Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotels Blog – Niagara Falls March Break

Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotels Blog – Niagara Falls March Break

It’s only the beginning of January, but we are all secretly counting down the days for a mini break with our families. Whether it be a few days away or a week getaway, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the place to be this Family Day and/or March Break. Take a break from your daily routine and get ready for some fun-filled Niagara Falls Family Activities.  Here are a few of our favourites:

Family Day Adventures

 Bird Kingdom – $2.00 off each regular admission 

Spend a day with your little munchkins and thousands of free flying munchkins (a.k.a birds) and reptiles. The Bird Kingdom is offering $2.00 off each regular admission. This promises to be a fun-filled day.

Family Day at Niagara Falls Museums – Feb 15th – 11am – 3pm

This FREE event has fun written all over it. Participate in a reptile show, get creative and crafty with crafts and put your thinking cap on for an exciting scavenger hunt adventure.

Winterfest at Heartland Forest – February 15th – 11am – 3pm

Don’t miss Winterfest at Heartland Forest. This FREE event features fun and exciting hands-on activities both indoors and out. Stay tuned for March break details.

Butterfly Conservatory

The learning never ends at the Butterfly Conservatory. Explore this lush, tropical setting with over 2000 colourful  butterflies fluttering about freely (you might even be lucky enough to have one land on you). Plus check out the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare for their very first flight!!

Niagara Parks Wonder Pass

Explore the most wondrous Niagara Falls attractions including Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory. Save 55% when you book the Niagara Wonder Pass. Adults $21.95 plus tax | Kids 6 – 12 $16.95 plus tax.

White Meadows Farms Sugar Bush Adventure 

The Sugar Bush adventure is a real treat for the whole family. Experience self-guided tours, re-enactors dressed in period costumes, native stories, maple syrup taffy treats, hot dog roasting, tree tapping, face painting, life like a lumberjack and learn about the rich history of Canada’s first maple syrup harvest of the year. The list of possibilities are endless. Plus enjoy their delicious homemade pancakes and fresh from the tree, homemade maple syrup.

Stay at one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott. We’re minutes away from all of these Niagara Falls family activities. Plus we have tons of on-site amenities (like our indoor pool and games room) and our Kids Love Niagara Package to keep your family entertained all day long. This package includes it all: accommodations, one dinner voucher for The Keg ($40 value) or T.G.I. Friday’s ($35 value), movie and popcorn night in your guest room, 4 Ultimate Fun Passes (Niagara SkyWheel, Movieland Wax Museum, Galaxy Glow in the Dark mini putt, Ghostblasters Haunted House Ride and XD Theatre – 6D Motion Ride Experience), plus fifteen tokens at the Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill.

Check out our current One Night Family Fun Package which starts at $189.99 per night and includes: accommodations, breakfast, one dinner voucher for The Keg Steakhouse + Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, four SkyWheel Passes and a movie and popcorn night in your guest room.

Make room for a little fun with your family!!

Niagara Falls Casino Shows – February

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Niagara Falls Casino Shows

We’re going to keep you entertained for the whole month of February with top notch performances at the Niagara Falls Casinos (on both sides of the border).

The Fallsview Casino

Featuring over 3000 slots and over 100 table games. Plus the list of Niagara Falls Casino Shows in November are incredible.

Fallsview Casino Entertainment

I Tenori – February 11th – 15th. With standing ovations in hundreds of theatres worldwide, the vocals of three unique tenors come together as I Tenori, exclusively at the Fallsview Casino.

Rita Rudner & Louie Anderson – Feb. 19th. Get ready to laugh (really laugh). We’re talking “laugh out loud” belly laughter.

Lady Antebellum – Feb. 16th and 17th. With the recent release of their fifth studio album, 747, Grammy Award winning country group Lady Antebellum bring their triple-stacked harmonies to Fallsview. Experience the trio’s big, blockbuster sound with hits such as “Just A Kiss”, “We Owned The Night”, “American Honey”, “I Run To You”, “Need You Now”, “Downtown” and “Bartender”.


Seneca Niagara Casino

Just a short drive over the border and voilá you are at the Seneca Niagara Casino, the place to be for some of the best Niagara Falls Casino Concerts.

Average White Band – Feb. 13th at 8pm

Frank Sinatra Jr. – Feb. 14th at 8pm

Honeymoon Suite – Feb. 20th at 8pm

Foreigner – Feb. 21st  at 8pm

Lion Dance and Red Envelope Distribution – Feb. 22nd at 8:30pm

Bowzer’s Rock N’ Roll Party – Feb. 28th at 8pm

Book your Winter Getaway to Niagara Falls soon. Check out one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals in the City at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. Our Ultimate One Night Romance Package starts at $119 per night (Sunday – Friday) and includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet, dinner voucher, cocktails at The Keg, one bottle of wine and two wine glasses, hershey kisses, wine tasting, beer tasting, cheese tasting and a lavender culinary experience.

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

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Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. It’s time to say good-bye to the 32nd annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights and the 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays. Be sure to get your last viewing before January 12th, 2015.

Dufferin Islands

It’s also time to say good-bye to the 13 new Canadian Wildlife displays in Dufferin Islands including: a moose and buffalo, howling wolves, charging rams, bears, beavers, whales, deer, dinosaurs, Noah’s Ark and the 20 foot tall illumination, called the Soma, designed to resemble a waterfall. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to take your Winter selfies in front of this spectacular illuminated display.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Clifton Hill


It’s not too late to get your last dose of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Power and the illuminated display at the top of Clifton Hill, featuring your favourite turtles: Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello.

Fireworks and Falls Illumination Schedule

It’s also the last Friday for Fireworks over the Falls. Join us on Friday, January 9th, at 9pm, as the sky over the Horseshoe and American Falls will be lit up with a stunning fireworks performance. The Niagara Falls Illumination continues all year round. Check out the 2015 Niagara Falls Illumination Schedule and stay tuned for details on the 2015 Niagara Falls Fireworks Schedule.

Niagara Falls Events in January

There are also plenty of events in January to keep you busy. Don’t miss these fun-filled Winter Niagara Falls Events:

– Niagara Icewine Festival which runs from January 9th – 25th

– Skate Niagara Ice Show – Meridian Centre – January 30th

– Snowshoeing in the Vineyard –  Thirty Bench – weekends in January and February 

Plus many of our Niagara Falls Attractions are open year round: Journey Behind the Falls, Bird Kingdom, Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara SkyWheel and many more.

Looking for a Niagara Falls hotel for your Winter Getaway? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to these spectacular and traditional Winter Events. Check out our current special offer, a One Night Package starting at $115 per night. This is one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals.


Celebrate the New Year in Niagara Falls

Celebrate the New Year in Niagara Falls

With every NEW year comes a NEW resolution. Our New Year’s Resolution is to share all of Niagara’s year round events because we have so much to celebrate. Our January experiences involve many of the things we love most: the Niagara Wine Festival (the icewine kind), sports and our Winter Festival of Lights.

Niagara Icewine Festival

There is no denying it, we love Icewine so much in Niagara, that three weekends have been dedicated to our passion.

On January 15th, the cork pops at the Xerox Icewine Gala at the Fallsview Casino, as we begin the “liquid gold” celebration. Taste Icewine from over 35 wineries along with culinary masterpieces. Here’s what’s happening…

Twenty Valley Icewine Kick-off – January 15th – 17th

It’s Twenty Valley’s turn to raise their Icewine glasses with the ultimate street party. On opening night, the Mandevilles open for Whitehorse starting at 6pm. The rest of the weekend is all about fabulous food, music and wine. Read more.

Sweet Sparkling Sensational Dinner – January 16th

It’s a Sweet Sparking Sensational Dinner with host Chef Lynn Crawford.  Indulge in a 5-course meal featuring an icewine infused menu.

Peller Estates’ Icewine Market – January 15th – 17th, 22nd – 24th and 29th – 31st

Warm your tastebuds with a Cabernet Franc Icewine Hot Chocolate (Seriously?)…Talk about indulgence overload. Plus culinary masterpieces by Chef Jason Parsons.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival – January 23rd – 24th

Embrace the Winter by seeing Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Queen Street transform into an Icewine and Culinary Winter Wonderland.

Purchase a discovery pass and explore the Icewine route starting at $40 per pass. Check out the list of participating wineries.

Niagara Falls is thrilled to be part of this delicious experience for the second year at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. From January 29th -31st,  enjoy Icewine from 15 participating wineries along with some culinary creations and live entertainment.

Niagara Falls Casino Shows

January is full of entertainment with tons of Niagara Falls Casino Shows to choose from:

Niagara Fallsview Casino

  • Jersey Nights – January 7th – 14th
  • Mimi Choo – January 17th – 18th
  • Donny Osmond – January 15th and 16th
  • World Rock Symphony Orchestra – January 22nd – 30th


Seneca Niagara Casino

  • Gary Puckett and the Union Gap – January 8th
  • Barbra and Frank: The Concert that Never Was – January 9th
  • Bobby Rydell – January 16th
  • Whoopi Goldberg – January 22nd
  • Buffalo Bridal Expo – January 24th
  • Joan Osborne -January 29th

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

The Wonder continues until January 31st with 3 Million Twinkling lights and displays. You’ve got to check out the incredible displays at Dufferin Islands and along the Niagara Parkway.

Niagara Falls Fireworks and Illumination Schedule

The spectacular Niagara Falls Fireworks displays and Illumination also continue into January.

Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks over the Falls every Friday night starting at 9pm.

U18 Women’s World Hockey Championship

The 2016 U18 Women’s World Hockey Championship is an incredible event being held in St. Catharines at the Meridian Centre from January 8th – 15th. It will bring together the world’s best U18 women’s hockey players from 8 countries around the world. Niagara is looking forward to welcoming the world with ongoing entertainment and cultural programs as we celebrate the achievements of these players and the game of women’s hockey. The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is proud to support this spectacular game.

Niagara River Lions

The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is also proud to support the NEW Canadian Professional Basketball team, the Niagara River Lions. Come out to an exciting game of basketball and cheer on the Niagara River Lions. Check out their schedule to see what game works for you.

Niagara Falls Shows

The Skate Niagara Ice Show is back for the second year at the Meridian Centre on February 26th starting at 7:30pm. This spectacular Ice Show features your ice performer favourites, from Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to Kurt Browning and hometown sweetheart Kristen Moore-Towers with her partner Michael Marinaro. New skaters this year include the 2015 World Champion, Javier Fernandez and Nancy Kerrigan. Get your tickets before this incredible show sells out.

Make Niagara Falls part of your New Year Tradition. The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top 4-star Niagara Falls hotels located in the “centre of it all,” just minutes from Niagara Falls and all of these exciting Niagara Falls attractions and events.

Book our Ultimate One Night Package, starting at $109 per night. This is one of the best Niagara Falls Hotels Deals and includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet, dinner voucher for two at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, wine tasting, beer tasting, lavender culinary experience, cheese tasting, fudge tasting and so much more.






Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2015

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Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2015 is one of the most wonderful events of the year in Niagara Falls starting on November 21st and running until January 31st, 2016 (sing with us).

The 33rd annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights (a.k.a. Winter Festival of Lights to us local folk) is finally here! It’s definitely an exciting annual event that we all look forward to every year. It’s the largest Illumination Festival in Canada and the city of Niagara Falls is alive with over 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays.

Laser Light Shows

Don’t miss the ALL NEW Laser Light Shows happening throughout various Niagara Falls neighbourhoods. There will be two x 15 minute spectacular shows:

Victoria Avenue District – December 19th – 30th at 6:30pm and 8:30pm

Fallsview Boulevard – January 14th – 24th at 6:30pm and 8:30pm


Afterwards, be sure to check out the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights’ 5km illumination route to see the beautiful light displays throughout the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland, Dufferin Islands and in surrounding tourist districts.

Spirit of Niagara Sound & Light Show

There’s so much entertainment happening in Niagara Falls this Winter. Catch the thrilling thematic journey of Niagara experienced through music, spectacular lighting and image projections. Through impressive state-of-the-art digital technology, the show depicts Niagara’s arts, culture and entertainment!  The city-facing side of the Oakes Hotel will serve as the canvas for the Festival’s newest lighting technology. Acting as a storytelling aid, Heno, the Thunderbeing, who lived in a huge grotto behind the Great Falls, and his arch nemesis; the Great Serpent of the Falls, will steer you through the “Spirit of Niagara” Light and Sound Show which features Niagara’s rich history. The “Spirit of Niagara” Sound & Light Show is Presented by Fallsview Casino Resort and Tourism Partnership of Niagara.

Dufferin Islands

Year after year, visitors love the tradition of Dufferin Islands. This will be the second year that Dufferin Islands will feature the Canadian Wildlife displays including: a moose and bison, howling wolves, charging rams, bears, beavers, geese and deer. This winter wonderland also includes the Sylma, a 20′ x 35′  magnificent tower of cascading lights enhanced by projection illuminations on over 70 trees and a 30′ water feature which will be choreographed to music.

Also, if you tune into 100.5 FM during your drive through Dufferin Islands you will enjoy Christmas music to get you in the festive mood.

Fireworks and Falls Illumination Schedule

At 9pm every Friday night between November 21st and January 29th, the sky over the Horseshoe and American Falls will be lit up with a stunning fireworks performance. You will see as many as 20 fireworks shows this season.

2015-16 Niagara Falls Winter Fireworks over the Falls Performance Schedule!

Friday, December 4th, 11th, 18th,

Nightly Fireworks Shows: December 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th

Friday, January 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Check out the opening ceremonies’ fireworks from last year.

All performances take place at 9:00pm unless otherwise noted. The fireworks schedule is subject to change; each show is approximately five minutes in length.  As always, fireworks performances are weather permitting and may be cancelled due to poor conditions like high winds or rain.

Check out the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Light’s illuminate route. 

And with the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights comes many other exciting Niagara Falls Events such as New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls. Details will be announced soon.

Looking for a Niagara Falls Festival of Lights hotel? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to this spectacular and traditional Winter Event.

Only 3 more Fridays until Santa comes to town (okay so we obviously love the holidays).

Eat. Sleep. Drink Wine at our favourite Niagara Wineries’ Events

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November is here and we all know that hibernation has begun. It’s the month to start stocking up on the red wines we adore the most (and just keep telling yourself don’t worry…red wine is good for your health).

Many of the Niagara wineries are famous for their red wines, winery tours and winery events. So grab your beloved parka, and head on down to Niagara because let’s face it, Winter is coming and it’s going to be here for a long time. So rather than hibernating, let’s embrace the cold by attending some fabulous Niagara Events:

Annual Nouveau Release Party at Reif Estates Winery – Nov. 20th – 5-8pm

It’s the end of another harvest and time to raise a glass to Gamay Nouveau and Kerner Nouveau paired with some culinary delights (fresh shucked oysters, a charcuterie station and artisan cheeses). Tickets only $25 each.

Chicks and Chocolate – Peller Estates Winery – M – F at 2pm and Weekends at 2pm and 4pm

Grab your favourite girls for a fabulous weekend of chocolate and wine. You’ll also learn how wine and chocolate complement each other and how they can awaken your palate. Tickets are $15 each.


Taste the Season – Weekends in November

One of the must experience Niagara-on-the-Lake events of the season. This sentence says it all – A holiday-inspired wine and food tasting event at 26 Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries.

This picture speaks a thousand tasty words…






Vino and Vinyasa – Southbrook Wines – November 8th – 12:30pm – Southbrook Winery

Enjoy an afternoon of vino and vinyasa and allow Southbrook’s local yogi to stretch your body and centre your soul. Classes will be outside, so dress accordingly and bring your yoga mat.

He said beer, she said What?

November 22nd – 7 – 9pm – Southbrook Winery

Southbrook Vineyards and Silversmith Brewery come together in the ultimate showdown between wine and beer. Enjoy an evening of wine and beer flights with delectable food pairings. You be the judge of who comes out as the winner.

With so many wine-derful events happening in November, the hardest part will be choosing which one to attend. Choose them all, after all wine is good for your health. Continue the health and wellness trend and come visit Niagara Falls for your daily dose of negative ions. Negative icons from the mist of the Falls are also beneficial to your health. Stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls, one of the top Niagara Falls Hotels located in the “centre of it all” and just minutes from this health and wellness wonder.







Meridian Centre St. Catharines

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Meridian Centre St. Catharines

It is official! The grand opening of the new Meridian Centre in St. Catharines is happening on Saturday, October 11th. Doors open at 10am and the ribbon cutting ceremony happens at 10:30am. Self-guided tours will run until 5pm that day.

Check out the arena as of yesterday. It is so close to completion. Check out the Construction Cam.







This arena seats 6,000 people for concerts and events and 5,000 people for hockey games. And speaking of hockey games, the Meridian Centre is the new home of the Niagara IceDogs. Be in the stands when the first puck drops in the new arena on Thursday, October 16th. The IceDogs will be playing against the Belleville Bulls.  Purchase your tickets today!

Become part of history when City and Colour plays the inaugural concert at the Meridian Centre. Purchase your tickets on Ticket Master.

The Tragically Hip is also scheduled to perform in February, with tickets going on sale on October 18th on Ticket Master.

Hockey Canada and the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association announced that the Meridian Centre will be home to the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in January 2016. This is the first time that this event will take place in Ontario. Yesterday, Natalie Spooner, 2014 Canadian Olympic Champion for Women’s Hockey was at the Meridian Centre for the exciting announcement.

Be part of the action and start planning your getaway to Niagara today. Stay in the heart of Niagara Falls at the Courtyard by Marriott. Located just 10 minutes from the new Meridian Centre and footsteps from Niagara Falls, both Casinos and many Niagara attractions, the Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top four-star Niagara Falls Hotels.



Niagara Falls Casinos – Fall for Great Entertainment

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Niagara Falls Casinos

This Fall is filled with top notch entertainment at the Niagara Falls Casinos (on both sides of the border).

The Fallsview Casino

Featuring over 3000 slots and over 100 table games. Plus the list of performers will keep you coming back all season long.

Fallsview Casino Concerts

Le Grand Cirque – until October 5th

Discover the magic and imagination in a spellbinding performance of impossible feats of strength and agility with Le Grand Cirque – Adrenaline. Over 40 international daredevil stuntmen, trapeze artists and contemporary dancers soar through audiences and leap on stage at the Fallsview Casino.

Jennifer Hudson – October 7th and 8th

For two nights only, experience academy and grammy award-winning artist Jennifer Hudson. Singing famous hits “Spotlight”, “One Night Only” and of course “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” and be one of the first to hear Jennifer perform songs from her brand new album, which features songs produced by Pharrell, Timbaland and more.
















Sharon Osbourne

– October 10th and 11th

Who doesn’t love Sharon Osbourne? She’s charming, funny and always entertaining. She’s become a household name in reality television starring on The Talk, America‘s Got Talent, The Celebrity Apprentice and The Osbournes. Experience the bold, funny and fearless Sharon Osbourne in an up close and personal interview at Fallsview Casino Resort.

The Ron James New Year’s Eve CBC Comedy Special – October 14th and 15th

For two nights only, the Fallsview Casino hosts the exclusive filming of The Ron James New Year’s Eve CBC Comedy Special! This award-winning comedian, whose live tours have received critical acclaim from coast to coast (“Cleverly, hysterically funny!” – The Toronto Star) (“The funniest man in Canada” – Victoria Times Colonist), has written and starred in five one-hour comedy specials as well as five seasons of his television series, The Ron James Show.

Kool and the Gang –October 16th

Kool & The Gang’s signature Grammy Award winning jazz, soul and funk style has sold over 70 million albums worldwide. Their top hits “Celebration”, “Cherish”, “Jungle Boogie”, “Summer Madness”, “Open Sesame” and countless more, continue to influence the music of multiple generations.

Gypsy Kings – October 17th

Blending pop with Latin rhythms, Grammy Award winning Gipsy Kings introduced the irresistible sounds of rumba flamenco to the world with international hits including “Bamboleo”, “Djobi Djoba”, “Un Amor”, “Baila Me”, “El Camino”, “Samba Samba” and “Volare”.

Rock and Soul – October 23rd – 30th

Memphis, Detroit and Philadelphia music scenes come together in an exclusive artist roster of eight feature performers that celebrate the unmistakable soulful sounds of The Temptations, Bob Seger, The Supremes, Mitch Ryder, Tower of Power, Hall & Oates, Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls and more with Rock & Soul live at Fallsview Casino Resort.

Seneca Niagara – Niagara Falls, NY

This Niagara Falls Casino is just a five minute drive from the Rainbow Bridge. Featuring 4000 reel and video slot machines and more than 100 table games: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let it Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker and Spanish 21.

The list of entertainers are outstanding.

Sheena Easton – September 27th

Ralphie May Comedy Series– October 2nd

Macy Gray – October 3rd

Alanis Morissette – October 4th

Robert Kelly Comedy Series – October 9th

Santana – October 11th

Nikki Glaser Comedy Series – October 16th

David Spade – October 25th

Tickets are still on sale, so don’t miss out on these exciting Niagara Falls Events. Looking for accommodations close to these Niagara Falls Casinos? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is just minutes away. Check out our ongoing Niagara Falls Packages.







This is what a Niagara Falls Halloween Looks Like

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This is what a Niagara Falls Halloween Looks Like

October is such a fun month in Niagara. There are so many exciting events to look forward to each year. Here are some of our favourites (from spook-tacular, wine country glass raisers and cozy connections with celebrities)


It’s a Howling Good Time at Howell’s Pumpkin Farm

You have to make the trip, to experience all of the fun. From the pumpkin donuts, to the hot apple cider to the haunted spook barn, wagon ride, corn maze, cow train and getting to pick your perfect pumpkin when you leave.

Haunt Manor

It all started with the spooky legend of the Pew Family. They resided on this Lundy’s Lane property when the Battle of Lundy’s Lane took place over 200 years ago. The house has remnants of bullets lining the walls of this house – bullets from the historical Battle of 1812. Paranormal experts have confirmed that this place is indeed full of paranormal activity. So prepare for your mind to wander as you take a tour of haunted houses and a haunted hayride on the grounds of this historical site.

Niagara Ghost Walks

Take a stroll through Niagara’s most haunted corridors. From the Village of Elgin to Niagara’s most haunted Bed and Breakfast (Blythewood Manor) to the exact location where mob lieutenant, Freddy Tedesco, smoked his last cigar.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Ghost Walks

Take a ghost walk through Canada’s most haunted town, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Experience one of the most angry ghosts, who resides in the Angel Inn as well as scary stops outside the Niagara-on-the-Lake Courthouse, Prince of Wales Hotel, Apothecary, and Royal George Theatre.

Fort George Ghost Tours

Niagara is known to be haunted (based on all of these spooky tours) and Fort George is one of the longest running ghost walks in Niagara. This 2 hour tour involves one of the scariest history lessons and a secret opening to a building (the Officers’ Quarters) that is usually off limits during the summer ghost tours.

Bird Kingdom

From October 26th – 31st, enjoy a spooktacular Halloween special for kids and grown-ups when you wear a costume. Admission is $6 for children and $10 for adults. During your Halloween adventure, there will be a scavenger hunt and candy.

Wine Glass Raisers

Masquerade Ball – Southbrook Winery – October 30th

Take a step back to the 15th Century for an enchanting evening filled with appetizers, drinks, wine releases, live entertainment and the can’t miss Halloween candy bar. Costumes are required.

Hernder Estates Halloween Bash – October 31st at 8:30pm

It’s Part 7 of the Hernder Halloween Bash (insert scary music here). It’s an evening of fun with fabulous food and wine for a great cause. This fundraiser is for the Hernder-Picasso Foundation with 100% of proceeds going to the Walker Family Cancer Centre. Plus great prizes for the best costumer ($500 for Best Costume and $500 for Best Group (three or more).

The ‘Red’ Sale at Reif Estate Winery – October 29th – November 1st

Get ready for a delicious hibernation. Stock up your wine cellars with rich and flavourful reds from Reif Estate Winery. Great pricing on limited edition and estate bottled red wines – perfect for entertaining and the holidays. This limited time pricing is only offered once a year. Feature wine tastings complimentary.

Niagara Falls Casino Concerts – Cozy Connections with Celebrities

Get cozy with comedy and classic concerts only at the Fallsview Casino or Seneca Niagara Casino in October.

Fallsview Casino


The Original Stars from American Bandstand – October 26th – 30th

Seneca Niagara Casino

The Lovin’ Spoonful – October 30th

All of these Niagara Falls Halloween events are close to the Courtyard Marriott, where you can Eat. Sleep and repeat the fun the next day.


September Events in Niagara Falls and Beyond

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Summer is almost over, but the fun doesn’t have to end. Niagara’s closet is full of refreshing events happening all September long. The hardest part will be choosing your favourite. Our suggestion…try them all.

Here are a few of our favourites:

Fort Erie
Murder Mystery at Old Fort Erie – September 6th
Get ready to experience a walk like no other, as you explore Old Fort and meet spooky characters while solving a mystery.

47th Grimsby Festival of Art – September 6th and 7th
You know it’s a successful event, when they are celebrating 47 years. If you love high calibre artisans, live entertainment and local cuisine, you’ll definitely love this event.

No.30 Pre-Harvest Lunch with Good Earth – September 7th
It’s one of the most exciting times of the year – pre-harvest time.Begin your day with a structured tasting of wines, led by Winemaker Emma Garner, followed by a picturesque trip below the bench for an al fresco lunch at The Good Earth Food & Wine Company. Treat your senses to the fresh flavours of The Good Earth’s culinary delights and handcrafted wines while you enjoy the beautiful backdrop of wine country.

Charcuterie with a view – September 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th
September is a time to taste the of harvest of Fielding Wines’ 2013 Gamay perfectly paired with a selection of artisan cured meats, cheese and baguette. Best enjoyed on their lake-view deck or borrow a blanket and enjoy it picnic style!

Niagara Falls
Coca Cola Concert Series – Queen Victoria Park – until October 13th
For almost 20 years, visitors have enjoyed FREE classic rock concerts next to the majestic Niagara Falls. Come explore exciting new bands and stay for the incredible fireworks. Concerts start at 8pm. Check out the concert schedule for all the details.

Fallsview Casino Concerts

You won’t be gambling on these great September performances:

-André Philippe Gagnon – September 4th – 6th
– Neil Sedaka – September 11th – 12th
– LeGrand Cirque – September 18th – October 5th

Floral Showhouse Annual Summer Show – until September 12th
Summer continues into September at the Floral Showhouse. Come and experience Mother Nature’s beautiful floral creations (collections of orchids, succulents and other tropical plant species are on display, along with floral shows that reflect the changing seasons). Don’t miss guest appearances from colourful tropical birds flying free throughout the greenhouse.

The 3rd Annual Carmel Fine Art Festival – September 12th – 14th
Get in touch with your creative side at the 3rd annual Carmel Fine Art Festival. Showcasing the masterpieces of over 100 local artists, a children’s art show, a poet/painter exchange, some of Niagara’s favourite musicians, the perpetual peace project and a soiree evening – all taking place in one of the most spiritual places in Niagara Falls, the Monastery of Mount Carmel.

Onguiaahra: Thunder of Waters – Sound and Light Show – until September 1st
The name “Niagara” is said to originate from an Iroquis word “Onguiaahra” meaning “The Strait.” This is a spectacular performance of music and entertainment culminating in a sound and laser show that showcases the fascinating story of Niagara.
Located in Queen Victoria Park, across from the American Falls, a large pond fountain will set the stage for a magnificent series of lights and images that will reflect off of the spraying water in an ever-changing rainbow of colours.

Earth, Sky and Music – Château des Charmes – September 1st
Celebrate the 2nd annual Earth & Sky Music Market. Château des Charmes will be transformed for one day into a unique all-ages supper market featuring local food, local wine and local music.

Falling for Music – Château des Charmes – September 5th
It’s an enchanting evening reminiscent of the grand European salons and a rare opportunity to hear acclaimed violinist James Ehnes and his string quartet. Bravo Niagara! will recreate an intimate “Salon de Musique” set amidst the picturesque backdrop of Château des Charmes’ award-winning vineyard overlooking romantic rose gardens and the majestic Niagara Escarpment.

Wine Country Fare – Brett Kissel – September 13th
Dust off your cowboy boots for the Party of the Year at Peller Estates Winery. It’s an evening of Juno award-winning country performances from Brett Kissel paired with some of Chef Jason Parsons’ country classics (whole roasted pig, IceWine marshmallows and IceWine cotton candy) and Peller Estates wonderful wine.

St. Catharines
Niagara New Vintage Festival – September 13th – 28th
It’s that time of year again. Niagara is so happy to be celebrating it’s 63rd Annual New Vintage Festival. It’s Canada’s largest annual celebration of Ontario’s award-winning wineries and vineyards. Featuring over 30 wineries paired with local, fresh culinary delights. Plus the Pied Piper Parade and the 63rd Annual Meridian Grande Parade and dozens of festival events. There’s a new discovery every day. Check out the website for full details.

Handmade Market – September 12th and 13th
It’s an event filled with some of Southern Ontario’s finest artists all in one glorious place– 13th Street Winery. Plus experience 13th Street’s fine wine, food trucks and culinary creations.

Niagara Food Festival – September 5th – 7th
Mark this event in your calendar. The Niagara Food Festival offers fantastic food from local restaurants and food producers, celebrity chefs with live demonstrations on the Mobile Culinary Theatre, live entertainment for all ages and much, much more. This is a delicious event you won’t want to miss.

There is so much to celebrate in Niagara and these are just a few of our favourites. The list of fun experiences in Niagara are endless. You’ll definitely need a place to rest your head and feet after all of this fun. The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the best 4-star Niagara Falls Hotels, located in the “Centre of It All” just minutes from Niagara Falls and many of these great events.