200th Anniversary of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane

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Today marks one of the biggest days in history for Niagara Falls – the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane. Echoing the footsteps of soldiers from 200 years ago, participants will follow the path that these soldiers took along Portage Road on that fateful day, July 25th, 1814.

The Lundy’s Lane Historical Society will be holding a commemorative service on the battlefield commencing at 7:30 p.m. Following this service, there will be a candle light vigil up to the Lundy’s Lane Memorial. Attendees of this event are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Following this, the participants in the walk will invade the battlefield.

With starting points under 2 km (1.5 miles) from the battlefield, participants will walk through the streets and converge on the Battlefield at dusk, following the old portage road like the combatants on that horrendous night 200 years ago. Company Theatre will provide an immersive performance where all the action took place 200 years ago. Participants who register will get a red or a blue commemorative shirt which will determine their starting point in this walk.  This commemorative walk represents the 5000 plus soldiers who met in the battlefield.

The event will take place on the former Battlefield School field – access via Drummond Hill Cemetery and Lundy’s Lane

Schedule of Events

Niagara Falls History Museum – Free Admission – open 10:00 am – 5:00pm, 5810 Ferry Street
Visit the Gale Family War of 1812 Gallery, the Niagara Falls Community Gallery, Motel Culture of Niagara .1812 Author, Richard Feltoe will be there with 1812 demonstrations and his new book about the Battle of Lundy’s Lane “Crucible of Fire”

Lundy’s Lane Gateway Unveiling – 1:00pm, 6151 Lundy’s Lane
Be present for the official opening of the new landmark that will showcase the National Historic Site of Lundy’s Lane

Battle Ground Hotel Museum – Free Admission – 10:00 am – 5:00pm, 6151 Lundy’s Lane
Tour the1850s Tavern and explore battlefield tourism, led by costumed interpreters

Lundy’s Lane Historical Society Commemorative Service – 7:30pm, Lundy’s Lane Battlefield
Bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Featuring a Military band, choir and much more.
Music by the Jay Singers under the direction of Dianne Williams.
Historical context provided by Sherman Zavitz.
Event will be concluded with the laying of wreaths and a candlelight walk to the Lundy’s Lane Monument.
The music will begin at 7:00 p.m. welcoming you to the battlefield.

Participants Walk – 8:30pm – Throughout the City
Be a part of the event as you invade the battlefield and see installations and performance art along the way
brought to you by the Arts and Culture Committee.

Performance on the Battlefield – 9:15pm – Lundy’s Lane Battlefield
Be transformed back to the events of July 25, 1814 as next Company Theatre put you in the middle of the action.

Be sure to follow @nfmuseums and @discover1812 during  the event to get real time feeds, photos and more.
Please post your pictures of the event as well #lundyslane200

 

For more details, visit The Niagara Falls Museums.

NEW Niagara by Night Tour

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After many months of planning we are very excited to share our Newest Niagara Tour, the Niagara by Night Tour, which is exclusive to the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls and our on-site Tour Company, Above the Falls Tours.This tour is where exhilaration meets moments of nailing biting behaviour (and let’s be truthful about it – your heart may just beat a little faster that night).

Battlefield and Beyond Cemetery Walk

The first part of the tour is called the Battlefield and Beyond Cemetery Walk and takes place in one of the oldest and most recognized cemeteries in North America, the Drummond Hill Cemetery. This tour gained its name, Battlefield and Beyond because it touches on some historical facts on the various battles that took place here, such as the “Battle of Lundy’s Lane,” as well as and one of the bloodiest battles between the British and Americans in 1814. But it also goes beyond the battlefield and gets into the deeper stories of some of the famous settlers buried at the cemetery, such as Laura Secord, a famous Daredevil, Burr Plato, one the first African American slaves to come to Canada via the Underground Railroad, members of the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOFF) and Freemasonry and more. We don’t want to give too much away, but a few of the Above the Falls Tours’ associates had the pleasure of experiencing this walk the other day and let’s just say that a few hairs will rise on the back of your neck by the end of it.

As you enter the tour, you will be greeted by these legendary iron gates.

Drummond-Hill-Cemetery.Gates

 

Now mind you the first tour starts at 7:30pm on June 28th, so you the cemetery will not be in complete darkness (like the above picture). However we’re not sure what is more frightening? Experiencing a cemetery in complete darkness or experiencing it as the sun is starting to set where you can visibly see all of names on the tombstones (are we starting to paint the picture for you?) Your guides will also be in character to give you the full experience of what happened on Drummond Hill 200 years ago.

Hornblower Niagara Falls Illumination Cruise

The second part of the tour is equally as exhilarating. The second stop takes you to the NEW Hornblower Niagara Falls Illumination Cruise. Here your adrenalin will continue as you hop aboard a 250 passenger catamaran ready to set sail past both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Here you’ll have front row seats to the starry skies and panoramic views of the dazzling city lights and famous coloured illumination of both Natural Wonders. This cruise promises to astonish and amaze.

The Niagara by Night Tour will be launching on Saturday June 28th and will be available every Saturday throughout the summer. So come and experience an evening of fright and delight brought to you by Above the Falls Tours located in the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel.

Reserve your spot today, as spaces are limited. Call 905-353-4002 or click here for more details.

Father’s Day Fun-tertainment

From near to far, from here to there, fun things are everywhere in Niagara

Dr. Seuss was a smart man full of fun ideas and there is a lot of truth to his famous quote. There are fun things both near (walking distance) and far (driving distance – 20 minutes or less) from the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel.

Near Experiences

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar Dungeness Crab Limited Time Menu only until Father’s Day.

It’s the perfect gift for the steak and seafood loving fathers out there. From the Dungeness Crab Dinner to the Dungeness Crab Manhattan, everything is unbelievably good.

And it doesn’t get closer than this. This Keg Steakhouse + Bar is located right in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel (just footsteps from your guest room).

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is the newest and most thrilling Niagara Falls boat tour. Get ready for an adrenalin rush because this is a boat ride of a lifetime. See it for yourself on our live video footage of the Hornblower Niagara Cruises. Our on-site Niagara Falls Tour company, Above the Falls Tours offers daily fully narrated Niagara Falls Tour Packages which include: Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Journey Behind the Falls and the Butterfly Conservatory. Plus stops at the Floral Clock and leisure passes to the White Water Walk and Niagara Fury. This is a great way to see the best of Niagara Falls in a few hours.

Fallsview Casino

Test your luck at one of the largest gaming resorts in Canada. Experience over 200,000 square feet of gaming: 3000 slot machines, 100 gaming tables and an exciting poker room. Keep your adrenalin going with the critically acclaimed physical theatre performance, STOMP (performances until June 14th).

Far Experiences (Well Farther than Near)

Hit the Tees

Niagara has joined the ranks of the world’s premier golf destinations in terms of challenge, design aesthetics, course conditioning, facilities and service. The top five recommended Niagara golf courses: Grand Niagara, Hunters Pointe, Legends on the Niagara, Whirlpool and Peninsula Lakes. Now this is a present your father will love.

Wine Country

The Niagara Peninsula is one of Ontario’s most acclaimed grape growing and winemaking districts. The most difficult part will be choosing which of the 70 wineries to visits. For the full list, visit www.niagarawineryguide.com. Here’s our suggestion, visit them all. After all, research has proven that red wine is full of antioxidants which may be beneficial to your health.

Niagara Wine Festival

The Niagara Wine Festival is here just in time to celebrate your dad. From June 14th – 22nd experience over 25 wineries and events. Purchase a discovery pass and enjoy two weekends of wine and culinary adventures at wineries across Niagara.

Hop on over to Niagara Oast House Brewers

Microbreweries are becoming just as popular as the wine in the Niagara Region. Our favourite is Niagara Oast House Brewers. From the friendly staff to their delicious hops. And it is easy to find – it’s past the old oak in the big red barn in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

This popular microbrewery is listed in the Top Ten Reasons to Visit Niagara.

Like Dr. Seuss said, from near to far, here to there fun things are everywhere in Niagara (okay so we took the liberty of changing his quote slightly, but you know what we mean).

Treat dad to the ultimate present by pairing one or all of the above with overnight accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. We’re in the “Centre of it All” both near and far from it all.

Raise a Glass to Niagara Wineries

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Eat. Sleep. Drink Wine in Niagara

It’s that time of year when the Niagara Region comes to life. And by a raise of hands (well in this case…glasses) tell us if you are ready to celebrate summer? We are all going to be singing “come on get happy” all summer long – even if it is a hot one – right?

Here is the “must-experience” list of Niagara Winery Events of the Season (tell all your friends):

Earth and Sky Music Market – Chateau Des Charmes – June 30th, August 4th, September 1st

Fine foods and fine wines make beautiful music together!

Wednesday SupperMarket at the Village – Niagara-on-the-Lake

Every Wednesday throughout the summer starting on May 21st experience food truck fun, wine tastings and local musical entertainment.

Niagara New Vintage Festival – June 14th – 22nd

Experience Niagara Wine Country like never before with the New Vintage Festival Discovery Pass. It’s your key to two weekends of wine and culinary adventures at 38 wineries across Niagara. Check out their extraordinary pairing menus. Discovery Pass holders can enjoy eight experiences per pass. Designated drivers can also indulge with eight mocktail and culinary pairings for only $30+HST with the Driver’s Discovery Pass.

Trius Jazz at the Winery – July 12th2 – 9pm

Blues – August 9th4 – 8pm

Trius Jazz and Blues at the Winery has been bringing premier Canadian talent to Niagara Wine Country for 25 years. Celebrate Jazz and Blues at the Winery with fine wines, great local cuisine and spectacular music.

Jackson Triggs Summer Concert Series

It’s an evening of open air musical entertainment, light fare and award-winning wines:

Jesse Cook – July 5th

Alan Doyle – July 11th

Chantel Kreviazuk – July 12th

Colin James – July 19th

Justin Rutledge & Lindi Ortega – July 26th

Food Day Canada – August 2nd

Music Niagara Presents Elton Lammie – August 8th

Stars – August 9th

Cowboy Junkies – August 16th

Niagara Jazz Festival – August 23rd

Arkells – September 5th

After all this fun, you’ll need a place to rest your head. The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the perfect place to Relax, Refresh and Recharge.

Mother Nature Meets Mother Nurture in Niagara

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Mother’s Day in Niagara

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. And so the thinking of  “What to get mom?,” begins. Let us help you with some of that thinking. How about having Mother Nature (a.k.a. Niagara Falls – only one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world) meet Mother Nurture (only one of the most incredible people in your life)?

Here are some of our favourite things to do in Niagara with your Mom:

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar Dungeness Crab Event

Who can resist the classic Dungeness Crab Dinner? Two clusters of sweet Dungeness crab with butter for dipping. Or how about sharing the Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese? Is your mouth-watering yet? This indulgent menu is here until June 15th. Book your reservation today.

Handmade Market – May 9th and 10th – 13th Street Winery

Treat your mom to an event as unique as her. Featuring 75 artisans, gourmet food and local Niagara Wine. Sounds like the perfect way to share the day with your mom. Check out the list of vendors.

Chicks and Chocolate – M-F at 2pm and weekends at 2pm and 4pm – Peller Estates

The name says it all. Gather your favourite Chicks (and Mother Hen) and head down to Peller Estates for an afternoon of indulgence. Chocolate and wine and Niagara….Oh yes! Learn the secrets of how chocolate and wine complement each other during this tasty event.

Sip and Sizzle – Weekends in May

Picture this! Grilled BBQ classic dishes paired with Niagara VQA wine at 26 wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The tour pass is only $43 per person and entitles you to one VQA wine tasting and food pairing at each of the 26 wineries. Check out the incredible menu.

 Shopping in Niagara-on-the-Lake

You can’t beat an afternoon or evening in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Every mom will enjoy this: shopping at quaint boutique shops, sipping coffee or grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, savouring wine at one of the many wineries or watching some classic productions at the Shaw Festival Theatre. Sounds like pure bliss!

Dancing Queen – Fallsview Casino – May 8th – 18th

Bring mom back to the 1970’s with this energetic disco production which is sure to get you and mumsy on your feet. Featuring the timeless hits of Abba, The Bee Gees, Village People and many more.

Annual Hydrangea Display

Take some time to smell the “hydrangeas” at the annual hydrangea display at the Floral Showhouse starting on May 11th.

Afternoon Tea at the McFarland House

Enjoy a traditional British tea experience at the McFarland House with mom. For additional fun, don your favourite British tea finery for this special event.

Niagara is the place to be for new adventures with your mom. Stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls, the Niagara Falls Hotel located “In the Centre of it All.”

Easter in Niagara Falls

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Spring is finally in the air! And with Spring, we all know that the Easter bunny will be hopping to Niagara Falls very soon.

If you haven’t been to Niagara for Easter before, there are a lot of very colourful events happening:

Annual Easter Display – Floral Showhouse – April 12th – 27th. Enjoy Mother Nature’s gorgeous Easter creations. Featuring a cross display of lilies surrounded by colourful and fragrant spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and azaleas. Your kids will love the live chicks, bunnies and songbirds.Daily from 9:30am – 5pm.

Easter Egg Scramble – Butterfly Conservatory – April 18th – 20th – 10am – 6pm. It’s an Easter Extravaganza for kids of all ages. Letters will be hidden throughout the Conversatory to spell a secret phrase for a chance to win a grand prize basket.  Let’s give you a hint. The prizes might involve chocolate.

Firemen’s Park 17th Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Friday, April 18th. Just picture this! 400 pounds of chocolate hidden all over Firemen’s Park. Plus food, games and a bouncy castle. The fun starts at 11am.

Heartland Forest Easter Egg Hunt Fundraiser – April 19th – 11am – 3pm. Crafts, games, Pirate Flag Scavenger Hunt, Tootsie Express Train Ride, Face painting and Story time. Come early, as there are only 300 Easter Egg Hunt Wristbands available.

Egg Bites and Wine Flights – Inniskillin Wines – weekends in April. It’s an Easter Egg Hunt for Adults. Hint, they’re in the quiche!
Stop in for a snack and enjoy two house made quiche bites with a flight of three wines from their Discovery Series. Price: $10.00 per person.

Bunnies and Bubbles – Jackson-Triggs Winery – April 5th – 27th. Hop on in and sip on a glass of bubbly as you explore your creative side and decorate a delicious bunny cookie made by Willow Cakes & Pastries. Price: $10.00 per person.

Bunny Hop 5K Race – East Aurora, NY – April 19th.  Here’s a good way to burn off all of that chocolate. The annual East Aurora Bunny Hop. This event brings in over 2000 people and 100% of the proceeds go directly back to their community and also support Rotary’s fight against Polio.

It’s a Hopping Good Time in Niagara Falls. And why not make a weekend of it. The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls has some great rates.

 

 

 

 

 

The Outlet Collection at Niagara

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It is hard to believe how quickly The Outlet Collection at Niagara is coming along. Only 3 more months and the doors to this open air outlet centre will be open. The current sign outside the construction site zone says that construction is set to be completed by May 2014. Phase I is going to consist of eight buildings, including a 77,000 square-foot Bass Pro Shop, a food court pavilion and 100 retail stores such as Forever 21, Banana Republic, Bench Outlet, Brooks Brothers Outlet, Calvin Klein, Gap Outlet, Michael Kors Outlet, Naturalizer, OshKosh, Tommy Hilfiger and Van Heusen (just to name a few). Plus there is going to be an event area for a Farmer’s Market and gathering place.

Check out this concept video, which will give you a sense of the overall space

 

What are your thoughts on this new outlet shopping centre? Will you be making the trip to Niagara to explore this new shopping experience? From a local perspective, Niagara is very excited to see a new shopping adventure in our neighbourhood.

 

 

 

What we are Thankful for in October

What we are Thankful for in October

In Niagara Falls, we have so much to be thankful for. First of all, we were blessed with this incredible natural wonder, which draws millions of visitors from around the world each year. And to be quite frank, the Falls never gets old, whether you are seeing it for the first time or the hundredth time, it truly is a thing of beauty.

There are also so many exciting events happening in Niagara in October. Perhaps some you are aware of and some you are not. Get your pen handy (or for those techies – get your “notes” handy), because we are about to do a whole lot of sharing:

Pumpkins are popping up everywhere

It’s that time of month, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies and yes pumpkin donuts. Yes you heard us correctly “pumpkin donuts.” If you haven’t tried a pumpkin donut before, it’s a must. Rush on down to Howell’s Pumpkin Patch because it’s not only a “howling good time, it’s a howling and delicious good time.” While the kiddies are having fun in the corn maze, throwing hay in the straw barn, playing in the sand box, going for a tractor ride, watching the pig race, riding the rex train, jumping on the haystack pillow, BE SURE TO GRAB YOURSELF A PUMPKIN DONUT and LIFE WILL BE GOOD (SO GOOD). And on your way out, don’t forget to pick out the coolest pumpkin ever.

And the fun doesn’t stop there, because like we said, Pumpkins are popping up everywhere. There are pumpkins galore at Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm. Here there’s an animal petting zoo, with chickens, ponies, a farm wagon ride and a haunted hay ride for those let’s call them “braver” folks.

History and Mystery

Speaking of “braver” folks, if you are in the Halloween spirit and love a good ghost story or two, you have to check out the Niagara-on-the-Lake Ghost Walks.  There is a lot of spooky history in the old town, from the mysterious ghost of the Angel Inn to an old house that makes the cameras go crazy.

Just footsteps from the hotel, you’ve got to visit one of the most historic cemeteries in Canada, the Drummond Hill Cemetery. Here you’ll get a history lesson about the War of 1812 and get spooked out at the same time. Apparently this cemetery is a historical hotbed full of ghost activity. So if getting scared is your cup of tea, this is one place you have to visit.

The mystery and history continues during All Hallow’s Eve Tours in Old Fort Erie. Learn about the history of Halloween (1812 style), brought to life through the ghosts from the War of 1812. Oct. 19th, 25th and 26th

Festive Festivals

The 39th Annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival is happening from October 11th – 14th. Niagara is surrounded by natural beauty and this festival’s backdrop is amid the Niagara Escarpment and the Twenty Valley Eco-system. Featuring over 130 talented artisans sharing their masterpieces (jewellery, pottery, paintings, clothing and more), live entertainment and so much more. This event is also a fundraiser for the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority with admission revenues directed to a number of NPCA conservation programs.

Plus you have all of the traditional events happening in the area. From the Fallsview Casino Concerts to the dozens of delicious events happening in Niagara Wine Country:

Wine Down Fridays – Peller Estates

The Pinot Affair – Coyotes Run

This Little Piggy – Hillebrand

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for these fun October Celebrations:

October 11th – Egg Day – so get cracking

October 12th – Music Day – so get playing

October 18th – Chocolate Cupcake Day – so get baking

October 21st – Virtual Clean your Desktop Day – so get cleaning

October 22nd – CAPS LOCK DAY – so get typing

October 23rd – Howl at the Moon Day – you get the trend here

October 27th – Mother-in-Law Day

October 30th – Frankenstein Day

October 31st – Magic Day

There’s plenty to celebrate in October and Niagara is the place to be and the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel is the place to stay.

Family Travel in Niagara Falls with Wondermoms.ca

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Guest Blogger Post – Wondermoms.ca

Our family outings are often broken up into different sizes.  Either my husband is working or one of my girls is either at dance, soccer, choir or something else equally fun and important.  So you can imagine my excitement when we do actually get the opportunities to spend time away as a family.  I know it won’t be long before the kids are going to be too old to spend time with mom and dad. We simply won’t be cool enough, but until that moment arrives this mother will take what she can get.

One of our favourite places to visit for the day is Niagara Falls.  The girls love heading down there in the morning and spending the day seeing the sights, having a picnic lunch in the park, and if we are lucky enough to get decent weather, perhaps even dinner out too.

For those of us who live within an hours drive, Niagara Falls is one of those places we tend to take for granted.  But to me, it is so much more than just a lot of rushing water.  I have wonderful memories from my own childhood trekking up and down Clifton Hill on our way to the falls.  I think that over the years I have done every attraction at least once, and yes I do have my favourites.  Over the past 20 years Niagara Falls has transformed itself from just the falls to so much more.  Whether your preference is to spend a few bucks gambling, people watching on the street or some world class shopping at an outlet mall, Niagara Falls has it all.

We were down in Niagara just a couple of weeks ago as a family and decided to stay overnight at a hotel that has become our go to destination, the Courtyard By Marriott, located on Victoria Avenue.  We not only love it’s location, central to everywhere we want to go, but we especially love it’s people, amenities, indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, exercise room and the fact that our favourite restaurant, The Keg is located in the lobby is an added bonus.

The family arrived around 2 pm, dropped off the car, and decided to head out for a walk to see what the day had to offer.  Ice cream on Clifton Hill, followed by our usual walk down by the falls.  No matter how many times we go there, it always seems to put a smile on my face.  After a long walk, on a hot day, we decided to settle in at T.G.I Friday’s for dinner, located right next to the Courtyard.  The atmosphere there is great, relaxed and affordable.  The kids got what they wanted to eat, and my husband got the bill that he thought was acceptable.  The dinner conversation amounted to, “what time is the pool open til?”  Considering that what we do in life usually revolves around our children, it was very easy to say, “hurry up and eat, and we will go swimming after dinner.”

After an amazing night in one of the family suites, complete with separate sitting area (kids TV room), we ended the getaway with a gourmet breakfast at The Keg and headed on home.

Thanks to our host’s, the Courtyard Marriott, we really appreciate your attention to detail.  The fact that you even remember our names is quite something.  Until next time…

September Events in Niagara Falls

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Can you believe it is already September? Where did the summer go?

September is a great month. It’s back to school time, back to routine time, back to pumpkin spice latte time and back to warm sweater and jeans weather time.

September is also the month where the events are continuous in Niagara. The Niagara Region is still blossoming with fun things to do even this time of year. Here are our favourite “must-visit” events for this fabulous month we call September:

It’s Football Time and NFL Specials time at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, located in the Courtyard by Marriott hotel. Join us every Sunday, Monday and Thursday for our NFL Specials:

– Burger & a pint, Wings & a pint, Veg flatbread & a pint – $12.95

– Prime Rib Sliders & a pint, Nachos & a pint – $13.95

– A Pitcher of Beer – $14.95

Come watch the game in our lounge. Plus we have local entertainment every Friday night from 8 – 11pm.

Fallsview Casino Concerts – see some of the top performers at the Avalon Theatre.

Neil Sedaka – September 5th and 6th, Formula 3 and Party – September 7th and 8th, Return to Grace – September 12th – 27th, Bill Cosby – September 29th and 30th

GranFondo Niagara Falls – September 14th

Do you love to cycle? Do you enjoy fine cuisine and wine? If you answered “yes” and “yes,” then this is the event for you. It’s a breathtaking 125km route starting in Niagara Falls, goes along the Niagara Parkway, through Niagara Wine Country, through the Thorold Tunnel and loops in the area of Short Hills Provincial Park. One of the best parts is that there will be Niagara food and wine served at various rest stops throughout the course. Not an avid cyclist? Come check out the free concert from Jim Cuddy on September 14th in Queen Victoria Park starting at 1pm.

Handmade Market – 13th Street Winery – September 13th and 14th

Calling all lovers of crafts, jewellery, pottery, handbags, home decor, fashion accessories, designer clothing and of course wine. It’s a unique-aholic’s dream come true.

62nd Niagara Vintage Wine Festival – September 14th – 29th

This annual event is one that the local community looks forward to every year. Picture this! Award-winning Niagara wines, gourmet Niagara cuisine, plus talented musicians all coming together in Montebello Park during the two weeks of the festival. Plus the Pied Piper Parade on September 21st and the Grande Parade on September 28th. There’s also a Mayor’s Invitational Grape Stomp on September 21st. Come and see who is given the ultimate bragging rights to the coveted Purple Foot title. All proceeds from the event will support the United Way of St. Catharines and District. Plus you can’t miss out on the 40+ participating wineries during this 16 day journey. Purchase a Discovery Pass, which is your ticket to enjoy exclusive wine and food pairing experiences.

Peller Estate Events
Chicks and  Chocolate – Monday to Friday at 2pm and weekends at 2pm and 4pm

This is the perfect girlfriend getaway. Learn how chocolate and wine complement each other and can awaken your palate. Sounds very indulgent, yet educational.

Art of Wine and Food – Monday to Friday at 3pm and weekends at 1pm and 3pm

It’s an interactive and delicious experience created by Celebrity Chef Jason Parsons. Jason has paired three Peller Wines with three gourmet food items from the Peller Estates’ kitchen. Here you’ll learn how they work together in perfect harmony.

Oysters, Wine and Music – Ravine Vineyard

Oysters, wine and music…oh my! Every Thursday starting at 7pm.

GeoTracking at Ravine

Grab your compass/smart phone, comfy hiking shoes and your courage from Indiana Jones. Learn about the history of the Ravine Farm and discover 5 generations of untold secrets. The adventures happen every weekend.

The Antique Market – Garrison Village – Niagara-on-the-Lake – September 14th – 8am – 1pm

It’s where getting your daily dose of fruits and veggies meets the art of antiquing.

47th Annual Grimsby Festival of Art – Sept. 7th – 10am – 4pm

125 talented artists all come together to celebrate the love of art in the quaint city of Grimsby.

20th Annual Food Festival – Welland – Sept. 6th – 8th

It’s a weekend full of indulgence, so get ready to treat yourself. Featuring more than 70 food, artisan, community and market vendors (a food festival record). Plus appearances from celebrity chefs (Chuck Hughes and Anna Olson) in the Mobile Culinary Theatre and live entertainment (Big Sugar and The Trews). It’s the Peninsula’s Tastiest Party.

There are honestly so many events happening this time of year. The list goes on and on and on. Don’t miss out on the fun. Click here to keep up with the ongoing Niagara Events.

We also wanted to include a few “National Celebrations” to include on our list:

– National Peanut Day – September 13th

– National Talk Like a Pirate Day – September 19th

– National Wife Appreciation Day – September 22nd (a trip to Niagara Falls would be the perfect way to celebrate)

– National Coffee Day – September 29th (thank goodness for this day). Can you imagine life without coffee?

Have a wonder-ful September and don’t forget to visit.