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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Check Out the Lumberjack Festival This Weekend!


The Deposit Days/Lumberjack Festival is a three day event with lots of fun, excitement, carnival rides, food vendors, craft fair, merchant vendors, a parade, live music, magic shows, tractor pulls, pony pulls,  fireworks and many other events.  The event runs July 18-20, 2014.  This is one of the most fun (and unusual) outdoor festivals you can find in the Upstate region this summer.  Bring the family and check it out!


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Phelps Presents Its “Sauerkraut Festival”…One of Upstate’s Best!

sauerkrautPhelps was once the “Sauerkraut Capital of America.”  Today the small, pretty community throws a big party to recognize their claim to fame.  Cabbage bowling?  Got it!  Sauerkraut Cake? Yes!  The King and Queen of Kraut and their Kourt!  Yup.

This really is a lot of fun.  For details CLICK HERE.

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Canandaigua Hosts 41st Annual Waterfront Arts Festival


Canandaigua, in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate, will host its big Waterfront Arts Festival on July 26-27 this year.

This is one of the most relaxing and beautiful art festivals you can find.  More than 170 artists will gather along the stunning shore of Canandaigua Lake, with selections in all genres of art.  A large contingent of crafters, food and music all add up to make this a wonderful reason to \head to the Finger Lakes this weekend!

While here, be sure to visit the wonderful New York State Wine and Culinary Center!

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Hot Cars and TV Stars Take the Spotlight at 11th Annual Marilla Auto Show

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Cars, hot rods, trucks, TV stars, food, crafts, vendors,, kids area, live dance bands and fun all take center stage in Alden for the 11th annual Original Marilla Auto Show and Music and Arts Festival.  Keep reading for a detailed listing of the attractions and TV stars who will be attending!

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100,000 Expected to Attend Oswego’s 27th Annual HarborFest


It is one of the largest festivals in all of Upstate New York.

Osweo’s HarborFest brings tens of thousands to the shores of the Great lakes for this city’s signature event.  This year major rock groups (Grand Funk Railroad, Atlanta Rhythm Section and others) will set the musical backdrop for a rollicking party along Lake Ontario.  The fireworks alone are among the best in the Northeast.

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Come and Sample “A Taste of Cortland”


Cortland area restaurants show off their culinary creativity with a walking sample tour in Historic Downtown Cortland (Main Street and adjacent side streets).

Admission includes a collectible glass and a pack of tasting tickets for each stop along the way for only $10! Live music and entertainment is provided throughout downtown for your enjoyment – free!  This is a major summertime event fun for the whole family!


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Ithaca Kicks Off Summer With a Celtic Festival!


This annual festival brings together Celts and people of similar origin and like mind to celebrate their history and culture. Founded in 2008 as an annual event held on the last weekend in June, the Ithaca Celtic Festival is raising the flag over our ‘gorges’ city of Ithaca, NY, inviting all who love a good outdoor event to join together. 

The Ithaca Celtic Festival celebrates competitions in bagpiping, athletics and dance, but also Celtic culture and history as well.  The festival this year includes their newest demonstration in its second year called “Waulking of the Tweed.”  Other activities include: sheep-shearing, wool-spinning and kilt-making demonstrations, Clan booths, Celtic foods and crafts, all weekend activities for children including the annual clan scavenger hunt, Irish step-dancing and lessons, Gaelic lessons, a wellness tent that showcases Ithaca’s alternative medical scene, historical re-enactors, and possibly a scene or two from the Ithaca Shakespeare Company.

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It’s the Unique and Unusual Treadwell Stagecoach Run Art Festival

stagecoach_header_2014 Over 55 artists from the hamlet of Treadwell and nearby will be showing their work during the annual Stagecoach Run Art Festival on Saturday, July 5, and Sunday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival is a free studio tour in venues, including artists’ studios, along the Old Stagecoach Turnpike that connected Unadilla on the Susquehanna River to Catskill on the Hudson. Many venues are within walking distance in Treadwell. Others are a short driving distance away.  The whole (if tiny) community gets involved and this festival gives the visitor the unique opportunity to actually walk inside the many homes where the artists live and work.

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York Valley Festival Says “Bring Your Appetite!


The annual York Valley (NY) Festival is a grand day of family fun, entertainment, kids activities and LOTS OF FOOD!

York (a short drive from Geneseo) has been holding this festival for years and is one of the highlights of the summer season for people of all ages.  This year a full lineup of live musical acts will keep it lively for sure.  From country to Big Band, you’ll enjoy taking a turn on the dance floor with your sweetie.  A car cruise in and craft show are also on tap.

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Sterling Renaissance Festival Brings Us Jousts and Turkey Legs!

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The Sterling Renaissance Festival has been entertaining families for decades (it opened in 1976) with their hundreds of live performers, bad guys in stocks, damsels in distress, jousting knights and the infamous water dunking board.  Oh, and the famous turkey legs!

This medieval event is such a tradition, that many  families go every year.  And you are welcome to dress up in capes, gowns, robes and armor and join in the fun.

The festival runs from July 5 through August (weekends only).

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