Lockport’s Old Canal Days returns this weekend

The annual event features a carnival, live music, an artisan market, and fireworks

The younger kids also  were able to enjoy Old Canal Days in Downtown Lockport on Saturday with carnival rides.

Lockport — Old Canal Days returns to Lockport this week with a carnival, parade and other festivities for families coming to the city’s downtown area.

The annual festival attracts visitors to celebrate the I&M Canal and its contributions to the success of Lockport.

The full slate of events kicks off Friday and will run through Sunday night.

The carnival will run from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Mega passes are on sale for unlimited rides for all four days.

Fireworks will follow the closing of the carnival Sunday to cap the weekend of festivities.

The annual parade will take place at 6 p.m. Friday through the downtown area on State Street. Vehicle traffic on State Street will be closed from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. between Thornton Street and Division Street.

Live musical performances will include Poison’D Crue and Semple on Friday. The 815, Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band, Righteous Hillbillies and Infinity are scheduled to perform Saturday. Sunday will feature dance performances, Beyond the Blonde and Arra.

The festival also will feature an artisan market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along 2nd Street.

Old Canal Days will also have food and beverage vendors, cemetery tours and Bingo.

For details on Old Canal Days and the schedule of events, visit oldcanaldays.com.