Friday on Franklin

sample • savor • shop

come out + enjoy on the first friday of every month!

Enjoy tastings of local products during this fun (and delicious) event series on the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm in downtown Watkins Glen, sponsored by Elmira Savings Bank. Live music rounds out the experience. Join in the fun!

The cost to participate is just $10 and includes a souvenir wine glass. To participate, simply stop by the Visitor Center (214 North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen) at the start of the event to purchase an event ticket. Samples and tastings change every month but may include wine, beer, spirits, cheese, locally-roasted coffee, gourmet popcorn, and/or local eateries.

NEXT EVENT - FRIDAY, february 9

The theme is "A Taste of Romance". There will be a special romantic twist to this event. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for that announcement - coming soon! Join us to experience the following...

tastings + samples:

  • Famous Brands featuring wine tasting with Idol Ridge Winery
  • Franklin Street Art Gallery featuring cheese tasting with Sunset View Creamery
  • Inner Peace Floats featuring wine tasting with JR Dill Winery
  • Watkins Glen Wine and Spirits featuring wine tasting with Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
  • Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce featuring coffee from Seneca Sunrise Coffee and local soap and other products by Finger Lakes Soap Company.

live music & entertainment

Enjoy a variety act by Nate Marshall at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center (6-8pm). Nate's performance will include folk-blues music, juggling, comedy, and interative bits and singalongs.


The Franklin Street Art Gallery will feature the work of Dan Gallagher, a photographer based in the Finger Lakes and Adirondacks. He works primarily in landscape and nature photography. Be sure to stop by the gallery to enjoy his talent!

    Special thank you to Elmira Savings Bank for sponsoring Friday on Franklin in 2018!

    Inclement Weather Policy: If the temperature is below freezing or if severe weather is predicted (or occurring), we may cancel the event. We want to keep our event vendors and participants safe and sound! We will make a decision regarding cancellation no later than 12pm the day of the event. We will share any cancellation here on our website as well as on our Facebook page. Thank you for understanding!