What’s Happening in the Village and on the Slopes

By Alicia Dziak

Fall Festival weekend has arrived, which means an action-packed weekend is in your future! Whether you’re looking for great deals on fabulous art and craft items or ski gear, scenic journeys to take in the foliage, fast-paced adventure on the zip lines or hoppin’ nightlife, you’ll find it all in Ellicottville this weekend! Here’s what’s happening around the village and on the slopes.

Village Activities

The streets of Ellicottville will be filled to the brim all weekend long with fun things to see and do for the whole family.

On Friday, take your pick from the food court on Jefferson Street, open 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, get some retail therapy and browse the vendors set up along Washington, Jefferson and Monroe streets from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Don’t forget to browse the shops for some great sales! Our local merchants will pull out all the stops this weekend. The food court will satisfy all your cravings, and the kiddies will squeal with delight at the carnival rides.

On Saturday, be sure to check out all the local talent at the Ellicottville Idol competition, happening at the Village Gazebo from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Support the Holiday Valley Ski Patrol’s sausage and beer tent with some food and drink on Saturday and Sunday. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for this dedicated organization.

Holiday Valley

Chairlift rides are available all weekend long. Take the Mardi Gras lift on Saturday and Sunday ($2 charge) and head to the top where you can enjoy live music and a cookout, or take the Spruce Lake lift Saturday through Monday ($5 charge) and enjoy the gorgeous view from the lake.

Sky High Adventure Park gives you a chance to take in the foliage from new heights in the trees! The Aerial Park and the Mountain Coaster will be open Friday through Monday.

The Ski Swap Sale is a great way to gear up for the upcoming season. The sale will take place at Creekside Lodge Friday through Sunday.

Check out the Jr. Ski Team Sale and Snowboard Swap, also at Creekside Lodge on Saturday and Sunday. And don’t miss the Mountain Shop Sale at the Plaza Deck Saturday and Sunday.

The Fall Fest 5K takes place on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. Number pickup begins at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Valley Lodge parking lot, and race day registrations are welcome.

The Fall Fest Mountain Bike Race takes place on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Mountain Sports Center. Same-day signups are welcome.


Chairlift rides will run, free of charge, on Saturday, from 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on Exhibition Express lift.

HoliMont will also be hosting a Ski Swap. Call (716) 699-2320 or visit www.holimont.com for info.

Live Entertainment

Live music has always been synonymous with Fall Festival, and this year is no exception, with a full lineup of awesome bands spanning several genres performing throughout the village and on the slopes.

On Friday, kick off the weekend at the Gin Mill, where the Joe Wagner band will be performing their rockin’ set starting at 9 p.m. Over at the Balloons tent, take in some Americana music with The Porcelain Bus Drivers from 7–11 p.m.

On Saturday, the Balloons tent will be hoppin’ all day with the Ozone Rangers noon–2 p.m., Black Window 2:30–5 p.m., Randle and the Late Night Scandals 5:30–8 p.m., and Funktional Flow 8:30–11 p.m.

Holiday Valley is offering two venues to listen to music. The Cabana Bar hosts The Strangers from 3:30–7:30 p.m., or take the Mardi Gras lift to the top of the mountain and check out the Tommy Z Band from noon–4 p.m.

Stop at the Ellicottville Brewing Company for some blues by The Informers, from 1–4 p.m., and dance to party hits by Hit & Run, from 8–10 p.m.

On Sunday, keep the party going with The Party Squad, from noon–4 p.m. at the top of the mountain at Holiday Valley. Stick around for The Black & Blues Band performing at the Cabana Bar from 3:30–7:30 p.m.

Head to the Gin Mill at 7 p.m. for 2 Guys Drinkin’ Beer. Check out The Strangers inside Balloons from 4–8 p.m.

Where to Park

Fall Fest regulars know that parking can be a challenge this weekend. Parking is available all along Washington Street (heading into town from Route 219 south), along Mill Street, just past the creek, heading out of the village, along Martha Street, at the Ellicottville American Legion Post on Mechanic Street, at the Village Park and between the Ellicottville Fire Hall/Nannen Arboretum on Parkside Drive, on Elk Street and Elizabeth Street, and on Route 242 going toward HoliMont. In addition, a shuttle service is available from Holiday Valley.

In addition, the ECS Sports Boosters will be parking cars at the old Signore property across from Jefferson Street Cemetery on Saturday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 652 will also be parking cars at HoliMont for their fundraiser on Saturday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m.–1 p.m.


Need cash? ATM machines are located at the corner of Jefferson and Washington streets, and on Washington Street across from Madigan’s.

Fall for Ellicottville

After spending the weekend in the village and on the slopes, you’ll see why Fall Festival is Ellicottville’s biggest annual celebration, attracting thousands of visitors annually. While other weekends don’t pack in quite as much hustle and bustle, every weekend year-round has something fun and exciting to offer visitors. Whether you visit in winter, spring, summer or fall, you’re sure to fall in love with everything that is Ellicottville!