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.

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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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Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest Ends October 18-19

hunterIt is one of the largest Oktoberfests in New York State.  Hunter Mountain celebrates October on weekends all October long (ends October 19).  Thousands attend this outdoor party at the base of Hunter Mountain Ski Resort.  German-American food, live music, crafts and family fun all surrounded by the majesty of the Catskills in Autumn!

For details CLICK HERE!

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Johnny Appleseed Festival October 18-19 in Milton

red_apples473Prospect Hill Orchards in Milton is rip[e and ready for picking!  Their annual Johnny Appleseed Festival features fun for all ages.  Hands on old-fashioned cider pressing, hayrides, delicious foods, live music and scarecrow making are all on the menu for this fun event!

Milton is in Ulster County and this is a free event.  For information click here.

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Sleepy Hollow Features Spooky Festivals All Month Long


Washington Irving’s historic Sleepy Hollow, NY in the lower Hudson Valley is filled with spooktacular Halloween festivals and events this October.  Thousands will head to the Land of the Headless Horseman for cemetery tours, pumpkin blazes, harvest suppers and recreations of Irving’s most famous tales.  All of this takes place near the author’s home, Sunnyside, and his final resting place at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

For all events CLICK HERE

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Stamford, “Queen of the Catskills,” Hosts Annual Scarecrow Festival


Sunday, October 5 is the day of the scarecrows in beautiful Stamford (Delaware County).  The long Main Street will be decked out in dozens of homemade scarecrows.  The public is invited to vote for their favorite.  There will also be hayrides, live music, local food and beverages and many craft vendors for this annual Fall tradition.


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Cherry Valley Kite Festival is Colorful and Fun!


The annual Cherry Valley Kite Festival, on Saturday, September 27, brings kite lovers from all over the region to the beautiful Mohawk Valley.

Kites, live music, lots of food vendors,  and fun for all the family.  This is the fifth anniversary year for the Kite Festival and it has doubled in attendance each year.

Come to historic Cherry Valley and….”go fly a kite!”


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Saugerties Celebrates It’s 46th Mum Festival October 5, 2014

mum-SQThe Mum Festival weekend actually begins with the preceding Mum Bowl, the Saugerties High School football game, where the coronation of the Mum Queen and her Court takes place.  The following day, Sunday, the festival begins at Noon and runs to 5:00 PM.  It typically includes: 

  • The Mum Queen and her court presenting flowers courtesy of the Saugerties Society of Little Gardens
  • Live music (band and chorus)
  • Arts and crafts booths
  • Martial arts demonstrations
  • Face painting
  • Refreshments

So come wander Seamon Park’s paths, take in its views, and visit the bandstands & fountains.  You’ll perhaps never see as many “Kodak moments” as you will during your Mum Festival visit and any other visit to the park during the year.

And of course, the thousands of Mums that decorate Seamon Park for the Mum Festival will be available for viewing for the remainder of the fall.

This year will be the 46th annual Mum Festival, and the 102nd anniversary of Seamon Park.  A brief history – John Seamon generously donated the beautiful park to the Village of Saugerties in 1809.  The Mum Festival committee has decided to honor the park’s special anniversary at this year’s Mum Festival and will be celebrating with old time music, Campfire Girl exhibits, Wildlife shows, and other activities that highlight the park’s 104-year history.

For festival details CLICK HERE

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Hudson Hop and Harvest Festival Now in its 3rd Year!

112Hudson Hop and Harvest Festival is Saturday October 3.

Peekskill is the home for this popular event that is growing by leaps and bounds.  Beer, food, live entertainment a huge farmers market and family entertainment are all on the schedule.  The festival is located in Peekskill Riverfront Park on Saturday October, 4.

Peekskill is in Westchester County.

For festival details click here.

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