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    ZooBrew and ZooBRRRew

    Not your typical festival, but quite certainly a party. Through the year, select Friday nights – Summer & Winter – come roam the zoo, enjoy NYS beer and adult beverages, great good and top local music! Admission is $10, food and drink extra. Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=274]

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    Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

    This 9-day Festival has exploded into one of the nation’s most popular and well-respected music festivals. Nearly 20 venues throughout Rochester, 1200+ artisits performing 300+ concerts including 80+ free shows. Top legendary performers and familiar favorites to rising stars and new discoveries pack the venues in celebration of the only truly American musical genre – […]

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    U.S. Vintage Grand Prix & Grand Prix Festival

    Vintage racing fans, this is your day! On Friday, enjoy vendors, vintage car and motorcycle displays and watch the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Tribute along the original 6.6 mile road course through Watkins Glen which is the highlight of the festival, or head over to Watkins Glen International Raceway for the SVRA’s U.S. Vintage Prix […]

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    The Great Cortland PumpkinFest

    From pumpkin pancakes to the Great Pumpkin Drop, this pumpkin festival has it all, including music and shows, a pumpkin weigh off, pumpkin decorating contest, hayrides, pony rides, games, antiques, a bake off, and even a 5k to run off all those calories. October 5-6, 2013 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=264]

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    Ten Ugly Men Festival

    Enjoy a full day of music, foods and sports including a Kickball Tournament, 5K Race, Volleyball Tournament and Obstacle Course – while supporting local Rochester charities. Tickets: $40 in advance; $50 at the door; $10 ages 13-20; Free, kids 12 & under. July 2014 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=269]

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    Syracuse Jazz Festival

    Host to highly acclaimed jazz musician, including Aretha Franklin in 2007, Kenny G in 2009, and Natalie Cole in 2010, the Syracuse Jazz Fest is a free, outdoor, annual music festival. In addition to fantastic music, crafts, fireworks, wine, and food vendors round out this three day affair.  Students, musicians, and band directors can also […]

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    Syracuse Inner Harbor and Creek Walk

    Putting a a new spin on the term “urban landscape”, the Creek Walk and Inner Harbor offer Syracusans and visitors an opportunity to connect with nature without leaving the city limits.  Run, Walk, Bike or Skate along the 2.5 mile path from hip Armory Square, to the south shore of Onondaga Lake.  Grab a cup of […]

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    Sterling Renaissance Festival

    For 6 weekends each summer, you can step back through time into an authentic English Renaissance village filled with stage and street performers, professional acots, comedians and musicians, craftsmen, shows, and period foods for your delight. The Queen’s Parade starts each day of raucous merriment straight out of Shakespeare’s time. Weekends throughout July & August […]

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    Route 90 50-Mile Garage Sale

    Not exactly a Festival, but if you ever celebrated a bargain or reveled in a treasured find, this legendary two-day garage sale along Cayuga lake is calling your name! July 2014 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=266]

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    Potter Onion & Music Festival

    Fresh onions to buy, fried onion rings to eat, kids’ games with onion shaped toys, glass onions blown by a local craftsman, live music, a huge BBQ chicken roast and even an onion eating contest make up this daylong celebration of the local onion harvest. August 2014 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=263]

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    Owego Strawberry Festival

    Up to 200 food and craft vendors offering their wares and of course, the sweetest of fruit – strawberries – fill every street corner in quaint Owego. Music, wine, a 5K run, kids’ activities, airboat rides, classic car displays, antiques and fireworks complete this two-day festival. June 2014 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=267]

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    Onondaga Lake Park

    Referred to affectionately as “the Central Park of Central New York”, Onondaga Lake Park serves over a million visitors each year and provides a plethora of recreational opportunities.  The park features over 2.5 miles of paved lake front walking trails, as well as a separate recreational trail for rollerblading and biking (adventure seekers can rent […]

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    NYS Festival of Balloons

    Be there from one of six breathtaking balloon launches schedules throughout the weekend. Also, arts & crafts vendors, international food court, free entertainment and kids’ rides and amusements. August 29 – September 2, 2013 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=251]

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    Naples Grape Festival

    As the grape harvest wraps up, the revelers come out to celebrate with the region’s wines, foods, arts, crafts and music. bake a pie for the World’s Greatest Grape Pie Contest and smaple every thing “grape” that the Finger Lakes has to offer. September 2014 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=262]

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    Lilac Festival

    The blooming, fragrant lilacs of Highland Park are the backdrop for 10 days of top musical acts, wine, beer, food, parade, 5 & 10K runs and entertainment for all ages. Admission is free. May 2014 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=261]

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    Key Bank Jamesville Balloon Fest

    Each year visitors from around the globe and the Central New York community come together to kick off summer at the Jamesville Balloon Fest sponsored by Key Bank .  The weekend long celebration  includes live music, craft show, hot air balloon displays and rides. In 2013, Balloon Fest welcomed over 20,000 adventures.  Balloons take flight each day […]

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    Keuka Arts Festival

    A free fine art and skilled craft show held annually along the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail, just outside of Penn Yan. Featuring live entertainment and activities for families. Free. June 2014 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=260]

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    Jamesville Beach County Park

    Surrounded by rolling hills, Jamesville Beach County Park sits on a large reservoir and offers a wide array of recreational opportunities. The park plays host to several events throughout the summer , including the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, and the Key Bank Balloon Fest.  The clear, cool waters of Jamesville Reservoir and sparkling Butternut Creek offer the […]

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    It's a Wonderful Life Celebration

    Celebrate the classic holiday film in the town that’s said to be its inspiration. Vendors, tours, races, contests, strolling players, parades, music, film screenings, fashion show and much more make up this weekend event. Be sure to visit the museum for the full story. December 13-15, 2013 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=258]

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    Hill Cumorah Pageant

    Hill Cumorah is where Joseph Smith, Jr. is said to have found the set of gold plates which he translated into English and published as the Book of Mormon. Each July, a huge theatrical spectacle is staged for seven days on the hillside that retells the beginnings of the Mormon religion. July 2014 Add to […]

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    GlassFest

    GlassFest marks the unofficial beginning of summer in the Southern Finger Lakes, when the streets come alive with wizards turning air, fire and sand into works of art, the air is spiced with the aromatic scent of roasting meat and street food, and every inch of downtown Corning’s Gaffer District covered in treasures just waiting […]

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    Fireworks at Emerson Park

    Syracuse University Brass Ensemble playing at 8pm. The charge is $5 a car and $1 for Seniors and Handicapped. Fireworks at dusk.

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    Finger Lakes Yoga Festival

    Celebrate good health and the great outdoors at this community-oriented yoga festival. Camp, hike, swim, sit around evening fires, share food and fun, and most of all do yoga! Workshops, exhibits, musical and art performances, a marketplace and kids’ classes make for a full weekend at this eco-friendly event. August 2014 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=273]

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    Finger Lakes Wine Festival

    Wineries and food from the Finger Lakes and beyond coverage at Watkins Glen International for what the American Bus Association deemed one of the Top 100 Events in North America. Friday night kicks off with a toga party and fireworks, and the festival quickly heads into two days of wine tasting, culinary demonstrations, live music […]

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    Finger Lakes International Dragon Boat Festival

    Enjoy world-class dragon boat racing, food and market vendors, family activities, cultural performances and more at this colorful, multicultural event on the water. July 2014 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=253]

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    Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival

    Four days of music, art and evolution! This music festival is a music lovers’ paradise with over 60 local and national bands, onsite camping, vendors, artisans and more. July 2014 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=256]

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    Finger Lakes Cork & Fork Festival

    The Finger Lakes Cork and Fork is a two-day event that offers participants an opportunity to sample and buy locally-made products from area farms, wineries, chefs, restaurants and other food producers. It features cooking demonstrations (with local chefs and celebrities), food demonstrations and educational seminars from regional industry experts. Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=255]

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    Finger Lakes Cheese Festival

    Sample all of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail on one farm for one day during this fun-filled family festival. Local foods and artisans, petting zoo, live music, hayrides, cooking and pairing demos, cheese making classes, barnyard games, and wholesome family fun for all. July 26, 2014 10a-5p Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=252]

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    Fair Haven Winter Carnival

    Pancake breakfast 7am-10am at the fire hall; scavenger hunt, snow sculpture contest, volleyball tournament, human dog-sled races, carnival games for kids, food, raffles, evening dance, and a winter photo contest.

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    Elmira Street Painting Festival

    Asphalt becomes a canvas and chalk the only medium for emerging and established artists at this unique two-day celebration of art. In addition to the professional displays, there’s a kids’ canvas and visitors can try their hand at creating their own chalk masterpiece. July 2014 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=254]

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    CNY TomatoFest

    Celebrate the end of tomato season! Craft, antique, non-profit, commercial and food vendors, music and entertainment, farmers’ market, wine tastings, cooking demos, plenty of family fun activities and kiddie rides and, of course, tomato tasting are all Festival mainstays. September 2014 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=268]

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    Clothesline Art Festival

    Rochester’s largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival is the place to experience all-day live entertainment, sample food from some of Rochester’s favorite vendors, enjoy free family art activities, visit the Memorial Art Gallery, and of course, browse and buy original artwork throughout the grounds. This year over 400 artists and artisans will be […]

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    Bon Ton Roulet

    The Bon Ton Roulet is a seven-day bicycle tour through the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State.  This fully supported tour takes cyclists from wide open farm fields, past stunning overlooks of our lakes, to cavernous water-carved gorges.  A non-competitive cycling adventure, The Bon Ton Roulet will challenge riders of all ages and […]

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    Apple Tasting Tour

    Celebrate apples in all their flavor, colors and sizes at this month-long, self-guided tour throughout scenic Wayne County, culminating in the Tasting Tour weekend. October 1-31, 2013 Add to favorites [googlerouteplaner=250]

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    Annual Vintage Snowmobile Show and Chicken BBQ

    Drive by car or ride your snowmobile to the Vintage Snowmobile Show at Owen Orchards. Vendors, raffles, various awards and a Chicken BBQ. This event is held annually regardless of the weather by the Weedsport Winter Wanderers.