Spencerport Canal Days returns July 30 with live music, wine tasting and a car show

SPENCERPORT, NY (WROC) — Raise the anchors. Canal Days returns Saturday and Sunday, bringing live music, family fun and an array of things to do to Spencerport.

Like many regional festivals of its kind, Spencerport Canal Days has been canceled for the past two years following the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-day event kicks off Saturday, July 30 at 9 a.m.

This page will provide a comprehensive guide to events, things to see, parking information and everything you will need to enjoy the 39th Spencerport Canal Days.

Auto showroom

Custom hotrods, historic muscle cars and everything in between gather at Ferris Goodridge Post 330 on Trimmer Road to kick off the festivities. Doors open at 9 a.m. and cars leave the show at 3 p.m.

According to the organizers, a raffle will take place during the event and at the end of the show, a jury will award a total of 64 prizes.

The event is exclusive to Saturday. For more information, visit the auto show page.

Entertainment and live music

Spencerport Canal Days returns with a full lineup of live music performers. All concerts take place at Fireman’s Field Stage and are held over the two days of the festival.

Saturday:

  • Atelier La Danse (10am-11am) — Offering quality instruction in the arts of dance, Atelier La Danse offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern dance, hip-hop and Irish dancing , for students ages 3 and up.
  • Johnny Bauer (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – Bauer is a full-time touring American musician who has performed in Western New York his entire life. He is a songwriter and in addition to original music, performs a wide range of music from the 70s to the present day.
  • Sirsy (1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.) – Their high-energy show often includes stories from the road, laughs, dance parties and even Rich’s corny Star Wars jokes. Their song “Cannonball” was featured on Showtime’s hit TV show “Shameless.”
  • George Colichio (3:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) — Guitarist George Colichio is a recording artist, performer, and music teacher. George has nine CD releases and continues a busy performing and teaching schedule.

Sunday:

  • Greece Jazz Band (10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.) — The Greece Jazz Band is led by Gary Samulski. It’s a big band playing all styles of big band music from the swing era to the present day. The Greece Jazz Band has been performing in the greater Rochester area for 1997.
    • Sticks & Stones (12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.) — Sticks and Stones are a modern country band playing well-known country tunes! Renee Willison leads this band with crazy singing not to be missed!
    • The Good Guys Blues Band (2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) — The Good Guys Blues Band plays traditional blues with a funky groove! You don’t want to miss this band!

    tasting tent

    For the seventh consecutive year, Spencerport Canal Days will feature craft beer and wine tasting tents. They will be open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days.

    The tents are set up at Fireman’s Field, just southwest of the Canal Bridge. It costs $5 per person to enter the tent and the following breweries and wineries will be offering local tastings:

    • Brindle Haus Brewery, Spencerport
    • Buffalo Distilling Company, Buffalo
    • Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery, Queensbury
    • Thousand Islands Vineyard, Alexandria Bay
    • Victorianbourg Winery, Wilson

    Vendors: Food Trucks and Arts & Crafts

    More than 180 vendors are ready to present, sell and hand out homemade products. Regional artists will compete for bragging rights and the title of Top Exhibit.

    Mobile kitchen offerings will also be featured, bringing local flavors to the canalside.

    Food trucks set to be parked and ready to serve this year include Lalla Rookh Caldron, Union Street Coffee House, Texas Bar-BQ, Spencerport Rotary, Whacky Waffles House Of Whacks, Wraps On Wheels, Red Osier & Cheesie Eddies, Mayer’s Concessions, more more.

    Channeler Race

    Choose your alligator, go wild in the Erie Canal and earn money for charity. The canaligator race is a family event and it is almost impossible to come away empty-handed.

    The winner will walk away with a $500 Wegmans gift card. Prizes, however, can be claimed by finishing in eighth place.

    In 2019, the run raised $1,450 for the Aurora House of Western Monroe County and $1,250 for the Spencerport Ecumenical Food Shelf. The Aurora House is a hospice located in Spencerport and the Ecumenical Food Shelf serves needy families in the Spencerport area.

    According to event officials, pets are not permitted on any premises during the two days of Canal Days. Organizers urge attendees to leave them behind.

    Shuttle service

    Those who don’t have transport to get to this year’s festival can choose to use the free shuttle service provided by the organizers.

    School buses will depart from Spencerport High School on Lyell Ave (Spencerport Rd in High School), dropping off and picking up passengers outside Key Bank on Union Street in the Village of Spencerport. Go up S. Union St (Rte 259) north towards the village and turn right on Lyell Ave. Continue one mile to the HS parking lot. On Saturdays only, buses will travel to the American Legion Car Show on Trimmer Road from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The buses are handicapped accessible.

    holiday menu

    The organizers have published the following map showing parking availability and event locations.

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