August 12 & 13

Celebrate New York States Canal's


Blue Fest to Benefit Make a Wish

  • Date: August 12
  • Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fee: Free
  • Location: Phoenix, NY Oswego County
  • Contact: Bridge House Brats, 315-695-2710
  • Description: Chicken BBQ and assorted refreshments, Four bands; Nite Life, Midnight Mike Grillabdi, Shakedown Blues Band, The Roadmasters
  • Driving directions: 481 north from Syracuse.  Take the first Phoenix exit. Turn left to stop sign.  Make a right. Continue to first stop light and turn left.  Route 57
  • Handicap Accessible

Battle of Fort Ontario

  • Sat & Sun, 10am – 5pm
  • $7.00 admission
  • 1 East Fourth St, Oswego, NY
  • Fort Ontario State Historic Site, (315) 337-1700
  • Website: http://nysparks.state.ny.us/sites/info.asp?siteID=9
  • Description: Reenactment of the August 1756 French & Indian War Battle of Oswego.  Includes display of bateau which carried supplies to Oswego during the 18th Century.  Bateau will travel to Oswego on the Oswego Canal.
  • Directions: From the NYS Thruway: Take Exit 34A to Rte. 481 north to Route 104 East. Once in the City of Oswego, take East 4th Street north from Rte. 104.
  • Handicap Accessible

Celebrating Old Canal Days

  • Sat & Sun, 10-5 pm
  • $2 suggested donation
  • West 1st St Pier, Oswego
  • H. Lee White Marine Museum, (315) 342-0480
  • [email protected]
  • www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com
  • Description:  Step in back time and relive the days on the old barge canal. The Museum will be featuring activities and special tours on the historic 1925 Derrick Boat No. 8 on both Saturday and Sunday. Located in Oswego‚s „Historic Maritime District‰, the Boat No. 8 worked the canal for over 60 years and is the last remaining steam-powered vessel from the canal. Exhibits feature the history of steam, the barge canal system both past and today, the resurrection of the sunken barge and artifacts from the shipwreck, Thomas H Tugboat, that sank in 1945 in Oneida Lake.
  • Driving directions:  Route I-81 take Route 481 north approx 37 miles into the City of Oswego. Take a left onto Route 104 (Bridge Street) cross Oswego River. Take right at first light. Head north 3/4 of a mile on West First Street to Oswego's "Historic Maritime District". Proceed through blue archway. Derrick Boat No. 8 is on your left.
  • Public+Trans :  Take Centro Bus from Syracuse to Oswego. Stops at the corner of West Bridge Street (Rt 104) and West First Street. Proceed by bus or foot north 3/4 of a mile on West First Street to Oswego's "Historic Maritime District." Derrick Boat No. 8 on your left.
  • Comments:  The main Museum building and National Historic Landmark Tugboat, the LT-5 will be open as well. Admission charged.

Oneida Fish Cultural Station

  • Sat & Sun 8am – 3pm
  • Free admission
  • Route 49, Constantia
  • (315) 623-7311
  • Each year the NYSDEC releases over one million pounds of fish into more than 1,200 public streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds across NYS. Fish are stocked to restore native species to waters they formerly occupied and to enhance recreational fishing.  The coolwater hatchery in Constantia specializes in raising walleye and is open to the public daily.

Images of the War for Empire

  • Sat & Sun 2pm - 5pm
  • Free admission
  • Fort Ontario Park, Oswego
  • Civic Arts Center, (315) 343-5675
  • [email protected]
  • www.dreamscape.com/aaoswego
  • Description: The exhibited artwork depicts renderings of Oswego County forts used during the French and Indian War. It is in conjunction with the 250th anniversary celebration being held at Fort Ontario Historic Site.
  • Driving directions:  Take I-481 North to Fulton, NY. Continue on Rt. 481 into the City of Oswego. Turn right on E. Bridge St. Turn left on E. Fourth St. AThe Oswego Civic Arts Center is at the end of E. Fourth St., across from the entrance to Fort Ontario. Enter the parking lot to your right.
  • Public Transportation:  Centro buses travel along Bridge St. Follow the above directions from E. Fourth St. It is only four blocks from Bridge St. to Fort Ontario.
  • Group size max:  125
  • Handicap:  Yes

From War Refugee to American Citizen; the Journey of 982

  • Sat & Sun, 11am-5pm
  • Adults/$4, Seniors/$2, Children/$1
  • Safe Haven Museum & Education Center
  • (315) 342-3003
  • [email protected]
  • www.oswegohaven.org
  • Description:   From War Refugee to American Citizen; the Journey of 982. Visit the site of the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee shelter; the only refugee shelter in the United States for victims of the Holocaust during WWII. The museum is dedicated to the stories of the 982 refugees and the community of Oswego that gave them shelter. 
  • Driving directions:  Take 81 N. exit off thruway. Continue on 81N to Exit  Rt 481N. Continue through Fulton to Oswego to Rt 104E. Turn right at 104E/Bridge St to East Seventh St. Turn left at Seventh St. and go under the underpass and building is first on left.
  • Group size min:  10, max :  44
  • Handicap:  Yes
  • Pre registration:  Yes

Selection of Canal-Related Books

  • Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-4pm
  • Free admission
  • 19 West Bridge St, Oswego
  • The River's End Bookstore, (315) 342-0077
  • www.riversendbookstore.com
  • [email protected]
  • Description:  The river's end bookstore has a large local-interest section. Additionally, there are sections on boating and fishing related to the NYS Canal System. The bookstore is within walking distance from Lock 8 on the Oswego River. 

Fulton’s Farmers Market

  • Sat 8am-1pm
  • Dixieland Band at the downtown Gazebo from 12 noon - 2:00pm
  • Free admission
  • Canal Landing Parkinh Lot located at South 2nd St, Fulton
  • Oswego County Chamber, (315) 598-4231

Historic House Tour

  • Sat 1pm-5pm
  • $4/adult, $2/child/senior
  • 135 East 3rd St, Oswego
  • Richardson-Bates House (315) 343-1342


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