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New York Spring Flower Shows and Festivals

Bloom into spring at these flower, garden, and outdoor festivals.

Macy's Flower Show (New York City)

Macy's Flower Show flower display

Head to New York City's Herald Square for gorgeously bright floral arrangements at the annual Macy's Flower Show. From March 26 through April 10, 2023, the exhibition of exotic flowers and plants from around the world will transform Macy’s Herald Square in New York City into a breathtaking floral extravaganza.

Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (New York City)

Cherry Esplanade. Photograph - Antonio M Rosario; Courtesy Brooklyn Botanic Garden

New York City's rite of spring, the cherry blossom trees bloom in Brooklyn Botanic Garden typically from April to mid-May. Celebrate the Japanese tradition of cherishing the cherry blossom season. Stroll under a fragrant canopy of cherry trees in Brooklyn and enjoy a truly sensory experience!

Rochester Lilac Festival (Finger Lakes)

Rochester's Lilac Festival - Photo Courtesy of Rochester's Lilac Festival

One of the largest free festivals of its kind, Rochester's Highland Park hosts 10 consecutive days of its annual Lilac Festival in 2023. The lilacs will be on view to visitors May 12-21 from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm.

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden (Greater Niagara)

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens - Photo by Paul Scarf

Spring is an amazing time to visit Buffalo's beautiful gardens! Visit the Spring Flower Exhibit , from March 18 - April 16, 2023 (included with admission: $15.50 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, $8.50 for kids aged 3-12). Experience the new winding "River of Tulips" as well as the bursting colors of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. Throughout spring and summer, you'll find exotic horticulture treasures from around the world in bloom, filling the air with incredible aromas and sights to behold!

New York Botanical Garden (New York City)

The Statue of Liberty and other landmarks made of plant material at the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

Home to vivid gardens for more than 125 years, visitors can indulge in a series of events including The Orchid Show: Natural Heritage through April 23, 2023, where you can take in the meditative and captivating designs of artist Lily Kwong, inspired by her ancestral connections to the natural world.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park (Finger Lakes)

Credit: L.Scott

Come explore one of the nation's most extensively preserved country estates from the Victorian era. The 50-acre site features beautiful formal and informal gardens, a historic mansion, the Lord & Burnham greenhouse complex, and beautiful views of Canandaigua Lake. Reopens for the season on May 1, 2023.

Albany Tulip Festival (Capital-Saratoga)

Tulips with monument in background

The annual showcase of Albany's Dutch heritage through colorful tulips will take place on May 13-14, 2023, with more events throughout the month. Enjoy musical performances, tulip garden tours, prizes, and more.

Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden Tulip Festival (Long Island)

A blue frame bicycle stands in a field of colorful tulipsp at the Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden Tulip Festival
A little bit of Holland is coming to Long Island! Tiptoe through the tulips, play a round of mini golf, and visit the barnyard animals at this amazing festival featuring 2 MILLION tulips in miles of rainbow rows on a 15-acre family farm. You’ll also find tons of activities for kids, plus live music, and food trucks to enjoy. Also on site is the Long Island Farm Brewery, serving up delicious craft beverages. The festival will run for about 4-5 weeks depending on the weather starting in mid-April.


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