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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!

03
Aug 2019

Now in its third year, Historic Ithaca’s free Walk & Talk series brings you a taste of historic architecture and sites around Tompkins County through guided walking tours.

2720 Slaterville Road
11:00 AM
(607)-273-6633
03
Aug 2019

Listen to the sweet sounds of Bob and Dee while you taste delicious food and enjoy great shopping.

The Farmer's Daughters acapella group will be roaming the market.

Welcome NASCAR Fans!

3900 State Route 14A
11:30
(315)-536-3032
03
Aug 2019

ELMIRA LITTLE THEATRE’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm

 

207 Clemens Center Parkway
6.30 P.M.
(607)-734-8191
03
Aug 2019

Live music every Saturday at Buttonwood Grove!  Enjoy some of the area's hottest performers as you cool down with a glass of award winning wine.  Choose from our wide array of wines, hard cider, and l

5986 State Route 89
1:30
(607)-869-9760
03
Aug 2019

Live music every Saturday at Buttonwood Grove!  Enjoy some of the area's hottest performers as you cool down with a glass of award winning wine.  Choose from our wide array of wines, hard cider, and l

5986 State Route 89
1:30 pm
(607)-869-9760
03
Aug 2019
Thru
04
Aug 2019

Fox Run’s Garlic Festival celebrates community by connecting local farmers and artisans with the people that live, work, and play in the Finger Lakes.

670 State Rt. 14
11 am
(315)-536-4616
03
Aug 2019

Enjoy a personal reading from a psychic, medium, rune reader, or astrologer, feast on organic, vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free fare offered by

5102 State Route 89, Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
11:00am
(315)-549-8797
03
Aug 2019

Grab your chairs and blankets, and join us for some laughs at our first ever outdoor comedy night! Three NYC comedians will take the bandwagon stage, headlined by Ben Kirschenbaum.

4367 East Covert Road
7:00pm
(607)-387-6801
03
Aug 2019

Long ago and oh so far away…the world fell in love with the Carpenters and their era-defining repertoire of songs.

1133 State Route 414
8pm
(315)-946-1695
03
Aug 2019

Come by the Savor NY Bar + Food area for some live entertainment every Friday and Saturday from 8pm - 11pm. 

1133 State Route 414
8pm
04
Aug 2019

This popular steel drum band embodies the sound of summer, playing traditional Island music and popular hits.  2-4 p.m.  FREE.  Outdoors on the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum lawn, 7606 North Ontario Street, Sodus Point,

7606 North Ontario St
2:00 p.m.
(315)-483-4936
04
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. Music begins around 1:30 pm, with lunch available at around 12 pm.

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