Alfred and the surrounding areas provide a wide variety of seasonal events for the whole family. Whether you enjoy outdoor activities, cultural events, or good food and wine, Western New York offers something for everyone.


Hot Dog Day
Sponsored by Alfred University and Alfred State College, this annual event brings students and members of the community together for a day filled with games, crafts, inflatable rides, mud olympics, live music, and (of course) hot dogs, vegetarian "not dogs," and more. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Maple Weekend
Maple producers across NY host open houses to demonstrate maple production. The event is free to the public.

Senior "shows" at AU
Alfred University art students display their work each spring in early May. Open to the public, this annual event is truly spectacular.

Wellsville Trout Derby
Great fishing (trout, bass, perch) is available year-round in the area, but this April event awards cash prizes to those who catch tagged trout in the Genesee River.


Allegany County Fair
The oldest continually running county fair in New York state, this annual summer event at the county fairgrounds in Angelica, NY, features all the traditional trappings, from carnival rides and popcorn stands to dairy cattle judging and arts and crafts competition.

Chautauqua Institution
An annual gathering for more than 125 years, the world-renowned 9-week Chautauqua Institution's summer programming offers symphony, opera, theater, lectures plus workshops on subjects from philosophy to pottery, as well as popular entertainment.

Finger Lakes Wine Festival
More than 75 wineries showcase their products. Cooking demos, hands-on culinary classes, wine seminars, live music, and gourmet foods can be enjoyed in one convenient location.

Great Wellsville Balloon Rally
Help inflate and launch hot air balloons at one of the few rallies in the country that allows spectators on the field. The balloon rally, held every summer, is accompanied by a weekend of street fairs and craft shows. Held the third weekend in July each year.


Allegany Artisans Open Studio Tour
Every October, local artists open their studios to the public. See artists working on glass, crafts, jewelry, metal, wood, ceramics, and candles. Most studios are within half an hour drive of Alfred, and maps are available at various locations to help visitors find the studios.

The ultimate pumpkin patch. Little kids enjoy hay rides, u-pick pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkin pies (and bread and ice cream) in Great Valley near Franklinville.

Ridgewalk & Run
Follow trails through the fields, hillsides, and forests of western New York during peak foliage season. Trail lengths range from a 400m "fun run" for kids to a 14 mile walk or run.


Holiday Valley Ski Resort Winter Carnival
In March - past carnivals have included a cardboard box race, a Mardi Gras parade, and the New York State Freestyle Competition. Also games and contests for kids, entertainment and cookouts. Located in the town of Ellicottville, honored by SKI magazine as the "Aspen of the East."

Featuring horse and wagon rides, shopping and dining promotions, outdoor entertainment and activities for the whole family. Enjoy craft and food vendors, holiday carolers, and photos with Santa in his Crystal House. A favorite for generations that's not to be missed! This year's event includes the Selfless Elf 5K and ends with fireworks!