Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Experience the event that readers of USA Today have voted the country’s “Best Wine Festival” from July 7-9, 2023. Sample 90+ New York State wineries, artisan food vendors, pace car rides, craft vendors, live music, entertainment, and more! Enjoy the best of what New York's Finger Lakes Wine Country has to offer! 


Two Ways to Enjoy the Finger Lakes Wine Festival!


Taster Wristbands: 

A 1-Day or 2-Day Taster Wristband gives you admittance to the WGI Facility Grounds 


  • One (1) commemorative Finger Lakes Wine Festival glass 
  • Live music performances and outdoor demonstrations  
  • A diverse range of food vendors and unique craft and art purveyors  
  • Tastings at 90+ wineries in climate–controlled tents  

Designated Driver Wristbands:  

A 1-Day Designated Driver Wristband gives you admittance to the festival grounds. This includes dozens of unique craft and art purveyors, along with live music performances and outdoor demonstrations. A designated driver wristband will not be served alcoholic beverages by wineries at the festival. 


Additional Experiences Available!


  • Launch of the Lakes: Turn out in your best toga for your chance to be crowned King and Queen! This event takes place on Friday of the Festival weekend and includes a toga costume contest, wine samples from local wineries, live music, fireworks, and more! 

    This package is NOT included with regular Festival Admission. Separate Admission is Required. 


  • Great Western Breakfast: Get an Early start to your day at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival inside the Jack Daniel's Club at the always-popular Wine Festival Breakfast. This laid-back, delicious experience includes a breakfast buffet with an exclusive menu along with live entertainment.

    This package is NOT included with regular Festival Admission. Separate Admission is Required.   


  • Taster's Banquet: Indulge in a luxurious evening at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival at the Saturday night Tasters Banquet. This exclusive dinner takes place in the Jack Daniel’s Club.

    This package is NOT included with regular Festival Admission. Separate Admission is Required. 


  • Cabanas  

    Lounge in style at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival with one of our exclusive cabanas. Cabanas are available in two different areas of Launch of the Lakes on Friday and Saturday and/or Sunday of the Festival Weekend. Check out our exclusive cabana packages of the party of the summer.  

    *Exclusive area for cabana customers only, located inside the Festival for Saturday / Sunday Only. Festival Admission NOT Included with Cabana Purchase. 


  • Two (2) bottles of wine  
  • 12 pack of bottled water 
  • 8 guests per cabana 

Wine Fest


Why not turn your Finger Lakes Wine Festival Trip into a weekend affair? Don't miss an opportunity to "stay over", and take advantage of all that there is to see and do at the festival and in the Watkins Glen and Schuyler County area. 


Why not turn your Finger Lakes Wine Festival Trip into a weekend affair? Don’t miss an opportunity to “stay over” and take advantage of all that there is to see and do at the festival in the Watkins Glen and Schuyler County Area.  


Types of Camping 


Conveniently located with many sites just a short walk from the festival area. Sites include a 20’x40’ grass site, two vehicle passes, and access to water and bathrooms. 


Pit Road:  

Stay in style adjacent to the track’s start/finish line. Suites include electric hook-ups and are tucked away from the festival area. A 20’x40’ paved site, 50-amp electric hook up, shared water, and two vehicle passes will be included in your site.  



Also known as luxury camping or Glamorous camping. Glamping is a way to experience traditional camping without having to “rough it”! 

Included in each 12’x14’ safari-style glamping tent: 

  • Four (4) cot with linens, sleeping bags, and pillows 
  • Two (2) Parking passes  
  • Two (2) side tables  
  • Two (2) camp chairs 
  • One (1) battery back for charging of electronics, etc. 
  • Two (2) Lanterns  
  • 5’x8’ entry rug 
  • Communal Fire Pit 

Hosted at Watkins Glen International, tickets and camping are available by calling (607)-535-2486 or visiting


Camping or glamping not for you? The area boasts many local accommodations for your enjoyment! Click here to view accommodations. 


Hosted at Watkins Glen International, tickets and camping are available by calling 866-461-7223 or visiting



Shequaga Falls

A 156ft high waterfall that is accessible year-round.

The Gorge Trail

A moderate 4.3 mile hike featuring a spectacular waterfall.