This Annual Canal Celebration, spanning 37 consecutive years, represents our recognition of the community, our heritage and the spirit that makes Little Falls a unique place in the Mohawk Valley. Canal Celebration has welcomed thousands of visitors to Little Falls, attending dozens of family oriented community programs, held throughout the week. These programs have been made possible through the dedicated efforts of hundreds of individuals, over some 3.5 decades, representing local Organizations, Businesses and Industries, as well as the employees of the City of Little Falls.

The activities speak for themselves, not as a tourist destination, but as a means to showcase Little Falls as a community with vigor and pride. Take a stroll or bring your bike, enjoy our great architecture, parks and friendly neighborhoods or the Canal bike trail. View the escarpments highlighting the gorge, or bring the little ones to catch a fish in the mighty Mohawk. You might see a canal boat locking E17, the highest lift on the NYS Canal System. Spend time at Rotary Park Marina, located on the Erie Canal and Bike Trail, as it plays host to interesting travelers from far away places.

The Original Erie big dig started with a ceremonial 1817 Groundbreaking, commencing a 100 year transportation marvel equated as the Internet of its day, simply The Canal That Made America.
Where would we be today, if it were not for that?
The NYS Barge Canal opened in 1917, following the original Erie (Albany to Buffalo) route, while incorporating the states natural water ways. (Horse Power replacing Mule Power) The Barge Canal became known as the Erie Canal after 1992. (Marketing Power replacing Horse Power)

The 2024 Celebration, commemorates Little Falls on the Erie, as a remarkable place to live. This years highlights are in the planning stages, to be updated here, as events are finalized. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, fireworks over the Mohawk, following an evening of food, Rotary Club Duck Dash, with music. Bring or buy yourself a snack and enjoy the ambiance, "just sittin' on the dock of the bay".

Thursday, there is the Big Kids Fishing Contest with a Car Show On The Canal.

Friday, kicks off the weekend with Merchant sales & displays on Main Street & Canal Place, and of course, the Grand Parade stepping out at 6 PM rain or shine, followed by activities to be announced.

Get ready for Saturday and Sunday......

MVCA Fine Arts
Music Venues
LF Museum
Arts and Crafts
Farmers Market
Book Sale
Girl Entrepreneurs
City Park Displays
South Side Tour
Merchant Sales
Youth Fishing
Big Kids Fishing
Ethnic Food
Historical Museum Displays and Tours

Golf Tournament
Car Show
Great Restaurants
Friendly Natives

.pdf File , Programs .pdf File and Sponsors .pdf File for 2024 are always welcome!

For additional inform
ation contact: Canal Celebration Chairperson;
Tony DeLuca; Little Falls Youth & Family Center; (315) 823-1740

Update - 07/08/2024

Eastern Park Craft Fair and Farmer’s Market
Vender Application - August 9 th-11 th, 2024

Special Events For The Week
Canal Celebration on Facebook
Canal Celebration on WKTV

Events For The 2024 Celebration
Tuesday - August 6th
Open for your event
LF Polish Club; Gulumki & Rummage sale; 92West Main Street; 12 noon- close

Wednesday - August 7th
An evening of music, food, and fireworks over the Erie, at Rotary Park.

Pulled Pork 4-7pm
Girl Scouts Bake Sale
Kayak Rental or BYO
Raffle Tickets

Valley Rockers
6 - 8 pm

fireworks at dark

Harber Celebration

Duck Dash for Prizes
7:30 PM
Sponsored by the Rotary Club

Inflatable Rock Climbing Wall

Annual Book Sale - Little Falls Public Library - Ward Square;10am - 7pm
LF Polish Club; Gulumki & Rummage sale; 92West Main Street; 12 noon- close

Thursday - Aug 8th

"Big Kids" Adult - Fishing Derby
Fish the Mohawk River/Erie Canal between locks 17 & 18
Registration-3- 4pm; Derby 4 - 8pm from Rotary Park/Canal Harbor 74 So. Ave
$5 Entry Fee - Several categories in prizes;
Register on Site

Mike's Cruise In - Dj & Car Show
Rotary Park Marina 5-8pm
Music/ Food/ Parade at 8pm

Annual Book Sale - Little Falls Public Library - Ward Square; 10am - 7pm
LF Polish Club; Gulumki & Rummage sale; 92West Main Street; 12 noon- close
American Legion; 100 West Main Street;PENDING Karaoke
;  7 - 10pm

Friday - Aug 9th
37th Annual Grande Parade 6 PM
Welcome Back!

3 on 3 Basketball
Main Street 7 PM
Reg. 7/24 - 8/7
Ages 13-16;16-18

Parade Information contact:
Pine Ridge Mountain Band
 7 - 11 PM, Party on
Elks Lodge on Ann St.

Annual Book Sale - Little Falls Public Library - Wards Square; 10am - 5pm
LF Historical Society tours; 10am-4pm
LF Polish Club; Gulumki & Rummage sale; 92West Main Street; 12 noon- close 
Eastern Park Expo
at Wards Square
Tony Semo 7pm - 9pm

Pending at Rock Valley Brewing Company, 56 West Mill St, 7-10 pm
Rev-D is a high energy modern/alternative rock band that covers many of the popular songs
from the late 80's to the 2000's. Their drummer is Little Falls native Phil Scarano.
Rev-D has played Rock Valley Brewing many times since we opened, and always draws a huge crowd!

Saturday - Aug. 10th

33rd Annual John Serow Memorial - Youth Fishing Derby-
Lock 17 (Under theWind bridge) 8 - 11 AM; Youth's 1-15 yrs w/Adult --- $2.00 fee
Register on site. This is the only event held on the water, specifically for Children.

Little Falls Freedom Run 5K & Sherriff Chris Farber Youth Run
7:45 - 10 AM; Wards Square - East Main St.

Southside Walking Tour X .pdf file- Growing Up on The Southside  1957 – 1970
Start and end at Rotary Park at 10:30 AM for 2 hour walk down memory lane, South of the tracks
4 - 5 mile guided tour, with moderate to vigorous physical activity; Dress accordingly

Dr. Tony Piana Canal Celebration Rotary Club Golf Tournament
Mohawk Valley Golf & Event Center- Benefit Rotary Club Community Service Programs
Call Mark Ruffing@ 315-868-2351 for details

Programs - LF Historical Society
1833 Old Bank Building - Albany & Ann St.
The Museum has many exhibits focused on Little Falls history.
Society tours; 10am-4pm

L. F. Farmers Market - M & T Parking Lot - Albany & Ann St.; 8am - Noon
Annual Book Sale
- Little Falls Public Library - Ward Square; 10am - 1pm
"Little Falls Library Historical Tours" starting at 1pm.
LF Polish Club; Gulumki & Rummage sale; 92West Main Street; 12 noon- close 

- Canal Place -
Live Music - Vendors - Food by Chicks Along The Canal

Lauren Mettler 11 pm -1 pm
Carson Murphy With Ari Marucci & Megan Hartman 2pm - 5pm

- Ward square -
Eastern Park Expo 11- 4 pm
Critical Path 11am-1pm
BarRoom Neon Project 2pm-4pm

9th Annual Adopt-A-Pawlooza Pause 4 All Paws
presents adorable animals, crafts, baked goods and refreshments
located in our Eastern Park, a great place to relax, wander, enjoy the day.

- Vet's Park Field -
Featuring rules/ styles and attire from late 19th Century. Area Teams include:
The Little Falls Alerts vs Delhi Polecats

LF Elks Lodge #42 PENDING  The Posers - Burke Park, 7 - 11 pm
Food/Beverages on the lawn

- AROUND Town-

PENDING J.B. Aaron Live at
The Rock Valley Brewing Company.
Saturday, August 10th, 7 - 10 pm

- Out of Town-
Tours of Gen Herkiner's House @ Herkimer Home State Historic Site
View the grounds free; Tickets for guided House Tours; Check Site Schedule
200 St. Rt. 169 near Thruway Entrance - Call: 315-823-0398


Sunday - Aug 11th
35th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show
Burke Park

Sales - Food - DJ
Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places
Best of Show
Car Show Chairmen's Award
Peoples Choice

Food - Music - Vendors
Car Related Vendor Spaces
Information/Entry form
Day of Registration at the Park - 9 am

Eastern Park Expo Wards Square - Sunday, 11am - 4pm
Monkey and the Crowbar 10am - 12pm
Dixielander 1pm - 3pm

Chicken & Rib BBQ - Lodge Open House
LF Elks Lodge #42 -------- Burke Park -------- 11 AM - 'till gone

LF Polish Club; Gulumki & Rummage sale; 92West Main Street; 12 noon- close

American Legion; 100 West Main Street; PENDING Pine Mountain Band ;  4 - 8pm

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