Summer is coming to a close but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop in New York State! From garlic festivals to dragon boat races and music festivals to pumpkin competitions, there is still plenty of unique fun to be had around the state. So get out your calendars and mark these dates down because we’ve got you covered for September! 

National Buffalo Wing Festival
National Buffalo Wing Festival
Derived from the movie Osmosis Jones starring Bill Murray, the National Buffalo Wing Festival is recognized as one of the best in the country. Over 70,000 people from across the nation will attend to taste more than 100 flavors of wings and compete in food competitions or cook-offs. This festival is a wing-lovers dream so mark your calendars and get ready for some finger-lickin’ fun! Buffalo; Sept. 2 - 3; admission $5 per day 

Saratoga Wine and Food Festival
Saratoga Wine and Food Festival  
Get up close and personal with some of the best food & wine New York State has to offer at the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival. Held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, you will enjoy and indulge in premiere wines and spirits as you overlook some of the coolest automobiles around. This festival combines food, wine and cars. What could be better? Get your tickets today. Saratoga; Sept. 8 - 9; prices vary

Drum Boogie Festival  
This free, multi-cultural arts and education event is the perfect place to introduce your kids to the beautiful world of music. Celebrating the many styles of percussion music throughout the world, the festival keeps a balance of entertainment, enlightenment, excitement and equality. Check out the killer line-up and get ready to boogie on down in Woodstock! Woodstock; Sept. 9; free

Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival
Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival 
Head to Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival for a completely free weekend of artistic expressions and demonstrations. Expect music by professional singer-songwriters, literary artists, competitive poetry slam, creative culinary arts and hands-on art experiences for all ages. Norwich; Sept. 9 - 10; free

Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Race Festival 
Dragon Boat racing started over 2,500 on the rivers of south central China, but luckily you don’t have to travel that far to see this tradition yourself. Port Jefferson is kicking off its third annual Dragon Boat Race Festival where local and regional teams will compete on the harbor waters in a series of heats. Novice teams are given instruction and equipment for the race so enter your team, become a sponsor or just come for the fun! Port Jefferson; Sept. 16; free

Fall is just around the corner which means it’s officially pumpkin season. Celebrate with a visit to Pumpkinville, a 200 acre farm where you’ll find everything from pumpkin picking and apple cider making, to hayrides and corn mazes. Whether you’re there for the treats or the stunning fall foliage, it’s a great place to soak in the season with friends and family. Great Valley; Sept. 16 - Oct. 31; admission $12.50; parking is free

Adirondack Balloon Festival - Photo by Will Cook
Adirondack Balloon Festival
Don’t miss out on the 45th Annual Adirondacks Balloon Festival! Enjoy live musical performances, food vendors, a craft fair, an all you can eat breakfast and of course–hundreds of beautiful hot air balloon rides. Book ahead online to hold your spot on one of the festival’s balloons and get the chance to see the Adirondacks from an aerial view. Glens Falls; Sept. 21 - 24; free 

Cayuga Sound Festival
Get ready for the ultimate music festival at Stewart Park where a list of top performing artists including The Roots and The Knocks will fill the city with incredible sounds. This festival, curated by multi-platinum selling rock band X Ambassadors, is a love letter to their hometown of Ithaca, NY. By giving back to the town that made them who they are, X Ambassadors is bringing a weekend of good vibes and even greater performances. Ithaca; Sept. 22 - 23; general admission $59 

Copy of Atlantic Antic Festival Brooklyn
43rd Annual Atlantic Antic Festival 
Experience the cultural history of Brooklyn at the 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic Festival. Stretching over ten blocks through four neighborhoods on Atlantic Avenue, it is the largest, oldest and most celebrated street festival in the borough. With over 500 vendors and more than 12 entertainment stages, this festival is perfect for anyone who likes food, community and having a good time. Brooklyn; Sept. 24; free

Garlic Festival
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival 
Calling all garlic lovers! The Hudson Valley Garlic Festival is the place to be for foodies to expand their palate into the world of garlic. Expect garlic honey, garlic souffle and even garlic ice cream! So pack up the family and bring some mints, because the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival is going to be a stinkin’ good time! Saugerties; Sept. 30 - Oct. 1; admission $10

CNY Great Pumpkin Festival  
From September 30th through October 1st, watch as Oswego Park gets turned into the ultimate pumpkin playground. Pumpkin growers from all around New York State bring their huge pumpkins to try and win first prize for heaviest pumpkin. Games, rides and live entertainment will also be apart of the weekend so pack up the kids for a festival you won’t forget. Oswego; Sept. 30 - Oct. 1; free

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