The weekend starts early this week… today, to be exact. Happy Independence Day! I think freedom is probably one of my favorite things in life. Especially freedom to choose what awesome thing you’re going to do in the Finger Lakes this weekend. Let’s go over your options, shall we?

SMOKIN’ SUMMER KICKOFF, JUNE 7-9, 2013

Smokin' Summer Kick Off - July 7-9 2013

I wish #wish wish I was  attending this event this weekend (maybe if I hashtag it, it will come true? #doubtit).

This is one of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail‘s newest wine and food pairing weekend event. Come celebrate summer, the many wonderful foods associated with this beautiful time of year, and the fantastic wines that pair with grilled and summertime foods!  Start your summer season off with this fun-filled wine and food pairing weekend, check in at your chosen starting winery, pick up your ticket and gift item, then enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake during this 2-1/2 day event. This event is co-sponsored by JAVA-GOURMET. Regular tickets purchased in advance are $35 per person. (via senecalakewine.com)

Sterling Renaissance Festival – Saturdays & Sundays – July 6 – August 18 2013

Sterlin Renaissance Festival 2013I haven’t been to this in probably 15 years. I always loved it! (bring your pocket book.)

The Renaissance Festival is a dramatic recreation of an Elizabethan village at festival time.  It is a Renaissance styled theme park, a 12-stage performance venue, a 35-acre interactive/environmental theatre, an arts and crafts faire, a Jousting Tournament, a food festival and tavern, all rolled into one non-stop, day-long, family adventure! (via sterlingfestival.com)

FIREWORKS

If you’re looking for fireworks this weekend, try these (via fingerlakeswinecountry.com):

Friday, July 5 -Dunn Field, Elmira: Fireworks follow the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game, which starts at 7:05 p.m. The host the Cooperstown Hawks. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

Saturday, July 6 – Champlin Beach, Hammondsport: The fireworks start at 10 p.m.

– Interlaken: Annual BBQ Birthday Bash with fireworks at 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 7

Stewart Park, Ithaca: (Rescheduled from Monday.) Pre-show events start at 6 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk.