The Finger Lakes, in Upstate New York, during the Fall, is the Best Place to Be! The Fall Festivals, the apple picking, the wine tasting, and the warm weather just add to the wonderful atmosphere known here near 10 Fitch. Here are some neat things to do around the area during the month of September. We would love to have you visit us and stay awhile.
Sept. 1st - Sept. 4th - IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen, 2790 County Route 16, Watkins Glen, NY. Be here as three-time WGI winner Scott Dixon looks to top Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, and the rest of a talented field for a return trip to Gatorade Victory Lane. Check out http://www.theglen.com/Tickets-Events/Events/2015/IndyCar.aspx for tickets and more information.
Sept. 9th - 31st Annual TomatoFest & The Brew Run Series, 128 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY. Features a buffet of music, children’s activities, food vendors and more. Four stages of live music. The section of Genesee Street between William and South Street will be sectioned off, along with the neighboring section of State Street. Prison City Pub & Brewery will host a new Brew Run 5K Race at 4:00 pm. Proceeds from the run will be donated to area food pantries. Genesee & State Streets & Exchange Street Plaza:
This long-standing fundraiser for the local food pantries is moving downtown! Friday night kick-off event will include a sponsor reception, live music acts scheduled at A.T. Walley's, Parker's Grille, Moondog's Lounge, Prison City Pub & Brewery & Osteria Salina, plus Music on the Mall on State Street from 7 - 10PM. On Saturday, 11AM - 6PM, come back downtown to enjoy an more live music with street performers, food & fine art vending & activities for the whole family. The event will also offer two ticket music performances at Auburn Public Theater.
On Saturday on State Street, Prison City Pub & Brewery is hosting & toasting a 5K BrewRun Series from 3 - 7PM. Enjoy a special release beer, awards, live music & see why an active lifestyle & local craft brewing go so very well together! Check out http://www.cnytomatofest.org/ for more information.
Sept. 10th - Glorious Grape Day, Varick Winery, 5102 State Route 89, Cayuga Wine Trail, Romulus, NY. Grapes, grapes and more grapes. Enjoy wine tastings and complimentary grape treats such as grape pies, frozen grape pops, grape cookies, grape cheesecake, and more. Admission: Free. $4.00 for wine tasting. Check out http://www.varickwinery.com/ for more information.
Some Like It Hot @ Hosmer Winery, 7020 Route 89, Ovid, NY. From 1PM - 6PM; FREE ADMISSION • Live music from the Jess Novak Band • Local cuisine from Paulie's Global Kitchen • Wine by the glass or bottle. • Local artisans will be showcasing their hand-crafted specialties. • The event is outside overlooking our vineyards and starts at noon. Admission is free. Bring along your lawn chair and plan to spend the afternoon! Phone: 607-869-3393 Website: www.hosmerwinery.com.
Sept. 10th - Sept. 11th - M&T Bank Clothesline Festival, 500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY. Nearly 60 years after the first Clothesline, Rochester’s largest and longest-running fine art and crafts festival continues to thrive. It’s now the place to: ◦browse and buy original artwork by more than 400 New York state artists ◦experience all-day live entertainment ◦sample food from some of Rochester’s favorite vendors ◦enjoy free family art activities ◦search for bargains at the Gallery Store’s Sidewalk Sale and art library’s used book sale ◦visit the museum (included in admission). Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 10am–5pm. Admission: $5 (MAG members $4) 10 and under free if accompanied by an adult. Check out the website @ http://mag.rochester.edu/events/clothesline-festival/ for more information.
Sept. 10th - Professor Louie and The Crowmatix, Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange Street, Auburn, NY. This very special two-act Benefit Concert brings the best of the Woodstock sound to TomatoFest 2016. Rory Block, who will open for the Crowmatix at 8:00pm is to Bonnie Raitt what Bonnie Raitt is to the rest of us blues playing mortals: inspirational. Professor Louie and the Crowmatix will follow Block and have an impressive background: they backed up Van Morrison and Bob Dylan and then collaborated for over a decade with the Band. The Rock of Ages Horn Section will join the Crowmatix to lift this concert to another level. You don’t want to miss this one and we only have 200 seats. Proceeds will benefit Central New York Food Pantries. 8:00pm, tickets $30. For tickets and more info, click Here!
Sept. 15th - Sept. 24th - First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, 406 East Main Street, Rochester, NY. Since its debut in 2012, the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival has become one of the most successful fringe festivals in the U.S. This 10-day, multi-arts festival now boasts over 500 performances and events – more than a quarter of which are Free – in 25+ venues in downtown Rochester, NY. Celebrating and inspiring creativity, the non-profit Fringe includes everything from theatre, music, comedy and dance, to children’s entertainment, spoken word, visual arts and film, and much more. For more information and ticket sales, check out http://www.rochesterfringe.com .
Sept. 15th - Oct. 1st - Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival Presents: Million Dollar Quartet, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Road, Auburn, NY. A famous jam session you’ll never forget! On December 4, 1956. A recording session that will go down in history as the one and only time that four legends came together to make music. This is the story of that fateful session between Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. This rock ‘n roll megahit is electrifying! Awards: Nominated for 3 Tony Awards. Rated PG. Call (315) 255-1785 or 1-800-457-8897 or check out http://fingerlakesmtf.com/2016-season/index.html for more information and tickets.
Sept. 16th - Sept. 17th - Harvest Music Festival, Centerway Square Corning, NY. The two-day event begins Friday, September 16, with the wildly popular Finger Lakes wine and craft beer tasting and a concert in Centerway Square. The festivities continue throughout Saturday, September 17, with the Corning Farmers Market, local food and craft vendors, children's activities, tractor display, shopping and dining incentives and a concert in Centerway Square! Guests will enjoy free musical performances by many local and regional talents throughout Corning's historic downtown during the duration of the two-day event at many different locations. Check out http://www.fingerlakes.org/things-to-do/events/13/gafferdistrict.com/harvestmusicfestival for more information.
Sept. 18th - Tiffany Sunday Concert Series Presents: Organ Concert by Dr. Thomas Donahue, Willard Memorial Chapel, 17 Nelson Street, Auburn, NY. Sunday at 2pm, admission $10 per person unless otherwise noted. Children 12 and under are free. Refreshments served during a brief Intermission. Tickets may be purchased at Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson Street, Auburn, NY during their regular office hours Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm or call 315-252-0339. Visit http://www.willard-chapel.org/Events.html for more information.
Sept. 18th - German Festival, Lucas Vineyards, 3862 County Road 150, Interlaken, NY. This lively fall festival includes Authentic Live Music and Dancing by The Enzian Bavarian Band and Dancers and German Food. Also highlighting the day will be Grape Stomping, a Photo Booth, Face Painting, Alpacas & Local Vendors featuring their hand crafted items. German Food, Grape Pies, Wine Slushies, Wine by the Glass & Bottle and Cayuga Lake Creamery Ice Cream will be available for purchase. Contests will include Best Potato Salad, Polka and Alphorn. This event is fun for the whole family. Rain or Shine (under the tents). $5 cover charge, 12 and under free, Free parking, No coolers permitted. For more information, click here!
Naples Grape Festival, 136 Main Street, Naples, NY. Since 1961, the grape festival has been held every September to celebrate the area's grape harvest, talented artisans, wine makers, local and regional music and cuisine on the grounds of the Naples High School and Memorial Town Hall. Bake a pie for the World's Greatest Grape Pie Contest and sample everything "grape" that our valley has to offer. Taste Finger Lakes wines in the wine tent. You'll find arts and crafts, reviewed by a jury of independent artists, for every taste and budget. Throughout the 2-day festival you can enjoy area musicians performing rock, blues, jazz and original music to get your feet tapping and your heart singing. 10am-5pm. Check out http://naplesgrapefest.org for more info!
Sept. 24th - Sept. 25th - Savannah Art Festival at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. Savannah is Alive with Color! Join us to enjoy art from fine area artists, an art/photography contest, great food, trails and so much more! Admission is $5.00 per person. 10 am - 4 pm. Call (315) 365-3580 for more information.