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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!

10
Aug 2019

Music and racing come together at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack!

5857 NY 96
11:30am
10
Aug 2019

Join us at Rose Hill on Saturday, August 10 from 12 to 4 p.m. for free tours and activities, especially geared to families. See the house at your own pace while completing a scavenger hunt.

3373 Route 96A
12:00 to 4:00
11
Aug 2019

Benefiting our neighbors at the Finger Lakes Land Trust, enjoy food & wine pairings throughout a 2-mile hike and scavenger hunt.

3050 Swick Rd.
11:00AM
(315)-530-2663
11
Aug 2019

Join us once a month, on Sundays, throughout the season for Paella on the Patio!

3050 Swick Rd.
1:00PM
(315)-530-2663
11
Aug 2019

This very popular “teen” singing trio is styled after the girl groups of the 1960s.  Their wonderful harmony is backed up by a talented band.  The trio performs in tailored period dresses and 1960s hairdos.  This is p

7606 North Ontario St
2:00 p.m.
(315)-483-4936
11
Aug 2019

Enjoy a sundae with all the toppings for $5.  All proceeds support the Sodus Bay Lighthouse.  Outdoors on the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum lawn, 7606 North Ontario Street, Sodus Point, NY.  For more information, call (

7606 North Ontario St
2:00 p.m.
(315)-483-4936
11
Aug 2019

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view at our Music & Wine Events. Each one features local musical artists and a selected food vendor. Come every week with your family and friends!

243 Route 54, East Lake Rd.
12:00 pm
(315)-536-3147
11
Aug 2019

The Platters®

1133 State Route 414
7pm
(315)-946-1695
12
Aug 2019

Join us in observing World Elephant Day with some special keeper chats and elephant enrichment activities at Asian Elephant Preserve! Check the schedule in the zoo lobby on arrival.

1 Conservation Place
10:00 am
(315)-435-8511
12
Aug 2019
Thru
16
Aug 2019

Spend the summer with your favorite storybook characters!

One Manhattan Square
11 a.m.
(585)-263-2700
13
Aug 2019

Chef Brud Holland, one of the Finger Lakes' best,  offers six personal-sized pizzas adorned with surprising mixes of local herbs, meats and cheeses. Muranda blue cheese and steak!

3482 Plum Point Road South
5:00
15
Aug 2019

Music in the Park returns this summer with another exciting lineup of artists!

47 Shethar Street
6:00PM
(607)-569-2989