Annual Canal Events
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- Canal Clean Sweep
- The Annual Canal Clean Sweep is held in conjunction with Earth Day to clean up the Canalway Trail and public areas along the New York State Canal System. For more information on how to participate, please contact Parks and Trails NY at [email protected]
- Opening of the New York State Canal System
- May 1st marks the typical (weather permitting) scheduled opening for the NYS Canal System each year.
- Waterford Canal Fest
- Celebrate the start of another year of canaling at Waterford's Canal Fest.
- Canalway Trail Celebration
- The annual Canalway Trail Celebration, a group of events across the state coinciding with National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June, highlights the growing prominence of the Canalway Trail corridor as a world-class recreationway and tourist destination for visitors and residents. For more information on how to participate, please contact Parks and Trails NY at [email protected]
- Fairport Canal Days
- The Fairport Canal Days festival is one of the premier annual Arts and Crafts festivals in the Northeast, attracting nearly a quarter-million visitors each year! It is held annually during the first full weekend of June in beautiful Fairport, NY, along the banks of the historic Erie Canal.
- Feeder Canal Canoe and Kayak Race
- Go back in history in this 5 mile race along the old Feeder Canal in Glens Falls. This is a race for people of all skills, including classes for those seeking recreation and those how race competitively.
- Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum Canal Fest
- Annual Chicken BBQ, Craft Demos (Blacksmithing, Tinsmithing, Basket Weaving, Woodworking, Broom Making, Chair Caning, Quilting, Spinning), Weaving, Art Show, Horse-drawn Wagon, Rides, Kids Games, Puppet Show, Lucille Mule, Children's Magician, Sculptured Balloons.
- Waterford Steamboat Meet
- Historic Steamboats, Fireworks, Boat Rides, Exhibits, Vendors, Family Fun, more...
- Fort Edward Heritage Day Festival
- Celebrate Fort Edward's past with a day of fun and educational festivities.
- Jordan Erie Canal Celebration & Village Wide Yard Sales
- Celebrating the original Erie Canal while promoting local businesses and organizations this event offers families from around Central New York a fun, entertaining, educational and affordable way to spend the day together.
- Statewide Cycling the Erie Bike Tour
- The annual “Cycling the Erie Canal” from Buffalo to Albany. Riders cover 40-60 miles per day and there are numerous events planned along the way. For more detailed information, visit the Parks & Trails NY Website.
- Tonawanda Canal Fest
- Canal Fest of the Tonawandas Inc. along the Erie Canal. Celebrates the history of the canal with the food, crafts, music and more!
- Oswego Harborfest
- Oswego's renowned event that is topped off by its Entergy Nuclear Northeast Fireworks Spectacular.
- Spencerport Canal Days
- The annual Spencerport Canal Days featuring a canal canoe race, music, vendors, car show, kids events, and more! Check out the Spencerport Canal Days web page for more information.
- Canal Splash!
- The annual Canal Splash! consists of a coordinated series of over 100 locally organized events and activities across the entire Canal Corridor. Events and activities include nature and history walks, museum and gallery exhibits, rowing regattas, kayak and canoe outings, musical performances, boat tours and more.
- Rome Canal Fest
- Bring your children, your parents,your friends, or your neighbors, and spend a fun day at the waterfront, an evening listening to music, and finish the night with fireworks! The festival is family oriented with non-stop music and entertainment, karaoke contests, cake and cookie baking contests, youth bands, a kayak race, a duck race, a classic car exhibition, cotton candy, thrilling rides for children of all ages, and much more!
- Little Falls Canal Celebration
- Enjoy the annual week long Little Falls Canal Celebration where there is music, food, races and more.
- Palmyra Canaltown Days
- The Palmyra Canaltown days is a family event that features canal rides, arts & crafts, a flea market, a parade, and much more!
- Closing of the New York State Canal System
- November 15th marks the scheduled (weather permitting) closing of the NYS Canal System each year.