The sun is shining (finally!) and the air is warm, so put on those shorts and sandals and enjoy the beauty that is New York State in May! There are a host of awesome events this month that you have to check out – so grab your camera and some sunscreen and go explore!

May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers and New York State sure does an awesome job of celebrating them.

Step into a sea of colors just in time for Mother’s Day at the Albany Tulip Festival in Washington Park the weekend of May 9. With 10,000 blossom bulbs scattered throughout Washington Park and a Royal Tulip Ball to boot, you’re sure to have a vibrant weekend. Best part? It’s free!

More of a Lilac fan? The Lilac Festival in the Finger Lakes boasts beautiful gardens filled with gorgeous lilacs, vendors, music and other events celebrating the flower. The festival runs May 8 through May 15!

Indulge in the beauty of nature you can eat! Head to the Apple Blossom Festival in the Greater Niagara region. With food, music, dancers, a country store and…of course…apples, you’re sure to have a beautifully sweet day!

May Sounds

It’s beautiful out – let’s dance about it!

There’s no better place to listen to jazz than the Jazz Mecca. Check out the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival starting May 4 to enjoy soulful music and the classic clubs and venues that made Harlem what it is today.

Whether you’re curious about electronic dance music or you’re a groupie that raves front and center on the reg, Mysteryland is the festival for you! Embark on a creative journey through the electronic dance culture with music, theatre, movies, interactive art exhibits and so much more.

May Family Fun

There are tons of festivals around the state this month perfect for the whole family and you should go to all of them.

The 20th Annual Family Fun Day in Buffalo is a great way to kick off summer while supporting a good cause! Sample tasty foods from throughout the region while your kids get their faces painted and hop from bounce house to bounce house. There’s no better way to spend a weekend!

In a city of islands, the Bronx stands out as NYC’s delegate to the mainland – and perhaps that’s what gives it such charisma. Check out Bronx Week – a week dedicated to the bureau with parades, festivals, live music and a unique tour of the Bronx Walk of Fame. It’s the perfect way to learn the city’s history and bond with loved ones in the process!

May Tastes

Head outside this month and indulge in all the refreshing flavors New York State has to offer!

Check out the 3rd Annual Hudson-Berkshire Wine and Food Festival in the Hudson Valley. Taste the many local wines, spirits and food vendors from the surrounding region and enjoy good company, too!

There’s Cinco de Mayo and there’s Cinco de Vino. We like both. Head to Williamson in the Finger Lakes the weekend before the 5th of May for a Mexican inspired wine tour around the region! Enjoy sangria and salsa pairings – it’s the perfect way to prepare for Cinco de Mayo fun!

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