Directions & Parking Information


Lewis County Public Transportation will provide shuttle bus service during the Cream Cheese Festival. Parking is available at the Lewis County Fairgrounds, accessible by the south entrance of Bostwick Street. Parking is free but donations to support the Lewis County Agricultural Society will be appreciated. 

Shuttle buses will run continuously from the Lewis County Fairgrounds into Downtown Lowville from 10:30 a.m. through 6:30 p.m. The cost to ride is $1.00 total and exact change is requested. If you have any questions, email

Handicap-accessible parking is also available on a first-come, first-served basis at the locations on listed below.

We're excited you intend to join us for the annual Cream Cheese Festival, held each year in Downtown Lowville on the third Saturday of September. Here are some tips to help you in your visit:

Q: How do I get to the festival?

A: Simple! Check out the directions below:

From the South ( Syracuse area) North on Interstate 81 to Adams Center Exit 42, East on Route 177 to Route 12S at West Lowville , follow Route 12 into Lowville

From the South (Oneida - Rome area) North on Route 26 to Lowville

From the South (Utica area) North on Route 12 to Lowville

From the East (Old Forge area) Route 28 to McKeever, Moose River Road to Port Leyden, North on Route 12 to Lowville

From the North (Clayton area) South on Route 12 to Lowville

From the North (Alexandria Bay area) South on Interstate 81 to Exit 47, Route 12 South to Lowville

From Canada (Kingston area) the bridge to the US to Alexandria Bay, South on Interstate 81 to Exit 47, Route 12 South to Lowville

From Canada (Ottawa area) South on Highway 416 to the US bridge at Ogdensburg, Route 812 South to Lowville

Q: Parking used to be available at both Tops Plaza and the Lewis County Fairgrounds. Why is it only at the Fairgrounds this year?

A: That is correct! However, this year, due to anticipated paving of the Tops Plaza parking lot, all designated festival parking has been moved to the Lewis County Fairgrounds. Shuttle buses will still pick up attendees and deliver them to the north and south ends of the festival so they may see all the Cream Cheese Festival has to offer!

Q: When will streets be closed for the festival and what streets are affected?

A: Parkway Drive and North State Street, from the main intersection at Dayan Street and Shady Avenue to Bostwick Street, will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. During that time, motorists will be directed to a detour route. 

This will also mean streets leading to the festival grounds, such as Waters Terrace, Trinity Avenue, Park Place and West State Street will be blocked from traffic entering North State Street. Parkway Drive will be completely closed to traffic.

Q: What if I'm not going to the Festival? How do I get around it?

A: Simple! New York State Department of Transportation digital signboards will be in place near each of the state highway entrances to the Village of Lowville.

Motorists coming from the north on North State Street/Route 26, will encounter a detour onto Bostwick Street/Route 812, down to East State Street. And from there, if trying to get to the south side of the village, motorists will be able to take Ross Road where they can get out of town on Route 12 by taking a left. Those looking to head east on Route 812 will take Bostwick Street to the intersection just past the Lewis County Fairgrounds, and turn left. Those looking to head west will take Shady Avenue to the Four Corners Intersection in town (where North State Street and South Street meet) and take Dayan Street to get to Route 12 to head west. Those wishing to go south may do so at the intersection by taking a left and heading down South State Street out of town, where they will have the opportunity to take Route 12 south at the Y intersection by turning left or take Route 26 by bearing right at the intersection.

Motorists coming from the north on Route 12 or Route 26 will simply follow the reverse of this.

Q: Do you have handicap-accessible parking?

A: Handicap-accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the following locations: Lewis County Fairgrounds (on outer Bostwick Street), Lewis County Courthouse (on Trinity Avenue), Lowville Free Library (behind the library on Parkway Drive), in the parking lot of Community Bank (behind the bank on the Dayan Street side), as well as various other designated spaces downtown.

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We’re getting ready for the 2024 Cream Cheese Festival!


Saturday, September 21st, 2024
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Historic Downtown Lowville, New York 

Contact: Jeremiah S.