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Memorial Day is just around the corner, marking the unofficial start of the summer season. Welcome the warm weather with an unforgettable long weekend in New York State. Beaches and parks are officially open, the sun is out, and everyone is ready to celebrate. Whether you’re with a significant other, family, friends, or all of the above—here are some great destinations to kick off your summer right!

An aerial view of Sagamore Resort on the edge of bright blue Lake George with the Minne Ha Ha ship passing before it
Credit: Courtesy of Sagamore Resort

Get ready for some eggcellent springtime fun with colorful events, festive brunches, and more across New York State. With Easter taking place March 31 and Passover from April 22 through April 30 this year, and events taking place the week before the both holidays, there’s tons of exciting opportunities to celebrate. Here’s where you can find holiday activities and events in the Empire State.

Syracuse St. Patrick's Day Parade - Photo by James Cahill

How do you celebrate Saint Patrick's Day? Whether you hail from Irish ancestry or just want to get decked out in green, here are some St. Patrick's Day parades and festivals in New York State to make this holiday the best one yet. Céad míle fáilte to New York!

A car's headlights are visible as it rolls down a NYC Chinatown street at night under the glow of hundreds of colorful Chinese Lanterns

Credit: the_aditya_sv on Instagram

Get set to celebrate the Lunar New Year in New York State! The Lunar, or Chinese, New Year is celebrated for 16 days, from New Year's Eve on February 10 to the

Lake Placid - Olympic Center

With so much to see and do in New York State, it’s tempting to add a few days to your getaway. But what if you could minimize dipping into those PTO days and maximize time spent exploring? We have

A person watches the sunrise from Artists Rock at North-South Campground

Now is the perfect time to make 2024 resolutions and new year goals for renewal and self-discovery. Whether you choose to get fit, eat healthier, try a new experience or learn a craft, want to de-stress, or just desire a "new year, new you," New York has options to help you achieve your goals. Don’t procrastinate. Get started on your New Year’s resolutions today!

New Year's Eve fireworks over Manhattan

It’s time to celebrate New Year’s in New York State! Welcome 2024 with a First Day hike at a state park or trail, explore a wildlife refuge, or drive through an amazing light display. Want to stay home while you toast to the new year? Enjoy virtual ball drops, and home-based family-friendly activities courtesy of New York attractions.

Massive Christmas tree covered in hand-blown glass ornaments in Centerway Square in Corning
Credit: @roddypittman on Instagram

New York State is full of charming towns that will have you feeling like you’ve stepped onto the set of a Hallmark holiday movie. Have a holly jolly time as you take an enchanting ride in a vintage train car on the Polar Express, explore Santa’s Workshop, step back in time

The Saks 5th Avenue building lit up for the holidays

Originally published 12/04/2020

The holiday spirit shines brightly throughout New York State. This year, you can find drive-through light displays, Santa sightings, classic holiday performances, and much more. Get ready to celebrate the season with these winter holiday happenings across New York.

Fireworks

From grabbing a festive beverage to outdoor winter adventures to holiday markets, here are 12 ways to launch you and your loved ones into the spirit of the season, New York State style.