Fun Things To Do In August In New York’s Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes majesty seen daily.
Finger Lakes majesty seen daily.

It’s time for a Finger Lakes summer tradition: the annual Finger Lakes Riesling & Craft Beer Festival! August 6-7, 10am-5pm both days, the festival is a celebration of the area’s nest wines, craft beers, and local produce. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, grape stomping, live music, and educational wine seminars; there are also kids activities like arts and crafts, a bounce house, and fun games. 800 South Main St. Canandaigua, 14424. For more information, including pricing, visit

The 56th Annual Pageant of Steam will take place August 10-13, 8am-8pm each day. Craft and Flea market, tractor pulls, antique tractors and demonstrations of steam-powered equipment used for milling and agriculture! This annual event seeks to encourage interest in and preservation of antique vehicles powered by steam. Admission is $7 for adults, kids younger than12 get in for free. New York Steam Engine Association, 3349 Gehan Road, Canandaigua, 14424.

In the mood for a show? Bristol Valley Theater’s summer season is in full swing and August is jam packed with shows featuring actors from around the nation who have made this theater their summer home. Shows in August include The Foreigner, August 3-7; Cookie Fight, August 11-21; and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, August 25 – September 4. Bristol Valley Theater, 151 South Main St., Naples, 14512. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (585) 374-6318 or visit

While the Finger Lakes is well known for wine, did you know we’re also great producers of sauerkraut? That’s right! The Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend, August 5-7, is a free, weekend-long festival dedicated to this tangy, tongue-tickling treat (say that ve times fast!). Take in arts and crafts, car shows, cabbage bowling, and sauerkraut-themed foods galore, wrapped up with a large reworks display. Ontario St., Phelps, 14532.

Take in the beauty, natural and crafted, of Arts at the Gardens at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. This weekend art festival takes place August 20-21 from 10am-5pm on the re ned grounds of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion. View works from over 100 artists, enjoy food, beer, and wine vendors, music, artwork ra es. Admission to the event is $6 per person.Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site, 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigua, 14424. For more information please call (585) 394-4922 or visit

Relax, Finger Lakes style, and come to Summer Saturdays at Heron Hill’s Bristol tasting room. This family-friendly event is free with wood- red pizza, Heron Hill wine, local craft beers, and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase. Bask next to Heron Hill’s scenic vineyard as you enjoy live music. Performers include the Grace Frarey Trio, August 6; Meyer & McGuire, August 13; Tom Chamberlain, August 20; Jim Clear, August 27; and the Paulsen Baker Band, September 3 and run 4:30-8:30pm each day. Heron Hill tasting room at Bristol. 5323 Seneca Point Rd., Canandaigua, 14424. For more information call (585) 394-0173 or visit

Touring Tips courtesy of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. Thank you.

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