Friday on Franklin

sample • savor • shop

come out and 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 Chemung Canal Trust Company. Live music , or other special experiences, oftentimes rounds out the experience. Join in the fun!  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. This event takes place rain or shine. Don’t let a little rain or cold keep you away. All tastings take place inside our downtown shops and it’s important to get out and support them year-round!

Friday on franklin dates for 2019

August 2
September 6
October 4
November 1
December 6

tastings + samples + LOCAL PRODUCTS:

dog days of summer friday on franklin

Shop from local retail businesses and vendors. Participants, members and non-members alike, pay only $5 (temporarily reduced from previous pricing, and a great bargain!) at the Chamber and receive a souvenir tasting glass, wrist band, and map with all the locations.  

For our next Friday on Franklin the theme is "Dog Days of Summer" and we're welcoming leashed, well-behaved dogs to participate in our event too. There will be a Trick Competition at registration, and our four-legged friends will each receive a special treat. Watkins Glen Wine & Spirits  will be offering “Dogs for Dogs” (hot dogs), and all proceeds will benefit the  Humane Society of Schuyler County and Humane Society of Yates County. 

Some locations do not allow dogs due to health reasons, and these locations will be clearly marked, with a doggie rest area station set up nearby.  Bring a donated items for the Humane Society of Schuyler County and register a second time for our drawing! 

The wine glass, wrist band, and map can all be picked up the evening of the event at our main Visitor Center, 214 N Franklin Street. This year's Friday on Franklin events are all sponsored by our friends at Chemung Canal Trust Company. For more information on this Friday on Franklin, or if you would like to get involved in future events, please call the Chamber at 535-4300 or email us  at

This month’s pairings are:

- Quest Adventure Gaming will host Lakewood Vineyards, offering tastings and bottle sales

- Fresh Start- Watkins Glen will host Oil Me Healthy , offering sales of Young Living essential oils

- Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce will host Earthy Imaginations offering unique handmade gifts

- Watkins Glen Promotions & Memorabilia will host Red Newt Cellars - FLX Winery & Bistro for tastings and bottle sales

- Seneca Signature Scents will offer their own products including popcorn and flavored salts

- Franklin Street Gallery and Gift Shop will host Silver Fox Farms/Sweet Bottom Cupcakes and Buns offering sales of heirloom vegetables and baked goods

- Watkins Glen Wine & Spirits will host Weis Vineyards for tastings and bottle sales

- Rasa Spa will host Bagley's Winery for tastings and bottle sales

- Seneca Cheese Company will host Shtayburne Farm, offering artisan cheese tastings and sales

- Crystal City Olive Oil will offer samples and sales of their specialty olive oils and balsamic vinegars

- Warren Real Estate will host Highland Chocolates, offering a fine assortment of hand-crafted chocolate products

- Proper Etiquette Modern Vintage will be offering original and vintage bridal, formal and everyday clothing designs along with live music in front of their shop

- Infinity Hair Salon will host IT Works Health & Wellness and Two Cranes Candle Company

Start at the Chamber visitor center (214 N Franklin Street) to get your souvenir tasting glass, wrist band, and a map of all the stops. 

Don't forget about our loyalty card for locals! Receive a stamp for each Friday on Franklin that you participate in. Collect 9 stamps and attend the 10th month for free! This event takes place rain or shine (see below for inclement weather policy).

Special thank you to Chemung Canal Trust Company for sponsoring Friday on Franklin in 2019!

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!