In the Uptown Stockade District, Revolutionary-era stone buildings and National Historic Landmarks are nestled alongside an ever-growing array of contemporary restaurants, galleries, music venues and boutiques. The Farmers Market bustles with happy shoppers and offers a fine selection of seasonal Hudson Valley grown goods.
Kingston plays host to many popular annual events, such as the O+ Festival; the Irish, Greek, and Italian festivals; the Artists’ Soapbox Derby; Wall Street Jazz Festival; Kayak Festival and Sinterklass. Dining choices range from sophisticated to downhome all year long, and many of Kingston’s finest chefs and restaurants are featured during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Art-lovers gallery-hop on First Saturdays and, during warmer months, the Night Market transforms the Rondout into a delightful European-inspired shopping mecca.
Along the Broadway corridor, Kingston’s Midtown district features storefronts, restaurants and local businesses. Highlights include Ulster Performing Arts Center; Kingston’s award-winning brewery, Keegan Ales (which doubles as a lively music venue and restaurant); and the newest addition to the cultural scene, Cornell Street Studios and the newly redevloped, Lace Mill.
The Downtown Rondout Waterfront district is renowned for its lively marinas, award-winning restaurants, eclectic shops, art galleries, and a charming waterside promenade. Kingston Point Beach is a picturesque destination for swimming, picnicking and boat-launching; nearby, the Kingston Point Dog Park is a favorite with area dog-lovers.