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!”
This is one of the longest running festivals in Upstate New York. Now in its 57th Year, the Niagara County Peach Festival in Lewiston brings together the whole region (Western New York) to celebrate the local peach harvest. Events include a parade, a ride midway, live music and tons of peaches in every variety…be sure and try the festival’s famous Peach Shortcake!
This festival is growing fast. The Saratoga Wine and Food Festival is now in its 14th year. BBQ, all sorts of food, a mini-Brew festival, live music, old car displays, an auto race, more than 250 wine and food exhibitors and more. Last year over 6,000 people attended this event.
Join us for this ultimate celebration of autumn! Harvest Festival is a regional favorite. Enjoy great food, music, animals, and activities your family will love.
The event will feature live performances and family activities such as crafts, demonstrations, story time, and contests.
- Marvel at demonstrations of dog obedience and agility.
- Meet therapy dogs.
- Watch a parade of champion animals from the museum’s annual Junior Livestock Show.
- See cuddly alpacas and watch their agility in an obstacle course. An entire tent is home to these domesticated animals raised for their fiber.
- Take a horse-drawn wagon ride
Many artisans demonstrate their skills. Complete artisan and vendor list. (coming soon!)
- Spinning and fiber art demonstrations.
Harvest time means farm and food:
- Help with harvesting potatoes and hand-scything hay.
The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest is a celebration of all things wine. Their event’s main focus is highlighting the wonderful wineries to be found in the Hudson Valley and all over New York. As a NY Farm market, the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest offers New York wineries the opportunity to sell wine by the bottle, thus offering a marvelous opportunity for our guests to purchase the state’s finest wines directly from the winery.
They often have a few select international wines and liquors represented for our guests who like to explore beyond NY.
Another highlight of the event is the fact that many of the grape growers and wine makers are in attendance. This offers a fantastic chance for oenophiles to really learn about the wine and ask questions of the people responsible for creating it. Continue reading
Photo by Laura Mattahall
Thousands will descend on the small city of Dansville in Western New York over Labor Day weekend to celebrate their 33rd annual New York State Festival of Balloons.
The festival will include 6 scheduled launches, including both day and night, as well as a large area for entertainment, crafts vendors, all sorts of food and fun for the entire family. This is the biggest balloon festival in the state and it is an amazing sight to see!
This is one of the biggest arts and crafts shows in the lower Catskills. There is only one place to hold an event this large, the Ulster County Fairgrounds!
Now in its 33rd year, this festival offers some of the finest homemade items you will find in the East. The festival will also showcase Hudson Valley foods and wines. Thousands will attend this great event held on Labor Day weekend.
For more information visit http://www.quailhollow.com/
The Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival is the largest street festival in New York State. More than 100,000 will attend this celebration of Buffalo’s native food treasure. Vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities and more take over Coca Cola Field and downtown Buffalo for this wild party on August 30-31 of this year.
Get the details at http://www.buffalowing.com
Participants fill Main Street at last year’s festival parade
The dates of this year’s annual Fredonia Farms Festival are August 22-24.
This far Western New York tradition is a weekend-long party highlighting the agricultural contributions of the region. There are family activities, a parade, vendors of all kinds, a pie and cooking baking contest and live music.
It’s one of the biggest Irish parties in Upstate New York. Buffalo celebrates its Irish tradition with lots of top name entertainers, food, games,and family fun August 22-24.
A unique highlight of this event is the Irish County Parade. Local representatives from all of Ireland’s 32 counties march with pride behind their county banner!
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!