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New York Festivals & Annual Events

Celebrate food, art and entertainment in New York State

Hot air balloonsNew York State believes in having the most fun, all year long. From mouthwatering food fairs to live music festivals and art shows, experience the best of New York.

Music lovers should check out the Rochester International Jazz Festival for nine days of amazing improvised music from around the world, listen to the sweet sound of bluegrass at the Brantling Bluegrass Festival or head to Ellicottville for Rock and Roll Weekend where you're sure to find a tuneful celebration.

Travel back in time at the Sterling Renaissance Festival where over 100 stage and street performers, actors, comedians and musicians whimsically recreate an authentic English Renaissance village. Canal Days, in the Finger Lakes, lets you celebrate the beautiful Erie Canal with three days of food, music and entertainment on the water. Reconnect with your roots at heritage celebrations like the Catskills' East Durham Irish Festival, Buffalo's Italian Heritage Festival and the annual St Kateri Tekakwitha Pow Wow Festival in Central New York.

Summertime is for festivals and fun. In August, New York's best entertainment, food and technology come together at the Great New York State Fair. Held at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, the annual fair hosts over 375 acres of animals, exhibits, food and a lineup of national touring acts!

Live music performanceFood and drink enthusiasts have tons of tasty events to attend. Pay homage to Binghamton's famous local delicacy, Spiedies, at the annual Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally in August. Barbeque lovers won't want to miss the Hudson Valley Ribfest, or the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo. In the Finger Lakes, the annual Naples Grape Festival celebrates the region's grape harvest, talented artisans, winemakers, music and cuisine.

Find your creative side. Check out Mysteryland USA, an amazing creative journey in the Catskills combining music with theatre, movies, interactive installation art, street performers and shows at bizarre decorated stages. For sky high fun, the Adirondack Balloon Festival and witness the flight of one-hundred hot air balloons.