It’s an exciting weekend in Niagara, with lots to see and do Friday through Sunday – in all categories of entertainment. Here’s a list of just some of the events happening in Niagara, July 26 through July 28.
Downtown BIA concerts in Niagara Falls – the Q district
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy U2 tribute band Desire on the stage in front of city hall.
IlluminAqua Rock Festival
is a unique blend of music, fire, and fountains all set on the waters of the Old Welland Canal. There is no other festival like this in Ontario and IlluminAqua draws people from across the province. Live performances by award-winning artists take place on a floating stage surrounded by floating fire pods. Concert-goers gather round a waterside stone-stepped amphitheatre to take in the sights and sounds of Fire – Music – Water. The outdoor festival features season packages, general admission seating, food vendors, wine and beer gardens. Rock Festival, Aug. 2-3. Performing Aug. 2, Delta Rae; performing Aug. 3, Skydiggers; Celtic Festival, Aug. 30-31. Performing Aug. 30, Bowfire; performing Aug. 31, David Myles. IlluminAqua is part of the Waterways Arts and Culture Series.
St. Catharines Rotary Ribfest
Noon to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Monday at Montebello Park. Grillers from all over North America feature ribs and other delights. Enjoy continuous live bands and free admission.
Summer Sun Days at the Battle Ground Hotel Museum
Paper flowers, a Victorian pastime with a modern twist. Battle Ground Hotel, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, located at 6137 Lundy’s Lane. 905-358-5082.
Art by the Lighthouse
10 a.m. to 5p.m. at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, 247 Ricardo St., Niagara-on-the-Lake. 905-468-5455
It’s the eighth annual Art By The Lighthouse show and sale of original art on the picturesque grounds of the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre in NOTL. More than 30 professional artists from the Niagara region and elsewhere will display painting, sculpture, jewelry, glasswork, and much more. As part of Art by the Lighthouse, several artists in the Niagara region will open their studios to visitors. Check the website for details. And don’t forget about the famous draws for fabulous prizes! Admission is free.
The Tall Ships gather in Port Colborne each Civic 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 a Tall Ship on Lake Erie. The Canal Days Festival encompasses the entire community, with activities at a dozen different venues: HH Knoll Lakeview Park hosts largest outdoor classic car and kite show. The Seaway Park children’s area has games, entertainment and kid’s activities throughout the weekend. At the Port Colborne Marine Museum the history of the Canal is on display, and heritage artisans can be seen working their trade. Festival guests can ride the free Canal Days shuttle to the West side indoor craft show. Festival food and shopping kiosks fill historic West Street, and the Market Square concert venue features top-notch entertainment nightly. 2013 Canal Days will once again feature youth entertainment programming and the 5th annual Canal Days Mountain Bike Race. Celebratory fireworks will light the night sky. For a look at the festival program, click HERE. http://s3.amazonaws.com/resimlondon/Canal+Days+2013+program+WEB.pdf
Simcoe Days at the Mackenzie Printery
Visit the Mackenzie Printery on Simcoe Days to learn how the nation’s oldest printing press helped John Graves Simcoe shape the province of Upper Canada. Location is 1 Queenston St., Queenston. 905-262-5676. The Mackenzie Printery is a 15-minute drive north of Niagara Falls, along the Niagara Parkway. Please note that this historic building is not wheelchair accessible. Admission: Adults $5, Children (6 to 12 years) $3.75. Children 5 years and younger enter free at all Niagara Parks attractions. Free parking is available for visitors.
Food Truck with Yellow Pear Farm to Truck
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. Aug. 2, The Yellow Pear; Aug. 4, Canuck Pizza Truck. This is part of Pillitteri’s Summer of Food Trucks, featuring gourmet food trucks on Fridays and weekends. Pillitteri Estates Winery, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1696 Niagara Stone Rd. 905-468-3147.
Aug. 2, Aug. 4, Aug. 5
Coca-Cola Concert Series in Queen Victoria Park
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Canada’s longest running fireworks series. Start off the night with a free concert, sponsored by Coca-Cola! August 2 The Broken Lyre; August 4 New York Minute; August 5 Groovy Foods. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. at conclude at 10 p.m. with fireworks over the falls.
Aug. 2-4 (Closed Aug. 5)
This weekend’s performances feature the plays The Light in the Piazza; Enchanted April; Peace in Our Time: A Comedy; Guys & Dolls; Trifles; Our Betters; Major Barbara; Faith Healer and Lady Windermere’s Fan. Arcadia, sold out. For information, visit the link above or call 1-800-511-SHAW.
Canoe Niagara 2013
Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC), 16 Townline Tunnel Rd
The Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC), located in the heart of the Niagara Region, is thrilled to be hosting the 2013 Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in August. A large contingent of coaches, officials and spectators will attend Canoe Niagara, which will see more than 1,100 international visitors travelling to Welland. This will mark the first time the World Championships include an under-23 age category and it will be the first time that Ontario has ever hosted a World Championship in the sport of Canoe Sprint. In addition to being a major World Championship, Canoe Niagara is the qualifying event for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China. As such, Canoe Niagara is an opportunity for many young paddlers to gain international experience on their road to Olympic glory. The admission for this event is free and we encourage all to come out and witness this amazing event. In addition, a Shoreline Festival will occur on-site, with many vendors from around the region. With the Festival and the Championships occurring at one venue, Canoe Niagara 2013 will be a can’t-miss event for people of all ages and backgrounds. Results and live-stream feed available HERE.
Crystal Beach Jazz on the sand
6 to 10 p.m. in Crystal Beach at Bay Beach. Family friendly and free of charge – bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy the summer evening concert.
Rocky Horror Show live at Corks’ Playhouse Theatre, through September
Something-Something Productions presents Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show LIVE at Corks’ Playhouse Theatre, upstairs at Corks Winebar & Eatery. Live actors, live band and a lively time. Runs every Saturday until Sept. 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m; curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. Seating is general admission. Tickets are $30+HST, and can be purchased in advance at Corks, online at www.rockyhorrorniagara.com or by phone at 289-868-9527. Participation packages are sold for $5 and some proceeds benefit Big Brothers & Big Sisters of St. Catharines-Thorold & District. For mature audiences. Alcohol is sold in theatre to those 19 and older. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 19 Queen St., NOTL. 289-241-6780. Live music after 9:30 p.m.: July 27, The Mad Hatters.
Music in Market Square
Aug. 3, Martin Murray Duo, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Market Square is located at 91 King St., St. Catharines. The farmer’s market is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6, Vox Violins, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Niagara Parks Commission RCMP Officer Meet and Greet
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., meet a real Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer at the Table Rock Complex located at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls for photos and to answer questions. Don’t forget your camera.
Little Red Riding Hood on stage at Corks’ Playhouse Theatre
Something-Something Productions presents its first show for children in Niagara-On-The-Lake. A modern, funny version of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood will come to life with adult actors on stage every Sunday afternoon at Corks’ Playhouse Theatre upstairs at Corks Winebar & Eatery. The show runs until Sept. 29 (excluding Labour Day weekend). Showtime is 2 p.m., and doors open at 1:30 p.m.Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults with some proceeds benefiting Big Brothers & Big Sisters of St. Catharines-Thorold & District. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Tickets are sold at Corks at 19 Queen St, or by phone 289-868-9527. 19 Queen St., NOTL. 289-868-9527.
Painting at the Farmers Market
Saturdays in summer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details. The cost to join is $25.
Music concerts in Chippawa’s Cummington Square
7 p.m. at 8198 Cummington Square W. Aug. 4, Niagara Falls Concert Band. Presented by the Village of Chippawa Citizen’s Committee. 905-295-4647.
Movie Night in the Park
Merritt Park Amphitheatre, 115 King Street, Welland. Movies outdoors on a 30-foot screen. Aug. 4, Charade with Audrey Hepburn; Aug. 11, The Mighty Ducks. Movies begin at dusk, between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Lawn chairs not permitted but cushions and blankets allowed. Snacks will be available for purchase.
Niagara Parks Commission Queenston Bandshell Concert Series
Sunday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Queenston Heights Bandshell. Free event; bring blanket or lawn chairs. Aug. 4 performer to be determined.
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.
Tuesday and Sunday evenings
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. No concert Aug. 4. Aug. 6 – Vox Violins (Folk/Blues); August 11 – Solstice (Latin/Carribean).
Wednesdays and Saturdays
RiverBrink Art Museum Queenston Heritage Walking Tours
Once again, RiverBrink Art Museum will offer its popular Queenston Heritage Walking Tours. Heritage tours will take place every Wednesday and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or by special arrangement outside of set schedule. Tours will continue until Aug. 31. The length of the heritage tour is approximately one hour. Fee includes free admission to RiverBrink Art Museum. Please arrive at RiverBrink Art Museum at least 10 minutes before scheduled tour departure. Tour fee (including admission to the museum): $10 (adults), $8 (seniors, students). Children 12 and younger enter free if accompanied by an adult. RiverBrink Art Museum Members receive a 10 per cent discount on tour fee. 905-262-4510 or email at email@example.com.
Saturdays and Sundays
Petticoats, Boots & Muskets
Niagara Historical Society and Museum, 43 Castlereagh St., NOTL. Weekends at 12:30 p.m.
Sundays and Wednesdays
Pop Sensations: A Glee-like song and dance celebration
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.
Through Aug. 11
Music Niagara Summer Festival Through August 11 in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
A festival of classical, jazz, blues, choral and vocal music in intimate and unique locations around Niagara-on-the-Lake. Concerts run through Sunday, Aug. 11. Winery Concerts Saturdays at 11 a.m. and late-night jazz Saturday. Tickets $20 – $45. Special performance Aug. 4, Quartetto Gelato with special guest Bryce Kulak, 8 p.m. at Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate outdoor amphitheatre. Tickets $59.
Through Aug. 30
Niagara Falls History Museum at 5810 Ferry St., Niagara Falls.
A travelling exhibit commemorating the experiences of Italian-Canadians who were interned in Canada during the Second World War. The exhibit, “Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Times: Italian Canadian Experiences During World War II,” presents through video, audio and text, a rich collection of interviews conducted with families of those who were interned and other members of the community who were affected by the internment. For information, call 905-358-5082.
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