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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The 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
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.
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Hudson 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.
Sunday October 5 is a big day in Warwick!
Applefest began in 1989 as a simple harvest celebration to support the Warwick Valley Community Center. Named one of the “Top 100 Events” in the country, over 40,000 visitors now attend the one-day event, traveling from neighboring states to experience the extraordinary variety of Warwick’s apples, culture, and entertainment. The festival is produced by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Warwick Valley Community Center. Festival proceeds benefit these and other local non-profit organizations.
This year look for more than 200 craft vendors and more than 50 food vendors. Warwick is on Orange County.
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Ithaca’s premier event of the Fall, Apple Harvest Festival is a three day celebration of food, fun, and apples! The 32nd Anniversary of the Great Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival set to take place on Friday October 3rd (12pm-6pm), Saturday October 4th (10am-6pm) and Sunday October 5th (10am-6pm).
Harvest time is the season of plenty. The 2014 Apple Harvest Festival holds plenty of apple’s, local produce, fresh baked goods, family entertainment at every turn, games, rides, prizes and live performances on two stages. Apple Harvest Festival is a great introduction to the rich farm and artist community of Ithaca. First time visitors can witness a variety of wonderful local entertainment while also visiting the historical outdoor pedestrian shopping mall, The Ithaca Commons. The pedestrian mall is the epicenter of the festival and the gateway to a nostalgic journey to harvest season fun.
For festival information CLICK HERE!
Come join in the fun as Commerce Street and Veterans Road are filled with more than 250 vendors with something for everyone. Kids of all ages with enjoy the amazing rides, Jumbo Bounce Ride, Kidiepillar, Air Brush Face Artist, Inflatable Slides, and much more! Be sure to save the date, as this event is sure to please everyone in your family, no matter how old or young. New to the Festival this year is the New Car Show, featuring 35 2015 car models, brought to you by local dealers.
Yorktown Heights ins located in Westchester County. For festival information CLICK HERE!
It’s the 34th annual Titus Ski Mountain Oktoberfest, Saturday Oct. 4, 2014!
Live music, fireworks at dusk, more than 90 vendors, fun for the whole family and lots of Oktoberfest food and drink! The chairlift will be open to take you “to the top.” Titus Mountain is in the northern Adirondacks in Malone,. NY.
For more information CLICK HERE.
This will be a fun family festival with the focus on local Catskill food and products. Singer Natalie Merchant will be the headliner this year. Thousands will attend this two day affair which is held on a beautiful country farm just outside of Delhi, New York (Delaware County). Events include everything from a petting zoo to giant puppets to workshops on brewing!
What: Taste of Catskills
When: October 11-12 (this is a rain or shine event)
Where; Maple Shade Farm, County Rt. 18, Delhi, NY
The annual Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties is the largest of its kind in the state and has grown to become a major September destination in the Hudson Valley. Thousands will attend and enjoy live music, a garlic marketplace, family activities for the kids, visiting chef demonstrations, and food vendors of all kinds (including plenty of garlic creations!)
What: Garlic Festival
Where: Saugerties (Ulster County)
When: September 27-28, 2014
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.