It’s an exciting weekend in Niagara, with lots to see and do Friday through Monday – in all categories of entertainment. Here’s a list of just some of the events happening in Niagara, June 28 through July 1.
Friday Food Truck with Yellow Pear Farm to Truck
June 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pillitteri Estates Winery, 1696 Niagara Stone Rd. R.R. 2. 905-468-3147.
Join Pillitteri and the Yellow Pear, Niagara’s newest gourmet food truck every Friday for lunch, all summer long. The Yellow Pear prides itself on supporting local farmers and businesses. Enjoy a glass of our VQA wine, and some gourmet Farm to Truck cuisine. This is part of Pillitteri’s Summer of Food Trucks, featuring gourmet food trucks on Fridays and weekends. Visit www.pillitteri.com for more information.
June 28 – July 1
The 27th Annual Friendship Festival is a Binational Festival, celebrated in both Fort Erie and Buffalo, N.Y. (July 3 through July 7 at Riverside Park.) Entertainment includes concerts, interactive kids’ zone, midway with 35 rides and attractions, ethnic food, merchandise, performers, demonstrations, heritage artists, and more. New this year is Niagara’s Largest Flea Market, and a pie-eating contest.
Family Fun Day
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Central Community Church, 6970 Mountain Rd. Free admission for games, bouncy castles, a chance to win prizes and a BBQ. 905-937-5610 x254 www.centralcommunitychurch.ca.
Gifted Hands Art Show
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 502 Memorial Dr., Fenwick. Rain or shine. Proceeds benefit Salvation Army. 905-735-3581.
Canada Day weekend at NOTL Butler’s Barracks Concert with Neal Brothers Foods
2:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. on The Commons at Butler’s Barracks Historic Site, 440 King St., NOTL. Music, snacks by Neal Brothers Foods Inc. (www.nealbrothersfoods.com), celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Hear City and Colour with Metric, Jimmy Eat World, Serena Ryder & Yukon Blonde perform. Tickets cost $64.75, or VIP tickets $116.75.
1812 Bicentennial Tall Ships Tour
visits Port Dalhousie harbour to celebrate the 1812 BiCentennial. The Pride of Baltimore II, Lynx and Unicorn vessels will be docked at Port Dalhousie Harbour. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the public can climb aboard the three ships, enjoy live entertainment and interact with the 2nd Lincoln Militia, who will have an encampment in the centre of the action.
Admission is $5 adults, or $2 children 12 or younger. Parking free, but limited at Lakeside Park.
June 29 through July 1
Port Colborne, Flavours of Niagara Food, Wine & Music Festival
at H.H. Knoll Park, Port Colborne. Free admission; fully licensed festival grounds with plenty to listen to and exciting food and wine vendors to visit.
June 29 through July 1
Niagara Cricket Festival
Tournament round will be held June 30, noon to 8:30 p.m. at Niagara Cricket Centre, 5114 Thorold Town Line Rd.
Outdoor music and dance concert also June 30. Call 905-329-8261.
June 29 through July 1
Niagara Antique Power Association annual heritage display
With demonstrations of sawmill tools, blacksmith tools and shop, live steam models, steam traction engine, tractors, antique cars and trucks, lawn, garden and farm equipment, horses, tractor pulls and more. This year’s show features blacksmithing and smiths. Tractor pulls take place June 29 at 10 a.m., and June 30 at noon. Horse pulls are June 29 at 2 p.m. The event takes place at the Niagara Antique Power Association showgrounds, Learn Heritage Farm at 1957 Wilhelm Rd., Sherkston. Gates open at 8 a.m. Admission is $5 adults, children $2, age 12 or younger. Weekend pass $9 per person.
Saturdays and Sundays
Petticoats, Boots & Muskets
Niagara Historical Society and Museum
43 Castlereagh St., NOTL. Weekends at 12:30 p.m.
Summer Day Camp Registration
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ballhockey.com Athletic Centre, 16 Melbourne Ave., St. Catharines. 905-684-7688 x24.
Growing Up Through Sports in partnership with the Ballhockey.com Athletic Centre offers ball hockey camp, soccer camp, racquets’ camp and ultimate sports camp. Registration now open at www.growingupthroughsports.com.
Run For The Docks
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3807 Macklem St., Chippawa. Registration and check-in at The Boathouse Restaurant, 3807 Macklem St., Chippawa beginning at 8 a.m. Proceeds support improvements to Chippawa Boat Ramp.
Art at the Gallery
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Sanctuary Centre for the Arts, 209 Ridge Rd., Ridgeway. Art of Wendy Malowany on display through June. 905-894-8373.
Film Series: Il Cinema Italiano
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry St. Showing the film Umberto D (Vittorio De Sica, 1955) 89 minutes. Italian with English subtitles, rated PG. Free with $5 admission fee. Free admission to city museums on Canada Day. 905-358-5082.
June 30, July 2
Summer concert series in Montebello Park
Tuesday and Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Admission is free. June 30 – Walter Ostanek Band (Polka/Variety); July 2 – Marty Allen Band (Country/Rockabilly).
Painting at the Farmers Market
Saturdays in June through Aug. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Niagara Falls Farmers’ Market with artist Michelle Marcotte. Call Marcotte at 289-296-6200 or email email@example.com for details. The cost to join is $25.
Sundays and Wednesdays
Pop Sensations: A Glee-like song and dance celebration
June 19 through Aug. 25, at the Greg Frewin Theatre, on select days only. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. This ensemble group will perform tributes to the best pop music of the last three decades, including the classics and the hits of today’s top-40 artists through singing and choreography, complete with a powerhouse live backup band. Ticket price is $19.98. For information, call 905-356-0777.
Food Not Bombs
Sundays, Montebello Park, St. Catharines. Food Not Bombs – Niagara is a working group of volunteers dedicated to feeding hungry people vegan food that would otherwise go to waste. The group cooks every Sunday at noon and serves from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Montebello Park, during the months of April-October.
July 1, Canada Day
Queen Street, Niagara Falls
Parade begins along Victoria Avenue at 11 a.m., events along Queen Street happen throughout the day. Birthday cake at the main stage at City Hall at noon.
Canada Day with the Niagara Parks Commission
Celebrate with concerts and fireworks June 28 through July 1, then again July 4 through July 7. Special events occur daily throughout the parks to mark the national holiday.
* Honeymoon Suite performs at Market Square 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Canada Day Street Party. The party takes place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and also features rock climbing, pony rides, face painting, crafts and more. Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. Free parking is available at City Hall, the parking garages at Ontario Street and at Garden Park/Carlisle Street, on-street meters and nearby city parking lots.
* The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre will celebrate Canada Day with some old-fashioned fun during the inaugural Dominion Day Picnic.
Pack a lunch and visit the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for fun and games, including tug-of-war, three-legged races, bean-bag tosses, face painting and more. Characters in costumes from the late 19th Century will entertain, and visitors can watch for the 1812 Tall Ships as the tour travels through the Welland Canal after departing Port Dalhousie. The museum galleries are open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Canada Day.
* You can also enjoy free leisure swims at all of the City’s pools: the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, Lancaster Pool, Burgoyne Woods Pool, Lion Dunc Schooley Pool, Port Dalhousie Pool, Arthur Street Pool and Lincoln Park Pool.
* St. Catharines Royal Canadian Legion, br. 138
Canada Day barbecue and live music, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 2 Chestnut St. E., St. Catharines. Bring lawn chairs; free admission. For information, call 905-227-1821.
celebrates its own Canada Day July 1, at Memorial Park beginning at noon, with all-day entertainment, sports demonstrations, a children’s corner and fireworks show at dusk.
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