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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!

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
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
06
Feb 2020

Not long after Jim Breuer did his first official standup gig in Clearwater, Florida, in 1989, industry folks began asking him, “What’s your point of view?” “I don’t know…” He searched for a meaningful response to a ri

1133 State Route 414
8 PM
(315)-946-1695
07
Feb 2020
Thru
09
Feb 2020

Chocolate & Wine Weekend

February 7 - 9, 2020

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

Held at participating winery tasting rooms
Fri 12-5pm, Sat/Sun 10am-5pm
07
Feb 2020

The look and sound of one of the greatest singers in the history of country music, the late Patsy Cline is brought to life when Amberley steps on stage.

1133 State Route 414
8 PM
(315)-946-1695
08
Feb 2020

Enjoy Fine Wines Paired with Complimentary Sweet Treats such as Cheesecake, Apple pie, Chocolate, and Brownies.

5102 State Route 89, Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
9:30am
08
Feb 2020
Thru
09
Feb 2020

Be whisked off to a fantastical land when The Lost World of Dragons exhibit swoops into The Strong.

One Manhattan Square
(585)-263-2700