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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

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

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

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

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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.