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Fall Activities in the Finger Lakes Region

While the fall foliage with its swath of red, orange, and yellow hues is enough reason to visit the Finger Lakes this fall, an array of upcoming events and festive activities makes the trip a true adventure and provides an occasion to experience the qualities that make our region so unique. You can view a complete listing of events by month, here.

Already later in the fall season? Finger Lakes is a great place to visit even in late fall. Check out a listing of things to do in the Finger Lakes in late fall.

 

Family Harvest Festival at Buttonwood Grove
October 5, 2019
Bring the kids and experience a day on the family farm! Live music food, hayrides, grape picking and stomping, wine tasting in the vineyards (juice tastings for the kids!), pumpkin decorating, games, and more!  You can even enter to win the grand prize of a free stay in one of our cabins!  Free admission.  

Hammondsport Bushels & Barrels on the Square
October 5, 2019
Ambiance is as important as the flowing drinks, and Hammondsport’s historic square provides a quaint getaway, whether you’re local or traveling in from out of town. Sip on your choice of beverages from local wineries, distilleries, and breweries while relaxing to live music. Hammondsport’s town center is known for its variety of unique antique shops, and a number of stores and restaurants will also be open for eventgoers. Tasting wristbands are $15 and include a festival wine glass.

Fall Family Festival at Shtayburne Farm
October 5, 2019
Our family invites your family to a day on our Finger Lakes farm, just off Rt 14 on the west side of Seneca Lake for our 4th annual Fall Family Festival! Hayrides, farm tours, lots of kids games with prizes, pumpkin decorating contest, petting zoo, bounce house, play area, s’mores bar and local vendors means tons of food and fun for everyone. Admission’s free and games are just 50¢ each, so bring the kids for an hour or the whole day!

Fall Festival and Race at Seneca White Deer
October 5, 2019
Following the Run With The Deer - 13.1, 10K & 5K, we're opening up the depot for our first annual Fall Festival! Join us for music, food, vendors, mini-tours, birding hikes, raffles, demonstrations, presentations & more! An experience that's live and so unique to this area, you won't find anything like it. 

The Falls Harvest Festival in Montour Falls
October 5, 2019
Located in the ‘valley of tumbling waters,’ Montour Falls is home to one of the region’s most spectacular areas for waterfalls as well as exciting family-friendly harvest bashes. In celebration of the spookiest holiday of them all, attendees can get creative and compete in the scarecrow making and pumpkin carving contests or take in the local “haunts” with the annual historic ghost tour. To dispel any ghostly visitors, fireworks will light up the evening sky. The occasion wouldn’t be complete without good food, vendors, and entertainment all day. Admission is free.

Genesee County Village & Museum Fall Festival & Agricultural Fair
October 5-6, 2019
Delight in the wonders of a classic magic show and 19th century circus act at the Fall Festival & Agricultural Fair this September, when the harvest season truly comes alive. Hosted by the largest living history museum in New York State, the event is the perfect affair to have your fortune read, or to tour America’s only fully-functional 19th century brewery. Have you always wondered what the shape of your skull means about your character? If you have, you can find out by consulting with the resident phrenologist. There will be baking contests, P.T. Barnum’s Museum of Oddities, exhibitions, animal award shows, a vintage baseball game, and of course vendors with locally made goods and foods.

Hunt Country Vineyards 30th Annual Harvest Festival
October 5-6, 2019
The Hunt Family proudly presents their 30th Annual Harvest Festival. Grape Stomping, Tours, Live Music, Haywagon Rides through the Vineyards, Free Standard Tastings. New this year Food Trucks, Hay Bale Play Pit for kids and Ax Throwing. Vendors, demonstrations, Wild Wings Raptor Rescue, ZooMobile, Kids' Pumpkin Decorating and MORE!

Treleaven Winery Presents a Harvest Festival
October 5-6, 2019
Harvest is always an exciting time at Treleaven! Join in the fall fun with us at our annual Harvest Festival, October 5 and 6 from 12-5pm. There will be plenty of great live music, wine, beer, slushies, food, and activities for the little tykes, so bring out the whole family! Enjoy pumpkin painting contests, traditional grape stompings, lawn games, and more! Admission and parking are free.

Harvest Festival at Deer Run Winery
October 6, 2019
Head to Geneseo in the Western Finger Lakes for the family to celebrate the year's grape harvest with hayrides through the vineyard, bounce house, face-painting, candy, lawn games, grape stomp & more. Costumes are encouraged!

Wineglass Marathon & Winedown Party in Corning
October 6, 2019
Historic Downtown Corning is the backdrop for the 38th annual Guthrie Wineglass Marathon – a USATF sanctioned event used by many runners as a Boston Marathon Qualifier. AND Downtown Corning’s newest outdoor dining and entertainment venue, Market Street Social, is hosting an official Winedown Party following this year’s 38th annual Guthrie Wineglass Marathon – a USATF sanctioned event used by many runners as a Boston Marathon Qualifier. Radisson Hotel Corning's invites Wineglass runners, family, friends and spectators to celebrate another race well run on Sunday, October 6 starting at 10 am.  The special public event will include live music and dancing on the lawn, a beer, wine and Champagne bar; and hand-crafted small bites from Executive Chef David Tarr. Full dinner and drink menus will also be available until 10 pm at Market Street Social.    

13th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show
October 12-13, 2019

Featuring an action-packed weekend of hunting and fishing demos/shooting expositions, gear tests and safety courses to showcase the range of outdoor recreation found in the Southern Tier of New York State. Prepare for close encounters of the wild kind with nature’s elite predators of the sky with Hawk Creek Wildlife Center. This family friendly event offers a full weekend of contests and demonstrations to keep everyone entertained. Just $5 per person or $10 per car to experience 150 vendors, professional classes, hands-on youth activities, demonstrations, and seminars  covering everything from fishing secrets to planting food plots.

Leaf Peeper's Seafood Festival with Music by Diana Jacobs Band
October 13, 2019
In celebration of the coming swath of color that will take over the Finger Lakes region’s foliage, Leaf Peeper’s Seafood Festival, now in its fourth year, is just around the corner at the Toro Run Winery. Sit back and enjoy world-class wines in addition to brews, sangria, and cocktails. A seafood extravaganza, as well as non-seafood options, will be served while live music provided by The Diana Jacobs Band sets the tone for good food, drink, and magnificent sites. Admission is free.

Spirits of the Past Theatrical Tours
October 17-20, 2019
By the glow of the moon and a single candle flame, venture through old, 19th century buildings, looming trees, and a village overrun by witches. The Genesee Country Village & Museum is host to haunted tales and chilling theatrical performances adapted from literature and local folklore on its annual, 75-minute ghost tour, which is led by costumed tour guides.

If something haunted is your thing, check out our list of Haunting Events in the Finger Lakes.

Trick-or-Treating in the Village
October 25-26, 2019
Whether you’re a super hero, princess, or spooky little witch or vampire, don your costumes a few days early and venture over to the historic Genesee Country Village & Museum this October for a safe trick-or-treating experience. Costumed characters will hand out a variety of treats, including allergy-friendly trinkets. There will also be a bonfire perfect for marshmallow roasting, stories, and a bounce house. New this year is a Friday night excursion through the village, ideal for older kids. Admission is $8 for trick-or-treaters ages 1 to 17; accompanying adults are free.

Rockwell After Dark: Masquerade Gala at the Rockwell Museum
November 9, 2019
Take in an evening in cocktail attire at the Rockwell Museum when it hosts its biennial ball this October, right in the heart of Corning. The building, which was constructed in 1893 and is a cornerstone of the city, provides an elegant backdrop to this event. Get your dance on surrounded by a unique collection of art created though the perspective of American artists. Afterwards, head up to the rooftop terrace to stargaze and sip on a signature cocktail. There will be live music and delicious bites to indulge in. Under Hollywood lights, slip on a masquerade mask for a bit of mystery and pose for a photo op. The ball raises money for the museum’s arts educational programming. Tickets start at $100

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