Lake Ontario Waterfront Festival

The H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego is excited to present the Lake Ontario Waterfront Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22 in celebration of all the amazing things to do, see, and experience along the waterfront regionally.  Free of charge, and with a lot to offer, the family friendly Lake Ontario Waterfront Festival surely has something for everyone to enjoy!  This event is sponsored in part by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NY Sea Grant, the Boating Industries Association, the Port of Oswego Authority, CNY Arts, and the City of Oswego.


This event is presented by the H. Lee White Maritime Museum, which kicks of its season with the Museum, Derrick Boat 8, and the Treasure Chest Gift Shop open for touring.  Dockside tours of the National Historic Landmark WWII Vessel LT-5, the last commercial fishing vessel to sail Lake Ontario Eleanor D., and the tall ship S/V Ontario will also be available with dedicated and knowledgeable tour guides.


Below is a list of all the activities scheduled for both days:


Youth Activities:


  • 9:30am-2pm (Saturday & Sunday) – “Pancakes with the Happy Pirates” an improve troupe will present their interactive youth-centric performance, with pancakes and refreshments provided by Girl Scout Troops #10566 & #10567.
  • 12:00pm-3:00pm (Saturday & Sunday) “Chalk the Pier” – youth participants will be encouraged to help the Maritime Museum complete a large, maritime-themed mural in honor of the event!  “Chalk the Pier” will be led by Leanna’s Art Room of
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  •  12:00pm-4:00pm (Saturday & Sunday) “Lighthouse Modeling” – The Maritime Museum will be piloting a new educational program at the event that encourages youth to learn about the Oswego Lighthouse with a hands-on activity!
  • 10:00am-5:00pm (Saturday Only) “Oswego Bookmobile” – the Oswego Bookmobile will be making an appearance on Saturday encouraging participants to learn about their mission and grab a book to read. 

Boats – New & Used on Display:


  • 10:00am-5:00pm (Saturday & Sunday) – the Boating Industries Association ( will be on site working with vendors of new boats on the market, as well as docking systems for visitors to look at and discuss with knowledgeable members of the industry.
  • 10:00am-5:00pm (Saturday & Sunday) – the Maritime Museum will be displaying several used small craft for sale in support of the Museum’s mission.


Celebrating Boating Safe Boating Week:  Safe Boating Week is held from May 21-27, 2022 and reminds boaters to brush up on boating safety skills and adequately prepare for the upcoming boating season.  This observance week is the annual kick-off of the Safe Boating Campaign, a global awareness effort that encourages boaters to make the most of their boating adventure by being responsible. The HLWMM and our partners are excited to present the following opportunities to learn about boater safety.  


  • Saturday – The Oswego Fire Department will demonstrate in water rescue operations, viewable from the festival location! 
  • 10:00am-5:00pm (Saturday & Sunday) – The Oswego Fire Department will be on site with their rescue truck with informational table, handouts, and personnel on site to discuss their role in water-safety.
  • 10:00am-5:00pm (Saturday & Sunday) – The United States Coast Guard will be docked along the W. 1st ST Pier with vessels for viewing and Coastguardsmen present to speak about boating safety and recruitment.  The USCG Auxiliary will also be present, with information and handouts about boating safety and their mission.
  • 10:00am-5:00pm (Saturday & Sunday) – NY Sea Grant’s Clean & Safe Boating display will be on site featuring information about boater safety and regional invasive species.


Underwater Exploration, Diving, Shipwrecks:


  • 10:00am-5:00pm (Saturday & Sunday) – Representatives from NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will be on site with displays, information, and interactive experiences to aid in educating the public about submerged cultural resources in regional waterways, and to discuss the pending designation of the Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary.
  • 10:00am-5:00pm (Saturday & Sunday) – Tim Caza, a Central New York experienced underwater explorer and diver, will be on site for a meet and greet and to discuss his significant local discoveries!


Art & Music:


  • 10:00am-5:00pm (Saturday & Sunday) – the Maritime Museum will be unveiling “The Harborfest Exhibit” in celebration of the visual arts legacy of Oswego’s prized annual event, Harborfest. 
  • 4:00pm-7:00pm (Saturday) – Enjoy the Hepcats performance to round out a Saturday of fun!  Music and staging provided by the City of Oswego. 


Food & Drink:


  • Food: Johnny’s Roadside BBQ food truck will be on site to tantalize your taste buds!
  • Drink: Tastings will be provided by Colloca Winery.


This event is sponsored in part by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. the Foundation is a leading voice for U.S. protected waters, working with communities to conserve and expand those special places for a healthy ocean, coasts and Great Lakes.  Working together, we safeguard species and the places they call home, and preserve America's maritime history.


Artistic and youth-based activities are made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. 

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