A sunny moment at Mountain Jam.
This weekend in the Catskills, you can ogle a tractor, quaff a locally-brewed beer, prance in a Pride parade, and mob the stage with the masses at the Mountain Jam music festival.
Mountain Jam Festival - Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6 - Hunter, Greene County
Three days, top music acts from across the country, and thousands of fans camping out on Hunter Mountain. It's not Woodstock, but if it rains enough, it could be. Campgrounds open this morning at 9am, and tickets for the whole weekend -- campsites included -- are still on sale for $179. Topping this year's list of dozens of performers are Gov't Mule, Levon Helm (celebrating his 70th birthday) and Alison Krauss. Take a break from the music at the craft and vendor stands, or in the "Awareness Village."
2nd Annual American Craft Beer Fest - Saturday, June 5 - Andes, Delaware County
This Saturday, 20 bucks will buy you all the locally-brewed craft beer you can drink in the back parking lot of the Andes Hotel. Live music (by local band Just Throw Money) and finger foods will be available, but the main event is booths set up by the likes of brewery Ommegang. Your entrance fee buys you a glass -- fill and refill until you have to drape yourself over one of the provided picnic tables.
2nd Annual Farm and Machinery Show - Saturday, June 5 - Ashland, Greene County
Need an excuse to roam amid gleaming enameled farm hardware? Or to grab a cast-iron frying pan by the handle and fling it across a field? The Ashland Farm and Machinery show is all about satisfying those primal urges. There will be calves, local crafts, and fair food galore. Curiously, the event's organizers have segregated two of the participatory events by gender. Apparently, real men toss hay bales while real women toss skillets. Who knew?
Hudson Valley Pride March and Festival - Sunday, June 6 - New Paltz, Ulster County
Queerfolk of the Hudson Valley: Alas, you can't get married in New Paltz anymore, but don't let that rain on your parade. Pride week ends with a bang in New Paltz, where marchers from around the region gather at noon to promenade down Main Street to Hasbrouck Park, where five hours of live music await them.
For more stuff to do around the Catskills this weekend, check out our events calendar.