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Top 10 Events in April

Date Published: March 30, 2022

There is so much to discover in scenic Dutchess County this month. From Titanic-themed mansion tours and live performances to accessible Easter egg hunts for all, here are our top 10 events for April.

1. Saturday Morning Family Series

Saturdays in April at 10 a.m. at the CENTER for the Performing Arts, Rhinebeck

The CENTER for the Performing Arts in Rhinebeck sets aside several Saturday shows just for the kids. Set in a bucolic barn, the theatre review retells classic children’s tales like Sleeping Beauty and the Three Little Pigs. In addition, a “choose-your-own-adventure” style puppet show and a performance of magical illusions round out this month’s programming. To purchase tickets online, click here.

Mills Mansion at Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburg, NY

2. Tales of the Titanic: Themed Mansion Tour 

Select Saturdays and Sundays starting April 3 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Staatsburg

Did you know this Dutchess County destination had a connection to the Titanic? Ogden and Ruth Mills held tickets for the infamous icebreaker. To commemorate the 110th anniversary of the ship’s tragic sinking, Staatsburgh State Historic Site offers 90-minute tours of the mansion. Get an inside look at the first-class experience April 3, 10, 23, 24 and 30. To book your tour, click here.

Girl with alpaca at Lilymoore Farm
Lilymoore Farm, Pleasant Valley, NY; Photo: @caroline_ruth17

3. Lilymoore Farm Opening Day 

Saturday, April 2 at 12:00 p.m. at Lilymoore Farm, Pleasant Valley

Visit this breathtaking Pleasant Valley farm to interact with all sorts of cuddly creatures. Of course, Lilymoore’s fluffy alpacas are truly the stars of the show. In addition, tour the property to see their assortment of pigs, llamas, huarizos, goats and more. For more information (including their Dreaming of a Chance pigeon sanctuary), click here.

4. New York Polyphony

Sunday, April 3 at 4:00 p.m. at Howland Cultural Center, Beacon

Beacon’s Howland Cultural Center hosts New York Polyphony for an afternoon of superb vocal performances. This chamber ensemble comprises four singers that put a modern twist on classic material. Listen to the two-time Grammy-nominated group as they interpret poetry from Walt Whitman, compositions from Thomas Byttering, and more. From Gregorian chant and Renaissance pieces to fresh, innovative material, there’s something for every ear. To purchase tickets online, click here.


Family at Innisfree Gardens
Innisfree Gardens, Millbrook, NY

5. Landscape, Poetry and Ecology: Romanticism at Innisfree  

Wednesday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. via ZOOM by Innisfree Garden, Millbrook

It’s National Poetry Month, and Millbrook’s Innisfree Garden knows how to celebrate. Settle in for a lovely presentation from Vassar College professor Paul Kane. Specializing in both literature and environmental science, Kane describes the convergence of written poetry and natural splendor in Romanticism, and how it applies to the Innisfree landscape. In addition, he discusses the role of ecology in the art form—just in time for Earth Day. Afterward, explore Innisfree Garden with a new perspective once they re-open to the public in mid-April. To register for this virtual event, click here.

6. Standup Comic Nate Bargatze 

Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center, Poughkeepsie

The Mid-Hudson Civic Center continues its run of live comedy shows with Nate Bargatze. His clean, down-to-earth material has fueled several late-night appearances (including with Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien) and two Netflix specials. On “The Raincheck Tour,” the Tennessee-based comedian debuts brand-new material in front of a Poughkeepsie audience. Grab a cold beer from Mill House Brewing Co. and get ready to laugh. To purchase tickets, click here.

7. Easter Events throughout Dutchess County

Saturday, April 9 at 11:00 a.m. at Eastdale Village, Poughkeepsie
Gather up the family and visit these lovely locales to celebrate the arrival of spring—and the Easter Bunny. First, stop by Eastdale Village in Poughkeepsie for their spring “hop and shop.” Munch on scrumptious food truck fare, peruse the wares of several local vendors and visit with the big rabbit himself.

Saturday, April 9 at 11:30 a.m. at Barton Orchards, Poughquag
Then, head on over to Barton Orchards in Poughquag for their opening day festival and Easter egg hunt. Kids can enjoy the petting zoo, gem mining station, a wooden playground and more. (To register your child for the egg hunt, click here.) And, of course, stop in the taproom for orchard-fresh cider.

Saturday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Tymor Park, LaGrangeville
Finally, visit LaGrangeville’s scenic Tymor Park on April 13 for an accessible “Egg Hunts for All” event. Throughout the day, engage in a relaxing sensory-friendly forage, an audio-based egg search for the visually impaired and a wheelchair-accessible hunt. To register for any of these free activities, click here.

Mesier Homestead and Museum
Mesier Homestead and Museum, Wappingers Falls, NY

8. Mesier Homestead Historic Site Tour Day 

Sunday, April 24 at 1:00 pm at Mesier Homestead Historic Site, Wappingers Falls

Learn what it was like to live in Dutchess County during the Revolutionary War era through one of these riveting tours. The Mesier Homestead Historic Site provides insight into one of Wappingers Falls’ early European settlers. Marvel at the stunning Victorian décor and impressive display of local artifacts. In fact, discover anything from Native American tools to 1800s wedding dresses. For more information, click here.

Bardavon 1869 Opera House
Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie, NY

9. Bardavon Presents: Weird Al Yankovic

Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie

You’ve never seen Weird Al Yankovic quite like this. Poughkeepsie’s historic Bardavon Opera House welcomes the parody songwriting legend for a night of intimate music. Instead of his typical over-the-top, silly performances, Yankovic pulls original tunes from his 14-album catalog. This stop on “The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour” is can’t-miss if you’re a fan of the artist. Plus, special guest Emo Philips brings his unique brand of standup comedy and spoken-word poetry to the stage. To purchase tickets, click here.

10. Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet Live at The Stissing Center

Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. at The Stissing Center, Pine Plains

Craving more live performances? Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet brings award-winning Latin chamber music to Pine Plains. Experience the elegance and intense passion of Argentine tango blended with European classical music and American jazz. Striking the perfect balance between showcasing the genre’s roots and presenting its potential future, this ensemble puts on an incredible live performance. To purchase tickets, click here.


Val-kill Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (Val-Kill), Hyde Park, NY

Bonus: National Park Week

Saturday, April 16 to Sunday, April 24

Celebrate Dutchess County’s incredible national parks during this special week of programming. Kick things off on April 16 with a free visit to any of these sites, including the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site (all located in Hyde Park.) Then, check out a slew of events and digital experiences. For more information, click here.  

Get out and explore Dutchess County with these engaging events! Be sure share your adventures with us by using the #MyDutchessStory on social media. 

Due to changing policies and procedures regarding COVID-19, please confirm event details online prior to attending. 


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