The Village of Alexandria Bay has numerous historic buildings and homes that create a sense of place. Maintaining the cultural and historical characteristics of the Village will promote the success and vitality of the community by enhancing the Village attraction.
Throughout the year, many interesting events and activities take place in Alexandria Bay. During the summer season, on practically every weekend something seems to be going on. Whether it's a concert in the park, a village wide yard sale, or a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, something is always happening in the "The Bay." Some of the major events are highlighted below:
Roaring 20s Weekend
The time was the 1920s, when carefree activities abound. It was also the gilded age in the 1000 Islands. In June, the roaring 20s are remembered in Alexandria Bay with a classic antique boat show featuring many of the beautiful wooden boats of the era. Gangsters stage an exciting mock bank robbery, taking hostages through town, and there is a bootleggers chase on the river. Bed races, ragtime music, an antique boat parade, and a roaring 20s parade through the village are just a few of the activities that take place. So put on your fedora or flapper dress, put the kids in the rumble seat, and join in the fun.
Thunder In The Bay
Late August brings a special excitement to Alexandria Bay with the annual 1000 Islands Poker Run. Experience the sights and sounds as over 120 offshore powerboats parade down the St. Lawrence River for a lunch stop in Alexandria Bay. The public will be able to stroll the village docks and view theses incredible machines first hand. Visit with the drivers and crew, check out manufacturers displays for the latest in boating equipment, have lunch and then watch as these powerful watercraft take off for their next stop. This is an event for the entire family.
Imagine a weekend devoted especially to children. Every June a weekend in Alexandria Bay is reserved "just for children." Children's activities abound and include games, a kids parade, pony rides, magicians, and a kids garage sale. Children's ID and bicycle safety demonstrations along with tethered hot air balloon rides, a petting zoo, and a reptile show are some other things happening this weekend in Alexandria Bay, where "kids are kings."
Bill Johnston's Pirate Weekend
In early August every year, Bill Johnston and his band of pirates invade Alexandria Bay. Bill Johnston was a renegade after the patriots war, who blew up the British steamer, Sir Robert Peel, hid among the 1000 Islands, and was wanted by both U.S. and Canadian authorities. The annual Bill Johnston's pirates weekend celebration commemorates some of his exploits. Fill your senses with the sound and spectacle when pirate ships attack the village from the St. Lawrence River, as the brave villagers try to stave them off. The air is filled with smoke and the sound of musket fire and cannon, and eventually the villagers succumb as the pirates invade the town. After the mayor turns over the key to the village to the invading marauders, everyone becomes a pirate. There are many family oriented activities all weekend long such as a block dance, children's parade, craft fair, and pirate's parade complete with floats and bands, just to name a few.