Fairport Canal Days 2024

Fairport Canal Days 2024

Annual Fairport Canal Days 2024!

Celebrating 47 Fun-Filled Years of Canal Days

As the summer sun shines brightly over our charming village, it is time once again to come together for one of the most anticipated events of the year – the Annual Fairport Canal Days! Mark your calendars for June 1 – June 2, 2024, with an opening May 31st Chicken BBQ diiner and music. Join us for a weekend filled with joy, tradition, and community spirit.

What to Expect

Fairport Canal Days, celebrating its 47th year as one of the premier juried art festivals in the Northeast, is more than just a festival; it’s a celebration of everything that makes our community special. The Fairport Perinton Merchants Association organized this event, which takesplace in the welcoming village of Fairport, New York, along the picturesque Erie Canal. Here’s a glimpse of what you can look forward to:

Artisans and Crafters

Explore a vibrant marketplace featuring over 200 local and regional artisans. From handcrafted jewelry and unique home décor to one-of-a-kind artwork, there is something for everyone. Support our talented creators and find that perfect piece to take home.

Delicious Food

Bring your appetite! Our festival boasts a mouth-watering array of food vendors offering everything from classic festival fare like funnel cakes and kettle corn to gourmet specialties from local restaurants. Don’t forget to stop by the food trucks for some trendy treats!

Live Music and Entertainment

For more than a decade, Fairport Canal Days has featured the Rochester region’s very best jazz musicians and a wonderful mix of music and talent rarely found at other festivals. On our five stages, you’ll hear over 60 groups perform over the weekend. We present truly Rochester’s best talent from all ages on our stages, and for this reason, Canal Days has become the “jazz festival before the Jazz Festival.” Here is a taste of what you can enjoy:

Fairport Canal Nights 2024:

Now in its 10th year, Canal Nights puts the focus on entertainment, bringing headliner bands to the stage under the big tent in Fairport Junction. Food vendors are open throughout the evening, and wine and beer are offered for concertgoers to enjoy on-site. A minimal cover charge helps us bring you the best in regional and national performance artists.

Saturday, June 1st:

  •  7:00 pm Cold Water Blues
  • 9:00 pm Atlas

Tickets: $10, available for advance purchase or at the door.

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Friday Night Chicken BBQ:

Join us Friday evening, May 31st, from 4:30 to 9:00 pm at the Fairport Junction Festival Site (Liftbridge Lane East). This popular night of food, music, and fun marks the start of Canal Days each year. A free, live concert performance by some of Rochester’s best-known bands accompanies that tasty chicken! NEW this year – Chefs Catering!


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Performances by:

  •    Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra
  •    Occasional Saints
  •   2024 Commemorative Poster signing by artist Elissa DeChick

Duck Race: The Duck Race will be held Sunday, June 2nd on the Liftbridge.

Purchase tickets every Saturday at the FairportFairport Canal Days Duck Race Farmer’s Market or at the festival all weekend long. Thank you to Orvilles Home Appliances for sponsoring this event!

  Grand Prize: $1000

   1st Prize: $500

  2nd Prize: $250

  **3rd Prize: $100

Canal Tours and History

Take a leisurely boat tour along the historic Erie Canal. Learn about the rich history of our area and the vital role the canal played in shaping our community. It’s a relaxing way to soak in the beautiful scenery and appreciate our heritage.

Family Fun

Fairport Canal Days is a family-friendly event with activities for all ages. Kids will love the interactive games, craft stations, and the ever-popular Perinton Recreation KidZone located in the Northeast public parking lot. Be sure to visit the petting zoo and let the children meet some adorable farm animals.

 Plan Your Visit

Dates and Times

Friday, May 31: 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Chicken BBQ Kick-off)

Saturday, June 1: 10 AM – 6 PM (Festival), 7 PM – 11 PM (Canal Nights)

Sunday, June 2: 10 AM – 5 PM (Festival)



The festival is held in the heart of Fairport, along Main Street and the scenic Erie Canal. Free parking is available at designated areas, with shuttle services running throughout the event.

Directions to Canal Days

Fairport is located along the Erie Canal in eastern Monroe County, about five miles east of Rochester, NY.

From NYS Thruway: Take I90 (NYS Thruway) to Exit 45 (Victor). Turn right (north) on Route 96. After passing Eastview Mall and other stores on your left, turn right on 250 North. Follow 250 North all the way to Church Street and you will be in Fairport.

From Rochester via 490: Take 490 east to exit 25 (Fairport Road/Route 31F) and continue east on Fairport Road. This road will take you directly to Fairport.

Parking and Shuttle Information

  • Shuttle: $2 round trip, kids under 12 free. Shuttle driver will not be able to make change, exact amount only. 
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Parking: Minerva Deland and Johanna Perrin
  • Pickup: Minerva Deland
  • Drop-off: Perrin St at the entrance to Village Landing near the Dollar Tree
  • Public Parking: Free
  • Handicap Parking: Packett’s Landing
  • On-Street Parking: Throughout village, one-side only, as indicated by signage
  • Off-Street Parking: Minerva DeLand Middle School (park and walk), Brooks Hill Middle School (park and walk)
  • Private Off-Street Parking: 
  •  $10 – First Congregational United Church of Christ – 26 East Church St.
  •  Church of the Assumption – 20 East Ave

The Annual Fairport Canal Days is a celebration of our vibrant community spirit, rich history, and the beautiful bonds we share. It’s an event that brings together friends, families, and neighbors for a weekend of fun and festivity. For more information, visit  FairportCanalDays.com

Pride Mark Homes is happy to be apart of the Fairport community with our two rental properties, Parker Place and Creekstone.