Easter in Niagara Falls

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


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


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

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

September Events in Niagara FallsCan 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.




Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival is Filled with Culture

Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival
The Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival is back for its second year of art, music and Niagara beauty.

Calling all music, art and lovers of beauty. The Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival is back for year two and this year it’s filled with even more beauty (if that’s possible).

The three days of cultural experiences are happening over Labour Day Weekend.

Starting on August 30th, it’s an Artist Evening Soiree, where you can meet and greet with over 100 of the most talented Ontario artists, followed by a presentation of the Juried Show Awards, wine and cheese, musical entertainment and a silent auction. All this culture for only $10.

On August 31st and September 1st, there is free admission to view the masterpieces from these talented artists, listen to 28 musicians share their vocal masterpieces over 2 stages, a Poet and Painter’s series (where 10 artists and writers will exchange their work then create an interpretation of it), Plein Air Painters, a Wine and Culinary Patio, Community Art Project and so much more. This event is where natural talent meets natural beauty. It all takes place at the Mount Carmel Monastery, a 138 year old building full of spiritual history. Last year this event generated over 3000 art enthusiasts from across the world.

The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel, an official partner of the event is also offering special rates for this weekend.

Read more about this event here.


Niagara Falls Events in August

niagara falls events in august, niagara winery events
Summertime is fun time with some wonderful Niagara Falls events in August.

Can you believe that August is almost here? It must mean that we are all enjoying our summers that much and time is just zooming by. Niagara is definitely a place of wonder with so many exciting and delicious events coming up in the month of August. There are too many events to include, as we could literally fill your calendars every single day. So we’ve only chosen our favourites (which was difficult to do):

Macy Gray – Fallsview Casino – August 1st and 2nd
Grammy Award winning Macy Gray takes the stage singing some of her greatest hits, including: “I Try,” “Sweet Baby,” “Do Something,” and “Real Love.”

Canal Days – Port Colborne – August 2nd – 5th
The Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival happens every Civic Holiday weekend. Featuring delicious food, artisans, musical talent (April Wine) and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Chocolate & Chicks – Peller Estates Winery – Monday – Friday at 2pm and Weekends 2pm & 4pm – August
If you love chocolate and wine, you’ll love this perfectly paired event at Peller Estates Winery. Here you’ll learn how chocolate and wine complement each other and can awaken your palate.

Art of Wine and Food – Peller Estates Winery – Monday – Friday at 3pm and Weekends 1pm and 3pm – August
This interactive experience will broaden your food and wine pairing horizons and wow your taste buds. Winery Chef and Cityline Personality, Jason Parsons brings together three Peller wines with three delicious food items from his recipe book.

Food Truck Summer Eats- Pillitteri Estates Winery – Every Friday, Sunday and one Saturday in August
Stop by Pillitteri every Friday, Sunday and one Saturday in the summer for some delicious Food Truck eating. Featuring The Yellow Pear, The Canuck Pizza Truck and Southern Smoke.

Trius Blues at the Winery – Trius Winery at Hillebrand – August 10th
Featuring Premier Canadian jazz musicians paired with fine Niagara wine and gourmet cuisine.

Ripe and Juicy Wildass Market – Stratus – August 11th – 12 – 5pm
Experience everything “ripe and juicy” and at its peak of perfection. Wildass wines, food vendors, gourmet food trucks, live music, artisans, live music and so much more.

Wednesday Supper Market – Garrison Village Niagara-on-the-Lake – every Wed. until Sept. 18th – 5 – 9pm
Hump day just got more delicious. Enjoy fantastic food truck eats, local cuisine, artisans, live music and so much more in Garrison Village. At the Corner of Niagara Stone Road (Hwy 55) & Niven Road (beside CIBC and Shoppers Drug Mart)

The Antique Market – Garrison Village Niagara-on-the-Lake – August 3rd and September 14th – 8 am – 1pm
It’s the first of its kind this year. Pick up some hidden treasures while getting in a little grocery shopping (of the healthy kind). Garrison Village. At the Corner of Niagara Stone Road (Hwy 55) & Niven Road (beside CIBC and Shoppers Drug Mart)

Summer Concert Series – Jackson-Triggs Winery – until September 6th
Award-winning wines, gourmet food, and brilliant Canadian talent come together to celebrate summer in Jackson-Triggs’ open air amphitheatre.

Safari Niagara Summer Concerts 2013 – until August 24th
This concert series is located in a unique setting on the grounds of Safari Niagara, which is home to over 750 animals, reptiles, mammals and feathered friends. Don’t miss performances from The Sheep Dogs, 54-40 (August 9th) and Great Big Sea (August 24th).

So pick a few, or pick a lot, but pick them quick, because August is almost here and you don’t want to miss out on all of the fun.

Want to stay on top of the latest and greatest Niagara events? Download our Niagara Falls Guide.

And of course, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel is just a short drive from all of these “too fun to miss” Niagara Falls events.



Buffalo Harbor Concerts 2013

Buffalo Outer Harbor Concert Series 2013Don’t you just love it when you discover new things that are right in your neighbourhood? Well this one is sort of in our neighbourhood. Just a 30 minute drive across the border (so have your passports handy). Our newest discovery is the Buffalo Outer Harbor Concert Series. This was something that literally just landed in our laps one evening when a friend had extra tickets to the Black Keys on July 8th. It was quite the evening.

First of all, the concert’s location is amazing. The concert is located off the Fuhrmann Blvd. exit of Route 5/The Skyway in Downtown Buffalo, New York in the great outdoors. This venue can hold up to 12,000 people, so there is lots of space to walk around, grab some food from some fabulous and famous Buffalo Food Trucks, and plenty of places to grab your favourite beverage or two. It is general admission, so you can either brave the crowd and try and get up front or sit back and watch the concert from a distance. There are also VIP tickets available.

This summer’s line-up included Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper & Marilyn Manson, The Black Keys (which was fabulous by the way).

Here is the line-up for the rest of the summer:

On Friday, July 19th – the “one and only” Tragically Hip will be taking the stage, with special guests Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. 

There are still tickets left for this show. You can show up to the doors after 4pm on Friday, July 19th.

On Friday, July 21st – Mac Miller and Odd Future

On August 2nd – Flogging Molly


There is plenty of parking close by and even a shuttle available for parking spots further away. So if you are looking for something a little different, you’ve got to check out this newly discovered venue.

And don’t forget, you can stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel. We are just a short drive from the Buffalo Harbor Concert Series. Stay a night, 2 nights or a week. There is plenty to do in Niagara this Summer.


Celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day in Niagara Falls

Canada Day and Independence Day Celebrations in Niagara
What better way to celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day than a trip to Niagara Falls.

What have you got planned for the long weekend ahead? Niagara Falls is filled with lots of events to celebrate your patriotism. Here are a few of our favourites:

Fort Erie Friendship Festival – June 28th – July 1st

In 2013, the Bi-Centennial Celebration continues at the 27th Annual International Friendship Festival. Celebrating 200 years of good relations between Canada and the United States since the end of the War of 1812. Featuring local artisans, great food, evening concerts and the 2nd annual “Festival’s Got Talent.”

Butler’s Barracks Concert Series – June 29th
Based on last year’s successful Tragically Hip performance at the national site, the Butler’s Barracks Concert Series are back for year two, with performances from City and Colour, Serena Ryder, Metric, Jimmy Eat World and Yukon Blond.

Summer Concert Series at Jackson-Triggs – until September 6th
Award-winning wines, gourmet food, and brilliant Canadian talent come together to celebrate summer in Jackson-Triggs’ open air amphitheatre. On July 8th, Steven Page hits the stage with his latest record, Page One. It’s his first solo since leaving the Barenaked Ladies.

Canada Day Celebration in Niagara Falls
Celebrate Canada Day in Niagara Falls, starting with a 5km walk/run at Oakes Park, followed by a Canada Day Parade which starts on Victoria Avenue and ends at Crysler Street. Featuring music, magic, food and lots and lots of fun. The party starts on June 30th and continues until July 1st.

Rock and Soul – Fallsview Casino – until July 4th
It’s all about bringing the soulful musical sounds of Memphis, Philadelphia and Detroit together with an exclusive artist roster of eight performers that celebrate the music of The Temptations, Bog Seger, The Supremes, Hall & Oates, Mitch Ryder, Tower of Power, Marvin Gaye and Lou Rawls.

Iron Man 3 – IMAX Experience – NOW PLAYING
IMAX has brought Marvel’s Iron Man 3 to the big screen. And by big screen we mean watching this action packed adventure film on a 60 foot screen combined with 12,000 watts of digital surround sound. Get ready to feel like you’re part of the action.

Shaw Festival – PlayBill 2013 – June – October
The Shaw Festival is a world class theatre company inspired by the work of Bernard Shaw. The contemporary plays produced are from and about his era, which share Shaw’s provacative exploration of society and celebration of humanity.

Tall Ships Visit Port Dalhousie Harbour – June 29th and June 30th

This is a great event that is sure to entertain the whole family. There will be three tall ships pulling into the Port Dalhousie Harbour: The Lynx, The Pride of Baltimore II and the Unicorn (which features an all female crew). There will also be live entertainment and re-enactors will flood Lockhart Point Park. I know that school just ended, but it’s a fun way to learn about the War of 1812 and how the soldiers took to sea during the three year conflict.  Tickets are $5 for Adults and $2 for Kids (ages 12 and under). The event runs from 10 am to 6 pm daily.

Check out our Pinterest Board for some fun and delicious ways to make your long weekend even more exciting.

Looking for a place to relax and recharge after all of this activity? Check out the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel. We are located in the “centre of it all,” just minutes from all of these exciting Niagara Falls events.

Planning a stay in the upcoming months? Check out our ever-changing event calendar, which is updated daily with the latest and greatest events of the season.

Get Refreshed with these Niagara Events in June

Niagara Falls June Events
Get ready for some exciting events this June.

Niagara Falls is a place of wonder. It’s much more than a day-cation or stay-cation destination. Niagara Falls is a week’s worth of fun “wonder-cation” destination filled with rich history, culture, agriculture, entertainment and adventure.

We want your time here to be extraordinary, so much so that you’ll be thinking about planning your next vacation here…even before you’ve finished your current one.

Many people don’t know this (and it’s not a hidden secret), but Niagara is made up of 12 distinct communities and each community has a different event or festival happening each weekend. Here are some of the most refreshing hand-picked events for June:

Fort Erie International Friendship Festival – June 28th – July 1st 

In 2013, the Bi-Centennial Celebration continues at the 27th Annual International Friendship Festival. Celebrating 200 years of good relations between Canada and the United States since the end of the War of 1812. Featuring.local artisans, great food, evening concerts and the 2nd annual “Festival’s Got Talent.”

Niagara New Vintage Festival – June 15th – 23rd

There is no better way to describe Niagara’s summer bounty, than to experience it first-hand. Travel along Niagara’s Wine Route, sipping and savouring some of the best flavours of the season.

 Butler’s Barracks Concert Series – June 29th

Based on last year’s successful Tragically Hip performance at this historic national site, the Butler’s Barracks Concert Series are back for year two, with performances from City and Colour, Metric, Serena Ryder, Jimmy Eat World and Yukon Blond.

Shaw Festival – June – October 

The Shaw Festival is a world-class theatre company inspired by the work of Bernard Shaw. The contemporary plays produced are from and about his era, which share Shaw’s provocative exploration of society and celebration of humanity. the 2013 PlayBill is now playing. The 2013 Season Playbill includes: Guys and Dolls, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Peace in Our Time, Our Betters,  and Major Barbara

Summer Concert Series at Jackson-Triggs – June – September 6th

Award-winning wines, gourmet food and brilliant Canadian talent come together to celebrate summer in Jackson Trigg’s open-air amphitheatre.

 Farmer’s Market  – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday All Year Round 

The Farmer’s Market in St. Catharines is more than just fruits and vegetables, it’s about finding the most delicious breads, seafood, meat, preserves, spices, fresh cut flowers and jewellery in the area. Local artists also take the Market Stage on Thursday and Saturday afternoons during the summer. Enjoy everything from jazz to blues, oldies to modern day music.

PoultryFest Niagara – June 22nd

Located in downtown Smithville, this annual event features more than 60 vendors, an historic train station, giant craft show, a magnificent food court, outdoor entertainment, classic car and truck show, antique tractor pull and show, farmer’s market, poultry discovery centre and so much more.

The Laura Secord Commemorative Walk – June 22nd 

On June 22nd (the Bicentennial anniversary) take a walk into history and retrace Laura Secord’s steps of her famous 32 km journey from the Secord Homestead in Niagara-on-the-Lake to DeCew House in Thorold, where she delivered her famous message.

Looking for a place to rest your head after all of this adventure? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls has 258 newly renovated and spacious accommodations for a restful night’s sleep.

So what are you waiting for, start booking your next wonder-cation? We’re only a phone call or click away to some wonderful and long-lasting memories.