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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!

24
Jan 2020
Thru
09
Feb 2020

Handwork's Winter Seconds Sale, Jan. 24 - Feb. 9

102 W. State Street
(607)-273-9400
25
Jan 2020
Thru
26
Jan 2020

Delight in a weekend dedicated to Mo Willems' iconic children’s books. Snap a photo with Elephant and Piggie and enjoy story readings of We are in a Book and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.

One Manhattan Square
(585)-263-2700
25
Jan 2020

Hard Promises is comprised of five veteran Central New York musicians featuring current and former members of Kane, Benny Mardones’ Hurricanes, The Shop, Zoid, Joe Bonamassa Band, Tickets, Custom Taylor, and Jake Fake

1133 State Route 414
8PM
25
Jan 2020

Join us for Winter Fest at the Beachcomber on Saturday, January 25th, 2020! We'll be opening for a day of games and our annual Soup Contest - no registration necessary, just bring your soup in a crockpot to enter!

5909 West Lake Road
1:00pm
(585)-243-3640
25
Jan 2020

What wildlife is moving about the Sterling Nature Center or your backyard? Winter is the perfect season to answer this question using the tracks and traces that wildlife has left behind to identify them.

15380 Jenzvold Rd., Sterling, NY
5:00 PM
(315)-947-6143
25
Jan 2020

Hiroya Tsukamoto is an innovative guitarist and composer who fuses folk, jazz, and world music. Born and raised in Japan, in 2000 he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the U.S.

5 McLallen St
7pm
(607)-387-5939
26
Jan 2020

Elmira Little Theatre presents ARSENIC & OLD LACE

in Mandeville Hall

207 Clemens Center Parkway
2:00PM
(607)-734-8191
28
Jan 2020
Thru
29
Jan 2020

Elmira Savings Bank Broadway Series
2019-2020 Season at the Clemens Center
THE COLOR PURPLE

207 Clemens Center Parkway
7:30 P.M.
(607)-734-8191
30
Jan 2020

Diamond Selling, Multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning rap superstar, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and actor, Nelly, has continually raised the bar for the entertainment industry since stepping on the scene in 2000 wi

1133 State Route 414
8PM
(315)-946-1695
30
Jan 2020

Bundle up and step into a winter wonderland of over 20,000 pounds of ice meticulously carved into breathtaking ice sculptures, martini ice luges, and the coolest bars in town!

16 N. Franklin Street
5PM
30
Jan 2020

Watkins Glen, NY – Bundle up and step into a winter wonderland of over 20,000 pounds of ice meticulously carved into breathtaking ice sculptures, martini ice luges, and the coolest bars in town!

304 N Franklin Street
5:00pm
(607)-535-6116
31
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