Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Finger Lakes Beer Festival

This October, do something spooktacular while giving your taste buds something cold and refreshing! For Halloween weekend, head over to the Finger Lakes to experience the annual Finger Lakes Beer Festival! Beer-fanatics from all over crave this popular event and return year after year. Read on to learn why this fall festival is such a hit! 

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What Can I expect at Finger Lakes Beer Festival Weekend? 

When Is Finger Lakes Beer Festival? 

Chemung Canal Trust’s Finger Lakes Beer Festival Weekend will fizz up between October 29-30, 2021, this year. 

Where Is Finger Lakes Beer Festival? 

The festival takes place every year at Watkins Glen International. 

See What the Buzz Is About 

It’s obvious that you’ll have the opportunity to drink the best beer around, but did you know you’ll be able to taste more than 40 New York state breweries, distilleries, and cideries? 

Feeling competitive? After you’ve got a good buzz going, take part in a 32-team corn hole competition and stein holding contest! You heard that correctly – you’ll be playing a giant corn hole tournament against 31 other teams! 

Drive the Glen 

Enjoy a race weekend when you explore North America’s Premier Road Racing Facility, Glen International. It’s the only NASCAR racetrack in New York that you can drive yourself. All you have to do to feel like you’re a professional racecar driver is bring your car, and you can drive laps around a 3.4-mile Grand Prix circuit. 

Every day except for some select days in August September, and October, drivers have the opportunity to take laps around the course at noon and 5 p.m. Make sure to arrive early to make sure everything runs smoothly! 

NASCAR Experiences at the Glen 

There are several different NASCAR experiences to choose from that can accommodate any fan or group. Package options include the Family 4-Pack, Primesport, Tailgate Zone Parking, Glentopia, or Scanner Rental. See their website to learn about the details and differences between each package. 

If You Like the Finger Lakes Beer Festival, You Might Also Enjoy… 

If you visit during the summer months, you might be able to make it to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival where you can enjoy an extensive selection of wines from all over the state of New York. Voted “the Best Wine Festival” in the United States, you’re sure to enjoy the variety of wines from almost 100 different NY wineries, food vendors, pace car vendors, live music, and more. 

Relax After a Buzzworthy Day of Tastings 

After a day of racing around the Glen campgrounds with your best buds, kick your feet up and unwind in a nearby vacation rental on the lake. Finger Lakes Premier Properties is the best rental company in all the Finger Lakes, and you’ll agree when you experience the best family memories and bonding experiences by the water. Make it a tradition, and stay in a gorgeous, family-sized home with a dock, and you’ll see why visitors return to the Finger Lakes year after year. Check our availability now, and reserve the best lake-cation yet! 

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Quarantined in the Finger Lakes

Creating memorable experiences in the Finger Lakes isn’t only for the out-of-towners. Here at Finger Lakes Premier Properties, we strive to be a resource for everyone to enjoy their time in the our picturesque region. During this period of social distancing and limited travel, in order to #flattenthecurve, we’ve provided some inspiration for making the most of our time apart.

Take A Breath of Fresh Air

Local and New York State Parks are still open, but visit responsibly. As Spring weather welcomes warmer temperatures, you’re bound to see more people stretching their legs at public parks. Luckily for us, there is a plethora of parks with great trails for hikers of all levels.

The New York State Parks have only closed access to playgrounds, athletic courts, and sporting fields to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To explore a park near you, visit their website.

Another one of our favorite resources for creating new adventures is GoFingerLakes.org. You can download the app or visit their site to find the best spots for hiking, biking, paddling, and outdoor recreation across our 6,000-square-mile area. On this site, you can even use their advance search for the best locations for waterfalls, pet-friendly trails, bird watching, and more.

The Lake is Open!

It may be obvious, but the lakes offer great activities for responsible social distancing. Take advantage of the free entertainment they provide from paddling to fishing.

No matter what species of fresh water fish you’re looking for, the Finger Lakes has it. For family outings you can cast from most public and state parks for a lakeside activity. For the serious anglers, different lakes are better for certain types of fish. For example, Seneca Lake attracts fishermen for its Perch and Trout and hosts tournaments each year. In addition to the lakes, the ponds and streams throughout the region also offer plentiful opportunities for casting a line or net, which can be brought home for a fresh dinner. For more information about fishing in the Finger Lakes, click here. Before you grab your fishing pole, take a look at New York State regulations and licensing by clicking here.

If you own a kayak or canoe, take advantage of your extra time and get paddling. If you don’t live lakeside, you can launch from parks scattered along the shores of each lake. For fresh scenery and the chance to view wildlife, paddle an inlet where you can also find some great fishing spots. Click here for resources on where to launch.

Savor the Flavors

Just because you can’t sit down in your favorite restaurant doesn’t mean you have to fend for yourself at every meal. Create a special evening or make a picnic out of it by ordering take out from local restaurants. Below you can review menus of favored venues around our region offering to-go or delivery options.

Canandaigua Restaurants with Take Out:

Naples Restaurants with Take Out:

Penn Yan Restaurants with Take Out:

Hammondsport Restaurants with Take Out:

Geneva Restaurants with Take Out:

Watkins Glen Restaurants with Take Out:

Seneca Falls Restaurants with Take Out:

Ithaca Restaurants with Take Out:

(check back as we will be updating this page with more options)

Don’t forget the wine and beer!

You may not be able to do a tasting on site, but you can still purchase your favorite bottles and growlers while supporting our local beverage industry. Find complete lists by visiting the wine trail and beer trail links below.

We hope everyone stays healthy, safe, and connected during this unprecedented time. Join us on Facebook as we will be posting live photos, videos, and updates from our picturesque region.