For those seeking artistic discovery, Experience Cortland’s weekend arts and culture itinerary is here to help you make the most of your time with us!
Start your trip with a locally roasted caffeine boost at Coffee Mania; then venture to the Cortland Corset Building for a little retail therapy. Cinch Art Space is packed with the work of over 50 local and regional artisans and craftsmen representing a wide array of handmade gifts and art. Before your next stop, grab a selfie with the 30-foot mural on the west end of the building designed by local artist, Crystal Lyon.
From there, let your creativity flow as freely as a glass of wine in your hand at Cheerful & Creative. Make a stop for beverages at the Finger Lakes Tasting & Tap Room before unleashing your inner Van Gogh at an afternoon painting session.
Entice your taste buds with a chicken gyro at Pita Gourmet or the Tipsy Chicken at The Deli Downtown before heading to Greek Peak Mountain Resort for the Blackbird Film + Arts Festival, June 17-20. The event will include outdoor tented screenings of over 100 independent films from around the world, as well as nightly drive-in movies, an artisan craft fair, live music, wine and beer tasting and so much more.
Cap off the day with a Smokey Wagyu Bacon Burger and Moscow Mule at Trax Pub & Grill before calling it a night.
Grab a delicious pastry, or breakfast bagel at Sinfully Sweet Café, then set off to explore the whimsical Frog Pond Farm Folk Art Gallery. There you will find an eclectic collection of metal animals, insects and vehicles designed by the Ferros. Their work has been represented in art galleries, museums and at shows all over the U.S., as well as parts of Europe. Beware of the giant 10-foot moose!
For a mix of art and fun, make a stop at Homer Hops Brewing for a flight of beer that range from tart and fruity to rich and malty.
Check out a theatre performance at the Cortland Repertory Theatre to close out your night. This year, audience members will enjoy the theatre’s “49 ½ Season” outdoors as live music performances, plays and children’s shows will take place on a temporary outdoor stage on the east side the Little York Pavilion.
As an evening alternative, wind down with live music at the Center for the Arts of Homer. The 140-year-old former Baptist church will play host to a diverse series of main stage programs including Muriel Anderson, Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez and other notable emerging artists, as well as musicals. If you’d rather catch tunes outdoors, they will also be hosting drive-in concerts at Dwyer Memorial Park featuring Sister Hazel, Asleep at the Wheel and more!
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