The Finger Lakes

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  • 1. Auditorium Theatre

    Theater

    Touring Broadway shows and occasional musical performances are mounted at the Auditorium Theatre. ...Read More

  • 2. Balloon Fest

    Festivals

    About two dozen hot-air balloons participate in this annual three-day event held the second weekend in June. Live bands, balloon rides, and...Read More

  • 3. Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

    Arts Centers

    The state-of-the-art outdoor amphitheater at the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center is the summer home of the Rochester...Read More

  • 4. Corn Hill Arts Festival

    Festivals

    The two-day event, held the weekend after the July 4th weekend, brings more than 200,000 people to one of Rochester's oldest neighborhoods to...Read More

  • 5. Dryden Theatre

    Theater

    The 535-seat Dryden Theatre, on the grounds of the George Eastman House, shows classic, art-house, and foreign films most nights at 8 pm, with...Read More

  • 6. Eastman School of Music

    Music

    The Eastman School of Music hosts frequent visiting and student performers—mostly classical—throughout the school year. ...Read More

  • 7. Empire Farm Days

    Festivals

    For three days every August, tens of thousands of farmers and hobby agriculturalists gather in a field filled with vendors promoting everything...Read More

  • 8. Finger Lakes Drive-In

    Film

    The Finger Lakes Drive-In, open nightly from spring through early fall, is one of the country's few remaining outdoor-movie venues. The place...Read More

  • 9. Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival

    Festivals

    The music ranges from Cajun and zydeco to African and reggae at this four-day festival that raises money to fight AIDS. The event is held in...Read More

  • 10. Garth Fagan Dance

    Dance

    The world-renowned Garth Fagan Dance, a modern-dance troupe, is based here but spends most of the time touring. ...Read More

  • 11. Geva Theatre Center

    Theater

    Geva Theatre Center, the city's leading professional theater for resident shows and the largest regional theater in the state, presents about...Read More

  • 12. Great New York State Fair

    Festivals

    Nearly a million people visit the nearly two-week-long fair each year, making it one of the most popular events in upstate New York. The 375...Read More

  • 13. Hangar Theatre

    Theater

    The Hanger Theatre, some of the best regional theater in the Northeast, performs in a renovated airport hangar from June through August.Five...Read More

  • 14. Historic Downtown Canandaigua Arts Festival

    Festivals

    More than 200 arts and crafts vendors line the downtown sidewalks for this annual festival, held on a weekend in mid-July. ...Read More

  • 15. Ithaca Festival

    Festivals

    Hundreds of poets, dancers, musicians, and other performers and artists entertain tens of thousands of people at this four-day arts festival...Read More

  • 16. Kitchen Theatre Co.

    Theater

    The Kitchen Theatre Co. features contemporary dramas and some children's fare year-round. Its 73-seat theater is on the Commons. ...Read More

  • 17. Landmark Theatre

    Theater

    The ornate 1928 Landmark Theatre hosts touring stage shows, dance performances, concerts, stand-up comics, and classic films. Ani DiFranco,...Read More

  • 18. Little Theatre

    Film

    The art-deco Little Theatre shows art-house and foreign films on five screens and also hosts movie festivals. The café is a destination in itself...Read More

  • 19. Merry-Go-Round Playhouse

    Theater

    The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, a professional summer theater, produces up to six classic American musicals from late May to October. ...Read More

  • 20. Skaneateles Festival

    Festivals

    Chamber music reigns during the monthlong Skaneateles Festival, which starts in early August. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu is among the many other...Read More

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