It's the perfect time to get out and explore the vibrant world of summer festivals. From lively carnivals to culinary delights, music extravaganzas, and up-close encounters with animals, there's something for everyone to enjoy. With friends and family, embark on a journey through bustling fairs and create lasting memories. So, buckle up and prepare for an unforgettable summer adventure!

If you visit Livingston County just in time to catch one of the county’s many summer festivals, you’re in for a treat. Can’t-miss summer events draw locals and travelers alike, for old-fashioned fair fun, including carnival rides and scrumptious fair food, and celebrations of the region’s history and agriculture.

And don’t miss the largest festival in LivCo, the Hemlock “Little World’s” Fair, a premier event of the summer. Plus, you’ll have tons of other events during the rest of the season. Here’s what you can expect:


Family at Hemlock Fair


Happening this year from July 16th to 20th at the Hemlock Fairgrounds, spend sweet summertime at the largest fair in Livingston County. Since 1857, the week-long Hemlock Fair has been a top favorite event throughout LivCo, eagerly awaited year after year. While it does have your classic midway rides and grandstand events, fair food, and vendors, it also touts a few standout features that make the Hemlock Fair unlike any other county fair you might’ve attended in years past.

One of these is, of course, harness racing. The Hemlock Fair can trace its origins back to horse racing, when, in the 1800s, races would bring people from around the county. As the racing events grew, so did the entertainment, until the races expanded into a full-blown fair. This year, the Hemlock Fair will celebrate its 120th year of harness horse racing and, just as it has since 1903, the fair will host the two and three-year-old Sire Stakes Races on opening day.


Midway at Hemlock Fair


The Hemlock Fair is also home to its own Heritage Museum. Here, you can learn more about the fair’s historic connections with horse racing, the region’s agricultural history, and more. Plus, be sure to enjoy the nightly bands in the Festival Building, 4-H shows highlighting a variety of farm animals, wood carving demos, and monster truck rides. In short, there’s something for everyone at the Hemlock Fair.



Agricultural Exhibits, Shows & Competitions: Your visit to the Hemlock Fair isn’t complete without enjoying the agricultural roots of the region. Explore animal shows, the 4-H Livestock Auction, science projects by local high school students, photography displays, “Produced in New York” Food Demonstrations, and much more!


Girl with Bunny at Hemlock Fair


Midway Attractions: Glittering lights shine brightly on the midway – beckoning fairgoers of all ages to enjoy the rides at the Hemlock Fair. You can see every part of the fairgrounds from atop the Ferris wheel, hop on almost 20 rides, play numerous games along the way, and enjoy bites from local food vendors.


Rollercoaster at Hemlock Fair


Grandstand Events: Don’t miss an action-packed schedule of daily events at the grandstand. Cheer on everything from the hard-hitting Demolition Derby to the Monster Truck show on Wednesday night followed by the Truck & Traitor Pull happening Friday night.


Demolition Derby at Hemlock Fair


Steeped in tradition, annual festivals and events in LivCo are a favorite way for locals and visitors to come together to celebrate. From agricultural celebrations to parades full of festivity, there’s always something to celebrate! Even if you’re not in town in mid-July to catch the Hemlock Fair, be sure to attend one of the other summer fairs and fests held throughout LivCo.

June 8th
Mt Morris, New York

Each year, in early June, Mount Morris celebrates its most notable past resident, creator of The Pledge of Allegiance, Francis Bellamy, with Glory Day. The patriotic occasion combines a parade, music, vendors, food, and fireworks. Follow the Glory Day Mount Morris Facebook page for updates on the 2024 event.

Independence Day Celebration

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July 4th
Mumford, New York

For patriotic fun, spend the Fourth of July at the Genesee Country Village & Museum. The big event features all your holiday favorite foods, patriotic tunes from the bandstand, a parade, a pie-eating contest, hands-on games, the recitation of the Declaration of Independence, and historic displays.

Summer Festival

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July 12th-13th
Geneseo, New York

Summer Festival brings tons of family fun to Geneseo for two days. The event kicks off Friday with a performance by the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and Saturday gets underway with the Teddy Bear Parade down Main Street, followed by bouncy castles, cornhole competitions, a petting zoo, and a free concert in the Geneseo Village Park. New this year, a Makers Fair and Farmer’s Market with select artisan vendors will be held on Center and Main Streets both days.

National Warplane Museum Airshow

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July 13th-14th
Geneseo, New York

You can enjoy two big LivCo events in one weekend if you visit Geneseo! On the Saturday and Sunday of that weekend, the National Warplane Museum hosts the Geneseo Airshow also known as “The Greatest Show on Turf”, with aerobatic demonstrations, tours of the museum, a paratrooper jump, and ground battle reenactment.

Lima Crossroads Festival

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August 1st-4th
Lima, New York

The Lima Crossroads Festival combines food, family fun, and live music, including lots of blues and jazz music. Pack your running shoes and come hungry, the festival also includes a 5k and barbecue cook-off. And don’t miss the Annual Bed Races, a yearly tradition of the festival.

Avon Corn Festival

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August 10th
Avon, New York

Lastly, to wrap up the summer, the Avon Rotary Corn Festival celebrates all things corn, as one of the region’s major crops. Beyond lots of food (with, yes, lots of corn), there’s also a corn-eating contest, live music across three stages, a beer garden, and more than a hundred arts and craft vendors.