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2015 The Buffalo Maritime Festival & Antique Boat Show



The 3rd Annual Buffalo Maritime Festival is September 11-12, 2015 featuring the US Brig Niagara and the 38th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show!

Friday, September 11 2015
Festival open 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Time Event Details
8:30AM – 9:15AM 9/11 Ceremony at The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park Honor and remember the men & women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Between 2:00PM – 4:00PM US Brig Niagara is welcomed to Canalside Watch from the Boardwalk as the Niagara sails into Canalside.
3:00PM – 8:00PM Queen City Bike Ferry The Queen City Bike Ferry will be traveling back and forth from the inner and outer harbor.  Ferry rides are $1 each way.
3:00PM – 9:00PM Food & Beverage, vendors open, beer tent open Featuring local food vendors along with our very own The Dish & The Blue Line
3:00PM – 9:00PM Children’s Activities(Programs will take place throughout the day at various times) Free activities for the kids to enjoy including Pirate Tom Walsh, Soccer Shots, Buffalo Library, Model Boat Building, Nick Presents Magic and balloon making.
3:00PM – 9:00PM Rowboat Rentals courtesy of the Buffalo Maritime Center $10 for 30 minutes, available in the Historic Ruins/Commercial Slip area!
4:00PM – 6:00PM Day sail on the Spirit of Buffalo For more info and tickets visit
5:00PM – 6:30PM Live Music on stage Live music from Geno McManus
6:00PM – 6:15 PM Edward M. Cotter Fireboat Water Presentation Water Presentation and display of the Edward M. Cotter Fireboat in the Buffalo River
6:00PM – 7:00PM Children’s Costume Parade Dress the kids up in a Maritime themed outfit and let them show it off during our Children’s Costume Parade
6:00PM – 7:00PM        Buffalo Sabres Meet & Greet with Ryan O’Reilly & Carlo Colaiacovo Meet and get FREE autographs and pictures with Ryan O’Reilly & Carlo Colaiacovo of the Buffalo Sabres! Bring your own gear to be signed or buy something new from the merchandise stand! On the boardwalk in front of the U.S. Brig Niagara.
7:00PM – 9:00PM Live Music on stage Live music from Caribbean Extravaganza


Saturday, September 12 2015
Festival open 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Time Event Details
8:00AM– 7:00PM Children’s Activities (Programs will take place throughout the day at various times)*Due to the inclement weather, some programs have decided to cancel such as, the drumming circle, the puppet show, magic show and Explore & More. Enjoy Rhythms drum circle, Buffalo Library crafts, a puppet show, balloon art, Nick Present Magic, Explore & More Children’s Museum, Face Painting, Soccer Shots, Anyone & Everyone Can Maritime Dance and  Model Boat Building,
8:00AM – 7:00PM “Tell Us Your Boat Story” by Ed Dominiak from Old Boats Buffalo Session for individuals to bring family photos of their old family boats and share the stories behind them. This will be an informal setting taking place throughout the day at the Old Boats Buffalo Tent in The Ruins.
8:00AM – 7:00PM Buffalo Sterling Engine 1925 Built in Buffalo Sterling Engine” will be running hourly on the Pierce Lawn
8:00AM– 8:00PM Queen City Bike Ferry The Queen City Bike Ferry will be traveling back and forth from the inner and outer harbor.  Ferry rides are $1 each way.
9:00AM – 5:00PM Deck tours of the US Brig Niagara Tours are $7 Adults and $5 for Children 12 & under
CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER:10:00AM – 10:45AM Lecture in The Ruins: “Antique Outboard Motor Basics” by Steve Rubach of Old Boats Buffalo. Now that you’ve picked up an old outboard motor at a garage sale, estate sale, or from some old barn, what are you going to do next?Basic steps on bringing the old motor back to life will be explained and illustrated.
10:00AM – 11:00AM


Knot Tying Demonstrations Clear step by step instructions on how to try various knots
10:00AM – 2:00PM Lighthouse Tours & Buffalo Niagara Concert Band Performance on the  Outer Harbor Take the Queen City Bike Ferry ($1 each way) and view the Buffalo Skyline high atop the lighthouse ($10 donations to benefit the Buffalo Lighthouse Association).  While visiting, enjoy a free concert from the Buffalo Niagara Concert band while a boat parade passes buy.
10:00AM– 6:00PM Rowboat Rentals with the Buffalo Maritime Center $10 for 30 minutes, available in the Historic Ruins/Commercial Slip area!
11:00AM– 7:00PM Food vendors, Beer garden open*Due to inclement weather, food trucks will not be on site today. Featuring local food vendors along with our very own The Dish & The Blue Line
CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER:11:00AM– 11:45AM Lecture in The Ruins: “Buffalo Steam Yachts of the Guided Age” by John Montague John Montague of the Buffalo Maritime Center,  speaks on the numerous extravagant private yachts built for Buffalo’s wealthy industrialists  in the  halcyon days before the First World War. He will share the fruits of his research on the designs of the boats (most well over 100 feet in length) and the fascinating stories of families who owned them in the days when Buffalo had more millionaires per capita than any other American city.
CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER:12:00PM– 12:45PM Lecture in The Ruins: “Boat Builders of the Niagara Frontier” by Mick Griffin of Old Boats Buffalo A brief dissertation on the boat builders of the Niagara Frontier. Included would be the Allen Boat Co, Clark Craft/Custom Craft, Cayuga Boat Co., Dippys (of Tonawanda ) Cayuga Boat Co., Mang, Richardson, Schwizer Brothers and Jafco.
12:00PM – 2:00PM Live Music on stage Join us for live music from the Buffalo Dolls
CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER:1:00PM – 1:45PM Lecture in The Ruins: “Buffalo Waterfront History” by Paul Redding Lecture will be about the Canal Street area also known as the “infected district”  This area had 125  bars which were actually  brothels  servicing both the canal boatman and the lake sailors!
CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER:2:00 PM – 2:45PM Lecture in The Ruins: “Hand To Hand Program” by Roger Allen of Buffalo Maritime Center Learn about the program run through the Buffalo Maritime Center that targets kids at risk of dropping out of school in hopes of directing them into further technical and trades oriented educational programs.
2:00PM– 4:00PM Buffalo Maritime Chowder Challenge: Red, White, & Other! Can you make Chowder? We will are looking for Chefs that think they have  the best in Buffalo.       Apply at Individuals & restaurants can apply. The public is welcome to participate as a FREE taster.
CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER:3:00PM–3:30PM Corn on the Cob eating Contest How many pieces of corn can you eat in 5 minutes?Apply at and find out! Great prize to be awarded! Corn on the Cob eating Contest is sponsored by A-Maize-Ing Roasted Corn
CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER:3:00PM–3:45PM Lecture in The Ruins: “Touring your own Backyard” by Brad Hahn, of Explore Buffalo Explore Buffalo is the city’s largest and most comprehensive tour organization, offering over 40 different tours to thousands of residents and visitors annually. With bus, bike, kayak, and walking tours all across the city, from the waterfront to Delaware Avenue to downtown, Explore Buffalo has something for everyone.
4:00PM– 6:00PM Live music on stage Join us for live music from the Jolly Tars
 7:00PM – 9:00PM Buffalo Maritime Dinner on the U.S. Brig Niagara   Buffalo Maritime Center will host “An Evening Aboard the U.S. Brig Niagara”. The evening will be filled with cocktails, hor d’oeuvres , music and an auction. All proceeds will benefit Buffalo Maritime Center. Buy tickets here.
8:30PM– 10:30PM Evening Sunset Sail on the Spirit of Buffalo For more info and tickets visit



Please check out directions and parking information for Canalside! (**Note that “Canalside 2 hour street parking” will be closed during the Buffalo Maritime Festival). If you have any questions about parking or directions to Canalside, please contact us.