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Erie Canal Bicentennial Celebration Calendar of Events

March 22-23, 2017
They Built America: The Workers of the Erie Canal
Capital Repertory Theater, 111 N. Pearl Street, Albany
Meet the real men, women and children, the politicians and famers, merchants and laborers who came north to build the Erie Canal.
445-SHOW | capitalrep.org

March 25-August 20, 2017
Spotlight Commemorating the Erie Canal
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue
463-4478 | albanyinstitute.org

May 15, 2017
Canal Fest
​Celebrate the opening of the canal season. Canal Festival, Waterford Visitors Center, Waterford
233-9123 | town.waterford.ny.us

June 17-19, October 7-9, 2017
New York Path Through History Weekends
The weekend will feature nearly 300 events at historic venues across the state where you can enjoy New York’s rich culture and heritage.

July 1, 2017
Waterford Steamboat Meet
Waterford Harbor Visitors Center, Waterford
Take a trip back in time when the canal was in its industrial heyday.
233-9123 | town.waterford.ny.us

July 2-8, 2017
Water Music NY
The Albany Symphony will celebrate the July 4, 2017 Eric Canal Bicentennial with Water Music NY, a  one-of-a-kind journey from Albany to Buffalo. Musicians will travel the Canal by barge for 7 days, partnering with canal communities to create and perform new works by gifted New York composers.

- Sunday, July 2: Rehearsal and  performance in Albany

- Monday, July 3: Rehearsal and  performance in Schenectady 

- Tuesday, July 4: Rehearsal and  performance in Amsterdam

- Wednesday, July 5: Rehearsal and performance in Little Falls

- Thursday, July 6: Rehearsal and  performance in Baldwinsville

- Friday, July 7: Rehearsal and performance in Brockport

- Saturday, July 8: Rehearsal and  performance in Lockport

July 9-16, 2017
Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour
Buffalo to Albany - Enjoy beautiful scenery, fascinating history, and a one-of-a-kind cycling experience on this fully supported ride along the canal.

Bike the Byway
Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway
36-mile bike tour of the historic Erie Canal.
371-7548 | mohawktowpath.org

August 11-20, 2017
Canal Splash!
Statewide canal celebrations including nature and history walks, museum and gallery exhibits, rowing regattas, kayak and canoe outings, musical performances, boat tours, and more.

Starting September 1, 2017 - 2020
Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal
New York State Museum, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany
Erie Canal retrospective upon its bicentennial.
The NYS Museum’s yearlong exhibit, Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal features artifacts and documents from the State Museum, State Library, State Archives and other items on loan. The exhibit demonstrates the Canal’s value to NYS history and its relevance to contemporary audiences. The Museum is committed to engaging youth and families by including children’s hands-on educational programs. 
474-5877 | nysm.nysed.gov 

September 8-10, 2017
Waterford Tugboat Roundup
Waterford Harbor Visitor Center, Waterford
Tugboats will face off on Saturday and Sunday, competing with raw strength and piloting skills. Deckhands will toss heavy lines and “show you how it’s done.”
233-9123 | tugboatroundup.com

The Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Underground Railroad
Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, 194 Livingston Avenue, Albany
The Underground Railroad History Project’s, The Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal Changing America, is a travelling exhibit meant to engage contemporary audiences in the cultural impact the Canal had on the African American experience and its role in freeing enslaved people.  
432-4432 | undergroundrailroadhistory.org

Irish Heritage Troy Lock Cruise
Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany
The museum has partnered with the Dutch Apple Cruises for Irish Heritage Troy Lock Cruise, a guided tour focused on the Hudson River and Albany’s role in linking the Great Lakes with NYC. 427-1916 .
427-1916 | irish-us.org

Discovery Days
9-1/2 Riverside Avenue, Rensselaer
Crailo State Historic Site will host Discovery Days focused on the evolution of Hudson River communities as a result of increased commerce and traffic. The program will engage young people and their families and demonstrate the Canal’s value as a major water way through hands-on experiences.
463-8738 | parks.ny.gov