This Annual Canal Celebration, spanning 36 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 2023 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, "Thunder on the River" 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

Gulf Tournament
Car Show
Great Restaurants
Friendly Natives

.pdf File , Programs .pdf File and Sponsors .pdf File for 2023 are always welcome!

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

Updating - Daily
- 08/13/23

Special Events For The Week
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Events For The 2023 Celebration
TuesdayAugust 8th
Pooches on Parade - Rotary Park @6pm
LF Polish Club; Gulumki & Rummage sale; 92West Main Street; 12 noon- close

Wednesday August 9th
An evening of music, food, and fireworks over the Erie, at Rotary Park.

Moss Back Mule Band
6 pm till dark

"Thunder On The River"
fireworks at dark

Harber Celebration

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

American Legion-
dogs, finger foods

Annual Book Sale - Little Falls Public Library - Ward Square; 9am - 8pm
LF Polish Club; Gulumki & Rummage sale; 92West Main Street; 12 noon- close

Thursday Aug 10

"Big Kids" Adult - Fishing Derby - CANCELED!! Maybe in September
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
Canceled By Weather!!!
Rotary Park Marina 5-8pm
Music/ Food/ Parade at 8pm

Annual Book Sale - Little Falls Public Library - Ward Square; 9am - 8pm
LF Polish Club; Gulumki & Rummage sale; 92West Main Street; 12 noon- close
American Legion; 100 West Main Street; Karoate
;  7 - 10pm

Friday Aug 11
36th Annual Grande Parade 6 PM
Welcome Back!

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

Pine Ridge Mountain Band
 7 - 11 PM, Party on the Lawn
Elks Lodge on Ann St.

Parade Information contact:

Holy Family Parish Ice Cream Social
Corner of John & East Main

Annual Book Sale - Little Falls Public Library - Wards Square; 9am - 5pm
LF Polish Club; Gulumki & Rummage sale; 92West Main Street; 12 noon- close 
Eastern Park Expo
Wards Square - Critical Path -7pm - 9pm.

REV-D 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. 12

32nd Annual John Serow Memorial - Youth Fishing Derby- CANCELED!!
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.

Southside Walking Tour IX .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

Holy Family Parish Sneaker Collection : Parish Gym - 11am - 4:30 pm

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.; Self Guided Tours

L. F. Farmers Market - M & T Parking Lot - Albany & Ann St.; 8am - Noon
Annual Book Sale
- Little Falls Public Library - Ward Square; 10am - 3pm
LF Polish Club; Gulumki & Rummage sale; 92West Main Street; 12 noon- close 

- Canal Place -

Live Music - Venders - Food by Chicks Along The Canal
Opus Black Trio 10 am-12 Noon
Lauren Mettler 12 pm -2 pm
Carson Murphy, Ari Marucci, Megan Hartman 2pm - 5pm

- Ward Square -
Eastern Park Expo - 12- 4 pm
BarRoom Neon Project in concert @ 2:30 pm

9th Annual Adaopt-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 - VINTAGE BASEBALL 2023 - 12noon
Featuring rules/ styles and attire from late 19th Century. Area Teams include:
The Little Falls Alerts vs Delhi Polecats

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


J.B. Aaron Live at The Rock Valley Brewing Company.
Saturday, August 13th, 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 13
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 with Philip Arcuri
Wards Square - Sunday, 10:30am-12:30pm

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; Pine Mountain Band ;  4 - 8pm

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