Chautauqua Gran Fondo Cyclists
An Event-Full August
As the close of summer looms near, there are no signs of slowing down in Chautauqua County. August greets us with an event calendar jam-packed with live music performances, outdoor recreation, leisure learning opportunities, markets, festivals and more. It's our last chance to cross items off our summer bucket lists, to take the kids to Midway State Park, to visit Chautauqua Institution and Lake Erie beaches. 
The Chautauqua Institution Food Festival
August 20-25, 2017 
Join us from Aug. 20 to 25 for a week-long food, craft beverage and entertainment festival in Bestor Plaza featuring renowned speakers from the culinary world as well as a daily roster of food- and drink-themed events from cooking demonstrations and competitions to interactive experiences and tastings prepared by the best regional restaurants, farms, wineries and breweries.

Special week-long Food Festival Only Gate Passes begin at only $75.00. Daily Passes are also available.

3rd Annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo
August 26, 2017
The 42 mile tour around beautiful Chautauqua Lake will direct riders through a number of notable historic destinations including past Lucille Ball's childhood home, Midway State Park, Chautauqua Insitution and more. The Chautauqua Gran Fondo also features a family-friendly 20 mile loop that is highlighted by a trip across Chautauqua Lake via the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry.

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 4 For 44 Team Relay & Beer Mile
September 10, 2017
The 4 For 44 Team Relay at Chautauqua Lake makes its debut with a picturesque course traveling through lakeside villages, parks and Lake Erie Wine Country. The race starts and ends at Southern Tier Brewing Company. If the team relay isn't your style, consider signing up for the Beer Mile! 

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Blog: Summer Musts
Creating Family Vacation Memories in Chautauqua County, NY. 
While planning a summer vacation is one of the most anticipated events of the year, it can also come with a bit of stress and anxiety. There are plenty of places in Chautauqua County and things to do in western New York to fill a summer with family traditions and memories to last a lifetime. We have also included a few fun ideas for parents who may want to get a sitter for their kids.

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Upcoming Events
Chautauqua Lake Dragon Boat Race
August 12, 2017
Dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world! Watch as participants coordinate to propel a 31-foot long canoe through a designed course. Come for the racing but enjoy the food, crafts, live music and more! 

America's Grape Country Wine Fest
August 11-13, 2017
The two and half day festival showcases the best of NYS Wines, agricultural producers, breweries and distilleries. The festival is about everything local and features the area's finest craft artisans and lifestyle companies. Learn about the various companies and products in a fun and entertaining environment with live local music, wine and cooking demonstrations and a classic car show. 
The Battle of Lighthouse Point
August 19, 2017
 Come and join in the excitement as the historic Dunkirk Lighthouse is transported back to the 1860's. Witness history come alive as a small Confederate garrison protects the lighthouse and the adjoining Salt Works from Union control. Weapons demonstrations as well as a look into daily camp life will occur.
Movies at the Reg Presents: Dirty Dancing
August 23, 2017
In celebration of this classic film's 30th anniversary, watch this cinema favorite for only $5 admission. In the summer of 1963 innocent 17-year-old Baby vacations with her parents at a Catskill's resort. One evening she meets Johnny, the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. Baby soon becomes Johnny's pupil in dance and love. 

Escape Room Mutiny on the Summer Wind
August 24, 2017
As you cruise Chautauqua Lake - It looks like a mutiny aboard the Summer Wind!  Come join us for this action packed cruise full of puzzles, riddles and excitement.  Solve the mystery and overthrow the Captain to save your ties to this land. 
See if you can escape from the Summer Wind! 

12th Annual Celtic Festival & Gathering of the Clans
August 25-26, 2017
 Caber Toss, Bagpipes, 15 Klans attending, Plus Kilted Throwers club - The Buffalo Heavies - Competitions. Food Vendors, Beer & Wine Garden. Free Parking, Free Shuttle Bus
Friday at the Celtic Festival Beer & Wine Garden - 6 PM to 9 PM: Celtic Music & Dancing
Saturday 9A-10P: See website for complete schedule of activities.

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