Carnegie Art Center and Gateway Harbor Present the 1st Annual Music & Arts Festival of the Tonawandas

Music and Arts Festival of the Tonawandas to take place in the City of Tonawanda & North Tonawanda  

The Carnegie Art Center and Gateway Harbor will host the 1st Annual Music and Arts Festival of the Tonawandas in the city of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda from July 31- August 4th, 2018. The event will feature a variety of music, art, food, art activities for families and more on both sides of the Gateway Harbor in addition to local businesses, galleries and museums in both cities throughout the week. This event will celebrate the rich history and strong art communities of the Tonawandas. A full schedule of events and updates can be found on the Facebook page.

The Music and Arts Festival of the Tonawandas will kick off on Tuesday, July 31. From 11-6PM, the Corning Glass Barge and the Lois McClue Boat will be parked in the Gateway Harbor and will host open tours for the public. Webster’s Bistro will host a Farm to Table Block Party that evening as well. At 5PM, Webster’s Bistro will host painters, musicians and chefs demonstrating the visual and culinary arts outside on the street. Dinner will begin approximately at 7PM featuring a farm to table theme where attendees will gather around communal tables. Local artist, Jody Ziehm will be the featured artist at this event. Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling Webster’s Bistro directly.  

On Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 6-10PM: Gateway Harbor will host The Who Tribute Concert for free on the North Tonawanda side. The concert will also feature a guest visual artist.

On Thursday, August 2, 2018 5-8PM: Gateway Harbor will feature Food Truck Thursday on the Tonawanda Side in the Young Street “hub” featuring food trucks, live music, a craft show and other activities.  

On Friday, August 3, 2018 at 8PM: The Riveria Theatre will host a Shania Twain & Garth Brooks Tribute band. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased on the theatre’s website or box office.

On Saturday, August 4, 2018: We will close out the art festival week with a daylong Art Walk in N. Tonawanda and Tonawanda. The Art Walk will feature art shows and family friendly activities at galleries, businesses and museums throughout North Tonawanda and Tonawanda including:

10AM -2PM: Art activities for kids on the Tonawanda (Young Street hub) and North Tonawanda sides of Gateway Harbor in addition to local food and live music.  

10AM-5PM: Various locations around N. Tonawanda and Tonawanda will showcase artists and art activities including the Carnegie Art Center, local galleries, the Downtown Merchants Association, the Oliver Street Merchants Association highlighting the Oliver Street Art Festival hosted by the Project 308 Gallery and more! A full schedule of events and locations will be available online and as a print out.   

4-6PM: An Art Auction will take place at the Carnegie Art Center featuring artwork created during the Music & Arts Festival. Proceeds will benefit the participating artists and the 2019 Music & Art Festival.

The Music and Arts Festival of the Tonawandas is made possible by a committee made up of community members from the Carnegie Art Center, Gateway Harbor, River Art Gallery, Project 308 Gallery, Partners in Art, N. Tonawanda and Tonawanda youth centers and local businesses. The committee is currently seeking sponsors to support the festival. Sponsorships start at $25. The committee is also seeking artists to participate and venues to host artists. These inquiries can be sent to


Please join us as we celebrate the arrival of the Corning Glass barge and the Lois McClure boat to the Tonawandas and continue to celebrate the arts all week long.


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