Niagara Falls Calendar of Events

What’s happening year-round in the Niagara Falls region.

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January – February – March

Icewine FestivalNiagara Icewine Festival 

(Mid January – Niagara wine region, ON)
For ten days in January the Niagara region is transformed into a wintry wonderland, celebrating one of Canada’s most cherished products, Ontario Icewine. grapeandwine.com

Niagara WoodcarversNiagara Woodcarvers Show and Competition

(Late March – Niagara Falls, ON)
Woodcrafting competitions and demonstrations. niagarawoodcarvers.ca

Shaw FestivalShaw Festival

(Runs April through November – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON)
This summer theater festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake features over 300 performances across three theaters all dedicated to the works of George Bernard Shaw. shawfest.com

May

Smelt festivalLewiston Smelt Festival

(Early May – Lewiston, NY)
Celebrate smelt dipping season with battered and fried smelt, chowder and other smelt creations. Live music and lots of food. villageoflewiston.net/Pages/EventCalendar.aspx

Wine grapesWine Trail Blossoms

(Early May – Niagara Wine Trail in NY)
Celebrate spring with Mom on the Niagara Wine Trail.  niagarawinetrail.org

FireworksFireworks at the Falls  

(Starts Mid-May – Niagara Falls)
The Niagara Falls fireworks displays start in May and run to September. They are visible from both sides, but only the Canadian side has free concerts beforehand. Check the official schedule for exact dates and times. cliftonhill.com/niagara_falls_events/fireworks/

Folk art festivalNiagara Folk Arts Festival

(Late May – St. Catherines, ON)
16 days of music, food and dance celebrating world culture and cuisine. Admission is free for the numerous stage performances.  folk-arts.ca

Summer-long Events

FireworksFireworks at the Falls  

(Starts Mid-May – Niagara Falls)
The Niagara Falls fireworks displays start in May and run to September. They are visible from both sides, but only the Canadian side has free concerts beforehand. Check the official schedule for exact dates and times. cliftonhill.com/niagara_falls_events/fireworks/

Niagara BesiegedNiagara Besieged

(Mid June through August – Fort Erie, Youngstown, NY)
Artillery firings, musket demonstrations, interactive skills programs, and a wealth of historical characters bring the French and Indian War to life on a daily basis. oldfortniagara.org

Artpark ConcertsSummer Concerts in the Park

(June through August – Artpark State Park, Lewiston, NY)
Western NY’s hottest free concert series runs all summer long. artpark.net

June

Rose festivalWelland Rose Festival

(Mid June – Welland, ON)
A large community festival in the “Rose City” featuring a parade, food and craft vendors, coronation ball and numerous events throughout its run. wellandrosefestival.on.ca

Blues FestNiagara Falls Blues Festival

(Late June – Niagara Falls, NY)
Live music and delicious food. niagarafallsbluesfest.com

July

Canada DayCanada Day 

(July 1 – Niagara Falls, ON)
The City of Niagara Falls celebrates everything Canada with a parade, and a full day of activities. Head to the falls for a holiday fireworks display. niagarafalls.ca

Fort NiagaraFrench & Indian War Encampment 

(Early July – Fort Erie, Youngstown, NY)
Old Fort Niagara will host a gigantic Living History encampment that will re-create the siege with over 2300 re-enactors portraying British and French forces and Native American warriors. oldfortniagara.org

Friendship FestivalFriendship Festival  

(LAte June/Early July – Fort Erie, ON / Buffalo, NY)
A celebration of friendship between Canada and the United States takes place on both sides of the border. Live music, carnival rides and games and plenty of food. friendshipfestival.com

Music NiagaraMusic Niagara 

(Late July through mid Aug – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON)
Numerous chamber concerts span this month-long celebration of music. niagaramusicfest.com

Dragon boat festivalDragon Boat Festival 

(Late July – St. Catherines, ON)
Local and international teams of rowers compete to raise money for the St. Catherines Museum and other charities. stcatharinesdragonboat.org

Youngstown RegattaYoungstown Level Regatta 

(Late July – Youngstown, NY)
One of the largest fresh-water regattas in the world. yyc.org

August

Canal DaysCanal Days 

(Early August – Port Colborne, ON)
Ships gather in Port Colborne each August holiday weekend for a four-day celebration of history and heritage. Explore the decks, try your hand at the wheel, or feel the spray as you cruise on Lake Erie. canaldays.ca/page/canal_days

Wine TrailArtful Weekend 

(Early August- Niagara Wine Trail in NY)
Browse and enjoy the work of local artists and craftsman at each winery on the trail. niagarawinetrail.org

Henley RegattaRoyal Canadian Henley Regatta 

(Early August – St. Catherines, ON)
Since the “Henley” settled in St. Catharines in 1903, it has grown to become the largest of its kind in North America. In 2007, over 2,700 men and women from over 150 rowing clubs competed for Henley Gold. henleyregatta.ca

Fort ErieSiege Weekend at Old Fort Erie 

(Early August – Fort Erie, ON)
A weekend of historic siege battle reenactments and demonstrations at the Old Fort Erie historic site. oldforterie.com

Jazz FestivalHistoric Lewiston Jazz Festival 

(Late August – Lewiston, NY)
Jazz musicians will perform throughout the village of Lewiston, NY in numerous restaurants and lounges — as well as at a variety of outdoor sites along Center Street. Also featured: jewelry show and vintage car show. lewistonjazz.com

September – October

Wildlife FestivalWildlife Festival 

(Late September – Lewiston, NY)
Lectures, exhibits, demonstrations and exhibitors pertaining to wildlife conservation in New York State. nypa.gov

Lewiston Harvest FestivalLewiston Harvest Festival and Craft Show 

(Late September – Lewiston, NY)
More than 100 craft vendors, food and wine sellers and entertainment. niagarariverregion.com

Niagara Falls MarathonNiagara Falls International Marathon  

(Late October – Niagara Falls)
The only marathon in the world that starts in one country and ends in another. niagarafallsmarathon.com

Fort ErieAll Hallow’s Eve at Old Fort Erie

(Late October – Fort Erie, ON)
Venture out to Old Fort Erie to experience the traditions of Hallowe’en, brought to life through the Ghosts of the Old Fort. This event sells out quickly! Reservations required. oldforterie.com

Fort Niagara State ParkThe Haunted Fortress at Old Fort Niagara 

(Late October – Youngstown, NY)
Storytelling by the fire and tours of the historic cemetery are also available. Not recommended for children under 8 years of age.
oldfortniagara.org

November – December

Winter Festival of LightsWinter Festival of Lights 

(Starts in Early Nov. – Niagara Falls, ON)
The City of Niagara Falls, CA lights up for this holiday celebration of lights. Special fireworks and falls illumination displays are also scheduled.  wfol.com

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