New York Culture & Arts

 When New York City fashionistas welcome spring, they strut up 5th Avenue wearing fancy, often outrageous, Easter bonnets and accessories. It’s a stylish sign that it’s time to put the sweaters away. Why not also snap up tickets to upcoming shows on Broadway and throughout New York?

Once summer arrives, everyone wants to enjoy time with family and friends in the sunshine Opus40 169or under a big starry sky. Lying on a blanket on the grass or sand makes summertime concerts so delightful. Jones Beach Theater and Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors Festival pull out all the al fresco stops, and artistic offerings take on regional highlights as you continue across the state. Longstanding summer arts series at Opus 40, SPAC, Glimmerglass and Chautauqua Institution feature stunning views in a co-starring role.

Attend an unforgettable chamber music or jazz performance at Maverick Concerts’ rustic performance hall for the artistic and acoustic quality. Birdcalls or rain falling on wooden timbers and leafy trees occasionally accompany the experience.

Summer concerts are presented on the waterfront in Sodus Bay and at Lake George. If you’re near Chautauqua Lake on weekends, don’t miss the magic of hearing music waft over water at Bemus Bay’s “floating stage”: you can listen from the lawn, from the dock, from your boat, and look for weekday events like movies, too. Artpark offers up entertainment choices in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Farmingdale’s annual multicultural line-up, Durham’s Irish bash, the Queen City Jazz Festival, Utica’s Arts Festival, and Iroquois celebrations are festive occasions, too.

Summer is a perfect time to gaze upon art, and the Darwin Martin House is an architecturalDarwinD.MartinHouseComplex masterpiece worth your attention. The Pollack-Krasner House, Storm King’s sculpture park, Vassar’s Art Center, the Arnot and artists’ open studio tours are more wonderful ways to enjoy the views. Perhaps you’ll even be inspired to create some art of your own.

BAM has presented a cutting-edge summer line-up for more than 150 years, and performing arts venues often schedule their biggest events during the summer season. You’ll find many beautifully restored theaters, such as UPAC in Kingston and Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, that are alive with arts offerings in every genre.

Appreciation for culture comes from traditional perspectives too: visit Stone Mills Museum and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art to gain appreciation for earlier times. And, if Boldt Castle isn’t already on your list of must-see summer visits, it offers the best of summertime pleasures: a boat ride, a romantic tale and plenty of beautiful views.


Brooklyn Academy of Music
Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Avenue and BAM Harvey Theater
651 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11217
Multi-arts home for adventurous artists, audiences & ideas for more than 150 years

Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival
Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets
New York, NY 10012
Easter bonnets to the New York City extreme

Lincoln Center Out-Of- Doors Festival
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Three weeks every summer; free world-class performances and events


Jones Beach Theater
1000 Ocean Beach Parkway
Wantagh, NY 11793
Oceanside amphitheater; presents popular national touring groups

Multinational Cultural Festival of New York (April)
Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Annual celebration of Long Island’s many cultures; presented by Asian American Cultural Circle of Unity

Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
830 Springs Fireplace Road
East Hampton, NY 11937
National Historic Landmark; home & studio of abstract expressionist painters Jackson Pollock & Lee Krasner; houses research material on 20th century American art


Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Road
New Windsor, NY 12553
Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks; works by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time on pristine 500-acre landscape

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Vassar College
124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present; over 18,000 works, including an important group of Hudson River School paintings, Old Master prints, more

Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC)
601 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401
National Register of Historic Places; 1500+ seat theater; multi-arts performances


Maverick Concerts
120 Maverick Road
Woodstock, NY 12498
America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival; woodland setting, perfect acoustics; ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming; National Register of Historic Places

Michael J. Quill Irish Culture and Sports Centre
2267 Route 145
East Durham, NY 12423
Several summer festivals & events; Irish Festival (Memorial Day weekend); Catskills Irish Arts Week (July); more

Opus 40 and Quarryman's Museum 
50 Fite Road
Saugerties, NY 12477
Six-acre environmental bluestone sculpture park & museum built from an abandoned quarry by Harvey Fite; world-class performances; National Historic Place


Albany Institute of History and Art
125 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
One of oldest US museums, founded 1791; best collections in US documenting life & culture of Upper Hudson Valley from late 17th century to present

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)
108 Avenue of the Pines
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Acoustically ideal amphitheater at Spa State Park; diverse world-class programming under the stars; favorite summer destination

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
32 2nd Street
Troy, NY 12180
National Historic Landmark; acoustically perfect, eclectic performances


American Maple Museum
9753 State Route 812
Croghan, NY 13327
History and culture of maple sugar industry in the US

Lake George Arts Project
Summer Concert Series (July-August)
Shepard Park, Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845
Annual outdoor music festival; Wednesday evenings, rain or shine; eclectic line-up

Six Nations Indian Museum
1462 County Route 60
Onchiota, Vermontville, NY 12989
Storytelling; 3000-plus artifacts & outdoor displays; emphasis on the Iroquois Confederacy; gift shop


Boldt Castle
Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
Accessible only by water, romantic and historic island destination; beautiful grounds & gardens

Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
West Main & West Washington Streets
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685
Center of American naval and military activity for the upper St. Lawrence Valley and Lake Ontario; many summer events and re-enactments

Stone Mills Museum
30950 Route 180
LaFargeville, NY 13656
Extensive collections related to farms and farm homes; many special events held during summer season; several buildings & exhibits in the complex


Glimmerglass Festival 
7300 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
One of a kind summer festival experience; opera, music theater; on Otsego Lake

Iroquois Indian Museum 
Iroquois Indian Festival (late August-early September)
324 Caverns Road
Howes Cave, NY 12092
Annual late summer festival; traditional & contemporary arts; social dances, arts & crafts, more

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
Arts Festival (June-July)
310 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502
Colorful extravaganza of live music, sidewalk art, mural painting, classic cars and much more; guided tours attract attention to the Museum of Art collections/exhibits too


Arnot Art Museum 
235 Lake Street
Elmira, NY 14901
World-class institution of fine art; housed in original 1833 showcase

Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
Summer Concert Series at the Lighthouse
7606 North Ontario St.
Sodus Point, NY 14555
Sunday afternoon music at historic maritime museum

Rockwell Museum of Western Art 
111 Cedar Street
Corning, New York 14830
Best of American Western & Native American art east of the Mississippi River


Art Park 
450 South 4th Street
Lewiston, NY 14092
Main stage theater; outdoor summer concerts & innovation arts festival programming; visual arts; weekend family programs; outdoor activities

Darwin Martin House
125 Jewett Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14214
20th century architectural masterpiece and one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest Prairie Houses

Colored Musicians Club Museum
Queen City Jazz Festival (last Saturday of July)
145 Broadway
Buffalo, NY 14203
Annual outdoor music festival in July; regular Sunday night jam sessions and Saturday lessons; museum


Bemus Bay Pops
Bemus Point, NY 14712
“Floating stage” on Chautauqua Lake; popular summer concert series

Chautauqua Institution
One Ames Ave
Chautauqua, NY 14722
World-class summer-long music and arts festival; lectures, artist and author appearances; historic lakeside village, since 1874

Routes to Art: Artists Open Studio Tour (May)
Cattaraugus County & Seneca Nation of Indians
The ultimate artistic road trip….35 artists open their studios; view and purchase their work


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