May Festivals and Celebrations

8 May 2024

May is one of those transitional months when the weather is great and there are many events planned to take advantage of the perfect temperatures after the dreary winter and before the heat of summer.

May is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month as well as Jewish American Heritage Month.  This recognizes the contributions of these individuals to our country and the world.  Haul out a map or globe and see just how many Pacific islands there are.  Explore the various Asian countries and their differences.  Read about Jewish immigrants.

May 1 – May Day.  This is about half way between the spring equinox and summer solstice.  It has origins in ancient Europe.  It’s a great day to put together a basket of goodies for a shut in or other acquaintance.  While the date has passed at this point, you can still perform some small act of kindness to usher in the change in seasons.

May 4 – Star Wars Day.  May the Fourth (Force) be with you.  You might not up up for all nine movies, but Speak like Yoda, you can.

May 4 – Kentucky Derby Day.  Celebrate with a mint julep.

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo.  Make it taco Sunday and the adults can have a margarita or sangria.

May 5 – 11 – Nurses’ Appreciation Week.  Just getting off shift?  Try 11:00 a.m. At the Three Brothers Wineries, 623 Lerch Road, Geneva, for 50% off wine slushies and tastings.  Healthcare workers just need to show a valid ID.

May 10 – 19 – Rochester’s Lilac Festival.  Free and full of events and entertainment.

May 12 – Mother’s Day.  Make your reservations now for brunch, lunch, or whatever.  There are many choices in the Finger Lakes region that can accommodate mom’s taste buds and provide a warm and cozy atmosphere for a family gathering.

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  • Try Rose Hill Mansion, 3373 Route 96 A, Geneva, for a free admission with the purchase of one adult admission ($10 for adults). Check the details for times on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Woody’s Bar and Grille, The Lux Hotel and Conference Center, 2468 State Route 414, Waterloo, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. with a full menu.

May 13 – National Apple Pie Day.  A great follow up to Mom’s Day.

May 15 – October 30 – Ventosa Vineyards, 3440 Rt 96a, Geneva.  Live music every Wednesday with Happy Hour specials and food available.

May 16 – National Barbecue Day.  Grill out or find a restaurant that serves your favorite sauce.

May 18 – Celtic celebration filled with music and dance and co-sponsored by Lincoln Hill Farm.  One day only.

May 18 – Free concert by Common Time Choral Group, Clemens Center, Elmira.  Pre Show at 7:00 p.m. and Performance at 7:30 p.m.  Details at

May 19 – 25 – First Responders Appreciation Week.  Calling all law enforcement personnel, paramedics, emergency care providers, and firefighters.  Three Brothers Wineries, 623 Lerch Road, Geneva, honors these brave and diligent workers with special drinks for those with valid ID.

May 23 – 25 – Eugenia’s Garden.  Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, 9749 Middle Road, Hammondsport.  More details at

May 24 – Memorial Day.  The federal and state holiday that signals the start of summer.  Plan now to host your own party or take advantage of the various activities here in Finger Lakes.  Make your own popsicles or work with kids to make paper poppies and learn their significant connection to World War I.

May 24 – 26 – GlassFest.  View demonstrations on how glass is made, enjoy the music, vendors, food, and products at this annual four-day event.

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