Annual Events

You're in luck in the Finger Lakes where there are always events and interesting activities happening. For romantic getaways, outdoor adventures, foodie experiences, or a fun family trip look no further than here in the Finger Lakes, where there are special events happening year-round.


wild-water-derby-manchesterSpring Carnival Weekend at Bristol Mountain in March offers winter a last hurrah as skiers welcome the coming spring with activities such as snow volleyball, tubing, and the slush cup.

In late April as melting snow and spring rains replenish area brooks and streams, the Shortsville/Manchester Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Wild Water Derby, a weekend full of kayak and canoe slaloms, flat water regatta, and a raft parade.

By Memorial Day weekend, Geneva is abuzz with the National Lake Trout Derby. Everything's starting to bloom, especially at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site, whose annual early June fundraiser, Sonnenberg's Roses and Rosés, is a tried-and-true favorite. 


2015-finger-lakes-ganondagan-native-american-dance-and-festival-dancingExperience traditional and contemporary culture at Ganondagan Native American Dance & Music Festival at Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor.

If you're looking for grand pageantry, then one of the world's great outdoor theatrical productions at the Hill Cumorah Pageant is a must. Held for seven days in July, this expansive outdoor production features hundreds of amateurs from around the country enacting the story behind the early days of Mormonism in America.

Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend in late July-early August celebrates the town's legacy as the Sauerkraut Capital of the World.


September features thee Purple Foot Festival at Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport and the Naples Grape Festival.

In October, artists in the region give the public a behind-the-scenes glimpse of their "creative space" during The Open Studio Trail.



Holiday shopping with a German twist takes place at Granger Homestead's Christkindl Market in mid-November. For great Christmas tree displays, you can't beat Granger's Festival of Trees, which runs into December.

To kick off the holiday season, Clifton Springs hosts the Festival of Lights, a great family event in early December.

In February, the New York Ice Wine Festival at Casa Larga, highlighting ice wines from the region. Frost Fest in Geneva where they celebrate with ice sculptures, wine tastings and more.

Ganondagan State Historic Site gets in on the act with the Native American Winter Games and Sports.