Beacon is a diverse city of around 15,500 people, situated between the Hudson River and Mount Beacon. It is 60 miles north of New York City and accessible by Metro-North’s Hudson Line train. We are a few minutes from I-84 and the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge in Dutchess County, close to Putnam, Orange and Westchester counties. Beacon is a flourishing arts community with a rich industrial past and lively cultural history.
There are many unique cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries in historic buildings along the tree-lined Main Street. The town is walkable/bikeable with nearby hiking, and lots of locals and visitors are often out and about. On the 2nd Saturday of each month there are openings and other events, and many businesses stay open late, though Beacon is now so strongly established as a great 1 or 3 day destination that every weekend is eventful.
In May 2003, Dia Art Foundation opened Dia:Beacon on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, in a former Nabisco box printing factory. The museum presents Dia’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions and public programs. Since its opening, Dia:Beacon has helped transform the city of Beacon into a vibrant arts destination for visitors from the region, New York City, and beyond.
There is regular live music and theater, and many community happenings throughout the year. Visit the BeaconArts website for listings and more info.