The rush of summer may be winding down but there’s always time for a family getaway in the Finger Lakes. Consider these great, family-friendly events!
A, yes, kids everywhere are headed back to school as the weather cools and the stark heat of summer gives way to the crisp evenings of autumn. While summer may be behind us until next year, that doesn’t mean the fun should end. There are amazing, family-friendly festivals coming up in the Finger Lakes, so come on and squeeze in one last family vacation.
Saturday, September 16, 10am - 4pm
Kettle-Fest is an educational and entertaining event for adults and kids. Learn about sustainable farming practices and artisanship alike with local food and beverages (both “adult” and otherwise), live music, maple and honey cooking demos, and a variety of local artisans. Kids can participate in fun games, learn about beekeeping and watch chicken races. Educational and fun for the whole family, Kettle-Fest is a great way to get outdoors and excited about farm fresh products. Admission is $6 per person, and free for children under 13. For more information, visit www.kettlefest.com.
Purple Foot Festival
Sunday, September 17, 11am - 6pm
If you’ve ever wanted to try stomping grapes, this is your opportunity, visit one of the largest grape stomping festivals in the Eastern United States! It includes festival food, winery tours, shopping, and live music. For the adults, there will be wine, beer, spirits, hard cider tastings, wine seminars, a cash bar, and a sangria bar. There are crafts, karaoke and more kid activities for the little ones. Of course, everyone can try their hand… er… feet, at grape stomping! Tickets are being pre-sold for $17, $20 at the door, and those under 21 get in for free. For tickets and more information, visit www.casalarga.com/events/purple-foot-festival.
Naples Grape Festival
Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24, 10am - 5pm
Naples is considered the grape pie capital of the world, and the annual Naples Grape Festival is the pinnacle of all things great about grapes. Held each year in recognition of grape harvest season, the festival celebrates a fruit dear to the Finger Lakes region, the grape! Featuring artisan craft vendors, festival foods and specialties like grape pies and cookies, live music, and wine, as well as activities for the kids. The festival is free to attend. For more information, visit www.NaplesGrapeFest.org.
Bristol Mountain Fall Festival and Skyrides
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Before Bristol Mountain gears up for the winter skiing season, their team is all about enjoying the fall. Take a leisurely "skyride" up the chairlift which is set to run at a slower speed. The ride offers you great views of the surrounding Bristol Hills as the leaves change color and the valley settles into autumn. Skyrides take place on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. beginning September 9 and running through Columbus Day, on October 9.
Bristol Mountain hosts its annual Fall Festival on October 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music, games and food in this celebration of all things fall. Skyrides run throughout the festival, which is another chance to enjoy the beautiful view from Bristol Mountain. For more information, visit www.bristolmountain.com.
Open House at Lazy Acre Alpacas!
Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Meet a herd of friendly, cuddly alpacas at the annual Lazy Acres Alpacas Open House. Activities include guided farm tours, straw maze for kids, spinning and felting demonstrations, antique tractor display, pumpkin sales and special sales on warm alpaca clothing. You also get to meet and greet cute alpacas like those pictured above! For more information visit www.lazyacrealpacas.com or call (585) 455-1203.
Family Fun at Wickham's Pick'n Patch
Mid-September through October
Wickham's Pick'n Patch is the place to be for a traditional family fall outing. Open daily mid-September through October, you can get your fill of all things fall at the Pick'n Patch. Pumpkins, corn maze, train rides, a fun house, hay rides, barnyard animals, and more. For more information visit www.picknpatch.com.