Fairs & Festivals in the Finger Lakes
When: throughout the month of March (some exhibits last longer)
Where: various venues in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties
Numerous concerts, art exhibits, and lectures in honor of women.
When: 2nd Saturday in April
Where: Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850
Native American dance and music, arts and crafts, food. Free admission.
When: 4 days at the beginning of June
Where: 962 east Ave., Rochester, NY 14607
Food, dancing, music, bazaar.
Greek Cultural Festival
When: 2nd weekend in June
Where: St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church, 325 Waring Rd., DeWitt, NY 13214
Wide variety of Greek foods, music and dance, arts and crafts, church tour, and childrens's activities.
When: Saturday closest to June 19.
Where: Susan B. Anthony Square, 39 King St., Rochester, NY 14608
A celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Parade, music (church choirs, rappers, and more), food, and children's activities such as storytelling and Double-Dutchers.
When: 3rd Sunday in June
Where:Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY 13202
Live music, kosher food, arts and crafts, dancing, children's activities. Free admission.
When: last weekend in June
Where: Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY 14850
Piping, drumming and Highland dance competitions, massed bands, athletic events, ceilidh.
When: third Saturday in May
Where: 4850 Collet Rd., Farmington, NY 14548
Highland games competition, pipe bands, Highland dancers, clan displays, crafts, food.
Sons of Italy Festival
When: second Friday and Saturday in July
Where: Lodge Grounds, 31 Prospect Ave., Geneva, NY 14456
Homemade Italian food, bocce tournament, live entertainment both nights.
When: Saturday and Sunday in mid-July
Where: Ithaca Boat Center, 435 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca, NY 14850
Annual event sponsored by the Ithaca Asian American Association, the main feature of which is a series of races of the beautiful dragon boats with their crews of 22. Food, crafts, performers, and the "dragon trail," a series of restaurants in Ithaca that participate in the festivities.
Where: Italian-American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way, Rochester, NY 14624
Arts and crafts, art show, entertainment, beer and wine garden, food, children's games.
When: late July
Where: Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Rt. 444, Victor, NY 14564
Music and dance demonstrations, storytelling, arts & crafts, longhouse tours, food.
When: 1st Friday and Saturday in August
Where: St. Stanislaus Church, 1150 Hudson Ave., Rochester, NY 14621
Traditional food and music. Polka the night away!
When: 1st weekend in August
Where: Clute Memorial Park, 521 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Food, crafts, games of chance, bocce tournament, amusement rides, car show, fireworks, music, dancing.
When: 3 days in mid-August
Where: Civic Center Plaza, Exchange Blvd., Rochester, NY 14614
Live salsa, comida criolla, cultural events, celebrity guests, and much more.
When: 3 days in mid-August
Where: Gates Memorial Park, 150 Spencerport Rd. Rochester, NY 14606
Food, live music, German folkdancing demonstrations, traditional dress.
When: 4 day weekend in mid-August
Where: St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 940 Ridge Rd. East, Rochester, NY 14621
Homemade Ukrainian food, entertainment by local and international music and dance groups, rides, games of chance, vendors selling authentic Ukrainian items.
When: 2nd Saturday in August
Where: Long Branch Park, Long Branch Rd., Liverpool, NY 13088
Highland games competition, pipe and Celtic bands, Highland dancers, clan displays, crafts, food.
When: 3rd Saturday in August
Where: Main St., Mount Morris, NY 14510
Italian food, music, grape-stomping contest, bocce, arts and crafts. Evening concert and fireworks at Bellamy Park.
Clarissa Street Reunion
When: 3rd Saturday in August
Where: Clarissa St., Rochester, NY 14608
A celebration of life on Clarissa Street in the Corn Hill section of Rochester. Music, food, music, dance, music, arts and crafts, family activities, music.
When: 4th Saturday in August
Where: Courthouse Park, Cortland, NY 13045
Celtic rock bands, pipe bands, step dancing trials, celtic games, sheep dog demonstrations, vendors. The tickets for the Celtic rock concert should be purchased on-line (see Web site) as they sell out quickly. There is a ticket raffle held during the concert.
Genundowa, The Festival of Lights
When: 1st weekend in September
Where: Village Square & Depot Park, Hammondsport, NY 14840
An Iroquois celebration of the season of the harvest, Genundowa provides American Indian artists, food, storytellers, herbalists, and a bonfire by which to watch tribal dancing.
When: Labor Day weekend (1st weekend in September)
Where: SMS Field, 95 Ovid St., Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Music, rides, games, fireworks, delicious food, bocce tournament.
When: 3 days centered around the 2nd weekend in September
Where: Camp Eastman, Durand Eastman Park, Irondequoit, NY 14617
Celtic music, food, dancing, cultural workshops, children's activities.
When: 3 days over the 2nd weekend in September
Where: In front of City Hall, 401 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY 13202
Huge tent with lots to eat and drink, live entertainment, bingo (in Italian, of course), bocce tournament, children's activities.
Native American Homecoming Festival
When: 3rd Saturday in September, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Where: Tutelo Park, 151 Bostwick Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850
Traditional music and dance, storytelling, craftmaking, walks, food and craft vendors.
When: 3rd Sunday in September
Where: Business district of Westcott St., Syracuse, NY 13210
Food, arts, crafts, street performers, children's activities.
When: 2 weekends in mid- to late- September
Where: Camp Eastman, 1558 Lakeshore Blvd., Irondequoit, NY 14617
Traditional German food and drink. International Oktoberfest bands.
When: 2nd Saturday in September
Where: Black Rock Speedway, State Route 14A, Dundee, NY 14837
Piping, drumming and Highland game competitions, massed bands, celtic dancing, Pipe Band parade at 10:00 a.m., food and craft vendors, sheepherding and weaving demonstrations, beer and wine garden.
Where: St. Paul's Methodist Church, 402 N. Aurora St., Ithaca, NY 14850
Updated 30 November 2013