Join Us For WillFest!

A Hudson Valley celebration of Shakespeare and all things theater
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | Cold Spring, NY

Free, fun, all ages, all day!

Join Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival for WillFest, our take on the internationally celebrated World Shakespeare Day. Inspired by the work, influence, and legacy of English literature’s best-loved playwright – and in honor of his birth and death day! – WillFest offers easy, exciting ways to engage with theater and the works of William Shakespeare.

The day will feature free performances, movie screenings, workshops, and activities for audiences of all ages on Cold Spring’s waterfront, at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, at the Old VFW Hall, and at HVSF’s Main Street Administrative Office.

WillFest Presenting Partners


Volunteer staff support will be provided by students from NYU’s Goddard Residential College Service Learning Program, led by Cold Spring resident and 2016 OUR TOWN actor Megan Shea. 

Schedule of Activities

Free Performances | Free Workshops | Free Movie Screenings | Free Activities

9:30a - 11:00a Costume Photo Booth
with HVSF @ Cold Spring Farmers’ Market at St. Mary-in-the-Highlands

10:00a - 7:00p Open House and Art Making
with HVSF @ HVSF’s143 Main Street Office 
Supplies donated by Grey Printing

12:30p - 1:00p Performance: Scenes from ROMEO & JULIET
with HVSF @ Cold Spring’s Waterfront

1:00p - 1:30p Performance: “The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet”
with Students from Garrison Union Free School @ Cold Spring’s Waterfront

1:30p - 2:00p Performance: Scenes from ROMEO & JULIET
with HVSF @ Cold Spring’s Waterfront

2:00p - 2:30p Performance: “Academy Idol” Monologues
with West Point Cadets @ Cold Spring’s Waterfront

2:30p - 3:00p Trivia: Shakespeare In Love
with Story Screen Beacon @ Old VFW Hall

3:00p - 5:00p Screening: Shakespeare In Love
with Story Screen Beacon @ Old VFW Hall
Popcorn donated by Whistling Willie's

3:00p - 4:00p Workshop: Theater Games
with HVSF @ St. Mary’s

4:00p - 5:00p Workshop: “Shakespeare Shakedown”
with The Middle Company @ St. Mary’s
The Middle Company invites you to a gleeful celebration of the Bard! Part game show, part trivia challenge, part organized silliness, the Shakedown invites audience volunteers to help company actors compete for prizes and glory. This is a fun and fast paced show great for lifelong Shakespeare lovers and newbies alike. No Shakespeare knowledge or experience required!

5:00p - 6:00p Workshop: Stage Combat
with HVSF and Students from Haldane High School @ St. Mary’s

6:30p - 7:00p Discussion: Chimes at Midnight
with John Christian Plummer of Cold Spring Film Society @ Old VFW Hall

7:00p - 9:00p Screening: Chimes at Midnight
with Cold Spring Film Society @ Old VFW Hall
Popcorn donated by Whistling Willie's

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WillFest Discounts

The following local businesses are offering exclusive discounts on Saturday, April 22 to WillFest attendees wearing their WillFest stickers! Stop by one of our program locations that day to pick yours up.


Angelina's (10% Off)
Cold Spring Pizza (10% Off, 15% for Seniors)
Cuppocino (10% Off)
Doug's Pretty Good Pub (10% Off)
Garden Cafe (10% Off)
The Silver Spoon (15% Off... stop by the HVSF office that day to enter to win an additional $5 off your meal!)


Bijou Galleries (10% Off)
C & E Paint Supply (10% Off)
Chickadee Gallery (10% Off)
Cold Spring Antiques (10% Off)
Cold Spring General Store (10% Off)
The Country Goose (10% Off)
The Country Touch (10% Off)
Judie's Bungalow (10% Off limited items)
Meraki (10% Off)
Swing (10% Off)
Vintage Guitars of Cold Spring / Cape Cod Leather / The Candle Shop (10% Off)

To sign up to participate with WillFest discounts at your place of business, or to donate food for WillFest’s various program locations, please contact Emma Corey, Director of Marketing, at 845.809.5750 ext. 17.

Want to learn more?

Additional event details and WillFest Discount Partners will be announced soon! If you'd like to stay up-to-date on all things WillFest, please email