Memorial Day Weekend is the official starting date of an Upstate New York summer.  And many, many people will hit the road looking for something special to do.

This gallery looks at 11 large and small events to consider for your Memorial Day roadtrip.  These events includes parades, boat rides, children's activities, antique car shows, historic sites, arts and crafts shows, and a whole lot more.  Most are family-friendly events, in places all around the Upstate New York region.  Each entry has a direct link to the event so you can explore their websites, get directions, and plan your visit.

This author's favorite event on this list is a good-old fashioned baseball game in the village that claims itself to be "the birthplace of baseball."  Cooperstown is a most charming village any time of the year, and on Memorial Day Weekend they host the Hall of Fame Classic.

Sponsored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, this baseball game, played in historic Doubleday Field on Main Street, welcomes back many of today's active roster MLB players.  Their managers and coaches are bona fide legendary  inductees into the Hall of Fame.

Unlike the swarms of fans and visitors who come to Cooperstown each year for the later date Induction Ceremony, this is a weekend where you are more than likely to see a real Hall of Famer up close and personal, and you might just come home with a foul ball hit by a well-known player from your favorite team!

Check Out These Large and Small Events For Memorial Day Weekend in Upstate New York

This is a list of several large and small events that are taking place around Upstate New York this Memorial Day Weekend. Some of the smaller ones, mostly "off the grid," you might not have ever heard of before. Others, the larger ones that will attract big crowds, are very popular and perhaps you have visited them before. Keep this list handy, because no matter which one you choose to visit you are guaranteed a fun and interesting time.

A Fun Night at The Drive-In Theatre is Still Possible at These 21 Nostalgic Outdoor Movie Venues

In the 1950s there were more than 4,000 drive-in theatres popping up all over the United States. The decline of their popularity came in the late 1960s and early 1970s when their numbers dropped to about 350 nationwide. Later, with the advent of the "everything retro" movement, outdoor movie theaters made a comeback and today there are more than 500 in the United States.

We all have fond memories of jamming our cars full of kids on "one price per car" night, the buggy yellow fluorescent neon lights at the concession stand, the greasy and oh-so-satisfying drive-in food, and those awkward in-window car speakers.

Today, everything is modernized. But still a lot of fun. There are more than 50 drive-ins in New York State. Here is a list of 21 favorites.

Let us know if your own favorite didn't make the list!

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