Travel: Some of New York’s Most Celebrated Festivals
The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro
Little Italy, Manhattan
Since 1996, the Annual Feast of San Gennaro has been celebrated in New York’s Little Italy neighborhood thanks to the non-profit Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a community organization dedicated to keeping the traditions of early Italian immigrants alive in the neighborhood they called home. This year’s Feast is expected to draw more than one-million people from around the world to lower Manhattan to participate in this annual salute to the Patron Saint of Naples. The festival features religious processions, colorful parades, live music and entertainment, food and its famous cannoli-eating contest, with the main event occurring on September 19, the official Saint Day when a celebratory mass will be held in the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood, followed by a procession where the Statue of San Gennaro is paraded through the streets of Little Italy.
36th Annual LarkFest
New York’s largest one-day street festival draws over 80,000 people to downtown Albany for live music on three stages, arts and crafts, food trucks and activities for all ages.
Taste of the Catskills Festival
October 7 & 8
Maple Shades Farm
Delhi, New York
Taste of the Catskills is a family friendly event showcasing the food, beer, wine and crafts of the Catskill region, with a variety of vendors including farmers and restaurants in a festival dedicated to the craft of food production in upstate New York. Attendees will learn how food travels from farm to fork and an event that culminates with a harvest dinner and bonfire.
18th Annual Woodstock Film Festival
Woodstock, New York
The annual film festival will celebrate actress Susan Sarandon with the 2017 Maverick Award, with Shep Gordon, the founder of one of the first independent film companies and film distributors, Alive Pictures/Island Alive, receiving the 2017 Trailblazer Award. Actor Bill Pullman will be presented with the 2017 Excellence in Acting Award. His film, “The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” will be screened as a part of the festival.
34th Annual Long Island Oyster Festival
October 14 & 15
Theodore Roosevelt Park
Oyster Bay, New York
The Oyster Festival, which brings over 200,000 to Oyster Bay annually, offers attendees a chance to view tall ships, peruse arts and crafts, take in pirate shows, and, of course, taste oysters and compete in oyster shucking contests.