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!

October 2014 Events

OCTOBER 25, 2014

Ithaca's 3rd Annual Oktoberfest
Ithaca, New York

Celebrate Fall in the Finger Lakes with regional beer, wine and food tastings from local breweries, wineries, and farmers!  Enjoy live music as you browse the variety of vendors, and cheer on your favorite local microbreweries as they compete for the Oktoberfest championship for best beer.  Seasonal apple cider and pumpkins will be available to take home, and Ithaca's authentic sauerkraut makers will be on site for sampling!


OCTOBER 25, 2014

Finger Lakes Beer Festival 
Watkins Glen, New York

The Finger Lakes Beer Trail is excited to partner with Watkins Glen International to present the inaugural Finger Lakes Beer Festival this fall. Formerly Glentoberfest, this festival will feature five hours of sampling 50+ brews from 25 New York State craft breweries, 2/3 of which will be Finger Lakes breweries.  Take home a commemorative glass, and enjoy live music, great food, pace car rides (weather permitting!), and on-site camping.  Must be 21 or over to attend.  


OCTOBER 25, 2014, 8:00 PM-midnight
Americana Vineyards 12th Annual Hallo-wine Spooktacular
Americana Vineyards
4367 East Covert Road, Interlaken, NY 14847

Join Americana Vineyards at their 12th Annual Hallo-wine Spooktacular costume party for dancing, tasty treatss, a costume contest, and the release of their first ever Lemberger!

OCTOBER 25-26, 2014, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Zoo Boo at Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Syracuse, New York

The zoo will be transformed into a bustling bash with hauntingly hilarious activities for kids and families to enjoy. Enjoy trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly encounters, keeper talks, animal demonstrations, live entertainment, costumed characters, games, tattoos, Zoo Boo mega raffle and more! The “kooky not spooky” theme provides Halloween fun without the fear!  Kids (and parents)--costumes are encouraged!  Daytime hours means Zoo Boo participants can see the entire zoo and animal collection.  Zoo Boo is held rain or shine.


October 30, 2014

Halloween in Dowtown Ithaca
Ithaca, New York

Join the Ithaca Halloween Parade!  Bring your kids to the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (301 W. Court Street) at 3:45 PM and parade to the Commons while trick-or-treating.  Participating merchants on the Commons and on the surrounding streets will welcome trick-or-treaters 4-6 PM.  Enjoy music, cider, and chili from 4-6 inside Center Ithaca, as well as games and a bounce house.

November 2014 Events

NOVEMBER 1, 2014
Fermentation Festival
Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery & Copper Oven
Ovid, New York

Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery & The Copper Oven present the 1st Annual Fermentation Festival, a live culture convergence of seriously tasty stuff. Come explore the wonders of live food such as sauerkraut, kombucha, bread, pickles, yogurt, beer, wine, and more. Join in on a one-to-one discussion with C.R.E.W. winemaker & owner, Tom Challen, as he demonstrates the transformation from fruit to wine. Relish in the fermented creative wonders of The Copper Oven while enjoying live music and local vendors!

NOVEMBER 1, 2014, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sparkling Wine & Dessert Festival
Swedish Hill Winery
Romulus, New York

Start your holiday shopping with Swedish Hill Sparkling wines and dessert wines, featuring complimentary dessert pairings and wine sales.  Enjoy browsing the tasting room gift shop for unique wine-related presents to wrap up for the holidays!

NOVEMBER 2, 2014, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Squishing of the Squash
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Syracuse, New York

What happens to the pumpkins when Halloween is over? The squash get squished! Watch as animals throughout the zoo stomp, romp and chomp pumpkins of varying sizes!

NOVEMBER 8-9, 2014
Keuka Holidays I
Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Ring in the holiday season on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail.  Seven participating wineries will offer tastes of their finest wines complemented by small plates of hearty winter foods. Ticket holders receive a handmade grapevine wreath at their starting winery and collect an ornament at each winery. The wineries will be alive with holiday decorations and cheer, and gift shops stocked with unique and locally crafted items perfect for holiday gift-giving. Please note, tickets for Keuka Holidays I are not valid for the Keuka Holidays II event on November 15-16.

NOVEMBER 15-16, 2014
Keuka Holidays II
Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Ring in the holiday season on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail.  Seven participating wineries will offer tastes of their finest wines complemented by small plates of hearty winter foods. Ticket holders receive a handmade grapevine wreath at their starting winery and collect an ornament at each winery. The wineries will be alive with holiday decorations and cheer, and gift shops stocked with unique and locally crafted items perfect for holiday gift-giving. 

NOVEMBER 14-16, 2014
Canandaigua Christkindl Market
Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum
Canandaigua, New York

Celebrate the 8th Annual Canandaigua Christkindl Market held on the lawn of the majestic Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum in a series of three decorated, heated tents, bringing together over 130 regional artisans and unique food vendors.  Enjoy live entertainment, holiday music, a raffle tent, prizes, German fare, and happy hour prices on wine and beer.  

NOVEMBER 21-23, 2014
Deck the Halls Weekend
Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Celebrate the 23rd Annual Deck the Halls Weekend!  Enjoy a weekend of fun and festivities while sampling holiday wines and food tastings at participating wineries decorated for the holiday season.  

NOVEMBER 21-23, 2014
21st Annual Holiday Shopping Spree
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Experience the scents and sights of the holidays at this Cayuga Lake Wine Trail eevnt.  Visit all 17 participating wineries, and take home a souvenir wine glass, a grapevine wreath, unique ornaments, a shopper's discount card, as well as holiday recipes from each winery.  Grand prizes will be awarded, including a 2015 Season Pass to the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, a one-night stay at the Holiday Inn in Auburn, a one-night stay at La Tourelle Hotel, Spa & Bistro, or a $100 discount on a limousine ride.  Visit the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail page for more details.

NOVEMBER 29, 2014
Ithaca Small Business Saturday
Ithaca, New York

Small Business Saturday celebrates small businesses and all they do for their communities. Start your holiday shopping at local Ithaca businesses and support friends and neighbors. Enjoy giveaways, free gift-wrapping, and more!

December 2014 Events

DECEMBER 5-7, 2014
Deck the Halls Weekend
Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Celebrate the 23rd Annual Deck the Halls Weekend!  Enjoy a weekend of fun and festivities while sampling holiday wines and food tastings at participating wineries decorated for the holiday season. 


DECEMBER 5-7, 2014
21st Annual Holiday Shopping Spree
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Experience the scents and sights of the holidays at this Cayuga Lake Wine Trail eevnt.  Visit all 17 participating wineries, and take home a souvenir wine glass, a grapevine wreath, unique ornaments, a shopper's discount card, as well as holiday recipes from each winery.  Grand prizes will be awarded, including a 2015 Season Pass to the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, a one-night stay at the Holiday Inn in Auburn, a one-night stay at La Tourelle Hotel, Spa & Bistro, or a $100 discount on a limousine ride.  Visit the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail page for more details.

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