Being in the Fingerlakes during the summer is the greatest!  Here’s a few things to do within the first two weeks of July!

Every Sunday in July & August – Polo Games, Andrews Road, Skaneateles, Ny. 3pm. Small parking fee.

Every Friday, beginning July 3rd –Skaneateles Community Band Concerts Lakeside,  Clift Park, Genesee St., Skaneateles, Ny. 7pm. Bring a chair or blanket. Rain place: Austin Park Pavilion, Genesee St., Skaneateles, Ny. 315-685-0552

July 4thIndependence Day Side Dishes, New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. (585) 394-7070  Check out their website for their classes & happenings!This is just one of the many classes being offered.

Before the family festivities start for the day, join the Center’s Culinary Instructor as you and a partner prepare one of four different side dishes to share at your 4th of July BBQ! Experience our Hands-On Kitchen and prepare your culinary creation using tips and tricks from the professionals. When you leave, you’ll take a 16 ounce container all four dishes with you – and leave the mess behind! 10:00am to 12:30pm. Price: $50.00.
Registration:  Open
Instructor: Jeffory McLean
Location: Hands on kitchen

  • Finger Lakes Fresh Vegetable Slaw
  • Maple Bacon & Caramelized Onion Baked Beans
  • Cucumber Mint Salad
  • Savory Gluten Free Pasta Salad

July 1st – July 15thThe Light in the Piazza, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Rd., Auburn, Ny

Summer, 1953. Florence, Italy. Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara – a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman – loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and thrilling romance between Clara and Fabrizio. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart. As the story unfolds, a secret is revealed and Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara’s future, but her own hopes as well.
Awards: Nominated for Best Musical; Winner of 6 Tony Awards (2005) including Best Score
Audience: Anyone who’s ever been in love. Or loves Italians.

Cost: Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times. Telephone: 800-457-8897. Email:

July 3rd – July 5th
Fourth of July Celebration, Band Stand Park & Town Field, Fair Haven, Ny
*7/3 – Mile Long Parade down Main St. 7pm. View a variety of local and regional floats and bands. Chicken BBQ, Carnival and live entertainment follow in Cayuga Street Park.
*7/3 – 7/5 – 30th Fair Haven Arts & Crafts Fair at the Village Park: 10 AM – DARK. Sponsored by the Fair Haven Area Chamber of Commerce. Handmade arts and crafts by local, regional and national artisans and crafters. Entertainment and food vendors in the Park throughout the fair. Carnival, Chicken BBQ, live entertainment: After parade on Thursday. 5:00PM Friday and 5:00 PM Saturday. *7/4 – Boat Parade on the Bay: NOON. A Fair Haven tradition!! Decorated kayaks to yachts parade around Little Sodus Bay!! *7/5 – 5K Walk/Run – Hospice of the Finger Lakes: 8:00AM registration — race starts at 9:00AM at Cayuga Street Park!! Applications forms will be linked and also can be downloaded at the following link (click on “upcoming events” in left side menu) or picked up at local establishments in the Spring. Hospice of the Finger Lakes. Bayside Cruisers Classic Car Show: 9:00 – 5:00 PM. Street Rods and Restorations in parking lot near fire house. Children’s Parade: 12:30 PM starting at the Fire Department. Band Concert Village Park: 7:30 PM — First concert of the season!! Fireworks: Wall of Fire followed at 10:00 PM by a spectacular display of fireworks over the Bay. Cost: Free, Telephone: 315-947-5628, Email:

July 3rdFireworks at Emerson Park, 6914 East Lake Road, Auburn, Ny. Entertainment at 8pm.  Fireworks at dusk. Come early! Parking is limited at Emerson Park and around the park! 315-253-5611.

July 3rd – July 5thSCAA Majors Super Tour, 2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Since 1944, SCCA has championed one mission: To bring motorsports to the masses of American men and women who are passionate about automobiles, speed and competition. Join us July 3-5 for the annual SCCA Super Majors Tour at Watkins Glen International. For more information on Sports Car Club of America.

July 4thFourth of July Extravaganza at the Lighthouse, Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, 7606 North Ontario Street, Sodus Point, Ny.Celebrate Independence Day from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse! 7-11 Pancake Breakfast on the Bluff ($8) 8-5 Art & Craft Show (FREE) 9-10 Lighthouse 5-K Run ($20/$30) 12-3 Lunch (Price Varies) 2-4 Gap Mangione Big Band Concert (FREE) For more information, visit the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum website or call (315) 483-4936.

July 4th – August 16thSterling Renaissance Festival, 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling, Ny.
The Sterling Renaissance Festival is one of the oldest and most successful producers of professional interactive entertainment in the world. Thrill to the excitement of over 100 stage and street performers, professional actors, comedians and musicians who whimsically recreate an authentic English Renaissance village for you to experience. Join the merriment at the Pub Sing, Wench Auction and Trial & Dunke. Witness dozens of artisans demonstrating their fine craftsmanship and selling their unique wares. Enjoy digging into our savour delicacies – from steak-on-a-stake, pita pockets, succulent turkey legs, portabella mushroom sandwiches, mile high cakes and more! Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Cost: See web site or call box office for prices. Telephone: 1-800-879-4446

July 9th – July 12thSkaneateles Library Annual Book Sale, Village Hall, 26 Fennell St., Skaneateles, Ny
Thursday 6-9pm; Friday 9am-9pm; Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday Noon-2pm. (315) 685-5135July 9th – July 12thRent, 151 S. Main Street, Naples, NY

Performance begins at 8:00 p.m. No day but today! The Broadway sensation that lit up the Silver Screen, toured the nation for over a decade and won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize comes to the BVT stage! This contemporary classic celebrates the joys and the heartaches of a year in the life of a group of bohemian artists living in NYC’s East Village in the early 90’s. With a compelling rock score including hits such as “Seasons of Love” and “One Song Glory.” Ticket Prices: $12-$33.

July 10thLaunch of The Lakes, 2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen, NY
Join us on Friday night for Yancey’s Fancy Launch of The Lakes. Enjoy free samples from Yancey’s Fancy and taste from select Finger Lakes Wine Festival wineries. Dress in your best toga, enjoy live music and cap the night off with our fireworks display by Youngs Explosives.

July 10th-July 12thFinger Lakes Wine Festival 2015, Watkins Glen, NY. Don’t miss the largest showcase of New York State wines served by over 80 wineries and paired with delicious regional cuisine. Plus browse local artists, and enjoy live music, culinary classes, cooking demonstrations and more! Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy. Friday, July 10 – 5 p.m. Yancey’s Fancy Launch of The Lakes. Saturday, July 11 & Sunday, July 12 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  More information can be found on the festival’s website, 10th4th Annual Irish Fest Block Party, O’Connors’ Main Street Pub, 559 Main St., Fair Haven, Ny. Kickoff at 6:00pm. Live Music, live bagpipes. Time: 6:00 pm. Cost: Free
Telephone: 315-947-6266

July 10th & 11th56th Annual Antique and Craft ShowAustin Park Pavilion Crnrs. Jordan & Austin St., Skaneateles, Ny. Sponsored by the Skaneateles United Methodist Church. Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Over 70 antique dealers. Local artisans & craft vendors. 315-685-3177.

July 10th & 11th NYS Blues Fest 2015, Clinton Square, Syracuse, Ny
Featuring some of the finest blues players in the country as well as some great regional players. This is a not-to-miss festival! Free admission. 1-800-234-4797.

July 11thAuroraFest, Village of Aurora, Ny
Village of Aurora on Cayuga Lake. The festival starts with a Fun Run, then Dock to Dock swim. Parade through the village at noon, children’s activities, vendors and refreshments. Free admission. 9am-10:30am. 315-364-5438.

July 11thSimi Wine Dinner, BeauVine Chophouse, 74 State Street, Auburn, Ny

BeauVine Chophouse at the Hilton Garden Inn is hosting an exclusive Simi Wine Dinner. The Simi Winery began in 1876 and now includes a family of wines sourced from five estate vineyards throughout Sonoma County and the Russian River Valley. Two very special reserve wines will be served during dinner, Sonoma County Reserve Sauvignon Blanc and Russian River Reserve Chardonnay. Chef Collins will also feature an East Coast vs. West Coast Oyster Bar and Wild Game Black Bear Short Ribs with Bear Demi. $100 per person inclusive (tax & tip included).  Reservations required. Time: 6:30 pm. Cost: $100 per person. Telephone: 315-252-5511

July 11th & 12thFinger Lakes Lavender Festival, Lockwood Lavender Farm, 1682 West Lake Rd., Skaneateles, Ny. Rain or shine. Pick your own lavender, free admission and parking. Fine arts & crafts, food and featured speakers. 9am-5pm. 315-685-5369.

July 13th – July 24thNew York Dance Festival, West Middle School, 217 Genesee St., Auburn, Ny. The 2015 Festival brings the explosive multicultural dance scene of New York City and the world to beautiful Upstate New York. With critically acclaimed teachers, world-class dance classes, guest lecturers, and a Gala Event, the three week festival creates a world stage for dance in the Finger Lakes. The dance festival includes personal and family development through 8 1/2 hours of dance a day, with classes in McLeod Technique Modern, Reinforced Motor Function – RMF ®, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, MT Afro Hip Hop, Tap, and African. Telephone: 315-252-0350.

July 14th – August 8thLate Nite Catechism, Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn, Ny. Late Night. Classroom, Catholic School. Now in its 20th hysterical year, Late Night Catechism is an uproariously funny play that takes the audience back to their Catholic school youth. Call it Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett.

The irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of “students” and reminds them of Latin mass, meatless Fridays and makes good use of the ruler.

The New York Times calls it, “hilarious, well-written and inspired.” This interactive comedy has brought its nostalgic kick to every state in the US as well as to Canada, the UK and Australia. Time to laugh your sins off! Audience: Everyone. Rated PG-13 Cost: Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times. Telephone: 1-800-457-8897

10 Fitch, your romantic escape in NY states beautiful Finger Lakes region.

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