As the home of one of the most dynamic cities in the world, New York is an exciting destination teeming with urban energy and unique opportunities. However, the state is home to more than the bustling metropolis of New York City; New York is filled with stunning lakes, beautiful sandy beaches, lazy rivers and challenging mountains. Visitors and residents alike will enjoy a cornucopia of events, festivals, museums and more.
- Youngstown, NY in Youngstown, NY
Late August marks the commemoration of the December 1813 battle between British and American forces for possession of Fort Niagara. The two-day event is filled with artillery and musket demonstrations, guided tours of the fort, and a pipe and drum concert.
Randall's Island in the East River becomes a real zoo each August. This 24-acre site hosts this annual electronic music festival featuring live performances and DJ shows. Since 2009, the festival has grown each year and now welcomes over 100,000 spectators over the three-day event.
First held in Syracuse in 1841, the annual fair traveled to numerous cities before returning permanently in 1890. A showcase of the agriculture, industry and cultural diversity of this great state, this event now welcomes over 1 million visitors over the course of its 12-day run.
- Glens Falls, NY in Glens falls, NY
September in Glens Falls marks the beginning of a colorful new season. Music lovers, classic car enthusiasts, crafters and food vendors converge for this four-day event. Children's activities and a fireworks display are also scheduled. The most breathtaking experience, however, is the launch of the multi-colored hot-air balloons.
Now the largest marathon in the world, this New York event is held annually in November. Organizers select participants from over 100,000 applicants worldwide, predominately through a lottery system. Runners are treated to a tour of the city as a section of the course is found in each of the five boroughs. Hundreds of thousands of spectators line the marathon route to cheer on the participants.
- New York, NY in New york, NY
A beloved tradition since 1933, the tree lighting is the start of Christmas in New York. The selected tree is erected during November, at which time 30,000 LED lights are strung for the big event. In early December, thousands of people fill the plaza beginning at noon to enjoy musical performances and the exciting moment that the gorgeous tree is illuminated.