Monday, August 29, 2016
Buffalo Maritime Festival

The 4th Annual Buffalo Maritime Festival presented by Catholic Health is Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28, 2016.

See Old Boats Buffalo and the World’s Largest Rubber Duck presented by WestHerr Auto Group during festival hours!

In addition to the activities below, the Festival will also feature live music, a beer & wine garden, and various local food trucks/vendors!

Events and Activities Schedule

Friday August 26 Festival Hours: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday August 27 Festival Hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

  • 10 – 10:45: Pat Mahoney (Architect from Lauer-Manguso & Associates) – “Pierce Arrow Museum – Frank Lloyd Wright Filling Station”
    • The filling-station exhibit in the Buffalo Transportation Museum was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Elmer Harris Oil Company in Buffalo in 1927. Company treasurer, William R. Heath, had commissioned a local architect to design a Dutch-colonial cottage, but when Wright was given the chance, he produced the design for a modern masterpiece without historical influences. The presentation will examine the reasons the station was not executed in 1927, how Wright tried to use the design for other clients and why it is in today’s Buffalo Transportation/Pierce Arrow Museum.
  • 10 – 5: Artisan Row at the Canals
  • 10 – 3: JumpBunch at the Captain’s Corner
  • 10 – 7: Paddle & Pedal Boat Rentals
  • 10 – 8: Photo Booth Fun presented by Catholic Health
  • 10 – 11: Power Yoga Class
  • 11 – 11:45: Paul Redding – “Buffalo Waterfront History”
    • Paul will be talking about the Canal Street area, also known as the “infected district.” This area previously had 125 bars that were actually brothels that serviced boatmen and lake sailors.
  • 11 – 2: Young Audiences of WNY at the Captain’s Corner
  • 11 – 2:30 Face Painting at the Captain’s Corner
  • 11 – 3: Free Children’s Activities with Buffalo Library at the Captain’s Corner
  • 11 – 3: Live Music from The Buffalo Brass Machine
  • 11 – 12: Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga
  • 11 – 1: Canalside Scavenger Hunt
  • 12 – 12:45: Roger Allen (of the Buffalo Maritime Center) – “Hand to Hand Program”
    • This Buffalo Maritime Center program targets kids at risk of dropping out of school, in hopes of directing them into technical or trade-oriented educational programs. The Hand to Hand program consists of two-hour sessions for two or three days/week, for a regular 20-hour-semester, credit-bearing course. The curriculum includes concentrations of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) materials presented by a certified teacher in a nontraditional ‘hands on’ format, where the kids build a boat with a Buffalo Maritime Center mentor.
  • 12 – 8: Sail the Canal Remote Control Sailboat Rentals
  • 1 – 1:45: Steve Rubach (of Old Boats Buffalo) – “Antique Outboard Motor Basics”
    • Now that you’ve picked up an old outboard motor at a garage sale, estate sale, etc., what’s next? Steve Rubach will illustrate basic steps on how to bring the old motor back to life. He’ll also discuss different manufacturers, years and types or motors and answer all your boat-related questions.
  • 2 – 2:45: Brian Trzeciak (of Buffalo Maritime Center) – “Paddle Board Building”
    • Transform a block of styroforam into a well-crafted paddle board!
  • 3 – 5: “Meet the Brewer” featuring Tim Herzog of Flying Bison Brewery 
  • 6 – 8: Live Music from The Tins

 Sunday August 28 Festival Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • 10 – 3: Free Children’s Activities with Buffalo Library at the Captain’s Corner
  • 10 – 3: E2 Young Engineers & Monkey See, Monkey Do Children’s Activities at the Captain’s Corner
  • 10 – 3: Explore & More
  • 10 – 3: Girl Scout crafts at the Captain’s Corner
  • 10 – 5: Photo Booth Fun presented by Catholic Health
  • 10 – 7: Paddle and Pedal Boat Rentals
  • 10 – 11: Vinyasa Yoga with Maya
  • 11 – 11:45: Mick Griffin (of Old Boats Buffalo) – “Boat Builders of the Niagara Frontier”
    • A brief dissertation on the boat builders of the Niagara Frontier. Included will be the Allen Boat Co., Clark Craft/Custom Craft, Cayuga Boat Co., Dippys (of Tonawanda) Cayuga Boat Co., Mang, Richardson, Schwizer Brothers and Jafco.
  • 11 – 2:30: Live Music from Mike Reardon
  • 11 – 3: Acoustic Music from Tim Britt
  • 11 – 4: Face painting at the Captain’s Corner
  • 12 – 12:45: Brian Trzeciak (of Buffalo Maritime Center) – “Paddle Board Building”
  • 12 – 8: Sail the Canal Remote Control Sailboat Rentals
  • 12:30 – 1: Buffalo Magic Show
  • 1 – 2: Canalside Walking Tour
  • 1 – 1:45: John Montague (of the Buffalo Maritime Center) – Buffalo Steam Yachts of the Gilded Age
    • John will present a PowerPoint on the array of extravagant private yachts built for Buffalo’s wealthy industrialists in the halcyon days before WWI. He will share the fruits of his research on the design of these boats and the fascinating stories of families who owned them in the days when Buffalo had more millionaires per capita than any other American city.
  • 2 – 2:45: Steve Rubach – “Antique Outboard Motor Basics”
  • 3 – 5: Live Music from The Buffalo Dolls
  • 3:30 – 4: Buffalo Magic Show
  • All day at the Old Boats Buffalo tent: “Tell Us Your Boat Story”
    • Ed Dominiak of Old Boats Buffalo will host a session for individuals to bring photos of their old family boats and share the stories behind them. This will be an informal setting taking place all throughout the day!