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.
 
Buffalo Pride
Pride month in New York
 

Pride Month is here! Mark the occasion in the state where the modern LGBT rights movement was born, with festivities unfolding across the New York all month long. You can partake in Pride events in cities including Rochester, Brooklyn, Buffalo, with marches, performances, dance parties and much more. At the end of the month, don't miss the biggest party of the summer, NYC Pride
 
Fairport Canal Days
Fairport Canal Days
Celebrate the Erie Canal’s bicentennial - and the arrival of summer - at the largest festival on the Erie Canal. Browse arts and crafts and sample delicious food and drink from all over the state. During Canal Nights, you can groove to music while sampling local beer and wine. And don’t forget to buy a spot in the duck race on Sunday; you could win an awesome prize, and proceeds go to the FPMA Beautification Fund. Fairport; June 2 - 4; prices vary; more information online
 
Americade Motorcycle Touring Rally
Americade Motorcycle Touring Rally
At the Americade Motorcycle Touring Rally, which kicks off motorcycle season in upstate New York, it doesn’t matter what your ride is - or even if you know how to ride at all! Among the many, many activities on offer this week, you’ll find fashion shows, concerts, lake cruises, parades and classes. There’s something for everyone, from hard-core bikers to the most casual of fans. Lake George; June 6 - 10; prices vary; more information online
 
Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes Racing Festival
Kick off summer with the famous three-day festival of racing, which includes the third jewel in the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. And there’s plenty to do beyond the action on the track, including performances by pop singer Andy Grammer and the cast of the hit musical Musical On Your Feet, plus a fashion show (sign up in advance to strut your stuff) and a food truck village to keep your whole crew fed and energized. Elmont; June 8 - 10; prices vary; more information online

The Great New York State Food & Wine Festival
The Village of Clayton in the Thousand Islands region has a year-round population of 2,300, which swells to more than 10,000 in the summer. You can kick off the summer season in this warm-weather mecca with the Great New York State Food & Wine Festival, where you’ll sample delicious food and beverages made right here in New York State. Exhibitors will come from every corner of the Empire State from the tip of Long Island to right here in the Thousand Islands, so this is a perfect chance to sample all New York has to offer. Clayton; June 10, 11; $10
 
Saratoga Balloon & Craft Festival
Saratoga Balloon & Craft Festival
Ever been in a hot air balloon? Now’s your chance! This annual festival offers twice-daily balloon rides and tethered balloons throughout the day, which offer spectacular views of the local scenery. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, there’s still plenty to keep you busy: In addition to watching the balloons (which look almost as cool from the ground as they do from the sky), the event includes a craft fair with dozens of vendors, live music and comedy, local food and craft beverages, and a "Kids Zone” featuring face painting, pony rides and even a magic show. Ballston Spa; June 16  - 18; $5 - $10
 
Hunter Mountain Jam
13th Annual Mountain Jam
Head to Hunter’s Mountain Jam, a rock concert and camping festival that’s become one of the most iconic summer events in the Catskills. With headliners like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band, and the Head and the Heart, you’ll be moving your hips all weekend long. And there’s plenty more to do when you wander away from the action onstage. The weekend includes shopping and food marketplaces, classes and lectures, and activities and entertainment just for kids. Camp at the festival for the full experience...but act fast! Many of the campsites are already sold out. Hunter; June 16 - 18; Tickets start at $119 per day
 
Owego Strawberry Festival
Travel to downtown Owego for a charming weekend of tasty foods, live entertainment, hundreds of vendors, parades and fireworks...all in the name of everybody’s favorite early-summer fruit. Come hungry, because there’s going to be a lot of shortcake (and other confections) tempting you at every turn. Sweet! Owego; June 16 - 17; prices vary by event
 
Path Through History Weekend at Museum Village
Path Through History Weekend 
Take a step back in time and stroll through New York’s deep and fascinating history with this Father’s Day Weekend celebration at historic sites all over the state. Just a few highlights include a Pirate Festival on Long Island, a walk through the Hessian Hut at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and a lecture on female spies of the Civil War at Grant Cottage State Historic Site. Statewide; June 17, 18; prices vary

Juneteenth Juneteeth Festival
Buffalo's Juneteenth Festival began in 1976, as an alternative to America’s Bicentennial Celebration. Murals were painted and vendors set up booths to sell ethnic foods and wares — entertainment and festivity were abundant. Today, the event - presented by the African American Cultural Center - is the third largest of its kind in the country, with the mission to actively preserve and promote the broad spectrum of African American heritage through educational and cultural activities. See the parades and celebrate African heritage in Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Buffalo; June 17, 18; free
 
Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
This year’s massive jazz fest in Rochester will feature 1,500 artists from 18 countries performing all over the city. Headliners include King Crimson, Mavis Staples and Joss Stone. And Bruno Mars’ band will close out this year’s festival with a bang. (Don’t forget to try a Garbage Plate while you’re in town.) Rochester; June 23 - July 1; ticket prices vary
 
SPAC Concert - Photo Courtesy of www.saratoga.org Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce
Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival
For 40 years under the towering pines at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival has marked the start of the sizzling Saratoga summer with the most American of art forms. Celebrate the centennial of jazz on two stages over two days and see big names like Chaka Khan, Jacob Collier, the Gipsy Kings and more! Saratoga; June 24, 25; lawn tickets start at $65

Adirondack Food & Wine Festival
Take your tastebuds on an unforgettable journey at the Adirondack Food and Wine Festival. Meet more than 80 wineries and multiple craft beverage producers from across the state and snack on locally made fare. The best part? You get to do it all while soaking in the stunning views of Lake George! Lake George; June 24, 25; $27 - $35

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