The annual event is a Friday, Saturday and Sunday happening on Main Street in Canandaigua; it happens around 20July (see website below for yearly details). From 10am to 6pm, you can hear great music, view great art works and buy a momento, souvenier or something to hang on the living room wall.
For over 20 years, people have come over to Canandaigua to enjoy the sidewalk art sales. All the works are by the original local artists, some of whom are on hand to discuss the details of their craft. Local stores will also have their wares out for the sidewalk sale and in tents in the parking lots. Food vendors will be everywhere plying you with beverages and finger foods (or stop into one of the local restaurants for something more substantial).
The music events all take place at the Commons Park on Main Street.
Blues bands, folk music, country hits; bands like Buddahood, Dave Mcgrath Trio, Coupe De Villes. Great music and its all free for the listening. Six performers will take stage each day; about one every hour and a half.
Kids will have their own entertainment at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot; kid song bands, playhouse plays, jugglers, clowns, balloons.
Parking can be a problem with the crowds as large as the will be for this event.
There are several free municipal parking lots located throughout the City of Canandaigua. Lots can be found on West Avenue, Ontario Street, Mill Street, and Bristol Street. Additional parking can be found at Roseland Waterpark where festival attendees can hop on the FREE Spot Hop with pick up every hour on the :35 and drop off in Downtown on the :55.
This is for the serious music lover. The Finger Lakes Chorus can be seen at a different venue in late July in the Canadaigua area each year but the results is always the same: an evening of beautiful music.
The 300 members of the choral group come from 50 communities in Monroe and Ontario counties. Each year they can be seen at one of the areas large theater stages: Hochstein Performance Hall, CMAC Performing Arts Center, Chautauqua Institution. The music is that of some of histories greatest composers: Mozart, Beethoven, Boito, Brahms. The choral group is accompanied by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
The cost in the past has been between $5 and $15 per person depending on the venue.
The starting times are in the evening, about 7-8pm and the event lasts two hours.
The date is usually the last Thursday through Saturday in July and they normally have two performances among those days.
to find out where and when this year's performance will be, call the number below.
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.
The Ontario County Fair is a huge event taking over five days of demonstrations, contest, entertainment and amusements. It is located on route 10 just east of the town. Take route 332 (Main Street) to route 4 (Ontario Street) and go east a mile or two to route 10. see the signs there.
The fair is usually the last week of July and combines a horse show, with a tractor pull and 4-H club exhibits, with demolition derby, with carnival rides and side shows. There are arts/crafts tents with items for sale; plenty of food vendors selling their wares; off-tack vehicle races and horse strength contests.
Live entertainment on stage is featured every night and on the last night there is a gala fire works display.
Entrance fee is $5 for each day. Parking can be a problem so come before 5 o'clock to get a good spot otherwise you will probably end up in the overflow field.
The Canandaigua Waterfront Art Festival is held annually on the last weekend in July.
Over 150 local artists will be exhibiting their talent with prices ranging from $20 to $200.
Besides the art there will be live stage entertainment by local bands; food vendors; leather and wood craft works also. There is a tented area where kids can have some fun also doing face painting and macrame and sand sculpture.
Entrance into the art park is $3 (kids free).
see the website below for times and dates.
to get there:
Kernshaw Park on Lakeshore Drive at the north end of Canandaigua Lake.
The Granger House hosts the annual Civil War Encampment of the regiments that were from Canandaigua during the U.S. Civil War. There are equipment of the period, personel in costumes of the war, demonstrations of activities used during that time. Historians will tell you about the involvement of Canadaigua persons in the war efforts and how they are honored today.
There is a small "donation" to the historical society to get access to the site and have off-street parking.
see the SPECIAL EVENTS option of the website below for details of this years happenings.
to get there:
295 North Main Street, Granger Homestead
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).
Zurich and Chicago had their cows, Naperville their farm animals, Toronto their moose -- now Canadaigua has its deer. This one is entitled "Keep America Rolling" and was outside the Randall Farnsworth Auto dealership on the main road into town.
This decorated deer was lurking in the clump of birch trees near the entrance to the Canadaigua Inn. I liked the idea that a natural habitat was sought rather than just plopping the sculpture down!