What’s your favorite season? If you love cool weather, pumpkin spice, and cozy sweaters, then fall is likely your favorite time of year. This season is a great relief from the summer heat and boasts some great things to do. Thinking about visiting the Finger Lakes in the fall? we have the best Finger Lakes Fall Festivals listed below to help plan your stay. Let us help you plan with the family-friendly recommendations below. For more vacation inspiration, download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide! It’s filled with local insight into how to explore our area during each season!
Naples Grape Festival – September 24th – 25th
There’s no better way to start off the fall season than with a trip to the popular Naples Grape Festival at the southern tip of Canandaigua Lake. Every September, you can visit the beautiful town of Naples to celebrate the grape harvest, local artists, food and wine.
Think you can bake? This family-friendly fall festival offers the perfect opportunity for you. Enter the Naples Grape Pie Contest for a unique-to-the-Finger-Lakes experience! Name a better Finger Lakes wine pairing than vino and pie made from local grapes!
Garlic Festival August 5th, 6th + 7th!
The same festival you know and love, now at a new location. Fox Run’s Glorious Garlic Festival, presented by the Bank of the Finger Lakes, is back on Saturday August 6th to Sunday August 7th at 35 Lake Front Street (on Seneca Lake), but the fun will start the night before with a downtown Friday night concert. Enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, food and wine from around 40 vendors!
You’ll use all of your senses at this pungent party, and that includes listening to some great, toe-tapping music. The fest features some of the best live music in the Finger Lakes. Bring your dancing shoes because you’ll be doing a happy dance all day long, whether it’s from the catchy tunes or the great food!
Indulge all day long with more than 40 local vendors. Some of the vendors specialize in garlic-infused dishes, while other options include local ice cream, cheese, jerky, vegetable, and popcorn businesses!
Finger Lakes Beer Festival – October 28th – 29th
/October will speed by before you know it, but don’t let that happen without planning a fall trip for Finger Lakes Beer Festival Weekend! Get your tickets to the festival and enjoy more than 40 New York state breweries, distilleries, and cideries at Watkins Glen International.
And, if you’re feeling competitive, test your hand at corn-hole with the ultimate 32-team cornhole tournament and stein holding competition!
34th Annual Harvest Festival – October 1st
This event is screaming everything you imagine when you envision a Finger Lakes Fall Festival. Including wine tastings are $10 for five wines. Reservations for tastings are not required, but highly recommended. Reservations guarantee tastings. Our tasting room and porch seating will be reserved for tastings inside and outside under our covered porch.
Libations: There will also be bar service outside where guests can purchase wines by the glass or bottle, as well as beer from Climbing Bines Hop Farm & Brewery. Tables and seating outdoors and about our grounds will be available without reservations, first come first serve. This is a rain or shine event. Cover will be provided if there is inclement weather.
Food: The Anita Pizza Food Truck will be on site for noshes and to fill the air with the amazing smells of pizza as it bakes to perfection. Grape pies by Jeni’s Pies will be available to purchase, whole or by the slice. And we have a whole variety of picnic items and snacks in our gift shop that include local cheeses, salamis, ferments, olives, nuts, popcorn, pretzels, chips, crackers, salsa, specialty mustards, Hedonist chocolates, grape candy, and more! We also offer local beer, kombucha, bottled soda, iced teas, and sparkling water.
Music All Day:
Special Tastings & Tours: Winery tastings with our winemaker, trolley or hay wagon tours, and other Hunt family tours are being planned. Grape stomping, picking grapes, and other activities are being planned.
Sunflower Festival – August 20th- 21st
Welcome to our working farm in Summerhill, NY and our first ever Sunflower Finger Lakes Fall Festival! Come spend a day on the farm, enjoy the sunflowers and support the talented local artisans! Plus more fun events to come!
Bines Fest – September 3rd
Enjoy music by the Soul Benders from 11am to 1 pm. Followed by lie music by Smilo + The Ghost 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm and then Annie in the Water 4 pm – 7 pm and finally capping off the night with the Mike Powell band. Enjoy their delicious woodfire pizza food truck.
Patrick Young September 4th 12pm – 3pm
Hammondsport Festival of Crafts – August 20th – 21st
For 41 years people have flocked to the Southern end of Keuka Lake on the third weekend of August to relax and enjoy the Hammondsport Festival of Crafts. A festival which has over 100 select crafters for a weekend of demonstrations and sales. On August 20th & 21st, from 10am to 5pm, this select group of quality crafters and artisans will assemble on the Village Square in Hammondsport, NY and will offer a wide variety of arts and crafts.
Some of the vendors include: jewelry artisans, potters, photographers, quilters, leatherworkers, floral designers, woodworkers, candle makers, gourmet food items, artists and many other unique crafts available for sale.
Come spend the weekend in The Finger Lakes Wine Country enjoying the Hammondsport Festival of Crafts, along with a variety of store specials and specialty food items provided by our local merchants. Enjoy all we have to offer along with hassle free parking and continuous shuttle bus service from the Curtis Museum and Pleasant Valley Wine Company.
Oktoberfest is always a fun time for beer-fanatics around the world. But did you know you can celebrate the famous 2-week long German Festival right here in the Finger Lakes?
You can celebrate Oktoberfest by jamming to traditional German-American live music and enjoying local food, wine, & beer at Deer Run Winery in Geneseo, NY. Or, you can check out the Annual German Festival in September at Lucas Vineyards!