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 3-12, 2014
Cider Week Finger Lakes
See participating locations around the region

Finger Lakes Cider Alliance presents the 3rd Annual Finger Lakes Craft Cider Week, bringing together the widest variety of local ciders from the region.  Cider makers are crafting the cider comeback and reviving America's orchard heritage!  Enjoy an event per day.  Cider enthusiasts can learn from tastings, classes, and special events throughout the week.  

OCTOBER 3-5, 2014
Ithaca's 32nd Annual Apple Festival 
Ithaca, New York

Enjoy a three-day celebration of food, fun, and apples at the 32nd Annual Great Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival!  Sample local produce and fresh baked goods, enjoy games, rides, prizes, live performances, and family entertainment, and celebrate the rich agricultural and culinary community of Ithaca.  Enter an Apple Pie Bake-Off (open to the public!), visit the local shops on the Commons, or browse the Aurora Street Fairway Market, featuring over 100 vendors offering local food, crafts, crops, and tastes of regional wines, beers, and ciders! 

OCTOBER 4, 2014
Experience the Harvest Crush
Cayuga Ridge Winery Estate Winery

Join Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery for exciting harvesting equipment demonstrations while harvest is in full swing!  Watch grapes being pressed into juice, and enjoy a fresh sample.

OCTOBER 4, 2014, 1:00-5:00 PM
Festival of Ales
Honeoye Falls Fireman's Field
321 Monroe Street, Honeoye Falls, New York

Every year, in early fall, over 2,500 loyal Craft Brewers come together for an afternoon of fun, food, music, relaxation and of course BEER! Over 40 unique beers highlight this event. The festival also features an annual benefit Chili Cookoff, and live music from the Funky Blu Roots.

OCTOBER 3-5, 2014
Wineglass Marathon Weekend
Corning, New York

Registration for the Full and Half Marathons is closed, but those wishing to register for the Wineglass 5K may still do so.  If you are not running, come and cheer on the runners for this exciting Corning event!

OCTOBER 5, 2014
The New York Wine & Culinary Center Fall Festival
Canandaigua, New York

The New York Wine & Culinary Center is celebrating fall with their 2nd annual Fall Festival!  Admission is free, with activities Center-wide for you, your family and friends to enjoy.  Guests will be able to choose from a variety of Hands-On-Kitchen classes for $15, as well as a variety of demonstrations in the Educational Theater for $5.  All day activities include: Hot Mulled Cider, Doughnuts, and Grilled Corn in NYWCC Garden Tent, a Local Vendor Fair in Sands Gallery featuring Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery, Chef Lerman's Sauces, The Mustard Seed 'N' More, Moo Moon Chocolate, Shimmering Light Farm, and more, Pan Seared Pork Cutlet Hands-On Cooking Class, Roasted Root Vegetable Stew Hands-On Cooking Class, Fall-Inspired Cocktail and Dessert Demonstrations in the Wine Spectator Educational Theater, Pumpkin Beignets (Doughnuts) Demo, Fall in Love with NY Cocktail Class, Grape Shortbread Bars Demo, Flights of seasonal beers, ciders & wine in Tasting Room, and Pumpkin carving in NYWCC Garden Tent

OCTOBER 11, 2014, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open House
See participating locations.

Browse the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail this fall for a taste of what the region's dairy farms and creameries have to offer.  Participating members include: 

Dutch Hill Creamery, Chenango Forks, NY
Engelbert Farms, Nichols, NY
Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, King Ferry, NY
Heaven Scent Farm, Cohocton, NY (*Open House Location: Three Brothers Winery & Estates, Geneva, NY)
Jerry Dell Farm & Store, Freeville, NY
Keeley's Cheese Company, King Ferry, NY
Kenton's Cheese Company, Trumansburg, NY
Muranda Cheese Co., Waterloo, NY
Shtayburne Farm, Rock Stream, NY
Side Hill Acres Goat Farm, Candor, NY
Sunset View Creamery, Odessa, NY
Crosswinds Farm & Dairy (formerly Vanillen Dairy), Ovid, NY
***4 Tin Fish Farm is NOT participating in 2014 Open Houses


OCTOBER 18-19, 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 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 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.

 

December 2014 Events

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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