Experience an array of diverse and enchanting events for everyone this April in New York State. At the heart of the month's excitement is a celestial spectacle that occurs in the same spot only once every 400 years – a total solar eclipse! Beyond this celestial marvel, the state is brimming with cultural, culinary, and recreational experiences. With a grape and hops festival in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, a martial arts festival in Saratoga Springs, cherry blossoms in New York City and Buffalo, great dining deals on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley, and a wine and chocolate celebration in Central New York, each corner of the state has something special to enjoy! Check out our calendar for a full list of events. Credit: @urban_bedouin on Instagram

Spring into a Flower Festival (Multiple Regions)

Various Dates

A blue frame bicycle stands in a field of colorful tulipsp at the Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden Tulip Festival
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Spring has sprung in New York State and what better way to celebrate than at a colorful flower festival! Join in the seasonal splendor at Buffalo's beloved Cherry Blossom Festival (April 27-28), featuring cultural displays and activities, food vendors, and live entertainment. Get a taste of Holland and tiptoe your way through the tulips at the Meadowbrook Farm Tulip Walk in the Catskills (April 27), Mohonk Tulip Fest in the Hudson Valley (April 29-May 10), and Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden Tulip Festival starting in April on Long Island. Get ready to see Lyndhurst in Bloom (April 20-21) in the Hudson Valley and celebrate the arrival of spring with an explosion of floral beauty at this Gothic Revival country house. Various locations and prices.

April Rock ‘n’ Roll Tour (Catskills)

Weekends in April

A neon bear sign hangs over the stage at the historic Bearsville Theater in Woodstock

Embark on a journey through Woodstock’s rich music history and heritage on a 2.5-hour tour that sets off at Cafe Espresso, where Bob Dylan hung out in the 1960s. You’ll visit the famed “White Room” where Dylan composed legendary songs and explore the small town’s connections to iconic musicians like The Band, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. The tour includes historic venues, sites of famous album covers, and final resting places of Woodstock legends. You’ll finish up your musical history adventure at the Bearsville Center, where you can tour the restored Bearsville Theater and Todd Rundgren’s Utopia Studio. Woodstock; $44.

Cirque du Soleil: Corteo (Finger Lakes) 

April 4-7

Experience the magic and wonder of Cirque de Soleil as it brings one of its most popular productions, Corteo, to Syracuse. The mesmerizing acrobatics show is a celebration of life, contrasting the grand with the intimate, the silly with the tragic, and the beauty of perfection with the appeal of imperfection. You’ll be enthralled with this captivating and imaginative theatrical production as you journey through a joyous and festive procession in which fantasy teases reality with music that is both poetic and mischievous. Syracuse; $49-$129 additional fees may apply, prices subject to change without notice.

Country Folk Art Show & Artisan Market (Finger Lakes)

April 5-7

Whether you’re an art enthusiast or searching for unique treasures, this indoor market and fair has something for everyone! Explore a vibrant mix of folk art, crafts, and artisanal creations from talented vendors from across the country. Shop an array of exceptional items, including spring and home decor, vintage finds, repurposed treasures, framed art and florals, garden art, unique handmade items, handcrafted furniture, jewelry, apparel and accessories, candles and body products, wine and spirits, gourmet foods, and much more! Syracuse; $7.

Opening Weekend at Watkins Glen International (Finger Lakes)

April 6-7

Cars race around the track at Watkins Glen International Speedway
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Auto racing fans are getting revved up for another exciting season at Watkins Glen International, North America’s premier road racing facility. You’re invited to celebrate this year’s kickoff by getting on the track yourself in your own vehicle to take a few laps and experience first-hand one of the most historic circuits in the world! This unique opportunity benefits Watkins Glen International’s Racing and Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.) Foundation. Watkins Glen; $30 (motorcycles, rental cars, ATVs, golf carts, and/or large-capacity vehicles, including passenger vans and buses, will not be permitted to drive the track).

Long Island Restaurant Week (Long Island)

April 7-14

Creamy panna cotta on a plate with fresh berries at Gatsby's Landing

Credit: Marta Zielinska

Prepare yourself for eight consecutive days of delicious deals on Long Island! This delightful culinary event offers foodies a great way to explore and enjoy the region’s diverse dining scene, with numerous restaurants across Nassau and Suffolk counties joining in the celebration with special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. It’s a fantastic opportunity to try out new restaurants or revisit your favorites without breaking the bank, and whether you’re craving Italian, seafood, steak, or international cuisine, you’ll find a wide range to choose from. Various locations across Long Island; $29, $39, and $46 for three-course prix-fixe dinners and $24 for two-course lunches.

Witness the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse (Multiple Regions)

April 8

A group of children look through an over-sized pair of solar eclipse glasses at the Rochester Museum & Science Center

Courtesy of Rochester Museum & Science Center

The event of a lifetime is upon us – a total solar eclipse! Total solar eclipses occur in the same place only once every 400 years, and New York State will be at the center of the next one on April 8. The eclipse will cut a 124-mile path across the state, from the enchanted Chautauqua Allegheny region into the mighty Adirondacks. You’re invited to take a front row seat to this extraordinary cosmic occurrence at amazing places and special events, like Utica’s Eclipse Train, Lights Out in Lake Erie Wine Country, and Whiteface Mountain viewing party! Looking for more? Check out I LOVE NY’s eclipse hub for times, path of totality map, viewing safety tips, prime locations, and a jam-packed calendar filled with more than 150 eclipse-related events! Various locations and prices.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (Hudson Valley)

April 8-21

The Debruce

Credit: Lawrence Brawn Photography

Hungry? Explore the diverse culinary scene and natural beauty of the Hudson Valley, as Hudson Valley Restaurant Week toasts the bounty of the region! This tasty event will be celebrating the region’s culinary riches at over 140 participating restaurants, with chefs creating innovative dishes using locally-sourced ingredients. You’ll enjoy delicious three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners from $24.95 to $44.95. Whether it’s trying a new place or returning to an old favorite — by a river, in a historic building, or surrounded by rolling hills – Hudson Valley Restaurant Week means a good deal on a great meal! Various restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley; $24.95 - $44.95 (some restrictions may apply).

STOMP (Finger Lakes)

April 9-10

Performers with drumsticks and barrels on stage during Stomp

Photo Courtesy of Stomp

Looking for something out of the ordinary? Feel the energy of STOMP, an explosive, inventive, and utterly unique theatrical experience that captivates audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe defies convention by using everyday objects—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, and hubcaps—to create magnificent rhythms that reverberate throughout the venue. Year after year, audiences from around the world return for more of this pulse-pounding, electrifying show. Elmira; $59.50, $49.50, and $39.50; group rates are available for 10 or more people.

Signs and Sights of Spring (Greater Niagara)

April 13

Take advantage of the return of warmer weather and set out to explore Joseph Davis State Park with your eyes and ears in search of the signs and sights of spring! Listen for the calls of frogs and birds, or perhaps search for buds appearing. Lewiston; free admission (parking fees may apply; registration required).

Buffalo Wine Festival (Greater Niagara)

April 13

Buffalo’s premier wine festival is returning to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, and you’re invited! Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just looking for a fun day out, the festival promises a wonderful blend of wine, entertainment, and good company. Sample wines from Bella Rose Vineyards & Winery, Black Button Distilling, Cooper’s Daughter Spirits at Olde York Farm, Honeymoon Trail Winery, Merritt Estate Winery, and many more. That’s not all – you can also explore a variety of vendors offering delicious food, unique crafts, and more, and get creative with workshops in candle making and balloon art! Buffalo; various prices depending on time of entry, $20 for designated drivers.

Saratoga Martial Arts Festival (Capital-Saratoga)

April 13-14

One of the region’s biggest martial arts gatherings for over two decades, this two-day event features hands-on instructional workshops in striking, grappling, and weapons arts, as well as a Saturday night banquet. Over 15 instructors specializing in martial arts from around the world will be present to impart their expert knowledge and skills to visitors of all backgrounds and experience levels. Saratoga Springs; $300 the "Complete" Package (both days, t-shirt, & all meals), $220 both days, $120 Saturday admission only, $90 Sunday admission only (online registration; price at door will be $100).

Hudson Valley Home Show (Hudson Valley)

April 13-14

Head to the Hudson Valley and get a hand with your spring renewal projects by engaging in a fun, interactive environment with top industry professionals and exhibitors specializing in home improvement, renovation, and design. You’ll gain insight at sessions with experts sharing valuable tips and advice, while product demonstrations let you explore firsthand the latest home products and technologies. It may be just what you need to inspire, motivate, and excite you for your upcoming home improvement, whether it's a minor renovation or a major remodel! Poughkeepsie; free admission with online registration, $10 at the door.

Nyack Springfest (Hudson Valley)

April 14

Crowds gather for Nyack's Fall Street Fair

Image courtesy of PJ's Promotions

There’s nothing quite like the charm street fairs hold in bringing people together to interact, celebrate, and share experiences. The Village of Nyack is launching its 2024 street fair season with SpringFest, where families and fun-seekers are invited to join the celebration with live entertainment, mouth-watering food, and outdoor dining plus hundreds of vendors offering jewelry, art, photography, collectibles, antiques, quality handmade crafts, unique gifts, and much more! Nyack; free admission, and parking is free throughout the village on Sundays, both on the street and in the five municipal parking lots.

Glens Falls Brewfest (Adirondacks)

April 20

A woman pours a drink for a guest at the Glens Falls Brewfest

Want a tasty beverage experience? Then get ready to head to Glens Falls and raise your glass at the Cool Insuring Arena! You’ll get to sample the best craft beers, wines, and ciders from New York and beyond while enjoying live music. Local vendors will also be selling everything from dog bow ties to home goods. Proceeds will benefit local charities. This is a 21+ event. Glens Falls; $55 online, $60 at the door, $15 designated driver.

Grapes & Hops Festival (Chautauqua-Allegheny)

April 20

A man holds a glass a white wine next to an ice bucket stacked with wine bottles

Raise your spirits celebrating New York State’s great breweries, wineries, and distilleries at the Grapes & Hops festival, coming to Northwest Arena in Jamestown. This 21+ event features dozens of beverage vendors offering samplings of hand-crafted beer, local wines, and spirits. You’ll also enjoy great food, live music and entertainment, and much more. A limited number of VIP tickets are available, allowing early entry to the vendor floor, a commemorative pint glass, and exclusive access to a VIP lounge with complimentary small bites. Designated drivers (who must be 21+) can get tickets at a reduced price. Jamestown; 2pm-6pm; VIP Tickets Pre-Sale $50, Day of Event $60; General Admission Pre-Sale $30, Day of Event $40. Designated driver $10.

4th Annual Go Fly a Kite Over Babylon (Long Island)

April 20 

A whale kite flies in the sky during Go Fly a Kite Over Babylon

Photo Courtesy of Go Fly a Kite Over Babylon

Head over to Robert Moses State Park for a fun-filled day of kite flying, entertainment, and community spirit! Witness skilled kite flyers demonstrate their artistry with colorful kites soaring in the sky. Kids can enjoy a sweet treat as candies rain down from the sky during the candy drop. Best of all, you can bring your own kite and join in the fun as you feel the wind lift your kite high above the beach. The day will also feature a bubble maker, food and merchandise vendors, live entertainment and more! In just three years, this event has grown to be the largest kite festival in the region, attracting nearly 10,000 guests last year! Babylon; free admission.

White Plains Spring Reptile Expo (Hudson Valley)

April 21

Reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Oh, my! Spend a fun and educational day with the whole family interacting with live reptiles and learning about their behavior, habitats, and conservation. You’ll attend informative sessions by reptile experts and enthusiasts, browse over 250 vendor booths for reptile-related products, including food, enclosures, and accessories, and connect with fellow reptile lovers to share interests and experiences! White Plains; $12 adults (13+), $6 children (7-12), children 6 and under free, college and military 50% off admission with ID.

Hanami Nights at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (New York City)

April 23-25

A couple standing in the middle of a rows of pink cherry blossoms

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Cherry blossom season is in full bloom! The Brooklyn Botanic Garden boasts over 200 cherry trees of more than 26 varieties, creating a stunning canopy of white and pink blossoms that transform the landscape of this urban oasis into a picturesque wonder. Stroll the Cherry Walk and immerse yourself in the delicate beauty of the blossom during extended visiting hours from April 1 to May 12 and check out the garden’s Hanami Nights (April 23-25) featuring the Cherry Esplanade lit up for maximum effect, live performances, Japanese beer and cocktails, and pop-up food vendors. Brooklyn; general admission $18 adults, $12 seniors (65+), and students 12+ (with ID); Hanami Nights tickets on sale in March.

Utica Wine And Chocolate Festival (Central New York)

April 27

Red wine in a glass that says "Coyote Moon Vineyards" with a view of the vineyard in the background

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Calling all wine aficionados and chocolate lovers! Get ready for a day of indulgence as you sip and savor an unlimited sampling of delightful wines spanning various styles and flavors and nibble your way through a tempting selection of chocolates, cheeses, and other treats. Distilleries and cideries will also be on hand, offering their own unique libations for tasting and purchase. For those with a penchant for retail therapy, explore charming mini boutiques featuring everything from purses to jewelry and clothing. Wine and distillery samples, as well as a souvenir wine glass, are complimentary with your paid admission. Utica; $35 (+ $2.50 fee) for Session 1: Pre-Sale Wine Lover, 1-4 pm and $15 Pre-Sale for Designated Driver 1-4 pm; $35 (+ $2.50 fee) for Session 2: Pre-Sale Wine Lover, 5-8 pm and $15 for Pre-Sale Designated Driver 5-8 pm.

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