Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival

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

The Waterfront Festival Celebrates its 30th Year

Now entering it’s 30th year in 2023, 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 17th from 11am-8pm!

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!


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 a set from the local legends, Bad Bear!



Please click here to download our Boaters Registration Packet, complete with rules and information! 2023 Boater Registration Packet


Interested in becoming a vendor for 2023? Applications are up! Click here:2023 Complete WFF Vendor Application

Just some of the fun you’ll see!

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

Current 2023 Sponsors are:


T-Shirt Sponsor: Perry & Carroll, Inc.

Band Stand Sponsor: Cargill, Inc.

Band Stand Sponsor: Maguire Cars

Start Line Sponsor: O’Hara Machinery

Start Line Sponsor: True Love Sailing

Finish Line Sponsor: Harbor Hotel

Finish Line Sponsor: Horseheads Brewing & Lilly Broadcasting

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

Finish Line Sponsor: Cayuga Health

Captain Sponsor: Larson Design Group

Sustaining Sponsor: Nickel’s Pit BBQ

Prize Category Sponsor, “Best Theme”: NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Prize Category Sponsor, “Best Sinking”: Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

In-Kind Sponsor: Finger Lakes Dumpster Company

In-Kind Sponsor: Hills Party Tents



Interested in becoming a sponsor? There are more packages available! Please click the following link to access the Sponsorship Package: Waterfront Sponsorships 2023

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