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Fairs & Festivals in the Finger Lakes



When: 3rd Sunday in January

Where: Mendon Ponds Park, Rochester, NY 14626 Great map!

Contact: 585-753-7275

A free, family, get-out-and-enjoy-the-weather event with cross-country skiing, sledding, skating, hot drinks, and lots of snow (usually). Nature center.

Homer WinterFest

When: Friday and Saturday in early February

Where: various locations in Homer, NY 13077

Contact: 607-749-2793

Community dance, book sale, crafts and antiques sale, food and drinks, walking tours of the historic district, and much more.

Lakeside Winter Celebration

When: 1st Sunday in February

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

Contact: 585-865-3320

Horse-drawn wagon rides, snow sculpting contest, children's activities, sailboat races, Polar Plunge, Chilly Chili Challenge. For a full list of events and their times, go to http://www.cityofrochester.gov/ and type Lakeside Winter Celebration in the search box.


When: 12 days in February beginning on the 2nd Friday

Where: various venues, Syracuse, NY (see Winterfest Web site for events schedule)

Contact: 315-466-9468

Live entertainment, food, wine tasting, treasure hunt, art shows, mardi gras parade, and lots more.

Festival of Flowers

When: Friday and Saturday of Mother's Day weekend

Where: Main St, Trumansburg, NY 14886

Contact: 607-387-4471

Garden contest, walking tour of the historic village, food, crafts, demonstrations and lectures relating to spring and the outdoors.

Dogwood Festival

When: 7 days in mid-May

Where: Dansville, NY 14437

Contact: 585-335-2170

Live music, carnival, history lectures, float parade, craft show.

The Lilac Festival

When: 10 days in mid-May

Where: Highland Park, 120 Highland Ave., Rochester, NY 14620

Contact: 585-262-3829

Parade, trolley ride around the park, 10k race, arts and crafts show, and other activities.

Solvay Summer Festival

When: Saturday, 2nd weekend of August

Where: Woods Road field, Solvay, NY 13209

Parade from library to fields. Bands, food, drink, fireworks.

Jordan Fall Festival

When: 3 days toward the end of September

Where: Beaver St., Jordan, NY 13080

Contact: 315-689-9423

Live entertainment, food, amusement rides, pumpkin painting, clowns, and much more

Pinnacle Fall Festival

When: last Saturday in September

Where: Pinnacle State Park, 1904 Pinnacle Rd., Addison, NY 14801

Contact: 607-359-2990

Civil War encampment, cemetery walk, live music, food, children's activities, hayrides, arts and crafts show, golf tournament.

Rochester River Romance

When: 3 days during the 1st weekend in October

Where: various venues around the City of Rochester but especially on the Genesee River and along the genesee Riverway Corridor.

Contact: 585-428-6755

Using fall foliage as a backdrop, the City of Rochester celebrates the Genesee River. Guided walks, boat outings, fireworks, ice skating, lighthouse tours, scavenger hunt, regatta, wine tasting, bike tour, and much more.

Fall Foliage Festival

When: 1st or 2nd weekend in October

Where: Village Green, Cohocton, NY 14826

One of New York's oldest festivals. Tree-sitting contest, soccer tournament, parade, arts and crafts fair, antique tractor pull, music.

Trumansburg Area Winter Festival

When: 4 days at the end of November through the beginning of December

Where: Trumansburg, NY 14886

Tree selling and decorating, food, live music, crafts, storytelling.

Decemburr to Rememburr!!

When: 1st Saturday in December, beginning at 2 p.m.

Where: various locations in the Village of Spencer, NY 14883

Craft fair at the middle school (1 Center St.), race, snowball hunt, tree lighting and caroling, fireworks, food, live entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, raffles, and storytelling.


Updated 30 November 2013








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