As the close of summer looms near, there are no signs of slowing down in Chautauqua County. August greets us with an event calendar jam-packed with live music performances, outdoor recreation, leisure learning opportunities, markets, festivals and more. It’s our last chance to cross items off our summer bucket lists, to take the kids to Midway State Park, to visit Chautauqua Institution and Lake Erie beaches.
Join us from Aug. 20 to 25 for a week-long food, craft beverage and entertainment festival in Bestor Plaza featuring renowned speakers from the culinary world as well as a daily roster of food- and drink-themed events from cooking demonstrations and competitions to interactive experiences and tastings prepared by the best regional restaurants, farms, wineries and breweries.
Special week-long Food Festival Only Gate Passes begin at only $75.00. Daily Passes are also available.
The 42 mile tour around beautiful Chautauqua Lake will direct riders through a number of notable historic destinations including past Lucille Ball’s childhood home, Midway State Park, Chautauqua Insitution and more. The Chautauqua Gran Fondo also features a family-friendly 20 mile loop that is highlighted by a trip across Chautauqua Lake via the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry.
The 4 For 44 Team Relay at Chautauqua Lake makes its debut with a picturesque course traveling through lakeside villages, parks and Lake Erie Wine Country. The race starts and ends at Southern Tier Brewing Company. If the team relay isn’t your style, consider signing up for the Beer Mile!
Creating Family Vacation Memories in Chautauqua County, NY.
While planning a summer vacation is one of the most anticipated events of the year, it can also come with a bit of stress and anxiety. There are plenty of places in Chautauqua County and things to do in western New York to fill a summer with family traditions and memories to last a lifetime. We have also included a few fun ideas for parents who may want to get a sitter for their kids.
Dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world! Watch as participants coordinate to propel a 31-foot long canoe through a designed course. Come for the racing but enjoy the food, crafts, live music and more!
The two and half day festival showcases the best of NYS Wines, agricultural producers, breweries and distilleries. The festival is about everything local and features the area’s finest craft artisans and lifestyle companies. Learn about the various companies and products in a fun and entertaining environment with live local music, wine and cooking demonstrations and a classic car show.
Come and join in the excitement as the historic Dunkirk Lighthouse is transported back to the 1860’s. Witness history come alive as a small Confederate garrison protects the lighthouse and the adjoining Salt Works from Union control. Weapons demonstrations as well as a look into daily camp life will occur.
In celebration of this classic film’s 30th anniversary, watch this cinema favorite for only $5 admission. In the summer of 1963 innocent 17-year-old Baby vacations with her parents at a Catskill’s resort. One evening she meets Johnny, the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. Baby soon becomes Johnny’s pupil in dance and love.
As you cruise Chautauqua Lake – It looks like a mutiny aboard the Summer Wind! Come join us for this action packed cruise full of puzzles, riddles and excitement. Solve the mystery and overthrow the Captain to save your ties to this land. See if you can escape from the Summer Wind!