With Mother nature expecting to give us a break from the heat and humidity this weekend, it's looking like the perfect time to get outside and have some fun. Here are a few ideas with links to find even more events going on throughout the Hudson Valley this weekend.

Friday, July 6 through Sunday, July 8: Empire State Balloon Festival at Barton Orchards in Poughquag. See the balloon launches Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning & evenings with Balloon Glows scheduled for Friday and Saturday night. Plus, enjoy fireworks on Friday and Saturday night. There will be food trucks and vendors, with Beer Sampling on Saturday, and Craft Soda Sampling on Sunday. See the Racing Pigs, an appearance from the Bubble Bus, and enjoy live music from over 15 Live Bands. Enjoy the Petting Zoo, Gem Mining & Duck Races, the Dog Park, the Inflatable Play Area, and so much more. This year’s official charity is Honor Flight. Find more events going on in Dutchess County this weekend.

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Sunday, July 8; 1-4: Denning and Claryville History Afternoon. See historical collections and hear local historians, Geoffrey Miller and Tom McGee. If you have any items of historical significance for these areas, you are encouraged to bring them with you. Find more events going on in Sullivan County and the Catskills this weekend.

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Saturday, July 7; 10-2: Saugerties Farmers' Market on Main Street. Buy local with seasonal produce and buy from family farms. Find more events going on in Ulster County this weekend.

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Saturday, July 7; 10-11:30: Living Things Near and Far at the Outdoor Discovery Center at Hudson Highlands Museum. Learn about native and non-native plants and animals as you hike along the trails through fields and forest. You'll also learn about those species that are invasive. Find out more events going on this weekend in Orange County.

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