Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. and Canalside Management Group (CMG) recently announced Canalside's 2018 season of summer events and programming.
This year, Canalside will host hundreds of programs and daily activities from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, as well as special events, on Buffalo's waterfront. The packed calendar includes options just for kids and families, fitness enthusiasts, music lovers, history buffs, festivalgoers and more.
for the full calendar of events, which is continuously updated as activities and events are booked.
"As Western New Yorkers, we like to squeeze each and every drop out of our glorious summers, but with such a packed schedule at Canalside that will be darn near impossible to do this summer," ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia said. "Canalside Management Group has been hard at work making sure there is something for everyone, every single day, so get out your shades and head on down to our beautiful waterfront."
"Our mission is to provide world-class entertainment and food and beverage options to the visitors of Canalside all summer long," said Jon Dandes, president of CMG and Be Our Guest Ltd. "The summer schedule will give families a safe and affordable option to spend a day on the Buffalo waterfront, while showcasing to visitors the resurgence of Buffalo."
New offerings at Canalside in 2018 are plentiful with the team at Canalside Management Group and other partners working to make this summer unforgettable.
New activities and events for 2018 include:
•The 10th anniversary of the restored Erie Canal Harbor, highlighted by a recreation of the "Wedding of the Waters" in July.
•"Buffalo on Display" is a Canalside signature event on Friday evenings featuring local musicians performing on the Canalside Boardwalk. The program will display the talent of Western New York beginning at 6 p.m. on selected Friday nights (June 8; July 6, 20; Aug. 10, 31).
•"Movie Night at Canalside returns. The eight-week movie series returns to the Pierce Lawn at Canalside starting July 10 with a new start time. This year, the series becomes more family friendly with the event starting at 6 p.m. and movies starting at 6:30 p.m. Each week, moviegoers can participate in free activities that coincide with the film. Highlights include "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (July 17), "The Wizard of Oz" (Aug. 14) and the "Lego Ninjago Movie" (Aug. 21).
•More ice cream, games and cool gear. The Canalside information kiosk has received a facelift with a larger space that will provide more free lawn games for all visitors to Canalside and a new line of Canalside merchandise on display. The Canalside info kiosk will also sell beverages, sundries and soft serve ice cream, making it easier for visitors to enjoy refreshments while at Canalside.
•Blue Bikes presented by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY will also have a new location, in the middle of the boardwalk by the entrance to the docks.
•Beautiful Canalside. With support from Five Star Bank, Canalside's beautification program is in bloom with flowers giving color around the entire site and the VIP Honda Pavilion.
•Clinton's Dish garden expansion. Clinton's Dish is expanded this year and features a new menu and beer garden area that triples the size of its previous footprint. Tripling the size of the previous footprint, customers will now have a new area to enjoy the Buffalo summer with food and beverage options available.
Every day at Canalside will feature something to do, with a variety of programming including culture, children's activities and fitness.
•Fitness at Canalside, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, will feature returning classes such RevFit, Zumba, Barre Centric, Jada Blitz, Catalyst Fitness and Everyone Can Dance, as well as new classes featuring Gentle Yoga, Zumbini, Fitness 19 Peak Performance and Hoop There It Is.
"As the official health plan of Canalside, BlueCross BlueShield is excited to kick off another season of free, healthy activities," said Julie R. Snyder, vice president, corporate relations, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. "We invite the entire community to join us in the heart of downtown at Buffalo's waterfront to get fit and have fun all summer long."
•Children's programming with Explore and More Children's Museum, EPIC and WNY Family Magazine returns to Canalside for the summer. The Beach at Canalside is also open for kids to explore and play and features the EduKids Tug Boat and the Dino Zone.
•Amenities, such as table games/game rentals, BFLO Kayak tours/rentals, water bike rentals, paddle and pedal boat rentals, Spirit of Buffalo rides, History Tour Boat rides and Buffalo Sunset Chairs, will also be available throughout the summer. Blue Bike rentals presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York also have a new location on the boardwalk at the Canalside dock kiosk.
•When you work up an appetite, enjoy food options that incorporate several local options, including Wardynski hot dogs and Ru's Pierogi. The menu also features gluten-free options, vegan and vegetarian menu items. On those hot summer nights, be sure to visit Clinton's Dish for soft serve and hard-packed Nick Charlap's ice cream cones.
Additionally, Clinton's Dish will feature entertainment all summer long with live music on Sunday and Monday evenings and trivia on Wednesday evenings.
The Dish is open daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
This schedule is in addition to the continuation of the popular Canalside Live concert series, which starts Thursday, June 7, and ends, Friday, Aug. 17. Taking place at Canalside's Central Wharf, this year's lineup features eight Thursday concerts, one Saturday concert in July and a Friday night finale on Aug. 17. Find out more about Canalside Live HERE.
Additionally, third-party concerts will also take place this year at Canalside, including Kerfuffle on June 16, "Kiss the Summer Hello" on June 21, "Summer Soul" on June 30 and "I Love the 90's" on Aug. 11.
•Canalside will also once again celebrate July 4 with a dazzling fireworks show presented by Russell J. Salvatore. The Independence Day celebration will feature an evening of live music and food and beverage options from Clinton's Dish.
Congressman Brian Higgins said, "Buffalo's waterfront has come a long way over the last 10 years and the momentum continues. This is sure to be another exciting summer for residents, families and tourists visiting Canalside."
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said, "For all visitors and in every season, there is always something to experience along our waterfront, especially during the summer months at Canalside, which has helped to transform our waterfront into a destination that attracts people to the City of Buffalo. Canalside is the place to be and I thank the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. for all of their hard work in helping to improve, enhance and promote one of Western New York's premiere summer destinations."
Canalside is a growing regional destination and entertainment district, situated on 21 historic acres along downtown Buffalo's emerging waterfront on the Buffalo River. Canalside earns its name from its storied past, when the Erie Canal Harbor was built in 1825 as the western terminus of the Erie Canal. Until five years ago, the land was barren and inaccessible, but the area has been reclaimed by the state's Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. and developed with millions of dollars in public and private investment. With more than 1,000 yearly events and 1.5 million annual visitors, Canalside is fast becoming the go-to place for in- and out-of-towners of all ages to learn, play and relax.