Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

April showers bring lots of fun May events in Finger Lakes Wine Country. From Rosé in May and a Kentucky Derby Party to the Annual Wine & Herb Event and GlassFest. These are the May events you should add to your social calendar. 

Sip and Paint Night at Wagner Vineyards

When: Friday, May 3, 2024

Time: 6:30 PM

Where: Wagner Vineyards, 9322 NY-414, Lodi, NY 14860

Cost: $40, Tickets available here

You’re invited to Sip and Paint Night at Wagner Vineyards on Friday, May 3. Where you can expect an evening of sights, sips, and painting on the enclosed tasting deck of the Vantage Point on Seneca. Your ticket includes all materials and guidance from Sam from Sweetie Fish Customs, plus a glass of wine, beer, or non-alcoholic beverage. Seats are limited, so book yours now. Seats are limited, so book yours now.  

wagner sip and paint

Finger Lakes Distilling Annual Kentucky Derby Party

When: Saturday, May 4, 2024

Time: 5 - 8 PM

Where: Finger Lakes Distilling, 4676 NY-414, Burdett, NY 14818

Cost: $70, Tickets available here.

Get ready to don your best hats and bowties at the Finger Lakes Distilling annual Kentucky Derby Party on May 4th. Where you’ll enjoy music by The Notorious String Busters, handmade cocktails, local beer and wine, appetizers & BBQ from Nickel's Pit Barbeque, and Finger Lakes Distilling’s 10-year Single Barrel Bourbon Release. Secure your spot now before tickets sell out! 

FLD Kentucky Derby Cocktails

30th Annual Wine & Herb Event

When: Saturday, May 4, 2024 - Sunday, May 5, 2024

Time: 10 AM - 5 PM 

Where: 10 participating wineries on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Cost:  $95 Couples, $65 Single, $45 Designated Driver, Tickets available here.

Drink. Eat. Garden. Repeat. Indulge in herb-infused dishes and discover the perfect wine pairing for each. This year the herbs are Basil, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Cherokee Purple Tomato, Dill, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, and Sweet Banana Pepper. Start at one of 10 participating wineries where you’ll receive your souvenir wine glass and first potted herb or vegetable plant. Then travel the trail collecting potted herbs or vegetable plants as you go.

Your ticket is good for BOTH days, so feel free to spread the wineries out over both days or come on just one day. Sunday tends to be a lighter day, so the wineries won’t be as crowded. Which makes for an excellent time to visit for more one-on-one attention and less waiting.

wine and herb

Rosé in May 

When: Monday, May 6, 2024 - Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: During each participating winery’s regular tasting room hours

Where: Various Wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Cost: $50, Tickets available here.

Come to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and spend 5 days sampling rosé and other fabulous Seneca Lake wines! Their Rosé in May tasting pass is valid Monday, May 6, 2024, through Friday, May 10, 2024. At each of the 22 participating wineries, the Rosé in May tasting includes one rosé plus three additional wines.

rose in may

Mother’s Day Buffet at Veraisons Restaurant

When: Sunday, May 12, 2024

Time: 11 AM, 1 PM. 3 PM, and 5 PM

Where: Veraisons Restaurant, 5435 NY-14, Dundee, NY 14837

Cost: $50, Reservations required get info here

Enjoy a celebratory Mother's Day buffet at Veraisons Restaurant in Dundee, New York. Every mom will enjoy seasonal cuisine, holiday favorites, house-made baked goods, and a complimentary mimosa!

Veraisons Dining Room

“Around the World in 6 Dishes” Mother’s Day Brunch

When: Sunday, May 12, 2024

Time: 10 AM - 2 PM

WhereOnce Finger Lakes, 655 State Route 14, Penn Yan, NY 14424

Cost: $79, Tickets available here.

Take mom on a culinary journey of mouthwatering traditional dishes from France, Mexico, South Africa, Georgia, Peru, and Portugal. At “Around the World in 6 Dishes” Mother’s Day Brunch with Chef Samantha Buyskes. Each meal includes sparkling wine toast and one glass of wine, beer, cider, or mocktail. 


Opening of Collidoscope de la Torre Brothers Retro-Perspective  

When: Friday May 17, 2024 

Time: 7 - 9:30 PM

Where: Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830

Cost: $35, Tickets available here.

CMoG’s exhibition opening on May 18th, Collidoscope de la Torre Brothers Retro-Perspective encompasses almost three decades of work in 40 mixed-media glass sculptures. The art of the de la Torre Brothers, like the unique and ever-changing view through a kaleidoscope, employs concepts of time, religion, tradition, regional distinctions, and personal experiences that expand our perceptions of cultural identity.  

The Corning Museum of Glass is the first location on the East Coast to host this exhibition, and the de la Torre Brothers will be at the Museum for two weeks in May. The exhibit will be on view in the Contemporary Art + Design Galleries May 18, 2024 - January 5, 2025. Collidoscope: de la Torre Brothers Retro-Perspective is part of a traveling exhibition organized by The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum (The Cheech) and curated by Selene Preciado. Support for the national tour has been generously provided by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino.



When: Friday, May 24, 2024 - Sunday, May 26, 2024

Time: Various

WhereCorning’s Gaffer District, 114 Pine Street Suite 202, Corning, NY 14830

Cost: FREE

Join us in downtown Corning for GlassFest, the annual glass and fire arts celebration in America's Crystal City. During this three-day weekend celebration, you’ll discover the city’s rich history of world-class glass production, as you experience live musical performances, glass exhibits, art vendors, mouthwatering food and drinks, and more!

Stroll down historic Market Street for pop-up entertainment, dining, shopping, and family activities. From free yoga in the park and art tours to free family-friendly classes and glass-blowing demonstrations, there’s so much to see. 

Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs or a blanket to watch headlining acts at the Rock The Park stage in Riverfront Park. The Friday night headliner is the alternative rock band to emerge from the '90s, Everclear. Help the band celebrate their 34th Anniversary from 8:30–10 PM at Riverfront Park. 

Saturday will kick off with the Wineglass 8K Race and the night will end with a not-to-be-missed fireworks display over the Chemung River. The multi-day event ends Sunday with a Memorial Day Tribute on Riverfront Park's Rock The Park Stage. This year's event is not to be missed! 


If you're planning a spring visit the Spring Travel Guide to Finger Lakes Wine Country is a great resource. Looking for low cost and no cost activity ideas? There are plenty of Free Things To Do In Finger Lakes Wine Country