9 Ways to Celebrate the Arrival of Spring 

With the wacky weather this year, it looks like the warm weather is finally here to stay. Tulips will be seen peeking from the ground and the sun making its way from behind the clouds. It’s time to head outdoors and embrace all this newfound beauty. Fortunately, there are a number of events throughout New York State accessible via Amtrak that will help you welcome spring with open arms.  

THE 9TH AVE INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL
MAY 20-21, 2017
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 Samples of food from various cultures and ethnicities will line the sidewalk between 42nd and 57th Streets. New York’s largest food festival will include tastings of Caribbean rice and beans, NYC pickles, lamb patties, Mexican guacamole and much more! Check their website to find the locations of specific foods.

 

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SAKURA MATSURI CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
APRIL 29-30, 2017

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 The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is magnificent on an ordinary day, but imagine it colored by cherry blossom trees—even better. With tons of events planned, like taiko drumming and a fashion show featuring Japanese apparel, you will be happy you visited the gardens.

 

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THE GARDINER CUPCAKE FESTIVAL
MAY 20, 2017

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 Nearly 20,000 thousand cupcakes will be yours to taste at Wright’s Farm. Cupcake competitions and a 5K race through the peach orchard will take place for a day packed with family, food, and fun. Breweries will also be present!

 


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BASILICA FARM AND FLEA
MAY 6-7, 2017

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 With many homemade spring-centered items for sale, you won’t be able to go home empty handed. The vendors present will all draw on the spirit of the Hudson Valley in their own unique ways. The entire family can attend for just $5!

 


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THE 69TH ANNUAL ALBANY TULIP FESTIVAL
MAY 13-14, 2017

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 Taking place on Mother’s Day weekend, thousand of tulips will color Washington Park. Pack a picnic lunch, and sit back and listen to live entertainment, while you gaze at the blossoming tulips. Remember to say Happy Mother’s Day!

 


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FESTIVAL FOR CHANGE
APRIL 29-30, 2017

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 Focused on mindfulness, wellness, diet, and fitness, the Festival for Change will help people connect with one another. This event will assist you in achieving peacefulness of mind, body, and spirit amongst the beauty of nature.

 


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10TH ANNUAL CRAWFISH CLAM FEST
MAY 6, 2017

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 All proceeds of this tasty event go to Operation Northern Comfort. Alongside the many different seafood options available, there will be music, dancing, crafts, games, and many other vendors selling a variety of interesting items.

 


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ROCHESTER LILAC FESTIVAL
MAY 12-21, 2017

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 This festival is the largest in North America of its kind. Running a full 10 days, you will have the opportunity to peruse homemade crafts, drink craft beers with your buddies, enjoy live music, and much more. Let’s not forget about the stunning pastel lilac garden.

 


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BUFFALO CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
APRIL 29 - MAY 6, 2017

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 The soft pink petals of the cherry blossom trees will captivate you. As they float softly to the ground, you will not be able to look away. There are many special events, including a Japanese tea party and a traditional Japanese dance. Check out their website for specific dates!

 

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