O+ Festival Bike Rides

The O+ Festival presents a series of 4 rides for those who are serious about their cycling. Paved and gravel ride options are available

WHO: O+ Festival
WHAT:O+ Festival O+ Festival Bike Rides
WHEN: Saturday, October 9, 8AM registration
WHY: Celebrate bikes, O+ and the area!

Choice of 4 rides: 50 mile road ride and the 28 and 18 mile gravel rides start at 9AM. 25 mile road ride starts at 9:30AM. Rides are FREE with your O+ wristband.

O+ Festival Mural-To-Mural Bike Ride

The O+ Festival Bike Rides are back! Join us on a tour of past and present murals from the O+ Festival. In addition, the ride will highlight sections of the Kingston Greenline, a planned trail system in Kingston, that is set to begin construction soon!!!

WHO: O+ Festival
WHAT:O+ Festival Mural-To-Mural Bike Ride
WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 9AM – 1:30PM
WHY: Bikes, Murals, Kingston Greenline…

Easy, 5-6 mile rile. All welcome… Bikes, trikes, striders, anything that rolls! Upon our return, an art show featuring works by artists in recovery will be on display in the lobby of the YMCA and a free BBQ will take place in the back of the Y parking lot. Ride is FREE with your O+ wristband. Check out the route here.

O+ Festival Kick-Off Parade

Join the parade and celebrate the launch of the 7th annual O+ Festival! Everyone is invited to walk, dance, ride, scoot and shimmy as we parade past artists creating murals, murals from previous years and great Kingston institutions.

WHO: O+ Festival
WHAT: O+ Festival Kick-Off Parade
WHEN: Friday, October 7, 5:30PM – 7PM
WHY: Because you LOVE to dance, scoot and shimmy.

Line up begins at the Kingston Library at 5PM. Parade launches at 5:30 and will end up on Wall Street between 6:30PM and 7PM. Bring your most festive self and feel free to wear a costume, ride a bike or scooter, or play an instrument. Kids are encouraged! Click for more info.

O+ Festival: all abO+ut it


Fall in the Catskills means cooler temperatures, changing leaves and the return of the O+ Festival of art, music and wellness in Kingston. Now in its seventh year, O+ has become a must-do on the cultural calendars of both loyal fans and those who are just starting to discover all that Kingston has to offer.

The three-day O+ Festival weekend (Oct. 7-9) features more than 60 bands, 30 artists (murals, performance, installation, interactive and exhibition), Literary SALO+N and CO+LLAGE Café, unlimited classes in yoga, sound healing, dance and meditation, Wellness EXPO+ and CO+NFERENCE, and cycling events for all interests and skill levels — including a bicycle tour of the proposed Kingston Greenline and the O+ murals.

A wristband is your all-access ticket to as much art, music and wellness you can handle.

Projectej.com Photography

Projectej.com Photography

Take the time to pore over our digital schedule — you’ll get a beautiful printed version when you pick up you wristband at the MO+THERSHIP (patio at Wall and North Front streets) — and make a plan that suits your interests. But be sure to pace yourself. There’s A LOT to see, hear and experience.

For your inspiration, here’s a peek at my itinerary for festival day No.1 (Friday, Oct. 7):

5:30PM Parade: I’ll kick things off Friday with the New Orleans-style parade, which winds its way through uptown and midtown, passing by O+ murals from years past and 2016 murals in-the-making. I can’t wait to see how Lady Pink, the “first lady of graffiti,” responds to this year’s Mothers of Invention theme at Express Latinos on Broadway.

7PM Kirtan at The Kirkland: Then you can catch me stepping out of my comfort zone and into a kirtan (chanting) concert led by Lee Mirabai Harrington. “Through the recitation of ancient divine names, sacred mantras and sacred syllables, we can align ourselves with divine energies and achieve a state of unity, oneness, transformation and inner peace.” Yes, please.

9PM Uni Ika Ai at BSP: After experiencing the healing vibrations of collective chanting, I’m headed to BSP Kingston for my first of many concerts of the weekend: Uni Ika Ai, a Brooklyn-based dreampop / artpop band.

10PM Drawing Extravaganza at Broadway Arts: Unlike many of my fellow O+ volunteers, I’m no artist, but that won’t stop me from experiencing Anna Hafner’s interactive drawing class. Each of Hafner’s sculptural shrines will house models dressed as different incarnations of the divine feminine for you and me to sketch. LO+VE it!

10:30PM PMS & The Mood Swings at The Anchor: From Broadway Arts, it’s a quick walk to The Anchor for PMS & The Mood Swings, who will “serve up sticky pop candy with a classic Bowery punk beat, Coney Island surf guitars, and that uptown sax sound!”

I would love to know what O+ events are on your must-do list!


And The Kids performed during the 2015 O+ Festival at Seven21 Media Center — photo by Rachel Brennecke

While attendees are experiencing all that the festival has to offer, volunteer health and wellness providers in a pop-up clinic at Old Dutch Church are treating the underinsured artists and musicians who donate their talent as well as the many volunteers who work the weekend. We call this exchange “the art of medicine for the medicine of art.”

O+ is pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth to make the festival affordable to all while raising much-needed funds for the Kingston-based national nonprofit that powers it.

We have some great thank-you gifts for wristband donations of $50, $75 and $100, including gifts for cycling enthusiasts and a limited-edition Mothers of Invention T-shirt designed by New Yorker cartoonist and O+ alumna Carolita Johnson.

What’s It Worth to YO+U?

Kathleen (Wereszynski) Murray is a Kingston native and chief storyteller at O+ Festival.