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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!

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
31
Jan 2020

Thrilling audiences for over 20 years, this group of maniac musicians brings back the great sounds from the 50’s, 60’s, and some newer classics.

1133 State Route 414
8PM
31
Jan 2020

Clemens Center presents Tri-Cities Opera in
OPERA ON THE ROCKS

Friday, January 31, 2020

207 Clemens Center Parkway
5:30 pm
(607)-734-8191
31
Jan 2020
Thru
01
Feb 2020

In celebration of the 2020 Centennial for Women’s Suffrage, Auburn Public Theater is proud to present two nights of feminist readings & performances from some of the most wildly talented female writers & perfo

8 Exchange Street
7:00 PM
(315)-253-6669
31
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
6:00 pm
(315)-789-4955
31
Jan 2020

Recurrent: Prints & Artist’s Books

Amanda Maciuba

January 31 through February 28

1 King's Lane
5PM
01
Feb 2020

Run, hop, or slide into the museum for games and activities. Join staff from the YMCA of Greater Rochester to learn about summer camp offerings and enjoy demonstrations of hip-hop dance, archery, and martial arts.

One Manhattan Square
10 a.m.
(585)-263-2700
01
Feb 2020

Have you ever eaten Aphrodisi-snacks? 

By definition an aphrodisiac is something that stimulates excitement. A snack is a small amount of food. An aphrodis-snack is an amazing snack.

623 Lerch Road
5:30pm
(315)-585-4432
01
Feb 2020
Thru
29
Feb 2020

For nearly 50 years, the Radisson Hotel in the heart of historic downtown Corning has been a destination for engagements, anniversaries and other romantic occasions (radisson.com/corningny).  In honor of Valentine’s D

125 Denison Parkway East
12:00 pm
(962)--50-00