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New York Spring Flower Shows and Festivals

New York is in full bloom! Celebrate spring at these flower, garden, and outdoor festivals.

Capital District Garden and Flower Show (Capital-Saratoga)WMDesignScapes Water Feature Photo Courtesy Capital District Garden & Flower Show

Every March, this event features more than 100 garden and floral exhibits in the Floral Design Competition spotlighting the creativity, beauty, and design behind spring flowers. Enjoy garden tips and trends, demonstrations, NYS wine tastings, and food in the Garden Cafe. Plants, bulbs, flowers, and seeds are available for sale so you'll be able to grow your own beautiful spring garden! In 2019, this event runs March 22–24.

Macy's Flower Show (New York City)

Head to New York City's Herald Square for gorgeously bright floral arrangements at the annual Macy's Flower Show. From March 24 to April 7, 2019, enjoy more than 5,000 plants, family-friendly activities, celebrity appearances, and floral, food, and fashion demonstrations in celebration of spring. 2019's theme is "Journey to Paradisios, Operation: Inspiration" and follows the tale of Space Flight Director Lucy Ryder through the cosmos.

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (New York City)

New York City's rite of spring, the cherry blossom trees bloom in Brooklyn Botanic Garden typically from April to mid-May. The weekend of April 27–28, 2019 is the annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating the Japanese tradition of cherishing cherry blossom season. Stroll under a fragrant canopy of cherry trees, see blossom-inspired artwork in the gallery, savor Japanese specialties at the terrace café, and much more!

Cherry Esplanade. Photograph - Antonio M Rosario; Courtesy Brooklyn Botanic GardenBuffalo and Erie County Botanical Garden (Greater Niagara)

The annual Spring Flower Exhibit welcomes the season with beautifully bright flowers and gardens March 30–April 28, 2019. This year, there are more than 22,000 bulbs and metal structures. Enjoy this family-friendly event as baby bunnies, chicks, lambs, and more friends take over the 4-H Farm exhibit. Later, check out the Fairy and Gnome Festival on May 4, 2019 and many more events at Buffalo's beautiful gardens! 

Wildflower Island (Hudson Valley)

Discover Teatown Lake Reservation's Wildflower Island, a two-acre garden island brimming with more than 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers. Surrounded by water on all sides, Wildflower Island hosts a diverse range of flora that grows undisturbed by mainland animals or activities. Explore this colorful haven with tours running April through September.

Arts at the Garden Courtesy Sonnenberg

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park (Finger Lakes)

This historic mansion and garden are full of color with outdoor art shows, garden tours, and wine and cheese tastings held April through October. Check out their Wildflower and Orchid Show (April 12–14, 2019), wine-themed Roses and Rosés event, a Moonlight Stroll Music Series in the summer, Art at the Garden in August and many more.

New York Botanical Garden (New York City)

Home to vivid gardens for more than 125 years, visitors can indulge in a series of spring events including The Orchid Show (this year's theme is "Singapore," through April 28, 2019) and Lilac Weekend (May 4–5, 2019). Check out Rose Garden Weekend on June 1–2, 2019 for live music, plant demonstrations, tours, and refreshments.

Washington Park tulips and King Memorial Fountain

Albany Tulip Festival (Capital-Saratoga)

Embrace spring's lively atmosphere this Mother's Day weekend (May 11–12, 2019) with outdoor festivities and more than 100,000 blossoming tulips in a sea of radiant colors. Celebrate the capital's Dutch heritage at the famous flower festival with family-fun, music, food vendors, a craft show, garden tours, and more!

Rochester Lilac Festival (Finger Lakes)

One of the largest free festivals of its kind, Rochester's Highland Park hosts ten days and nights of festivities accompanied by thousands of colorful lilac bushes. Running from May 10–19, 2019, enjoy live music, craft vendors, wine tasting, a brewfest, a home and garden show, a parade, and 5K and 10K races. Next to the main festival, Art in the Park is held on Reservoir Ave which features local artists and galleries for two weekends during the celebration.

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