Wednesday, September 04, 2013

September Festivals and Events in Finger Lakes Wine Country

The month of September in Finger Lakes Wine Country marks the start of harvest and the most popular time of year to visit the region. It is a wonderful and exciting time filled with fall-inspired festivals and events.

Here are some noteworthy weekend events taking place throughout September:

Sept. 6-8 | Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at The Glen
This Sportscar Vintage Racing Association event has been held at Watkins Glen International for the last 27 years. The Glen concludes its race season with this event each year, honoring the heritage of American Road Racing in Watkins Glen. There will be two “feature” races. On Saturday at 11 a.m., MGs compete for the 29th annual Collier Cup and Historic Trans-Am competes in the Governor’s Cup at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Gates open at 7 a.m. each day. Tickets are available for purchase at the gate or at the ticket office. Admission is $50 for the weekend or $35 for Sunday-only tickets. Kids and teens 19 and under are FREE. Reserved camping is also available for the weekend.

The races takes place in conjunction with the annual and ever popular reenactment of the original 6.6 mile race during the Grand Prix Festival in downtown Watkins Glen. More information→ 

U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at The Glen

Grand Prix Festival

Harvest Photo Credit: Stu Gallagher PhotographySept. 14-15 | Harvest Celebration of Food and Wine along the Keuka Lake Wine Trail
Experience the scents and sights of this exciting season. Enjoy the exquisite wines of Keuka Lake while sampling delicious dishes highlighting the region’s seasonal produce. It’s a fun time to learn from tasting room staff and to enjoy a first sip of recently released wines. Tickets range in price from $14-$25.

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Leaves and Lobsters Photo Credit: Glenora Wine CellarsSept. 14-15 | Leaves & Lobsters on the Lawn at Glenora Wine Cellars
Enjoy live music, a lobster bake, and autumn views on the lawn at Glenora Wine Cellars from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day. Lobster dinner ticket holders ($52.00) receive a whole Maine Lobster, steamed clams, salt potatoes, freshly picked sweet corn, cole slaw, rolls, homemade brownies, and iced tea. General Admission ticket holders ($15.00) may purchase food items a la carte. Bob’s Brothers Band will play each day from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the Vineyard Stage.


German Festival Photo Credit: Lucas VineyardsSept. 15 | German Festival at Lucas Vineyards
Lucas Vineyards hosts the 16th Annual German Festival on Sunday the 15th from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy live music by The Enzia Bavarian Band and Dancers and other activities including grape stomping, grape pies, German food, alphorn and polka contest, balloon art and costumes throughout the day. Lucas Vineyard’s award winning Rieslings and Gewurztraminer will be highlighted at the festival. There is a cover charge of $5 and parking is free. Kids 12 and under are free.

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Centerway Square Photo Credit: Corning's Gaffer District Sept. 20-21 | Corning’s Gaffer District Harvest Music Festival
Corning’s Gaffer District and Elmira Savings Bank present the 18th annual Harvest Music Festival. Enjoy Finger Lakes wine and beer tastings, live music, food and fun for the whole family each day. On Friday, enjoy Finger Lakes wine and craft beer tastings from 5-8 p.m., a free concert in Centerway Square starting at 8 p.m. by Los Angeles-based jazz saxophonist Michael Lington, and a Scarecrow Contest. On Saturday, the Corning Farmers Market and a Carnival will take place from 11-5 p.m. in Riverfront Centennial Park. Starting at 5 p.m., Nashville recording artist and country music star, Billy Dean, will hit the stage in Centerway Square.

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