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It’s fall in New York State… can you feel it in the air? The landscape is starting to change color (see our Fall Foliage Report for the latest updates) and the winds are beginning to chill. New York State is jam packed with fall events to make any autumn lover swoon. From spooky fright fests and Halloween parades to film festivals and food, you’ll soon realize why fall is the best time to travel to the Empire State. 

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.

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.

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.