Canalway Events

Looking for some local flavor? Find seasonal events along the Erie Canal.


Passing through more than 200 upstate New York communities, the Erie Canalway Trail offers plenty of fairs, festivals and special events along the way.

While summer is the height of festival season, the number of harvest events continues to grow. The Erie Canalway Trail also passes near the Great New York State Fair and many county fairs that celebrate the agricultural heritage and bounty of upstate New York. From crafts to concerts, fireworks to historic reenactments, canal communities are celebrating their heritage and invite you to the party. Events are listed by month, below.

For those focusing more on the ride than recreation, Parks & Trails New York also offers the eight-day Cycle the Erie Canal Annual Bike Tour. Join other end-to-enders cycling the entire canal, from from Buffalo to Albany.

Volunteers are also welcome to join the annual Canal Clean Sweep, hosted by the New York State Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York. Spend a spring weekend preparing the Canal for the summer navigation season and the Canalway Trail for increased summer use. More than 100 events across the entire New York State Canal System are held during Canal Clean Sweep.


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 Day Weekend
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

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Third weekend in June
Downtown Rochester

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 (Canada)

Cycling The Erie Canal

Second week of July
Buffalo to Albany supported bike ride Parks & Trails New York

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

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

Second Wednesday-Sunday in July
Monroe County Fairgrounds, Henrietta

Canal Days

Last full weekend in July
Downtown Spencerport

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


Niagara County Fair

First weekend in August
County Fairgrounds, Niagara Falls

Cobblestone Fair

First Saturday in August
Cobblestone Society Museum, Albion

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

New York State Fair

Twelve days before Labor Day
State Fairgrounds, Syracuse

Canal Splash!

Second weekend in August
Entire NYS Canal System, NYS Canal Corporation

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 August
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


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

Golden Harvest Festival

Second weekend in September
Beaver Lake Nature Center, Baldwinsville

Riverfront 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

Lark Fest

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

Canaltown Days

Second weekend in September
Downtown Palmyra


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

Concerts at the Gazebo

Sunday evenings from June through August
Canal Harbor Gazebo, Spencerport

Orchard Train Rides

July through October
Watts Farms Country Market, Albion