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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!

18
Jan 2020

“Foxworthy is especially virtuosic in his physical comedy, his flights of fancy and lightning shifts of tone and mood, he blends all these elements effortlessly.

1133 State Route 414
5PM
(315)-946-1695
18
Jan 2020

“Foxworthy is especially virtuosic in his physical comedy, his flights of fancy and lightning shifts of tone and mood, he blends all these elements effortlessly.

1133 State Route 414
8PM
(315)-946-1695
18
Jan 2020
Thru
25
Jan 2020

Mark your calendars for a week of date nights and even a mini-getaway or staycation!

Cayuga County
(315)-252-7291
19
Jan 2020

Elmira Little Theatre presents ARSENIC & OLD LACE

in Mandeville Hall

207 Clemens Center Parkway
2:00PM
(607)-734-8191
19
Jan 2020

Don't miss your chance to leap into action alongside iconic Super Heroes from the DC UNIVERSE™—including BATMAN™, SUPERMAN™, and WONDER WOMAN™—in DC Super Heroes: Discover Your Superpowers. Learn about the im

One Manhattan Square
Noon
20
Jan 2020

Commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with performances and activities focused on treating people with compassion.

One Manhattan Square
11 a.m.
(585)-263-2700
22
Jan 2020

Meet us at Prison City Pub & Brewery to kick off the post-holiday season with a toast to Hibercation!

28 State Street
5:30 PM
(315)-255-1658
24
Jan 2020
Thru
25
Jan 2020

Elmira Little Theatre presents ARSENIC & OLD LACE

in Mandeville Hall

207 Clemens Center Parkway
7:30PM
(607)-734-8191
24
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
(607)-869-9760
24
Jan 2020

FireHouse has been rockin’ for over 25 years. Their music has taken them all over the world and has produced Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum records in the United States and countries abroad.

1133 State Route 414
8PM
(315)-946-1695
24
Jan 2020

Hiroya Tsukamoto is an innovative guitarist and composer fuses folk, jazz, and world music. His brand of finger style guitar is intricate and blazingly fast at the same time.

8 Exchange Street
8:00 PM
(315)-253-6669
24
Jan 2020
Thru
25
Jan 2020

Homer's annual toast to winter gives everyone a reason to come out of hibernation!

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