Hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors celebrate their canal heritage at a variety of canal-related festivals and events each year. Here is a sample of annual corridor-wide events:
Canal Clean Sweep Weekend, Late-April
Volunteers are always welcome to help with canal-wide cleanup and beautification projects. More than 100 projects are on tap throughout the canal corridor.
Canal Opens for the Season- May 1 (weather dependent)
It's time once again to put your boat in the water, take a bike ride on the Erie Canalway Trail, or take a cruise with one of the many canal tour operators. Several communities host canal opening festivals.
Cycling the Erie Canal
Join 500 riders of all ages and from all over the country for this 8-day, 400-mile bike tour across New York State, organized by Parks and Trails New York.
Canal Splash!, 2nd Weekend in August
Guided walks, bikes and cruises, museum and gallery exhibits, canoe and kayak paddles, canalside festivals, performances and more are offered throughout the Corridor to celebrate the history, culture, and recreational appeal of the NYS Canal System.
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