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What's Happening at Sonnenberg Gardens

Events Calendar

Whether it's attending one of Sonnenberg's special events, like the Annual Saturday Mothers' Tea or planning a private event of your own to host on the grounds, there's a multitude of things to do! Host a wine-and-cheese party after-hours in our Finger Lakes Wine Center Tasting Room or come to one of our wine-themed seasonal events, such as Roses & Rosés. Make reservations for May or August teas at our Mansion, book a training seminar or class in our Carriage House, or celebrate career achievements with members of your company at a business reception. In addition, we are now offering private rental options in the off-season at select site locations, and there are seasonal special events that enable you to enjoy Sonnenberg year-round. Take a closer look at everything Sonnenberg has to offer!

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[Please note: All event reservations are non-refundable. If questions, please email]



2014 Events

2014 Season: Vanishing Acts Exhibit. Sonnenberg is pleased to be able to offer the exhibit, Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat. This exhibit, produced by the Morton Arboretum in association with the Global Trees Campaign, takes a look threatened and endangered trees around the world and the importance of saving them. This exhibit will feature guides and activity pages for tree and conservation fans of all ages. It is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, and home-schoolers wishing to teach or learn more about ecology, stewardship, and how we can take action to make a positive difference to the natural world around us. For more details on the exhibit or to schedule a field trip, please contact us at 585-394-4922 or



July 4: George Will Get You in on the Fourth! Stretch your dollars and celebrate the Fourth with us!! We are offering one dollar ($1) regular park admission for New York State residents on July 4th, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm. Please note that the $1 admission does not include Moonlight Stroll admission.


July 4, 11, 18, 25, & August 1:  Moonlight Strolls, 8 – 10 pm, Come see your favorite gardens aglow with lights, and stroll the grounds on a balmy summer's eve - the ONLY time all year that the beauty of Sonnenberg is showcased at night! Performers will be located on the mansion veranda. Bring your folding lawnchairs and picnic blankets or choose from among some of the (limited) seats Sonnenberg provides. All concerts are held rain or shine! Snack on light refreshments sold by the Friends of Sonnenberg or sip delicious wines by the glass sold by our Finger Lakes Wine Center. $9/person, $7/Sonnenberg Member; $4 youth 6-17, FREE for ages 5 and under

July 18:  Volunteer Picnic, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Please join us for a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. Bring a dish to pass, your own table service, and your smile! After the picnic you and one guest are invited to attend the Moonlight Stroll at no charge. RSVP's required! Call 394-4922 to RSVP.

July 19:  I Love Sonnenberg Scrapbook Day, 9:30 am - Noon, all ages 8 and above. Make your visit to Sonnenberg Gardens memorable! We will take you through the gardens so you can pick out your favorite spot, take your picture and then make a scrapbook page to commemorate your adventure. $5/Members, $10/Non-members. Limited to 10 people. Program in the Carriage House but please park in main Sonnenberg parking lot. Supplies provided. Call 585-394-4922 to make your reservations or pay at the door.

July 28:   Annual Sonnenberg Golf Tournament, 10 am, Our Golf Tournament to be open to women’s teams and will be held at Winged Pheasant Golf Course. There will be no mixed teams and is limited to 18 foursomes. The day will start with a mimosa toast followed by a 4-person, 9-hole scramble. Prizes will be awarded for lowest and highest scores, and the longest and shortest drives. Following golf, lunch will be served on the Sonnenberg Mansion Veranda. Event details subject to change. $55/person. Prepaid reservations required.

July 28 – August 1: Historic Adventure Day Camp, Children's program.


August 7, 14, 21, & 28: August Teas, 1 - 4 pm (one seating only). We welcome you to an elegant, high tea for ages 4 – 104. You will be served fruit cup, scones, tea sandwiches, breads, shrub, assorted sweets and teas, while being entertained with music from Mary Thompson’s own piano.  Please join us for a relaxing, enjoyable afternoon at the mansion. Includes admission to gardens. Gluten free and vegetarians can be accommodated as long as they are noted at the time of reservation. Prepaid reservations required. $28/adults, $23/Sonnenberg Members & groups of 10+, $18/Youth (4-12). SORRY - the August Tea events are completely sold out!

August 16 & 17: Arts at the Gardens, 10 am – 5 pm, Juried Fine Art & Fine Craft Show & Sale Featuring 100 Top-Quality Artists from across the U.S. Rain or Shine, Free Art Lectures, Wine/Beer Garden featuring Microbrews, Food Court, Enter to Win Artwork from the Exhibiting Artists at the Raffle Tent. Event details subject to change. $6/person Note: Mansion will close at 3:30 pm on August 16th for a private Artisans' party.


September 6:  Harvest the Pizza Garden, Children's program. Details TBA.

September 27: Fall History Conference. Presented by the History Committee at the Wood Library Details TBA.


October 11:  Fall Symposium, Join us for a day of exciting garden speakers. Keynote speaker Vincent Simone. Lunch included. Prepaid reservations required. $85/person, $75/members. 

October 17, 18, 24 & 25: Mansion Mysteries, 7 – 9 pm, Come take part in a "whodunit" at Sonnenberg! Guests will have a chance to take part in this live-theater event by uncovering the clues that will solve the mystery and bring the guilty party -or parties- to justice! Light refreshments along with a cash wine bar will be provided. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Guests are welcome to further participate in the fun, if they so desire, by attending in costume. Prepaid reservations required. $24/General; $20/Sonnenberg Members and Youths (Ages 12 - 18)

October 26: Haunted Garden Stroll, 6-8:30 pm, Join us -- if you dare! -- for a "haunted" stroll through the Sonnenberg grounds. Hear strange Sonnenberg tales from the last 126 years that will leave you in goosebumps! Be ready for spooky characters during the walk - you never know who or what might be lurking or watching! Will it be an apparition of a Civil War general who died in the mansion? Or perhaps the Lady in Black who continues to walk the grounds? What other macabre visitations or weird sights will you experience?? $5/person, under 5 FREE.

October 31: Sonnenberg closes for the season


December 6:  Holiday Home Tour, See the beautiful and historic home of Canandaigua decorated for the holiday season. $22/person.

December 13: Christmas Gala Ball

Event schedule subject to change. Members receive discounts on select events. Please call or see specific event pages for other event details and registration.


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Latitude 42.89 ( 42°, 53') - Longitude -77.27 (-77°, 16')

151 Charlotte Street • Canandaigua, NY 14424
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