The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.


    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
    [email protected]



    The application process is now open for the City of Kingston Music in the Parks 2024! The deadline for submissions is February 29, 2024. Due to a large number of artists interested in performing, we are asking all those interested to submit a 2024 application.

     Music in the Parks is a free, family-oriented concert series funded by the City of Kingston. Concerts will be held at various Kingston park locations from 6pm-830pm on Saturdays during the summer. The venues are outdoors with lawn seating for @ 50-100 persons. We supply the stage area and electricity. Performers must bring their own sound equipment, instruments, microphones, stands, cables, extension cords, and power strips. We prefer full bands with a minimum of four members. Duos and trios will receive consideration as well. We do not consider soundtracks. Our audiences are typically children, families, and seniors. Selected ensembles will receive an honorarium. A service agreement and W9 must be signed and submitted to the City.

    Please click here to complete and submit the electronic form to be considered. If you are mailing this application, please download and/or print the pdf version, complete the form, and email to [email protected], or mail or hand-deliver to City of Kingston Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs, City Hall, 240 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401. Our selection panel will be reviewing in early March. Selected performers will be notified by MidMarch. All applicants will receive a response once selections are completed. If your application is not considered, it will be kept in the event of an opening.


    Music in the Parks 2023