Waterford Harbor Farmers Market
Sundays, June through October, 9am to 1pm
The Waterford Harbor Farmers Market is a weekly outdoor market at the Hurst Harbor Center (formerly the Waterford Visitor Center) below Lock 2 on the Erie Canal. The market includes local farms, artists, and other small businesses. The Waterford Harbor Farmers Market features weekly live music. A specially blended coffee, Harbor Joe, is available, as well as breakfast or lunch from the sandwich cart.
Café tables are on the promenade for visitors to enjoy while they listen to music, chat with world travelers, or enjoy the view of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers and Peebles Island State Park.
Saturday, July 6, 2019
10am to Dusk
Steamboats have a long and storied history on the Hudson River where Robert Fulton and Robert Livingston launched the Clermont in 1807. Trains, and then cars, surpassed the steamboat as the preferred mode of transportation along the Hudson River, but the steamboat never lost its charm. Each July, the Town of Waterford hosts steamboat enthusiasts from throughout the Northeast and their lovingly maintained steam powered boats. The scent of wood-burning engines fills the harbor as the steamboats demonstrate their maneuverability on the water. Visitor can walk along the dock and get a close up look at these vintage vessels. The event features live music, crafts and food vendors, and a spectacular fireworks show at dusk.
September 6th, 7th, 8th, 2019
The Tugboat Roundup is a gathering of tugboats and other vessels and a celebration of New York's rich maritime history and industry. The Tugboat Roundup typically features about thirty tugs and other vessels including working tugs, historic tugs, mini-tugs, and barges.
The event begins on Friday with a tugboat parade, a magnificent display as they round the bend into the Waterford Harbor. Tugs are open for tours on Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to showcasing the history and present day uses of the waterways, there’s something for everyone at the three-day event. Tugboat Roundup features Tug Talks, craft and food vendors, live music, kids’ activities, a farmers market, boat rides, a 5K race, and a spectacular fireworks show.
Other waterfront events
Waterford Canal Festival
Saturday, May 18th, 2019
10am to 6pm
The Waterford Canal Festival is an annual event that kicks off the start of the Canal Season in New York State. The Waterford Harbor comes alive with vendors, music, dancing and more. The liveliness of the waterfront is reminiscent of the heyday of canal system as the vein of New York's economy. New York's waterways are still used for commerce and boaters from around the world travel New York's waterways for leisure either on local trips or as part of the Great Loop. The Waterford Canal Festival includes all day live music, a showcase of local businesses, craft and food vendors, kids’ activities, dance performances and more. The Waterford Canal Festival is hosted by the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County in cooperation with the Village of Waterford
Dragon Boat Races
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
A dragon boat is 40-foot dragon headed boat that holds 20 paddlers, a steerer and a drummer. The tradition of dragon boating has its origins in China, and has become popular throughout the world. In 2018, the Town of Waterford hosted its inaugural Dragon Boat Racing event, raising funds for the American Cancer Society. The event featured several teams made up of local businesses and community groups competing in heats throughout the day. The Waterford Fire Department took home the championship and will return in 2019 to defend their title. The Dragon Boat Races take place where the Mohawk meets the Hudson, below Lock E2 on the Erie Canal. Spectators can watch this exciting event from the Hurst Harbor Center (formerly the Waterford Visitor Center) or from surrounding areas like Peebles Island State Park or the Point just south of Lock E2.
*There are no non-food vendors at the Dragon Boat Races. Food vendors will be invited to apply at a later date.