Finger Lakes Events - Festivities for Every Season!

Finger Lakes Events - Festivities for Every Season!

There is no such thing as out of season in the Finger Lakes. Whether leaves are changing, snow is falling, buds are blooming, or the warm sun is sparkling on the lakes, there are glasses being raised in celebration all over the region--and Finger Lakes festivities for everyone in the family!

April 2016 Events

APRIL 2, 2016
Ithaca Farmer's Market
Steamboat Landing, Ithaca, New York

A highlight of spring in the Finger Lakes--the opening of the Ithaca Farmer's Market at Steamboat Landing on the southern tip of Cayuga Lake! The Market is open, rain or shine, Saturday mornings from April through December. All market vendors live within 30 miles of Ithaca and offer a true taste of the region’s rich beauty and heritage through homegrown goods, produce and handmade crafts and gifts. See how the locals have been spending their weekends for 43 years!

APRIL 9-10, 2016
Tapas & Wine Weekend
Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Enjoy small bites of sweet and savory delights perfectly paired with fine Keuka Lake wines at the Wine Trail's Tapas & Wine Weekend!

APRIL 21, 2016, 7:00 PM
Finger Lakes Boating Museum Lecture Series, "Trout Boats"
The Switz in Penn Yan, New York

Join lecturer, expert, and author of "Finger Lakes Trout Boats," Bill  Oben, at The Switz in Penn Yan to learn about the rich history of trout boats in the Finger Lakes. 

APRIL 22-24, 2016

24th Annual Wine & Herb Festival
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Enjoy local cuisine infused with fresh herbs and perfectly paired with a fine Finger Lakes wine!  Ticket holders will receive a souvenir wine glass, a garden plan, a plant carrier, as well as a potted herb or veggie from each participating winery along the way.   

APRIL 22-24, 2016
Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend
Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Celebrate spring in the Finger Lakes with a wine and cheese weekend on beautiful Seneca Lake!  Take a self-guided tour around the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and visit participating wineries.  Collect a gift and recipes along the way, as you sample fine local wines paired with regional cheese-themed dishes.
 

APRIL 29, 30 & May 1, 2016
24th Annual Wine & Herb Festival
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Enjoy local cuisine infused with fresh herbs and perfectly paired with fine Finger Lakes wines!  Ticket holders will receive a souvenir wine glass, a garden plan, a plant carrier, as well as a potted herb or veggie from each participating winery along the way.   

APRIL 30-May 1, 2016
Keuka in Bloom
Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Experience the magnificence of spring in the Finger Lakes at the Keuka in Bloom celebration!  Visit participating wineries along the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, sample world-class vintages and herb-inspired foods, and collect one flower and one herb from each winery along the way.  Head home with fabulous wines, great recipes and 16 plants just in time for spring gardening!

May 2016 Events

More chances to visit the Ithaca Farmer's Market in May!
In May, Ithaca's favorite Farmer's Market will be open at Steamboat Landing on the southern tip of Cayuga Lake Saturday mornings (9AM-3PM), as well as Sundays (10AM-3PM) and at Dewitt Park on Tuesdays (9AM-2PM).  Get a taste of why TripAdvisor named Ithaca's Market a "Grade-A Market" for foodies, "offering travelers an authentic taste of their destination"!

May 1, 2016
Keuka in Bloom
Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Experience the magnificence of spring in the Finger Lakes at the Keuka in Bloom celebration, April 30-May 1!  Visit 8 participating wineries along the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, sample world-class vintages and herb-inspired foods, and collect one flower and one herb, each in a 4" pot and ready to plant, from each winery along the way. Head home with fabulous wines, great recipes and 16 plants just in time for Spring gardening!


May 1, 2016

24th Annual Wine & Herb Festival
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Enjoy local cuisine infused with fresh herbs and perfectly paired with a fine Finger Lakes wine!  Ticket holders will receive a souvenir wine glass, a garden plan, a plant carrier, as well as a potted herb or veggie from each participating winery along the way.   

MAY 7, 2016
Veggies & Varietals
Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Celebrate the veggies and varietals of the Finger Lakes at one of Seneca Lake Wine Trail's newest wine and food pairing events!  Enjoy a self-guided tour around Seneca Lake, visiting participating wineries to sample innovative vegetarian dishes and pairing them with excellent local wines.  


MAY 19, 2016, 7:00 PM

Finger Lakes Boating Museum Lecture Series, "Indigenous Watercraft in Central New York: A Long Term History"
Boat House Beer Garden, Romulus, New York

Join lecturers, Dr.Kurt Jordan and Dr. Parmenter, at Boat House Beer Garden, to enjoy a lecture on the long watercraft history in Central NY. Donations welcome.

MAY 26-29, 2016
GlassFest
Corning's Gaffer District, Corning, New York

Enjoy a four-day celebration of glass and the fire arts in the Crystal City, featuring live hot glass shows, artist demonstrations throughout the Gaffer District, live music and entertainment, and shopping and dining.

June 2016 Events

JUNE 10-12, 2016
Smokin' Summer Kick Off
Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Don't miss one of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail's newest wine and food pairing weekend events.  Celebrate summer and the many wonderful regional foods grown in the Finger Lakes this time of year, as you enjoy a self-guided tour around Seneca Lake sampling grilled summer dishes paired with fine Seneca Lake wines.


JUNE 11-12, 2016
Fire it Up! BBQ Weekend I
Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Celebrate summer in the Finger Lakes with delicious barbeque and grilled foods prepared with local sauces, rubs, and marinades and paired with the cool climate wines of Keuka Lake.  Visit all eight participating wineries, and you'll be entered to win a grill!  Please note: Tickets for this weekend are NOT usable on the weekend of June 25-26, 2016.

JUNE 25-26, 2016
Fire it Up! BBQ Weekend II
Keuka Lake Wine Trail

If you missed the first chance, come and celebrate summer in the Finger Lakes with delicious barbeque and grilled foods prepared with local sauces, rubs, and marinades and paired with the cool climate wines of Keuka Lake!  Visit all eight participating wineries, and you'll be entered to win a grill!  Please note: Tickets for this weekend are NOT usable on the weekend of June 11-12, 2016.

July 2016 Events


JULY 9-10, 2016
9th Annual Finger Lakes Lavender Festival
Lockwood Lavender Farm
1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles, New York

Celebrate the 9th Annual Finger Lakes Lavender Festival at Lockwood Lavender Farm.  Check Lockwood Farm for the schedule of events, and enjoy free admission and parking.  Savor the beauty and soothing fragrance of this unique u-pick farm and market!  U-pick lavender and Lockwood market are open June-July, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 10 AM- 5 PM.  

JULY 15-17, 2016
Finger Lakes Wine Festival
Watkins Glen International Racetrack, Watkins Glen, New York

Browse the largest showcase of New York State wines, featuring more than 600 wines from over 80 wineries, along with breweries, a beer garden, regional artisans, gourmet food, live music, culinary classes, pace car rides around the track, and more! On-site camping is available

JULY 21, 2016, 5:00-9:00 PM
Taste of Summer
Corning, New York

Introducing Corning's first Taste of Summer event, celebrating summer in downtown Corning!  Sample a taste of many Gaffer District restaurants, food vendors, and businesses, and enjoy live music, entertainment, and activities for children as you stroll Corning's Bridge Street (which will be closed to traffic for this event!).  

JULY 29-31, 2016
38th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show
Clift Park, Skaneateles, New York

The Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation present the 8th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show, featuring ninety antique and classic boats and motors on display in the water and on land!  Enjoy live music, a boat parade, a photo shoot aboard the Judge Ben Wiles, children’s activities, demos, shopping, raffles and more!  Awards will be presented in 35 categories, including the highly coveted People's Choice Award.

August 2016 Events


AUGUST 4-7, 2016
Cheez-It™ 355 at The Glen
NASCAR Series at Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen, New York

The stars of NASCAR return to Watkins Glen International, as the race to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup heats up!  Don't miss a minute of the action!

September 2016 Events


SEPTEMBER 16-17, 2016
Crystal City Harvest Music Festival

Corning, New York

Kick off Corning's Harvest Music Festival with the wildly popular Finger Lakes wine and craft beer tasting and a concert in Centerway Square.  Festivities continue Saturday, September 17th, with the Corning Farmers Market, local food and craft vendors, children's activities, tractor displays, shopping and dining incentives, and a concert in Centerway Square.  

SEPTEMBER 17-18, 2016
Harvest Celebration of Food & Wine
Keuka Lake Wine Trail

There is nothing quite like harvest time in the Finger Lakes!  Come and taste the fine wines of Keuka Lake paired with delicious dishes prepared with fresh fall Finger Lakes produce.  Fall is a fun time to learn from tasting room staff, and enjoy a first sip of recently released wines.

 

October 2016 Events

OCTOBER 2, 2016
35th Annual Wineglass Marathon
Corning, New York

Whether you are a runner, walker, wheeler,  or spectator, you will find inspiration and excitement on the streets of Corning's Historic Gaffer District at the 35th Annual Wineglass Marathon event.  The Wineglass Marathon offers a variety of races for all levels of runners, including the full marathon, the half marathon, and the Corelle 5K on Saturday, October 1, 2016.  These races fill up fast!  If you do not register to run, head to beautiful downtown Corning anyway to join in the excitement and cheer on the athletes as they cross the finish line.  

OCTOBER 21-22, 2016
Finger Lakes Beer Festival
Watkins Glen, New York

Finger Lakes Beer Trail and Watkins Glen International bring you over 30 New York State craft breweries and distilleries, along with live music, tasty regional food, a commemorative sampling glass, and tasting coupons.


November 2016 Events

NOVEMBER 18-20, 2016
23rd Annual Holiday Shopping Spree
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Embrace your holiday shopping as you browse, taste, sip, and shop at the wineries along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail!  Get your shopping done, enjoy tastings of fine regional wines paired with holiday-inspired dishes, take home a shopper's discount card, and collect a wine glass, a grapevine wreath, an ornament, and recipes from the wineries along the way. 

NOVEMBER 18-20, 2016
Deck the Halls Weekend
Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Celebrate the season with a fun-filled day on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, tasting holiday wines paired with festive foods in wineries decked out in their holiday best. Ticket holders will receive a recipe book, a grapevine wreath, and ornaments from each winery along the way. 

December 2016 Events


Saturdays and Sundays in December 2016
23rd Annual Dickens Christmas

Skaneateles, New York

Step back in time, and enjoy the holidays the old-fashioned way with Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles.  The celebration begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs every Saturday and Sunday through December 24th from noon to 4 pm. Charles Dickens and his cast of over 50 characters will interact with residents and visitors in the streets, stores and restaurants. Don't miss lively acts at the Library (and Mother Goose too!), live music, unique shopping, wonderful food and horse and wagon rides around the Village.

DECEMBER 2-4, 2016
23rd Annual Holiday Shopping Spree
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Embrace your holiday shopping as you browse, taste, sip, and shop at the wineries along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail!  Get your shopping done, enjoy tastings of fine regional wines paired with holiday-inspired dishes, take home a shopper's discount card, and collect a wine glass, a grapevine wreath, an ornament, and recipes from the wineries along the way. 

DECEMBER 2-4, 2016
Deck the Halls Weekend
Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Celebrate the season with a fun-filled day on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, tasting holiday wines paired with festive foods in wineries decked out in their holiday best. Ticket holders will receive a recipe book, a grapevine wreath, and ornaments from each winery along the way. 

Ithaca Winter Festival 2016
Ithaca High School, Ithaca, New York

Celebrate winter's arrival in Ithaca with events and entertainment each day through mid-December, including Santa's arrival in downtown Ithaca, Santa and Gingerbread Crafts, an Evening of Fire and Ice at the Ice Bar, Ice Wars Ice Carving Competition, the Annual Chowder Cook-off & Wine and Cheese Expo, and a Winter Artist's Market.

 

 

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