Summer Festivals Near You

Summer is here and we all know what that means: FESTIVAL SEASON! Whether it’s rock music, our nation’s independence or BBQ, there’s always something to celebrate come summertime. Check out a roundup of fests coming up just outside NYC, perfect for a weekend getaway!

Bethel Lakeside Summer Concert Series: Pack a snack and a blanket and cozy up on the lawn for weekly Thursday concert series at Kauneonga Lake Gazebo Park in Sullivan County. From July 5th through August 20, talented musical artists vary from week to week. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Concert Series. The site of the original 1969 Woodstock festival, nestled in the beautiful Catskills, still hosts a wide variety of performances every summer.

Fourth of July Birthday BBQ Bash: This July 4th weekend, head up to the Ithaca region in the Finger Lakes for a fun-filled day of wine, beer, music, and local food trucks, all capped off with the most spectacular fireworks display in the Finger Lakes! Host Americana Vineyards is a scenic spot for this celebration, one of the many local gems on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. This bash will feature music from Purple Valley, Backtalk Band, Thru Spectrums, City Limits and the Jeff Love Band.

Taste of Buffalo: Saturday July 7th and Sunday July, 8th, check out the celebration of the 35th year of sharing food, drinks and good times with the great city of Buffalo! The Taste has grown in space and in tastes. Sample food from over 55 restaurants with all your friends and fam!

Brewery Ommegang Concert Series: Every summer, Brewery Ommegang in Central New York welcomes an all-star musical lineup of up-and-comers and well-known performers to its 136-acre farmstead brewery in Cooperstown for their annual Summer Concert Series.  The concert lineup is announced each Spring and has been know to feature favorites such as the Avett Brothers, Cake, Elvis Costello, and more. Get your tickets for Old Crow Medicine Show on July 14th! Stay for the weekend at a nearby inn. Or swing by the brewery on Fridays through August for Firepit Fridays – eat, drink, and listen to live music by the bonfire!

Pleasantville Music Festival: On Saturday, July 14, the Pleasantville Music Festival in Westchester County will once again rock. Thousands of friends, families and lovers of live, world-class rock, will be setting out their chairs, blankets and tents, going up to the stage and dancing. Enjoy food and drink, a beer & wine garden for the adults, fun activities to keep the kids happy, and a zero-waste program to keep the Earth happy. Plus stuff to buy, charities to learn about, and a warm, positive backyard vibe! Get up to Westchester from NYC for the day or a weekend getaway via Metro-North Railroad.

27th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival: Head up to Rhinebeck in Dutchess County for a colorful feast for the eyes July 6-8 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Drawing tens thousands of visitors from all over the world, some of the festival favorites are the evening Majestic Hot-Air Balloon Illumination Moon Glow, tether rides, and rides in the hot-air balloons throughout the weekend. In addition to 100 balloon launches scheduled annually, the fest will offer helicopter rides, hayrides, games, live music, adult and children’s activities and more. Get up to Rhinebeck via Amtrak from Grand Central Terminal and make a weekend out of it at one of the many local Hudson Valley inns. Head back up to Dutchess County on July 21st for the Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival, an extraordinary day of exhilarating dragon boat races, good food, music, games, and fun alongside the beautiful Hudson River.

The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice: This festival (August 2 – 5) is a program of the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice Foundation, which utilizes the power of the human voice to inspire, empower and heal. The Festival offers something for everyone. Meander from venue to venue and enjoy the lovely shops and local restaurants on Main Street while breathing the pure mountain air, and listen to vocal music in its highest form in the heart of the Catskills.


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