The Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby

The Kingston Artist Soapbox Derby, now celebrating 20 years, is a parade of non-motorized kinetic sculptures capable of rolling down lower Broadway in Kingston, NY. It is an event that brings professional artists, the creatively inclined, families and friends together to show off their wild, wacky, and original soapbox creations. The Artists’ Soapbox Derby happens in August on the third Sunday of the month. More info at: http://www.kingstonartistsoapboxderby.com/

Night Market

The Downtown Night Market is a monthly outdoor gathering of a diverse array of independent vendors hailing from NY State, many of whom are local to Kingston. The Night Market inspires the community to walk our district, support local vendors, and engage with the historic heritage of the area.

Urban Renewal of the mid 20th century destroyed many of the storefronts which at one point in history housed independent businesses integral to the neighborhood’s character: ateliers, haberdasheries, taverns and other merchants serving the vibrant immigrant community. The Night Market creates a new space for these vital independent merchants and makers to inspire, and serve the public.

More information at http://www.nightmarketkingston.com/

First Saturdays

The vibrant First Saturday gallery receptions offer a glimpse of what our creative city has to offer. Events throughout the year, on the first Saturday of each month, include live music, open studio tours, theatrical performances, wine tastings, arts & cultural activities and more.

Fourth of July

Waterfront outdoor dining and live music kick off the annual Fourth of July celebration, followed by a video tribute to veterans. Visitors to the waterfront can sit back and enjoy locally sponsored fireworks display. Parking and shuttles will be available to make a Holiday celebration drawing large crowds convenient.

Shop Small Saturday

Shop Small Business Saturday is a day that offers shoppers incentives to shop local businesses. It’s celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Sinterklass

Kingston honors its Dutch heritage by re-creating a beloved holiday and hosting a series of events including cookie decoration, ornament making, story telling, music performances and more. Kingston’s festivities culminate with a parade, made up of puppeteers, neighborhood children and bands, ending at Rondout Creek, where Sinterklaas boards a boat to leave Kingston (playing the traditional role of Spain) for Rhinebeck (the Netherlands).