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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Niagara Falls, New York, Niagara Region & Niagara Frontier Niagara Falls's Festivals Listing



Sudburians love festivals, be it spring, summer, fall or winter. Throughout the year, over 30 different festivals and annual events are put on by various local groups. There's no better way to enjoy yourself than to take in a festival.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Ice Wine Celebration

Late January

The town is alive with celebrations around the harvesting of the ice wine grapes. 905 688-0212 Fax: 905 688-2570 $Varies

Tim Hortons Sportfest

Late Feb

Annual 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

Niagara Airshow

June

Military 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 Festival

mid-end May

Canada'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 Garden

Late May to end June

Exhibits 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 Falls

May

The 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)

Pumphouse Annual Giant Garage Sale

Early June

Please 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 Theatre

June

A unique theatrical experience of music, laughter, and mystery all performed "in-the-round". Showboat is housed in the historic Roselawn Complex. 905-834-0833

Beamsville Strawberry Festival

mid June

Kick off Friday night with bedraces downtown Beamsville and Saturday for live entertainment, crafters, strawberry treats, kid's zone and a great car show! Free! (905) 563-0034 Fax: (905)563-0034

PoultryFest Niagara

End June

FREE 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 Festival

End June

Come and enjoy strawberries, crafts and entertainment and at the Welland Farmers Market. 905-732-5666 x 227

Port Dalhousie Canada Day Celebrations & Lions Carnival

End June - start July

Celebrate 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 Park

July 1

Activities include entertainment, refreshments and fireworks at dusk. Memorial Park, Welland. Free admission. 905-732-7300

Port Dalhousie Canada Day Celebrations

July 1

Celebrate 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 Party

July 1

Enjoy 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 Park

July 1

Activities 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 Triathlon

Start July

Experience 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 Festival

Start July

Three 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 Ceremony

Early July

This 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 Celebration

July 1- July 4

Celebrate 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 Vistoria Park, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Friendship Festival

July 1- July 4

A 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 Festival

Early July

Choirs 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 Festival

July

Come 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 Festival

Early July

Events include Cherry Pies, Jams, Jewelery, 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 Festival

Early July

Annual 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 Festival

mid July

The 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 Festival

Late July

The 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 Festival

End July- start Aug

Canal 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 Museum

End July

Since 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 Erie

August

Relive 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 Festival

Early August

Slovenian 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 Tomatafest

late August

Celebrate 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 Festival

early October

The 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 Festival

mid-late September

More 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 Festival

End Sept

The 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 Artfest

Early October

One 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 Festival

October

Join 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

Pumpkinfest

End October

Fall 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 Ceremony

November

Parade 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 Lights

Nov - Jan 2

Winter 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 Show

November

Over 100 craftsmen., Niagara Falls, NY (716) 433-0813

Thorold's 12th Annual Christmas Art & Craft Show

November

Selected Artists/Artisans from across the Country participate in this extraordinary event. Downtown Thorold, ON 905-227-7248

Santa Claus Parade

December

One of Ontario's best Santa Claus Parades. 905-468-4261

New Year's Eve in Welland

Dec 31

Ring 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 Park

Dec 31

Welcome 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 Port

Dec 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


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