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Annual Festivals & Special Events

Fun for the whole family

There are a number of great annual festivals and events throughout the Finger Lakes every year. Finger Lakes events showcase the rich character of our communities year-round.

The Finger Lakes are best known for the wine produced in this region and there is a festival to celebrate just that. The Seneca Lake Food and Wine Festival held in Watkins Glen at Clute Memorial Park is one of the events of the year to celebrate the wineries located along Seneca Lake, the region's most heavily populated wine trail. And how could you have wine without the cheese? Be sure to visit the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival to find the perfect cheeses to beautifully accompany the wine that best suites your palette. 

Need to work off the wine and cheese? Have no fear! The Finger Lakes proudly presents the Wineglass Marathon that was named a top destination and must-do marathon by Livestrong, Active Times, and others, the Wineglass course is a fast, flat, and scenic point-to-point course through the southern Finger Lakes, and a Boston Marathon qualifier race.

GlassFest in Corning celebrates the long history of glass and glassmaking in Corning, with many events held in Corning’s Gaffer District and at the Corning Museum of Glass. Looking for out of the box unique celebrations of music, art, and more? Don’t miss the Rochester Fringe Festival celebrating the not so mainstream art of the ‘fringes’. More music abounds at the Geneva Music Festival with music and the arts taking place with celebrations around the Finger Lakes in various towns and communities. 

Celebrate your Scottish Heritage with a down home community feel at the Dundee Scottish Festival where you'll be wearing your kilt and tapping along to the bagpipes in no time. 

The region offers a wide variety of outdoor experiences, ways to connect with nature and beyond and all of those opportunities can be showcased at the Southern Tier Outdoor Show

Look below to find the biggest, annual events in the Finger Lakes that pique your interest and give you the flavor of what the region has to offer!

01
Jan 2019

Kick off the New Year in the outdoors with a First Day Hike on January 1, 2019!

Various
Various at each park
04
Jan 2019

Join us for Fireside Tastings on Friday afternoons!

5986 State Route 89
3:00 PM
(607)-869-9760
06
Jan 2019

Sophisticated, single New Yorker Izzy Grossman (Amy Irving) has left behind the “old ways” of her Jewish heritage.

900 East Avenue
7pm
(585)-327-4800
07
Jan 2019

99.5 WOKN and 94 Rock present
THE BUD LIGHT COMEDY CLUB in Mandeville Hall 
Monday, January 7, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. 

207 Clemens Center Parkway
8:00pm
(607)-734-8191
08
Jan 2019

Join FLTA, under our not for profit heading, Finger Lakes Opportunity for Tourism Growth, and Bonn, Dioguardi and Ray, LLP for an informative session on QuickBooks!

309 Lake St.
9:00am
(315)-536-7488
08
Jan 2019

The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (FLTA) and Finger Lakes Opportunity for Tourism Growth (FLOTG), together with Rochester accounting firm

309 Lake Street
9:00 AM - Noon
10
Jan 2019

Thursday Morning Musicales presents Debra Devine, violinist

207 Clemens Center Parkway
10:15am
(607)-734-8191
11
Jan 2019

Join us for Fireside Tastings on Friday afternoons!

5986 State Route 89
3:00 PM
(607)-869-9760
11
Jan 2019

Join us on Friday, January 11 from 8-10 as Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility.

5 McLallen St
8:00 pm
12
Jan 2019

Clemens Center presents
WE SHALL OVERCOME – A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. featuring Damien Sneed
Joined by Local Choral Groups

207 Clemens Center Parkway
7:30pm
(607)-734-8191
12
Jan 2019
Thru
19
Jan 2019

The Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes (59 W. Pulteney ST. Corning, NY) will be hosting “Learn to Spin at the Patterson Inn”, on Saturday, January 12 and 19, 2019 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.

73 W. Pulteney St
2 sessions at 9:00 AM - Noon Each Day
(607)-937-5281
12
Jan 2019

Start the New Year with a Little Magic!
Master Mentalist ERIK DOBELL will appear ONE NIGHT ONLY!

131 Main Street
8:00 PM