A a perfect backdrop for an outdoor music, arts and crafts, and family fun! This is the seventh annual CanalFest and it takes place on Saturday, October 14th from 11AM until 5PM (rain date of the 15th).

Originally started to celebrate the beauty and history of the Delaware & Raritan Canal and East Millstone, CanalFest has continued to grow. This year we expect over 6,000 people to visit our arts and crafts vendors, community informational displays, and participate in family-oriented activities in our children’s activity area.  CanalFest offers  informative lectures about  local history, and  great sounds of talented local bands on one of the three stages.  CanalFest also features a variety of delicious food! Whatever the age, CanalFest is always fun.

This great family-fun day supports the Franklin Food Bank and helps us Feed Those in Need. In 2016 more than 2,000 of your neighbors needed assistance.


The gates open at 11AM until 5PM for the public with a suggested donation of $5 for the Food Bank. CanalFest takes over the entire Market Street with gates at Amwell Road (the main entrance), Bradley Street, and Livingston Avenue. Parking and restrooms are available.

While you are listening to the music from last year from the Gas House Gorillas! (they are back again this year!), check out the alternating sets on the Delaware (D) and Raritan (R) stages:

11:00am Andy B.AND SoulFolk (R)
11:45am Opening Ceremony (R)
12:15pm Mariachi Reyes (D)
1:15pm Lowlight (R)
2:00pm Stereo 87 (D)
3:00pm RocknRoll HiFives (R)
3:45pm Motor City Revue (D)
5:15pm End

Plus these acts running concurrently on the Sunrise Stage:

12:00pm Laurence Hart
12:40pm Peter Horvath
1:30pm Mario Chamoun
2:10pm Danielle Illario & Friend
2:50pm Sidikie Jabateh & Friend
3:30pm Jager Soprano (Kristy Talorico & Friend)

In addition, Robert Mettler (the Town historian) will give a short talk about local history during the opening ceremony and John Loos will give a talk about the Canal at 1pm at the Bridgetender’s House.

CanalFest is generously sponsored by:

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Get the paper version of the brochure here. CF Sponsorship Brochure-2017

Sponsorships are critical to fund the event. All profits benefit the Franklin Food Bank.

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