Attending Walktoberfest? Here’s What You Need To Know

The Walktoberfest Farmers and Makers Market brings a curated selection of the Hudson Valley’s finest producers – farms, distilleries, breweries, wineries, restaurants, artists, artisans, and more – to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and west approach to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park the first weekend in October. Vendors will exhibit their wares for tasting or purchase, allowing participants to support several local agribusinesses in one location.

For complete information about this year’s event, visit walkway.org/walktoberfest.


Where is Walktoberfest?
Walktoberfest takes place along the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and west approach to Walkway Over the Hudson in Highland, New York. The best GPS address to find the festival site is 87 Haviland Road, Highland, NY, 12528. No vendors are located on the Poughkeepsie side of the Walkway.

Where do I park?
**PARKING ON HAVILAND ROAD IS EXTREMELY LIMITED** Please utilize our free shuttle bus transportation with locations in both Poughkeepsie and Highland.  Visit walkway.org/walktoberfest for pick-up and drop-off schedules.  Shuttles with handicap accessibility will be located at the Ulster County Park and Ride located at the corner of Routes 9W and 299 in Highland.  Very limited handicapped parking is reserved along Haviland Road near the Walktoberfest entrance.

Is Walktoberfest on rain or shine?
Yes!  The current forecast calls for light rain tapering off to no rain as soon as Walktoberfest begins at 12 p.m. on Saturday.  The event is rain or shine!

Are tickets available at the gate?
Yes, tickets are available at the gate, but it’s recommended all attendees purchase in advance at walkway.org/walktoberfest to avoid long lines. Children under 12 are free. Walkway members receive complimentary admission both days. To become a member, visit join.walkway.org.

Is Walktoberfest pet friendly?
Yes, well behaved pets on a leash are welcome at Walktoberfest. Pets on a leash are also welcome on parking shuttles.

Can I walk across the Walkway to the event?
Yes, the Walkway is open and accessible to all at no cost. You may certainly enjoy a walk across the World’s Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge from Poughkeepsie to Highland to reach Walktoberfest.  No vendors are located on the Poughkeepsie side of the Walkway.

Can I ride my bike to Walktoberfest?
Yes, however all cyclists must dismount and walk their bikes through the festival site.

What is there to do at Walktoberfest?
So much! We have food trucks, samples of wine, beer, cider, and spirits, farm-fresh products, artisan goods, live entertainment, pop-up performances, games for kids, and a whole lot more! To see a list of the 190+ vendors participating as well as all of the live entertainment and raffles happening throughout the weekend, visit walkway.org/walktoberfest.