Public Events

Come early. Stay late. Have fun!

In addition to the conference tours and events, there’s much more to see and do for the public. It’s a perfect opportunity to spend time with friends and family enjoying the rich history and beautiful views of the waterways in Syracuse. Paddle boats, bike rides, leisurely strolls or unique dining experienceswhether day or night, there’s something fun between every lock!

WCC Kick Off at the Syracuse Inner Harbor
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Open to the public and conference attendees. Come one and all to enjoy a day of fun, learning, entertainment, and merriment on the water.

  • Tour replica 1862 canal schooner Lois McClure.
  • Watch live hot glass show aboard the Corning Museum of Glass’ GlassBarge.
  • Conference attendees invited to the VIP Tasting Tent for local craft brews and beverages.
  • Get on the water! Take advantage of opportunities for paddling and boat tours throughout the day.
  • Cycle to the Inner Harbor. Join Tour the Towpath as it completes its two-day tour from Rome to Syracuse. Meet in DeWitt for a unique ride through Syracuse to the Inner Harbor.
  • Teens are invited to a special program with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Long Boats.
  • Live music & entertainment throughout the day.
  • Enjoy Syracuse’s thriving arts and culture scene. Cultural institutions in downtown Syracuse will stay open late and feature engaging waterway exhibits.
  • Watch Water Way, an outdoor video exhibition showing juried videos shot by universityage students and drawn from various international waterways.
  • Engage with students of the State University of New York School of Environmental Science and Forestry who will display work on the theme of “waterways as agents of transformation.”

Details and additional events to come as we get closer to September.

Upstate Cookout
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Erie Canal at Paper Mill Island, Baldwinsville

Enjoy the end of summer and the last night of the conference with a traditional upstate BBQ picnic featuring authentic fare, craft beverages, and Finger Lakes wines. Open to conference delegates. Guest tickets are available for purchase for one-day participants and delegates who want to bring friends ($65).

  • On the Menu: Pulled Pork, Chicken Speedies, Gianelli Sausage, Utica Greens, Syracuse Salt Potatoes, Corn on the Cob
  • Cash bar
  • Enjoy a live hot glass show on Corning Museum of Glass’ GlassBarge and see historic tugboats on the canal.

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