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.
Meet the Festival Fanatics!
“Hi everybody. My name is “Big Chuck” D’Imperio. I have been an Upstate New York radio broadcaster and author for more than a quarter century! Nobody loves a New York Festival more than I do (except maybe my partner “Dan the Man!”). I love them all and this website is your top resource for everything festive (think festival) in the state. I know we can’t hit them all (there are over 3,000 a year!) but we will hit many of the ones that we personally give our “Festival Fanatics Seal of Approval.” So let us know about any upcoming festivals you hear of…oh, and what is your favorite? Mine is the Bacon Festival in Hudson, N.Y. Yummy!
Hey everyone. I’m Dan “the Man” Cassavaugh, as Big Chuck likes to call me. I’m a festival fanatic and have traveled all over the state in search of the best chicken wing — er, festival. My festival love developed at college in Ithaca, where the great Apple Harvest Festival is held annually. Since then, I’ve spent time with brews at zoos, wine tastings, and at any food event you can imagine. Out of them all, my favorite is the weird and quirky Renaissance Faire in Sterling. I attend annually.
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