Summer Festivals

June

Water Festival

On the first Saturday in June, the City of Cortland Waterworks comes alive with displays, activities, exhibits and games relating to water. The Cortland County Water Festival offers residents a chance to learn about our local water resources in an engaging and interactive way. There’s something for everyone, whether young or young at heart – take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the waterworks property and learn about local geology and the aquifer, test your water knowledge playing water trivia, or make bubbles with the kids. There are plenty of kids games and activities with prizes and giveaways. Get your face painted, take home a balloon, and play mini golf. It’s all free and open to the public!

The Water Festival is held at the City of Cortland Waterworks on the first Saturday of June.

Cortland Dairy Parade

The annual Cortland County Dairy Parade takes place on Main Street, Cortland the first Tuesday of June. The event is produced by the Cortland County Dairy Promotion Committee. Parade Start: 6:30pm. Dairy Princess crowning after the parade at Cortland County Courthouse steps.

The Cortland Dairy Parade is held on Main St. in Cortland, NY on the first Tuesday of June. Parade starts at 6:30pm.

St. Anthony’s Festival

Saint Anthony of Padua in Cortland, NY. Established in 1905, the event celebrates with music, food, games and fireworks.

The festival is held at Saint Anthony Church in Cortland, NY. The festival is held on the second weekend in June.

Cortland County Junior Fair

The foundation of the fair (big or small) is all about agricultural education. The fair is “really about the kids” learning about real life. The fair is something you can’t read about in a book or find on a city street, it is something you have to see. Come visit us and see the hard-work ethic of out ag families and our 4-H kids that showcase their hardwork, all striving for excellence. You might find something, that your own kids have been missing out on.Fairs are a celebration of who we are, what we do and where we live. Fairs are all about families. The Cortland Junior Fair was formed in 1953 by a group of individuals who formed the County of Cortland Agricultural Corporation. The Cortland fair is a member of The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs, The International Associations of Fairs and Expositions. We run in conjunction with Cortland County Cornell Cooperative Extention. Midway games and rides provide by Ontario Amusements

The Cortland County Junior Fair is held on the Cortland Fairgrounds in mid-July.

Homer Fireman Field Days

Held the first Thursday through Saturday in June at the Village Fire Station on Main Street.

The Homer Fireman Field Days is held behind the Fire Station in the Village of Homer, NY on the first weekend of June.

July

Cortland Main Street Music Series

Gates open at 5:30pm Music starts at 6:00pm Bring your lawn chairs! Dancing encouraged! No coolers or outside liquor, please. Onsite sales of assorted wine Cortland Beer Company draft beer, and water support the event. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda sold at VFW side. A free concert for all; donations graciously accepted.

The Cortland Main St. Music Series is held in the Marketplace Mall Lot next to BRU 64 in Downtown Cortland on every Saturday in July.

Holiday in Homer

Join us on the beautiful church green in downtown Homer for a full day of music, local shopping and delicious food.  There is plenty of parking nearby, with free shuttle buses running to town parking lots.

Holiday in Homer is held on the Village Green in Homer, NY.

Taste of Downtown

Cortland area restaurants show off their culinary creativity for the 10th annual walking sample tour in Historic Downtown Cortland (Main Street and adjacent side streets). Live music, local artists and craftsman booths, and exhibits pepper the sidewalk for festival goer’s enjoyment between tasting stops.

Taste of Downtown happens on Main St. in Cortland, NY on July 7.

Route 90 Garage Sale

The annual 50 mile Route 90 Garage Sale takes on a festival atmosphere each year as friends, family members and the occasional family dog go searching for surprises. Stretching along the roadside of Route 90 – a Scenic New York State Byway the sale runs from Montezuma in the north to the Village of Homer at the southern end. Along the way you will find everything imaginable from antique andirons to zebra prints and loads of other unexpected delights. Always the last full weekend in July the official hours for the sale are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, rain or shine.

The Route 90 Garage Sale starts/ends in the Village of Homer, NY. It is the last full weekend in July.

August

Cortland Arts & Wine Festival

What better way to enjoy art than with good food and wine and what better way to enjoy wine and cheese than with great art and good food. They go together. Cortland, the Eastern Gateway to the Finger Lakes, is centrally located midway between Syracuse and Binghamton on Route I-81. Courthouse Park is located in the middle of town – a gorgeous setting with trees, monuments, memorials and a fountain. There is also plenty of free parking.The Festival hosts 16 The Festival hosts 16 wineries representing the finest that New York State has to offer. Over 40 artists will set up on the lawn throughout the park – displaying some of the nicest artwork in the area – at very reasonable prices.

The Cortland Arts & Wine Festival is held in Courthouse Park in Cortland, NY on the first weekend in August.

Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Picnic

The oldest bluegrass festival in New York State, Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Picnic is set on picturesque Little York Lake at Dwyer Memorial Park. The event is free and many CNY bluegrass and old-time bands participate.

The Bluegrass Ramble Picnic is held on the first Saturday in August at Dwyer Memorial Park on Little York Lake.

Porchfest Cortland

Local bands, children acts and activities.

Porchfest Cortland is held in the Van Hoesen Street Neighborhood on a Sunday in August.

Seedstock

A three-day festival featuring the local area’s musical acts. Featuring local and regional musicians on two stages, Seedstock is held at a home of one of the festival founders and for one weekend this picturesque farmhouse and surrounding land turn into a special place where people gather to celebrate music, life and community.

Seedstock is held during the first weekend of August at 3336 Rt. 215 in Cortland. Advance tickets are suggested for day passes and you must purchase camping passes ahead of time.

National Brockway Truck Show

A tribute to the greatest trucks ever built starting with a parade and day-long Brockway Truck Show on Main St. in Cortland.

The National Brockway Truck Show begins at the CNY Living History Center and the parade leave from there on Saturday to Main St. Cortland.

Magic on Main

Held the third Friday of August on Main Street. Music, fireworks and more! It’s a magical time!

Magic on Main happens in the Village of Homer on the third Friday of August.

McGraw Antique Car Show

Antique fire apparatus, street rods, muscle cars, antique cars and tractors, custom motorcycles and more! Hosted by the McGraw Fire Department.

The McGraw Antique Car Show is held in McGraw, NY.

ENJOY THE FESTIVAL AND MAKE IT A WEEKEND GETAWAY!

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, or an adventurous excursion check out these special travel packages in Cortland County.