Events and Festivals

Celebrate, Learn, Enjoy!

Hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors celebrate their canal heritage at a variety of canal-related festivals and events each year. Join the fun!

2018 Corridor-wide Events:

Canal Opens for the Season

May 15
corridor-wide

Path Through History Weekend

June 16-17, October 6-8
multiple sites

Lois McClure Tour

June 21 - Sept 22
Multiple Locations

GlassBarge

June 21 - Sept 22
Multiple Locations

Cycle the Erie Canal

July 8-15, 2017
Buffalo to Albany

Featured Community Events

Head to the water and to canal communities for these 2018 events! Events listed are sponsored by Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation. Visit the NYS Canal Corp for a complete canal calendar.

Centennial Celebration: First Filling of The Erie Barge Canal

May 10   >>   Genesee Valley Sports Complex at Genesee Valley Park
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Low Bridge, High Water

May 10-12   >>   Village of Brockport
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Pedal-Paddle-Run

May 12   >>   Aqueduct Road Boathouse & Park, Niskayuna
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Celebrate - Commemorate Memorial Day

May 25-30   >>   Lock 4, Village of Waterloo
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Erie Canal Family Fun Day at Lock 30

May 26   >>   Macedon Canal Park at Lock 30
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Seneca River Days

June 8-9   >>   Papermill Island and Mercer Park, Baldwinsville
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Seneca River Days Paddle Fest

June 9   >>   Lions Community Park and Mercer Park, Lysander
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Adaptive Paddling and Cycling Extravaganza!

June 16-17   >>   Erie Canal Boat Company, Fairport
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Boat Float Bash

June 16   >>   Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Chittenango
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Albany's Welcome Celebration for the GlassBarge

June 20-21   >>   Jennings Landing Riverfront, Albany
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Music on the Erie

Fridays 6-8pm, June 22 through August 31   >>   T. Spencer Knight Canal Park, Newark
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Amherst Bicentennial Erie Canal Walking Tour

June 30   >>   Amherst
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Canal Days

July 14-15   >>   Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter
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CanalFest at Mabee Farm

July 14   >>   Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction
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CanalFest 2018

July 15-22   >>   Tonawanda and North Tonawanda Gateway Harbor
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Celebration of the Canals - Destination Oswego

July 21   >>   Canalview Drive, Oswego
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Explore the Summer Free Family Tours

July 22 & August 19   >>   Buffalo Inner Harbor & Canalside, Buffalo
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Rome Canalfest 2018

August 3-5   >>   Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome
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Albion's 5th Annual Rock-The-Park Festival

August 4   >>   Albion
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Amsterdam RiverFest

August 4   >>   Riverlink Park and Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge, Amsterdam
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31st Annual Little Falls Canal Celebration

August 6-12   >>   City of Little Falls
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Canal Heritage Festival

August 11-12   >>   Medina Canal Basin, Medina
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Towpath Day -The Legacy of the Erie Canal

August 11   >>   Camillus Erie Canal Park, Camillus
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14th Annual Cardboard Boat Race

August 11   >>   Fort Hardy Beach, Schuylerville
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Tugboat Roundup

September 7-9   >>   Waterford Harbor at Lock 2, Waterford
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Summer's End Festival

September 15   >>   Ames Museum, Village of Ames
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Tour the Towpath

September 15-16   >>   DeWitt to Rome
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Locktoberfest

dates TBA   >>   Lockport, Seneca Falls, Rome, Phoenix, Fort Edward
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Genesee River Romance Weekend

October 5-7   >>   Rochester
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Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon

October 14   >>   Riverview Orchards, Rexford
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