11 Ways to Stay Busy During the Summer in Binghamton

Posted by Recent grad Matthew Carrigan on May 27, 2016

It's summer time in Binghamton. Your friends may not all be here, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun. With a variety of events spanning music, sports, art, food and more, there’s never a dull moment in the Parlor City. Check out some of the events, large and small, that Binghamton has to offer this summer.

Spiedie Fest/Balloon Rally

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When: Aug. 5-7

Where: Otsiningo Park

A favorite of Broome County, the Spiedie Fest gives guests the opportunity to expand their palates with some of the best food Broome County can offer. Friday night will feature a live performance from rock icon Rick Springfield. Early Saturday morning there will be a hot air balloon launch and antique car show. The event will end Sunday with a performance from country star Martina McBride.

Feasts with the Beasts

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When: Aug. 17

Where: Binghamton Zoo

Feasts with the Beasts will give you the opportunity to eat well and visit your furry friends…at the same time. Enter contests and raffles to win signed memorabilia from celebrities, and enjoy live music.

July Fest

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When: July 8-10

Where: Court Street, Binghamton

July Fest has something for everyone. Showcasing both the Southern Tier’s visual arts and musicians, July Fest will host the local Music and Jazz festival. Craft and food vendors will be in attendance to keep things light and fun.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Open

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When: July 4-10

Where: Endicott

Located just putting distance away in Endicott, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open is an official PGA tour taking place right in Broome County. Swing by to observe professional players hone their skills. Not interested in golf? Get your country jam on with Florida Georgia Line, performing July 8.

First Friday

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When: June 3, July 1, Aug. 5

Where: Downtown Binghamton

Paintings, photography, jewelry and more -- culture never stops expanding in Binghamton! Peruse the artwork at First Friday with some friends, and make sure to stop in at one of the many local restaurants while you're there!

Binghamton Mets

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When: Throughout the summer

Where: NYSEG Stadium (211 Henry Street, Binghamton)

The Binghamton Mets may not be in the major leagues, but they are Broome County royalty. The B-Mets play at NYSEG stadium throughout the summer, and tickets are just $11. Stop by at a game and support your favorite local team.

Art Spa

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When: June 1, July 6

Where: 186 State Street

Art shouldn’t be stressful. And at Art Spa, it isn’t. Relax, and channel your inner creative spirit at guided meditation, watercolor painting and mind-body wellness events.

ARTifact Ceramic bar’s grand opening

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When: June 3

Where: 186 State Street

Take a seat, relax and order the finest art materials on ARTifact Ceramic Bar's menu. This unique “restaurant-style” art studio will cater to your cultured taste buds and give you the creative outlet you need for unconventional projects. The grand opening will include a live DJ, raffles, contests and refreshments.

Parlor City 5K

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Where: Downtown Binghamton

When: July 9

Looking to stay in shape over the summer? The Parlor City 5K, Binghamton’s namesake race, takes participants over the Court Street Bridge and through the West Side of the city. Runners will end the race right by July Fest, and be able to make a smooth transition between the two events.

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

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When: June 7

Where: Anderson Center for the Performing Arts

After five years of separation, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are reuniting for a brief, two-week period -- and they’re coming to Binghamton! This Grammy-winning group combines jazz, bluegrass and classical music to create a wholly unique sound. Don’t miss this special occasion -- lawn tickets for students are only $15!

Get Outside

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When: Throughout the summer 

Where: Various locations

The Binghamton area is home to countless beautiful outdoor parks and attractions. You can spend the day in the water at Chenango Valley State Park, play a game of volleyball at Nathaniel Cole Park or have a picnic at Otsiningo Park. If you're just in the mood for a brisk walk and some sightseeing, head over to Binghamton University's Nature Preserve or the Rail Trail, located behind Vestal Parkway.  

Matthew Carrigan is a senior majoring in English from Farmingdale, N.Y. He is interested in content writing, copywriting, public relations and communications.

Looking for more things to do? BingPop is a great way to find out about daily and weekly events in Binghamton. Have fun, keep cool and stay classy, Binghamton!

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