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.

Originally published 04/04/2022

Attend The Annual Easter Parade (New York City)

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Fun, color, and creativity shine at the annual Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival in New York City. One of the city’s favorite springtime highlights, the parade is open to anyone and everyone who dons a bonnet–no registration required! Starting at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 10 am on Easter Sunday, the parade moves along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Street. Stake your spot along the sidewalk to see the whimsical and whacky bonnet designs, or better yet, fashion your own creation and join the march!

Hop Aboard the Easter Bunny Express (Various Regions)

Catskill Mountain Railroad

Take a festive sightseeing train ride this Easter at one of three locations across New York State. In Central New York, Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad will host a two-hour round trip train ride with the Easter Bunny on Saturdays and Sundays, March 23, 24, and 30. The train journey includes complimentary snacks and entertainment from the Easter Bunny, stopping off for an Easter Egg Hunt. Adirondack Railroad is also hosting an Easter Bunny Express, March 29 and 30, from Holland Patent Station at the base of the Adirondack Mountains, stopping off at the historic Remsen Depot for an Easter egg hunt and the chance to take snaps with the Easter Bunny.

In the Catskills, on March 23, 24, and 25, the Catskill Mountain Railroad (pictured) is also promising a holiday adventure on their one-hour train ride from Kingston, complete with an Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny on board their festively-decorated vintage trains.

Discover Your Perfect  “Peeps Pairing” at Liberty Vineyards & Winery (Chautauqua-Allegheny)

Four glasses of wine in different varietals with peeps, jellybeans and other candies placed in front of them in front of a fire inside the winery
Credit: Courtesy of Liberty Vineyards & Winery

Tested and tasted by the wine experts themselves, Liberty Vineyards & Winery are here to guide you through the ultimate sweet treat pairing with your vino of choice. The annual event pairs a variety of award-winning wines with a variety of Easter candies (a favorite every year is the Purple Haze wine paired with a Peanut Butter Egg, which tastes just like a gourmet PB & J). Also included is a standard wine tasting. Peeps Pairing is held on Saturday, March 23 (10 am–6 pm), Sunday, March 24 (11 am–5 pm), and Saturday, March 30 (10 am–6 pm).

Easter Eggsperience at the Buffalo Zoo (Greater Niagara)

Buffalo Zoo - Photo by NYS ESD

Head to Buffalo Zoo for a wild Easter Eggsperience! From March 23-24, tickets to the fun-filled family event include a special photo op with the Easter Bunny, complimentary train rides, and a candy trail from 10 am-2 pm. Admission to the zoo is included, so stick around and explore the exhibits with your Easter goodies in tow.

Pick Your Easter Brunch Along the Water(Thousand Islands-Seaway)

Exterior of 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, New York

Who doesn’t love brunch with a view? Enjoy two Easter brunches by the water in the Thousand Islands, including a traditional breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Sunday March 17 at 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel (pictured) with coloring and craft activities for kids (reservations only). The hotel also hosts an Easter Grand Buffet (reservations only) on March 31, where seasonal breakfast (11am-1pm) and dinner (11am-6pm) are served. Enjoy sweeping views of the river and Boldt Castle at Riveredge Resort’s Easter Brunch on March 31 from 10 am to 2 pm. 

Easter Brunch and Spa Day at Greek Peak Mountain Resort (Finger Lakes)

Hope Lake Lodge at Greek Peak Resort

Greek Peak Mountain Resort is hosting an Easter Brunch Buffet on March 31 at its upscale venue, "The Lookout at Hope Lake", an idyllic spot to sip mimosas and dine among scenic views of Hope Lake and mountain ranges. Turn your brunch outing into a day of pampering with a trip to Waterfalls Spa at nearby Hope Lake Lodge (pictured), a luxurious European-style day spa with rejuvenating massage, and facial and salon services. Reservations are required.

Explore a Jewish Community Center (New York City)

On the Upper West Side, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is a community center for Jewish life offering a wide variety of programs, arts and film exhibitions, children's activities, and more for adults and children. See one of the film screenings or begin Passover with a meaningful meal for the whole family at CSN Seder.

Enjoy an Easter Weekend Retreat at The Sagamore Resort (Adirondacks)

Sagamore Resort
Credit: Courtesy of the Sagamore Resort

Treat yourself to a relaxing holiday weekend at a premier luxury resort by the lake. From March 29-31, The Sagamore Resort is celebrating the spring holiday with an array of festive Easter activities and events, starting with a champagne welcome in the lobby, followed by a movie night, s'mores by the bonfire, an Easter egg hunt on the front lawn overlooking the glittering Lake George waters, and more. Indulge your taste buds with the resort's Easter brunch at their signature Italian restaurant La Bella Vita, and experience a culinary demo and wine tasting.

Celebrate Passover at a Kosher-Friendly Hotel (Catskills)

The peach exterior of Melour Resort and bright green grounds with views of the surrounding Catskills mountains and trees in summer
Credit: @melour_resort on Instagram

Breathe in the fresh mountain air and explore scenic vistas in the Catskills this Passover with a weekend vacation to a kosher-friendly resort. Since the 1920s, the Catskills has been the go-to summer destination for Jewish families and became known as the "Borscht Belt" or "Jewish Alps", due to the hundreds of kosher-friendly resorts throughout the region. Just one mile from Windham Mountain is Hotel Vienna, a European-style hotel with private balconies to each room, an indoor swimming pool, and centrally located to Woodstock, Hudson, and Cooperstown. For a signature retreat designed by wellness experts, head to Honor's Haven Retreat & Conference, a four-season resort in the Shawangunk Mountain Range with a host of inclusive outdoor and wellness experiences. For a modern high-end vacation experience close to Hunter Mountain, try Melour Resort (pictured) in the village of Tannersville, with all-inclusive kosher dining and a variety of family-friendly activities and amenities.

Attend the Easter Celebration at Liberty Ridge Farm (Capital-Saratoga)

A large four story dark wooden barn sitting atop a bright green grassy hill surrounded by trees on a cloudy day
Credit: @libertyridgefarmweddings on Instagram

Grab your rubber boots and head to Liberty Ridge Farm for their 12th Annual Easter Eggs-perience on Saturday, March 30 from 8:30 am to 3 pm. Centrally located between Albany and Saratoga Springs, Liberty Ridge Farm is tucked away in the Capital region's picturesque countryside, surrounded by rolling hills. Say hello and snap photos with the Easter Bunny, participate in the annual Easter egg hunt, meet baby farm animals, and shop for Easter gifts or baked goods at the Market Barn & Bakery.

Explore Art Sculpture Gardens (Hudson Valley)

Multicolored sculptures next to a sunny field at Art Omi
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Surround yourself with blossoming trees and springtime flowers in bloom on a tour through art sculpture parks in the Hudson Valley. Visit Art Omi in Ghent, and admire portrayals of idyllic pastoral life drawing inspiration from the Arcadian myth at “Olalekan Jeyifous: Even in Arcadia” featured in the Newmark Gallery and on display now until June 2, 2024. Explore art in nature at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, one of the largest outdoor sculpture parks in the United States, and peruse its permanent outdoor "gallery" from large-scale structures to site-specific earthworks.

Enter an Easter Road Race (Long Island & New York City)

On your marks, set, grab your bonnets, and race through Long Island and New York City on an Easter road race. Find yourself some bunny to walk or run with at the 5th annual Easter Bunny 5K Trail event in Bethpage on Long Island, through the scenic trails of Bethpage State Park on March 30 (race begins at 9:30 am, kiddie run at 9am). Also on Long Island, the Easter Bunny 5K race takes place at 9 am (kids fun run starts at 8:30am) on March 31 through Eisenhower Park. In Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, get ready for a hopping good race at The Great Easter Basket 5K & Half Marathon on March 31 (race begins at 9:30 am, kiddie run at 9am).

Learn About Jewish History at Eldridge Street Synagogue (New York City)

The interior of Eldridge Street Synagogue with a large circular blue glass stained window at the back of the room
Credit: Peter Aaron

One of the first synagogues erected in the United States, Eldridge Street Synagogue is an architectural marvel bordering Chinatown and the Lower East Side. Built in the 19th century by immigrants from Eastern Europe, the synagogue is now a National Historic Landmark. Tour the Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue and learn about the history of its beginnings in the Lower East Side to its rebirth as a 21st-century museum. The current exhibition on display until May 5, 2024 presents “On The Lower East Side: 28 Remarkable Women… and One Scoundrel,” a collection of mixed media portraits by artist Adrienne Ottenburg, featuring 29 women who lived or worked on the Lower East Side.

Celebrate Seder at City Winery (New York City)

A man in a black blazer and pant set, sitting on a stool and playing the guitar at City Winery in New York CityCredit: @maryrosenyc on Instagram

Join City Winery for their 31st annual Downtown Seder! Taking place on April 17 at 7pm, enjoy a plant-based multi-course meal and four glasses of delicious wine while you watch an entertaining lineup of guests including Judy Gold, Alex Edelman, Dr. Ruth, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, and a mini-set from Mira Awad and David Broza. Tickets start at $75.

Meet a Botanical Bunny in Buffalo (Greater Niagara)

Make your way to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens for blooming flowers and a special visit from the Botanical Bunny on March 24, 29, and 30 from 10am-2pm. All visitors with an e-ticket can meet this fuzzy friend and stroll through the vibrant Spring Flower Exhibit. 

Indulge in Easter Brunch Under the Sea (Long Island)

A penguin holds up a basket filled with Easter Eggs during the Long Island Aquarium's Easter BrunchPhoto Courtesy of Long Island Aquarium

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Easter with the whole family? The Long Island Aquarium is hosting an Easter Brunch in their waterfront Sea Star Ballroom featuring three sessions with traditional brunch fare, a craft station for kids, and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Attendees can also participate in a Penguin Scavenger “Egg Hunt” and visit the aquarium before and/or after their brunch session. 

Spend Easter Weekend in the Mountains (Hudson Valley)

The Victorian castle style-resort Mohonk Mountain House perched above Lake MohonkCredit: @chandler__anderson on Instagram

Plan an extra special Easter weekend at the historic Mohonk Mountain House! There’s something for the whole family to enjoy with spring break activities like family archery and visits from baby farm animals, as well as Easter egg hunts, an Easter basket sale, and more. Your stay also includes classic Mohonk amenities like three meals daily, nightly entertainment, wellness classes and indoor pool, and other activities. 

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