Spring into spring! New York spring events are blooming with exciting places to go, festivals, parades and historic reenactments, flower shows, arts and crafts, performances, the beginning of sporting seasons, and fun for the whole family, indoors and out.
March events kick of the season with the sweetest New York tradition, Maple Weekend! Over 110 maple producers boil sap in sugarhouses for tastings, purchase, demonstrations and special events.
Food and wine pairings, plus extraordinary views? But of course! The Niagara Wine Trail and Finger Lakes Wine Country host tastings and popular springtime winery events. Visit Teatown Lake's 875-acre Reservation in the heart of New York's Hudson Hills and Highlands for their annual Plant Sale in May, or stroll Wildflower Island (April through September), hiking trails and natural habitats anytime. Foodies flock to Staten Island in April because the New York City Chili Regional Cookoff and New York City BBQ Cookoff delight with mouthwatering and competitive fun. And, the Tribeca Film Festival is definitely a must-see destination for movie fans.
Yes, Cooperstown has the National Baseball Hall of Fame (and nothing signals spring like hearing "Play Ball!"), but did you know the Easter Bunny comes to Hyde Hall's Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Otsego Lake just a few hops north in Glimmerglass State Park?
The annual New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show in March and April features thousands of brilliantly colored orchids, music from around the world and a romantic destination for evening cocktails.
April events include the annual Tour of the Battenkill (aka "America's Queen of the Classics") is the nation's largest and most difficult one-day pro/amateur cycling race. Or, rev up the season at Opening Weekend of the Watkins Glen International Racetrack. Just a bit farther west, Balloons Over Letchworth offers spectacular hot air balloon views of the "Grand Canyon of the East." Pilots from several states ascend from the gorge in May for the annual Red, White & Blue Balloon Rally too!
Looking for events in May? Thousands of lilacs and other lovely spring blossoms - plus a parade, races, arts and crafts shows, horticultural exhibits and more - make Rochester's annual Lilac Festival an especially fragrant welcome to spring. More blooms you say? At the festive "just in time for Mother's Day" Albany Tulip Festival, over 100,000 bulbs transform Washington Park into a weekend-long celebration of mom's favorite colors. Don't miss the Tulip Queen Coronation, Mother of the Year Award, craft vendors, live music, delicious food, and fun activities for the kids.
Check out Fairport Canal Days, one of the biggest June events celebrating the historic Erie Canal, or the annual Lake George Elvis Festival, featuring Vegas-style tribute shows, competitions, classic car parade, collectibles, parties and plenty of King-style fun.
Cast off! Spring means the start of fishing season, and New York boasts more than 7,500 lakes and ponds, 50,000 miles of rivers and streams, and hundreds of miles of coastline.