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Your Guide to 5 Can’t-Miss Central New York Events This Year

Summer concert at Riverlink Park

Looking to schedule some weekend fun in 2019? Plan your trip around some of the best events in Central New York that just about anyone will enjoy. Here are the top five Central New York events and festivals you won’t want to miss, so get ready to mark those calendars!

Chenango Blues Fest and Colorscape Arts Festival: Norwich, NY

Crowd watching a band at Chenango Blues Fest

The city of Norwich hosts many community festivals throughout the year, including the Chenango Blues Fest and Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival.

Nationally recognized by the Blues Foundation, the Blues Fest creates a two-day diverse musical experience for all attendees, who can come and listen to their favorite artists and bands at the Chenango County Fairgrounds. The 2019 Chenango Blues Fest will take place on Aug. 16 and 17.

The Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival draws thousands of people every year to come and enjoy craft sales, literary art, music and creative culinary arts. Colorscape’s 25th Anniversary will take place on Sept. 7 and 8, 2019, in the East and West Parks of downtown Norwich.

Riverlink Summer Concert Series: Amsterdam, NY

Concert at dusk in Riverlink park

Located on the Mohawk River, the Amsterdam Riverlink is locally known as a great place to enjoy a leisurely afternoon. The park includes a newly built pedestrian bridge as well as walking and bike paths.

Every Saturday during the summer, free concerts are held in the park for all community members to enjoy. Guests can bring their families and enjoy great music from a variety of artists.

LUMA: Binghamton, NY

People watching Luna Fest at night

The LUMA Projection Arts Festival is an annual event in early September that brings projection mapping to life in Binghamton.

LUMA is free to the public and draws in 30,000 people every year as guests come to see large displays of projected art canvassed on buildings across the downtown Binghamton area. This festival is continuously growing and has added the element of interactive media in 2018.

Madison County Hops Fest: Madison, NY

2 women at Brew Fest

To celebrate the county’s hop heritage, the Madison County Historical Society has been hosting the Madison County Hops Fest every year in September since 1996.

The fest includes a weekend filled with exhibits on the history of hops, home brewing demonstrations and a crowning ceremony of the Hop King and Queen. Guests can also enjoy samples of regional craft beer and attend the Taste of Hops event, where local restaurants prepare an appetizer made with beer as one of the main ingredients and pair the appetizer with a craft beverage to try.

Baseball Hall of Fame Hall of Fame Weekend: Cooperstown, NY

Baseball Hall of Fame entrance

Drawing tens of thousands of people every year, Hall of Fame Weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum brings avid baseball fans together with some of the world’s greatest players for a weekend of excitement.

Bring the family and enjoy a weekend filled with activities, including the induction ceremony, the Parade of Legends and award presentations. You may even have the opportunity to meet some of your favorite players!