If you’ve been wanting to visit the beautiful City of Newburgh but haven’t yet set a date, might I suggest June 20th? Newburgh is celebrating its 150th birthday, and the annual Newburgh Illuminated festival is going to be REALLY fantastic this year. Live music all day long, a marketplace with tons of Hudson Valley-based handmakers and small business owners, all kinds of awesome food vendors, an historic trolley tour around the city, pop-up art shows, and (of course) loads of stuff for kids to do. The whole thing is going to kick off at 11am and run until the wee hours of the night.
If you live in New York City, it’s really easy to get to Newburgh. It’s about an hour-long drive from the George Washington Bridge, or you can take Metro-North to Beacon and then take a short cab ride across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to Newburgh. (There’s a ferry from Beacon to Newburgh during the week for commuters, but unfortunately it doesn’t run on weekends.) It’s a really nice train ride—I did it twice a day for four years, so I know!
✚ Hudson Valley makers, food venders and small businesses:
If you are interested in being a vendor at the 2015 Newburgh Illuminated festival, please fill out this form and someone will get in touch with all the necessary information!
p.s. Curious about why the festival is called Newburgh Illuminated? Newburgh was the first electrified city in the United States! Thomas Edison opened the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Newburgh in 1883—and it’s still in operation by Central Hudson Gas & Electric now.
p.p.s. If you’re dying to know more about Newburgh and you want to ogle our incredible architecture, be sure to visit Newburgh Restoration!