Niagara-on-the-Lake Ice Wine CelebrationLate JanuaryThe town is alive with celebrations around the harvesting of the ice wine grapes. 905 688-0212 Fax: 905 688-2570 $Varies
AngelfestAll JanuaryFollow the glittering Angel Trail of lights through Stoney Creek to Port Dalhousie. Stop at wineries along the way to savour icewine/liquers/specialty wine tastings with your Passport. Experience wonderful special events, activities and unique destination shops in each town. Various Locations – Stoney Creek to Port Dalhousie 905-945-6651
Days of Wine and RosesAll FebruaryExperience a wide variety of specially themed events and activities featuring award winning wines, culinary offerings and Niagara roses. Niagara-On-The-Lake 905-468-4263
Ice Festival NiagaraFebruarySnow carvings on display for free public viewing at the Holiday Inn by the Falls outside on Coco’s Patio. 905-371-2718
Tim Hortons SportfestLate FebAnnual Tim Hortons Sportfest features sports tournaments and events. Everything from sno-pitch and Euchre to Musicals and Sport Celebrity Dinners. Come on out and help benefit 35 community groups and non-profits in one unique event. Port Colborne 905-835-2901, ext. 112
SEAsonings – Taste of NiagaraMarchThe best party of the winter season! Niagara’s finest restaurants and bakeries present a delicious evening to benefit the aquarium. Niagara Falls NY (716) 285-3575
Irish Heritage DaysMarchDisplay of Irish history and heritage. Irish step dancers, music, and soda bread. Prime Outlets Mall 1900 Military Rd, Niagara Falls NY (716) 745-3915
St. Patrick’s Day EventMarchJoin the Hibernian’s in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Irish food, drink. Niagara Falls NY (716) 286-4769
Spring Arts FestivalAll MarchA lively week of art events, this annual festival runs on student energy and creativity. It showcases performances from the Departments of Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts and the Dance Program, Department of Physical Education and Kinesiology. Brock University 905-688-5550, ext. 4765.
Spring Salmon DerbyLate-April to early MaySearch the waters of Lake Ontario to win prizes for the biggest fish in four categories. Port Dalhousie, St Catharines : 905-937-6335
Niagara Falls Community FaireMayFour days of free entertainment, concerts, rides, ethnic foods, kidfest and a grand parade at beautiful Hyde Park in Niagara Falls, NY: (716) 286-4325
Pelham Art FestivalEarly MayPre-eminent Niagara art festival featuring original art from over 80 Canadian artists. Live entertainment and home cooked meals. Proceeds to benefit Pelham Libraries. FRIDAY from 7 to 11pm, SATURDAY & SUNDAY from 11am to 5pm. Weekend passes available. Pelham Arena, Haist St, Fonthill : (905) 735-3405
Niagara AirshowJuneMilitary open house. The US Air Force f-16 Thunderbird demo team will perform along with civilian demo acts. Niagara Falls NY (716) 236-2136
Annual Niagara Folk Arts Festivalmid-end MayCanada’s oldest heritage festival with 16 colourful days celebrating world music, theatre and dance with top Canadian and International artists. Events include Ambassador’s Ball and Folk Arts in the Park: (Montebello Park). St Catharines 905-685-6589, ext 230
Art in the GardenLate May to end JuneExhibits features the works of 20 established and newly introduced artists from across Niagara. Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens on the Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls (near the Butterfly Conservatory) Admission is free. 905-937-0128
Spring Festival at the FallsMayThe celebration kicks off with the Annual Maid of the Mist Parade. The Festival also includes fireworks, concerts, sporting events, gardening seminars by Niagara Parks Horticultural Experts and much, much more. Niagara Falls, ON, 1-877-NIA-PARK (642-7275)
NIagara Folk Arts Festivalend MayThe Niagara Folk Arts Festival is the cultural production of the Folk Arts Council Multicultural Centre of St. Catharines, has been running since 1968. Montebello Park. 905-685-6589.
Annual Welland Rose FestivalEarly JuneFour Exciting events throughout the month include: Baby Show and Lobsterfest; Children’s Day; Juried Art Show; Fashion Show; Coronation Ball; and the Grand Parade. Various locations in Welland (905) 735-8696
Pumphouse Annual Giant Garage SaleEarly JunePlease bring items to donate for sale to the Pumphouse on Thursday and Friday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The Niagara Pumphouse Visual Art Centre 905-468-5455
Showboat Festival TheatreJuneA unique theatrical experience of music, laughter, and mystery all performed “in-the-round”. Showboat is housed in the historic Roselawn Complex. 905-834-0833
Niagara Indie FilmfestMid JuneThe Niagara Indie Filmfest is a national juried short film and video festival held annually at Brock University. NNIF showcases the latest works from emerging Canadian independent film and video artists in 5 categories: comedy, drama, documentary, experimental and animation. Admission: $7.50 Brock University, St Catharines 905-688-5550, ext 3998
Beamsville Strawberry Festivalmid JuneKick off Friday night with bed races downtown Beamsville and Saturday for live entertainment, crafters, strawberry treats, kids’ zone and a great car show! Free! (905) 563-0034 Fax: (905)563-0034
PoultryFest NiagaraEnd JuneFREE family festival celebrating the poultry industry in West Lincoln. Get cracking breakfast, poultry food court, giant craft show & sale, fun competitions, poultry discovery centre, poultry show, car truck & tractor show, kids zone, teen zone, 2 stages of live entertainment, toy show & sale, beer garden. Lots to see and do for the whole family! In the evening, don’t miss our Country Tribute Party! **(tickets required, 19+) 905-957-3751 Fax: 905-957-0088 Smithville, Ontario
Strawberry FestivalEnd JuneCome and enjoy strawberries, crafts and entertainment and at the Welland Farmers Market. 905-732-5666 x 227
Port Dalhousie Canada Day Celebrations & Lions CarnivalEnd June – start JulyCelebrate Canada Day!Fun for the whole family at the Lion s Club Carnival with midway rides and one of the summer s largest fireworks displays on the shores of Lake Ontario. Lakeside Park, Port Dalhousie (St Catharines)
Canada Day Celebration at Memorial ParkJuly 1Activities include entertainment, refreshments and fireworks at dusk. Memorial Park, Welland. Free admission. 905-732-7300
Hillebrand Estates’ Vineyard JazzJulyLive Jazz performed by some of Canada’s best artists at Hillebrand’s Annual Vineyard Jazz. VQA wines & wine country cuisine are available for purchase. 905-468-7123 www.hillebrand.com –>
Niagara International Music FestivalJulyChoirs, bands and orchestras from around the globe perform at various venues located in St. Catharines and area. 1-800-267-8526
Niagara International Chamber Music FestivalJulyInternationally renowned musicians perform solo and chamber music in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-877-687-3378
The Shaw FestivalApril to NovemberOne of Canada’s most famous events and World-class theatres is located in the heart of wine country featuring eleven plays in three theatres:: The Festival Theatre, The Courthouse Theatre and The Royal George Theatre. The Shaw Festival is one of the largest repertory companies in North America, specializing in the plays of Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and his contemporaries. Group packages available.
Pelham Canada Day Celebration!July 1Our Canada Day Celebration is one of the largest organized events within the Town of Pelham. This day long event with plenty of children’s games, food, craft sales, terrier races, 50/50 draw, t-ball games, fun and SO MUCH MORE! Grande Parade along Haist St to Harold Black Park. Fireworks at dusk! Harold Black Park, Haist St., Fonthill. 905-892-2607, ext 32 Fax: 905-892-5055
Port Dalhousie Canada Day CelebrationsJuly 1Celebrate Canada Day. Fun for the whole family at the Lion’s Club Carnival with midway rides and one of the summer’s largest fireworks displays on the shores of Lake Ontario. 905-935-7555 Lakeside Park, Port Dalhousie
Canada Day Family Street PartyJuly 1Enjoy free entertainment, Children’s activities, Citizen Court and much, much more. 905-688-5601, ext 1503 Market Square, St Catharines
Canada Day Celebration at Memorial ParkJuly 1Activities include entertainment, children’s games, refreshments and fireworks at dusk. Event lasts all day long. Free admission. Memorial Park – between Ontario Road and Lincoln Street, Welland (905) 732-7300
Mike Burwell Memorial TriathlonStart JulyExperience one of the best swim courses in Canada and one of the most challenging bike courses in Ontario. Fast Scenic run, down Merritt Island. Olympic Triathlon & Duathlon plus Sprint Triathlon. Participate or cheer on a competitor. Free to spectators, fee for participants. Since 1981. Merritt Island, downtown Welland (905) 732-5566
Ontario Sausage FestivalStart JulyThree bands including Grammy Award Winner Walter Ostanek and his band. Dance in outdoor pavilion, sausage tasting, outdoor BBQ, sausage “King” crowning, refreshments and food available. Admission $6, children 15 and under free. Lipa Park, 2850 Oille Rd, Pelham (near Rockway) : (905) 685-4149 Admission: $6
The Battle of Chippawa Commemorative CeremonyEarly JulyThis ceremony will mark the Anniversary of the Battle of Chippawa, the first major engagement of the 1814 Niagara Campaign saw over 4000 men fight on the fields and in the woods of Samuel Street’s farm. Chippawa Battlefield , Niagara Falls, ON 905 871-0540. Admission: Free
2 Nation CelebrationJuly 1- July 4Celebrate the birth of “2” great nations at the only bi-national wonder in North America. Activities and performances from music to interactive fun along with spectacular fireworks create excitement and entertainment at this world class event. Niagara Parks’ Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Friendship FestivalJuly 1- July 4A celebration of the friendship, history and cultural shared by Canada and the United States. Fireworks, midway, crafts, food vendors, concerts, children’s entertainment, heritage and culture displays. Events in both Fort Erie, ON and Buffalo, NY. 1-888-333-1987
Niagara International Music FestivalEarly JulyChoirs and orchestras from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Connecticut, Indiana, New Jersey, Minnesota, Alberta and Ontario perform at various venues located in St. Catharines and Grimsby including Centre for the Arts, Brock University. 1-800-267-8526
Welland Heritage Council Folklore FestivalJulyCome and experience the entertainment and history of various cultures throughout the world. Get a taste of 9 different cultures in an open house format, where ethnic food is sold. World Ball tickets are $18 each. Welland 905-732-53371-888-764-9049
St. Mark’s Cherry FestivalEarly JulyEvents include Cherry Pies, Jams, Jewelry, Baking, Childrens Fun & Games, BBQ & Refreshments, Grab Bag Table, Church Tours, All Day Entertainment, Silent Auction, Treasures, Yard Sale, Raffle and much more. The highlight of your day in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Free Admission St. Mark’s Church, Byron Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake 905 468-3503 Fax: 905 468 0073
St. Stan’s Annual Polish FestivalEarly JulyAnnual 2-day Polish Festival features over 17 hours of the nation’s best polka music outdoors under huge tents with a large wooden dance floor. Event begins at 5pm on Saturday and Noon on Sunday. Polish & American picnic favorites will be served each day as well as traditional homemade Polish dinners on Sunday only. Games and fun for the whole family. Come and experience Western NY’s biggest and best outdoor polka festival. 2437 Niagara Street (corner of 24th), Niagara Falls, NY 14303 Admission: $6.00 / 7.00 (716) 285-3604
Garden City Anime Festivalmid JulyThe GCAF is a non profit, fan run convention located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada that raises money for RAFT, a St. Catharines charity for homeless, abused teenagers which keeps them off of the streets and away from drugs. Quality Parkway Convention Centre, Ontario St, St Catharines:
Dragon Boat FestivalLate JulyThe St Catharines Museum & United Way of St Catharines and District presents the 5th Annual Dragon Boat Festival. Get involved or be a spectator on the waters of the Historic Henley as Dragon Boat teams from Niagara and beyond compete for a day of family fun and competition. Historic Henley, Port Dalhousie 905-984-8880, ext 400
Canal Day’s Marine Heritage FestivalEnd July- start AugCanal Days is the City of Port Colborne’s signature event, a waterfront festival celebrating the community’s marine heritage! Shop on Historic West Street along the beautiful Welland Canal and visit the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum, Boat Parade of Lights, Fireworks Display, Kite Festival and Car Show , Arts and Craft Show and Marine Displays on the Museum Grounds, dance to the music in the Market Square. Port Colborne 1-888-PORT-FUN
Canal Days – Port Colborne Historical & Marine MuseumEnd JulySince 1987. Enjoy the outdoor Arts and Crafts show, live maritime music, marine exhibits, remote controlled model boat show, wood carving, food, children’s activities, the 1901 Neff Steam Buggy, as well as our new Marine Exhibit Lighthouse and more. 11-5pm. Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum, 280 King St., Port Colborne 905-834-7604 Fax: 905-834-6198 Admission: $2.00
Seige of Fort ErieAugustRelive the thrill of an 1814 battle at Historic Fort Erie. Experience period camps, artillery and musket demonstrations, period drills and a glimpse of the lives of soldiers and their families on campaign.
Music in the Park Slovenian FestivalEarly AugustSlovenian food, refreshments and an outdooor BBQ. Dancing in outdoor pavillion. Featured are the Walter Ostanek Band, Nutones from Welland, button box music by Kitchener’s Ed V. trio, and special performances by the Slovenian Singers from Kitchener. Admission $6, under 16 free. Lipa Park, Pelham near Rockway (905) 685-4149
Niagara Bigga Tomatafestlate AugustCelebrate the tomato at the Niagara Bigga Tomatafest, Sunday, August 21 at Queenston Heights Park. Food, entertainment, stomping, children’s activities, biggest tomato contest. Admission: Free Queenston Heights park, Queenston ON 905-354-9342
Niagara Food Festivalearly OctoberThe Annual Niagara Food Festival invites you to sample 40 of the Niagara Region’s restaurants complimented by world-class Niagara wines. Merritt Island, Downtown Welland – East Main and Cross Streets 905-735-1700 ext 2133 Fax: (905) 735-4832
Niagara Grape & Wine Festivalmid-late SeptemberMore than 100 exciting events take place during our ten day celebration of the annual harvest of the grapes. Taste the award winning wines, sample the best of the regional cuisine, thrill to live concerts and enjoy the pageantry of two outstanding parades. Niagara-On-The-Lake 905-688-0212
Niagara Wine FestivalEnd SeptThe Niagara Wine Festival is the largest and longest running festival in the Niagara region. This festival that initially began to celebrate the annual harvest of grapes, eventually turning into a major North American event. Various locations in St. Catharines (905) 688-0212 Fax: (905) 688-2570
Vineland Thanksgiving ArtfestEarly OctoberOne of the best quality juried shows in Canada with approximately 130 exhibitors. An annual fundraising event for Vineland Public School held on their beautiful park-like setting. Free admission. 10am – 5pm. Vineland Public School, 4057 Victoria Avenue, Vineland (905) 562-4767
Great Niagara Gorge FestivalOctoberJoin the festivities and celebrate our restored access to the gorge. Festivities include a bicycling contest for children, re-enactment play performed by the Western Door Playhouse, Outer Circle Orchestra, Children’s storytelling. Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. Niagara Falls, NY (716) 282-3243
PumpkinfestEnd OctoberFall celebration. Pumpkinfest is a free family event with pumpkin carving and costume parade, children’s crafts, jump ‘n bounce and much more family fun. 905-688-5601, ext 1503 Market Square, St Catharines
Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyNovemberParade starts at 5pm at city market to Columbus Square Park, where tree will light up the park. Event held at Pine Ave (15th-19th St), Niagara Falls, NY (716) 285-0377
Winter Festival of LightsNov – Jan 2Winter Festival of Lights is Canada`s largest lights festival, and enjoy over 1 million lights, nearly 100 motion light displays, spectacular fireworks, illuminated night parades, musical concerts, cheerleading competitions, and Canada`s largest New Year`s Eve party. Don`t miss all there is to see and do in Niagara Falls during the Winter Festival of Lights! Niagara Falls ON 1-800-563-2557, 905-374-1616 x 46
Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts ShowNovemberOver 100 craftsmen., Niagara Falls, NY (716) 433-0813
Thorold’s 12th Annual Christmas Art & Craft ShowNovemberSelected Artists/Artisans from across the Country participate in this extraordinary event. Downtown Thorold, ON 905-227-7248
Santa Claus ParadeDecemberOne of Ontario’s best Santa Claus Parades. 905-468-4261
New Year’s Eve in WellandDec 31Ring in the New Year with friends and family in Welland. Enjoy free hot chocolate, cider, chili, pony rides and hay rides. Live entertainment from 9pm until midnight including a dazzling firework display. A fun family event. Welland 905-735-8696
New Year’s Eve in the ParkDec 31Welcome in the New Year 2006 with the Winter Festival of Lights New Year`s Eve Outdoor Concert Extravaganza in Queen Victoria Park!! 1-800-563-2557 or 905-374-1616
New Year’s Eve in PortDec 31‘First Night Celebration’. Free live entertainment from 9pm until midnight including fireworks and skating party. Midnight to 4am feature the Downtown Pub Crawl! Port Colborne (905) 835-9719, ext. 112