Festivals are a staple of New York, be it in the north country with Bobcats, Bears and Brews at the Zoo, or the Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival. Here, we look to catalog many of the festivals this great state has to offer each year.
We’ll provide you with features as we, too, travel around the state to some of our favorites — like Ithaca’s Apple Harvest Festival — and the ones we just had to check out –like The Great Chocolate Train Wreck Festival in Hamilton.
Please take some time to browse through our festival listings, where you’ll find descriptions, photos, directions and what else there is to do in the area.
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Come to historic North Creek May 2-4 for an Adirondack Festival!
The Adirondack Adventure Festival is a celebration of a new season of activities and outdoor adventures available throughout the Gore Mountain region. Many people visit the area for the great skiing all winter long but never realize all the other activities they can enjoy in this incredible area of the Adirondacks. Join us for crafts, demonstrations, food, music and more.
The festival runs in conjunction with the 57th Annual White Water Derby. This will be a fun and fantastic outdoor day in the beautiful Adirondack woods!
North Creek is a historic community on the edge of the High Peaks. It was the home of the first railway to run in the Adirondacks and it was here in 1901 that a vacationing Vice-President Teddy Roosevelt first found out that he was the new Chief Executive following the death of President William McKinley in Buffalo.
Have you ever eaten at a Food Truck? Well, more and more people are and you can sample some of the Capital Region’s best on May 4 in Saratoga Springs!
Besides the food trucks there will be kids’ activities, live bands and arts and crafts.
Get a full line up of the 10 trucks that will be there for your enjoyment by clicking below.
The annual Sharon Springs Garden Party Festival has grown to become one of the largest of its kind in Upstate New York. This year’s party is the weekend of May 24-25.
Thousands will come to this historic little community to celebrate the rites of Spring: gardening, planting, flowers, herbs and spices, healthy living and more. Live music and lots of food ensure that this will be a complete fun-filled day in this beautiful village.
Be sure and stop by the Beekman Mercantile and see their new digs! Josh and Brent, The Beekman Boys, will again be on hand to welcome everyone to their Main Street showplace!
You never know who will attend the Garden Party. Rosie O’Donnell once came! And Rachel Ray loves it here!
The Annual Elvis Festival will storm through Lake George on the weekend of May 30 to June 1. This is always the epicenter for Elvis fans around the Northeast. The competition for the best Elvis impersonator will heat up the stage with more than 60 of the country’s very best on hand to “shake, rattle and roll” in front of a huge lakeside audience.
The whole weekend is 1950s and 1960s themed so you will be sure to get your fill of Elvis, old time rock and roll, classic cars and poodle skirts. And be sure and catch the Elvis Parade down Main Street Lake George! Dozens of impersonators in their full Elvis regalia will be strutting their way through the city!
This is always one of Lake George’s most popular summer events.
The 25th Annual Rochester Lilac Festival will welcome thousands to this exciting city in western New York.
A full line up of live entertainment. food offerings, family entertainment, arts and crafts and more are the headliners of this festival which attracts more than 125,000 visitors to Rochester. This year more than 500 vendors will be on hand selling their wares, both edible and non-edible. The event is held in Highland Park which is positively bursting with more than 1,200 huge lilac bushes , featuring more than 500 varieties. The first 20 lilac bushes were planted here more than a century ago.
This is a special family day in a place with a long history of fishing tradition. South Otselic was the home of the famous Gladding Fishing Line, which began in 1816 and was the world’s largest fishing line manufacturer. Since 1932 New York State has operated a large fish hatchery here.
The Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association (OVF&HA), in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will be hosting the sixth annual Fishing Heritage Day. This year’s event will kick off on Friday evening, May 16, with a fish dinner at the Georgetown Fire Hall, starting at 5 pm. On Saturday, May 17 the main event will take place at both the State Fish Hatchery and the Otselic Town Park in South Otselic, NY. One of this year’s special features include 3 sets of music performers scheduled throughout the day in the Town Park. Also, from 12pm-3pm the Zoomobile from Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton will showcase a selection of live animals by the Town Hall. The U.S. Postal Service will also be introducing the 2014 special stamp cancellation, featuring a design by local artist Betsy Jensen. As in previous years, there will be several non-profit organizations along with various arts, crafts and antiques for sale in the Town Park, while food and drink offerings will be made available by local nonprofit organizations.
If you have never attended the annual Tulip Festival in Albany, you really should try and make it this year on May 10-11.
It is fun, beautiful and fascinating in every way. The events mix the old traditions with the new, there is always something for the entire family to see and do and all of this plays out against the backdrop of 100,000 beautiful eye-popping tulips!
St. Catherines Greek Orthodox Church in Ithaca is preparing for their annual Greek Festival May 9-10.
This is a wonderful new (second annual) tradition in Ithaca. It is a family event filled with Greek music (and dancing) and of course delicious Greek food made by some of the greatest cooks in the St. Catherine’s congregation as well as the residents of Ithaca. May is a gorgeous time to visit Ithaca, N.Y.!
Queensbury hosts the annual Great Upstate Boat Show April 4-6.
This is always one of the great harbingers of Spring as folks emerge from their winter hibernation and start thinking about spending time on the many pristine lakes in the High Peaks region.
25 dealers will be on hand featuring 60 brands of boats. More than 200 boats will be on display. It really is a fun day of food, fun, vendors and BOATS!
Every March the New York State Maple Producers Association presents Maple Weekends, traditionally the third and fourth weekends of the month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Spend a fun day with family and friends, sampling maple products across New York State. The maple producers host open houses where the public can visit and see how maple syrup and maple products are made.
More than 110 maple producers all over New York State participate, including our local producers. In addition to producer’s tours, many local businesses have joined in to offer specials at the restaurants with samplings of innovative cuisine utilizing our precious commodity, New York State Maple Syrup. In the Adirondacks, a special Maple Weekend will be celebrated on March 29 and 30 with fun new events on the calendar to celebrate our sweetest Adirondack Spring product.