To see what’s going on in Kingston this week, visit the Kingston Happenings website.

First Saturday

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.

You can download a PDF map of the current First Saturday events from the MAD website here.

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.

Hudson River Cruise

Take a Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise!

From the decks of the venerable Rip Van Winkle cruise boat, you will relax and enjoy a clear view of historic Hudson River lighthouses, waterfront mansions, and other notable locations on this 2-hour Sightseeing Cruise. Highlighted by their knowledgeable cruise staff, you’ll see some of the region’s most unique and fascinating locations on the Hudson River waterfront! Tours leave the dock on East Strand every day except Monday. Visit their website for more info.

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:

The Rondout District Tour

The Rondout National Historic District tour is offered on the last Saturday of the month May-October. This tour traces the rapid transformation of Kingston’s waterfront area from farmland into a thriving maritime village and Hudson River port when it became the terminus of the Delaware and Hudson Canal 1828.  The tour shows how entrepreneurs and immigrants shaped the new village and how its fate was tied to the canal, its fortunes rising, then sinking as railroads eclipsed canals in the late nineteenth century.  The walk views the rich legacy of commercial buildings, cast-iron storefronts, homes and churches built by the “melting pot” of  nationalities that emigrated to Kingston’s waterfront area during the nineteenth century, and also discusses the area’s recent renaissance. Some uphill walking is involved. The Rondout District tour departs at 1pm from the Heritage Area Visitor Center, 20 Broadway. Fee: $10 adult; $5 child under 16.  Free to FHK members.

For more information about the walking tours and other events visit

Group tours can be arranged by appointment. For more information, call (845) 339-0720.

2016 Tour dates: May 28, June 24, July 30, Aug 27, September 24, October 291PM

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.


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).

Happens on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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