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Wild Water Derby @ Stand Pipe Road
Apr 29 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Watch the Derby or participate in the rafting! Small fee for Canoes and Kayaks participating on Saturday, but you can also race again for on free on Sunday.

Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast, Vendor Craft Show

There is no cost for spectators but we encourage you to spend freely with the non-profits that are all trying to raise funds.

Mothertime Marketplace WNY Largest Consignment Sale Victor NY @ Pinnacle Athletic Campus
May 5 @ 10:00 am – May 6 @ 3:00 pm

Mothertime Marketplace is Western New York’s largest family consignment event. Our events feature a wide selection of new and gently used children’s clothing, toys, furniture, equipment, accessories, home decor and more sold on consignment at 50-90% below retail.

Crawfish Festival @ Clinton Square
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Crawfish Festival @  Clinton Square | Syracuse | New York | United States

Each year, on the first Saturday in May, Operation Northern Comfort holds its Crawfish Festival.  This year  will make the 10th annual Festival.  The festival features Cajun food, including Crawfish (we sold 2500 pounds last year), shrimp, jambalaya, gumbo, red beans & rice, Crawfish bread and Beignets.  Hot dogs, Salt Potatoes, Clams and Pulled Pork are also available, as are a variety of other festival fare.

Both adult and kids’ beverages are available.

Spring Garden Party @ Climbing Vines Café & Play
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come enjoy the perfect springtime afternoon of learning and having fun! This is our SECOND year doing this event since we had such a WONDERFUL time last year!

Children will get to paint their own flower pot to take home, have some playtime in our play area, get dirty digging around in our garden sensory tub, and will get to plant their very own flower seeds that may sprout just in time for Mother’s Day!

We will also provide a themed snack and organic juice boxes for the little ones, and coffee, tea, and light snacks are INCLUDED for the adults!

Just $20 for a child and adult pair will get you 2 hours of springtime fun, with all of the above included! Additional siblings and parents are $5 each. Recommended age is 2-7. Babies in arms welcome free of charge, as always!

The 69th Annual Tulip Festival @ Washington Park
May 12 @ 10:00 am – May 13 @ 12:00 pm

The popular Albany Tulip Festival takes place during Mother’s Day weekend every year. The annual event boasts over 150 different kinds of tulips, fine arts exhibits, live music and entertainment, and much more – all in celebration of Albany’s Dutch heritage!

The event is free and open to the public all weekend long.

Rochester Lilac Festival @ Highland Park
May 12 @ 10:30 am – May 21 @ 8:30 pm
Rochester Lilac Festival @ Highland Park | Rochester | New York | United States

The largest free festival of its kind in North America, spring in Upstate NY is welcomed with ten incredible days and nights of non-stop festivities. Peek around every corner and you’ll discover magnificent gardens, musical gems, exciting exhibits and exhilarating special events.

Whether you’re a regular visitor or first time Festival-goer, you’ll quickly discover that every day brings something new to experience at the world famous Rochester Lilac Festival.

Mother Daughter Tea @ Perinton Recreation and Parks and Perinton Community/Aquatic Center
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Moms of all ages, bring your daughters to celebrate Mother’s Day with us. Dress in your fancy clothes and enjoy tea, punch, and some sweet treats. We’ll have a special spot set up for photos and do a memorable craft. Enjoy your special time together!

Saturday Mother’s Tea @ Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Step back into Sonnenberg’s elegant past with our high tea events — complete with service in the mansion by Victorian maids and butlers. This event features a multi-course menu, including sandwiches, scones, sorbet, teas, and sweets while being entertained with live piano music. Please join us for a relaxing, enjoyable afternoon at the mansion. Seating begins at 12:30 pm and serving begins promptly at 1 pm. Please plan accordingly.

Admission to the gardens included so you may arrive early to make a day of it. ABSOLUTELY no walk-ins. Admission is by prepaid reservations only.

Note: there may be one or more parties seated at your table and every party at your table requires a paid ticket. If you have food restrictions, please call our office to make arrangements. No paper tickets are mailed as an attendee list will be at our Admissions booth for you to check in.

Williamson Apple Blossom Festival @ Williamson, NY
May 18 – May 21 all-day
Williamson Apple Blossom Festival @ Williamson, NY | Williamson | New York | United States

This year is the 58th Apple Blossom Festival. This festival is the longest continuous festival in New York. There will be wonderful entertainment all weekend long with a parade at 3:00 pm and a fireworks show at dusk on Saturday May 20th, along with many live performances throughout the weekend just feet from the craft show.  Carnival rides for the young and young at heart.

Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival @ Nazareth College
May 20 @ 8:45 am – 5:00 pm

* Meet all of your favorite (or soon-to-be-favorite) authors
* Attend author presentations offered throughout the day
* Request authors’ autographs in books of your choice or on a TBF T-shirt
* Hang out with your friends and other teens that like to read
* Purchase books and TBF merchandise you’ll find only at the Fest
* Possibly win a raffle drawing
* Have a great time during this fun-filled event