Several Chautauqua County Activities, Events Planned
Findley Lake Harvest Festival: Sept. 1-3. 3-Day Event — Findley Lake’s biggest weekend. The Gazebo is the hub of the entertainment with craft and vendor booths lining the street. Live musical entertainment plus a Kids Got Talent Contest. Food vendors, craft beer tent, farmers market and children’s games. A great family weekend. Fri: 5-8, Sat: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
¯ 35th Annual Septemberfest at Merritt Estate Winery: Sept. 9-10. Two-date festival filled with wine, food and song. Free wine tasting, a classic car show, chicken bbq, bounce houses for the kids and balloon artists.
¯ 50th Annual Festival of Grapes — Village Park, Silver Creek: Sept. 15-17. 3 Day Celebrate the annual grape harvest with grape stomping, wine tasting, grape products; Live music, food, arts & crafts, amusements & games; Grand Parade on Sunday with the Festival of Grapes Princess.
¯ 9th Annual Bemus Point Fall Festival – Village of Bemus Point: Sept. 15-17. Celebrate fall by exploring wonderful Bemus Point! Shop at area merchants; pull a leaf promotion to earn 5-50 percent off your purchase. Dine at area restaurants or visit the petting zoo with the kids.
¯ Fall Foliage Sunset Cruises Aboard The Summer Wind: Every Sunday, Sept. 10 – Oct. 15. The finest way to cruise Chautauqua Lake. Enjoy the sunshine and breezes of the upper deck or relax in the climate-controlled comfort of the interior salon. If you wander down to the bow deck, keep an eye out for historical sights and scenery! Listen to the captain’s tales of the area’s history and present ecology. Reservations highly recommended. Schedule Subject to change.
¯ 2nd Annual Pumking Festival, Southern Tier Brewing Company: Saturday, Sept. 23 at The Empty Pint, STBC’s Lakewood pub and beer garden. One of Southern Tier’s most popular brews in Pumking, an Imperial Pumpking Ale with notes of pie spices, buttery crust, vanilla, pumpkin and roasted pecans. Taste not only Pumking and “Rumking,” Rum Barrel Aged Pumking, but other one-off varieties such as coffee infused that the brewers have come up with.
¯ Busti Apple Festival: Sept. 30. Demonstrations of pioneer and 19th century life and survival, handmade crafts (over 100 booths), locally grown produce for sale, ready to eat and take-home seasonal foods and baked goods for sale.
¯ Fall Fest at Peek’n Peak Resort: Oct. 14-15 & 21-22. This will mark the 30th year of Fall Fest celebrations! Two weekends full of fall fun in the foothills of western New York. Brilliant foliage sets the scene for a juried crafts show with more than 130 vendors and a farmers market along with activities like the pumpkin cannon, children’s games, petting zoo, entertainment, pony rides, ski lift rides, classic car cruise in, and an annual snow sports equipment swap and more!
¯ Fall Foliage Vineyard Walks at Johnson Estate Winery: Every Sunday in October. Have you ever tasted a Riesling grape? Here’s your chance! Join third-generation owner, Fred Johnson, on his 30-40 minute walk in the Estate vineyards, framed by the hillsides in their colorful fall foliage. Please wear appropriate walking shoes and outerwear. Walk costs $5 and includes samples of six wines. Hard rain cancels this walk but the winery has umbrellas for a light drizzle. NOTE: First come; first serve, with a maximum of twenty walkers. Reservations are not required, but are recommended.
¯ Harvest Celebration Weekends, Lake Erie Wine Country: Nov. 3-5 and 10-12. Sample bounteous autumn fare paired with inspired wine choices at each participating winery. Your ticket includes wine tasting; A great gift for the first 750 ticket holders, a booklet containing all of the recipes of the foods you’ll be tasting, A Lake Erie Wine Country wine glass and a $5 voucher to use at any winery or at certain restaurants designated on the back of the voucher.
¯ Wurst Party Ever at Peek’n Peak Resort: Nov. 4. Jump into your lederhosen, grab a bier stein and get ready for the WURST party of the year! Enjoy brats, bands and brews! Authentic German music and dancing. Bavarian pretzels and sauerkraut. Local and import craft brews on tape & dirndl clad servers on the ready! Tickets include unlimited beer tastings, bier stein and German food tastings.
Haunted Houses & Tours:
¯ 12th Annual Saints & Sinners Cemetery Walking Tours: Saturday, Oct. 7. From 3-8 p.m. stepping off throughout the day and evening. At historic Lake View Cemetery, corner of Buffalo St. and Lakeview Ave., Jamestown. Horse drawn carriage and walking tours available. The tour will uncover some of the more than 43,000 personal stories at Jamestown’s beautiful Lake View Cemetery. Be ready to learn some interesting information about Jamestown and Lake View Cemetery. Tickets & Reservations required.
¯ Haunted Tour of the Dunkirk Lighthouse: Oct. 13, 27 and 28. Guided tours of this notoriously haunted lighthouse are hosted by Village Haunts of Fredonia from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $30. Max 20 people per tour. Private ghost hunts for groups of three or more may be purchases.
¯ Haunting at the Mall: Every Friday & Saturday in October with a special Kid’s Haunt Saturday, Oct. 28. The second story of the mall, a space rarely seen by the public, gets transformed into a haunted house. This spooky venue features over 20 rooms of acing scenes, creepy mazes and scares. Local celebrity “Scary” Lucille Ball is known to make an appearance on occasion. Proceeds from the event benefit local charitable organizations.
¯ Town of Terror at the Chautauqua Children’s Safety Village: Select Fridays & Saturdays in October. Are you brave enough to take a tour through the desolate village over run by creatures of the night? Make your way through several terrifying buildings and tunnels. Finish the tour with a haunted hayride.
You-Pick-Farms & Make Your Own Cider
¯ Abers Acres, Kennedy: A family owned farm market and pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farm. Certified USDA Organic farm. Fall & Winter Hours: 10am-6pm.
¯ Hathaway Farms, Westfield: U-Pick peaches and apples during the fall.
¯ Busti Cider Mill, Busti: Open late August through October, the Schultz Family has been operating the Busti Cider Mill for over 30 years. Come for a tour on Saturdays and Sundays to see how cider is made and receive a free sample. Bring your own apples for pressing!