Sodus Point & Lighthouse Splash
Community-wide event celebrates history, waterfront, and businesses
The Sodus Point & Lighthouse Splash presented by LNB on Saturday, Aug. 6 will celebrate all that the picturesque resort village has to offer, as a destination for a day trip or family vacation — a magical escape just 30 minutes east of Rochester!
The inaugural event focuses on Sodus Point’s waterfront, history, and businesses. The FREE all-day event, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will include non-stop live music with bands at the family-favorite Sodus Point Beach, a sandcastle-building contest, strolling costumed princesses and superheroes plus Pikachu, face painting, arts and food vendors plus Sodus Point restaurants and businesses, and Underground Railroad storytelling along the lake at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse.
The Splash is also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Sodus Bay Lighthouse and the recent recognition of Sodus Point Beach as one the country’s top four “Best Preserved Beaches.”
Activities are based at three main locations within walking distance of one another — the beach, the lighthouse, and a park. Shuttles will transport visitors to the activity locations and through the Sodus Point business district, which includes six new businesses, two of which offer a variety of boat rentals.
“There truly is no place like Sodus Point anywhere along lake Ontario, from the spectacular views to the tourist experiences and business offerings,” said Jennifer Evans, village trustee and owner of Sodus Bay Outfitters. “Our resort village has been welcoming visitors for over a century and has kept the charm of yesteryear while providing all one needs for a modern-day relaxing yet fun-filled vacation.”
The Sodus Point Beach is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum tours are offered between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Underground Railroad storytelling along the lake at the lighthouse will take place at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.. Costumed actors will portray Harriett Tubman and Sodus Point’s Captain Garlock, who transported many escaped slaves from Sodus Point to Canada across Lake Ontario.
Sodus Point Beach Nationally Recognized
In June 2022, Sodus Point Beach was named to a prestigious list of “Best Preserved Beaches” in the nation. The three others recognized by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association are an Outer Banks’ beach in North Carolina, a beach on Cape Cod Bay, and Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. The man-made beach was created in 1833 to stabilize the lake’s entrance to Sodus Bay. The recent Sodus Point Beach Project continued that stabilization. The work involved harnessing natural means to widen the beach, by capturing and restoring wind-blown sand and community volunteers planting grass on newly created dunes.
The Sodus Point Splash is made possible through local sponsorship. The presenting sponsor is LNB Banking, with additional lead sponsorship from Martin’s Tidesides Marine, the Village of Sodus Point, Sodus Bay Outfitters, and Stone Goose Market & Cidery. Entertainment sponsors include Leone Landing, Marina Deli, Danny’s Dugout, Johnson’s Fruit Farm, Fire Research Technology, Reliant Credit Union, and Historic Sodus Point. Community sponsors include Waterfront Wine & Spirits, Krenzer Marine, Franklin House Tavern, Six50 on the Bay, Freedom Boat Club, Bay View B&B, Rubino’s at the Point, and Mercantile at the Point, with media sponsors Yelp and KidsOutAndAbout.com.
About Sodus Point
The village of Sodus Point is located on the shores of Lake Ontario at the mouth of Great Sodus Bay, with a variety of businesses and restaurants on or near the water. Looking east from Sodus Point, you can see moonscape-conjuring Chimney Bluffs, a geological wonderment for the eyes. Looking west, you can see the picturesque stone historic 1871 Sodus Bay Lighthouse hovering over the cliffside. Sodus Point’s rich history is directly related to its location on the shores of Lake Ontario, including its role in the War of 1812 and the Underground Railroad. Sodus Point is officially part of New York’s Finger Lakes region and is located between Rochester and Syracuse.
11 to 7pm. Swimming open at the beach
1pm. Sand Castle Contest (for young and old!)
12 to 1 pm Live music: Audiomatic (1990s rock)
1:30 to 3pm Live music: Fairport Canal Authority — 11 piece Chicago Tribute Band
4 to 5:15 pm Live music: Good Gorgeous (beach-vibe rock)
5:30 to 7 pm Live music: That Party Band (Top 40 hits)
11 a.m. Gazebo Dedication presented by Neighborhood Association of Sodus Point
11:15 a.m. to Noon Live music: George DeMott — Hits of Frank Sinatra & the Ratpack
1 to 1:30 p.m. Live music: George DeMott — Hits of Frank Sinatra & the Ratpack
3 to 4 p.m. Live music: 5 Second Rule (rock duo)
5 to 5:30 p.m. Live music: 5 Second Rule (rock duo)
Ballfield and Park
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Vendor and Craft Fair
Sodus Bay Lighthouse & Museum
Lighthouse tours throughout the day
(10 am to 5 pm)
Underground Railroad re-enactor/historical interpretation at 3 pm and 5 pm (overlooking the lake)