This Winter Get Out and Get Festive!

The winter doldrums can get you down, but some of the fun events in the Hudson Valley can get your spirits lifted! From exploring new skills like Winter Ice Climbing or trying out Olympic Luging, or warming your spirit with chili at the Chili Bowl Fiesta, mellowing out at the Uptown Boogaloo or rocking it at Wingfest, there is a winter event to get your mood uplifted.

Don’t forget if you love wildlife to check out the WinterFest 2017 at Hasbrouck Park, where there will be winter hikes, snow shoeing and winter bird watching.

Ice Climbing

Friday-Monday, January 27, 28, 29, 30, 2017
19th Annual Catskill Ice Festival
Multiple clinics on all skills & techniques for ice climbing, basic skills, slide shows, demo gear and more. Slide show on Saturday evening held at Rock and Snow at 8:00 pm and is free. Reservations required.

Friday, January, 27, 2017
• Catskill Tour: Take a tour of the Catskills as you climb at a few locations during the day.
Saturday, January, 28, 2017
• Basic Ice Movement: New to ice climbing, never ice climbed before? We will introduce you to the techniques needed to ice climb.
• Steep Ice Techniques: Ice is always steeper than it looks. Learn some handy skills & techniques to help keep you calm and cool and fight off the screaming barfies.
• Patrick Mauro Slide Show: Engineering Survival: Training for Everest on Cho Oyu and Aconcagua, Patrick Mauro is heading to Everest and Lhotse this spring and doesn’t want to die. Patrick will join us on Saturday night to describe his training both in New York City and on the slopes of Cho Oyu (26,906′, #6 in the world) and Aconcagua (22,841′, #1 in the Americas). He’ll also share some of his statistical insights into the risks associated with Himalayan mountaineering.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
• Intermediate Ice Movement: For those who have climbed some ice, but not ready to move on to the grade 5’s. We will introduce you to the techniques needed to climb effortlessly and efficiently.
• Mixed Climbs & Dry Tooling: What to do when the ice runs out, or starts a ways up there… Learn the many different ways to climb rock with your ice gear.
• Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue: Looking to climb Mount Rainier, the Cascades, Denali or in other glaciated areas? Brush up on your glacier travel skills. We’ll cover methods for tying-in, crampons and ice axe skills, and hauling systems and crevasse rescue skills.
• Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue – Registration
Monday, January 30, 2017
• Backcountry Day in the Ravines: Climb at one of the backcountry areas in the Catskills. Bushwhack in, climb, rappel, bushwhack out. A full day of activity and adventure.

Festival held In the New Paltz area
For Event schedule, rates, and registration at

Saturday, January 28, 2017
WinterFest 2017 at Hasbrouck Park
The Kingston Parks and Recreation Department will be having their annual Winterfest at Hasbrouck Park. Winterfest is a great opportunity for people to get outside and experience winter. Attendees can go to one of three snowshoe instructional classes with a hike through Hasbrouck Park. The hike will include a lesson on the history of snowshoeing, animal tracking and winter safety. Mark DeDea, caretaker at the Forsyth Nature Center and avid birder, will be at Kingston Point Beach from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm and will be offering guided bird watching. At 10:15 and 12:15 he will be leading a guided bird walk at Kingston Point Park. Binoculars will be provided. Participants should meet at the Kingston Point Beach Parking lot. Hasbrouck Park will also offer crafts, games and food and a campfire. Admission to this event is free.

This event is rain or shine. For directions to Hasbrouck Park, please visit
For further information on this event call (845) 481-7339.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Hudson Valley Wingfest 10
Wingfest’s 10th Anniverary! Wings, Music and Fun! Games, prizes and the best wings from restaurants around the Hudson Valley battling it out to the King of the Wings! Wingfest has been voted the Best Winter Cabin Fever Event in New York State! This event sells out every year, so buy your tickets soon!

Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY
5:00-9:00 pm
For tickets and more information visit

Saturday & Sunday, February 11 & 12, 2017
USA Luge Challenge
Using easy-to-maneuver plastic sleds, sledders can get a chance to experience this Olympic sport. After learning the basics of accelerating, steering and stopping from USA Luge athletes and coaches, adults and children, age 10 and older, can take practice runs down a track complete with curves and timing equipment. There will also be live music and prize drawings while participants spend the afternoon tackling the course in a race against the clock to win valuable fun prizes from USA Luge, its sponsors and Belleayre Mountain. Participation is free and no experience or lift tickets are required.
Registration begins at 9:00 am each day.

Belleayre Mountain, Discovery Lodge
181 Galli Curci Road
Highmount, NY

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Second Annual Uptown Boogaloo
The 2nd annual Uptown Boogaloo featuring over 75 craft beers for over 40 national and regional breweries. They Boogaloo is offering two sessions for the general public.
AFTERNOON SESSION: Tastings, music, and food service will begin at 12 noon for VIPs and 1:00 pm for General Admission ticket-holders. The event will end at 4:30 pm.
EVENING SESSION: Tastings, music, and food service will begin at 5:30 pm for VIPs and 6:30 pm for General Admission ticket-holders. The event will end promptly at 10:00 pm.

A General Admission Ticket will get admission to the event and an Uptown Boogaloo tasting glass, beer samples, and access to vendors where food will be available for purchase. There will also be games, live performances and more.

Order tickets by phone or online. Tickets $49-$60. BSP Kingston, 323 Wall St., Kingston; 877-987-6487

Saturday, February 25, 2017
The 20th Annual Women’s Studio Workshop Chili Bowl Fiesta
At the Fiesta enjoy live entertainment by “In The Kitchen”, raffle drawings. More than 20 Hudson Valley restaurants and chefs donate over 50 gallons of chili, from meat lovers to vegetarian offerings. Nearly 1,000 handmade bowls, mugs, and tumblers are created throughout the year by staff, interns, resident artists, students, and local potters.

Ulster County Community College
491 Cottekill Road
Stone Ridge, NY
Early admission 2:00 -4:00 pm $5, free admission 4:00-7:00 pm

Bird Watching in the Winter

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