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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!

Jan 2020

Enjoy an afternoon with your friends painting a unique piece of art on a vinyl record. Aimee Bergvall of Zest 4 Art will lead you in guided instruction to create your masterpiece to take home.

1 Lake Niagara Lane
1:00 p.m.
Jan 2020

Featuring live musical performances by Nate Marshall, Joey Dugan, & Travis Knapp.

8 Exchange Street
4:00 PM
Jan 2020

Adults ages 55 and older can meet history’s playful side at The Strong on select Mondays.

One Manhattan Square
11 a.m.
Jan 2020

Join Damiani Wine Cellars and Chef Charlie Marshall in a celebration of the best wines Damiani has to offer.

628 Tenth Avenue, between 44th and 45th Streets
Jan 2020

Wednesdays are Ladies Night at the Gould. Please join us for rotating drink and appetizer specials every week on Wednesday in the Lounge from 4pm-9pm.

108 Fall St
Jan 2020
Jan 2020

Elmira Little Theatre presents ARSENIC & OLD LACE

in Mandeville Hall

207 Clemens Center Parkway
Jan 2020
Jan 2020

Global Eats & Local Wine

January 17 - 19, 2020

Fri 12-5pm, Sat/Sun 10am-5pm

Held in participating wineries tasting rooms.
Jan 2020

Join us every Friday at 3:00 PM for a seated tasting of seasonally themed wines and food samples. The interactive presentation will include pairing tips and discussion on grape growing and the wine making process.

5986 State Route 89
3:00 PM
Jan 2020

ABBA is one of the most popular groups in the world today. Their record-breaking hits continue to thrill music lovers of all ages.

1133 State Route 414
Jan 2020

Set in the New Orlean-influenced restaurant, Maxie’s Supper Club, we have designed an evening of great food, wine, and fun to kick off the new year!

635 W State St
6:00 PM
Jan 2020

We realize good food + good music bring people together,
and we like to think the Cabaret Lounge at Club 86 is doing just that - 

86 Avenue E