Hudson SummerFest


The Hudson Summer Festival is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization. Contributions on behalf of the Hudson Music Festival must be made payable to NYFA, and are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.



There aren’t many bands that have lasted for 50 years, and the list of those still at the top of their creative game is even smaller. Over the past half century, NRBQ has proven to be a group of peerless and unique musicians, songwriters and performers, continuing to prove it with each new album and live performance.


Too Blue


Traveling freely between the genres of bluegrass, swing, Celtic and jazz, a Too Blue performance is a dynamic dose of serious fun. Smooth harmonies and adventurous musicianship bring stellar arrangements to life.


The Zolla Boys


17 year old Ben Zolla and his 16 year old brother Sam started playing music with their dad, Larry in the spring of 2012. What started as a hobby quickly grew into regular bookings at music halls, bluegrass festivals and concerts. . 

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The Fabulous Versatones


The Fabulous Versatones are a 5-man swing band based in the Hudson Valley with members from Hudson, Millbrook and Red Hook.


The Matchstick Architects


The Matchstick Architects are a New England based rock band with a soulful blend of country, blues, and folk influences.

The band is fronted by Dar Maloney (Pleasant Valley, NY) on guitar and lead vocals. The band features Maloney, Tom Conklin (Pittsfield, MA) on lead guitar, Diane Davis (Barkhamsted, CT) on bass, and Dave Willey (Becket, MA) on drums.



"Many CD's will claim to defy a specific genre label, but Black Mountain Symphony's redefines eclectic here. The music combines synthesized rock grooves with classic jazz rhythms and you don't have to listen too closely to hear Americana.

Author/Illustrator Readings, Personalized book signing:


Tara Crowl was raised in a town called Murfreesboro in the very center of Tennessee. As a kid, she was constantly walking into things because her eyes were on a book. 

1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

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Lisa LaMonica is an author and award-winning illustrator living in upstate New York.  She was nominated for the Columbia County Council on the Arts Artist of the Year award in 2001.  

3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

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Barbara Ann Mojica is a historian and retires educator with forty years experience as a teacher, principal and school administrator. 

11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

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Victor Ramon Mojica is an Illustrator, cartoonist, writer and publisher, Victor has produced comic strips, comic books, coloring books, children’s books, authored web-sites, written poetry and screenplays.

11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

James Preller has written many books for children, including the polular “Jigsaw Jones” mystery series. His recent hardcover titles include the bully-theme title, BYSTANDER (2009 Junior Library Guild Selection), ALONG CAME SPIDER...

1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

By the time Jacqueline Rogers was in high school, it was very clear to her that she was going to have a career in art. She went to Rhode Island School of Design to study painting.

11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

ESMÉ grew up in Laurel Canyon, California and Ontario, Canada. Currently she and her dog, Chebini Brown, split their time between Brooklyn and New York’s Hudson Valley. 

3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Drawing and painting have always been among the most important things to Elizabeth Zunon. She was born in Albany, NY and grew up in the Ivory Coast, West Africa.

3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

hudson summerfest 2017

Summer festivals and fairs have always been the linchpin of most summer seasons, celebrating all that is summertime. In that very spirit the we announce our first annual Hudson Summerfest to be held at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. One would be hard pressed to find a more perfectly scenic location, with views of the river, the Catskill Mountains, and within walking distance of all that the City of Hudson has to offer in unique shops, restaurants and lodging. Bring family and friends to this affordable outing and spend the day savouring Summer.

Hudson SummerFest will feature live music, and audience engaging performances by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. food and beverage vendors providing the best of our local resources will be curated by the FarmOn! Foundation. There will be a crafts and maker tent to showcase the work of local artisans. The Hudson Area Library tent will host children's authors and illustrators, origami demonstrations and there will be art projects hosted by Etsy makers. 

SummerFest Family Day with the Hudson Area Library

Come to the Summerfest Family Day at the Hudson Area Library Tent and join the excitement for a day of family fun. The Library will have their own tent to provide author/illustrator readings, origami demonstrations, collage making with Etsy makers, and more. Fun for the entire family!

Author/Illustrator Readings, Personalized book signing:

11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Jacqueline Rogers + Barbara & Victor Mojica

1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

James Preller + Tara Crowl

3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Elizabeth Zunon + Esme Shapiro + Lisa LaMonica

Read Bios here

Collage Making With ETSY Hudson:

Ideas for collage are all around us!  Join us anytime under the Hudson Area Library tent to create a unique & beautiful piece of art! Kids and families will have an opportunity to make their own collages on wood blocks with the help of ETSY's talented employees!  Bring your thoughts & ideas, abstract or realistic. We will provide the supplies. Scheduled 11am-5pm

Discover the fun of folding paper... Origami! 

Greg Urra and George Gozum will demonstrate and teach kids and adults how to transform colorful paper into dogs, cranes, samurai helmets, a fire station, and much more! All supplies will be provided. fun! Scheduled 1-4pm


Not only will Hudson SummerFest celebrate the diversity of all that Hudson has to offer, it will also serve as a source of fund raising for several of the organizations that take such great care in fostering creativity, citizenship, and community solidarity. Each year a select group of non-profit organizations will be chosen to participate in the festival, and all festival proceeds will be donated to these organizations and their youth programming. This year, festival proceeds will go to the FarmOn! Foundation, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, and the Hudson Area Library.

So, mark your calendars and come share in what will become one of the annual events for Summer festivities in the Hudson Valley: Saturday, August 19, 2017 from (gates open at 10:30am) 11am until 7pm in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson, Columbia County, NY.


Order Tickets Here (You will be taken to Vendini, Inc. ticketing site.)


Sponsorship's play a significant role in the planning and promotion of the Hudson SummerFest.

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Grant Award

Archer Daniels Midland

Archer Daniels Midland

This donation was given through ADM Cares. ADM Cares is a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.



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Sponsorship's play a significant role in the planning and promotion of the Hudson SummerFest.

Please Click here to fill out the form.


The Hudson Summerfest is being supported by grants from ADM Cares and Columbia County Tourism, and community businesses and individuals who realize the importance of a strong creative economy. 

Schedule and performance times may change without notice. This is a rain-or-shine event and there are no refunds.

The Hudson SummerFest is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization. Contributions on behalf of the Hudson SummerFest must be made payable to NYFA, and are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.