Natural and manmade wonders abound.
Enter the rich culture of the Seneca Nation at the annual Seneca Fall Festival, September 8-9 at Saylor Building Grounds in Irving, including a parade, Smoke Dance competition, native food and craft vendors, a native American art show and much more. It’s great fun and a fine introduction to one of the original Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.
September 14-16, Ellicottville turns back the clock to the days when classic cars cruised the downtown. Rock N' Roll Weekend is a community-wide event filled with entertainment and showcasing scores of timeless automobiles as they compete for honors in the 14th annual Classic Car Show. Bring your own classic wheels or just come and gawk.
Jamestown invites you to a Walk Through History, throughout the town on September 22. Four rotating tours will guide guests through the neighborhoods, history and personalities of Jamestown, home to a rich heritage and famously the birthplace of Lucille Ball.
October 5-7, Ellicottville welcomes you back for its annual Fall Festival with fun, food and entertainment around every corner. Headlining the action is nearby Holiday Valley with chairlift rides, bike and foot races, a Mountain Shop Tent Sale, and the resort’s newest outdoor adventure, Sky High Aerial Park and its 283-foot elevation Mountain Coaster ride.
Rolling through the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, Rock City Park is a prehistoric ocean floor blanketed with glittering quartz boulders many stories high, fractured by huge crevices. Three Sisters, Indian Face and a thousand-ton boulder called Balancing Rock are just a few of the natural formations marking Rock City’s scenic trails and a panoramic view of spectacular fall foliage. Don’t miss the Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, October 6-8.
Findley Lake’s Peek'n Peak Resort & Spa has so much planned for its Annual Fall Fest that it fills two weekends, October 13-14 and 20-21. The fun includes ski lift rides, horse and carriage rides, live music and a pumpkin cannon. Craft shows, farmers’ markets and children’s crafts round things out, plus a Classic Car Cruise on October 14. Admission is free and Family Fun Packs let you stay longer with a room at Inn at the Peak.
What better time than October for a Harvest Moon Cemetery Tour through Fredonia’s historic Forest Hill and Pioneer Cemeteries on a horse-drawn trolley? Ghostly guides share stories of Fredonia‘s haunted past on this chilling ride, October 19-20 by reservation only.
Explore the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County without a guide when you join the geocaching craze. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played with simple GPS devices like those found on many smart phones. The idea is to find hidden containers, called geocaches, and there are plenty hidden throughout the Enchanted Mountains. It’s loads of fun and trickier than it sounds.
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