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Fairs & Festivals in the Finger Lakes




When: 2nd Friday and Saturday in July

Where: Aurora, NY

Contact: 315-364-7610

Blessing of the Boats, Taste of Aurora, races, music, parade, children's events.


River Fest

When: 1st Saturday in June

Where: Elmira, NY

Contact: 607-962-5092

Program and activities center around the Chemung River.

Painted Post Colonial Days

When: 4 days in early June

Where: various venues in Pointed Post, NY 14870

Contact: 607-962-3745

Parade, softball and golf tournaments, children's activities.

Family Day and Kids Fest

When: full week of activities ending in mid-July

Where: Sullivan Park, 150 Thorne St., Horseheads, NY 14845

Contact: 607-739-3517

Live music, bike rodeo, fireworks, plus many activities, demonstrations, and games.


When: 2 days, later half of July

Where: Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, Elmira-Corning Regional Airport, 17 Aviation Dr., Horseheads, NY 14845

Contact: 607-739-8200

Flights, aircraft on display, videos, interactive displays, job fair, food. In conjunction with Schweizer Aircraft Corporation.

Octagon Fair

When: Saturday at the end of September

Where: Elmira College, One Park Place, Elmira, NY 14901

Contact: 800-935-6472

A celebration in rememberance of Mark Twain and the octagon study in which he wrote Tom Sawyer (now on the Elmira College campus), booksale, children's events, clowns, storytelling, old-fashioned games, food, and many other events. Always takes place the same weekend as Homecoming.


Summer Festival

When: 3 days, mid-July

Where: Valley Park, Rts. 20A & 39, Geneseo, NY 14454

Craft show, teddy bear parade, entertainment. Held at the same time as the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum's History of Flight Airshow.

Hemlock's Little World's Fair

When: 5 days in late July

Where: Hemlock Fairgrounds, 7370 Water St., Hemlock, NY 14466

Contact: 585-367-3370

Amusement rides, tractor pulls, agricultural exhibits, entertainment, food.

Lima Crossroads Festival

When: Saturday in early August

Where: at the crossroads of routes 5 & 20 and 15A, Lima, NY 14485

Contact: 585-624-2210

Lima bean contest, carnival, bed race, climbing wall, live music, food, exhibits, demonstrations.

Ossian Hey Days

When: 2nd Saturday in September

Where: Ossian Church, Ossian Church, Ossian Hill Rd., Dansville, NY 14437

Outhouse race, chainsaw carver, live music, food, children's activities, exhibits, items for sale.


Hamlin Wheel Fest

When: 1st Saturday in June

Where: Hamlin Firemen's Field, Co. Rt. 19 (Lake Rd.), Hamlin, NY 14464

Contact: 585-964-2421

Auto show, arts and crafts, children's activities, fireworks, silent auction, horseshoe tournament, food.

Festival on the Green

When: 3 days in mid-June

Where: various locations in the Village of Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

Wide variety of activities including but not limited to booksale, children's games and races, live music, dancing, storytelling, arts and crafts, food.

Perinton Park Summer Fest

When: end of July

Where: Perinton Park, O'Connor Rd. & Rt. 31F, Fairport, NY 14450

Contact: 585-223-0770

Children's games and entertainment, bike rodeo and bike decorating contest, duck races, live music, canoe rentals.

Rochester Harbor and Carousel Festival

When: 4th weekend in July

Where: Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester, NY 14613

Contact: 585-865-3320

Live entertainment, food, arts & crafts, games, activities.

Spencerport Canal Days

When: 2 days at the end of July

Where: Erie Canal, Spencerport, NY 14559

Contact: 585-349-1331

Children's activities, arts & crafts vendors, food, live entertainment, canoeing on the canal.

Webster Village Days

When: 3 days in mid-August

Where: various venues in the Village of Webster, NY 14580

Craziness galore! Bed race, pie-eating contest, chili cook-off, airplane contest, art show, live music, juggling, chalk walk, and many other events.

Festival on the Oatka

When: Saturday in mid-August

Where: Oatka Creek near Main St., Scottsville, NY 14546

Contact: 585-889-6050

Live entertainment, arts and crafts, pie-baking contest, 5K run, freworks.

Churchville Lions Club Country Fair

When: weekend toward the end of August

Where: W. Buffalo St., Churchville, NY 14428

Contact: 585-293-1651

Parade, tractor pull, pie contest, live music, food, fireworks.


Seneca River Days

When: 2 days in early July

Where: Mercer Park, Baldwinsville, NY 13027

Contact: 315-635-5999

Kids Karnival, live music, duck race, fireworks.

Celebrate Baldwinsville

When: 3 days in September

Where: various venues in Baldwinsville, NY 13027

Antique car show, food, gambling, live music and entertainment, basketball and golf tournaments, demonstrations, children's activities.


Sulphur Springs Festival

When: 1st Friday and Saturday in June

Where: Clifton Springs, NY 14432

Contact: 315-462-8202

Celebrates the village, its architectural beauty, and its history, especially the life of physician Henry Foster and his use of curative waters.

St. Mary's Summer Festival

When: various days throughout August

Where: 95 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY

Contact: 585-394-1220

Lawn sale, midway, food.

Seneca Lake Whale Watch Festival

When: 3rd weekend in August

Where: Seneca Lake State Park, Geneva, NY 14456

Contact: 315-781-0820

Enjoy the lake while watching for whales. Food (corn roast and jam tasting for starters), wines, music, arts and crafts, fireworks, cardboard boat race, and much more.


Montour Falls Fireman's Festival & Parade

When: 1st weekend in June

Where: Fireman's Fairgrounds (Rts. 14 & 224), Montour Falls, NY 14865

Contact: 607-535-9871

Rides, Bingo, food, bands.

Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival

When: mid-June

Where: Seneca Harbor Park, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Contact: 606-535-3003

A full day of activities at the Seneca Harbor Park, including live music, vendors, a parade, and the famous (infamous?) Cardboard Boat Regatta.


Candor Fall Festival

When: Saturday in early October

Where: various venues, Candor, NY 13743

Contact: 607-659-7450

Sales, open houses, pumpkin rolling and hurling, quilt show, woodcarvers show, wine tasting, and more.

Owego Riverbank Festival

When: 3 days in mid-September

Where: various venues near the Susquehanna River in Owego, NY 13827

Contact: 607-687-2020

Celebration of art, music, and the Susquehanna River. Held in conjunction with Tioga County River Paddle.


Light in Winter Festival

When: 3 days in mid-February

Where: various venues around Ithaca, NY 14850

Contact: 800-284-8422

An exploration of science and the arts with lectures, live performances, gallery showings, guided trail walks.

Ithaca Festival

When: 1st weekend in June

Where: Downtown Ithaca, NY 14850

Contact: 607-273-3646

Four-day celebration of the arts in Ithaca--all local artists, including musicians, clowns, magicians, dancers, acrobats, mimes, storytellers, writers, poets, and painters.

Trumansburg Fair

When: 5 days at the end of August

Where: Trumansburg Fairgrounds, Rt. 96, Trumansburg, NY 14886

Contact: 607-387-6504

Demolition derby, rides, games, food, fireman's parade, fireworks, live entertainment.

Ellis Hollow Fair

When: 2nd Saturday in September, noon-4:00 p.m.

Where: Ellis Hollow Community Center, 111 Genung Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850

A family-oriented community event with lots of activities for the kids. The fair is best known for its beautiful hand-made quilt that is raffled off each year.

Newfield Old Home Days

When: 2nd weekend in September

Where: grounds of the Newfield Central School District, 247 Main St., Newfield, NY 14867

Carnival, live music, food, parade, crafts.



When: 2 days in early June

Where: various venues around town

Community celebration with nearly 100 venders and craftspeople, fireworks, carnival, golf tournament, food, live entertainment.

Ontario Village Days

When: 3 days in mid-June

Where: Ridge Rd., Ontario, NY 14519


Parade, food vendors, live music, fireworks, arts and crafts.

Lyons Peppermint Days

When: mid-July

Where: Village Park, Routes 14 & 31, Lyons, NY 14489

Contact: 315-946-4531

Arts and crafts, car show, live entertainment, parade, fireworks, and food to celebrate the history of the Erie Canal and the peppermint industry in Lyons.

Olde Tyme Country Faire

When: 3 days near the end of July

Where: Sodus Village Park, Oscar Fuerst Field, and the Lighthouse, Sodus, NY 14551

Contact: 315-398-8473

Dozens of vendors selling everything from jewelery to scented candles. Face painting and henna tattoos. Ice cream social, street dance, concert at the lighthouse.

Walworth Festival in the Park

When: 3 days near the end of July

Where: Ginegaw Park, Walworth, NY 14568

Carnival rides, concert, parade, fireworks, bingo.

Pultneyville Homecoming

When: 3rd Saturday and Sunday in July

Where: Pultneyville Historical Society, 4130 Mill St., Pultneyville, NY 14538

Contact: 315-589-9892

Historical exhibits, antique car, arts and crafts, play, auction, raffle, food, live entertainment.

Palmyra Pirate Weekend

When: 1st full weekend in August

Where: Port of Palmyra Marina and other venues in Palmyra, NY 14522

Contact: 315-597-4849

Bed race regatta, window-painting contest, music, boat rides, food, children's activities, wine tasting, theatre production, and much more.

Annual Wayne County Bed & Breakfast Open House Tour

When: 2nd Sunday in November, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Where: various locations

Contact: 888-997-1998

A drive yourself history tour of some of the finest bed and breakfasts in the county. Purchase tickets either in advance or at the door.


Updated 5 February 2014








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