Friday on Franklin

sample • savor • shop

come out and enjoy on the first friday of every month!

Enjoy tastings of local products during this fun (and delicious) event series on the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm in downtown Watkins Glen, sponsored by Chemung Canal Trust Company. Live music , or other special experiences, oftentimes rounds out the experience. Join in the fun!  To participate, simply stop by the Visitor Center (214 North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen) at the start of the event to purchase an event ticket. This event takes place rain or shine. Don’t let a little rain or cold keep you away. All tastings take place inside our downtown shops and it’s important to get out and support them year-round!

Friday on franklin dates for 2019

July 5
August 2
September 6
October 4
November 1
December 6

tastings + samples + LOCAL PRODUCTS:

Shop from local retail businesses and vendors. Participants, members and non-members alike, pay only $5 (temporarily reduced from previous pricing, and a great bargain!) at the Chamber and receive a souvenir tasting glass, wrist band, and map with all the locations. The next event takes place from 5-8pm on Friday, July 5th. Following the event, at around 9:45pm, the Chamber of Commerce has sponsored a beautiful fireworks display will be unleashed by  the professionals at Young Explosives! The wine glass, wrist band, and map can all be picked up the evening of the event at our main Visitor Center, 214 N Franklin Street. This year's Friday on Franklin events are all sponsored by our friends at Chemung Canal Trust Company. For more information on this Friday on Franklin, or if you would like to get involved in future events, please call the Chamber at 535-4300 or email us  at

This month’s pairings are:
-    Seneca Signature Scents will host J.R. Dill Winery for tastings and bottle sales
-    Fresh Start Watkins Glen will host Silver Fox Farms/Sweet Bottoms Cupcakes and Buns, offering sales of heirloom vegetables and baked goods
-    Watkins Glen Promotions will host Oil Me Healthy, offering sales of Young Living essential oils
-    Rasa Spa will host The Vug Life, offering sales of beautiful crystals, minerals, and rocks 
-    Franklin Street Gallery will host Shtayburne Farm, offering artisan cheese tastings and sales
-    Watkins Glen Wine & Spirits will host Finger Lakes Distilling for tastings and bottle sales
-    Quest Adventure Gaming will host Highland Chocolates, offering a fine assortment of handcrafted chocolate products
-    Warren Real Estate will host Seneca Lodge
-    And Crystal City Olive Oil will be offering samples of their own products

The fireworks will take place at nearby Clute Park at 9:45 P.M. Visit every stop to be entered for a chance to win a great prize!   Start at the Chamber visitor center (214 N Franklin Street) to get your souvenir tasting glass, wrist band, and a map of all the stops. 

Don't forget about our loyalty card for locals! Receive a stamp for each Friday on Franklin that you participate in. Collect 9 stamps and attend the 10th month for free! This event takes place rain or shine (see below for inclement weather policy).

friday on franklin

Special thank you to Chemung Canal Trust Company for sponsoring Friday on Franklin in 2019!

Inclement Weather Policy: If the temperature is below freezing or if severe weather is predicted (or occurring), we may cancel the event. We want to keep our event vendors and participants safe and sound! We will make a decision regarding cancellation no later than 12pm the day of the event. We will share any cancellation here on our website as well as on our Facebook page. Thank you for understanding!