As you probably guessed, our big festivals and events mix in a little culture, probably some fireworks over the water and a whole lot of fun. If you’ve never been here, think about visiting during these events for a rocking good time.
French Festival is a nod to history and a perfect mid-summer bash to have some fun. Cape Vincent is where Lake Ontario pours into the St. Lawrence River; it’s here that supporters of French ruler Napoleon Bonaparte intended to bring the exiled ruler but their efforts never materialized. French Festival is a celebration of all-things French including French breads and pastries paired with daylong vendor shows, a spectacular fireworks display, parade and live music.
When you’re so close to the border, something called “Can-Am Festival” is a natural. Taking place in Sackets Harbor on the eastern edge of Lake Ontario, Can-Am Fest is a summer celebration of the community’s devotion to their Canadian neighbors. (To say that things were not always peaceful here between the two sides is an understatement) Today, that means parades, fireworks, costumed-town criers, a vintage baseball game, soapbox derby races plus music and food.
Oswego Harborfest This free 4-day music festival offers more than 50 shows and performances in venues throughout the city. Friday night features Smashmouth. Food and crafts. World-class Grucci fireworks display Saturday.
Oswego County Fair It’s the 162nd edition of this traditional agricultural fair with exhibits, agriculture competitions, games and entertainment for young and old alike. Free admission to the fun at the Oswego County Fairgrounds, 291 Ellisburg St., Sandy Creek.
Oswego Paddlefest Enjoy Enjoy the beauty of the Oswego River while passing through four historic canal locks from Fulton or Minetto to the scenic Oswego Harbor. H. Lee White Maritime Museum, 1 W. First St. Pier, Oswego.
2019 International Boat Show Watch more than 200 antique and classic boats ply the 1000 Islands during this international organization’s annual gathering being held here for the first time in many, many years. Alexandria Bay is “homebase” for this St. Lawrence River event and offers the best viewing locations.