Fall foliage is upon us. As you drive through this gorgeous countryside, leaves are turning. The mornings are cooler and crisper. You can just feel it in the air. We just planted mums at our front door. Soon pumpkins will be everywhere. It’s a beautiful time to visit the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York.
Looking for a great way to get out and experience what Downtown Geneva has to offer? Geneva Night Out is a free, monthly arts and cultural event. Friday, September 4 is this month’s Grape Harvest edition! More information, maps, and a complete list of participating businesses are all available at www.genevanightout.wordpress.com.
There’s no way to observe Labor Day weekend quite like the Finger Lakes Ring of Fire Celebration! This year’s celebration will take place on Saturday, September 5 at dusk on Canandaigua Lake, Honeoye Lake, and Keuka Lake. Gather on the lakeshore when the sun sets and watch as business owners and residents light red flares around the lake’s edge and bathe the lake in an entrancing red glow in honor of an old Native American tradition.
Having purple feet might be cause for some alarm, but not at the Casa Larga Purple Foot Festival! One of the largest grape stomping festivals in the Eastern U.S, the festival celebrates the grape harvest season through the old world tradition of stomping grapes. There will be live music, vendors of all kinds, kids crafts and games, wine tastings and seminars, and, of course, grape stomping! September 13, from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine. Tickets are $18 at the door; those under 21 get in free. Casa Larga Vineyard, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, 14450. (585) 223-4210.
Autumn means the return of the famous fall foliage colors of upstate New York, and the Fall Sky Rides at Bristol Mountain offer an excellent way to leisurely take in the view. Take a ride to the top of the mountain and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bristol Hills and valley below. Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for children. Fall Sky Rides available September 12 through October 25 from noon to 4pm at Bristol Mountain, 5662 State Route 64, Canandaigua, 14424. (585) 374-6000.
Fall is just around the corner! If you are looking for pumpkins and corn mazes, a great place to find both is the Pick’n Patch! Challenge yourself to find your way through the corn maze, and then stop to pick out your pumpkins and fall decorating items. Fall fun for the whole family! Open September 17 to Halloween, 10am to 6pm at 2205 Route 5 & 20, Stanley, 14561. (585) 526-6518.
September is grape harvest season which means it’s time for the annual Naples Grape Festival! Since 1961 the grape festival has been held every September to celebrate the area’s grape harvest. Wine tastings, arts and crafts, foods of all kinds, and area musicians performing rock, blues, jazz, and original music are just a few highlights! The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 10am to 5pm at Memorial Town Hall and Naples High School Grounds, Route 21 South, Naples, 14512.
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The Canandaigua Plein Air Festival starts on June 4th and is back in its third year! Artists will work in various painting media on location in and around Canandaigua throughout the weekend. Be a part of the action on June 7th with the Community Paint Out – all local and regional artists welcome! For more details on event times and registration visit www.fingerlakespleinair.com. 585-394-0030.
Come celeberate the rich hertiage of Clifton Springs at the Sulphur Springs Festival on June 6-7th. Featuring a parade, live musical acts on Fri – Sat, games for the kids, food and much more! Experience Shakespeare by the Brook on June 14th at 2pm. Enjoy this 60 minute outdoor adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic “As You Like It!”. Located on the West Lawn Spa Apartments, 11 East Main St. Rain Location: Chapel in Spa Apts, Clifton Springs. For more information visit www.cliftonspringschamber.com.
Sonnenberg’s Roses and Rosés elegant wine and food pairing event on June 9th showcases over 25 wineries and restaurants of the Finger Lakes Region and kicks off Rose Week at Sonnenberg June 8-14. For more information or tickets to the event, visit www.sonnenberg.org. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua. 585-394-4922.
Come and enjoy professional theater on Main Street in Naples in the heart of the Finger Lakes! The 2014 summer season has arrived at Bristol Valley Theater. Kicking off the season is “Oh, Coward” playing from June 12 to 22nd and “Next Fall” which opens on June 26th. For tickets and show information, visit www.bvtnaples.org. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main Street, Naples. 585-374-6318.
Connect with nature and hike the more than 50 miles of foot trails in the town of Victor. You’ll see a variety of terrain including open fields, wooded wetlands, hills and valleys with breathtaking views and a chance to explore the diverse wildlife of the Finger Lakes. www.victorhikingtrails.org.
During Rochester’s Real Beer Week, stop by The VB Brewery on June 15th from 1-5pm for live music and fun! Featuring beer tastings from The VB Brewery and Lost Borough Brewing Company. Live music will be provided by “In The Loop”. 6606 State Route 96, Victor. 585-902-8166
Celebrate summer at the Finger Lakes Brew Festival on June 21st.The festival will feature local music, breweries, tastings and vendors. The festival will take place at the new Geneva Lakefront Events Center along the northern shore of Seneca Lake. Geneva Lakefront Events Center, 35 Lakefront Drive, Geneva. 315-789-1616
Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures features seven courses with 100 elements featuring ziplines, tight rope walks, rope ladders and bridges. Some of the elements reach almost 60 ft. high into the canopies of the trees! Reservations are required. 5589 South Hill Road, Canandaigua. 585-374-6000