9 Things to Do Around Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and even though it lands on a dreaded Monday this year, there are still plenty of New York State events ready to kick off the summer with a burst of American Spirit! From celebrations of American music and its icons to locally sourced food at top-tier restaurants and breweries, this Memorial Day should be a time to remember!

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
MAY 23-AUGUST 13, 2017 
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 Enjoy an incredible, outdoor rendition of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar performed in Central Park by the Public Theater. This summer theater extravaganza is a staple of Central Park and has been for decades!

 

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FLEET WEEK NYC
MAY 24-30, 2017
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Fleet Week is a seven-day celebration honoring those who served or are serving in the Navy, the Marine Corps. and the Coast Guard. There will be guided tours of U.S. Navy vessels, air shows on display from skilled pilots in the Air Force, military band concerts and other military-related exhibits.  

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WOODSTOCK-NEW PALTZ ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
MAY 27-29, 2017
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 Enjoy labor day weekend out with the family at the Woodstock-New Paltz Arts & Craft Fairs, where over 300 artists and sellers will be showing off their talent and wares for your enjoyment. Food and live entertainment will be available throughout the events!

 

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LIGHTSCAPES: A SPRINGTIME GARDEN FANTASY
APRIL 29-MAY 28, 2017
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Lightscapes is a magical jaunt through brilliant light effects at the Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, within walking distance of an Amtrak station. Be dazzled by interactive shadows, a castle of colors, enormous renditions of fairy tale characters and more. 

 

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AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
MAY 31-JUNE 4, 2017
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This five day long festival in Troy, NY plays host to the Albany Symphony Orchestra, as well as dozens of other events and happenings across the city. The Dogs of Desire ensemble from the orchestra will be playing hits from several different American composers in celebration of the country’s musical lifeblood and soul!

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LAKE GEORGE ELVIS FESTIVAL
MAY 31- JUNE 4, 2017
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This massive festival is a celebration of the man, the myth, the legend: Elvis Presley. Enjoy his music performed by ten dedicated Elvis impressionists at Lake George, where you rock out in the summer air, right by the scenic waterfront! 

 
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MEMORIAL DAY AT FORT TICONDEROGA
MAY 27-29, 2017
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Salute the services of the armed forces of the United States on the grounds where so many soldiers fought and sacrificed their lives during the American Revolution. Visit Fort Ticonderoga and take a boat tour over Lake Champlain or hike through Fort Ticonderoga’s Battlefield Hiking trail. 

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MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND DUCK DERBY
MAY 29, 2017
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 In conjunction with Auburn’s other event, Majorpalooza, is this year’s Memorial Day Parade and Duck Derby! The parade will feature all of the traditions and be followed by a calvary of classic cars accompanied by live music, food and craft beer! 

 


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SWINGIN' STARS AND STRIPES
MAY 26-27, 2017
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Celebrate Memorial Day this year in style with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra during their “Swingin’ Stars and Stripes” performance! Go and honor the servicemen and women in the armed forces with 1940s big band style American classics! 

 
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