My top picks for the next 10 days?  Culture – The Nazareth College Dance Festival (#3); Culinary – It’s a toss up between the Finger Lakes Wine Festival (#16) and Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open House (#4), but since they’re on two separate weekends, you can do both!; Spectator Events –  Probably the ESL International Air Show (#20) ;  Festivals – The Renaissance Festival in Sterling (#20).

  1. Get Your Laughs on at Geva through July 31

    Second City Summer Spectacular – Wed. July 6 – July 31. See Schedule for times. $35 – $45 regular pricing (Note: there is a $10 discount for first week tickets). Rochester. 

  2. SCCA Double Nationals at the Glen – Fri. July 8 – Sun. July 10. Three-day Weekend General Admission: $20, Sunday Only General Admission: $15, Children 15 and Under: FREE. Watkins Glen.
  3. Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival –  Fri. July 8 – Sat. July 16. See Schedule for events and times. A combination of free Events, ticketed events and Master classesRochester.
  4. Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open House – Sat. July 9 @ 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.  Across Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.
  5. Hill Cumorah Pageant – Fri. July 8 and Sat. July 9, Tues. July 12- Fri. July 16. Cast welcomes guests beginning at 7 p.m.  Processional starts at 9:15 p.m. Parking and admission are free. Palmyra.
  6. New York State Blues Festival – Fri. July 8 starts @ 5 p.m., Sat. July 9 starts @ 1 p.m., Sun. July 10. starts @ 1 p.m. – Free, but Blues Club VIP Tickets available for $75. Syracuse.
  7. Community Longball at Ganondagan – Sat. July 9 @ 1-3 p.m. Included in regular admission for Ganondagan State Historic Site: Adults $3, Seniors (65+) and students with ID (including college) $2. Friends of Ganondagan members free. Victor.
  8. Finger Lakes International Dragon Boat Festival – Sat. July 9 @ 8:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Free for spectators. Ithaca.
  9. Annual Elmira Street Painting Festival – Sat. July 9 @ 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun. July 10 @ 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Elmira.
  10. Corn Hill Arts Festival – Sat. July 9 @ 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.,  Sun. July 10 @ 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Free.  Rochester.
  11. Finger Lakes Lavender Festival – Sat. July 9 & Sun. July 10 @ 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fee for some activities. Skaneateles.
  12. Sterling Renaissance Festival Opens – Sat. & Sun from July 9 – August 21, rain or shine @ 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. each day. Regular admission: Adults $24.95, Children 6-12 $14.95.Season Passes: Adults $204.95, Children 6-12 $102.95.  Sterling.
  13. Ever So Humble at the Hangar Theatre – Thurs. July 14 – Sat. July 23. See schedule for times. $18-$42. Ithaca.
  14. Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys at Greek Peak – July 15. Doors open @ 4 p.m., show @ 7 p.m. $35 – $45. Cortland.
  15. Musselman Arts Triathlon at Smith Opera House – July 16 @ 2-3:30 p.m. General admission $10, children under 18 free. Geneva.
  16. Finger Lakes Wine Festival – July 15-17. See schedule for times.  Launch of the Lakes General admission $15, 1 Day Taster $35, Champagne Breakfast $30, 2 Day Taster $35, Taster’s Banquet $65, Minor pass 1 Day $15, The Riedel Experience $175, Designated Driver $15. Watkins Glen.
  17. Canandaigua Art & Music Festival – Fri. July 15 @ 12-8 p.m., Sat. July 16 and Sun. July 17 @ 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free. Canandaigua.
  18. Tullamore Celtic Band and Drumcliffe School of Dance at Sonnenberg Gardens – Fri. July 15 @ 8-10 p.m. Adults $9, Members $7, Youth (6-17), Kids 5 and under FREE. Canandaigua.
  19. Musselman Triathlon – July 15 -17.  See schedule for full program and individual events.Racing opportunities are sold out but to volunteer, contact race director Jeff Henderson,  Geneva.
  20. ESL International Air Show –Sat.  July 16-Sun. July 17. Gates open @ 9 a.m. Tickets run from $15 general admission to $225 for flight deck VIP tickets. Rochester. (If you’re interested in this event, you may enjoy the Travel Maven’s post on the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum of Aviation)
  21. Sweet Land Farm Harvest Dinner – Sun. July 17 @ 5 p.m. $75-$150. Trumansberg.

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