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Events and Festivals in New York (State)

Washington Park Tulip Festival, Albany, New York

St Patrick's Day Parade

Held in New York City since March 17 1762, St Patrick's Day Parade is known to be the city's largest and oldest festival. It is the ultimate celebration of read more...

 

Tulip Festival

Mid-May in Albany, New York's capital city, is a time filled with the colours and smells of Spring time. For over 60 years the Tulip Festival which celebrates Albany's Dutch heritage has been of the city's most popular events and features over 200,000 vibrant tulips during a three day event. Other attractions of this event include the traditional street scrubbing on State Street, the Tulip Queen coronation, a Tulip Queen and Court Luncheon, a Royal Tulip Ball, live music, activities for kids, and arts and crafts.

 

Geneseo Air Show

The Geneseo Air Show, held in mid-July is an extraordinary air display of World War II planes as well as antique aircraft. Watch famous planes as they soar over your head and feel their roaring engines vibrate through your body. Described as one of the greatest air shows around, the Geneseo Air Show also features the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum whose aim is to restore, preserve, display and fly aircraft from both WWII and even the Korean War periods. Take the opportunity to get up close to the planes and even talk to pilots.

 

Adirondack Balloon Festival

The Adirondack Balloon Festival in Queensbury is a fun event for the entire family. Watch some 350 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes launch up into the air during this four day event held in late September. In addition to this magnificent spectacle, you can also enjoy plenty of activities suitable for children and adults such as kite flying plus don't miss the military aircraft displays and fireworks.

 

Oyster Festival

Held on Long Island, the October Oyster festival at Oyster Bay is a large waterfront event and fund-raising festival that has been entertaining people for decades already. Included in the event is plenty to see, listen to and do such as live outdoor music, an exotic animal petting zoo, amazing ships and eating opportunities where you'll find the freshest seafood on store.

 

ING New York Marathon

Known worldwide, the ING New York City Marathon is one of the largest sporting events of the country. Starting at Staten Island and finishing at Central read more...

 

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Most definitely a one of a kind event for families, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is New York City's most anticipated holiday tradition. Almost 3 million people read more...

 

Rochester International Jazz Festival

The Rochester International Jazz Festival, held during a period of nine days in late June, can be enjoyed at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and features a tremendous line-up of star guests and upcoming jazz talent. Attracting almost 200,000 people annually, this traditional festival showcases some 250 concerts.

 

Harborfest

The Oswego city's Harborfest festival is today a major annual event attracting hundreds of thousands of people and boasts over ten International Festival and Event Association Awards for excellence. This four day event is totally free and held over the last weekend of July. It features live music, entertainment, parades, and activities for families so there is plenty to participate in. Harborfest is traditionally centred on a particular theme such as a particular historical event or country so bring a costume if your wish.

 

Great New York State Fair

Dating back to 1841, the Great New York State Fair is New York's most significant agricultural event and features an extraordinary number of animals, entertainment, concerts, exhibits, skill-testing games, and educational plus technological activities. Running along 12 days in the city of Syracuse, this old event has become a popular tradition among New Yorkers attracting visitors from across the entire state.

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