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 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. 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

June 7
July 5
August 2
September 6
October 4
November 1
December 6

tastings + samples + LOCAL PRODUCTS:

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. This event takes place from 5-8pm on Friday, June 7. Local celebrities and popular residents will be pouring, rain or shine and we'll even have a fun contest revolving around the pourers! 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

The list of excellent participating business are as follows:
Watkins Glen Promotions will host Oil Me Healthy
Warren Real Estate will host Lakewood Vineyards
Fresh Start Watkins Glen will host Highland Chocolates
Franklin Street Gallery and Gift Shop will host Miles Wine Cellars
Rasa Spa will host Three Brother Wineries and Estates
GRAFT will offer tastings from Atwater Estate Vineyards
Crystal City Olive Oil will offer tastings of their products
Quest Adventure Gaming will host Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars 
Seneca Signature Scents will offer popcorn tastings with their house Popcorn Salts and a “sniffing bar" with wine-inspired fragrance oils. 
Watkins Glen Chamber will host Shtayburne Farms for cheese sampling and sales
Watkins Glen Wine & Spirits will be hosting Glenora Wine Cellars 

Visit every stop to be entered for a chance to win a great prize!

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!