The Tugboat Roundup!
Look for ever-better music line-up, more exhibitors with arts & crafts, food, displays and more. We'll have a boat show, kid's events with more things to do, tours of tug-boats and rides on the river.
Our Saturday night fireworks are legend - easily half an hour long!
There are clowns and face-painters. Watch a puppet show, take a ride on a pony or jump in the bouncy bounce.
Tugboats will face-off on Saturday and Sunday, competing with raw strength and piloting skills. Deckhands will toss heavy lines and "show you how it's done."
There are tour boat rides on the Hudson and through the locks.*
And then - the Saturday night Fireworks.
Free admission to the entire event. See our full 2014 Tugboat Roundup Schedule for a good sampling on what happens during the Roundup. The detailed 2015 Schedule will be published in July.
This is family fun; a fully entertaining festival in the Capital District and a great way to kick off a real " I Love New York" fall.
We expect to see a lot of boats this year, possibly breaking a record. On the wall be most of the regulars and some old friends we haven't seen in a long time. Look for more boats, some which haven't been at this event, yet!
For one weekend each year, Waterford’s historic waterfront is transformed back into a rendering of its commercial heyday during which names like Godfrey, Coyne, Bushey, Matton, Kehoe, and Cowles figured so prominently. Tugs new and old moor stem to stern for adulation and education, enchanting the young and reminding the young at heart of days gone by.
The event is produced annually the Town of Waterford and supported by many generous corporate sponsors. Always held the weekend after Labor Day, the festival has grown steadily and attracts thousands of people to this sleepy canal town in the heart of upstate New York’s Capital Region. In addition to tours of the vessels and other displays, there is an ample supply of music, food, children’s activities, vendors, boat rides, fireworks, and family fun.
The Waterford Tugboat Roundup – where maritime history comes alive.