There are plenty of entertaining activities in Orange County — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Choose your thrill level as you plunge into the water on SplashDown Beach, or tee off at one of the dozen 18-hole golf courses. New York City is only 50 miles away, where you can witness the iconic Thanksgiving Day Parade or Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting. Don’t miss the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park or the whirlwind one-day Warwick Applefest, where apples truly are the apple of one’s eye. And be sure to check out the West Point Museum on campus.
Residents of Orange County have dozens of different annual events, festivals and community gatherings at their fingertips.
New York Renaissance Faire
Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Spend your weekends in a 16th-century English shire with costumed villagers from August to October. Fun for the whole family. Revel in a knight’s joust, shop in the marketplace and enjoy turkey legs and mugs of mead.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
77th Street and Central Park West to 34th Street and Sixth Avenue
The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City is the world’s largest parade. The tradition started in 1924, tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States with America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. The three-hour event is held in Manhattan, about 50 miles from West Point, starting at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thanksgiving Day, and has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952.
Located at Bear Mountain Inn
Every weekend in September and October come and immerse yourself in German food, beer, music and crafts. Visit Bear Mountain Inn’s website for more information or call 845-786-2731.
Orange County Fair – New York
The nearly 200-year-old Orange County Fair, held in mid-July in Middletown, is the place to go for livestock shows, stock car racing, car shows, carnival rides, games, attractions, and, most importantly, that famous carnival food.
Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
The annual tree-lighting ceremony is free and open to the public and filled with favorite musical acts. The 2018 tree will be lit for the first time on Nov. 28 and will remain lit and on display on the plaza between West 48th and 51st streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues until Jan. 7. Each year, thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event, and millions watch the live broadcast.
What began as a simple harvest celebration, Applefest has now grown to become a major event in the mid-Hudson region. Held the first Sunday in October, this one-day event brings in over 35,000 visitors, some local and some from nearby states. Applefest features craft vendors, a variety of foods, live entertainment on multiple stages, a children’s carnival, a farmers market, an apple pie baking contest and an apple pie eating contest.