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 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 Horseheads Brewing, following the award announcements.

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!



Please click here to download our Boaters Registration Packet, complete with rules and information!2024 Boater Registration Packet


Interested in becoming a vendor for 2024? Applications are up! Click here:2024 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


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


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


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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