Attractions…Peekskill

  1. All American Fishing Derby at Lake Mitchell in Depew Park—A popular May event includes a variety of fishing competitions for kids complete with prizes for the largest and smallest catches-of-the-day, as well as other categories (www.cityofpeekskill.com).
  2. Art Along the Hudson—Scheduled for eight weekends between June and October, this annual open studio event showcases nine communities starting in Peekskill and concluding in Woodstock (www.artalongthehudson.com).
  3. Attic Treasures Flea Market—An annual downtown event which provides hours of fun and amusement hunting for unique antique and vintage treasures, as well as a couple of great bargains. That event is held on Sundays only and runs from April through November (www.downtownpeekskill.com).
  4. Bank Street Farmer’s Market—An annual downtown event that attracts people from all over the Hudson Valley. Farmer’s Market showcases the freshest produce, baked goods, local wines and some extraordinary cheeses, as well as unusual crafts and gifts. The event is held on Bank Street, Saturdays only, from June through November (www.downtownpeekskill.com).
  5. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony—City Council members, civic leaders and other folks usher in the holiday season at the downtown Gazebo on the first day of December with caroling and good cheer (www.thecityofpeekskill.org).
  6. Downtown Artists District—Open tours of galleries and lofts of local artists, are scheduled throughout the year and by appointment. Go it alone or with a knowledgeable guide who knows the ins-and-outs of the district. Flat Iron Gallery, for one, has exhibit rooms showcasing paintings, pottery, photographs, handmade jewelry and more. (www.downtownpeekskill.com, www.peekskillartists.org and www.flatiron.qpg.com).
  7. Flat Iron Building—Located on South Division, the 1910-structure is shaped in a triangular form, hence the name “Flat Iron.” In its earlier years, Flat Iron was home to a Ford car dealership but now houses art studios, galleries and exhibit space for downtown artists, as well as the ever popular Peekskill Coffee House (www.flatiron.qpg.com)
  8. Hudson Highlands Cruises—Board the M/V Commander from Peekskill’s riverfront for a cruise up the river to West Point (www.commanderboat.com).
  9. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art—What was once an industrial building is now a modern museum on Main Street, one that showcases special exhibits, “installations” and other works of art (www.hvcca.com)
  10. Paramount Center for the Arts—Headline entertainment meets the downtown area in a restored, 20th Century theater (1930). Originally built to present “talkies” in the best auditorium-style theater that could be created, the first motion picture to play here was “The Big Pond,” starring Maurice Chevalier and Claudette Colbert. In more recent years, the Paramount has been the platform for top performing artists and musicians including Joan Baez, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Judy Collins, Beach Boys, and many other notable recording artists and musical groups. Family and holiday events are also highlighted here, as well as an ongoing number of classic and independent films (www.paramountcenter.org).
  11. Peekskill Annual Celebration—Two days of fun are scheduled every first weekend in August in the downtown area, Charles Point Park and the river. The festival is highlighted by exciting Dragon Boat Races, and has plenty of music, crafts, food and beverage, fireworks, children’s activities and more (www.peekskillcelebration.com).
  12. Peekskill Museum—Visit the historic Herrick House (124 Union Avenue) for a look at yesteryear. Highlights of the museum include centuries-old artifacts, clothing, furnishings, memorabilia and more. The Peekskill Historical Society is also located here and visitors have a chance to glance at an authentic Revolutionary War cannon casually displayed on the front lawn, as well as a chance to chat with Peekskill historian John Curran (www.peekskillmusuem.org).
  13. Peekskill Rotary Horse Show at Blue Mountain Reservation—Equestrian competitions, prizes, food and fun for the whole family. Scheduled annually on a selected October weekend. Admission is free (www.peekskillrotary.com).
  14. Peekskill Seniors—The “golden group” meets regularly at the downtown Field Library for lunch, as well as games, exercise, crafts, lectures, health screenings, field trips and more (www.cityofpeekskill.com).