Niagara Falls is one of those bucket-list destinations that draws millions of people each year. From the exciting Hornblower cruises that take you up close and personal to the Falls themselves, to the classic hiking trails that make this part of the world so popular with nature lovers, you’ll never be short of things to do.
Summer 2016 in particular is set to be better than ever though, with a list of events that will satisfy every member of the family. If you’re planning on heading out there over the next few weeks and months, here are some of the must-see events in the Niagara calendar.
Niagara Integrated Film Festival, June 10th – 19th
If you’re a real culture vulture, then this is the event for you. Held in a variety of stunning locations across Niagara, you’ll start at the Trius Winery in Niagara on the Lake. Under the stars, glass of wine in hand, you can watch the feature film “All Roads Lead to Rome”, or you can wait for one of the many other films at the Seneca Queen Theatre – click here for more information.
Niagara New Vintage Festival, June 11th – 19th
Luckily for you, 2016 marks the beginning of a brand new festival, dedicated to the award-winning vineyards that the area has to offer. Did you know that Niagara has over 14,800 acres of rolling vineyards? Well, the New Vintage Wine Festival is the perfect opportunity for you to discover them, while sampling some of the finest Canadian wines from award-winning winemakers.
Wellend Rose Festival, June 11th – 26th
Everyone knows about the stunning, world-renowned rose gardens that the Niagara State Park is famous for, but have you ever been to the Rose Festival? This summer marks the 55th event, and you can expect everything from street dancing, carnival rides and craft stalls to concerts. Plus, you’ll be able to attend the Juried Art Show, which hosts more than 50 regional artists and over 150 art works.
Niagara Falls RibFest, June 17th – 19th
What could be a better way to kick start your summer holiday than with BBQ and Blues? The RibFest, which takes place in the Niagara Square Shopping Mall, is an entire weekend devoted to the best ribs around and incredible live music. From classic Blues bands to soul jams, from Motown to Rock, there will be an entertainer for every taste, and a perfectly barbecued cut of meat for every palate.
Niagara Park’s Onguiaahra: Thunder of Waters, August 26th – September 5th
If you’re holidaying in late summer, then this really is the attraction you should make it your mission to attend. Onguiaahra is a spectacular sound and light show that tells the story of Niagara. A large fountain display is installed at Queen Victoria Park, where lights and images reflect off spraying water in ever-changing colours. If you’re staying at the Marriott on the Falls, you might even be able to catch this display from the comfort of your own room!
If you’re heading to Niagara this summer, let us know your plans in the comments.
I would love to visit Niagara one day ~ Rebecca