Fairs and Festivals

The Erie Canalway Trail passes through more than 200 upstate NewYork communities, each with its unique character and history. Festivals are a great way to sample local color. Summer is the height of the festival season, while fall heralds many harvest festivals. The Erie Canal corridor is also home to the NewYork State Fair and many county fairs that celebrate the agricultural heritage and bounty of upstate NewYork.

Contact nearby visitor information centers for more information and to confirm dates and locations of the fairs and festivals listed below.

Fairs and festivals are grouped according to month. Use the dropdown menu below to select a lodging category


Tulip Festival
Second full weekend in May
Washington Park, Albany

Second Saturday in May
Harbor Visitors Center, Waterford

Lilac Festival
Middle two weeks in May
Highland Park, Rochester

Celebration of Memorial Day
Memorial DayWeekend
National Memorial Day Museum, Waterloo


Oz Stravaganza
First weekend in June
Downtown Chittenango

Fairport Canal Days
First weekend in June
Downtown Fairport & Harbor

Allentown Art Festival
Second weekend in June
Allentown Historic District, Buffalo

Strawberry Festival
Second weekend in June
Courthouse Square, Albion

Newark Fest
Early June
Main Street, Newark

Positively Pittsford
Second Sunday in June
Main Street in Pittsford

Firemen’s Carnival

Third Thursday to Sunday in June
Downtown Spencerport

Frankfort Days
Third full weekend in June
Downtown Frankfort

Sunset Festival
Third full weekend in June
Waterfront Park, Sylvan Beach

Canal Festival Day
Third Sunday in June
Chittenango Landing & Boat Museum

Lockport Arts Festival
Late June
Main Street, downtown Lockport

Steamboat Festival
Last weekend in June
Harbor Visitor’s Center, Waterford


Friendship Festival
Early July
Waterfront Parks, Buffalo (U.S.) & Fort Erie

Corn Hill Arts Festival
Second weekend in July
Corn Hill Neighborhood, Rochester

Cayuga County Fair
Second Tuesday-Saturday in July
County Fairgrounds, Weedsport

Peppermint Days
Second Thursday-Monday in July
Downtown Lyons

Taste of Buffalo
Second weekend in July
Main Street (Church to Chippewa Streets), Buffalo

Schoharie Crossing Canal Days
Second weekend in July
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter

Fleet Bluesfest
Second weekend in July
Empire State Plaza, Albany

Convention Days
Third Thursday to Sunday in July
Downtown Seneca Falls

Hill Cumorah Pageant
Second full weekend plus one week in July
Hill Cumorah Center, Palmyra

Monroe County Fair
SecondWednesday-Sunday in July
Monroe County Fairgrounds, Henrietta

Seneca County Fair
Third Tuesday-Saturday in July
County Fairgrounds, Waterloo

Canal Fest of the Tonawandas
Third to fourth Sunday in July
Gateway Park and Downtown, Tonawanda &
North Tonawanda

Rhythm and Blues Festival
Third weekend in July
Clinton Square Neighborhood in Syracuse

Jazz Fest
Third Saturday and Sunday in July
Waterfront Park in Sylvan Beach

Annual Ilion Days
Third and Fourth weekends in July
Downtown Ilion

Canal Days
Last full weekend in July
Downtown Spencerport


Fleet Waterfest
First weekend in August
Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo

Lovejoy's Iron Island Festival
First weekend in August
Lovejoy Street, Buffalo

Niagara County Fair
First weekend in August
County Fairgrounds, Niagara Falls

Cobblestone Fair
First Saturday in August
Cobblestone Society Museum, Albion

Port Byron Canal Days
First weekend in August
Downtown Port Byron

Park Ave Summer Arts Fest
First Monday and Tuesday in August
Park Avenue & S.Goodman Street, Rochester

Wayne County Fair
Second Monday-Saturday in August
Wayne County Fairgrounds, Palmyra

Herkimer County Fair
Second Tuesday-Sunday in August
County Fairgrounds, Frankfort

Brockport Arts Festival
Second weekend in August
Downtown Brockport


Second weekend in August
Downtown Sylvan Beach

Canal Celebration
Second weekend in August
Downtown Little Falls

Clyde Fireman Field Days
Third week of August
Along Erie Canal, Clyde
Altamont Fair
Third Tuesday through Sunday in
Fairgrounds, Altamont

Empire Farm Days
Mid August
Lott Farm, Seneca Falls

Montgomery County Fair
Fourth Tuesday-Sunday in August
County Fairgrounds, Fonda

Buffalo Wing Festival
Last full weekend of August
Dunn Tire Park, Buffalo

New York State Fair
Twelve days before Labor Day
State Fairgrounds, Syracuse


Clothesline Festival
First weekend in September
University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery

Tugboat Roundup
Weekend after Labor Day
Harbor Visitors Center, Waterford

Second and Third weekend in September
Camp Eastman Park, Irondequoit

Canaltown Days
Second weekend in September
Downtown Palmyra

Golden Harvest Festival
Second weekend in September
Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville

Jazz Fest
Second weekend in September
Corning Riverfront Preserve, Albany

Pittsford Celebrates
Third Saturday in September
Main Street, Pittsford

Madison County Hop Festival
Third weekend in September
Madison County Historical Society,Oneida

Taste of the Arts
Third weekend in September
Downtown Rome

Lark Fest
Third Saturday in September
Lark Street (Between Washington & Madison
Avenues), Albany


Cycling The Erie Canal
Second week of July
Buffalo to Albany supported bike ride
Parks & Trails New York

Canalway Trail Celebration
First Saturday in June
Entire Canalway Trail, NYS Canal
Corporation/Parks &Trails NewYork

Canal Spash!
Second weekend in August
Entire NYS Canal System, NYS Canal     

Historic Train Trips
May through December
Railroad Museum,Medina

Concerts on the Canal
Wednesday and Friday evenings from
June through August
Gateway Park, North Tonawanda

Music & Cruise Nights
Friday evenings from June through
Canal Harbor, Medina

Concerts at the Gazebo
Sunday evenings from June through
Canal Harbor Gazebo, Spencerport

Orchard Train Rides
July through October
Watts Farms Country Market, Albion

Find out about Parks & Trails New York’s
annual eight-day Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour.
It’s a great tour for riders of all ages and abilities.

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