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.

Tribeca Film Festival - Photo by Ruby Tull

Tribeca Film Festival
Founded in 2002 as part of an effort to revitalize lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, the Tribeca Film Festival has become one of the largest and most renowned film festivals in the world. (And it now sprawls well beyond the Tribeca neighborhood.) As a gathering for innovative filmmakers, visionaries and talented undiscovered artists, this uniquely New York film festival serves as an annual gathering place for creative minds. Nearly half a million people attend yearly to experience various forms of immersive media by groundbreaking artists. Manhattan; prices vary; April 19 - 30

Franklinville’s 2017 WNY Maple Festival Photo Courtesy of Franklinville’s 2017 WNY Maple Festival

Franklinville’s 2017 WNY Maple Festival
Got a sweet tooth? Skip the candy and stop by Franklinville’s Maple Festival to taste of one of natures sweetest treats. In addition to sampling plenty of syrup, you'll learn all about how the stuff is made over the course of this two-day fest, which also includes plenty of family-friendly activities, maple-related demonstrations, a craft show and (of course) an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Franklinville; free; April 29 - 30

Arbor Day Festival - Photo Courtesy of Arbor Day Festival

Arbor Day Family Festival
Consider yourself a tree hugger? This holiday is for you! Head to Long Island for a weekend of tree-centric family fun, with activities for all ages. Groove to live music and let your kids go vertical at the children’s tree climb, and throughout the weekend you'll find face painting, circus acts, tree plantings and much more. Oyster Bay; $20 per vehicle; April 29 - 30

Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival - Photo Courtesy of  Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival

Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival
Celebrate all of Spring’s beauty with a festival of Cherry Blossoms, which are exploding with color all across New York State. In Buffalo, you can take in the seasonal spectacle at the Japanese Garden at Delaware Park, which sits on a shimmering lake that reflects the magnificent pink blossoms. Traditional Japanese food will be available, alongside live music and a silent auction. The beauty of these trees only lasts a short time, so feast your eyes before all the petals hit the ground! Buffalo; $40; April 29 - May 6

NYS Chinese Lantern Festival - Photo Courtesy of NYS Chinese Lantern Festival

NYS Chinese Lantern Festival
See the New York State Fairgrounds like you’ve never seen them before. From April 14th to June 24th, thousands of lights will create sculptural masterpieces all over the grounds. More 20 new displays, incredible works created by Chinese artists, and beautiful illuminated archways will dazzle you. There will be artisan crafts and traditional Chinese performances to boot. Syracuse; Tickets start at $15; April 14 - June 24

Albany Tulip Festival - Photo by Joe Elario

Albany Tulip Festival
The Tulip Festival is an annual tradition deeply rooted in Albany’s rich city heritage. The festival features nearly  a hundred artisans selling handmade crafts, a fine arts show, delicious food, a KidZone family fun area complete with a stage and exciting kid-geared entertainment, world-class live music, and more than 140,000 tulips in 150 different varieties. It all takes place in the historic 81-acre crown jewel of the city, Washington Park. Albany; free; May 13 - 14

Beers and Cheers Microbrewery Festival - Photo Courtesy of Beers and Cheers Microbrewery Festival

Beers and Cheers Microbrewery Festival
This microbrewery festival brings local brews by the truckload. The event showcases the spectacular breweries of the Southern Tier, including Water Street Brewing Company and Galaxy Brewing. Proceeds from B&C benefit the Southern Tier Veteran Support Group & STAP, so you can feel glad that you’re drinking for a good cause. Binghamton; prices vary; May 28

Children's Earth and Water Festival - Photo Courtesy of Children's Earth and Water Festival

Children’s Earth and Water Festival
If you’re looking for a festival that is as eco-friendly as it is family-friendly, this is the festival for you. Your kids will enjoy playing games and partaking in fun activities, like petting small animals and boogying to music. Adults have 70 artisan, craft and local food vendors to look forward to, as well as live musical performances. The best part? This environmentally-themed festival is free! Montgomery; free; June 3

NYS Wine and Food Festival - Photo Courtesy of NYS Wine and Food Festival

The Great NYS Wine and Food Festival
Come sample New York-made food and wine products while enjoying live musical performances at this Thousand Islands foodie festival. Taste locally crafted candy, cheeses, nuts, sauces, herbs, maple syrup, and, of course, New York State wines. Participating exhibitors come from Long Island to Buffalo to the Finger Lakes to the upper reaches of New York state, into the heart of the Thousand Islands for a delicious weekend of food and fun. Last year’s exhibitors included Lakeland Winery, Finger Lakes Flour, Vetter Vineyards and more. Clayton; $10; June 9 - 11

Taste of Country Festival - Photo by Joshua Timmermans

Taste of Country Music Festival
The lineup at this three-day country music festival at Hunter Mountain will knock your cowboy hat off. This year’s headliners are Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Sam Hunt - but those megastars are just the tip of the honky-tonk iceberg. Other performers include Chris Young, Kip Moore, Cody Johnson and more. Come for the day or the entire weekend. With many camping options available, you can enjoy the lovely June weather by pitching a tent or bring an RV. If camping is not your thing, try lodging nearby at the Kaaterskill Mountain Club, just a seven minute drive from the festival grounds. Hunter; Tickets start at $185; June 9 - 11

Adirondack Wine and Food Festival - Photo Courtesy of Adirondack Wine and Food Festival

Adirondack Wine and Food Festival
Snack while you sip at this Lake George festival! Enjoy unlimited samples from regional wineries, breweries, distilleries and specialty food vendors. Add some new dishes to your cooking repertoire with food demonstrations. It’s a wine lover’s paradise. Lake George; tickets start at $27; June 24-25

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