Events in Central New York


There's always something to do or see in the Central New York Region. From family-friendly entertainment to annual festivals bringing our rich history to life, check out all the colorful events happening here year round.

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Central New York: July

5th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day
5304 Oxbow Rd
Peterboro‚ NY 13134
Gathering-Assembly-Picture-Cemetery Solomon Northrup family discusses the impact of the movie 12 Years a Slave At Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark, Smithfield Community Center.
Independence Day at Old Stone Fort Museum
Old Stone Fort Museum 145 Fort Rd
Schoharie‚ NY 12157
10:00am to 4:00pm A "living history" commemoration of the birth of our nation.
Independence Day Celebration at The Farmers' Museum
The Farmers' Museum 5775 State Highway 80
Cooperstown‚ NY 13326
(607) 547-1450
The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown marks Independence Day on July 4 with the sounds of 1776. Hear the muskets blast with our Militia Muster and hear history happen with a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the historic village green at 1:00 pm. Enjoy traditional 19th century music throughout the day. Ongoing demonstrations include blacksmithing, printing, open hearth cooking, and there will be children's crafts in the schoolhouse. As always, you can tour the museum on a horse-drawn wagon, ride the Empire State Carousel, picnic on the Village Green, and visit the baby animals at the Children's Barnyard. Special highlight activities take place at select times. Meet local farmers from Middlefield Orchard, which grows apples, peaches, pears, and berries, as well as producing baked goods, jams, jellies, and honey products. The museum is open July 4 and every day this summer from 10 am–5 pm. Admission: Adults and juniors (13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): Free. NYSHA members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military. Through Labor Day, active-duty military and up to five family members are admitted free, through the Blue Star Museum program.
7-4-15 to 7-4-15
Independence Day the 18th Century Way!
Fort Stanwix 100 N James St
Rome‚ NY 13440
On Saturday, July 4, 2015, you are invited to come and celebrate the day 18th Century style! Festivities surrounding July 4th in the 18th Century can be considered markedly different than traditions of today; yet all the same sentiments can be found in the traditions established by some of the soldiers of the Fort Stanwix Garrison during the American Revolution.  Some of the day’s activities will include: a memorial service at the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary Soldier at 9 am, public readings of the Declaration of Independence at 11 am and  1 pm, an 18th Century baseball game which you can participate in at 2 pm , and much, much, more!
7-5-15 to 7-5-15
9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit
Sylvan Beach Village Park Main St.
Sylvan Beach‚ NY 13157
We will never forget the events of September 11, 2001. In 2013, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation created a mobile exhibit as a tribute to all those whose lives were sacrificed on September 11, 2001. The 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit is a tool to educate America’s youth about the historic events of that day. Welcomed around the country, 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit – a high-tech, 53-foot tractor- trailer, which unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, serves as a poignant reminder of that tragic day. This mobile exhibit will be located in the Sylvan Beach Village Park on Sunday, July 5, 2015. Admission is free.
7-9-15 to 7-12-15
Madison County Fair
Brookfield‚ NY 
Experience all the offerings of a traditional agricultural fair; Animals, Agricultural Exhibits, Midway, Contest, Pageants, Live Music, Truck Pulls, Tractor Pulls, Demolition Derby, Rollover Contest & More. Affordable Fun for the Entire Family!
7-10-15 to 8-23-15
The Glimmerglass Festival
7300 State Highway 80
Cooperstown‚ NY 13326
(607) 547-0700
This internationally acclaimed summer opera festival presents both familiar and rarely performed operas in a magnificent setting overlooking Otsego Lake. Previews, meet-the-performers, tours, picnic meals on spacious lawns add to a "Night at the Opera." 2015 Season Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015, the 2015 Season at Glimmerglass will be one not to miss with original productions of works by opera and musical theater's great composers, special events and some birthday surprises. Four musical giants will highlight the season, including: Mozart's the Magic Flute (July 10 - August 23, 2015) Verdi's Macbeth (July 11 - August 22, 2015) Vivaldi's Cato in Utica (July 18 - August 22, 2015) Bernstein's Candide (July 19 - August 21, 2015)
7-11-15 to 7-12-15
Gus Macker 2015 Basketball Tournament
Norwich‚ NY 
The Macker Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. This maintains the purity and integrity of the driveway game. Since 1987, the Macker tour has expanded, holding a total of 972 tournaments with over 2.2 million players – male and female from 7 years old to 50+ - and more than 23 million spectators.
7-11-15 to 7-19-15
Ilion Days
Ilion‚ NY 13357
Little Falls Cheese Festival
Little Falls‚ NY 13365
Come to scenic Little Falls, New York on a beautiful summer Saturday and enjoy browsing booth after booth of delicious, intriguing, savory cheeses—-including several national award-winners. Regional vendors. Artisanal products. Homemade, farm-sourced, handcrafted. Properly aged and made fresh. Hard cheese, semi-soft cheese. Cow and sheep cheese. Gouda, feta, goat cheese in variety, cheddar sharp and mild, Farmer’s, beer-washed and blue-veined, havarti…! There will also be plenty of related products, including yogurt, farm butter, gourmet chocolates, artisanal breads, jams, spreads, mustards, flavored vinegars, flavored honey, handcrafted cutting and serving boards, screen-printed tea towels and much more. Try new flavors and savor old favorites. Buy direct from the maker, and stock up. Get unique gifts for friends and family and neighbors. Our local restaurants will get into the swing of things, too: pizza, our hometown specialty, will be offered in several different locations and will give visitors a chance to choose their favorite. Also look for warm quiche, luscious, creamy cheesecake and many other specials.
38th Annual Utica Boilermaker
Saranac/F.X. Matt Brewery 830 Varick Street
Utica‚ NY 13502
The Boilermaker is dedicated to leading the healthy lifestyle movement through exercise and fun. In 1978, the Boilermaker began as a 15K road race with 876 runners. Today it is a week long extravaganza drawing thousands from all over the world. Held in Utica, New York, the gateway to the Adirondacks, Boilermaker Week kicks off with a golf tournament and includes a host of other activities for runners, walkers, the community, sponsors and volunteers. The Boilermaker events, such as the Health and Fitness Expo, the 5K Run, the 3 Mile Walk,and the Kids Run allow the community to show visitors from all over the world the best of what the area has to offer. If you are an avid runner or someone who wants to meet a new personal fitness goal, the Boilermaker 15K is for you. With a challenging, spectator-lined course, the Boilermaker 15K is often referred to as the nation’s best 15K—due in part to the Post-Race Party at the Matt Brewing Company.
7-16-15 to 7-19-15
Pirates Weekend at the Beach
Sylvan Beach Village Lakefront Main St.
Sylvan Beach‚ NY 13157
Ahoy Matey! Ye landlubbers will discover thrills & treasures including a variety of pirate activities starting Thursday night with the beach invasion.
Berry Festival
Green Brothers Apple Hills 131 Brooks Road
Binghamton‚ NY 13905
(607) 729-2683
Fresh blueberries and raspberries, wagon rides, water slide, cheesecake, pancake breakfast, pick-your-own fruit and various activities.
7-24-15 to 7-26-2015
The Great American Irish Festival
Herkimer County Fairgrounds 198 Cemetery Street
Frankfort‚ NY 13340
Great American Irish Festival, Inc., was established to be the primary fundraising arm for the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley. The festival organization has as its underlying purpose the furtherance of an appreciation and understanding of Irish/Celtic music, culture and history. While the GAIF itself has been an unqualified success, it is only a means to an end. The ultimate goal of the corporation, given the rich Irish heritage in Central New York, is to establish and maintain a state of the art cultural center that will be regional in scope, exploring the history and importance of the Irish in Central New York. This facility will provide a place where the Irish culture can continue to thrive and serve as a permanent meeting site for the local chapters of various Celtic/Irish based organizations, including:the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, the Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and the Utica St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee (which was recently assumed by GAIF, Inc.). It is also hoped that the Center will eventually provide a base for anyone in the community interested in furthering their understanding of Irish culture, history, dance, language, etc. through study and research, including such interests as genealogy. The corporation’s purpose is solely for charitable and educational purposes.
Hall of Fame Induction Weekend: Induction Ceremony
Clark Sports Center 124 County Highway 52
Cooperstown‚ NY 13326
Sunday, July 26th, Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on the grounds outside of the Clark Sports Center, which is located on lower Susquehanna Avenue, just one mile south of the Hall of Fame. This year's events will be extra special, with the National Baseball Hall of Fame celebrating an incredible lineup of inductees including Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. The Ceremony is held rain or shine, unless severe weather forces the cancellation of the event. Professional interpreters will be provided for the hearing impaired. - Seating is unlimited and free of charge. A blanket or lawn chair is recommended for comfortable viewing. Weather in Cooperstown can be quite warm in July. It is recommended that visitors bring a cap and sunscreen. - The Induction Ceremony historically lasts two hours. - Induction Merchandise and Museum membership packages are available for purchase at the Induction site. - Refreshments are sold at the site and water is provided complimentary to visitors. - For information on reserved seating options granted to Museum members, please call 607-547-0397. - Cooperstown hotels sell out quickly for induction weekend! Make sure you book your accommodations in advance. - Shuttles will be available July 26 from the Doubleday Field parking lot to the Clark Sports Center. - More details to be announced!
7-28-15 to 8-2-15
Broome County Fair
Broome County Fairgrounds
Whitney Point‚ NY 13862
Annual County agricultural fair with midway rides & games, food exhibits, grand stand shows, animals and free entertainment.
7-28-15 to 8-2-15
Boonville-Oneida County Fair
Boonville-Oneida County Fairgrounds Schuyler St
Booneville‚ NY 13309
Enjoy the local flavor of Oneida County while taking in a day of food, rides, fun, arts and crafts at one of its many country festivals.
7-31-15 to 7-2-15
Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally
Otsiningo Park Bevier St
Binghamton‚ NY 13901
(607) 761-2475
Hot-air balloons, arts, crafts, antique cars, live music and our local delicacy "Spiedies".


Adirondack Scenic Railroad's Easter Bunny Express


Adirondack Scenic Railroad's Easter Bunny Express

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s Easter Bunny Express departs the Holland Patent Station on April 4th at 10:0 am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm & 4:00 pm. Celebrate the joys of Easter by taking the family on a train ride! Join us on board, traveling to Remsen Depot. Once in Remsen, you can have pictures taken with The Easter Bunny, hunt for candy filled Easter eggs, visit our small petting zoo and much more! The gift shop and concession stand in Remsen Depot will be open. During the return trip, you can visit the Open Air Car to enjoy the scenic surroundings with an un-obstructed, wide-open view of the spring countryside. This event has become a family tradition for many area residents, selling out each year with over 1,000 passengers. Get your tickets now online at or call 1-800-819-2291. Don’t forget your basket! Unfortunately, this trip is not wheelchair –accessible.