Skaneateles Festival

SkanFest U

Four Tuesdays, July 26- August 16

3:00 PM- 4:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church

SkanFest U: How Folk Becomes Classic(al)

 This year’s educational course explores how composers adopt and adapt the sounds and rhythms of folk music into their works. Hear and discuss authentic folk music from Austria, India, Eastern Europe, and America, and discover the pathways from these cultures into today’s concert music. Prepare to hear folk-inspired music at the Festival by Haydn, Schubert, Reena Esmail, and Dvořák, and enjoy exclusive, live performances by Festival artists.

Four weekly sessions are led by Artistic Director Aaron Wunsch, who teaches at The Juilliard School.

Four Tuesdays, 7/26 – 8/16, 3-4 PM

*SkanFest U will be automatically included in the purchase of a Season Pass


First Presbyterian Church

The facility was rebuilt in 1998 and the church committed to using the building as a community resource to provide space for and host various Art Shows and Music Festivals, Education programs, Co-ops, and Community based youth programs.
97 E. Genesee St, Skaneateles, NY 13152

Parking for the First Presbyterian Church along Genesee Street or in the municipal parking lot located behind M&T Bank on Genesee St. or Doug’s Fish Fry on Jordan. There is also free parking at Skaneateles High School.

From Syracuse and points east: Take Rte. 690 West to 695 West, then follow exit sign to Rte. 5 West. At the second light, turn left onto Rte. 321 (Bennetts Corners Road). Follow 321 until it ends in downtown Skaneateles. Turn left onto Genesee Street. The church is on the left, directly across from Lakeside Park and the Episcopal Church.

From Auburn and points west: Take Route 20 (Genesee Street) to Skaneateles. Go through the center village and the church will be on the left, directly across from Lakeside Park and the Episcopal Church.

Doors open at 7:30pm – Concerts begin promptly at 8pm

The church is air-conditioned and the seats are cushioned church pews.

All seating is “first come, first served” with“A” ticket seating being designated in the front rows of the church and “B” ticket seating in the back ½ of the church.

Light refreshments may be available for purchase at Intermission. There are many restaurants located in the Village within an easy walk or short drive of the church. See listing of “Friends of the Festival” restaurants.
We are happy to accommodate any accessibility needs of patrons and handicap seating is available in all price levels. Please call our office at 315-685-7418 so that we can ensure the best accommodations.
Attendance may be at capacity, so come early to assure yourselves of parking nearby and the seating you prefer.

Acoustics are outstanding in the church, so there are no bad seats sound-wise, but as with all venues, aisle seats may be at a premium.

Bathrooms are located in multiple locations at the church.

A variety of Skaneateles Festival merchandise will be available for purchase before each concert and during intermission.

Guest artist CDs may be available on the nights they perform.

Credit cards and cash are both welcome.

We would love for you to take lots of photos before and after the concerts and tag us on social media! We ask that you be considerate during the concert by silencing your phones and being aware of how your photography may be affecting your neighbors’ experience; we want everyone to enjoy the music in the moment. Please do not use flash during the concert.


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Plan Your Trip

Skaneateles is the eastern gateway to the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York State. Our Lake is at the center of all we do, and is the lifeblood of the community. Within the Village and the surrounding environment there is a variety of wonderful places to eat, shop, stay, and explore what makes Skaneateles so unique.

Upcoming Weekend Events

Thur. August 18

Catalyst Quartet & Karen Slack

Event Sponsored by

Dan Fisher, Lori Ruhlman, Holly Gregg, and Patience Brewster

Fri. Aug. 19

Karen Slack and the Catalyst Quartet

Event Sponsored by

Jessica & Toby Millman and Josh & Allison Wells




Sat. August 20


Christian McBride & Inside Straight

Get a ticket discount by bundling!

Want to get a discount while seeing multiple performances? Consider getting a ticket package like a Week Pass, Saturday Series, or a Season Pass!

We hope to see you soon!