July is here, and summer is now in full swing! So what are you to do this month? Here are the top ways to play in New York State this July.
24th Annual New York State Blues Festival
Featuring top artists like Butch Truck (the drummer for the Allman Brothers) and Sister Sparrow, this free festival brings the blues to Syracuse. July 8 - 9; Clinton Square Ice Skating rink; free
Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
Each year, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown inducts new members. Come commemorate those who play America's favorite pastime best at this year's Induction Weekend, where Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be added to the roster of unforgettable greats. July 22 - 25; National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; free
Lake Placid & I Love New York Horse Shows
Come bear witness to two of the country's finest equine masterpieces: the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows. See world-class riders and horses participate in hunter and jumper championship events. Daily through July 10; Lake Placid CVB; $2/weekdays, $5/weekends
Troy Pig Out
Bacon. Ribs. BBQ. If any of those words made your mouth water, check out the Troy Pig Out, a family-friendly festival featuring live music and activities with a BBQ contest and rib competition. July 16; Troy; see event site for pricing
3rd Annual Buffalo Niagara Blues Fest
This blues fest is guaranteed to make your hips move. With music by the likes of Matt Schofield and Sonny Knight, you won't want the tunes to stop! Not to mention you'll be lakeside at the majestic Lake Erie in Buffalo - so make a weekend out of it to revel in nature. July 9; Silo City; $10 - $15.
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
The annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks make their way back to the East River with an explosive display of fiery wonder this Independence Day. Get the best view from the Brooklyn Bridge. July 4; Manhattan; free
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Get down and dirty to the happy sounds of bluegrass in Oak Hill. This four-day outdoor festival presents award-winning artists, family activities, workshops, art vendors and more. Bring the whole family! July 14 - 17; Oak Hill; day tickets starting at $75, see full pricing options here
29th Annual Oswego Harbor Fest
This free, harborside festival brings music, fireworks, dancing and workshops to the shore of Oswego. The whole family will find something to love on the gorgeous coast of Lake Ontario. July 28-July 31, Oswego, NY; free.
Alive on 25
What happens when you mix locally made craft beer, wine, music and classic cars on display? Feel Alive on 25 with this summer street festival chock-full of activities, live music and exhibits. Starts July 14; Riverhead; free
Allegany County Fair
With a rodeo, a demolition derby, tractor pulls, wrestling matches and - most importantly - good ol' fashion fair food, the 172nd Allegany State Fair is a piece of NYS fun you don't want to miss. July 18 - 23; Angelica; free
17th Annual Blueberry Festival
With live music, animal exhibits, craft demonstrations and - of course - blueberry everything, the 17th Annual Blueberry Festival is not to be missed. It's a perfect day packed with tasty fun for the whole family. July 31; Austerlitz; free