Save the Date for Great Events in New York State

In cities and towns across New York State, enjoy great events featuring everything from steamboats to Celtic revelers! Here is just a sampling of some of our fun and varied events.
By: Empire State Development

Photo By: Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development

Photo By: Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development

Photo By: Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development

Photo By: Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development

Photo By: Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development

Photo By: Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development

Photo By: Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development

Photo By: Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development

Photo By: Darren McGee, NYS Dept. of Economic Development

Watkins Glen International Raceway

This summer, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen welcomes NASCAR's biggest stars August 9-12, 2012. Don't miss Marcos Ambrose's return to The Glen to try and reclaim his throne! Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix comes to The Glen Sept. 7-9, 2012. Celebrate racing's history at the largest vintage racing event in the country featuring historic cars of the past from as far back as the 1930's.

Fourth of July Celebration in Buffalo

On July 4th, you’re invited to Buffalo to celebrate our nation’s independence canalside, as the city welcomes The Pride of Baltimore II to the Erie Canal Harbor. The 137' topsail schooner (or tall ship) will be in port this day, and the evening will include fireworks and great musical acts including Tom Stahl & The Dangerfields and The Lance Diamond Show. The festive day will also feature clowns, tattoo art, continuous entertainment and a fantastic fireworks display over the Buffalo waterfront.

Hunter Mountain’s International Celtic Festival

Held August 18-19, 2012, the festival features entertainment from the Emerald Isles, plus world-class Irish-American bands and dancers. Enjoy dozens of authentic Irish vendors, traditional foods, and plenty of beverages. Saturday night there’s an amazing fireworks display; Sunday features a Bagpipe Competition, followed by the spectacular Mass March as hundreds of pipers and drummers march down the mountain in unison, then play as one at the base of the mountain!

40th Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival

Witness the flight of more than 90 hot air balloons at the festival which runs September 20-23, 2012, in Glens Falls, Queensbury and Lake George Village. The celebration begins with a community party offering balloons, fun and entertainment. In Lake George Village, enjoy dusk "Moonglow" featuring ten illuminated, tethered balloons. The festival also boasts military aircraft displays, kite flying demonstrations, musical entertainment and fireworks.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, on a lush campus featuring bucolic countryside views, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts offers a diverse selection of popular artists, culturally-rich performances, and educational and community programs. This year’s eclectic musical lineup includes Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, Lady Antebellum, The Beach Boys, Sting, Joe Cocker, Brad Paisley, and the New York Philharmonic.

Washington Park

Albany’s Washington Park is a haven for outdoor activity, including strolling, jogging, picnicking, fishing, sightseeing, bird watching, and much more. It’s also a year round hotspot for many popular special events, displays and concerts. The Park’s Lakehouse is a unique amphitheatre, which hosts an array of summertime events, including the Washington Park Concert Series on Monday Nights, as well as live musical theatre performances by Park Playhouse.

French & Indian War Reenactment

On Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga comprises nearly 2,000 acres of exquisite landscape. Events at the Fort include reenactments, living history weekends, educational seminars, garrison ghost tours and more. On Sept. 7-9, 2012, witness the British 1777 Campaign March, in which elite advanced guard soldiers of General Burgoyne's Army march into Fort Ticonderoga to rest and refit.

Saratoga Race Course

A great New York state tradition continues this summer as historic Saratoga Race Course, America’s oldest thoroughbred track, hosts its annual meet from July 20th through September 3rd.

New York State Fair

Discover the best of New York’s agriculture, entertainment, education, industry and technology at the fun-filled New York State Fair, New York State’s largest annual event. It all takes place August 23rd through September 3rd at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The fairgrounds contain more than 375 acres of animals, exhibits and displays, great food stands, plus live performances from some of the biggest names in entertainment. Take a spin on a midway ride or try your luck at a game of skill!

Next Up

Anthony Bourdain's Travel Tips for New York

Anthony Bourdain's tips for travelers in New York.

10 Can’t-Miss Events in Charleston

Travel Channel provides travelers with some of the best festivals and events in Charleston, including the Lowcountry Oyster Festival and the MOJA Arts Festival.

East Hampton, New York

It's easy to forget East Hampton is only a couple hours outside NYC.

Historic New York

New York is a city of immigrants with inspiring architecture, a thriving arts scene and a starring role in the economy of the US and the rest of the world.