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Fall is the perfect season for exploring New York. The sunny days, cool nights, and gorgeous scenery make for fantastic outdoor adventures. Orchards and Oktoberfests showcase some of New York's most flavorful assets - and of course there's Halloween, which is perhaps the New Yorkiest holiday of all. Use our bucket list to help build yourself a perfect season, from Labor Day to Thanksgiving. Time to get going: Before you know it winter will be here.

From chicken spiedies and grape pie to bagels and barbeque, food is serious business in New York State. Whether you’re a cheese aficionado, Buffalo wing enthusiast or in the mood to eat some of the best barbeque in the state, food festivals in New York have got you covered. Think beyond your regular carnival, fried-food fare, and try some of the freshest, regional treats you can’t get anywhere else, all while enjoying live music, food competitions, rides and games for the whole family. Just don’t forget your appetite.

From naval air shows and local varietals to internationally acclaimed ballet, New York State is bustling with activities this July. Here are some top picks from around the state. (And we didn’t forget about America’s birthday: Head here to read about some of the amazing things to do in New York for the Fourth of July.)

Summer is officially here, and that means it’s time to hit the beach! And New York has some amazing ones, from the sandy coast of Long Island to the serene lakesides of the Adirondacks, and the seemingly endless horizon of Lake Ontario. (Fun fact: New York is the only state with coastlines on an ocean as well as the Great Lakes.) Check out some of some of New York’s most stunningly Instagram-worthy waterfronts below, then grab some sunblock, a beach towel, and your camera. and get yourself (and your whole crew) to a New York beach. Summer will be over before you know it.

The ice has thawed. The sun is shining. It’s spring, and that means festivals - a lot of them - all across New York. Groove to country music, dabble in wine tasting, watch a movie and frolic through the flowers. Here are your must-catch festivals across the Empire State this summer.

This June you can rock out at Hunter Mountain, groove to jazz in Saratoga and Rochester, drink wine from all over New York State, check out America's largest touring motorcycle rally and catch the third leg of the Triple Crown. Or you can fill your entire month with Pride celebrations all over the state. There are endless possibilities for June festivities in New York State. Here are are just a few of the ones you can’t miss.