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Make a WEEKEND ESCAPE to Not So Upstate!

Attention: Tri-staters, Hudson Valley-ites, New Yorkers and beyond!

Looking for the perfect post-summer getaway? Do you like to explore new areas while staying relatively close to home? Great news, GARNER Arts Center and Haverstraw Riverwide Arts invite you to spend a weekend chock full of cultural delights in Rockland County, NY, just 35 miles north of NYC. Join us September 17th and 18th for the NOT SO UPSTATE ESCAPE!


Spend your Saturday night visiting the Garner Historic District, a repurposed 19th century industrial mill site that’s home to artists, creatives, award-winning craft beer, gourmet food and the year’s coolest DJ night under the stars,BRICK ALLEY BLOCK PARTY. Follow that up with the 8thANNUAL FLAVORS OF HAVERSTRAW FOOD CRAWL on Sunday afternoon. Enjoy small plates, live music, and a craft beer garden, all set in the historic downtown village of Haverstraw, NY, just 2.2 miles south of GARNER Arts Center.

It all gets started SATURDAY night, September 17th!

GARNER Arts Center, voted Best Arts Center and Art Gallery by readers of Hudson Valley Magazine, and producer of the beloved GARNER Arts Festival, is bringing back BRICK ALLEY BLOCK PARTY on the night of Saturday, September 17th. Take in starlit DJ sets and immersive art pop-ups in nineteenth century industrial spaces. With local food trucks and craft beverages provided by the on-site Industrial Arts Brewing Company, you’ll have more than enough fuel to dance and vibe on eye-popping art displays throughout the night.

Don’t go home yet, stay in one of these great nearby Hotels!

If not, there are plenty of local options via Airbnb :)


Get up early! Whether you’re driven by nature, culture or history, there is so much to see and do right in Rockland County. We recommend these nearby destinations for a jolt of morning inspiration…

Any of these beautiful NY State Park and Hiking Trails are also more than worth a visit!

Fuel your Sunday afternoon with a food crawl like no other. Experience the 8th ANNUAL FLAVORS OF HAVERSTRAW FOOD CRAWL, which runs from 1pm to 5pm. This self-guided experience of culinary and cultural immersion with tapas-focused food sampling, live music, and a craft beer garden, is all set in the historic downtown of the village of Haverstraw, NY. The Crawl features over 15 participating restaurants. Tastings are $5-$10 per plate. The Village of Haverstraw is a most befitting location to host the Food Crawl given its vibrancy, walkability and famously dense collection of diverse and distinguished restaurants. Buen provecho!

How Do We Get There?

Traveling to and from Rockland County is EASY. We’ve mapped out routes to our weekend events by car, via Metro North and NY Waterway ferry (Sunday only)!

Visit our DIRECTIONS GUIDE to plan your Not So Upstate Escape :)

Not So Upstate Escape is supported by Rockland County Tourism. Brick Alley Block Party is part of Orange and Rockland's Arts Al Fresco series. Brick Alley Block Party and the 8th Annual Flavors of Haverstraw Food Crawl are supported by and supported by Rockland County Tourism. GARNER Arts Center is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Village of West Haverstraw and the Town of Haverstraw. Special thanks to the GARNER Historic District. Haverstraw Riverwide Arts is Supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Village of Haverstraw.


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