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Fairs & Festivals in the Finger Lakes

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Red Hot Bluegrass Festival

When: Friday and Saturday in mid-February

Where: The State Theatre, 109 W. State St., Ithaca, NY 14850

Contact: 607-277-8283

Held in conjunction with the Annual Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off & WinterFest, the festival provides three concerts.

Festival of Women in the Arts

When: throughout the month of March (some exhibits last longer)

Where: various venues in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties

Contact: cantatasingers@ymail.com

Numerous concerts, art exhibits, and lectures in honor of women.

Annual Finger Lakes Tap Dance Festival

When: weekend at end of March/beginning of April

Where: The State Theatre, 109 W. State St., Ithaca, NY 14850

Contact: 212-714-6867

Performance featuring world-renown tap artists.


When: 3rd weekend in May

Where: Steuben County Fairgrounds, 15 E. Washington St., Bath, NY 14810

Contact: 800-776-0484

Food, crafts, hayrides, car show, ATV show, children's activities.

Sterling Stage Kampitheater

When: 3 days at the end of May

Where:274 Kent Rd., Sterling, NY 13156

Contact: 323-644-0429

30 musical acts on 3 stages for 3 days. Held at campground near Lake Ontario.

Swing 'n Jazz

When: 3 day weekend in early June

Where: various venues in Rochester, NY

Contact: 585-377-1566

Jazz performances, master classes, and golf. Sponsored by The Commission Project.

Syracuse Jazz Fest

When: 3 days near the end of June

Where: Onondaga Community College, 4941 Onondaga Rd., Syracuse, NY 13215

Contact: 315-437-5627

Jazz greats from all over the country.

Finger Lakes Choral Festival

When: July

Where: CMAC Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua; Hochstein Performance Hall, Rochester; Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua

Contact: 585-742-8092; for schedule and ticket info, see Web site.

200 singers from around the world join with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to present major works for chorus and orchestra.

Annual Jazz in the Square Festival

When: 4th weekend of July

Where: Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY 13202

Contact: 800-234-4797

Numerous venues, strolling musicians, late night jam sessions, scholastic festival.

Annual Rhythum, Blues & BBQ Festival

When: last Sunday in July

Where: Sherwood Inn, 26 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY 13152

Contact: 800-374-3796

Held in conjunction with the Skaneateles Antique & Classic Boat Show. Festival features food, beverages, and regional music.

Canandaigua Lake Chamber Music Festival

When: 10 days at the end of August

Where: various venues around Canandaigua

Contact: 585-394-5678

Everything chamber from celtic to classic.

Rochester International Jazz Festival

When: 9 days in mid-June

Where: various clubs and other venues throughout downtown Rochester

Contact: 585-232-1900

One of the nation's largest jazz festivals with more than 600 musicians performing at 170 concerts.

Rochester MusicFest

When: 2nd weekend in July

Where: One Morrie Silver Way, Rochester, NY 14608

Contact: 585-262-2050 ext. 116

Outdoor concert featuring R&B legends and local and regional favorites.

Annual M&T Jass Fest

When: 3 days around the 3rd weekend of June

Where: Onondaga Community College Campus, 4941 Onondaga Rd., Syracuse, NY 13215

Contact: 800-234-4797

Top-of-the-line jazz greats from around the country.

Grassroots Festival

When: 4th weekend in July

Where: Fairgrounds, Trumansburg, NY 14886

Contact: 607-387-5098

Four-day outdoor event to celebrate music and dance with dozens of artists on multiple stages.

New York State Blues Festival

When: 2nd weekend in July

Where: Syracuse Inner Harbor, West Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204

Enjoy the best of the Blues. More than a dozen artists on two stages.

Nugroove Music Festival

When: 3 days at the end of July

Where: Skyetop Festival Ground, 155 Nobles Rd., Van Etten, NY 14889.

Music, dancing, food, camping.

Lloyd's Limited Blues Fest

When: last Saturday in July

Where: 3 Main St., Penn Yan, NY 14527

Contact: 315-536-9029

The Musefest

When: 3 days at the beginning of August

Where: Newhart's Lodge, 172 Griffin Rd., Newfield, NY 14867

Non-genre specific music, food, vendors, camping.

Annual Apple Valley Bluegrass Festival

When: 4 days at the beginning of August

Where: Lafayette Apple Festival Grounds, Rt. 20, Lafayette, NY 13084

Contact: 315-673-1844

Presented by the Central New York Bluegrass Association, the festival offers top regional old-time country and bluegrass bands.

Pickin' in the Street

When: 3rd Saturday in August

Where: Main St., Penn Yan, NY 14527

Contact: 315-536-8780

Area bluegrass and folk bands entertain in the center of the village. Locally produced food and arts and crafts. Activities for the entire family.

Pickin' in the Pasture

When: 4 days in the latter part of August

Where: 2515 Covert Rd., Lodi, NY 14860

Contact: 607-582-6363

Held on a working sheep farm, the festival offers world-class bluegrass music, jamming, master lessons for adults and children, storytelling, sheep dog demonstrations, camping facilities, and food.

Turtle Hill Folk Festival

When: 3 days in early September

Where: Markus Park, Quaker Heeting House Rd., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

Contact: 585-234-5044

Outdoor festival of folk music featuring folk singers from around the region.

Ontario Barn Festival

When: 1st Saturday in September

Where: 513 Whitney Rd., Ontario, NY 14519

Contact: christopher.staub@yahoo.com

Bluegrass music at its best, food, arts and crafts vendors. Children enter free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

Gateways Music Festival

When: 3-day weekend, the first weekend after Labor Day in September

Where: various locations in the City of Rochester

Contact: 585-232-6106

A classical music festival featuring musicans of African-American descent from throughout the United States in solo recitals, chamber music concerts, symphonic concerts, and lecture demonstrations. Held biennially in odd-numbered years.

Hip Hop in the Park

When: 2nd Saturday in September

Where: Courthouse Park, Church St., Cortland, NY 13045

Free outdoor concert for young people, featuring well-known hip hop artists from around the country. Bounce house, break dancing, giveaways. Food vendors.


When: 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., 2nd Sunday in September

Where: In and around the Fall Creek section of Ithaca, NY 14850, maps at Thompson Park on Cayuga St.

Free outdoor festival with roughly 100 bands and groups at various venues.

Crystal City Jazz Festival

When: Friday and Saturday in late September

Where: Centerway Square, Corning, NY 14830

Contact: 607-937-6292

Regional jazz artists and wine tasting.

Marcellus Bluegrass Music Festival

When: Saturday in mid-October

Where: Marcellus United Methodist Church, 1 Slocombe Ave., Marcellus, NY 13108

Contact: 315-673-1313

Wide variety of Bluegrass artists from across the country.


Updated 17 September 2013








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