LETCHWORTH STATE PARK
2019 EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
MARCH 23 - 24 & 30 - 31 – MAPLE WEEKENDS - “Sap to Syrup – Three Ways” Learn three different techniques for boiling sap: Iroquois Stone Boiling, Iron Pot Fire Pit Boiling and modern evaporator. Maple Tree identification walks and “How To Tap A Tree” demonstrations with Park Naturalists. Pancake Breakfast served by Friends of Letchworth (fee). In conjunction with New York State Maple Producer’s Maple Weekends. The Humphrey Nature Center and Trailside Lodge Area. Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays 10 am to 1 pm.
APRIL 26 – “ARBOR DAY” Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center at 10:00 am. The day begins with a Tree Program followed by a Tree Planting and Tree Walk .
MAY 4 – “I LOVE MY PARKS DAY” Volunteer to help clean your park. Work along side Park Staff cleaning the park and trails. Leaf & litter pick up, removal of invasive species, etc. Enjoy lunch with the “Friends of Letchworth”.
MAY 17 - 19 – “FIRE ON THE GENESEE” Civil War Encampment, Living History and Battle Re-enactments featuring Union, Confederate and Civilian participants. Camps open at 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Battles at 1:30 pm, Highbanks Recreation Area.
MAY 22 – “WILLIAM PRYOR LETCHWORTH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION” School groups are encouraged to attend this event. The general public is also welcome. An outdoor celebration with 10 stations to visit, each station will have a different topic of discussion. Topics include flora and fauna, flint-knapping, Civil War camp life, Mary Jemison, listen and watch a portrayal of Mr. Letchworth and Caroline Bishop. Cake will be available. Call 585-493-3637 for more information. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Museum Area.
MAY 24 - 27 – “RED, WHITE AND BLUE BALLOON RALLY” Six massed balloon flights, Friday 6:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:00 am and 6:30 pm, Monday 6:00 am, launching from The Archery Field near the Castile entrance weather permitting. Visit BalloonsOverLetchworth.com for details.
MAY 25 – “FREE LEARN TO CATCH A FISH AND KID’S CONSERVATION DAY” Featuring games, activities, educational workshops, free fishing (no license required) and door prizes. Presented in conjunction with DEC. 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Trailside Lodge.
May 26 – “WILDLIFE FESTIVAL” Visit with various live animals throughout the day. Hear interpretation about the animals and visit an array of high quality vendors specializing in nature based crafts. In collaboration with the WILDLIFE EDUCATORS COALITION. 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Trailside Lodge area and The Humphrey Nature Center.
JUNE 8 – “NEW YORK STATE YOGA FESTIVAL at LETCHWORTH STATE PARK” A truly inspirational day full of yoga instruction by various teachers in several locations throughout the park culminating with one huge yoga class at Archery Field overlooking the gorge. Food and holistic products vendors. 10 am to 6 pm. In collaboration with HIKYOGA.
JUNE 15 - 16 – “GENESEE VALLEY FARE AND WARE Local Food, Drink and Art” Food and beverage tastings and sales from local New York State Vendors who offer products made in NY. Over 100 vendors 11am-6pm Highbanks Recreation Area. A collaboration with Livingston Arts.
JULY 10 – AUGUST 28 – “LEARN ABOUT LETCHWORTH” LECTURE SERIES” Lecture programs highlighting the history and environmental heritage of Letchworth and the Genesee Valley area. Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at The Humphrey Nature Center.
JULY 27 - OUR PREMIER SUMMER EVENT – “BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONCERT AT ARCHERY FIELD” overlooking the “Grand Canyon of the East.” The BPO, conducted by Jo Ann Falletta will perform classical & pop favorites at 8 pm culminating with a GRAND FIREWORKS display over the gorge at 9:30 pm. Bring your blankets and chairs to spend a glorious, one-of-a-kind evening.
JULY 21 & August 18 - “BRUNCH & BUY LOCAL at THE GLEN IRIS INN” Brunch menu consists of locally produced meats, vegetables, fruits, cheeses and beverages. The farm and artisan market is available early to guests of the brunch and open to the public and park patrons throughout the afternoon. The event is designed to raise awareness of what our local communities have to offer!
JULY 20 – “TEDDY BEAR FAMILY PICNIC” Featuring a teddy bear parade, story time, crafts, games and a raptor exhibit from Wild Wings, Inc. Entertainment will include Tea Kettle Music Company, Mr. Scribbles and Perry Ground, a Native American story teller. Bring your favorite teddy bear/stuffed animal and your favorite picnic lunch. Event is from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at Trailside Lodge.
AUGUST 3 – “CCC RECOGNITION DAY” Join Interpretive hikes to various Civilian Conservation Corps sites within Letchworth and learn of the CCC’s contribution to the development of the Park.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, at the Octagon Shelter (Lower Falls area).
AUGUST 23 – 25 – “STONE TOOL TECHNOLOGY SHOW” Flint-knapping, Stone tool making demonstrations, Native American Crafts, 19th Century Mountain Men encampment, Atl-Atl competition. 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Highbanks Recreation Area.
SEPTEMBER 1 – “SUMMER FAREWELL FESTIVAL” Music at its best with live bands, family activities food and a great fireworks show. 3:00 pm to a 9:30 pm FIREWORKS display at Highbanks Recreation Area.
SEPTEMBER 7 – “24th ANNUAL GLEN IRIS 5K RUN” Run benefiting the Cordelia A. Greene Library in Castile New York. Prizes and food for participants. Visit GlenIrisInn.com, or call 585-493-2622 for details.
SEPTEMBER 21 – “NATIVE AMERICAN & PIONEER HERITAGE DAYS” Watch Native American Dancers perform traditional dances and learn about their cultural significance. The day’s events will include craft demonstrations, as well as a variety of demonstrations related to Native American and pioneer life. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Trailside Lodge Area
SEPTEMBER 26 – 28 – NATIONAL CCC LEGACY ANNUAL GATHERING – Letchworth State Park -Contact 585-493-3637 for more information.
OCTOBER 12 - 14 – “LETCHWORTH ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW AND SALE” Considered one of the best arts and crafts show in the U.S. Well over 300 arts and crafts exhibitors, food vendors and live entertainment. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Highbanks Recreation Area
Glen Iris Inn
Adventure Calls Outfitters
Balloons over Letchworth
Unless noted, please call 585-493-3600 or visit www.nysparks.com for more information.