Tribeca Film Festival, September
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, June–September
Woodstock Film Festival, October
Larkin Square Food Trucks, April–September
Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, June
After the New Years' streamers are cleaned up much of the state goes into hibernation for the winter. You'll still find fun in the ski resorts, the major cities and year-round destinations like Saratoga Springs.
New York City is as good a Valentine's Day destination as they come, or there are many mountain lodges to get cozy in while the snow falls outside.
Empire State Winter Games
More than 2000 athletes from across New York state converge in Lake Placid at the beginning of February each year to participate in winter sport competitions (www.empirestatewintergames.com).
March brings uncertain weather to New York state. Many seasonal destinations upstate are quiet, but New York City is buzzing with the possibility of spring.
April showers bring mud to the winter-friendly towns in the Adirondacks, so head to the blossoming Hudson Valley or the thawing cities of Western New York where spring produce will be on farm-to-table menus.
Most summer vacationers don't start until after Memorial Day, so take advantage of the nice weather and sneak in a trip to wine country in the Finger Lakes or Long Island before they get crowded.
The beginning of summer sees New Yorkers and tourists alike flocking to the beaches of Long Island and the sunny forests of the Catskills to revel in warm weather.
Jones Beach Summer Concert Series
The Jones Beach summer concert season begins in June and ends mid-September. Get tickets early to see the stars of yesteryear and today's hit makers perform in the balmy summer night air.
Heat and humidity keep anyone who can afford it out of New York City, while thousands flock upstate to hike, bike and raft, and to Long Island to play in the waves.
Fourth of July
They do 4th of July big in Upstate's summer lake towns and all over Long Island. You'll find good fireworks shows all over the state, but head to Montauk for a true slice of spectacular small town patriotic pride.
The end of the summer season sees huge crowds flocking to the seasonal destinations. Nice weather and a decline in student population make August a great time to visit Ithaca and the Finger Lakes.
After Labor Day, it's back to work for New York state. The summer weather usually lingers well into the month and New York City begins to get busy again, with events like the Tribeca Film Festival.
Fall means one thing in the Hudson Valley: leaf peeping. You'll also find plenty of spooky Halloween themed events across the state, but especially in Sleepy Hollow.
For the month of October, the 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor gets transformed into a truly terrifying Headless Horseman–themed haunted house (www.hudsonvalley.org/events/horsemans-hollow). Get your tickets when they go on sale in September.
Things wind down in the summer destinations and pick up at the ski resorts. Thanksgiving is legendary in New York City thanks to the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
New York City is positively magical during the holiday season. Upstate you'll find lots of families flocking to ski resorts to make the most of their break from school.
Rockefeller Center Tree
Some might turn their nose up at such a clichéd activity, but the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center actually is well worth a visit. After taking in the massive Norway spruce, stroll down Fifth Ave and enjoy the elaborately decorated shop windows.