The Dutchess County Fairgrounds is a premier destination for Hudson Valley fair and festival goers. The multitude of activities scheduled at the Fairgrounds are as varied as the weather. National Geographic, Fodor’s and Time Magazine have recently listed the Hudson Valley and Rhinebeck as “Top Places to Visit” in the world. Join us to experience the “Tradition of Excellence”.
The Dutchess County Fair
Date: August 21-28, 2018
Time: Open Daily at 10am-10pm
For six days each August, the Dutchess Fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck plays host of up to 400,000 patrons for the Dutchess County Fair. The largest six day County Fair in New York State is a show place for agriculture in Dutchess County, highlighted by the big name talents, one of the finest carnivals in the entire country, free shows and attractions.
Events at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds include: Hudson Valley Autism Walk & Expo, Rhinebeck Antique Car Show & Swap Meet, Northeast Outdoor Show, Barn Star’s Antiques at Rhinebeck, Country Living Fair, Good Guys Rod & Custom Car Show, Rhinebeck Crafts Festival, AMCA National Antique Motorcycle Meet & Antique Machinery Show, Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival, and the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival.
|Autism Walk & Expo of the Hudson Valley
People travel for many reasons, including to support a very good cause in which they believe. The annual Autism Walk & Expo of the Hudson Valley takes place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Rain or shine, come out to support this special event to help raise funds for Hudson Valley programs, to increase awareness the disease, and to help connect families with area services for people living with autism. The event features a one to two-mile walk of the track; Refreshments and varied activities are offered for individuals.
|Rhinebeck Antique Car Show & Swap Meet
The Swap Meet at Rhinebeck has been a favorite among car collectors from all over the Northeast for years. Show Highlights:
|Northeast Outdoor Show
The Northeast Outdoor Show is an event for those with a deep passion for anything and everything outdoors. The event will feature everything from Fishing, Hunting, and Boating to Camping, Cycling, Recreational Vehicles and Travel. The event will also be featuring celebrities, workshops, seminars, children and family activities and more! The Northeast Outdoor Show won’t just feature product for you to see and handle, the event will also feature tons of vendors for you to be able to purchase items and get right out with them.
|Barn Star’s Antiques at Rhinebeck
Barn Star Productions presents our second annual spring and fall shows on Memorial Day Weekend and Columbus Day weekend. You’ll find many of your favorite dealers and new exhibitors as well. Fine Art • Folk Art • Decorative Art • Textiles • Samplers • Weathervanes • English Furniture • Country Furniture • Formal Furniture • Quilts • Trade Signs • Antique & Estate Jewelry • Painted Furniture • Pottery • Silver • Garden Architecturals
|Country Living Fair New York
See the pages of Country Living Magazine come to life! Great shopping for antiques, furniture, handcrafted goods, art and artisans, vintage and up-cycled goods, home and garden decor, plants, and more. Meet the editors, attend seminars and how-to’s, see artisan and cooking demonstrations, attend workshops and shop the Specialty Food Market.
| 27th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival
The 27th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival will be held on July 6, 7 & 8, 2018 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. The festival will feature 100 hot-air balloon flights scheduled throughout the weekend. Hot-air balloon launches are planned Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (6 p.m.) as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings (6 a.m.). The festival will also feature evening majestic hot-air balloon moon glows, balloon rides, tether balloon rides, vendors, food trucks and family fun festival activities. Picnic blankets and chairs are welcome and encouraged. Balloon launches are dependent on weather and wind. Balloon launches are at the discretion of the pilot.
For a full event schedule visit www.balloonfesthv.com.
Hot-Air Balloon Rides can be purchased at www.balloonfesthv.com. Tether rides will be available for cash only the day of the event and cost $20 per person.
NO DOGS ALLOWED. If animals are left in vehicles, the police will be notified. No outside food or beverages allowed.
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The Rhinebeck Crafts Festival
The Rhinebeck Crafts Festival is located in the heart of the Hudson Valley and is a destination event not to miss. Meet a unique mix of 200 emerging and seasoned artists whose extraordinary skill and vision help make this one of the region’s most anticipated yearly events. Enjoy hands-on craft demonstrations, interactive family activities, tantalizing foods and gourmet specialties and more!
|Motorcycle Show: Rhinebeck Meet 2018
This years event will be held as a Regional Meet, with the hope of returning to a National Meet in the future. During this amazing weekend of family oriented fun for all ages, guests will experience the evolution of the motorcycle in all its three-dimensional glory. While collectors browse hundreds of vendors to find that one missing part they’ve been looking for, others will enjoy the spectacular shows, delicious eateries and magnificent fairgrounds.
|The Insane Inflatable 5K
A fun and dynamic 5K, made up solely of inflatable obstacles — will challenge you, surprise you, and leave you bouncing back for more! We didn’t just throw together a couple slides and bounce houses – we took imagination and creativity, and went to the leading manufacturer of custom inflatables. We told them to throw out the rule book; we want to go INSANE!
|The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest
The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest is a celebration of the bounty of New York. Our event features hundreds of wines from all over the state, NY distilled spirits, craft beers and gourmet specialty foods from all over the country. Learn more about wine with our educational seminars and brush up on your culinary skills with cooking demonstrations from regional celebrity chefs throughout the weekend. Satisfy your hunger with delectable treats from our Gourmet Food Truck Corral.
|New York Sheep & Wool Festival
The Northeast’s thriving sheep industry is showcased and celebrated each year in this famous festival that draws 30,000 visitors from across the country to the lovely village of Rhinebeck. And there’s more here than sheep, llamas, alpacas, and their luscious fibers. Your day will include 300 fiber artists and crafts galore, amazing sheep herding demonstrations and sheepdog trials, a petting zoo, and other children’s activities. Check out our Specialty Vendors in Building E. Bus Tours: For Bus Tour Rates information send an email to Info@DutchessFair.com or contact the Fairgrounds office for additional information.
2018 Calendar of Events
- April 5, 2018 - April 7, 2018Winter Storage Removal
- April 19, 2018 - April 22, 2018Camper's World RV Show
- April 29, 2018 7:00 amAutism Walk & Expo of the Hudson Valley
- May 4, 2018 - May 6, 2018Rhinebeck Antique Car Show & Swap Meet
- May 12, 2018Fit Feet Adventures 5K Run
- May 19, 2018 - May 20, 2018Northeast Outdoor Show
- May 26, 2018 - May 27, 2018Barn Star Antiques at Rhinebeck
- June 1, 2018 - June 3, 2018Country Living Fair
- June 8, 2018 - June 9, 2018Good Guys Rod & Custom Car Show
- June 15, 2018 - June 16, 2018AMCA Antique Motorcycle & Machinery Show
- June 16, 2018NDH Starlight Ball
- June 23, 2018 - June 24, 2018Summer Classic Livestock Show
- June 23, 2018 - June 24, 2018Rhinebeck Crafts Festival
- July 6, 2018 - July 8, 201827th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival
- July 11, 2018 - July 15, 20184H Horse Clinic
- July 19, 2018 - July 21, 2018ENY Jr. Holstein Show
- July 28, 2018Insane Inflatable 5K
- August 21, 2018173rd DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIR
- September 8, 2018Potter Bros Ski, Snowboard & Clothing Sale
- September 8, 2018Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival
- October 6, 2018 - October 7, 2018Barn Star Antiques at Rhinebeck
- October 14, 2018Fall Foliage Run
- October 20, 2018NYS Sheep & Wool Family Festival
- November 1, 2018 - November 3, 2018Winter Storage Intake
Event Camping Forms
The forms on this page are required to participate in upcoming events. Camping is available to event participants only; camping is not open to the public. You may request that paper copies be mailed directly to you by calling 845-876-4000. Or download PDF forms & applications and send completed forms to:
Dutchess County Agricultural Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 389
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Other Fairground Events
2018 May Car Show Camping Contract
2018 May Antiques Show Camping Contract
2018 June Country Living Fair Camping Contract
2018 June Good Guys Car Show Camping Contract
2018 June Rhinebeck Crafts Festival Camping Contract
2018 June Motorcycle Meet Camping Contract
2018 Sept HV Wine & Food Camping Contract
2018 Oct Antiques Camping Contract
2018 Oct NE Outdoor Show Camping Contract
2018 Oct Sheep & Wool Camping Contract
Winter Storage at The Fairgrounds
2018 Winter Storage Dates & Times
2018 Winter Storage Removal Dates & Times
- Removal dates are:
April 5, 2018 – April 6, 2018 : 8:30am – 3:00pm
April 7, 2018 : 8:30am – Noon
- If you have any questions, please call the office at 845-876-4000
2018-2019 Winter Storage Application will be posted in late September 2018
For information call or email:
Dutchess County Fairgrounds
Fairgrounds Storage Request
PO Box 389
Rhinebeck, New York 12572
Phone: (845) 876-4000
Fax: (845) 876-4003