5 Reasons to Check Out the Buffalo Maritime Festival

The inaugural celebration of the Buffalo Maritime Center sets sail this weekend. The Buffalo Maritime Heritage Festival promises to be a proper good time for boating aficionados and the casual appreciator, alike. And with the bonus treat of offering a glimpse inside a rarely seen Buffalo building, this special event is not to be missed. Here are all the reasons you should go:

Unparalleled Craftsmanship
See the painstaking and patient skill of the folks of the Buffalo Maritime Center. Ever wonder what goes into making a canoe by hand? There will be a 6-hour wooden canoe building demonstration. Who knows, with the skills you learn, you could be a regular on the Buffalo River in a new hand made canoe!

Vendors Galore
Buffalo has a long history of inspired makers and craftsmen and women. The wares of a select few of these talented folks will be on full display at the Maritime Festival. Check out the wooden goods of Knot Your Average Grain, the ceramics of the Lockport Art Company, the crochet of West Side Stitchery and more!

Fun for Everyone
With a kids tent, boat painting, draft horses, antique wooden boats on display and food trucks, the Maritime festival sure to be a nautically fun time for your little ones!

A Special Brew
Buffalo’s business is beer. And business is booming. We love our special brews in Buffalo and the Maritime Festival is continuing that tradition with the unveiling of a new Maritime Festival brown ale, Boatwright’s Brown Ale, made fresh for the fest by Pressure Drop Brewing.

A Rare Location
We can’t stress this enough, a tour inside the Colonel Ward Pumping Station is so rare, its worth going just to see inside it. The large, 60-foot original steam pumps have been used for movies, photo sessions and to pump water to our kitchens, of course. And now you get to step inside!

2018 Buffalo Maritime Heritage Festival
Colonel Ward Pumping Station, 2 Porter Avenue, Buffalo
Saturday, October 6: 10a-6p
Sunday, October 7: 10a-4p
$10 tickets available here: Buffalo Maritime Heritage Festival