Even though we had a very mild winter in the Southern Tier, people are still antsy to get outside and enjoy all that spring has to offer.  Spring is known to be a short season in Binghamton.  Sometimes we go from winter to a few weeks of spring and right into summer temperatures.

To enjoy spring to its fullest, there are a number of spring festivals happening close to Binghamton that may be worth taking a day to check out.

  1. Albany Tulip Festival - This was always "a must" visit for my Mom.  Picture 100,000 tulips blossoming at one time.  Free admission to Washington Park in the Capitol City.  Bring your camera and your family as there are some nice children's activities and music to compliment the tulips.  May 7-8 from 11am-6pm.
  2. Rochester Lilac Festival - In it's 118th year, this festival touts itself as "the largest free festival of its kind in North America."  The festival runs for 10 days, May 6-15th from 10:30am-8:30pm daily from Highland Park and features a spectacular Home and Garden Show, Lilac Brew Fest, wine tasting and Farmer's Market, lots of great original art and even a 10K and 5K.
  3. TAP New York Craft Beer and Food Festival - Hunter Mountain, home of our Taste of Country Music Festival with headliners Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen and Kid Rock is June 10-12th, but way before that, if you have a taste for craft beers, this is the fest to hit. Friends of mine have gone for a couple of years now and they rave about it!  This year's Beer and Food Festival is April 23 and 24th.  Tickets are $87 at the door (or $30 for designated drivers).  More than 100 craft breweries from all over the state and this year's food theme is the Great American Hamburger.

Whatever you decide to do, there is no excuse not to get outside and enjoy spring. Happy spring to you.