Monday, December 10, 2018
Canalside Live Details

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Thank you for visiting our 2018 Canalside Live Concert Information Page, be sure to check out the Concert FAQs at the bottom!


Please note: Canalside Management Group and Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation are excited to kick off another summer concert season. With the new season comes new, enhanced event protocols that will be put in place at the Canalside Live Concert Series and other major events at Canalside. All visitors entering the venue will participate in a handheld magnetometer (wand) screening. The safety of Canalside guests is our top priority and the new procedures will strengthen and standardize the security and public safety practices for the site. Read more about our new security procedures, and what is and is not allowed into the venue, below

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I purchase General Admission tickets?

A: You may purchase General Admission tickets at all 17 WNY Consumer’s Beverages locations, at the Information Kiosk on the Boardwalk at Canalside *until 2pm on the day of the show* and on www.eventbrite.comGeneral Admission tickets purchased at Consumer’s Beverage or Canalside’s Info Kiosk *until 2pm on the day of the show* will come with a drink ticket, good for a free beer, wine, soda, or water at the concert. Tickets purchased at the door on the day of the show DO NOT include a free drink coupon. 

Q: Are Canalside Live Concerts free?

A: No, there is a $5 admission charge. Children under 5 years of age are free. VIP Tickets can be purchased at Canalside’s Info Kiosk or on VIP tickets are available for $35 and give you access to the VIP Honda Pavilion where you receive 2 free drink coupons (beer/wine/soda/water), light appetizers provided by The Dish at Canalside, private bathrooms, access to the front of the stage viewing area, and a souvenir Canalside Live Cup! Seating is extremely limited and first come, first serve.  Feel free to bring your own chair!  *VIP is 21 years of age or older.  Note: Day-of VIP tickets can be purchased for $35 at the ticket tent, if not already sold out prior to the concert.

Q: Are there any free tickets or give-a-ways available?

A: Yes, Understanding that a $5 fee may not be an option for all, the Canalside Cares Program was created to provide a limited number of free tickets to each concert, along with other Canalside activities, including ice skating during the winter months. The United Way will be organizing the ticket outreach.

Q: Can I bring my own folding chairs?

A: Yes, you may bring your own chairs for sitting in the General Admission area and the VIP Honda Pavilion. No chairs are permitted in the areas indicated by signs near the front of the stage. *Please note this policy may not apply for third party events.

Q: Are cameras permitted?

A: Small handheld or personal cameras are allowed. Professional cameras of any kind are not permitted without a media pass.

Q: Can I bring my dog to a Canalside concert?

A: No, unless it is a certified service animal. Paperwork is required.

Q: Is outside food or beverage permitted?

A: No.

Q: May I bring in a backpack?

A: No, backpacks and large tote bags are not allowed.

Q: What time do gates open? What time do the bands go on stage?

A: Gates open at 5:00PM for each Canalside Live concert. Typically, music will start at 6PM and the headliner will go on stage at around 8PM, depending on the concert.

Q: Are Canalside Live concerts open to all ages?

A: Yes! However, the VIP Honda Pavilion is 21 and over only.

Q: Are concerts rain or shine?

A: Yes. For the safety of our patrons, concerts will be cancelled in the case of severe weather – i.e. thunder, lightning, or very strong winds.

Q: I want to dock my boat for a concert. Do you take reservations?

A: No, dock reservations are not available for concerts or paid special events. Rafting of similar-sized vessels is mandatory if no dock space is available. For dock rates, visit our General FAQ Page.

Q: Where do I park? 

A: Check out the Canalside Parking map here for thousands of great spots around Canalside!


Security Procedures

Visitors attending the Canalside Live concerts throughout the summer are encouraged to arrive early to ensure orderly entry into the concert. Gates open at 5PM for VIP ticket holders and General Admission. The VIP entrance is located at Main and Perry streets. The General Admission entrance is located on Hanover Street.

*There is no re-entry allowed.

Gates will close at 9:30PM, no entry will be allowed after 9:30PM. In addition, any patron who is removed from the concert and attempts re-entry will be charged with criminal trespassing. No backpacks will be allowed at Canalside Live concerts.

All bags and person are subject to security inspection.  The following information is designed to assist in expediting the entry process.


  • Bags  (Diaper bags and small purses are permitted – No larger than 12″ X 12″)
  • Cell Phones
  • Keys
  • Electronic Devices
  • Chairs
  • Blankets


  • Any item deemed inappropriate or dangerous by security
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Air horns
  • Animals (unless a service animal)
  • Backpacks/Large tote bags
  • Bicycles (within the secure perimeter)
  • Fireworks
  • Glass containers
  • Illegal drugs/drug paraphernalia
  • Laser pointers
  • Outside food or beverage, including coolers
  • Professional video and photo cameras
  • Recording devices
  • Selfie sticks, tripods or monopods
  • Umbrellas



  • Any guest who is deemed intoxicated upon arrival will not be permitted to enter.
  • Anyone under the age of 21 who has alcohol on them will be removed from the site.
  • Any adult who provides alcohol to someone under the age of 21 will be removed.
  • Staff may ask for proof of age from anyone wishing to purchase alcohol.
  • There will be a maximum of two beers sold to any one person at one time.
  • Anyone who staff believes to be intoxicated will be immediately removed.