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Countdown to the Inaugural Buffalo Maritime Heritage Festival

This weekend, if there’s one thing that you set out to do, be sure to swing by the inaugural Buffalo Maritime Heritage Festival at the Colonel Ward Pumping Station and LaSalle Park. This festival is going to be a complete blast, with fun to be had by everyone. That’s because there is such a wide range of activities, ranging from free live aluminum pour demos by the Buffalo Maritime Foundry to tours of the largest collection of vertical, triple expansion, steam pump engines in the world, standing nearly 60 feet tall! ($10 registration – interior photography is permitted).

Photo courtesy Buffalo Maritime Center

The two-day festival is gearing up to be a regional attraction of magnanimous proportions. There will be live boat building demos, classic boats, food trucks and a beer tent featuring a new festival beer brewed by Pressure Drop Brewing at The Barrel Factory

Slow Rollers will also be joining in on the fun on Saturday at the Colonel Ward Pumping Station for the Maritime Heritage Fest Bike Stampede.

Festivalgoers will get a chance to help paint a Delaware Lake rowboat – built by cadets at the Maritime Charter School (Hand to Hand program). Plus, there will be a Creators & Makers Market that will rally together the following artists and vendors, who will be lining the balcony of the Colonel Ward Pumping Station:

Bliss Designs, Buffalo Harbor Museum,Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, Buffalo Yacht Club, Buffalo Heritage Press Chuck Scaglione, Dana Tillou Fine Arts, Diana Storm Designs, Jane Stoddard, Knot Your Average Grain, El Buen Amigo & LACA Non-Profit, Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, Lockport Art Co., Lotus Wood Craft, Pressure Drop Brewing, Rudy’s Kitchen, Sarah Belle’s Soap, and Art Work, Shauna Louise Design, The Colonel Ward Steam Pump Engine Society, The Great Aussie Bite Food Truck, The Knotty Buffalo, West Side Stitchery, and The West Side Rowing Club

The live demos and activities will be set up outside of the pumping station, and along LaSalle Park. 

Once again, you don’t want to miss this inaugural festival, which will hopefully become a staple Buffalo heritage event for years to come.

The Inaugural Buffalo Maritime Heritage Festival

All proceeds for the festival go to the Buffalo Maritime Center’s educational programs. 

Pre-register for interior access at or simply stop by.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 10am-6pm

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 10am-4pm

Colonel Ward Pump Station & LaSalle Park 

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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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