School is officially out which means summer is upon us - and so is vacation season! Cortland County offers locals and those beyond so many events for families, kids, and outdoor enthusiasts that it can be hard to know where to start. We'll be showcasing county happenings each month to keep you up-to-date and in the know - check out these exciting events happening this July that you don't want to miss out on.
Don't forget to tag your Cortland County summer adventures with #experiencecortland for a chance to be featured!
For a full list of Cortland County happenings, visit our events calendar.
Wednesday, July 2nd from 1-10 pm
Celebrate freedom and family all day long on July 2nd at Cortland County’s Annual Fireworks event! Included in this year’s event will feature live local music. Bring your appetite as several local food vendors will be on hand throughout the afternoon.
The annual fireworks show kicks off at dusk and will be bigger, better and longer this year! Don’t forget to turn your radio to x101 Always Classic for the annual sky concert during the show.
There is a $5 charge per vehicle to enter the park on the 2nd. In the event of rain, the show will be July 3rd.
Dwyer Memorial Park, 6799 Little York Lake Road, Preble NY 13141
CFCU CORTLAND MAIN STREET MUSIC SERIES
Fridays, July 1st - July 29th starting at 5:30 pm
Start your weekend off right every Friday in July at the Cortland Main Street Music Series! The series is celebrating its 17th season with high-energy shows that will feature amazing musicians at Rose Hall. The lineup highlights genres ranging from rock, Americana, folk, country, Celtic rock, blues, and everything in between.
July 1 - James Barker Band with Tailor-Made and Jon Rogalia
July 8 – The Unknown Woodsmen with The Rollin' Rust and Austin MacRae
July 15 – The Rods along with Sydney Irving & the Mojo and Quona Hudson
July 22 – Joe Louis Walker with Mike Powell and Raedwald Howland-Bolton
July 29 - Upstate with Miss Tess Duo and Cloey Tierno
To celebrate opening night (July 1), Experience Cortland is throwing a pre-concert bash on the lawn, from 4:30-6:30 pm. where you can enjoy snacks and beverages by Food & Ferments and Hollenbeck's Cider Mill, concert t-shirts from CFCU Federal Credit Union, lawn games and giveaways.
19 Church Street, Cortland
Wednesdays, through August 14th, starting at 7 pm
The Village of Homer has announced this year’s series of free summer concerts to be held Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. at the beautiful Village Green.
July 6 - Rocky Bottom Trio w/ special guest Chad Dean (of Digger Jones)
July 13 - Stiv Morgan
July 20 - Doc Weismore With Real Country
July 27 - M3 (a new project by Marc Ryan)
Homer Village Green
28 South Main Street, Homer NY
Tuesdays just got a whole lot better, thanks to the summer concert series in Courthouse Park. Bring the kids, your lawn chairs, and a picnic basket for an evening filled with live music under the setting sun, starting at 7 pm.
July 7 - The Ageless Jazz Band
July 14 - The Cortland Oldtimers Band
July 21 - Austin MacRae & Casey Widger
July 28 - Molly & the Ringwalds
Courthouse Park, Cortland
July 5th to July 9th, Various Times
On July 5th, the 67th Cortland County Junior Fair kicks off and runs to July 9th. Over the course of the week, fair goers can see and participate in a number of events, including livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, veggie car races, the pie social, animal costume contests and much more.
Cortland County Fairgrounds
4849 Fairground Avenue, Cortland NY
Saturday, July 16th
The annual Arts and Crafts Festival sponsored by the Homer Congregational Church is back! Make your way to the Homer Village Green for a full day of music, local shopping, and delicious food. Browse the over 125 artisans and crafters while listening to live music. Come hungry because there will be a wide variety of eats is available, including hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages and so much more.
Homer Village Green
28 South Main Street, Homer NY
Saturday, July 23th at 8am - 4pm
Gear up for a high-flying weekend as the 12th Annual Cortland County Airfest on Saturday, July 23rd at Chase Field, 922 State Route 222 in Cortland.
Admission is free! Come enjoy a fun-filled day for the entire family. Step inside The National War Plane Museum Historic airplane. Experience the thrill of being in a C47 that carried paratroopers on D-Day during World War II. Rides will be available in the C47 for $150 per person. Many other airplanes are expected to fly in.
There will be breakfast from 8-11 a.m. hosted by Hairy Tony's. Come experience delicious food while watching planes come and go. Mo Mo's Cafe of Locke will be having their food truck and ice cream shack available from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The Willet Fire Department will be supplying BBQ chicken and more for purchase.
There will be a pilot's safety seminar from 10-11 am presented by David St.George which is titled "Simple Changes for Safer Flying." In addition, there will be a Cortlandville fire truck display, a women's Pilot Association display, a Levi Chase display and a clown for kids' entertainment.
922 Route 222, Cortland NY
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