Seneca Falls Canal Fest 2017

Join us at the 2nd annual Seneca Falls Canal Fest. This year’s event will be held on July 7th, 8th and 9th. at the Canal Harbor in Seneca Falls NY.

Seneca Falls has set out to recreate the events that were first held in the early 1960’s when thousands of visitors and what seemed like 100’s of boats crowded the Canal Harbor.   Last year attracted more than 10,000 visitors who attended the three-day event and this year there are even more events scheduled and more promotion planned to ensure an even larger event.

Back again this year is the Women’s Right to Rock concert series, with more than 30 bands performing over the weekend.

The Aquacade is back again for 2017. Last year it attracted a variety of decorated boats and with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. place the competition is shaping up to be bigger and better. It’s free to participate but you need to register to qualify for prizes

Canal Fest covers both the North and South sides of the Seneca Falls Canal Harbor. The Seneca Falls Business Association which promotes the event has doubled down on the promotion for this year’s event. Fireworks are scheduled for Saturday evening and the Duck race will once again be held on Sunday afternoon.

The Corning Museum of Glass will be featuring their  Glass Barge this year at Canal Fest. This will be one of three stops that the barge will be making along the Canal system this year. As Corning celebrates the bicentennial of the beginning of construction of the Erie Canal and the upcoming 150-year anniversary of Corning Glass.

The SFBA is encouraging local wineries and breweries to exhibit as they have opened the entire North Side of the Canal as an adult beverage area. The kids will have plenty to do at Canal Days with rides and entertainment set up on the south side of the Canal.

Seneca Falls is located at mile 9 of the Cayuga Seneca Canal. For the boating community, it offers lots of docking for transient boaters on the North and South Canal walls. It offers FREE electricity, water, and wi-fi to boaters as well as having one of the best boater centers on the Canal system with restrooms, showers and laundry.

As the birthplace of the Women’s Suffrage movement, Seneca Falls is also home of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Seneca Falls is also considered to be the inspiration for Frank Capa’s classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life” while in Seneca Falls visit the Wonderful Life Museum . Each Dec. Seneca Falls celebrates the movie with a weekend full of events including a 5k run.  Seneca Falls sits between both Seneca and Cayuga Lake and the proximity to more than 40 of the Finger lakes best wineries.

For more information on Seneca Falls Canal Fest  visit the web site at for more information or visit their Facebook page at   Watch this video from Seneca Falls Canal Days 1961 and you’ll understand why there is so much excitement about this year’s event and the desire to remind us of times gone by.











  1. Check Out the 2nd Annual AQUACADE Watercraft Parade at this year’s Canal Fest. Make sure to bookmark our web site at to view all the information regarding the 2nd Annual Canal Fest and Follow Us on Facebook

    Sign Up to participate in the “Greatest Show That Floats”! All watercraft are welcome – Boats, Kayaks, Jet Skis, Floats, Canoes, Inner Tubes…use your imagination! $500.00 in Prizes and Fireworks afterward.

    A great way to promote your Business and Orgnaization.

    All participants must register in advance. Simply click on the Registration Form and follow the instructions to submit on our Web Site. There will be plenty of locations to dock/moor in the Canal Harbor. When you leave your “spot” to participate in the parade, you may return to that location if you wish – YOUR SPACE WILL BE RESERVED!

    Free docking will be available for all watercraft. All watercraft can utilize the docks as early as Thursday, July the 6th
    and remain throughout the event. The Canal Harbor offers free water & electrical hook-ups as well as phone & Internet services.
    Convenient shower and laundry facilities are also available.

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