Celebrating its vibrant culture and maritime history, Oswego Harborfest is a four-day festival filled with live music, carnival fun and fireworks on the shores of Lake Ontario. For the 29th consecutive year, this beloved event will attract thousands of people to the city of Oswego from July 28th to the 31st--it's a party you don't want to miss. Here's what you need to know for Harborfest 2016.
Where to stay
Located in a renovated historic building in the Franklin Square Historic District, this 14-room boutique hotel is close to shops and restaurants, as well as the Oswego Cinema, Breitbeck Park and the Lake Ontario Waterfront.
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Oswego
This location of the Holiday Inn Express chain bills itself as a haven for business travelers, but it's also close to all that Oswego has to offer, including the waterfront and Harborfest.
The Red Mill Inn
About 30 minutes away from Oswego in Baldwinsville, the Red Mill Inn has a variety of unique guest rooms inside the renovated former Mercer Milling Company. After spending your day at the Harborfest, this quiet waterfront inn is a mellow retreat--though if you want to keep the party going, it's only about 20 minutes to downtown Syracuse and its thriving nightlife.
Where to eat
The Red Sun Fire Roasting Co.
Located in downtown Oswego, this eatery from the folks behind the popular Port City Cafe specializes in wood-fired pizza, baked to blistering perfection at 800 degrees. You'll also find a hand-picked selection of wine and beer, as well as a selection of seasonally inspired entrees.
This unassuming but beloved classic diner offers some of the best breakfast options in town, including classics like Eggs Benedict, fluffy pancakes and omelets. Be sure to go early: It's only open until noon most days.
Rudy's Lakeside Drive-In
Kid-friendly fare dominates the menu at this 70-year-old Oswego institution, with treats like grilled cheese, poutine and homemade rice pudding. Mom and dad will appreciate the fresh seafood and the lakeside views.