We're one month into winter, and it’s time suit up and take a step outside to experience all that New York State has to offer.

Relish the spirit of winter.

Between winter festivals, carnivals and ice harvests, you won’t even notice the cold with all of the excitement in the air.

Head to Saratoga Springs for Winterfest, where you can spend the week jamming out to live music, reveling in snow sports and warming up fireside with a cup of hot cocoa or glass of fine New York-grown wine.

Looking for something totally groovy? Check out the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, a 10-day festival with quirky events exclusive to the Adirondacks, fireworks displays and - of course - the unforgettable Winter Palace.

For all you puppy people out there, this year’s Westminster Dog Show is Feb. 16-17 in NYC.

Also be sure to check out the Original LGBT Expo starting Feb. 28 in Midtown Manhattan which will be full of exciting activities including live performances!

Get cultured the icey way. Check out Ice Fest in Long Lake & Raquette Lake, where you can watch artist Stan Kolonko create magnificent ice sculptures throughout the month of February - it’s kind of cool if you ask us (did we mention it’s free?).

Heat up with the 10th Annual Warm Up Oswego Festival. Between scavenger hunting in the snow, costume sled racing and the annual chili cook-off – the festival is filled with events the whole family can enjoy.

Channel your inner sporty sp(ice).

From fishing to skiing to snowmobiling, New York offers endless opportunities to stay active this month, like NBA’s All-Star Weekend or taking a swim (no – that was not a typo). Participate in Rochester’s 15th Annuual Polar Plunge at Ontario Beach Park in the Finger Lakes. Before making the splash, raise money for athletes of Special Olympics New York – it’ll make every shiver worth it.

Become the King of the Ice – and we don’t mean hockey. Compete in (or watch) the 2015 King of the Lake Fishing Contest in White Lake for your fair share of fish this February.

If you’re a winter lover and enjoy sports and chocolate – we have the perfect destination for you. The Cooperstown Winter Carnival combines all three! Compete in Winter Olympics games during the day then indulge the Willy Wonka way at this year’s ‘Charlie & The Chocolate Factory’-themed carnival! Psst, while you’re there, don’t forget to try the official Game of Thrones brew made at the Omegang Brewery.

 You’ve heard of the legendary Adirondacks and you’ve seen the beautiful scenic photos. But it’s also got unique events like the 35th Empire State Winter Games for the sports fanatics. Watch some of New York State’s best athletes compete in a variety of winter sports throughout the Lake Placid region. The best part? Stroll downtown Lake Placid post game for some shopping and delicious dining.

Give your ears some love.

Warm them up with some sweet & sultry wintery sounds to accompany the silence of the falling snow.

Get those hips moving and grooving at Long Island’s six-week Winterfest – Live on the Vine, where you can see over 100 electrifying performances at unique wineries, historic theatres and craft breweries across Long Island for just $15 admission.


If classical is more your speed, head to the Lake George Music Festival Winter Concert Series in the Adirondacks region, where musicians of professional orchestras and students, staff and alumni of prestigious musical institutions gather to perform for the weekend of Feb. 7. Also, don’t miss four activity packed weekends this February at the 2015 Lake George Winter Festival.

Get your shop on.

Avoid the winter chill and freshen up your closet/home at the same time – it’s a win-win as far as we’re concerned.

Get your home spick and span for spring with sweet finds at the Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show in Saratoga Springs.

Is vintage shopping more your thing? Check out the Canandaigua Classic Antique Show and Sale in Farmington. With over 40 quality antique dealers, there’s sure to be a special find for just about everyone.

We’ve got more. Be sure to check out other events happening around the state!

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