Binghamton Festivals and Annual Events


If you’re traveling to Binghamton for business, 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.

If you are into art then it’s hard to dismiss the monthly First Friday Art Walks in downtown Binghamton. This walking tour features a variety of studios and galleries of local artists and is held from six to nine P.M.

Locals love the annual Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally. This festival celebrates a Binghamton favorite food... the "Spiedie".  If you DON'T know what a Spiedie is, you'll have to find out about this local delicacy yourself!  And this is a great place to sample several as they feature a Spiedie cooking contest.  You'll also find major entertainment, hot air balloon launches, and a ton of other activities.

Other annual events held in the city include:

  • The St. Patrick's Day parade in March
  • July Fest - a festival of jazz music, arts, and crafts held downtown since 1962
  • The Annual Audubon Art and Craft Festival (also in July)
  • Sommer Biergarten German Beer Festival
  • The over 100-year-old St. Mary of the Assumption Bazaar in August
  • Blues on the Bridge - a September music festival on the South Washington Street Bridge
  • Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival every October
  • LUMA Projection Arts Festival
  • Binghamton German Club Oktoberfest
  • Binghamton Restaurant Week
  • The Rod Serling Video Festival

When talking about things to do in Binghamton, you always also have to include its carousels. It is called the Carousel Capital of the World, given that it has six carousels within its metropolitan area. This is more than other single location has in the world. You can find one carousel at Recreation Park, not to mention playgrounds and swimming pools. Another carousel location is the Ross Park Zoo.

If you are up for some historical sightseeing, then try local Binghamton Museums.  Other attractions in the area include the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, the Roberson Museum and Science Center and the NYSEG Stadium, which is the home to a variety of sporting and cultural events.

There are many things to do in Binghamton, New York. Come see why this city is considered the Carousel Capital of the World!

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