- Bindlestiff Family Cirkus performs at Opus 40 August 14 and September 11.
From exquisite puppetry to spooky theater and a vaudeville circus, there is plenty to do out there this month in the Hudson Valley. Don't let the dog days of summer get you down, load up on these 8 cultural events.
“Sweet Charity” at the Woodstock Playhouse | Through August 15
"Dead and Buried”at Denizen Theater | August 6-7In this dark comedy set in a small New England town at Halloween, 18-year-old Perdue finds a job in a place most people wouldn’t even consider: the local graveyard. Written by James McLindon, the spooky/funny play is the second in Denizen Theater’s summer reading series in the courtyard of the Water Street Market. The outdoor series marks Denizen’s first live performances since the pandemic began. Tickets are free to the public, but available seats are limited. August 6-7 in New Paltz.
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus at Opus 40 | August 14
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]” | Aug 14-Sept 5Shadowland Stages reopens with their upcoming staging of the hilarious farce “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [revised].” This production will mark their first staging since closing for the pandemic. Full of improvisation, raunchy humor, and a healthy disregard for the fourth wall, audiences can expect “The Complete Works”to be wickedly funny in its attempt to speed-run through every play the Bard produced, including obscurities like "Timon of Athens." August 13-September 5 in Ellenville.
- "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" will run at Shadowland Theater August 13-September 5.
Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby | August 15
Saugerties Artists’ Studio Tour | August 14-15What started in 2002 as a way to promote the town’s smaller studios has grown into a full-on art-lover’s weekend. This year, for the 19th annual Saugerties Artists' Studio Tour, 40 artists invite visitors (masked, please) into their studios to view their work and their art-making spaces—where the magic happens! Works of varying media—from sculpture to paintings of abstract, contemporary, and other styles—are showcased at locations around town. Maps for the self-guided tour are available at many businesses in town. August 15-16, 10am-6pm.
Esopus Creek Puppet Suite in Saugerties | August 18-22Arm-of-the-Sea’s annual summertime puppet extravaganza returns after a one-year hiatus, marking the first event on the site of the future Tidewater Center in Saugerties, with five evening performances taking place under the stars at 8pm. Along with their puppet suite, Arm-of-the-Sea is also revitalizing the Esopus shoreline. The Tidewater Center occupies land that used to be the site of a 19th-century paper mill and revitalization processes have already begun. August 18-22 in Saugerties.
Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel at HRMM | August 21-21
- Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel returns to the Hudson River Maritime Museum Agust 21-28.