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.
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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!
Phelps 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.
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!
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!
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.
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!