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Best time to visit New York State

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16 THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK STATE (SEPTEMBER 20 - SEPTEMBER 29)

Feast of San Gennaro

Feast of San Gennaro

September 15–25, 2022 • event

Eat the best Italian food, watch colorful parades, and attend free concerts

Adirondack Balloon Festival

Adirondack Balloon Festival

September 22–25, 2022 • event

Admire the foliage of the scenic Lake George area from a hot air balloon

New York Fall Foliage

New York Fall Foliage

late September–October • nature

The most beautiful time of year in New York State

Eternal Flame Falls

Eternal Flame Falls

September–May • nature

The eternal fight or rather a cooperation of the two natural powers of water and fire at the Eternal Flame Falls

Maid of the Mist Boat Rides

Maid of the Mist Boat Rides

mid-May–October • activity

A unique way to "explore the roar" and get as close to the famous falls as possible

Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

unconfirmedFall 2022 • event

Hudson Valley's biggest Halloween event

Hiking Trails Close to Niagara Falls

Hiking Trails Close to Niagara Falls

April–mid-November • activity

Get your heart pumping from these mesmerizing views

New York Renaissance Faire

New York Renaissance Faire

August 27–October 9, 2022 (Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday) • event

Are you ready to escape modern reality?

The Catskill Mountains (The Catskills)

The Catskill Mountains (The Catskills)

May–October • nature

Hundreds of trails, dozens of waterfalls and picturesque lakes in upstate New York

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

April–September • nature

Attracted by fruits and nectar, these birds are often spotted in the gardens

Bash Bish Falls

Bash Bish Falls

April–November | best April –May • nature

One of the most beautiful New England waterfalls

Ithaca Falls

Ithaca Falls

year round (best time: May–October) • nature

Plan a picnic by one of the state's best waterfalls

Beach Season on Long Island

Beach Season on Long Island

May–October • activity

The favorite summer getaway for wealthy Manhattan residents, celebrities, and hipsters

Discover Niagara Shuttle

Discover Niagara Shuttle

May 27–October 10, 2022 • activity

Leave your car behind and explore the top sites on the hop-on/hop-off shuttle for free

Adirondack Lakes

Adirondack Lakes

May–October • nature

Thousands of pristine lakes are known as the jewels of the Adirondack region of New York

Mount Marcy

Mount Marcy

May–October • nature

The highest summit of New York is the most popular hiking destination in the Adirondack's high peaks

32 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

National Puerto Rican Day Parade

National Puerto Rican Day Parade

out of rangeJune 12, 2022 • event

One of the largest cultural celebrations in the U.S.

The Great New York State Fair

The Great New York State Fair

out of rangeAugust 24–September 5, 2022 • event

Discover lots of delicious food, exciting competitions, exhibits, and thrilling entertainment at the oldest state fair in the U.S.

Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival

Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival

out of rangeSeptember 2–4, 2022 • event

A massive summer ballooning event in Upstate New York

Jones Beach Air Show (Bethpage Air Show)

Jones Beach Air Show (Bethpage Air Show)

out of rangeMay 28–29, 2022 • event

Watch the amazing United States Navy Blue Angels over Long Island

Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show

Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront Air Show

on holdJune 19–20, 2021 • event

The magnificent Blue Angels of the U.S. Navy flying over Buffalo

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

unconfirmedDecember–early January 2023 • event

For over seven decades, the Christmas Tree at the Rockefeller Center has stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers

Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival

Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival

out of rangeJune 3–5, 2022 • event

Welcome to a fantastic ballooning occasion held at the Cambridge Central School

Wellsville Balloon Rally

Wellsville Balloon Rally

out of rangeJuly 15–17, 2022 • event

Witness 35 hot air balloons gracefully float above the fields of Allegany County

Geneseo Airshow

Geneseo Airshow

out of rangeJune 4–5, 2022 • event

Enjoy a jaw-dropping show at this unique drive-in event

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

out of rangeNovember–early January • event

New York City markets will help you get into the festive spirit and buy some presents for the whole family

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 4 • event

Amazing fireworks, special cruises, and lots of activities for the whole family

Buffalo Pride

Buffalo Pride

out of rangeMay 31–June 5, 2022 • event

The biggest LBGTQ event in Western New York

Hamburg Fairgrounds Festival of Lights

Hamburg Fairgrounds Festival of Lights

unconfirmedDecember 1–31, 2022 • event

The largest holiday festival in western New York State

Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse

out of rangeApril 8, 2024 • event

Some spots on Earth wait for the moment of solar totality for hundreds or even thousands of years. To capture a spectacle, you have to be truly lucky

Dansville Balloon Festival

Dansville Balloon Festival

out of rangeSeptember 2–5, 2022 • event

Each Labor Day weekend, the skies above the Dansville Airport are decorated with colorful hot air balloons

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

out of rangeFebruary 4–13, 2022 • event

Celebrate winter in the picturesque Adirondack region

Ice Tsunami

Ice Tsunami

out of rangemid-February–late March • nature

Surreal walls of broken ice occasionally pile up on lake shores

Astoria Park Carnival

Astoria Park Carnival

unconfirmedJune 1–5, 2023 • event

Have an amazing time at New York's best carnival

Lake George Winter Carnival

Lake George Winter Carnival

out of rangeFebruary 5–27, 2022 (on seleted dates) • event

A family-friendly month-long celebration of winter

Cooperstown Winter Carnival

Cooperstown Winter Carnival

on holdFebruary 16–21, 2021 • event

Join winter fun activities on the bank of beautiful Otsego Lake

Winter Birds

Winter Birds

out of rangemid-November–February • nature

Every winter, the Niagara River becomes a shelter for countless gulls, canvasback, ducks, geese, swans, and other waterfowl

Skiing near NYC: The Catskill Mountains

Skiing near NYC: The Catskill Mountains

out of rangeDecember–early April (best in January–February) • activity

Winter destinations in upstate New York offer a decent amount of snow for a weekend getaway

Skiing in the Adirondacks and Lake Placid Region

Skiing in the Adirondacks and Lake Placid Region

out of rangelate November–mid-April (best in February–March) • activity

Discover some of the best ski resorts in the Northeast

Niagara Falls International Marathon

Niagara Falls International Marathon

out of rangeOctober 23, 2022 • event

The challenge that's worth a place on your bucket list

National Buffalo Wing Festival

National Buffalo Wing Festival

out of rangeSeptember 3–4, 2022 • event

One of the best food festivals in the U.S. celebrating iconic chicken wings

Saratoga Brewfest

Saratoga Brewfest

out of rangeJune 25, 2022 • event

A large beer festival near Saratoga Springs

Manlius Fireworks

Manlius Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 2, 2022 • event

Check out the 4th of July in a town in Onondaga County, east of Syracuse

Corning Parade of Lights

Corning Parade of Lights

unconfirmedNovember 26, 2022 • event

A holiday festival in a picturesque river town

Saratoga Balloon & BBQ Festival

Saratoga Balloon & BBQ Festival

out of rangeAugust 27–29, 2021 • event

Over 30 balloons and some of the best food vendors in New York is a perfect summer weekend formula

ZooBrew

ZooBrew

out of rangeMay 27, 2022 | June 17, 2022 | July 22, 2022 | August 19, 2022 | September 9, 2022 • event

Live music, drinks, and delicious food at Seneca Park Zoo

Penfield Fireworks

Penfield Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 2, 2022 • event

Check out one of the 4th of July celebrations in Monroe County, NY

Pageant of Steam

Pageant of Steam

out of rangeAugust 10–13, 2022 • event

Visit a huge outdoor display of operating farm machinery, dating back to the early 1900s

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