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In its 36th year, the Little Falls Canal Celebration is a great time for all!

August 7-13 • Little Falls, NY

This year’s Little Falls Canal Celebration is packed with activities, parades, fireworks, special events, self-guided tours, and so much more!

Highlights

  • Monday – Little Falls Historical Society Museum Tours
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    Annual Golumpki Sale & Rummage Sale
  • Tuesday – Annual Golumpki Sale & Rummage Sale, Pooches on Parade at 6pm
  • Wednesday – Duck Dash, music by the Moss Back Mule Band from 6pm until dark, and fireworks
  • Thursday – Fishing Derby from 4-8pm, Mike’s Cruise In Dj & Car Show from 5-8pm ending with a parade, along with the Little Falls Library Annual Book sale
  • Friday – Grande Parade at 6pm, Ice Cream Social from 5-7pm, Sports, Eastern Park Expo, and lots of music at multiple locations throughout the day
  • Saturday – Events all day throughout the city including Canal Place and Ward Square, Little Falls Historical Society Museum tours including self-guided tours, Southside walking tour, Craft Fair and Farmers’ Market and Golf Tournament, with food by Chicks along the Canal, and so much more
  • Sunday – Canal Celebration Car Show, Craft Fair and Farmers’ Market, Golumpki Sale and Rummage Sale
  • The Full Schedule is below

Schedule of Events

Monday August 7, 2023

Tuesday August 8, 2023

  • Annual Golumpki Sale & Rummage Sale, 92 W Main St
    • Rummage Sale starts at 8 am every day – Food – noon until sold out
  • Pooches on Parade
  • Rotary Park beginning at 6 pm – Bring your pooch to Rotary Park and join our Pooch Parade. Prizes, music, and fun.
    • All funds to benefit Pause 4 All Paws. Sponsored by Chris & Dave Van Meter.
  • Church Street Cemetery Tour beginning at 6:30 pm – The Little Falls Historical Society will conduct a walking tour of a number of important gravesites in the Church Street Cemetery. The African American burial ground cemetery section will be featured.

Wednesday August 9, 2023

  • Annual Golumpki Sale & Rummage Sale, 92 W Main St
    • Rummage Sale starts at 8 am every day – Food – noon until sold out
  • Little Falls Public Library Book Sale, Waverly Place, 10 am – 7 pm
    • Used book sale – find fiction & non-fiction, young adult and kids books, plus DVDs for a great price. All funds go directly to the library.
  • Little Falls Historical Society Museum Tours
 319 South Ann St
  • Church Street Cemetery gravesite tour
  • 36th Annual LF Canal Celebration Fireworks Spectacular “Thunder on the River”Rotary Park – Southern Avenue, Rain Date Saturday August 12, 2023, 6 pm until dark
    • Live music, food, duck races, activities and fireworks over the river at dar. Moss Back Mule
  • Little Falls Rotary Duck Race, Rotary Park – Southern Avenue 7 pm – 8 pm

Thursday August 10, 2023

  • Annual Golumpki Sale & Rummage Sale, 92 W Main St
    • Rummage Sale starts at 8 am every day – Food – noon until sold out
  • Little Falls Public Library Book Sale, Waverly Place, 10 am – 7 pm
    • Used book sale – find fiction & non-fiction, young adult and kids books, plus DVDs for a great price. All funds go directly to the library.
  • Herkimer Home State Historic Site, 200 State Rt 169, 10 am – 5 pm
    – Tours of the Herkimer Home State Historic site built around 1764 by General Nicholas Herkimer, a Colonial frontier leader who died there from wounds suffered in the Battle of Oriskany in 1777.
  • Western Inland Lock Canal Guard Gate signage dedication, Elizabeth Street in front of Hansen Island Bridge, 11 am
  • “Big Kids” Adult Fishing Derby, Rotary Park – Canal Harbor 74 Southern Avenue
    Registration 3-4 pm Fish 4-8 pm

    • The “Big Kids” Adult Fishing Derby is an annual Little Falls Canal Celebration event that showcases the numerous species of fish that inhabit the waters of the Mohawk River/Erie Canal between Locks 17 and 18. Cash prizes are awarded for the heaviest of each species caught. The derby is a catch & release format that promotes wildlife conservation of the local waterway. Door prizes are awarded to participants following the tournament that are financed by the continuous generous support of Feldmeier Industries. The various species of fish caught will be on display for all to seen in an observation tank, and later released.
  • Cruise In by Mike, Rotary Park – Southern Avenue 5-8 pm
    • Cruise In featuring local favorite cars, trucks, and anything with wheels
  • Little Falls American Legion Post 31, 100 W Main Street, 7-10 pm – Karaoke

Friday August 11, 2023

  • Annual Golumpki Sale & Rummage Sale, 92 W Main St
    • Rummage Sale starts at 8 am every day – Food – noon until sold out
  • Little Falls Public Library Book Sale, Waverly Place, 10 am-5 pm
    • Used book sale – find fiction & non-fiction, young adult and kids books, plus DVDs for a great price. All funds go directly to the library.
  • Herkimer Home State Historic Site, 200 State Rt 169, 10 am – 5 pm
    • Tours of the Herkimer Home State Historic site built around 1764 by General Nicholas Herkimer, a Colonial frontier leader who died there from wounds suffered in the Battle of Oriskany in 1777.
  • Little Falls Historical Society Museum Tours
 319 South Ann St
  • Eastern Park Craft Fair & Farmers Market, Eastern Park – Wards Square – Main St
    2-10pm

    • Local and regional crafters with their favorite wares. Food and entertainment & live music.
  • Holy Family Parish Ice Cream Social, Corner of John & E Main St 5 – 7 pm
  • 36th Annual Little Falls Canal Celebration Grande Parade, Main & Albany Streets
    6 pm Rain or Shine

    • Variety of local and regional participants – music & trucks
  • Canal Celebration 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Main Street across from M&T Bank, 7 pm after the parade
    • 3 v 3 basketball tournament ages 12 & under, 13-16, 16-18 w prizes. Must pre register.
  • Rock Valley Brewing Company Live Music, 56 W Mill Street 7 – 10:30 pm
    • Live Music at the Brewery. “Rev-D” featuring local musician Phil Scarano.
  • Little Falls Elks Lodge #42, 2 West Gansevoort Street, 7-11 pm
    • Live music on the porch featuring “Pine Ridge Mountain Band” – rain or shine. Age 21 & over only. Food & beverages for sale on the lawn under the tent. Full bar inside.

Saturday August 12, 2023

  • 33rd Annual John Serow Memorial Youth Fishing Derby, Lock 17 Rt 169 under the Wind Bridge, 7 am Registration – Fishing 8 – 11 am
    • Fishing derby for children 1-15 year with trophies and prizes.
  • Annual Golumpki Sale & Rummage Sale, 92 W Main St
    • Rummage Sale starts at 8 am every day – Food – noon until sold out
  • Little Falls Historical Society Museum Tours
 319 South Ann St
  • Dr. Tony Piana Annual Rotary Golf Tournament, Mohawk Valley Golf and Events Center, 8 am registration – 9 am start
    • Four person scramble includes cart, coffee, donuts, lunch, beverage, goodie bags, mulligans, skins and prizes.
  • Little Falls Farmers Market, M&T parking lot, 8 am until noon
  • Fresh local produce, baked goods, flowers
  • Holy Family Parish, 9 am – 4 pm
    • Holy Family Parish will be open for the community during the day for visitors. A tour is scheduled at 1:00p.m. Visitors are welcome to stay for a while to pray, and to attend Mass at 5 p.m.
  • Iron Man classic power lifting competition, 15 Jackson Street, 9 am
    • Bench and dead lift competition. Men, women, team weight classes (13 and up).
  • 9th Annual Pause 4 All Paws – Adopt a Pawlooza, Eastern Park, 9 am – 3 pm
    – Adoptables, dog parade, p4ap merchandise, children’s bingo, basket raffle
  • Herkimer Home State Historic Site, 200 State Rt 169, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Tours of the Herkimer Home State Historic site built around 1764 by General Nicholas Herkimer, a Colonial frontier leader who died there from wounds suffered in the Battle of Oriskany in 1777.
  • Little Falls Public Library Book Sale, Waverly Place, 10 am – 3 pm.
    • Used book sale – find fiction & non-fiction, young adult and kids books, plus DVDs for a great price. All funds go directly to the library.
  • Eastern Park Craft Fair & Farmers Market, Eastern Park – Wards Square – Main St, 10-5pm
    • Local and regional crafters with their favorite wares. Food and entertainment & live music.
  • Chicks Along the Canal, Canal Place – Sterzinar Park, 10 am – 5 pm
    • Showcasing local and regional talented women entrepreneurs. Live entertainment and food choices all day.
  • Southside Walking Tour, Rotary Park, 10:30 am
    • This program will focus only on the Southside south of the Mohawk River/Barge Canal. If you could not finish beyond Casler Street previously, come hear what stories you missed as well as new ones.
  • Vintage Base Ball, Veterans Memorial Park, Noon
    • Come watch some vintage base ball from the 19th century as the Little Falls Alerts play the Delhi Polecats.
  • Rock Valley Brewing Company Live Music, 56 W Mill Street, 7 – 10:30 pm
    • Live Music at the Brewery. National recording artist “J. B. Aaron.”
  • Little Falls Elks Lodge #42, 2 West Gansevoort Street, 7-11 pm
    • Live music on the porch featuring “The Posers” from Ilion – rain or shine. Age 21 & over only. Food & beverages for sale on the lawn under the tent. Full bar inside.

Sunday August 13, 2023

  • Annual Golumpki Sale & Rummage Sale, 92 W Main St, Rummage Sale starts at 8 am every day – Food – noon until sold out
  • 36th Annual Little Falls Canal Celebration Car Show, Burke Park – Gansevoort Street, 9-4 pm
    • Trophies for each class, chairman’s trophy, people’s choice trophy, DJ & Food.
  • Eastern Park Craft Fair & Farmers Market, Eastern Park – Wards Square – Main St, 10-4 pm
    • Local and regional crafters with their favorite wares. Food and entertainment & live music.
  • Herkimer Home State Historic Site, 200 State Rt 169, 10 am – 5 pm
    • Tours of the Herkimer Home State Historic site built around 1764 by General Nicholas Herkimer, a Colonial frontier leader who died there from wounds suffered in the Battle of Oriskany in 1777.
  • Little Falls Elks Lodge #42, 2 West Gansevoort Street
    • Famous chicken & ribs BBQ on the lawn, noon until sold out. Rain or Shine. Visit the Classic Car Show in Burke Park across the street and then stop at the edge for a bite to eat. Public invited, all ages welcome. Dining available outside under the tent or inside with A/C. Full bar open inside.
  • Little Falls American Legion Post 31, 100 W Main Street, 1-5 pm – Rope Smokin Roy the Hair Farmer and his Orphans of the Storm Band – 6-10 pm – Pine Mountain Band

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