April is a fantastic month to travel in New York. While it might still be cold on some days, the weather is quickly warming up and spring is in the air throughout the state.
Whether you want to enjoy some of the state’s best beer and wine, enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, or get your adrenaline pumping, there’s a lot to love about traveling the state this month.
Here are 8 of the best things to do in New York in April.
(Article updated March 10, 2019, for events in April 2019.)
NYC Craft Beer Festival in New York City – April 5-6
If you love craft beer, you won’t want to miss the NYC Craft Beer Festival. This event features over 100 different brews from both New York breweries and those further afield. In fact, you’ll even have a chance to try some international craft beer from places such as Iceland and Japan.
This festival is also unique in that visitors will have a chance to sample craft cocktails, as well as the beers and ciders that are available.
For more information and tickets, visit the event’s website.
Buffalo Wine Festival in Buffalo – April 6
If you prefer wine, head to New York’s northwestern corner for the Buffalo Wine Festival. During the event’s two sessions, wine lovers will have a chance to sample wines from 30 different regional wineries. This is a great chance to try new styles and new wineries and find a new favorite.
There will also be vendors, live entertainment, and food.
For more information, visit the festival’s website.
CNY Maple Festival in Cortland – April 6-7
Now in its 49th year, the CNY Maple Festival in Cortland celebrates the delicious products made from maple trees. During the event, you will not only be able to see how maple syrup is made, but there are also many other unique activities including helicopter rides, a pancake eating contest, and a chainsaw carving demonstration.
There will also be a parade through Cortland that is sure to be a lot of fun.
To find out more, visit MapleFestival.org.
Opening Weekend at Watkins Glen International Raceway – April 6-7
Celebrate the opening weekend of Watkins Glen International Raceway with the chance to drive your car on the actual racetrack used by NASCAR drivers. Climb into your vehicle and follow a pace car for three laps around this famed course.
Whether you are a fan of racing or simply enjoy a unique experience, this is something that shouldn’t be missed.
For more information, visit the raceway’s website.
New York International Auto Show in New York City – April 19-28
The New York International Auto Show returns to New York City this April. Begun in 1900, this is the country’s oldest and largest auto show and features more than 1,000 different cars and trucks from both domestic and international manufacturers.
Visitors can browse the vehicles and look them over in a non-sales environment. So, whether you are looking for your next car or just enjoy seeing what’s new in the automobile industry, there’s a bit of something for every car fan.
Find out more on the show’s website.
Collar City Craft Fest in Troy – April 26-28
If you love local art, you won’t want to miss the Collar City Craft Fest in Troy, New York. This event brings together some of the best artisans from around the region to showcase their latest wares.
In addition to the many great vendors, the event will feature an art raffle, live artists creating their masterpieces, great food, and much more.
Check out the event’s website for more details.
27th Annual Herb & Wine Festival on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail – April 26-28
The Annual Herb and Wine Festival will be happening along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail at the end of April. At the 14 participating wineries, visitors will be able to try a sample of food and wine to go with it. Then, they can take home the potted herb or vegitable featured in each recipe, along with a recipe card to make the dish at home.
Of course, there is also the chance to try more delicious Finger Lakes wine.
Find out more at CayugaWineTrail.com.
New York Craft Beer & Food Festival in Hunter Mountain – April 27-28
Another great event for beer lovers is the New York Craft Beer and Food Festival in Hunter Mountain, NY. This annual event is now in its 22nd year and is one of the state’s largest craft beer festivals.
In 2019, dozens of breweries, primarily from New York, will be serving samples of more than 400 different beers. No matter what style you like, you’re sure to find something to enjoy.
In addition to beer samples, there will also be several dozen different food samples to try.
For more information, visit the event’s website.