Sunday, April 21, 2019
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Come join the fun.

Want to get involved at Canalside? Buffalo’s inner harbor is booming and is the premier entertainment and leisure district in Erie County. There are a variety of ways to get involved with Canalside. We are looking for vendors for food, entertainment, transportation, tours and more! Our existing vendors are world-class, providing services and entertainment for Canalside visitors. For more information, contact Canalside.

Bring your business to Canalside.

Canalside is now a four-season destination with over 21 acres of space and over a million visitors throughout the year. If you’re a small business owner interested in opportunities at Canalside please, find more info here.

Hold your event or performance at Canalside.  Get Involved with Programming.

Are you a large event organizer interested in holding your event at Canalside? Read our FAQs then download and fill out a Canalside Event Application.

Fitness Instructors/Gyms/Studios that want to be a part of the Free Fitness Series can fill out our Fitness Application.

Smaller scale Programmers/Buskers can fill out our Canalside Programming Application.

Musicians/bands/DJs, can fill out a Music Application here to be part of various opportunities we have for local artists.

All applications can be returned!

Job opportunities.

Check out our latest job opportunities here.

Suggest an event.

Have an idea for a great activity or event that’s not offered at Canalside, but should be? Tell us about it now.

Be a sponsor at Canalside.

Interested in reaching the one million-plus visitors at Canalside? Contact us about the many opportunities to get involved by sponsoring events, activities, & more at Canalside! Sponsorship and marketing opportunities exist on every level and we invite you to find creative ways to get involved.

Becoming a Creator on the Canal.

Selling at the Canal is quite easy, however this is a limited marketplace. In order to ensure a well-balanced event, not every seller who applies will be guaranteed participation. For consideration, submit your application for the 2019 season by April 28th, 2019.  Applicants will be notified of their status by May 1st, 2019.

If accepted, your payment will be invoiced with a due date of May 24th, 2019. A seasonal discount package fee of $400 applies for all vendors who commit to the entire series. For each Sunday you choose, a $50 weekly fee will apply. Additionally, Canalside Management will assist in obtaining your required City of Buffalo vendor permit at a fee of $40.00 for the entire season regardless of how many dates you are committed.

APPLY TODAY! To apply after the deadline, email, All fees and correspondence must be sent to: Canalside, 44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202

Eligibility Requirements:

All products must be screened and accepted before being sold at the Canal. The general guidelines are:

  • Items and selections must be handmade, grown, gathered or curated by the artist/vendor/creator, cost a member of their immediate family living in New York, or a partner in craft living in New York.
  • The creator’s contribution to a finished product must outweigh the contribution of any commercial components used in the making of that product. Skills in craftsmanship, as well as creative abilities, ingenuity and design skills are examples of artist contribution.
  • The product must meet basic expectations of product life, function, and safety.

You MUST have a New York State tax ID number to sell at the Canal.

At Creators on the Canal, the Creator must be the Seller. A helper may help the Creator in the booth, and may cover the booth alone while the Creator takes reasonable breaks during the day.

Applicants MUST submit links to examples of their work via the Vendor Application or email to

Only creators who pre-registered and pre-paid will be allowed to set up to sell at Creators on the Canal. All spaces are pre-assigned and space assignments will be emailed in advance of market day. All of the spaces are 10×12. Electricity is not guaranteed.

Each creator must provide their own sturdy, professional tent. A blue or white canopy is preferred. Staking of tents is neither allowed nor possible, as we set up on a hard surface. Vendors are required to bring adequate weights (at least 100 lbs., 25 lbs. for each corner) due to sometimes windy conditions on the waterfront. THIS IS MANDATORY!

You are responsible for all display materials, tables and chairs as needed. The elements & potential wind should be considered when planning your display.

All creators are encouraged to demonstrate how their art is created. We understand that not every studio is portable but if there is some aspect of the process that can be demonstrated that should be incorporated into your set up.


We are looking for performers to contribute to the Creators on the Canal experience. Performers must be able to supply their own equipment (We can provide a basic PA system) and play at least a 45-minute set with the understanding that the music will be played at an appropriate level for a family friendly event. You’ll be under a tent, with electricity provided.

If you’d like to be considered, apply here! You can send any questions you may have to