Best of Upstate 2014: The Festivals

New York State is home to more music festivals than any other state in the country. Why? You can credit I-90 and I-87 criss-crossing this great state as well as the many locations available for festivals, from the North Country, to the Tug Hill Plateau, the Catskill Mountains, the Southern Tier and small pockets of quiet farmland that are ripe for a music festival to pop up at.

As we continue our Best of Upstate 2014 series, the staff looked at the many festivals we cover in New York State and beyond our borders and chose the best of the year. New this year is a category for family friendly festivals, as the festival scene has grown to include the aging audience that are loyal to their favorite weekend(s) of the year.

Best Upstate Festival

Catskill Chill

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Turkuaz at Catskill Chill

Honorable Mentions

Night Lights

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photo by Thomas Sgroi

Backwoods Pondfest

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K-Rockathon

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Sterling Stage

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Mountain Jam

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Best Overall Festival

Lock’n

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Honorable Mentions

Gathering of the Vibes

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Summer Camp

© Jason Kaczorowski Photography
© Jason Kaczorowski Photography

Best Family Friendly Festival

Gathering of the Vibes

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Honorable Mentions

GrassRoots

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Grey Fox Bluegrass

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Syracuse Irish Fest

Glengarry Boys
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