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Finger Lakes Events Calendar

Festivals, Happy Hour, Live Music, Theatre, and More!

It doesn’t matter what your interests are or who you’re in the Finger Lakes with, you can always find a great event to enrich your time in the region with those you care about. 

Events take place all year round in the Finger Lakes region. From lakeside (and on the lake) events in the summer to harvest activities in the fall, snowmobiling or snowshoeing in the winter, and festivals in the springtime! Step inside a glassmaker’s studio to blow your own glass, stroll Main Street on a food tour, or gather for live music and theater performances. Browse the list of Finger Lakes events below or search the specific dates you will be visiting to see everything going on in the region.

Great Events that Happen Every Year

Below, you will find dozens of great events happening throughout the year with many of them happening annually. If you have memories of favorite annual Finger Lakes events from childhood such as cardboard boat regattas, hot air balloon festivals, cheese, apple or pumpkin festivals, to name a few, it’s likely that event that still takes place or, has likely improved your enjoyment. If you see a special event that piques your interest but can’t make it, click on the event anyway, it might be coming back next year!

Events Added Daily

Make sure to check back frequently to see if any other great events have been added. Events are added daily by businesses from every sector and interest so if there is nothing that sparks your interest now, there very well could be soon!
 

**Public Notice**

Please be sure to contact event venues directly for details regarding scheduling changes. These events are all subject to change or be cancelled at the discretion and direction of the event organizers or business hosting the event. Please be sure to contact the event organizers or venue directly to confirm times and details. The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance provides this information as posted by partner businesses and does not endorse or sponsor any listed event. 

 

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Holiday Feast made out of glass
Glass Holiday Feast

Stop in to see a festive holiday meal inspired by the warmth and kinship shared at tables throughout the holiday season.

Created by the Hot Glass Demo team, the holiday feast features meal staples like turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Each year the feast grows as gaffers create and bring their favorite dishes to the table.

Colorful glass ornament tree
Holiday Ornament Tree

In 2008, the first annual Holiday Ornament Tree showcased more than 600 ornaments handmade by our Hot Glass Show staff. The tree was eight feet tall and four feet in diameter at the bottom. The next year, the tree grew to 14 feet tall, with more than 2,000 glass ornaments made by Museum glassmakers.

The Museum's glittering ornament tree has now become a holiday tradition — the perfect background for an annual holiday photo. The tree is joined by other wonders in glass, including a holiday meal made entirely of glass, as well as a life-sized glass snowperson family. 

You can’t buy the ornaments on these trees, but you can Make Your Own Glass Ornament, year-round, at The Studio.

A Glass Tree of Life Menorah
Tree of Life Menorah

The Tree of Life Menorah brings together fine leaves, sturdy branches, a thick tree trunk, and an intricate system of roots—all made possible through flameworked glass shaped over a 4,000°F torch.

The menorah is a prominent symbol in the Jewish faith and plays a central role in the celebration of Hanukkah. Likewise, the “Tree of Life” carries different meanings across faiths, but holds special meaning in Judaism for its connection to the Torah, the Jewish people’s most sacred text. Genesis, the first book of the Torah, locates the “Tree of Life” at the heart of the Garden of Eden (2.4–3:24), and Proverbs 3:18 teaches: “[The Torah] is a tree of life to those who hold her close.”

For many, the tree represents growth, stability, and fertility, as well as hope for and connection to future generations. The extensive roots and intertwined branches illustrate family connections.

Glass candles with flames were also created and will be added each day of Hanukkah.

The Tree of Life Menorah was developed in partnership with Rabbi Todd Markley of Temple Beth Shalom, Needham, MA.

Kwanzaa Setting made out of glass
Kwanzaa Setting

The kinara, Swahili for candleholder, holds seven candles—three red on the left, three green on the right, and a single black candle in the middle—that represent the seven principles that are the foundation of the African-American celebration Kwanzaa. As a new candle is lit each day, families discuss one principle’s importance and how it fosters community amongst African-Americans.

The glass kinara represents a bridge spanning generations of African-American people, and a waterfall cascades behind it to symbolize how they all flow together. In this setting is a Kikombe cha Umoja (Unity Cup) signifying the gathering of family in celebration of a rich heritage. Behind the scene, a mirror invites the onlooker to see their reflection and contemplate what Umoja means to them.

Kwanzaa Setting was designed by Jonathan Rowe of Horseheads, New York, and the Rowe Family guided and assisted the Museum’s Hot Glass Demo Team in creating the piece. The collaboration grew out of discussions of Kwanzaa principles, African-American history, and the state of race relations in the United States. One key principle surfaced in those conversations as the focal point for discussions of family, community, and the issues at hand: Umoja, or “Unity.”

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Nov 2021
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Jan 2022
Stop in to see a festive holiday meal inspired by the warmth and kinship shared at tables throughout the holiday season.
1 Museum Way
09:00 am
(607)-438-5109
18
Nov 2021
Thru
03
Jan 2022
In 2008, the first annual Holiday Ornament Tree showcased more than 600 ornaments handmade by our Hot Glass Show staff.
1 Museum Way
09:00 am
(607)-937-5371
22
Nov 2021
Thru
03
Jan 2022
The Tree of Life Menorah brings together fine leaves, sturdy branches, a thick tree trunk, and an intricate system of roots—all made possible through flameworked glass shaped over a 4,000°F torch.
1 Museum Way
09:00 am
(607)-937-5371
22
Nov 2021
Thru
03
Jan 2022
The kinara, Swahili for candleholder, holds seven candles—three red on the left, three green on the right, and a single black candle in the middle—that represent the seven principles that are the foundation o
1 Museum Way
09:00 am
(607)-937-5371
07
Jan 2022
Friday Fish & Brew is BACK! Enjoy golden & delicious crispy fried fish your way. Make it a true fish & brew by adding a glass of local beer or wine for just $6.
5435 State Route 14
12:00 PM
(800)-243-5513
10
Jan 2022
Thru
06
Mar 2022
Our snowpeople are guaranteed to last the whole winter through—and then some!
1 Museum Way
09:00 am
(607)-937-5371
10
Jan 2022
Thru
23
Jan 2022
A Clemens Center Mary Tripp Marks School-Time Series productionpresented by Columbia Artists Theatricals TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM
207 Clemens Center Parkway
(607)-733-5639
14
Jan 2022
Thru
16
Jan 2022
Bring friends and family along for a kickoff to the new year!
5986 State Route 89
multiple times available
(607)-869-9760
17
Jan 2022
Join us as the Museum celebrates the life, legacy, and many teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Corning Museum of Glass will offer free admission all day on January 17.
1 Museum way
09:00 am
(607)-937-5371
22
Jan 2022
It’s time to turn off your brain and let feelings and stimuli take over. Join us Saturday for amazing wine, small bites, and art by local artist, Stahl Caso.
4704 NY-414
5:30 p.m.