Cultural festivals ‘harvest' the power of the arts in local communities and are joyous celebrations of the changing seasons. In autumn, it's time to enjoy the nice weather and a celebration du jour.
Labor Day weekend, Saranac Lake kicks off fall with a little "hobo spirit:" This musical gathering is gathering indie steam for its thumbs-up to railroad culture.
September's Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy runs 11 days and features all your favorite Italian foods: you will not leave hungry. Arts Alive Long Island has a three-pronged approach - the arts, families and food - to sustain your passion for a month of celebrating. Moving around the state, there's a Fiber Festival in Greenwich, Hunter Mountain's Octoberfest, an Autumn Festival on Wellesley Island, and even a baseball-themed film festival in Cooperstown.
Want to see a theater troupe perform haunting tales at the historic ? Reserve early for these ‘whodunits' - the actors in period attire, light refreshments and unsolved mysteries always attract a sold-out crowd. Many historic estates keep their doors open throughout the season for tours and special events, from the Hudson Valley to the Thousand Islands. Their autumn gardens are of special interest to anyone with a natural creative flair. Some have been tended since New York's early European settlers arrived here.
New York's museums, galleries and historic sites are inspiring places to learn something new or deepen your appreciation for the creative process and intriguing periods in history. You can explore the compelling relationships between the arts and technology; examine traditional handweaving techniques; or get a grasp on a Utopian community's civic contributions. On First Fridays, the Albright-Knox Gallery offers free admission and select events, plus art classes, tours and more. Visit this Western New York gem during regular museum hours, too.
Midway through autumn, it's time to dress up - for NYC's annual Halloween Parade! Don a costume, or not, but just go. You won't see anything like it again . . . it's a freefall form of expression every year.
Each November, Ithaca artists open their studios to Art Trail visitors and, as a prelude to Thanksgiving, Glen Cove's feast features authentic Native American foods and a celebration of culture.
Events and concerts at Carnegie Hall, Guild Hall, Proctor's, Bethel Woods, and Utica's Stanley Center are reliably enriching experiences. Keep your eyes and ears tuned to the Roxbury Arts Group: They're blazing an artistic trail through the Catskills. Jamestown's native trailblazer, Lucille Ball, was a master of the comedic arts as anyone who watched the "I Love Lucy" show will attest. Visit the Center for Comedy and absorb a little comedic flair to help laugh off autumn's falling leaves and temperatures.
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
Richardson-Bates House Museum
National Register of Historic Places; distinctive landmark and house museum
Thousand Islands Arts Center -- Home of the Handweaving Museum
Preserves heritage arts; year-round curriculum; 100 regional artists’ work
Clemens Center for the Arts
Greater Ithaca Art Trail
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park - Fall Mansion Mysteries