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35th Little Falls Annual Canal Celebration

August 10 - August 16

Founded in 1987, Little Falls Canal Celebration is a week long event that provides community wide programs and events that promote family participation and awareness of our city’s beautiful waterway, natural resources, historic landmarks, attractions, businesses and opportunities.

Through the fabulous hospitality of our volunteers involved in our self-sufficient festival, events include a canoe and kayak fun paddle, fishing derby, boat tours, historic walks and lectures, artisan market, farmer’s market, grand parade, fireworks display, road race, and much more.

Event Activities

  • Wednesday, August 10

    • “Thunder on the River” fireworks.
    • Holiday City 6pm until dark.
    • Duck Dash for Prices from 6-9pm, and so much more.
  • Thursday, August 11

    • Annual Book Sale at the Little Falls Public Library at Ward Square from 9am – 8pm.
    • Big Kids Adult Fishing Derby: Fish the Mohawk River/Erie Canal between locks 17 & 18.
      Registration is from 3- 4pm; Derby 4 – 8pm from Rotary Park.
      $5 Entry Fee – Several categories in prizes; Register on Site
    • Summer Cruise In Dj & Car Show at the Rotary Park Marina from 5 – 8pm with music, food and a parade at 8pm.
  • Friday, August 12

    • Grande Parade 6 PM with 5 Divisions including bands, floats, prizes and trophies
    • Hoops, Food & Fun Street Party on Main, after the Parade.
  • Saturday, August 13

    • Annual John Serow Memorial Youth Fishing Derby at Lock 17 (Under the Wind bridge) 8 – 11 AM. Youth’s 1-15 yrs with adults for a $2.00 registration fee. Register on site.
    • 40th Annual L. F. Lumber Co. Freedom Run at Burke Park (YMCA) beginning at 8:00 AM – Check in is at 7:45 AM.
      10 K and 2 Mile Run —PRE- REGISTRRATION REQUIRED — Entry fee $20 /$30
    • Southside Walking Tour VII Growing Up on The Southside 1957 – 1970.
      Start and end at Rotary Park at 10:30 AM for 2 hour walk down memory lane, South of the tracks with a 4 – 5 mile guided tour for moderate to vigorous physical activity; dress accordingly.
    • Annual Canal Celebration Rotary Club Golf Tournament at the Mohawk Valley Country Club to Benefit Rotary Club Community Service Programs. Call Mary @ 315-219-9216 for details.
    • NYS Historical Marker – LF Historical Society
      1833 Old Bank Building – Albany & Ann St.;n1782 Gristmill Attack – West Mill & Burke Bridge West Ramp intersection;
    • Little Falls Farmers Market at the M & T Parking Lot – Albany & Ann St. from 8am – noon.
    • Annual Book Sale at the Little Falls Public Library at Ward Square from 10am – 3pm.
    • Canal Place Activities
      • 1PM -LiFT at Benton’s Landing – Shakespeare and Live Music – Venders – Food by Chicks Along The Canal
    • Ward Square Activities
      • A varity of events for Saturday (10am – 6-pm) with 8th Annual Adopt-A-Pawlooza, Pause 4 All Paws
        presents adorable animals, crafts, baked goods and refreshments located in our Eastern Park, a great place to relax, wander, enjoy the day.
    • Vet’s Park Field #3 – VINTAGE BASEBALL 2022
      • New schedule pending for 2022! 3 Games, 3 Teams playing 7 inning games under 1864 rules.
        The Little Falls Alerts vs Bovina Dairymen vs Mountain Athletic Club, 7 – 11 pm.
    • Herkimer Home State Historic Site – Tours of General Herkimer’s home where you can view the grounds free. Tickets for guided house tours available. Check Site Schedule at 200 St. Rt. 169 near Thruway Entrance or call 315-823-0398 for more information.
  • Sunday,

    August 14

    • Annual Antique & Classic Car Show

All funding for our festival is raised through advertising, vendor registration, sponsorship and merchandise sales. 


Little Falls NY
Little Falls, NY 13365 United States + Google Map
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Little Falls NY
Little Falls, NY 13365 United States + Google Map
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