Cow Harbor is a great weekend to celebrate the village of Northport and it is just tons of fun!

The weekend starts with Great Cow Harbor 10K race on Saturday morning. The run hosts approximately 5,000 runners and twice as many spectators along the 10K route. 

The Great Cow Harbor 10-Kilometer Run is one of the most prestigious foot races in the country and nationally ranked. Runner’s World has named the Cow Harbor Race as one of the top 100 races in the USA. There is also 2K Fun Run / Walk which attracts families and participants of all ages. Register Here for the races.

photo courtesy of Bruce Adams and CowHarbor.org


Cow Harbor Day festival begins after the Runs are done. The event is sponsored by the Incorporated Village of Northport. Saturday evening hosts the annual Cow Harbor Weekend concert in the Village Park at 8:00 pm. The Village Park overlooks the lighted boat display. Wander down to the Village dock for a closer look. Trophies and prizes go to the best decorated boats. The boats and their crews decorate themselves in costume and accessories in accordance with the annual theme.

Sunday is a day whereby Main Street and the parking lots near the water are all closed. Main Street becomes a pedestrian mall. There is a parade at noon, down Main Street, followed by sidewalk sales by Northport’s merchants,   Newton Shows provides rides and games, Arts & Crafts vendors and local not for profit groups take over the Village. 

photo courtesy of Bruce Adams and CowHarbor.org

Music venues are spread throughout the Village and the Dock and waterfront is alive with contests such as the Crazy Boat Races.

Cow Harbor Day usually has some unannounced, unpublished surprises for both children and adults. In the past, some of those surprises have included the United States Merchant Marine Academy Band, a US Coast Guard Cutter on the Dock, open for tours, Helicopters in the parking lots, US Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter demonstrations, and antique Warbird.

Cow Harbor Weekend is sure to please whether you are participating in the run, cheering someone on, or just enjoying the festivities. For more information, visit the Cow Harbor website or register for the races