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Buffalo Maritime Festival

Just a few short years ago, the Inner Harbor was nothing compared to what it is today. For the most part, it was a lifeless part of the city, and most Buffalonians were not aware of the incredible waterfront resource that we had at our fingertips.

Today the waterfront is a constant bustling of activity, thanks to united efforts to bring events and activities to the shores of Lake Erie. The Central Wharf is a delight to behold, and the recreated canals are home to everything from Stand Up Paddle Board yoga classes to remote controlled sailboat races.

On Friday, September 11 (3-9pm) and Saturday September 12 (8am-7pm), Canalside will come alive, as numerous antique and classic boats roll and float into town. The Buffalo Maritime Festival is the backdrop for the 38th Annual Niagara Frontier Antique & Classic Boat Show, which we are fortunate to now have hosted at the Inner Harbor.

The public is invited to come scope out some of the exquisite classic wooden boats “woodies” in all of their glory (among other significant vessels). It’s a festival designed around the maritime and history lover, who knows the time, skill and patience that it takes to maintain these stunningly restored/preserved aquatic artifacts from our past.

Guests on Saturday will also enjoy a Chowder Challenge, as home cooks/local chefs battle it out for top honors in the chowder cooking arena (3PM). There will also be a corn eating competition at that same time.



Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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