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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
Feb 2020

Adults ages 55 and older can meet history’s playful side at The Strong on select Mondays. This three-hour experience includes general museum admission plus a guided tour of The Strong's National Toy Hall of Fame. 

One Manhattan Square
11 a.m.
(585)-263-2700
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
08
Feb 2020

Embrace Winter in Central New York at the 10th annual Sled For Red at the Four Seasons Golf & Ski Center on February 8th, 2020

8012 E Genesee Street
4PM
(315)-475-2430
08
Feb 2020

A Moonlit Evening with the Majestic Owl

1410 Flint Hill Road
5:00 to 8:00 PM
08
Feb 2020

No one can argue BS&T invented a new style of music.

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

UFC 247 Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes

Get your bets ready and head to the Sportsbook and watch the UFC 247 Title Fight live on Pay-Per-View from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas!

1133 State Route 414
10PM
09
Feb 2020

Sunday Jazz (January-April) Ventosa will feature local jazz musicians from 1-4 pm and as well as "comfort food" specials. See our full artist line-up & food specials. See website for details & music schedule.

3440 Rt 96a
1pm
(315)-719-0000
09
Feb 2020

WHAT

500 University Avenue
12 Noon to 5 PM