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Canal Festivals & Events Calendar
Date Waterway Event/ Contact Region

06/01/2022 -
10/31/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Buffalo
Canalside Walking Tours and Lockport Walking Tours
Celebrate the role of the Erie Canal in local, state, and American history during free tours held at Canalside, Buffalo and Downtown Lockport.
Buffalo Canalside and Lockport

06/30/2022 -
06/30/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Fairport
First Mile/Next Mile on the Erie Canal: Inclusive Kayaking and Cycling
Try out adaptive and standard cycling and paddling equipment and use the brand-new adaptive kayak launch for an inclusive recreation experience. Rochester Accessible Adventure's CanalPal volunteers will be there to kayak and cycle along as you log your FIRST MILE and NEXT MILE on the Erie Canal!
Fairport
585-491-6011

07/10/2022 -
07/17/2022
System-wide
Buffalo to Albany
Cycle The Erie Canal Bike Tour 2022
Parks and Trails New York presents the annual 350-mile bike tour across the Erie Canalway Trail.
The Canalway Trail, Buffalo to Albany

07/17/2022 -
07/24/2022
Erie Canal (western)
North and South Tonawanda
CanalFest of the Tonawandas
All Day
CanalFest 2022 is a week-long festival with food, crafts, and a full slate of family friendly activities including live music, 5K Run and fireworks over the Erie Canal!
Gateway Harbor of the Tonawandas

07/21/2022 -
07/21/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Fairport
First Mile/Next Mile on the Erie Canal: Inclusive Kayaking and Cycling
Try out adaptive and standard cycling and paddling equipment and use the brand-new adaptive kayak launch for an inclusive recreation experience. Rochester Accessible Adventure's CanalPal volunteers will be there to kayak and cycle along as you log your FIRST MILE and NEXT MILE on the Erie Canal!
Fairport
585-491-6011

08/01/2022 -
08/01/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Buffalo
Reimagining the Canals by Bike - Buffalo Maritime Center
Hop on your bike and explore the Buffalo Maritime Center, the unique heritage, recreational assets, and local businesses surrounding the Erie Canal during this bicycling program.
Buffalo Maritime Center
Canalside, 44 Prime St., Buffalo

08/08/2022 -
08/14/2022
Erie Canal (eastern)
Little Falls
35th Annual Little Falls Canal Celebration
Discover all things canal in the charming community of Little Falls. Choose from a variety of activities that showcase recreation, historic landmarks, geological wonders, heritage, attractions, and businesses.
Little Falls

08/11/2022 -
08/11/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Fairport
First Mile/Next Mile on the Erie Canal: Inclusive Kayaking and Cycling
Try out adaptive and standard cycling and paddling equipment and use the brand-new adaptive kayak launch for an inclusive recreation experience. Rochester Accessible Adventure's CanalPal volunteers will be there to kayak and cycle along as you log your FIRST MILE and NEXT MILE on the Erie Canal!
Fairport
585-491-6011

08/13/2022 -
08/13/2022
Erie Canal (central)
Camillus
Towpath Day, Legacy of the Erie Canal 2022
All Day
Celebrate the history of the Erie Canal with live music, a variety of vendors and old-fashioned crafts.
Camillus Erie Canal Park
1 Pool Rd, Camillus, NY 13031
315-487-3600

08/13/2022 -
08/13/2022


08/25/2022 -
08/25/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Fairport
First Mile/Next Mile on the Erie Canal: Inclusive Kayaking and Cycling
Try out adaptive and standard cycling and paddling equipment and use the brand-new adaptive kayak launch for an inclusive recreation experience. Rochester Accessible Adventure's CanalPal volunteers will be there to kayak and cycle along as you log your FIRST MILE and NEXT MILE on the Erie Canal!
Fairport
585-491-6011

09/10/2022 -
09/11/2022
Erie Canal (eastern)
Waterford
Tugboat Roundup
All Day
Head to the waterfront for this annual celebration of New York’s canals and maritime community heritage. Tug parade, tours and races. Music, 5K run and fireworks!
Waterford
1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford, NY 12188

09/12/2022 -
09/12/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Buffalo
Reimagining the Canals by Bike - Towpath Park
Hop on your bike to explore Towpath Park and the unique heritage, recreational assets, and local businesses surrounding the Erie Canal during this bicycling program.
Towpath Park
Hertel Avenue, Buffalo NY 14207

09/17/2022 -
09/17/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Rochester
Roc River Ride
Explore Rochester’s history and natural beauty on a bicycle ride along the scenic Erie Canalway and Genesee Riverway Trails. Free snacks and a t-shirt will be provided to all registered participants.
Genesee Valley Park

09/22/2022 -
09/22/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Lockport
Reimagining the Canals by Bike - Lockport
Hop on your bike to explore Lockport and the unique heritage, recreational assets, and local businesses surrounding the Erie Canal during this bicycling program.
Lockport
Lockport, NY 14094

10/02/2022 -
10/02/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Rochester
Roc the Riverway Celebration
Music, boat rides, walks, cycling tours, displays, speakers and more celebrate the canal's vital role in Rochester past, present and future and the ongoing Roc the Roc the Riverway improvements.
City of Rochester

10/02/2022 -
10/04/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Rochester
2022 New York State Canal Conference
Canal Society of New York State presents bi-annual professional conference on NYS Canals and Trail. Mobile workshiops and informational sessions.
Rochester
550 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

10/08/2022 -
10/08/2022
Cayuga-Seneca Canal
Port Byron
Path to Freedom: The Eliza Story
2:00 pm
Enjoy this moving performance of a young girl's brave path from slavery to freedom along the Erie Canal.
Old St John's Church, Port Byron
36 Rochester Street Port Byron

10/15/2022 -
10/15/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Buffalo
Reimagining the Canals by Bike - Canalside
Hop on your bike to explore Buffalo Canalside and the unique heritage, recreational assets, and local businesses surrounding the Erie Canal during this series of four bicycling program.
Buffalo and Lockport
Canalside, 44 Prime St., Buffalo

09/23/2022 -
09/25/2022
Cayuga-Seneca Canal
Seneca Falls
National Women's Hall of Fame - 2022 Induction Weekend Festival
Celebrate women's history and achievements through a weekend of storytelling, outdoor activities, the arts, fireworks, a flotilla parade, live music, and more.
Seneca Falls
1 Canal St, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
315-568-8060

07/16/2022 -
07/16/2022
Erie Canal (central)
Syracuse
TRAID on the Trails
Try out adaptive cycles, participate in the Canalway Challenge, and connect with others in the inclusive recreation community. TRAID on the Trails day, a festival style inclusive recreation celebration with live music, adaptive equipment, and more.
Onondaga Park

08/16/2022 -
08/16/2022
Erie Canal (central)
Syracuse
TRAID on the Trails
Try out adaptive cycles, participate in the Canalway Challenge, and connect with others in the inclusive recreation community. TRAID on the Trails day, a festival style inclusive recreation celebration with live music, adaptive equipment, and more.
Kirk Park

07/01/2022 -
07/01/2022
Erie Canal (eastern)
Schenectady
TrailBlaze NY
Albany Symphony Orchestra celebrates the Empire State Trail with free waterfront concerts and festive arts and recreational events.
Mohawk Harbor, Schenectady

07/02/2022 -
07/02/2022
Erie Canal (eastern)
Albany
TrailBlaze NY
Albany Symphony Orchestra celebrates the Empire State Trail with free waterfront concerts and festive arts and recreational events.
Jennings Landing, Albany

07/03/2022 -
07/03/2022
Erie Canal (eastern)
Amsterdam
TrailBlaze NY
Albany Symphony Orchestra celebrates the Empire State Trail with free waterfront concerts and festive arts and recreational events.
Amsterdam at Riverlink Park

07/23/2022 -
07/23/2022
Cayuga-Seneca Canal
Seneca Falls
Family History Day
12:00 PM -2:00 PM
Grab the family and come for a day filled with free educational crafts, historic demonstrations, live music, and more.
Seneca Falls
89 Fall St, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
315-568-1510

10/15/2022 -
10/15/2022
Champlain Canal
Ft. Edward
Locktoberfest Fort Edward
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Celebrate the autumn harvest season and the Champlain Canal on the grounds of the Canal Street Marketplace, a recently renovated nineteenth century canal barn. The festival features regional farm and artisan products, educational booths, fabulous food, free horse and wagon rides, a local beer tasting tent, and live music.
Canal Marketplace and Yacht Basin

09/03/2022 -
09/03/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Macedon
Macedon Heritage Festival on the Erie
Enjoy a parade, packet boat ride and day of musical performances, family-friendly activities, and beverage and food trucks.
Macedon
Canal Park Macedon, Lock 30

10/01/2022 -
10/01/2022
Oswego Canal
Phoenix
Locktoberfest 2022
Ten bands on two stages; 75 vendors, crafters, and food trucks; pony rides; children's games; and a large fireworks display celebrate the NYS Canal System, arts, and waterfront recreation. Winner of the 2019 SAMMY Award for Best Music Festival.
Phoenix and Lock C-1
State Street, Phoenix

06/17/2022 -
08/26/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Newark
Friday Concert Series
Friday's summer concert series. Pull up your boat, bicycle, car, or walk to the canalfront park on Friday nights for free concerts.
Spencer T. Knight Canal Park

08/12/2022 -
08/12/2022
Erie Canal (central)
Sylvan Beach
Sylvan Beach Canal Fest
A celebration of summer on the historic Erie Canal and the East Shore of Oneida Lake. Events include a water ski show, fireworks, the Utica ZooMobile, helicopter tours, musical entertainment, a large vendor show and more for families and guests of all ages.
Village of Sylvan Beach

08/05/2022 -
08/07/2022
Erie Canal (eastern)
Rome
Rome Canalfest 2022
Bring the family to enjoy a weekend of activities, music, and special performances, including a ski show, fishing derby, photo contest, art show, craft fair, a Utica Zoo exhibit, amusement rides, and fireworks.
Bellamy Harbor Park

07/02/2022 -
07/02/2022
Erie Canal (eastern)
Utica
Community Bike Day
Learn and practice safe bike riding skills and learn basic bike maintenance and repair during a Bicycle Safety Rodeo for youth and adults; then enjoy a casual, family-oriented bike ride along the Canalway Trail.
Empire State Trailhead, N. Genesee St.
315-525-9554

09/03/2022 -
09/03/2022
Erie Canal (western)
Newark
4th Annual Color Wayne
Join the fun at this 2-mile disability awareness color run/walk on the Erie Canalway Trail. As an accessible race, this event invites individuals of all abilities to come together for a day of fun, food and friends in a way that promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Erie Shore Landing

08/10/2022 -
08/13/2022
Oswego Canal
Fulton
2022 Fulton Jazz Fest
Enjoy jazz music from world-renowned artists and the very best in local talent in a free, festival-style atmosphere.
Canal Park Marina

07/16/2022 -
07/16/2022
Oswego Canal
Oswego
Oswego Paddlefest 2022
Join 400 paddlers to experience the unique beauty of the Oswego Canal by locking through four canal locks and paddling from Fulton or Minetto to the historic Oswego Harbor.
Oswego Harbor

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This calendar is produced by the New York State Canal Corporation.

Information and dates subject to change.  Please call ahead to confirm festival/event dates.