Looking for a day trip? Look no further. Orange County is not too far from the city — and as a Westchester Girl, I love finding things in nearby towns. Whether you want to spread out a blanket and spend the day listening to music or prefer a brisk bike ride through the countryside, there are countless ways to enjoy the warm weather in Orange County this June. Festivals highlight the beauty of the region while featuring the best in local foods and crafts.
Here’s a sampling of some festivals on the calendar in Orange County, NY this June:
June 3, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Riverfest at Donahue Park, Cornwall-on-Hudson. Full day of entertainment including children’s activities, live music, large craft and food fair. Shuttle buses transport visitors from the Cornwall Middle School parking lot to and from the festival. Bring a blanket or chair. 845-534-4200, www.river-fest.com
June 3, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.: Newburgh Illuminated Festival, Broadway and Liberty St.Celebrates the City of Newburgh with art, music, dance, poetry, food and much more. This free family-friendly event features three performance stages, vendors, activities for kids and Colorfest. www.newburghilluminatedfestival.com, Facebook: Newburgh Illuminated
June 3, 11:00 am – 5:00 p.m.: Earth & Water Festival at Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery. Bring a blanket and spend the day at this unique, family friendly festival. Live music and performances all day, green expo, children’s activities, food vendors, farmers market, live animals and games. 845-615-3868, www.waterauthority.orangecountygov.com
June 11, 9:00 am – 6:00 p.m.: Farm to Fork Fondo ending at Pennings Farm Market, Warwick. A farm fresh feast from the seat of your bicycle. Ride distances from 10-100 miles with gourmet aid stations hosted by local farms and live music. Post-Ride Farm to Fork Barbecue and live music. Features cycling industry vendors, farm tours, farm market, barn yard with animals, garden center, ice cream stand, beer garden and more! www.farmforkfondo.com
Also visit Orange County Tourism’s website: www.orangetourism.org.