Finger Lakes Calendar of Events


“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.”  ~Albert Camus

September and October are perfect months to enjoy the bouquet of visions and experiences the Finger Lakes offers!

  1. Enjoy a Harvest Progressive Dinner at Sonnenberg Gardens

    The Marvelous Wonderettes at Merry-go-round Playhouse – Wed. September 14 – Sat. October 1. See schedule for times. $37-$39. Auburn.

  2. Galactic Cowboy Orchestra at Smith Opera House – Fri. September 16. General Admission $15,  Seniors and Colleges Students $10, Students Grades 12 and under Free. Geneva.
  3. Finger Lakes Cork & Fork – Fri. September 16 and Sat. September 17. Friday VIP Partners & Pairings $50, Saturday Main Event $25. Seneca Falls. (See the Travel Maven’s Article “Finger Lakes Cork & Fork Showcases Region’s Finest Food & Wine”)
  4. Roseanne Cash at Harro East Ballroom – Fri. September 16 @ 8 p.m. $45. Rochester.
  5. Historic Maplewood Home Tour – Sat. September 17 @ 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Day of event $12, Advance $10 and $8 for Seniors. Rochester.
  6. Leaves & Lobsters on the Lawn at Glenora Wine Cellars – Sat. September 17 & Sun. September 18 @ 1 – 5 p.m. (service until 4 p.m., music until 5 p.m.) $52 plus tax. Dundee.
  7. An Evening with Garrison Keillor – Sun. September 18 @ 8 p.m. $39.50 – $69.50. Ithaca.
  8. Purple Foot Grape Stomping Festival at Casa Larga – Sun. September 18 @ 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door, under 21 Free. Fairport.
  9. Greentopia Festival – Sat. September 17 – Sun. September 18. See Schedule for music, culinary events, speakers, etc. Free. Rochester. (See the Travel Maven’s post “Greentopia Festival: Eco-movement Takes Root at Rochester’s High Falls – September 17-18, 2011” or check out my “video postcard” for the festival of a longer piece I’m working on.
  10. Prohibition Party at the George Eastman House – Sat. September 17 @ 6 p.m. $250. Rochester.
  11. Harvest Progressive Dinner at Sonnenberg Gardens – Sun. September 18 @ 5 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Members $50, Non-members $55. (Advance reservations and payment required). Canandaigua.
  12. German Festival at Lucas Vineyards – Sun. September 18 @ 12:30 – 4:30. $5. Children 12 and under Free. Interlaken.
  13. TheatreRocs Annual Showcase at Geva Theatre Center – Mon. September 19 @ 6:30 p.m. $25. Rochester.
  14. Finger Lakes Trails & Greenways Conference at Cornell – Fri. September 23 (afternoon workshops and reception @ 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) & Sun. September 24 @ 8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. See schedule for events. $50 for conference, additional fees for Fri. Workshops. Ithaca.
  15. Crystal City Jazz & Harvest Festival – Fri. September 23 @ 5:30 – 9 p.m. and Sat. September 24 @ 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Corning.
  16. Fall Skyrides start at Bristol Mountain – Sat. September 24. Adults (13-64) $9, Children 3 – 12, Groups of 20 or more and Seniors $6, Children under 3 free. Canandaigua.
  17. Living History Event: Seneca Encounter with LaSalle at Ganondagan – Sat. September 24 @ 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Adults $5, Members, Seniors and Students age 6 – 18 $3, Children 5 and under $3. Victor.
  18. Naples Grape Festival – Sat. September 24 & Sun. September 25 @ 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Naples.

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It’s an exciting week ahead, and music, dance, theater and fairs abound.  If you come to the Ganondagan Festival on Sunday morning, please stop by the Membership desk, say hi and introduce yourself!

Donna the Buffalo is one of the performing acts at the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival
Video courtesy of Youtube and Handesmith’s Channel

  1. The Hemlock “Little World’s Fair” – Tues. July 19 – Sat. July 23. See schedule for events and times. Daily tickets Adults (13+) $11, Child (4-12) $8, Child 3 & under Free. Weekly tickets Adults (13+) $28, Child (4-12) $21, Child 3 & under Free. Rides and grandstand events included with price of admission. Hemlock.
  2.  Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival – Thurs. July 21 – Sun. July 24.  See schedule for performances. Advance Adult 4 day pass $95, Youth 4 day pass $65 (on sale through July 13). At the gate Adult 4 day pass $110, Youth 4 day pass $65. Advance 1 Day pass $28- $43 (through July 13), at the gate 1 day pass $30-$45. Trumansberg.
  3. Into the Woods at Smith Opera House – Thurs. July 21 – Sat. July 23 @ 8 p.m.- 11 p.m. General admission $12, Students $10. Geneva.
  4. Charley’s Aunt at Bristol Valley Theater – Thurs. July 21 – Sun. July 31 – See schedule for times. $12-$32. Naples.
  5. 63rd Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery – Sun. July 24 – Sun. September 25. Wed.-Sun. 11 am–5 pm, Thurs. 11 am–9 pm, CLOSED Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays. General admission $12; Seniors $8, college students with ID and children 6–18 $5. Half-price general admission Thursdays 5 p.m.-9 pm. Free to Members,University of Rochester students, and children 5 and under. Rochester.
  6. Shakespeare in the Garden – “Romeo and Juliet” performed by Shakesperience at the Seward House – Sat. July 23 @ 7 p.m. Adults $15, Students: $12. Auburn.
  7. Steely Dan with Sam Yahel @ CMAC – Sat. July 23 @ 8 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m.) – $38.35 – $106.95 (includes online order fees). Canandaigua.
  8. MidsummerFest at Genesee Country Village & Museum – Sat. July 23 @ 6-9 p.m. $25 per person ($20 members). Advance tickets recommended. Only persons 21 or older can be admitted. Designated driver pass $10. Mumford.
  9. The Magical Music of Disney by the RPO at Kodak Hall – Sat. July 23 @ 7 p.m. Adults $20-$70, Children $10-$20. Rochester. (If you’re interested in this event, you might enjoy the Travel Maven’s “Beyond the Finger Lakes post on the Magic of Disney at Night).
  10. 20th Anniversary of Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival – Sat.  July 23 & Sun. July 24 @ 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students age 18+ w/ ID $7, Children 3-18 $5, Friends of Ganondagan Members Free. Victor. [See the Travel Maven’s post Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival: 20 Years of Tradition and Change]
  11. Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” at the JCC Rochester – Sat. July 23- Sun. July 31. See schedule for performance times.  JCC Member $24,  Non-member $26, Student $18. Rochester.
  12. Girl Talk, the Musical at Geva Theatre Center – Mon. July 25 – Sat. August 27. See schedule for times.  $49. Rochester.
  13. Sketching the Streamside Garden with Camille Doucet at Cornell Plantations – Mon. July 25, Wed. July 27, Fri. July 29 @ 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. $108. Pre-registration required. Ithaca.
  14. Ontario County Fair – Tues. July 26 – Sun. July 31 –  See schedule for events and Times. Admission is free, but there is a $5 charge for parking. Additional fees for grandstand events. Canandaigua.
  15. 42nd Street at the Merry-go-round Playhouse – Wed. July 27 – Wed. August 17. See schedule for show times. $37-$39. Auburn.
  16. Grapehound Wine Tour – Thurs. July 28-Sun. July 31. Fee of $25 includes welcome event at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards with food and wine tasting, a commemorative wine glass, a concert, wine tasting fees at numerous participating wineries and reduced fees at certain wineries, to benefit greyhound adoption. Along Seneca Lake.
  17. August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at the Hangar Theatre – Thurs. July 28 – Sat. Aug. 6. See schedule for times.  $18 – $22. Ithaca.
  18. Ithaca Artists’ Market – Fri. July 29 @ 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free. Ithaca.
  19.  Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show – Fri. July 29- Sun. July 31. See events page for scheduled activities.  Free, but there is a charge for some activities. Skaneateles.
  20.  Spencerport Canal Days – Sat. July 30-Sun. July 31 @ 10 a.m. – 5  p.m. Free. Spencerport.

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So much variety in things to do!  If I could fit it all in, my top picks would probably be: Party in the Park with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (#2 – Ah! Latin Music) , The ESL International Air Show with the Blue Angels (#12 – My husband would be thrilled), The Finger Lakes Wine Festival (#7 – What can I say?!), The Magical Music of Disney (#22 – If I said this was only for my daughters, I’d be fibbing) and Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival (#23 – A festival our whole family enjoys every year).

Video courtesy of IMNWorld and Youtube.

  1. Cooking with the Calamari Sisters – Wed. July 13 – Sat. August 20.  See schedule for times. General Admission $37-$41, Seniors (62+) $34-$38, Youth (under 17) & Students (w/ID)$30-$34. Auburn.
  2. Party in the Park with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Thurs. July 14 @ 5 p.m. $2 per person facility fee, 12 & under free. Rochester.
  3. Monroe County Fair– Wed. July 13 – Sun. July 17. Weds. & Thurs. 4p.m.-11p.m.; Fri. & Sat. noon-11p.m.; Sun. noon-10p.m. Adults (18-59) $6,Seniors (60+) $4, Teens (13-17) $5,Kids 12 and under Free. Free Parking. Additional fees for rides. Rochester. (See also the Travel Maven’s post on Finger Lakes County Fairs)
  4. Ever So Humble at the Hangar Theatre – Thurs. July 14 – Sat. July 23. See schedule for times. $18-$42. Ithaca.
  5. Emmylou Harris and the Red Dirt Boys at Greek Peak – Fri. July 15. Doors open @ 4 p.m., show @ 7 p.m. $35 – $45. Cortland.
  6. Musselman Arts Triathlon at Smith Opera House – Sat. July 16 @ 2-3:30 p.m. General admission $10, children under 18 free. Geneva.
  7. 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.
  8. Art and Music make a perfect combo at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival

    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.

  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess in Concert at Kodak Hall – Sat. July 16 @ 8 p.m. $20 – $70. Rochester.
  12. 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)
  13. Sweet Land Farm Harvest Dinner – Sun. July 17 @ 5 p.m. $75-$150. Trumansberg.
  14. Quilting by the Lake at Onondaga Community College – Sun. July 17 – Fri. July 29. 2, 3 and 5 day classes @ 8:30-11:30a.m. & 1-4p.m. Regular Classes, Studio w/Teacher: 2 days (MT) $215,3 days (WThF) $320. 5 days $520, 10 days $1020. Independent studio fees $120 – $570. Syracuse.
  15. Quilting by the Lake Quilt Show – Sun. July 17-Thurs. July 28 @ 11:30a.m. – 5:30p.m., Tues. July 19 & 26 @ 7-9p.m. Closed Sat. July 23. General admission $6. Registered QBL participants, Schweinfurth Art Center Members & children under 12 Free. Syracuse.
  16. Seneca County Fair – Mon. July 18-Sat. July 23. See program for schedule of events. Free admission. Waterloo.
  17. Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival – July 21-24.  Thurs. July 21 – Sun. July 24.  See schedule for performances. Advance Adult 4 day pass $95, Youth 4 day pass $65 (on sale through July 13). At the gate Adult 4 day pass $110, Youth 4 day pass $65. Advance 1 Day pass $28- $43 (through July 13), at the gate 1 day pass $30-$45. Trumansberg.
  18. Into the Woods at Smith Opera House – Thurs. July 21 – Sat. July 23 @ 8 p.m.- 11 p.m. General admission $12, Students $10. Geneva.
  19. 63rd Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery – Sun. July 24 – Sun. September 25. Wed.-Sun. 11 am–5 pm, Thurs. 11 am–9 pm, CLOSED Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays. General admission $12; Seniors $8, college students with ID and children 6–18 $5. Half-price general admission Thursdays 5 p.m.-9 pm. Free to Members,University of Rochester students, and children 5 and under. Rochester.
  20. Shakespeare in the Garden – “Romeo and Juliet” performed by Shakesperience at the Seward House – Sat. July 23 @ 7 p.m. Adults $15, Students: $12. Auburn.
  21. MidsummerFest at Genesee Country Village & Museum – Sat. July 23 @ 6-9 p.m. $25 per person ($20 members). Advance tickets recommended. Only persons 21 or older can be admitted. Designated driver pass $10. Mumford.
  22. The Magical Music of Disney by the RPO at Kodak Hall – Sat. July 23 @ 7 p.m. Adults $20-$70, Children $10-$20. Rochester. (If you’re interested in this event, you might enjoy the Travel Maven’s “Beyond the Finger Lakes post on the Magic of Disney at Night).
  23. 20th Anniversary of Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival – Sat.  July 23 & Sun. July 24 @ 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students age 18+ w/ ID $7, Children 3-18 $5, Friends of Ganondagan Members Free. Victor.
  24. Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” at the JCC Rochester – Sat. July 23- Sun. July 31. See schedule for performance times.  JCC Member $24,  Non-member $26, Student $18. Rochester.

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  • 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.

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  • Jewish Film Festival at JCC of Rochester – through Mon. July 18.  See schedule for times and films. General Admission Ticket – JCC Member $9, Non-Member $11; Weekday Matinee Ticket – JCC Member $6, Non-Member $8; Closing Night Ticket (Party included)- JCC Member $12, Non- Member $15. Rochester.
  • Hill Cumorah Pageant – Through Fri. July 16. Cast welcomes guests beginning at 7 p.m.  Processional starts at 9:15 p.m. Parking and admission are free. Palmyra.
  • Rochester PRIDE 2011 – Through Mon. July 18. Rochester.

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Photo copyright © 2011 Carol White Llewellyn.

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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Photo courtesy of Geva Theatre Center.

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~ Erma Bombeck

Wishing All a safe and Happy July4th!

Happy Independence Day!

  1. Hairspray at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse – Wed. July 29 – Wed. July 20. See Schedule for time. General Admission $37-$41, Seniors (62+)$34-$38, Youth (under 17) & Students (w/ID)$30-$34. Ticket prices vary slightly depending upon performance night and/or seating location. Auburn.
  2. Othello:Shakespeare at Highland  Bowl Park  by the Rochester Community Players  – Fri. July 1- Wed. July 6, Fri. July 8 – Wed. July 13, Fri. July 15 & Sat. July 16 @ 8 p.m. Free, but donations are encouraged. Rochester.
  3. Cedric the Entertainer at the Auditorium Theater – Sat. July 2 @  8 p.m. $40-$70. Rochester.
  4. Red, White & Boom at CMAC – Sat. July 2 @ 7:30 p.m. $13 – $50; Kids 12 and under are free on the lawn at CMAC. Canandaigua.
  5. Canandaigua Wine Walk – Sat. July 2 @ 4-7 p.m. $5 includes souvenir glass. Canandaigua.
  6. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates July 4th at the Main Street Bridge – Mon. July 4 @ 9 p.m. Free. Rochester.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Finger Lakes International Dragon Boat Festival – Sat. July 9 @ 8:45 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Free for spectators. Ithaca.
  13. 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.
  14. Corn Hill Arts Festival – Sat. July 9 @ 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.,  Sun. July 10 @ 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Free.  Rochester.
  15. Finger Lakes Lavender Festival – Sat. July 9 & Sun. July 10 @ 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fee for some activities. Skaneateles.
  16. 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.

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Photo by Carol White Llewellyn. Copyright 2011©Carol White Llewellyn – All rights reserved.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

This week, I challenge you not only to see things in a new way, but to go see something new from the list below…you have plenty to choose from!  If you do, I would love to hear what you’ve done and what your experience was like.

  1. Take a carousel ride at the Harbor & Carousel Festival

    Ontario Beach State Park Harbor & Carousel Festival – Thurs. June 23 @ 12 Noon – 8 p.m., Fri. June 24 @ 2 – 8 p.m., Sat. June 25 @ 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun. June 26 @ 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. No admission fee, but tickets purchase required for rides. Rochester.

  2. A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking at Bristol Valley Theatre – Thurs. June 23- Sun. July 3.  See schedule for times. $12 – $32. Naples.
  3. Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera at George Eastman House – Starts Sat. June 25 – Sun. Sept. 18.  Tues., Wed., Fri. Sat. @ 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thurs. @ 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. Adults $12, Seniors (65+)$10, Students (with ID) $5, Children (12 and under) and Museum Members Free.Rochester.
  4. Finger Lakes Arabian Summer Festival at the NYS Fairgrounds – Fri. June 24 – Sun. June 26. Starts 8 a.m. Fri. & Sat, 8:30 a.m. Sun. Free. Syracuse.
  5. 29th Annual Syracuse Jazz Fest – Fri. June 24 @ 5-11 p.m., Sat. June 25 @ 5-11 p.m. Free admission, parking $5. Syracuse.
  6. Rochester Folk Art Craft Weekend – Sat.. June 25 @ 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.- Sun. June 26 @ 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. $275 for weekend.  Middlesex.
  7. Pierce Arrow Auto Show at Casa Larga – Sat. June 25 @ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Canandaigua.
  8. Ithaca Scottish Games & Celtic Festival – Sat. June 25 @ 12 Noon – past 5 p.m.-Sun. June 26 @ 10 a.m. – ? Buy a button $5, Button plus 3 raffle tickets $10, Button plus t-shirt $20. Ithaca.
  9. Barbecue at the Wineries – Sat. June 25- Sun. June 26. $ 25, Designated Driver $ 18.75; Sunday only $ 19,designated driver $ 14.25. Along Keuka Lake.
  10. War of 1812 Encampment at Genesee Country Village & Museum – Sat. June 25 & Sun. June 26 @ 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults $15, Seniors & Students $12, Youth (4-16) $9. Mumford.
  11. Folk Art and Family Fun Day – Sun. June 26 @ 1-5 p.m. Free.  Auburn.
  12. Starfish at the Main Street Armory – Sun. June 26 @ 3 p.m. $12.50-$40. Rochester.
  13. Hairspray at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse – Wed. June 29-  Wed. July 20. General Admission $37-$41, Seniors (62+)$34-$38, Youth (under 17) & Students (w/ID) $30-$34. Auburn.
  14. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at Ontario Beach State Park – Wed. June 29 @ 7 p.m. Free. Rochester.
  15. First Friday at Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center – Fri. July 1 @ 5-8 p.m. Free. Auburn.
  16. Othello:Shakespeare at Highland  Bowl Park  by the Rochester Community Players  – Fri. July 1- Wed. July 6, Fri. July 8 – Wed. July 13, Fri. July 15 & Sat. July 16 @ 8 p.m. Free, but donations are encouraged. Rochester.
  17. Cedric the Entertainer at the Auditorium Theater – Sat. July 2 @  8 p.m. $40-$70. Rochester.
  18. Red, White & Boom at CMAC – Sat. July 2 @ 7:30 p.m. $13 – $50; Kids 12 and under are free on the lawn at CMAC. Canandaigua.
  19. Canandaigua Wine Walk – Sat. July 2 @ 4-7 p.m. $5 includes souvenir glass. Canandaigua.
  20. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrates July 4th at the Main Street Bridge – Mon. July 4 @ 9 p.m. Free. Rochester.

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The legendary Frankie Valli plays the Auditorium Theater on June 22

The activities over the next ten days are as diverse as you can get, with theater and music, an ice cream social and a craft brewery festival, a blacksmith artisan show and an Arabian horse festival, a canoe tour and an orienteering event, a Scottish & Celtic Festival and the LPGA golf tournament.  No one can say the Finger Lakes doesn’t have something for everyone!

  1. Inaugural Finger Lakes Craft Brewery Festival – Thurs. June 16. $45, designated driver $25. Near Watkins Glen.
  2. Historic Palmyra’s Ice Cream Social – Thurs. June 16 @ 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free. Palmyra.
  3. Traditional Blacksmith Artisan Show at Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum – June 18 @ 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Free.  Corning.
  4. Maplewood Rose Celebration – Fri. June 17 @ 7 – 10 p.m., Sat. June 18 @ 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun. June 19 @ 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Rochester.
  5. Bringing Out Their Wild Side: Animal Enrichment Day at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo – Sat. June 18 @ 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Adult $8, Seniors (62+) $ 5, Youth (3-18) $4, Under age 2 Free. Syracuse.
  6. CNY Pride Parade & Festival – Sat. June 18 @ 11 a.m. Free. Syracuse.
  7. Old Time Fiddlers’ Gathering – Sat. June 18- Sun. June 19. Free. Watkins Glen.
  8. Native Hunting & Trapping at Ganondagan – Sat. June 18 1p.m. -4p.m. General admission $5; Family (2 adults, 2 children) $10. Victor.
  9. Art on the Porches & Strathmore Distinctive Homes Tour – Sat. June 18 @ 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Advance tickets $8, onsite $10. Strathmore section of Syracuse.
  10. Father’s Day Car & Motorcycle Cruise at Sonnenberg Gardens – Sun. June 19. Included with Fee.  Adults (18 – 59) $10, Seniors (60 +) or AAA Members $9, Military personnel with Military ID $5, Students (13 – 17, or college students with valid college ID) $5, Free to children 12 and under. Canandaigua.
  11. 7th Annual Father’s Day Barbecue Feast at the Aurora Inn – Sun. June 19 @ 12 Noon – 4 p.m. Adults $24 – , Children 12 & under $12. Aurora.
  12. Father’s Day Sailplane Rides at National Soaring Museum – Sun. June 19 @ 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $75/person for 15-20 minute ride (only 1 person plus pilot per ascent – search under “sailplane rides” on website). Elmira.
  13. Daddy O Orienteering Day at Pratt’s Fall – Sun. June 19 @ 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. $8. Pratts Falls Falls, Manlius.
  14. Father’s Day Canoe Tour at Beaver Lake Nature Center – Sun. June 19 @ 8:30 a.m. $15/canoe, registration required. Baldwinsville.
  15. Wegman’s LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club – June 20 – June 26. Please see schedule for specific events and times. $35 for 1 day pass -$145 for full event pass; children under 15 free with paid accompanying adult. Note free Fireworks on Tuesday, June 21 at 8:30 p.m. at Locust Hill Country Club. Rochester.
  16. AACTFest 11 at Geva Theater Center – June 20-26. View Schedule for Technical Theater portion of Conferece ($190 AACT Member, $220 Non-member).  View Schedule for Community Theater Management Conferece. ($175 AACT Member, $205 Non-member). See Performance schedule for individual theatrical performances. Tickets are $15 per performance session or buy 5 ($75) and get the sixth performance session free. AACT and TANYS members and subscribers of Geva and Bristol Valley Theatre can purchase performance session tickets for $12 per performance session or buy 5 ($60) and get the sixth performance session free. Performance sessions are in the afternoons and evenings. Rochester.
  17. The Artie Shaw Orchestra at Smith Opera House – Wed. June 22 @ 7 p.m. General admission $18, Seniors and College Students $12. Geneva.
  18. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons at the Auditorium Theatre – Wed. June 22 @ 7:30 p.m. $42.50-$77.50 + VIP Package. Rochester.
  19. A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking at Bristol Valley Theatre – Thurs. June 23- Sun. July 3.  See schedule for times. $12 – $32. Naples.
  20. Finger Lakes Arabian Summer Festival at the NYS Fairgrounds – Fri. Sat. 24 – Sun. June 26. Starts 8 a.m. Fri. & Sat, 8:30 a.m. Sun. Free. Syracuse.
  21. 29th Annual Syracuse Jazz Fest – Fri. June 24 @ 5-11 p.m., Sat. June 25 @ 5-11 p.m. Free admission, parking $5. Syracuse.
  22. Rochester Folk Art Craft Weekend – Sat.. June 25@ 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.- Sun. June 26 @ 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. $275 for weekend.  Middlesex.
  23. Ithaca Scottish Games & Celtic Festival – Sat. June 25 @ 12 Noon – past 5 p.m.-Sun. June 26 @ 10 a.m. – ? Buy a button $5, Button plus 3 raffle tickets $10, Button plus t-shirt $20. Ithaca.
  24. Barbecue at the Wineries – Sat. June 25- Sun. June 26. $ 25, Designated Driver $ 18.75; Sunday only $ 19,designated driver $ 14.25. Along Keuka Lake.
  25. Folk Art and Family Fun Day – Sun. June 26 @ 1-5 p.m. Free.  Auburn.
  26. Starfish at the Main Street Armory – June 26 @ 3 p.m. $12.50-$40. Rochester.

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