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 10 of the best things to do in New York in April.
Note: All events listed are currently scheduled at the time of publication to the best of our knowledge. Due to many events being canceled or rescheduled due to Coronavirus, please reconfirm the event is still happening as scheduled before leaving home.
(Article updated March 11, 2020, for events in April 2020.)
Thousand Islands Spring Boat Show in Clayton – April 3-5
Clayton, home of the fabulous Antique Boat Museum, is hosting its annual Spring Boat Show in early April. If you are thinking of warmer weather and want to see what’s new in the boating world, this is a show you won’t want to miss.
During the event, you’ll be able to browse a variety of different types of watercraft and accessories from dozens of vendors. There will also be boater safety courses offered during the show.
For more information, visit the show’s website.
Buffalo Wine Festival in Buffalo – April 4
If you love local wine, head to New York’s northwestern corner for the Buffalo Wine Festival at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. 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.
The Bloody Mary Festival in Kingston – April 4
While there are many festivals around New York dedicate to wine and beer, the Bloody Mary Festival in the Hudson Valley is one of the most unique adult beverage events of the year.
There are two different sessions on Saturday, April 4, and visitors will have a chance to sample bloody marys from nearly a dozen different local establishments in the Hudson Valley. There will also be a bagel station and much more.
Find out more and get tickets at TheBloodyMaryFest.com.
Wizard Training Break Week at The Strong in Rochester – April 4-12
Always wanted to be a wizard? At Wizard Training Break Week at the fantastic Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, you can do just that.
During the week, visitors can learn magical spells, craft their very own wand, dress up as their favorite wizard, and much more. All of this coincides with the museum’s special exhibition “The Lost World of Dragons,” so there’s a lot to explore here.
Even better, these activities are included with admission to the museum.
Find out more here.
Opening Weekend at Watkins Glen International Raceway – April 5-6
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.
NYC Craft Beer Festival in New York City – April 17-18
If you love craft beer, you won’t want to miss the NYC Craft Beer Festival. This event features 150 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 all over the world.
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.
CNY Maple Festival in Cortland – April 18-19
Now in its 50th 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.
Collar City Craft Fest in Troy – April 24-26
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.
Herb & Wine Festival on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail – April 24-26
The 28th 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 vegetable 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 25-26
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 23rd year and is one of the state’s largest craft beer festivals.
In 2020, dozens of breweries, primarily from New York, will be serving samples of hundreds of 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.