Welcome To New York State Festivals!

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.

If you are a festival organizer and don’t see your festival here, please help us build our listing by submitting your festival.

Continue reading to meet “The Festival Fanatics!”

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Ithaca Hosts a Whole Month of Winter Festivals in December!

Ithaca-Festival1Ithaca is doing it up big this December with festivals and events all month long in their historic downtown Commons area.  Many local restaurants will be having specials for tourists to enjoy and there will be “Santa-themed” events for the young and young-at-heart each weekend in December.  Click on the link below…and enjoy it all!


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Sharon Springs Victorian Holiday Festival December 5-7

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The streets of little Sharon Springs will be filled with gentlemen in top hats and gentleladies in flowing hoop skirts as the calendar gets turned back to the Victorian era for this ever growing annual event.  Check the website below for times and schedules of events.  There are live musical performances, a parade, plenty of food, wagon rides and merriment in the air at this event which attracts thousands to this tiny village of 600 residents.


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Pucker Up! It’s the Rosendale Pickle Festival!


It is time for the 17th Annual International Pickle Festival in Rosendale, NY (Ulster County).  Various countries are represented with pickle varieties of all sorts.  Good food, great fun, live music and more.  Come on down on Sunday, November 23.  !This is one of the few food festivals to fall near the end of the year and it is a lot of fun.

So pucker up and CLICK HERE for details!

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It’s a Shaker Christmas Craft Fair and Festival in Albany!


This festival runs through December 1, 2014 every day except Sundays.  Times are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This is an Albany tradition for a fun way of getting some unique holiday gifts at a historic place (the Shaker Heritage Society)

Find perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list at our annual Christmas Craft Fair! Over 50 regional crafters and artisans are represented, offering thousands of items for your perusal. Jewelry, candles, quilted and woven goods, photography, ceramics, apparel, ornaments, home décor, and jams and preserves are among the most popular items. The fair is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00-4:00 and admission is free!

For details CLICK HERE!

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Port Jervis Celebrates with German Festival Market!


Port Jervis celebrates the oncoming Holiday season with a European Christkinlmarkt.  Bring the family.  You will find a wide array of unusual homemade items for gift giving along with live music, great food and a Santa parade!

For details CLICK HERE!

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Lake Placid says “Come to our Annual Victorian Stroll!”

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Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll Dec. 12-14, 2014.   A Lake Placid tradition, the Stroll is a family and couples weekend chock full of events, entertainment, parties, dining specials and shopping in the fairy-tale winter wonderland of Lake Placid. The weekend includes lots of free kids activities. Santa will be making an appearance in several locations throughout the weekend. For couples, there will also be dining specials and live entertainment into the late eventing hours.

Celebrate the holiday season in the Adirondacks featuring holiday shopping, festive family fun, arts and entertainment. The Village of Lake Placid transforms into a winter wonderland full of family activities and sugar plums all weekend long!

Join in on the Jingle Bell Run, movies, story time, parade and visits from Santa Claus. Enjoy music, evening skating on the Olympic oval along with wine tastings and dining specials.

For details CLICK HERE!

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Fort Ann Welcomes “Christmas in the Country”


Fifteen local artists invite you to our 22nd annual Christmas in the Country open artists studio tour. A get-away for a very special weekend in the country. Follow the Christmas tree signs to find handcrafted specialties at local countryside artists studios. Refreshments, fun and music at each location.


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Holiday Valley Presents It’s 11th Annual Fall Beer and Wine Festival!


Western New York will be celebrating Fall on November 7, 8, 2014!

Guests will sample hand-crafted beers from 30 of the best New York State and American craft breweries and wines from New York and Ellicottville vintners. Friday’s Beer Tasting Dinner (7pm) will include samplings of rare and specialty top US craft brews and Belgian beers. Meet and greet the brew masters and enjoy a specially designed menu.

Ellicottville is in Cattaraugus County.

For details CLICK HERE!

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The Shaker Christmas Craft Fair and Festival Will See Thousands Attend!


Find perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list at the annual Christmas Craft Fair. Over fifty regional crafters are represented, offering thousands of items for your perusal.  Jewelry, apparel, ornaments, household goods, toys and gourmet jams are among the most popular items.  This is a great opportunity to Buy Local while also helping to preserve an important historic site! The Craft Fair is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and admission is free.  Even though this event goes on for a number of weekends, we put it on our page because if the historic nature of the setting.

This event is held at the historic Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Road in Albany.  This is the site of the first Shaker Community in the United States.

For details CLICK HERE!

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It’s the Red Hook Chocolate Festival November 1


Prepare yourself for a day of fun, education, history, and lots of CHOCOLATE, at various locations throughout the Village of Red Hook (Dutchess County). The all-day festival will be filled with competitions, tastings, art exhibitions and performances all with a central theme of chocolate, and don’t expect the same, old same old. This is the Hudson Valley after all – so in addition to the die-hard family favorites – brownies, cakes and chocolates and so on, there will also be new and exciting things to see and try. Chocolate & chili, chocolate & bacon, chocolate flavored beauty products. Events include: •Chocolate Bomb Skateboard Race  •Cooking with Chocolate Demonstration at Flatiron Steakhouse (S.Broadway/Route 9) •Chocolate Tempering Demo by Dan Budd at Taste Budd’s Cafe (W. Market Street) •Live Music & Performance in the Community Music Space in The Chocolate Factory (Elizabeth Street) •’The Chocolate Wars’ – Bake off competitions (Linden Avenue) •Chocolate Fountain and Tastings •Chocolate Pizza at Village Pizza (N. Broadway/Route 9).

For information CLICK HERE!

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