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 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!


This month’s pairings are:

Fresh Start Watkins Glen featuring cupcakes and cinnamon rolls from Sweet Bottoms Cupcakes & Buns and micro greens from Silver Fox Farms

Franklin Street Gallery and Gift Shop featuring wine tastings from Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

El Rancho Mexican Restaurant featuring tastings from their menu

Quest Adventure Gaming featuring wine tastings from JR Dill Winery

Rasa Spa Watkins Glen featuring wine tastings from Lakewood Vineyards

Watkins Glen Wine & Spirits featuring tastings of craft liquor and spirits from Finger Lakes Distilling

Inner Peace Floats featuring wine tastings from Hector Wine Co.

Nickel’s Pit BBQ featuring beer tastings

Rooster Fish Brew Pub featuring beer tastings and chocolate from Highland Chocolates

Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce featuring essential oils from Oil Me Healthy

tastings + samples + LOCAL PRODUCTS:

The event kicks off at the Chamber of Commerce (214 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen), where you’ll purchase your ticket for $10, receive your tasting glass, and map, indicating participating businesses and the samples you’ll find at each stop. Then, set out on your way, visiting: Franklin Street Art Gallery, El Rancho Mexican Restaurant, Quest Adventure Gaming, Rasa Spa Watkins Glen, Watkins Glen Wine and Spirits, Inner Peace Floats, Nickel’s Pit BBQRooster Fish Brew Pub and Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.

At the event stops, you’ll enjoy samples from : Sweet Bottoms Cupcakes & Buns, Silver Fox Farms, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, El Rancho Mexican Restaurant, JR Dill Winery,  Lakewood Vineyards,  Finger Lakes Distilling, Hector Wine Co., Rooster Fish Brew Pub, Highland Chocolates, and Oil Me Healthy.

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).

live music

We'll be rockin' out to live music by The Sweats in the courtyard between Glen Mountain Market and GRAFT wine + cider bar (6:00-8:00pm). In the event of rain or cold, you'll find the live music at the Chamber Visitor Center.

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!