General Harborfest Information
This information is provided to make your stay at the festival more enjoyable. If you have any questions a Harborfest volunteer will be happy to help you.
To accommodate adult festival visitors alcoholic beverages are sold at the GS Steamers Budweiser Lakeview Café in Breitbeck Park and the GS Steamers Labatt Blue Light Jazz & Blues Café in Washington Square. Please drink responsibly and remember the City of Oswego and park security will strictly enforce its “open container law” in all public areas.
Bicycles and Skateboards
Use of skateboards, in line skates, and bicycles is prohibited within all Harborfest venues.
Blankets and Tarps
An evening crew will dispose of items left in the parks after the park closes. The City of Oswego does not allow placement of tarps, blankets or plastic sheets in parks for fireworks viewing prior to Saturday morning July 28. Placement of stakes and rocks to secure these materials is prohibited at all times and will be removed.
Please obey restrictions on docking and mooring by the respective waterfront authorities. All vessels must stay clear of an 1,000 foot safety zone around the fireworks area on Saturday, July 28 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. For docking information, call 343-8430 or 342-8186.
In the event of an emergency you can call 911 on your cell phone. If you do not have a cell phone, or if you cannot complete the call, locate the nearest Harborfest Information Center or Police Officer to report the emergency. First-aid services are available at Information Centers, which display the familiar Red-Cross sign.
Fireworks Traffic Restrictions
For the safety of pedestrians walking to the harbor area to view the fireworks spectacular, the City of Oswego closes certain downtown streets to auto traffic at 5:30pm on Saturday, July 28. In addition, both the Bridge Street and Utica Street bridges will be closed from approximately 9:30 Pm until 12:00 AM or when pedestrian traffic subsides following the Entergy Nuclear Fireworks Spectacular.
During the festival the City of Oswego enforces all parking regulations. Unauthorized vehicles in no-parking zones or reserved parking spaces will be towed at owner’s expense. For your convenience Harborfest recommends you use the Park & Ride parking areas located at SUNY Oswego, Rt. 104 West. NO OVERNIGHT PARKING ALLOWED at any of the Harbofest parking lots – overnight parked vehicles will be towed at owner’s expense.
Festival Trolley & Centro Bus Service ($3 per button)
Getting around the festival by trolley is made easy on either the east or west side of the river. Ride the Historic Trolleys or specially labeled Centro busses throughout Harborfest for the purchase of one $3 trolley bus button. Consult the map for trolley routes on the east and west side of Oswego.
Trolley and/or Bus hours of operation (tentative):
July 26: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
July 27: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
July 28: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
July 29: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Times for Trolley operation may vary and change without notice.
Lost Child Tags & Lost Children
If you’re visiting the festival with young children, it’s a good idea to pick up and fill out a Price Chopper “Lost Child Tag,” available at any Information Center. In the event your child is lost, the tag provides volunteers with helpful information. If you cannot locate your child, please go to the nearest Information Center.
Pets are not allowed in festival venues except for guide or service dogs.
Novelis and Harborfest encourage you to deposit your empty aluminum beverage cans and recyclables in specially marked recycling bins located conveniently throughout the festival. The proceeds from aluminum can recycling support “Novelis Cans for Community” which funds school projects in Oswego County. Please do your part to keep festival areas clean by using the handy garbage cans for all non-recyclable items.
Broken glass is a hazard to festival visitors, especially small children. Please help keep others safe by not bringing glass containers to the festival.