31st Annual Hudson Valley Beltane Festival at Stone Mountain Farm | Kids Out and About Hudson Valley

31st Annual Hudson Valley Beltane Festival at Stone Mountain Farm

Welcome to the 31st Annual Hudson Valley Beltane Festival. One of the best kept secrets in the Hudson Valley. Beltane is a donation-based family-friendly outdoor day festival which fuses the pomp and whimsy of a Renaissance fair with the magical delights of a springtime picnic gala. Held on the picturesque grounds of Stone Mountain Farm, all proceeds support the upkeep of grounds and continued operations of the Center for Symbolic Studies (CSS) 501-C3 nonprofit. The culminating event of the day is the Beltane Pageant: a performance of myth, magic, aerial flight, and giant puppetry that marks the peak of spring and the beginning of summer. Our partners at The Vanaver Caravan Dance Institute weave a wondrous tale for the audience--performing as mystical elements, fairies, gnomes, and magical creatures. Expect a rainbow of giant puppets, talking birds, dancing dragons, prancing horses and a menagerie of mythical beings, large, small, cunning, and kind. So, don your best fairy wings and join us!

Please help us keep this calendar up to date! If this activity is sold out, canceled, or otherwise needs alteration, email mindy@kidsoutandabout.com so we can update it immediately.


This is a very special year for The Center and The Vanaver Caravan--and we need your support. When you select your ticket, please consider adding a contribution to our campaign to *Build the Caravan Center at Stone Mountain Farm. Your donation will help build a new forever home for The Vanaver Caravan and a much-needed four-season creative space for CSS classes and artist residencies.

TICKET DONATIONS: Admission to Beltane is by donation ($20 suggested, per ticket). Pay what you can!

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIPS: We strongly encourage becoming a member of the Center for Symbolic Studies to preserve this community resource for generations to come. Your annual membership includes:

  • Admission for 2 to the Beltane Festival (Individual) / Admission for 5 to the Beltane Festival (Group)
  • A cute SMF Map Bandana
  • Rail Trail access parking
  • Year round access to our grounds for hiking
  • Access to on site camping ($10) throughout the year*
  • Early Bird Ticketing for all Center for Symbolic Studies and Vanaver Caravan events
  • Inclusion and early access to exclusive events and workshops at Stone Mountain Farm

Please note: Beltane ends at 6pm and there will be no overnight camping available.


Schedule, at-a-glance:

  • Gates open @ 1pm
  • Carpool, bike, or walk to reduce your carbon footprint, save our fields, and protect the wildlife @ CSS
  • Music line up begins @ 2pm (artists TBA soon!)
  • Capture the Flag & Sword Games with The Wayfinder Experience from 1-3pm
  • Children's May Pole Dance @ 3:30pm
  • Adult May Pole Dance @ 3:30pm
  • Go Enjoy a Free Fly on the Flying Trapeze with Wild Arts Collective from 1-4pm
  • The Beltane Pageant with The Vanaver Caravan @ 4:30pm
  • Gates close @ 6pm

Food & Amenities:

  • Refreshments and delicious, healthy food will be served all day long at the Rail Trail Cafe
  • Festival goers are encouraged to bring their own snacks, refillable water bottles, bug spray, sunscreen, picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and shade umbrellas to enjoy the entertainment on the green throughout the day.
  • Bathrooms are Port-a-potty only, with an outdoor hand-washing / waterer bottle refill station.
  • Please be advised that this event is 100% outdoors. Bugs and wildlife make their home of this land. Treat everything in the environment with kindness and respect.

    Stone Mountain Farm and the Center for Symbolic Studies takes social distancing measures seriously. We will strictly adhere to current CDC and NYS COVID-19 recommendations and guidelines.

    • All attendees, performers, volunteers, and staff MUST pre-register here to be admitted at the gate
    • Beltane will be a limited attendance event again this year with a maximum capacity of 300
    • At this time masks will be optional for all attendees, performers, volunteers, and staff
    • At the festival, please follow social distancing guidelines (maintain 6 ft distance, if unmasked)
    • Please stay home if you have cold or flu symptoms or have been exposed to COVID19.

    We are so happy to be able to have an in person Beltane again this year, please help keep our community healthy and are looking forward to seeing you!

*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


The Vanaver Caravan


10 Main Street, Suite 322
New Paltz, NY, 12561
United States


Contact name: 
Jennifer Cottingham
1 pm - 6 pm
Admission to Beltane is by donation ($20 suggested, per ticket). Pay what you can!