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Visit 10 of the Best Summer Festivals in Upstate New York

posted by Deb Denny at 2018-04-05 09:41:00


Summer is a great time of year  to go ‘festing' in Upstate New York !  From the Taste of Syracuse Festival in early June to the NY State Fair in late August, we invite you to join in the fun. You'll find a variety of cool Events jam-packed with music, artisans, great regional food, wine tasting and entertainment for the entire family.


The Erie Canal Corridor  is home to the Great New York State Fair, featuring a huge midway, great food and attractions and national acts and entertainment. Easy to get to from any direction, Syracuse’s New York State Fairgrounds is also host to hundreds of events and festivals throughout the year, drawing an estimated one million people to its incredible variety of non-fair attractions.


Check out the many cool concerts  throughout the region, including the Syracuse Jazz Fest, the Tug Hill Bluegrass Festival in the Adirondacks or Rochester’s International Jazz Festival. For a truly unique experience, stop by the New York State Woodsman Field Days. Nestled in a picturesque town in the Adirondacks, this festival spotlights the amazing artistry of wood carving and exciting lumberjack competitions featuring competitors from as far away as Canada, New Zealand and Australia.



Taste of Syracuse Festival

2 S. Clinton Square, Syracuse, New York 13202


June 1-2, 2018; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Syracuse’s biggest food festival, this free event features bands and $1 food samples from the area's top restaurants. The weekend includes live music, activities for kids and Paige's Butterfly Run. The event will also host a qualifying round of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. 


Fairport Canal Days 2017 Festival

Fairport, NY 14450


June 1-3, 2018


Located on the historic Erie Canal, Fairport Canal Days is one of the most popular arts festivals in the Northeast, attracting close to 200,000 visitors on the first weekend of June every year. Fairport Canal Days sets sail June 2nd and 3rd, with an opening chicken BBQ and concert on the evening of June 1st. Enjoy more than 200 artisans, many fine food vendors, and great live music. Family-friendly but no pets, please.


Tug Hill Bluegrass Festival

Maple Ridge Center, 7421 East Road, Lowville, NY 13367


June 14-16, 2018


Come have a pickin’ good time at this annual three-day bluegrass festival! Camping is included with weekend pass and food booths are available throughout the weekend. Tickets are available for purchase now! Call 1-315-376-2640 to reserve them or go online at http://www.mapleridgecenter.com/edit-form-embed-code-articles/130-tughill-bluegrass-festival-tickets.


Sterling Renaissance Festival

15385 Farden Road, Sterling, NY 13156


Saturdays and Sundays-10 a.m.- 7 p.m.

July 7-8; July 14-15; July 21-22; July 28-29; Aug. 4-5; Aug. 11-12; Aug. 18-19 


Be transported into the 16th-century village of Warwick, England at the Sterling Renaissance Festival in the Seaway Trail Region. With 12 stages and more than 100 stage and street performers, professional actors, comedians and musicians, you will be drawn in by the interactive entertainment while the sights, sounds and delicious smells will delight and tantalize your senses. The festival is open weekends from July through mid-August and is an exciting adventure for the whole family!


Finger Lakes Wine Festival

2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen, NY 14891


July 13-15, 2018


The Finger Lakes Wine Festival offers the largest showcase of wines produced in New York State with more than 80 wineries paired with regional artisans, live music, culinary classes and cooking demonstrations. Held at the Watkins Glen International Raceway, visitors enjoy micro-brew craft beers, fireworks, culinary classes and cooking demos, pace car rides, camping, live music and wine seminars, wine purchasing, toga parties and so much more. Sorry, no pets or strollers.


Oswego Harborfest
Oswego, NY 13126


July 26-29, 2018   

This four-day/night festival is brimming with free entertainment, exciting midway rides and games, food, art and craft vendors, children's activities, world-class concerts and spectacular fireworks over Lake Ontario by the famous Grucci family. St in the port city of Oswego, the events and stages are featured in beautiful parks and river side walkways.

Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival

2 South Clinton St., Syracuse, NY 13202


July 27-28, 2018


The Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival has expanded to a three-day event featuring New York State wineries offering wine-tasting and free musical performances by national and local jazz artists.



Park Avenue Festival

Rochester, NY 14620


August 4-5, 2018


Renowned for its architecture, culture and hip urban atmosphere, Rochester’s Park Avenue neighborhood is transformed for one weekend each year in August into a one-of-a-kind shopping mecca, filled with original creations from more than 350 artists, craftspeople and exhibitors from the U.S. and Canada. The free Park Ave Summer Art Fest features an amazing 1¼ miles of art, musicians, dancers, performers and more than 40 different food vendors along with the local bistros, cafes, bakeries, and coffee houses in the neighborhood.


Woodsmen Field Days Festival

Boonville Oneida County Fairgrounds, Route 294, Boonville, NY 13309


August 17-19, 2018; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Annually held the third full weekend in August – rain or shine – the Woodsmen Field Days spotlights the amazing artistry of wood carving, the newest in logging machinery, equipment and tools as well as exciting lumberjack competitions featuring both male and female competitors from as far away as Canada, New Zealand and Australia.


The Great New York State Fair

581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse, NY 13209


Aug. 22 – Sept. 3, 2018


Come and experience this affordable, 12-day celebration of delicious food, eye-opening exhibits, captivating entertainment and fun. The Fair showcases thousands of animals, hundreds of commercial attractions, scores of exciting midway rides, dozens of big-name entertainers and more!


posted at: 2018-04-05 09:41:00, last updated: 2021-04-06 14:11:17

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