The Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce has established a very nice visitors' center at 113 South Main Street. It is easily accessible and has parking nearby.
The building is open 8am to 5pm during the week and from 10am to 3pm on the weekends.
Inside you will find a person knowledgeable about the area and its history and the current events for the month. They are there to help make your vacation in Canandaigua the best it can be. Brochures, maps, lists of restaurants and hotels/B&Bs are all available for free. They can even help you plan your stay in the area, making an itinerary that will fit your needs.
You can call 585-394-4400 and they will send you the travelers' guide for the Canandaigua area as well as information about current local events for the month.
Annual Steam Show
Canandaigua hosts the local Steam Show each year at Gehan Road off US5/US20 about three miles east of the city. The show consists of a field filled with old steam engines and steam tractors and steam harvesters and steam....well, you get the idea.
Besides the acres of equipment and the noise, they have a flea market and food stands.
It promises to be another sweltering day, so don't forget your hat and sunblocker and sunglasses and maybe some bottled water.
Come watch the equipment in action (see the website below for exact date and time).
St. Mary's Summer Festival
At St. Mary's Church on Main Street, there will be traffic jams and crowds of people in the middle of August (call phone number below for exact dates this year).
Carnival rides, midway games, take your chances and win a prize.
Hots, Hamburger, finger foods and beverages sold by sidewalk vendors (or take a walk down the street to the local restaurant for something more substantial).
Flea market and lawn sale will be in full swing by the middle of the first day.
Entry is free; buy tickets for the rides; pay cash for games and refreshments.
8am to 7pm, for two days.
South Bristol Cultural Center
The cultural center is an art gallery in a barn.
From the ads, the goal of the center is:
"to provide creative, quality and educational offerings that respond to diverse audiences to enrich their lives in an affordable and accessible manner, while providing a public forum to the unique concentration of highly skilled artists and artisans."
What they have created is a place where local artists can exhibit their wares and we can then purchase these unique originals at reasonable prices.
Paintings, sculptures, glass work, blankets, ceramics, jewelry, original poems and prose books, wood workings and much more are always available at the barn. Classes are sometimes given by the artists (see website below for details) and ad hoc discussion groups sometimes gather on the lawn during the summer.
To enhance the experience, live entertainment is often provided in the afternoon and early evening (and of course the bands have their own CDs to sell). Also, sometimes, special food dishes are on sale in the gourmet section of the barn. During the warm summer months, arts and crafts are often placed in tents on the lawns adjacent to the barn.
To see more details on all the art that is for sale and the event dates (classes, entertainment, group discussions about the arts by the artisans), look at the website below.
to get there:
5323 Seneca Point Road
take route 5/20 to Bristol Road (route 21/32), go southwest one block and route 21 heads straight south, continue south on route 21 and intersect with route 16 (West Lake Road). take route 16 east a short distance and then south on Seneca Point Road until you see the signs.