As things start to heat up in Upstate New York, the snow has started to melt and the flowers are starting to bloom. Sunflowers are a favorite among the locals, and there are some amazing sunflower fields around the area that are perfect for a photoshoot. However, even though you may get the perfect sunset selfie among a local sunflower patch, you might be trespassing if you aren't careful.

Adam Kontor via Unsplash
Adam Kontor via Unsplash

Every year the blooming of sunflowers brings a gaggle of trespassers who think hopping a fence or walking past a private property sign is fine as long as they get their sunflower picture. That's exactly why we've decided to show you some of the upcoming sunflower festivals happening throughout Upstate New York, where you can legally take sunflower portraits:

Liberty Ridge Farm Summer Sunflower Festival

29 Bevis Rd. Schaghticoke, NY 12154

Saturday, August 19th

  • 3-8pm

Saturday, August 26th

  • 3-8pm

Saturday, September 2nd

  • 3-8pm

Empty Pockets Ranch's 3rd Annual Sunflower Festival

5172 RT-145, Cobleskill, NY 12043

Saturday, September 2nd

  • `11am-4pm

Sunflower Farm Festival

According to a Facebook post, you can expect to see 4 acres full of multi-colored sunflowers, cow cuddling, food vendors, 30+ craft vendows, cut your own flowers, photo opportunities, build your own sunflower bouquet, hay wagon rides, pont trail rides, and so much more!

Hey all we are still accepting vendors for this years festival in particular any woodworkers, potters, macrame artisans interested in vending PLEASE pm us. -Sunflower Farm Festival via Facebook

The event will take place on Saturday, September 9th from 10am-4pm at Creech Road in Cortland, NY 13045. Just look for the giant patch of sunflowers and signs that look like the ones below!

Kids ages 5-16 can get in for $5 while the adult price of general admission is $10.

Toxic Flowers to Keep Away From Your Pets

Though pretty, these flowers are prone to cause issues with dogs and cats, so if you're thinking about gifting one of these to your special someone, make sure you don't let the animals get to them!

Non-Toxic Flowers That Are Safe For Pets

Contrary to our list of unsafe flowers for pets like cats and dogs, here are some flowers for your sweetheart that are a safe bet for the animals as well!

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