First Friday Poughkeepsie is coming back November 3rd to kick off the Fall Season with a Friendsgiving celebration at Mural Square. It is FREE to the public, and creates a unique, lively atmosphere that provides entertainment for both adults and children.

Friendsgiving is an event where friends meet together for an enjoyable night in the Heart of Poughkeepsie to kick off the cheerful holiday season. There will be delicious food and beverage vendors, face painting, and a bouncy house for children, along with games and a contest for the entire family. Live entertainment will be provided by the incredible Robert Cahill Band who will be performing during the event.

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Mayor Rob Rolison will begin the event with his City of Poughkeepsie update. DJ Smitty will be in the mix and Michelle Barone will be the evening’s host!

Friendsgiving will even feature a Chili Cook-Off judged by visitors like you! Who doesn’t love a warm bowl of chili on a chilling autumn night? Spots are still open for competitors. If you are a restaurant and interested in participating please follow the link below:

Rhinebeck Bank, R.L. Baxter Building Corporation and LCS Companies have come together to put this event on for all to enjoy. Their intention is to help revitalize and unify the City of Poughkeepsie and believe events like First Friday are the first step in this process.

Poughkeepsie has so many new, incredible things happening and First Friday’s Friendsgiving is one way to bring the highly populated Main Street area together.  Poughkeepsie is the last stop on the Metro North Railroad, and has a beautiful waterfront that is surrounded by picturesque landscapes.

To find out more about First Friday Poughkeepsie visit our website at: and like us on Facebook at: /speedbump?

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Michelle Barone-Lepore

SVP, Marketing

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