Spring Art and Music Festivals Around New York Include Lilacs, American Pie, and Elvis

Earlier this month, we updated you on the different Food and Wine Festivals happening around New York state this spring.  If you’re more into the arts and music scene, there’s plenty of festivals and events on that front as well.  Including the signature event in my hometown, the Rochester Lilac Festival.  Continue reading for more details.

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May 11-20: Rochester Lilac Festival

The 2012 Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY is a free 10-day festival where visitors can enjoy thousands of fragrant lilacs and spring flowers plus a parade, arts and crafts exhibit, children’s activities, live entertainment and more.  The hub of the festival is Highland Park, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (designer of New York City’s Central Park), with over 500 different varieties of lilacs on more than 1,200 bushes.  For more information including the full schedule of performers, visit http://www.lilacfestival.com/.

May 25 – June 17: Chautauqua in June

Fun and incredible learning opportunities abound during Chautauqua In June, a three-week learning festival, May 25 – June 17, featuring experiences in gardening, creative, cultural, and culinary arts, outdoor recreation, and history and heritage.  Over 50 workshops are held across Chautauqua County, a century old destination for lifelong and vacation learning, summer camp, and creative workshops.  Visitors can explore their creative spirit through knitting or jewelry making, music classes, glass blowing, creative writing, comedy camp, culinary and more.  Visit http://www.tourchautauqua.com/ or call (866) 908-4569.

May 31 – June 3: 35th Annual Ithaca Festival

The 35th Annual Ithaca Festival from May 31 – June 3 is one of the premier music and arts festival in the region.  Over 30,000 people come through the festival over the four-day period, and approximately 1,000 talented local musicians, painters, dancers, clowns, community groups and ensembles perform throughout the Ithaca Festival weekend.  Multiple stages of entertainment, a special kid’s activity area, a sustainability expo, a craft show, a parade, and delicious festival food are available at various locations.  For more information, visit http://www.ithacafestival.org/ or call 607-273-3646.

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May 31 – June 3: Lake George Elvis Festival

The Lake George Elvis Festival takes place May 31 – June 3 in Lake George.  Over 4,000 spectators are expected to celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley with Las Vegas-style tribute shows and a three-day competition.  Visit http://www.lakegeorgeelvisfest.com/ for more information or call 518-681-7452.

June 7 – 10: Saratoga Arts Fest

The Saratoga Arts Fest is an annual four-day festival in Saratoga Springs.  This year’s festival takes place from June 7-10.  Headlining the program is singer Don McLean songwriter of the iconic 1971 hit “American Pie,” other featured performers will include emerging and established local, national and international artists. For more information, visit http://www.saratogaartsfest.org/ or call (518)-580-8010.

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June 9 – 10: Allentown Art Festival

The Allentown Art Festival takes place in the Allentown Historic Preservation District of Buffalo from June 9-10.  Tens of thousands of art patrons visit the festival to enjoy the beauty of Buffalo’s weather in June, the charm and uniqueness of the Allentown area, and the celebrated quality of the art and crafts presented by the over 400 juried exhibitors.  For more information, visit http://www.allentownartfestival.com/ or call (716) 881-4269.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.