Sip and Sizzle
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in May
Every weekend in May, participating wineries offer food and wine pairings (a unique grilled food item of their creation paired with a VQA wine). Touring passes are $43 plus tax, and entitles holders to one wine and food tasting at each winery. Visit wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com for more information on participating wineries and pairing menus.
Niagara Folk Arts Festival
May 1 to 31
This free annual event celebrates all the various cultures of the world with events focusing on music, food and dance. The events take place throughout the Niagara Region. You can visit folk-arts.ca for more information on specific events and locations.
May 25 to September 21
Taking place at Garrison Village in Niagara-on-the-Lake, this event features food trucks, prepared foods, fresh produce, live music, wine and beer from local vendors, artisans and more. More information is available at marketatthevillage.ca.
May 27 to 29
This year marks the 10-year anniversary for this event! Taking place in Downtown Niagara Falls, this festival features food, drinks and tons of entertainment.
More information is available at codniagara.com.
Pets Alive Niagara Annual Fundraiser
The 3rd Annual Dinner and Fundraiser will be at Armenian Banquet Hall (Martindale Road, St. Catharines) Join in and celebrate our third year of rescuing animals in the Niagara Region. Tickets are $35 each, and include a dinner prepared by Chef Joe Doyle (vegan options will be available), live entertainment by “The Figure Four”, a silent auction, and more. More information at stcatharinespetsalive.ca.
Niagara Falls Comic Con
June 3 to 5
This years event is bigger than ever, and will be featuring celebrities such as: Henry Winkler, Kim Coates, Kevin Smith, George Wendt, Lou Ferrigno, Verne Troyer, Tom Wopat, Joey Lauren Adams, Shawn Michaels and more. It will be held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.
More info at niagarafallscomiccon.com.
Niagara-On-The-Lake Shaw Guild Garden Tour
This 11th annual event takes place in old town Niagara-on-the-Lake, and takes participants on a tour of eight gardens (that are both spectacular and hidden from the public). Various types of gardens will be showcased. Make sure to book tickets in advance; they are $25 and can be purchased at shawfest.com/gardentour.
Niagara Veg Fest
This free event is held in Market Square in downtown St. Catharines, and celebrates “the many benefits of a healthy, compassionate, plant based lifestyle and showcases exhibitors, vendors and speakers from the Niagara Region and beyond. More info at niagaravegfest.org.
Third Annual Niagara Integrated Film Festival
June 10 to 19
This year, the festival expands into another week! Hosted at various locations across Niagara, there are several different film series to enjoy. This festival is full of food, wine and most importantly, film. More info at niagarafilmfest.com.
Jackson Triggs Summer Concert Series
Live music at the Jackson Triggs Amphitheatre, as well as great wine, delicious food, all enjoyed in the vineyard under the stars. Some performers for this year include: Sam Roberts Band, Steven Page, Jum Cuddy Band, Colin James, The Trews, Rootstock, Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies, and The Arkells. Visit jacksontriggswinery.com for ticket information.
July & August
Open Concept Films in partnership with the City of St. Catharines is offering free outdoor movies in various locations around St. Catharines. This year is better than ever with live music before every movie and food truck fare and other goodies available. More information is available at facebook.com/moonlightmoviesinlakesidepark.
Ludzy’s Annual Celebrity Roast Bad Boys of Hockey
Saturday August 13
Come be part of a celebration of hockey’s greatest heroes and personalities, featuring more than 40 current and former hockey pros attending and supporting the 5th annual Celebrity Roast fundraiser for the Steve Ludzik Centre For Parkinson’s Rehab at Scotiabank Convention Centre. More info at ludzy.com.
Free Sound & Light Show: Onguiaahra: Thunder of Waters
August 26 to September 5
Niagara Parks proudly presents the Onguiaahra: Thunder of Waters Sound & Light Show. This free show is a spectacular performance of music and entertainment culminating in a sound and laser show that showcases the fascinating story of Niagara. A large pond fountain display will be installed in Queen Victoria Park, across from the American Falls–lights and images will reflect off of the spraying water in an ever-changing rainbow of colours. Enjoy shows nightly at the foot of Murray Street in Queen Victoria Park. Live musical performances have also been scheduled between each of the Onguiaahra shows, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., making Queen Victoria Park the place to be to celebrate summer and experience all that Niagara Parks has to offer.