October Events in Kingston

The Forsyth Nature Center presents BOO AT THE ZOO!  The Kiwanis Club of Kingston presents the Kiwanis Kapers starring local dignitaries as you've never seen them before. The Trolley Museum of Kingston presents the Fright Train. And the Catskill Ballet Theatre Company presents the Third Annual Nutcracker Open Mini-Golf Event throughout the Rondout Waterfront District. All this and sooo much more this week in Kingston.

The City of Kingston is nestled in the heart of the Catskill Mountains less than 2 hours from New York City and 1 hour from Albany.  Located along the banks of the majestic Hudson River, Kingston boasts amazing boutiques, cafes, antique shops, restaurants, historical attractions & an amazing performing arts center. Kingston’s events vary this month as much as the colors of the leaves. Miss October in Kingston and you miss a lot!

“Kingston, Where History Meets the Hudson”

Exit 19 on the NYS Thruway   www.kingston-ny.gov

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The Friends of Historic Kingston present Greetings from Kingston: A Story in Postcards.  The exhibition will be available for viewing every Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m., May-October in the FHK Gallery. This exhibition is free. While here visit the Fred J. Johnston House. Tour the interior of the c. 1812 Federal style house, the former home and showroom of nationally noted antiques dealer Fred J. Johnston who saved the historic house from demolition in 1938. View his private collection of 18th and early 19th century antique furnishings and decorative arts, mostly American, in eight elegant room settings he designed. Tour fee: $5 adult, $2 child under 16. The Friends of Historic Kingston is located on the corner of Wall & Main Streets in the Historic Stockade District. For more information please call (845) 339-0720 or visit: www.fohk.org

The Volunteer Firemen’s Hall & Museum located at 265 Fair Street in the Historic Stockade District, is open for the season. The hours of operation are through October - Fridays 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.  Saturdays 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. June through August - also open Wednesdays & Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-3:00p.m. For more information call (845) 331-0866. For group and school tours call (845) 338-1247.

Highlights of upcoming events are as follows:

The Kingston Library is located at 55 Franklin Street in the B.E.A.T. District of Midtown. For more information please call the Kingston Library at: (845)331-0507 or www.kingstonlibrary.org 

Ongoing Events at the Kingston Library:


Thursdays at 3:30-5 PM, September through June

Open to students ages 13-18

No registration required

Come explore the arts: painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture, crafts and more with local artist and SUNY New Paltz Professor Jessica Poser.

No prior experience necessary. FREE


Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM, September through May

Bard College will be offering free college credit humanities courses at the Kingston Library. All tuition, books and child-care expenses will be covered. To apply for this course, please pick up an application at the library's circulation desk.


Second Saturday of the month at 1:00 PM, September through June

Math puzzles, logic games, problem solving and a hands-on math project. This gentle and encouraging mathematical environment is led by Bard math professor Japheth Wood and undergraduate math majors. Middle school and upper-elementary aged students welcome.


Third Saturday of every month 2:00-3:30 p.m. September through June

Open to teens and adults

Children under 12 with parental supervision please

Learn how to start collecting and searching pocket change for valuable mint errors! No prior experience necessary. FREE


Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Time Tuesday (18 mos. to 3 years) and

Preschool Wednesday (3 years to 5 years) followed by crafts and music.


Thursday mornings 10:30 a.m.

A great way to find inner balance and deep relaxation. This program is free and all are welcome. Call Ann at 339-8567 with any questions.


Third Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m.

This informal group welcomes all skill level knitters. For more information, please contact Stephanie at stephcosta2@yahoo.com and reference "knitting" in the subject.


Second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

Explore the art of Japanese paper folding with Anita Barbour. Ages five and up; teens and adults may attend as well.

The Arts Society of Kingston located at 97 Broadway in the Historic Rondout Waterfront District, presents a diverse range of visual art exhibitions, performances, workshops, classes, and other arts-related programming. Through its initiatives, ASK provides opportunities, resources, and education for artists. For more information, please call (845)338-0331 or visit: www.AskforArts.org

Sundays - The Artists Way Cluster, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Mondays - Swing Dance Classes taught by Linda and Chester Freedman,

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Thursdays - Figure Drawing with Live Model led by James Martin,

6:00 – 9:00 p.m., $20/session or $50/3 sessions

Fridays - ASK for Music, 8:00 p.m. every third Friday of the month. Please check website for up-to-date information, $6

Saturdays- First Saturday Reception, Free, every first Saturday of the month, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.


October 31st - The Old Dutch Church is pleased to present the Fine Arts Recitals. This week’s guest is Jay Shulman on cello. The Series begins at 12:15. The Old Dutch Church is located in the Historic Stockade District at 272 Wall Street. For more information please call (845)338-6759 or email info@olddutchchurch.org

Join historic walking tours. Kayak on the majestic Hudson River and enjoy the fall colors. At the Kingston Farmers’ Market shop local and fresh.  Dine in our intimate cafes and family-friendly restaurants. Live performances, an abundance of galleries and out-of-the-box events, all combine to make Kingston a not-to-miss destination or a forever home.