Festivals & Special Events

Spencerport Canal Days, July 27-28

Spencerport Canal Days, July 27-28

by Sue Cannon

•Running thru July 27 at the Orleans County Fairgrounds, Route 31 in Knowlesville NY is the annual Orleans County 4-H Fair.  Activities include rides, games and food on the midway, stage entertainment, animals, 4-H exhibits, merchandise vendors, special food nights and more.  Call (585) 798-4265.

•The Ontario County Fair, continuing thru July 27 at the County Fairgrounds, County Road 10 in Canandaigua NY, will provide amusement rides, festival foods, dirt racing, horse and tractor pulls, 4H competitions and exhibits, a demolition derby, stage entertainment and other events.  Call (585) 394-4987.

•At the Renaissance Festival, running Saturday and Sundays thru August 18 at 15385 Farden Road in Sterling NY, between Fair Haven and Oswego, you will be transported to an English Renaissance village complete with nearly 100 stage and street performances, jousting matches, pub sings, wench auctions, olde-world rides and games, specialty foods and more.  Call (888) 695-0888.

•On July 24, August 14 and September 18, The Inn On The Lake at 770 S. Main Street in Canandaigua NY will host Wednesdays Wine By The Water.  The events, held at their Lakeside Tent, feature live entertainment, cooking competitions, and local food, wine and brewery tastings.  Call (585) 394-7800.

•A Grand Parade, amusement rides and games, live bands in the beer tent, food, games of chance and more will be part of this year’s Hilton Fire Department Carnival taking place from July 24 thru 27 at 135 South Avenue, Hilton NY.  Visit www.hiltonfd.org.

•Casa Larga Vineyard at 2287 Turk Hill Road in Fairport is hosting a series of Roc Riesling Patio Parties this season complete with music, wine, local beer and gourmet foods.  Events are scheduled on July 25 & August 1 on the Winery’s front patio.  Call (585) 223-4210.

•The East Rochester Firemen’s Field Days, held from July 25 thru 27, include a number of popular events.  On Wednesday, check out the ‘world famous’ Chicken BBQ at the ER Fire Dept., 415 Main Street, starting at 4 p.m.  The Carnival runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the East Rochester High School Grounds, 200 Woodbine Avenue.  There will be a giant parade, fireworks, rides, games and food; and entertainment by the Zac Brown Tribute Band on Thursday, Me & The Boyz on Friday and Northside Johnny on Saturday.  Visit www.erfd.org.

•A Cruisin’ Night & Block Party is planned on July 26 in downtown Geneva NY, complete with classic cars, trucks and motorcycles on display along with live music, food, and kids’ activities.  Call (315) 789-0102.

•The Diplomat Party House at 1856 Lyell Avenue hosts PlayDate Rochester on July 26.  The adult event offers classic games for those in their 20’s or their 50’s – nostalgic games and old-fashioned fun.  Visit www.playdaterochester.com.

•On July 26 & 27, the Walworth Lions Club Festival in the Park is scheduled in Ginegaw Park, Penfield Road, Walworth NY.  You’ll find food concessions, games, community booths and live entertainment; a “Historic Walworth” Grand Parade, crafts, a kan-jam tournament, an outdoor movie and fireworks.  Call (315) 524-9047.

•Meet at the North Gatehouse of Mt. Hope Cemetery on July 27 for a tour led by Patricia Corcoran titled Rochester Abolitionists, Patriots and Philanthropists.  It takes a look at a number of major contributors to the shaping of early New York State.  Call (585) 461-3494.

•A special 21-and-over fundraiser benefiting conservation and education projects in Madagascar is scheduled for July 27 at the Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul Street.  Party Madagascar features crafts and other unique goods for sale in the International Marketplace, animal-themed games, a cash bar, and live music by Divided By Zero.  Call (585) 336-7200.

•The annual Ten Ugly Men Festival, a charity event featuring sports tournaments including kickball, volleyball and a 5K race complete with food, live music and kids’ activities, is scheduled for July 27 at Genesee Valley Park (enter @ the north side).  Visit www.tenuglymen.com.

•Held at the York Firemen’s Field on Main Street in York NY, the York Valley Fest will include crafts, music, agricultural displays, a car cruise, kid’s activities and food.  There will also be a chicken BBQ at the July 27th event.  Visit www.yorkvalleyfest.com.

•The International Society of Glass Beadmakers invites the public to a Bead Bazaar on July 27th at the Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main Street.  Over 100 artists from all over the world will offer one-of-a-kind handcrafted beads, jewelry, metal and multimedia work – both wearable and collectible.  Call (614) 222-2243.

Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Fetival, July 27 & 28

Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Fetival, July 27 & 28

•On July 27 & 28, the annual Native American Dance & Music Festival will be held at the Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Route 444 in Victor NY.  Award-winning and internationally renowned musicians Arvel Bird and Jennifer Kreisberg headline this year’s event.  (See our Coming to Town section.) The weekend will also feature Iroquois dance performances, artisan demonstrations, storytelling, longhouse tours, numerous family-friendly activities, a Native Arts Market, and new this year, a Family String Jam as well as the Family Drum Jam.  Visit www.ganondagan.org for details.

•The Spencerport Canal Days run July 27 & 28 in Spencerport NY, but get things started on Friday night, July 26, with a Street Concert from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring Ruby Shooz.  Then, all day on Saturday and Sunday, there will arts and crafts, live music, food, children’s activities, and more – even horse & buggy rides and a chance to check out the Canal Corp Urger Tugboar.  Special events include and a classic car show at Pineway Ponds Park on Saturday and the Canaligator Race on Sunday.  Visit www.spencerportcanaldays.com.

•At the Waterfront Art Festival, held July 27 & 28 in Kershaw Park on Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua NY, you will find juried fine art and crafts as well as food vendors and more.  Call (585) 671-9102.

•Children’s activities, games, and entertainment will be part of the July 28 Perinton Park Summer Fest – held in the park, located on O’Connor Road and Route 31F in Fairport.  Among the acts you can expect are Doug “Bubbleman” Rougeux, Airplay, clowns and jugglers.  There will also be Sportsworks Express Train Rides, the Seneca Park Zoomobile, live music, canoe rentals and more. Call (585) 223-0770.

•Billed as WNY’s largest car/truck/motorcycle show, the Marilla Car, Truck & Cycle Show takes place on July 28th in Alden Town Park, Broadway, W. Main St. in Alden NY.  Benefiting Mercy Flight, the event will feature celebrity guest Diane Sox, Lou Santiago and Ricky Lee who will perform a two-hour concert.  Visit www.marillaautoshow.com.

•This year’s Community Garage Sales and Super Fleas, presented by the City of Rochester at the Public Market, 280 N. Union Street, will be held on July 28; August 4, 11, 18 & 25; September 8, 22 & 29 and October 6 & 13.  This is your chance to convert all those treasures you found while spring cleaning in to cash!  Call (585) 428-6219.

•At the Livingston County Fair, there will be rides, games, food, animals, a demolition derby, entertainment and more.  The event runs July 30 thru August 3 and at the Livingston County Fairgrounds on Route 36 in Caledonia.  Call (585) 538-2168.

•A special Sign-Language Museum Tour of the George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue, is scheduled for July 31.  The 45-minute tour is led by docent Bob Menchel.  Call (585) 271-3361.

Food Truck Rodeo Events are planned throughout this season at the Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union Street.  The nights provide great music by several regional artists – July 31 features the music of Mr. Mustard, The Front perform on August 28, and on September 25 The Coupe de Villes play.  In addition to the music, these events offer our community’s eclectic array of mobile food stands for you to sample – vendors like Le Pett Poutine, The Sammich Guy, Cheese & Confused, Potatoes to Go and others.  Call (585) 428-6907.

•The Farmington Firemen’s Carnival runs August 1 thru 3 at 135 Hook Road (off Rt. 96, near the track). Events include a giant parade with some 90 units and marching bands on Friday; a kid’s parade and chicken BBQ on Saturday, fireworks, rides, games of chance; and music by Upstate on Thursday, by Paul Cummings & Crossroads Project on Friday and by Everheart on Saturday.  Visit www.farmingtonfd.org.

•In the “Worth the Drive” arena, you might want to consider the Brantling Bluegrass Festival, running August 1 thru 3 at 4015 Fish Farm Road in Sodus NY.  For this event, the Brantling Ski Slopes hosts three days of national, regional and local bluegrass artists and bands.  This year’s lineup includes host band Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads, Larry Stephenson, The Roys, Remington Ryde, Claire Lynch Band, Sons of Bluegrass and more.  There will also be food and craft vendors; and camping is available.  Call (315) 331-2365.

•Another “Worth the Drive” event is scheduled for August 1 thru 4 at the Sterling Stage Kampitheatre, 274 Kent Road in Sterling NY.  The Sterling Stage String Fling features a mix of acoustically-inspired music, including jamgrass, traditional, gypsy jazz, and world music, with the Ryan Montbleau Band, Cabinet, and more.  There’s plenty of camping, and there are vendors and food available.  Call (818) 212-9489.

•This year’s Monroe County Fair is slated this year to be held at Northampton Park on Hubbell Road in Ogden NY on August 1 thru 4.  The event will include exhibitions, events and other attractions like tractor pulls, specialty foods, crafts, gardening competitions, musical acts, 4-H competitions and a kid-friendly midway  Visit www.mcfair.com.

•The Phelps Sauerkraut Festival, which runs August 1 thru 4 at the Firemen’s Field, 77 Ontario Street in Phelps NY, offers carnival rides, food vendors and community organization booth; as well as  live music, a parade, fireworks, cabbage head decorating, the 20K Sauerkraut Road Race, a Sauerkraut Cake Cutting Ceremony and more.  Visit www.phelpsny.com.

The Polish Arts Festival @ St. Stanislaus Church, August 2 & 3

The Polish Arts Festival @ St. Stanislaus Church, August 2 & 3

•On August 2 & 3, St. Stanislaus Church at 1124 Hudson Avenue, corner of Hudson Ave. & Norton St., hosts the St. Stanislaus Polish Arts Festival.  You can enjoy great homemade Polish foods with dinners served staring at 5 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.  There will also be polka music, raffles, children’s games, games of chance, Polish folk art, tours of the church, and much more.  Call (585) 467-3068.

Tinker Homestead & Farm Museum ‘s Civil War Days are scheduled for August 2 thru 4 at Tinker Nature Park, 1525 Calkins Road in Henrietta.  The tenth annual re-enactment and living history event features a Friday night concert with the Excelsior Brigade Fife and Drum.  Camps are open on Saturday and Sunday with battles on both days; a ladies’ dress show is scheduled for Saturday and a church service on Sunday.  Call (585) 359-7044.

•On August 3, Letchworth State Park in Castile NY hosts a Concert on the Hill & Classic Car Show at the Trailside Lodge.  The event features 50’s and 60’s music and a car show with trophies awarded.  Call (585) 493-3600.

•The Central New York Wine & Jazz Fest is scheduled for Saturday, August 3rd in historic Wolcott NY.  The event features selections from fifteen Upstate New York wineries along with live jazz music by Andy Stobie and the Greater Finger Lakes Jazz Orchestra, the John Cole Blues Band, and Gap Mangione and The New Blues Band.  You will also find specialty vendors and food booths set up along Main Street and in Northrup Park in Wolcott NY.  Visit www.wolcottlionsclub.org.

•There will be live acoustic folk acts performing on August 3rd at the Webster Folk Music Festival, with an Acoustic Instrument Petting Zoo for the kids to check out, a jam tent, food and more.  Activities will take place at the Webster Village Gazebo Park on North Avenue, Webster.  Visit www.websterbid.com.

•At the Lima Crossroads Festival, you will find arts & crafts and food vendors, pony rides, a petting zoo and Kids’ Carnival, the famous bed race, a lima bean recipe contest, and entertainment featuring a special concert by Bat McGrath.  (See our Coming to Town section.)  The event will be held on August 3 at Routes 5 & 20 and 15A in Lima NY.  Visit www.limafest.org.

•The annual Fiddlers’ Picnic is scheduled this year for August 3 offering nine acts performing old time country music at Long Point Park on Conesus Lake, with off stage jam sessions.  A BBQ is available, or bring your own picnic.  The park is on West Lake Road (Route 256), Geneseo NY. Call (716) 801-5230.


“Laura Wilder Weekend” @ Genesee Country Village & Museum, August 3 & 4

“Laura Wilder Weekend” @ Genesee Country Village & Museum, August 3 & 4

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, taking place on August 3 & 4 at Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford NY, is a celebration of one of the most popular writers of 19th-century frontier life.  The weekend features hands-on activities, games and contests, and a celebrity guest appearance by “Little House on the Prairie” cast member, Allison Arngrim, who portrayed the spoiled brat, ‘Nellie Oleson.’  Call (585) 538-6822.

•Scheduled for August 3 & 4 this year, the Park Ave. Summer Art Fest will feature the work of more than 300 artists from across the U.S. and Canada.  Their pieces will line the streets of Park Avenue from Alexander Street to Culver Road, with a wide variety of food vendors also on hand and live music presented on three stages.  Visit www.park-avenue.org.

•A Glorious Garlic Festival is planed for August 3 & 4 at Fox Run Vineyards, 670 State Route 14, on the west side of Seneca Lake.  This is the 21st annual event which honors both garlic and wine with cooking demonstrations, great food, wine tastings, live music and more.  Over 30 vendors will be on hand!  Call (800) 636-9786; or visit www.foxrunvineyards.com.

Bug Bust 23, on August 4 at Webster Schroeder High School, 875 Ridge Road in Webster NY, is an all-Volkswagen car show and swap meet, sponsored by the Finger Lakes Region Volkswagen Club, with awards in 16 show classes.  Plenty of food and beverages will be available.  Call (585) 671-5914.

•On August 4, the Genesee Valley Antique Car Society Show will be held rain or shine, on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive.  There will be antiques, arts, crafts and collectibles to check out, as well as an auto flea market and car corral.  Visit www.gvacs.com.

•You can Break Bread to End Poverty on August 5 at Friendly’s Restaurant, 2717 Monroe Avenue.  The event will raise funds for the Heifer International Project. All purchases, including ice cream, count toward the donation – dine-in or take-out.  The event is sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  Call (585) 442-6400.

•On August 5, the non-profit Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty will present their Annual Fundraising Dinner on the lakefront grounds of Geneva on the Lake, 1001 Lochland Road in Geneva NY.  There wil be hors d’oeuvres, a three course dinner paired with Finger Lakes wines, desserts, live music, an art auction and more.  Call (800) 3- GENEVA, or (315) 789-7190.

The Pageant of Steam, held on August 7 thru 10 on Gehan Road, off Routes 5 & 20 East in Canandaigua NY, promises displays and demonstrations of antique farm equipment, parades, tractor pulls, a craft and flea market, concessions, live musicÖand camping is available.  Visit www.pageantofsteam.org.

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