It’s certainly easy to begin daydreaming about the forthcoming springtime once February rolls around – but wait! Winter in the wondrous Hudson Valley has a charm all its own, and here in Dutchess County, there are so many sights and experiences that are guaranteed to captivate your heart and warm your soul. From world-class cuisine and masterful works of art to breathtaking views and fascinating history, Dutchess has it all. Check out this list of the Top 10 February events in Dutchess County and embrace the tranquility of winter in the Hudson Valley.
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Winter Wonderland Getaway Package
Nov. 30-March 31 at Curry Estate, Hopewell Junction
Your choice of two different packages lets you spend a night or two in the cozy, 16-room Inn at Curry Estate and dine at its four-star restaurant, Restaurant Six, (formerly Le Chambord) for one discounted price. You’ll also receive champagne, continental breakfast and special treats in your room. Tucked quietly away in Hopewell Junction, Curry Estate is the ideal place to disconnect and recharge. Plus, it’s only a snowball’s throw from the Taconic State Parkway and a short drive away from the Village of Wappingers Falls, downtown Beacon or the Poughkeepsie waterfront. Click here to book your reservations. Check out more hotel perks with “Stay in Dutchess Deals.”
Thursday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park
Learn the fascinating details behind one of the defining events of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency and how bipartisan cooperation helped lead America to victory in World War II. The FDR Presidential Library hosts a conversation and book signing with Peter Shinkle, author of the book “Uniting America: How FDR and Henry Stimson Brought Democrats and Republicans Together to Win World War II.” Click here to reserve your spot at this free event.
Rhinebeck Fine Art Exhibition
Feb. 3-26 at Gallery 40, Poughkeepsie
Formed in 2020 during the height of the pandemic as an online gallery for local artists to showcase their work, Rhinebeck Fine Art served as a life raft of sorts during that bleak period when museums were locked tight and public exhibitions were put on hold. Now that the world has thankfully reopened, Rhinebeck Fine Art is working with local galleries and hosting art openings at brick-and-mortar locations throughout Dutchess while maintaining its online presence. This exhibit at Gallery 40 features the masterful creations of more than a dozen artists. The opening reception is set for Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. Click here for a preview of the show.
Saturday, Feb. 4, 5-9 p.m. at the MJN Convention Center, Poughkeepsie
Don’t be a chicken! Head to the Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center (formerly the Mid-Hudson Civic Center) for the 16th annual WingFest. Sample all the best wings in the Hudson Valley, expertly prepared by your favorite local restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Enjoy live bands, brew stations, a meet-and-greet with New York Rangers alumni and more. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, a Hudson Valley-based non-profit organization raising funds to help fight childhood cancer. In honor of SuperTy, this year’s WingFest will feature a Superheroes vs. Villains theme, so dress like your favorite comic book character for a chance to win prizes. Fellas, be sure to chow down on plenty of wings so you can bulk up for this year’s Ultimate Dad Bod Competition! A panel of celebrity judges will select the winners in a variety of categories (Sexiest Dance, Best Wardrobe, etc.) and award $500 in cash and prizes. For tickets to WingFest, and to enter the Dad Bod Competition, click here.
West Point Band: “American Influences”
Saturday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. at the Sosnoff Theater, Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
The United States Army’s oldest musical ensemble presents a performance in celebration of America’s musical heritage featuring composers the likes of Charles Ives, Aaron Copeland and Florence Price. Staff Sergeant Stacy Wilson, a world-renowned saxophone virtuoso, will lead a performance of Paul Creston’s “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band.” Staff Sergeant Wilson has performed all over the world as a soloist and a chamber musician and has won top prizes in many prestigious competitions. Tickets for this free event are going quickly. Click here to reserve yours.
Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra: “Summon the Heroes”
Saturday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m. at The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park
NDSO’s first concert of the New Year is sure to get your heart racing! “Summon the Heroes” features exciting musical selections from the “Spider-Man” and “Superman” movies, the James Bond movies, “The Lone Ranger” and more. Stay in your seat during the intermission and enjoy film clips of the valiant protagonists on the big screen. To purchase tickets, click here. Stay tuned, as Music Director Kathleen Beckmann and the NDSO have several more concerts planned in the spring to cap the 2022-23 season in grand fashion.
Queen City International Wine Festival
Saturday, Feb. 18 at Revel 32°, Poughkeepsie
Get your wine glasses ready as Revel 32°,1915 Wine Cellar and iHeart Media present this inaugural festival featuring a dizzying array of fine wines and gourmet foods.The Grand Concourse will include dozens of wines from the Hudson Valley and around the world. Be sure to catch a seminar led by internationally recognized wine expert Kevin Zraly. To purchase tickets, click here.
Feb. 24-March 5 at Adams Fairacre Farms, Poughkeepsie
Are you looking to plant some flowers and trees at your home this spring, or maybe install a patio or a walkway? Before you dig one shovelful of dirt, be sure to swing by the annual Lawn and Garden Show at Adams Fairacre Farms. Every winter, the crews at Adams Landscaping work tirelessly to construct spectacular landscape designs to showcase the hundreds of different flowering spring bulbs, annuals, trees and shrubs in their greenhouses. There will be plenty of vendors and lawn and garden experts on hand to answer questions and offer advice. Admission is free. Stick around for seminars, giveaways and raffles. There will be a similar show at Adams’ Wappinger location March 3-12.
Stand-Up at Stissing: “It’s a Cabaret of Comedy!”
Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. at The Stissing Center, Pine Plains
The Stissing Center’s “Stand-Up Downstairs” event in August was such a hit that they’ve scheduled another raucous night of comedy – and this time, they’re moving it upstairs to the Main Stage. Cynthia Levin, Jim Dailakis and Rachel Lenihan highlight this madcap comic lineup, with another performer or two possibly added. You’ve seen them on television, they’ve graced the stages at comedy clubs from New York City to Los Angeles and beyond, and they’re teaming up for what will certainly be a zany night in northern Dutchess. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Click here to buy tickets.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m. at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie
Paula Poundstone has been one of the most popular and recognizable comics of the last 40-plus years and has had them laughing in the aisles everywhere from “The Merv Griffin Show” to the White House Correspondents Dinner. She brings her razor-sharp wit to Poughkeepsie for what promises to be an unforgettable evening of punchlines and hilarity. This is sure to be a hot ticket. Click here for details.