If you’re traveling to Binghamton for vacation or a quick weekend getaway then try to plan your trip on a week that ties with an annual event. There are a variety of events and festivals all year long that celebrate culture, art and Binghamton heritage.
Let’s start with the Rod Serling Video Festival. This festival celebrates young filmmakers and hosts an annual competition among local artists. The event is sponsored by the Binghamton School District. If you are into art then it’s hard to dismiss the First Friday Art Walks, which lasts from April to December. This walking tour features a variety of studios and galleries of local artists. The tour is held from six to nine P.M.
The Greater Binghamton, New York Convention Center and Visitor’s Bureau reports on many events taking place in the city. Some of the most popular tours for 2010 include the Know Theater’s “The Shadow Box”, “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” by the Cider Mill Playhouse, and River Trails Jazz Appreciation.
When it comes to festivals, things heat up in October with the 14th Annual NY Harvest Festival and Freedom Fair at Camp Minglewood. Some other festivals to look forward to include the Orb Festival in July (held at Echo Lake Campgrounds) and the Annual Audubon Art and Craft Festival in the same month.
Some of the most unusual Binghamton annual events include “Haunted: Mind Mysteries and Beyond” at the Psychic Theater and the Flying Karamazov Brothers in Symphony Hall. Last but not least, there’s the nationally famous First Night in Binghamton, which is held on Hawley Street at the beginning of the New Year. This is a nationally recognized arts and culture celebration. Visitors can enjoy a large bonfire right outside The Arena.
There are many art festivals happening all year round in this sociable city. Make your plans to visit Binghamton on an active week.