Canandaigua & the Surrounding Finger Lakes Events
There are many special events throughout the year in the western Finger Lakes region. Some major recurring ones are listed below. Your innkeepers will be happy to share details and help you plan your visit.
Downtown Canandaigua shops and restaurants host a Wine Walk on the first Saturday of every month. An annual highlight throughout the area is the autumn leaf-peeping from mid-September through mid-October (with some variation given the late summer weather).
Fire & Ice Winter Festival - Downtown Canandaigua. The area chefs compete for your votes in a Chili Cookoff. Ice sculpting artists create some dazzling displays. Wine and beer tasting, horse-drawn wagon rides, dog-sledding exhibitions, and more provide entertainment for all.
Spring Carnival - Bristol Mountain. Skiing, snowboarding, scavenger hunts mix with live music, wine and more to provide a weekend of fun in the Bristol Hills.
Earth Week - Ganondagan, Victor. Celebrate the local flora and fauna of the region at the NY State Historic Site dedicated to the art and culture of the Seneca (Haudenosaunee) people.
CMAC Concert Season Begins! The north shore of Canandaigua Lake begins to echo with sounds of music, from classic rock to folk and indie pop at the beautiful outdoor facility of the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center. Click here for the SCHEDULE of dates and performers.
Plein Air Art Festival - Canandaigua. A juried competition for artists painting local scenes allows visitors to observe the work from creation around the area through display and judging at Sonnenberg Mansion & Gardens.
Canandaigua Waterfront Art Festival - Canandaigua. Music, crafts, food, wine & beer complement the crystal blue waters of Canandaigua Lake to provide a weekend of fun for all.
Hill Cumorah Pageant - Palmyra. A spectacle of live performance celebrates the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in multiple performances over two weekends every July.August
Riesling & Beer Festival - Canandaigua. Local vintages and brews take center stage for this weekend celebration of local creations.
Pageant of Steam - Stanley. Classic steam-powered farm and industry machines are on display and perform for fans of the power that helped build America.
Grape Festival - Naples. Food, arts, crafts and live music spread through the village of Naples in their annual celebration of the grape harvest. Be sure to have some Concord Grape pie, a local favorite.
Open Studio Trail - Naples. Take a self-guided tour of artisans' studios in the southern Canandaigua Lake area while enjoying the beautiful fall scenery.
Christkindl Market - Granger Homestead, Canandaigua. Hundreds of vendors with seasonal arts and crafts gather in pavilions on the grounds of the historic Granger Homestead. Local food and beverages are available to sustain guests while they shop.