Every year at this time, something magical happens. Binghamton transforms itself into a giant three month long block party. While they may not be totally free; especially if you have that sudden craving for a funnel cake or freshly squeezed lemonade, it is an affordable way for you and your family to explore the diversity that is Binghamton. The diversity of cultures, lifestyles, art and music that make our city so unique.
This weekend kicks off the start of Binghamton's Summer street festivals. Family friendly events that transform the main streets of Binghamton into giant block parties.
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Saturday marks the 11th Annual Binghamton Pride Palooza sponsored by the Binghamton Pride Coalition. Over 30 different vendors will be there; including a a food vendor and an ice cream truck. There will be kids games; as well as the Zoomobile from the Ross Park Zoo. For the adults, there are three drag shows scheduled, The Vestal Violators will be performing, Positive LifeForce Fitness and Wellness Studios will be showcasing a groove demo and McRay's Professional DJ's will be providing music throughout the day to get you dancing in the street.
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The Broome County Urban League and the City of Binghamton will present their annual JUNETEENTH community celebration, a commemoration of African-American freedom, emphasizing education and achievement, on Saturday June 20th at Columbus Park. There will be food, games, a basketball tournament, raffle prizes and giveaways. The music will be provided by WJOB 93.3 FM. Of course, the splash pad at will be open for cooling off throughout the day.
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The party continues with the 53rd Annual Binghamton July Fest ; a downtown Binghamton Arts, Crafts, and Music festival. A three day event is scheduled for July 10th - July 12th. In between the main stage performances featuring musical genres ranging from jazz, pop, and Caribbean steel drum, explore the many tents of local artists and craftsmen. You never know; you might just discover the next Picasso or Rembrandt.
Of course, these are only just a sampling of Binghamton festivals held throughout the Summer. Others take over the parks, the river walk areas and neighborhoods.
One thing that can be said about Binghamton is that it sure knows how to throw a block party; a block party where everyone is welcome and encouraged to dance in the street.