June 15, 2024

The Waterfront Festival and Cardboard Boat Regatta

The Waterfront Festival is a delightfully entertaining experience, awaiting you at the Seneca Harbor Park in downtown Watkins Glen!

Dive into the magic of lakeside living at the Waterfront Festival and Cardboard Boat Regatta. Celebrate the beauty of our lakeside community at this exciting event, showcasing our close connection to Seneca Lake. This event’s main attraction is the whimsical Cardboard Boat Regatta, where creative minds craft boats out of cardboard and put them to the test on the water. It’s a day of fun, laughter, and unity by the water’s edge.

The Waterfront Festival Celebrates its 31st Year

Now entering it’s 31st year in 2024, the Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival is anchored by the popular Cardboard Boat Regatta held on Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. Join us at the Seneca Harbor Park on Saturday, June 15th from 11am-8pm!

Food, Craft and non-profit vendors will be open from 11am along the Harbor Parking lots and grass. We will also have FREE Children’s Activities in the Cardboard Boat Concourse area, so be sure to check out the boats and the fun!

As always, a local favorite band will be playing in the large parking lot tent near the old Village Marina, following the award announcements. This year get ready to listen to Five Man Trio!

Nearly Famous Cardboard Boat Regatta

Stroll through the Concourse de Cardboard, check out the cardboard boats and meet the crews. Then laugh and applaud the bold and adventurous Captains and Crews of the Cardboard Boat Regatta as they bravely sail their cardboard crafts from launch to finish line!

The Carboard Boat Regatta will begin promptly at 2pm. You will not want to miss this.

In addition to the races, a full lineup of food, beverage, and craft vendors will be onsite, as well as live music. Stay until the end to enjoy the music!


Download our Boaters Registration Packet, complete with rules and information

We are SOLD OUT of vendor space!

This festival would not be possible without our community sponsors.
We appreciate everything you do to make this a success!

Current 2024 Sponsors are:

Start Line Sponsor: Cayuga Health

Start Line Sponsor: Cargill, Inc

Finish Line Sponsor: O’Hara Machinery

Finish Line Sponsor: Frog Hollow Marina and Oar House Waterfront Pub

Finish Line Sponsor: True Love Sailing

T-Shirt Sponsor: Zamartz Consulting

Band Stand Sponsor: Maguire Cars

Captain Sponsor: Larson Design Group

Captain Sponsor: NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Prize Category Sponsor, “Best Theme”: Chemung Canal Trust Company

Prize Category Sponsor, “People’s Choice”: Perry & Carroll, Inc.

In-Kind Sponsor: Finger Lakes Dumpster Company

We are proud and appreciate our partnership with Big Fox Media in Corning, NY on advertising and televising of our regatta. Thank you for all that you do!

This event also receives in-kind support from our partner, Hi-Lites with all of our print and promotional materials. We truly appreciate their dedication to local endeavors.

This festival is made possible due to the tourism assistance program offered through Schuyler County and the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.

This event is funded in part with support from the NYS Canal Corporation and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.


Interested in becoming a sponsor? There are more packages available! Please click the following link to access the Sponsorship Package: Waterfront Sponsorships 2024

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