Top Winter Events in New York

While others hibernate through winter, New Yorkers and friends make the most of frozen waterfalls and lakes, towering slopes, and mid-winter festivals to warm the spirit. Follow the glow to New York's countless cities, towns, villages and hamlets-each offering its own calendar of winter events to light up your season.


February: Winter Carnival, Lake George
This four weekend-long celebration features a polar lunge, helicopter rides, snowmobile poker runs, parades and bonfires, and the ever-popular Outhouse Race. A great way to warm up. 

February: Empire State Winter Games, Lake Placid
Gear up for some intense competition in Lake Placid as New York State's best skiers, bobsledders, skaters and lugers vie for top honors in the state's premiere winter sporting contest. 

March: Maple Days, Thurman
Maple farms throughout Thurman open their sugarhouses for free tours and sweet tastings during March Maple Days. Enjoy a hot pancake breakfast with real maple syrup. Just follow the road signs. 

Capital-Saratoga Region

January: Winter Antique Show, Saratoga Springs

Looking for something to do on a winter weekend? This is the perfect way to spend a cold day! Over fifty vendors will be displaying their vast variety of wares.

January: Winterfest, Saratoga Springs
Celebrate the spirit of winter in the Spa City with a weekend of music, nibbling, snow sports and fun like wine tastings and bonfires, skiing and snowshoeing, plus free hot cocoa. 

January: 30th Annual Winterfest, Grafton

A day of great winter family fun! Events include an ice fishing Contest, a guided showshoe outing, snow bowling, polar plunge, snow ball throwing contests and more.

February: Chowderfest, Saratoga Springs
Take the chill off in no time at Chowderfest, the spicy center of Saratoga's Winter Weekend, with signature chowder and soup tastings at restaurants throughout town. Vote for your favorite. 

March: Capital District Garden and Flower Show, Troy
Spring is in full bloom at Hudson Valley Community College. Visit acres of trickling waterfalls, colorful gardens and manicured landscapes, floral displays and vendors at this annual welcome to spring. 


February: King of the Ice Fishing Contest, Monticello
Hear plenty of fish stories at this annual winter anglers bash at White Lake. Fish for trout, pickerel, perch, crappies and walleye. Win prizes and compete for the King of the Ice crown.

Central New York                                                                                                           

January: Mohawk Valley Antique Fest, Utica

Antiques and collectibles enthusiasts from across the Central New York area and beyond come to this unique fest in search of antique treasures!

February: Cooperstown Winter Carnival

Come out for this Cooperstown tradition and experience exciting events and activities for children and adults of all ages!


March: Holiday Valley's Winter Carnival, Ellicottville
Winter Carnival just keeps growing. Squeeze the last few flakes out of winter with cookouts, pony races, skijoring and scavenger hunts, a Mardi Gras Parade, beauty pageant, and live music. 

Finger Lakes

January-February: Little Shop of Horrors, Rochester       

See the cult classic "Little Shop of Horrors" live on stage at the Geva Theatre Center this winter. This musical blend of doo-wop, rock and Motown will have you singing and dancing along in your seat.

February: New York Ice Wine Festival, Fairport

Fun and festivities include an ice sculpture bar, food demos, music, winery tours, wine tastings and seminars.

March: Central New York Maple Festival, Cortland

The village of Marathon celebrates the maple season with food, entertainment, crafters and maple syrup.

Greater Niagara Region

January: The Lion in Winter, Buffalo

The play's the thing! Come out to the Irish Classical Theatre and see "The Lion in Winter," a sheer delight with razor-sharp wit.

March: St. Patrick's Day Parade, Buffalo
A proud day for Buffalo's Irish, this annual march from City Hall to North Street draws huge crowds for Irish dancers and bands. Free ice skating, clowns, face painting and good green fun. 

Hudson Valley

January: Fully Committed - Half Moon Theatre Performance

This devastatingly funny comedy features one versatile actor who plays 40 wildly diverse characters, and follows a day in the life of an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan's top restaurant.

New York City

January: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Get ready to enjoy all those pleasures that true Southerners live by - Beer, Bourbon, Barbeque, Bacon, and Bluegrass! Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste sampling of beer and bourbon.

February: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Madison Square Garden
The Garden hosts America's first and foremost champions-only dog show. Since 1877, the Dog Show has been showcasing the most beloved-and rarest-breeds of man's best friend.

Long Island

February: Long Island Winterfest, various venues
Let fine wines and smooth jazz cure your mid-winter doldrums!  Long Island's East End breaks out in jazz for six weekends in February and March with live jazz from top performers in the island's top winery tasting rooms.

Thousand Islands-Seaway

February: Warm up Oswego, Oswego
Scavenger hunts, a Crazy Costume Sled Race, merchant vendors, snow sculpting and music, bonfires and riverfront fireworks warm up downtown Oswego at this annual mid-winter celebration.

February: Great Eastern Whiteout, Fulton
The largest antique snowmobile show in the east returns annually with antique and vintage sled displays, drag racing and breakfast rides. Race your own vintage sled or just watch the action.

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