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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, there are events for everyone, in every corner of the state.

For a taste of everything New York has to offer, head to the New York State Fair, an iconic late-summer tradition featuring rides, animal exhibits, scrumptious local treats and much more. (In 2017, the fair runs August 23 through September 3.)  

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.

Food 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.