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The Genesee Valley Great Outdoors Fest (NEW!)

Saturday, July 29 & Sunday, July 30 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Two jam-packed days of family fun!

GCV&M is thrilled to host this celebration of all that makes our region amazing – from big vistas at High Falls and Letchworth, to lesser traveled paths along the Genesee Greenway Trail – and all the towns, attractions, shops, and organizations along the way.

This event is RAIN OR SHINE! 
We may see some rain on Saturday – please plan ahead to bring your rain gear for an outdoor adventure! 
Buy your tickets online in advance to save $! 
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Sunday, July 30

Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Enjoy Day 2 of our Great Outdoors Fest, packed to the brim with family fun and activities for all interest levels! 

  • Lumberjack Training Day on the Great Meadow ( 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) 
  • Rock Climbing activity $ (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) 
  • Seneca Park ZooMobile (11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Nature Center)
  • The Story of the Corn Husk Doll with Ronnie Reitter (1 p.m. on the Village Square Stage)
  • Historical cooking demonstrations around the Village (all day) 
  • Specialty vendor fair (all day)
  • Food specials at the Carport and Pavilion Garden Restaurant (BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, Smoked Brat, Italian Sausage Bomber, and Steak Burger) 


Plus, enjoy a wide variety of programs and outdoor activities, outdoor hikes, hands-on crafts, learn from local partners and organizations at the Nature Center, and SO much more! Click the button below to explore Saturday’s full schedule. 

Try out Rock Climbing!

Sunday, July 30 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore all varieties of outdoor adventuring available to us in the Genesee Valley Region! Hiking, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, axe throwing, and more! 

Learn how to rock climb on a portable rock wall with help from our friends at Niagara Climbing Center

Please note: there will be a small additional fee for the Rock Climbing activity. 

Logger Sports on the Great Meadow

Saturday and Sunday

Join us along the Great Meadow to watch an exciting logger-sports competition (Saturday)! See feats by lumberjacks and lumberjills from the New York State Lumber Jack Organization!

Then on Sunday, enjoy watching training with local college students! Explore skills like axe throwing, log-chopping, operating the two-person saw, fire-building competitions, and more! 

Visitors will get to see men’s underhand and standing block, women’s underhand and standing block, axe throw, open hotsaw, springboard, obstacle pole and partner fire build activities. 

Flying, Running, and Swimming - cooking local in Historic Kitchens

Saturday AND Sunday exploration in our 19th-century Historic Village

Explore historic homes in our 19th-century village to see how knowledgeable costumed interpreters are utilizing local game and products grown in our heirloom gardens to produce dishes authentic to the 19th-century in the Genesee Valley Region.  

Explore cooking demonstrations featuring: mock pigeon pie, rotisserie wild hare, planked fish, fricasseed eel, crystalized wildflowers, fried game hen, boiled quail eggs, twirled woodchuck, and more. 

See the rennovation process in our Nature Center!

Saturday AND Sunday - explore the progress of rennovations in our Nature Center!

Have you noticed that our Nature Center building has been under construction for the past several months? 

We are excited to share the unveiling of our newly renovated Nature Center with guests who join us for The Genesee Valley Great Outdoors Fest! Explore the exhibits housed in the Nature Center, meet the critters who call this building home, and learn from our Naturalists about the natural history of the Genesee Valley Region. 

Interested in supporting this important renovation project and others like it? Click the button below to make a gift. 

Refuel with a cup of tea!

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday AND Sunday

Join us in Hosmer’s Inn for a teahouse on both days of our Great Outdoors Fest! Enjoy both hot and iced varieties of tea, as well as a crowd favorite – our 1-2-3-4 cake! 

Vendors & Exhibitors of all Varieties

On-Site Sunday, July 30

Shop the outdoors and all things active! Explore our vendor partners: 

Ticket Information


Museum Members: FREE 

General admission: $23 

Seniors (62+): $20 

Students (13 – 18): $20 

Youth (3 – 12): $17 

Children 3 and under FREE 

GCV&M Member admission is FREE and guaranteed for this weekend. Click here to learn more about joining the Museum as a Member!



Is there ample parking?

Parking is free and plentiful! Park in any of the main lots at the front of the Museum. Please leave the first two bays available for handicapped parking. 

How do I show my purchased tickets?

Please have your ticket(s) either printed out OR pulled up on your phone screen and ready for scanning for quick and easy check-in. Pro-tip: take a screenshot of each of your tickets to have ready and pulled up on your phone screen! Please note: Wifi can sometimes be spotty at the front of the Museum. 

Is this event rain or shine?

Yes! This event is rain or shine. The Museum will only cancel in case of a severe weather emergency.

How should I dress for Great Outdoors Festival?

Please dress accordingly for the predicted weather conditions.  

We recommend wearing a good pair of walking shoes – there is a lot to see and do, and surfaces in the Historic Village (brick paths, cobblestone, grass), can be uneven. 

We may experience some rain on Saturday, so please be prepared with your rain gear! 

Are service animals welcome?

Yes! Leashed service animals are welcome with proper identification. 

What if I need a refund for my ticket?

We’re sorry to hear that you’re not able to attend! Tickets may be refunded only up to 7 days prior to the event date and are strictly non-transferable by date, entry time, or program. 

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