5 Reasons to Check Out the Buffalo Maritime Festival

The second annual celebration of the Buffalo Maritime Center sets sail this weekend. The Buffalo Maritime Heritage Festival (September 14-15) 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 attend the festival’s sophomore year:


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 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 these talented folks, like Knotty Moose knit goods, Diana Storm Designs jewelry, NYS Designer Blacksmiths, Buffalo Heritage Press, and more, will be on full display at the Maritime Festival.

Fun for Everyone
With a kids tent, boat painting, model boat races, draft horses, antique wooden boats on display and food trucks like Great Aussie Bite, Fat Bob’s BBQ and Rudy’s Kitchen, 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 a Maritime Festival brown ale, Boatwright’s Brown Ale, made fresh for the fest by local favorite Pressure Drop Brewing.

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

2019 Buffalo Maritime Heritage Festival
Colonel Ward Pumping Station, 2 Porter Avenue, Buffalo
Saturday, September 14: 10a-6p
Sunday, September 15: 10a-4p
$10 tickets and more info available here: Buffalo Maritime Heritage Festival