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 28th Year

Now entering it’s 28th 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, Rust!



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 2022 Sponsors are:

Band Stand Sponsor: Perry & Carroll, Inc.

Start Line Sponsor: Horseheads Brewing

Start Line Sponsor: Lilly Broadcasting

Start Line Sponsor: Cargill, Inc.

Finish Line Sponsor: Cayuga Medical Center

Finish Line Sponsor: O’Hara Machinery

Finish Line Sponsor: Frog Hollow Marina

T-Shirt Sponsor: Maguire Cars

T-Shirt Launcher Sponsor: Finger Lakes WaterSports

Captain’s Sponsor: Finger Lakes Dumpster Company, Nickel’s BBQ Pit

Prize Sponsor: Finger Lakes Dumpster Company

Start Line Flag Sponsor: Sail True Love

In-Kind Sponsor: Finger Lakes Dumpster Company

In-Kind Sponsor: R&P Industries

Additional Sponsors: Harbor Hotel


Interested in becoming a sponsor? There are more packages available! Please click the following link to access the Sponsorship Package: Waterfront Sponsor 2022

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