the meaning of motion, to actively being present in the moment. From chaotic string textures that conjure the natural imagery of the tornado season as told by Joshua Roman and the JACK Quartet, to music and the moving image, to the premiere of Richard Wilson’s String Quartet No. 6, Modfest celebrates the diverse ways in which art reflects and moves through our constantly changing world.”  With a calendar chock full of artist events, you can’t help but find something creative and interesting to be a part of. The best part? It’s free…Check out more about the event

The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. 150th Birthday Celebration
Open House – Friday, February 1, 2019, at 5 pm

There will be a free open house for residents and visitors on the 150th anniversary of the theater’s opening night in 1869. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the theater including walking the stage and visiting the dressing rooms. There will be stories of past dignitaries who have visited and a demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ, built for Bardavon in 1927. At 6 pm Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rollison will lead a birthday toast and cut the birthday cake. At 7 pm the party continues at the King’s Court Brewing Company on Cannon Street in Poughkeepsie. Learn More.

Kent Winter Festival 

February 02, 2019
11:00 am to 3:00 pm ~ at the Kent Town Center

Winter is in full force and there is nothing better than a winter festival! Join us for the Kent Winter Festival on Feb. 2nd ~ 11:00 am to 3:00 pm ~ at the Kent Town Center. This 5th annual production is a collaboration of the Town of Kent, the Kent Library and the Carmel/Kent Chamber of Commerce.  Learn More.


February 02, 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Grasshopper Grove at Outdoor Discovery Center at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

Parents, your kids will love learning all about groundhogs this Groundhog day at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. They will learn about the history behind the age-old tradition of predicting the springtime. Participants will be in for an informative talk about the Groundhog, get to make a groundhog craft, and take a walk outside to look for their shadow! Suggested for adults and families with children over age 4. Admission price includes admission to the Wildlife Education Center. Learn More.



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