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There's plenty to do in the state of New York. Beyond shopping, museums and the typical tourist spots, the area hosts various events that celebrate everything from arts and culture to niche food items. Whether you're looking for a unique work of art, a day of family fun in the sun, or a tasty treat, you're sure to find it at one of New York's extraordinary festival events.
Check out the Allentown Art Festival in the Allentown Historic Preservation District in Buffalo, New York. Crowds flock to the area every June to enjoy the work of around 400 vendors and exhibitors. This festival has been part of the Buffalo art scene since the ‘50s. Spend the day wandering through the fest and looking at all of the talents that are on display.
Get your grub on and enjoy treats from various food vendors. You’ll find a range of artwork that includes everything from steampunk inspired metal sculptures and hand felted fashion items, so prepare for a little bit of shopping too.
If you're feeling hungry, visit the National Buffalo Wing Festival over Labor Day weekend. This event has been pleasing wing lovers for more than 15 years now and within that time they’ve earned their bragging rights. They’ve served more than 4.6 million wings.
Each year people compete not only for “best wings”, but for the prized pageant title of Miss Buffalo Wing and in silly contests like wing bobbing, where folks plunge their heads into vats of blue cheese dressing to pluck out as many wings as they possibly can. Enjoy the spectacle, the spicy wings, and a few live bands while you're at it.
The French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts takes place just outside of Hancock, New York in the beautiful Catskill Mountain area. This fest is associated with an elite performing arts camp that has plenty notable alumni including famous actors like Natasha Lyonne, of Orange Is the New Black and Zooey Deschanel, of New Girl. The camp offers all types of quirky performing arts classes, like musical theater, the circus arts, and clowning.