With summer just around the corner, the Shaw Festival is in full swing and restaurants, wineries, museums, historic sites and attractions in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area are planning some great events to keep you entertained.
Going to the movies doesn’t get much better than this! From June 10 to 19, you’re invited to pair gorgeous regional wines with sumptuous food and magnificent films—all under the starlit summer sky.
Concert Series at Queenston Heights Park
From 2 to 4 p.m. between June 12 to September 4, head over to the Queenston Bandshell to enjoy Sunday afternoon concerts that bring the sound of big band, Dixie, blues and more.
YUMMM! On June 18, Niagara-on-the-Lake pays homage to this tasty fruit on the grounds of St. Andrews Church where fresh strawberries as well as strawberry shortcakes, crepes, pies, jam will be sold. There’s a barbecue and corn on the cob too.
On June 18 & 19 from noon to 7 p.m., check out Niagara College’s Summer Solstice Handmade Market where 100 artisan vendors feature jewellery, hand-made bags, fashion accessories, preserves, natural bath and body products, original art, designer and children’s clothing, home decor, artisan wood products and time pieces, leather goods, hand-bound books, gourmet food trucks, wine by the glass, live music and just all-round fun. The new Niagara College brewery will also be open and available for tours, samples and purchases.
A WW I Commemoration
On June 25 & 26, Fort George will commemorate the centennial of the First World War with re-enactors from across North America bringing “Camp Niagara” to life with displays and demonstrations honouring those who fought in the “war to end all wars.” For info, call 905-468-6614.
Canada Day Weekend
There is no better place than Niagara-on-the-Lake to celebrate our national holiday. Special events are planned throughout the day, beginning with a pancake breakfast in Simcoe Park. Later the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps leads a giant birthday cake down Queen Street to Simcoe Park, where you’re welcome to enjoy a piece. Admission to Fort George is free all day so be sure to save time to enjoy the music, muskets and artillery demonstrations throughout the afternoon and then feast on a BBQ dinner and watch fireworks in the evening.
From July 1 to 3, a variety of artists showcasing paintings, fibre arts, jewellery, sculptures, photography, pottery, glass, wood, clothing, and more will participate in Artistry by the Lake set in picturesque Queen’s Royal Park, which overlooks the mouth of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario.
Then, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 2, the Cherry Festival at St. Marks Church will feature cherry pies, juice and other goodies, as well as an antiques and treasures sale, a silent auction, used books and more.
A Horticultural Garden Tour
Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on July 9, you’re invited to participate in celebrating the Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society’s 25th Garden Tour, which offers an opportunity to tour several private gardens in the area. Tickets are $12 each in advance or $15 on the day of the tour.
RiverBrink Art Museum Workshops
If creative workshops are up your alley, then look no further than the series of events with local artists throughout the year. Workshops take place on Saturdays as scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming:
July 9: Wire Jewellery with Gina Yaremchak
September 10: En Plain Air painting with oils with Linda Hankin
November 19: Holiday Lanterns with Ann Yamich
You might have to plan ahead if you hope to join the fun at this very popular, usually sold-out annual event. It all happens on August 20, featuring Nashville country artists Blackjack Billy from 6 to 11 p.m. Food truck and a pig roast paired with beautiful harvest wines will be on hand to feed your hearty appetites and thirst. You might even want to try your hand at mechanical bull rides. Tickets cost $45 each. Call 1-888-673-5537, ext. 2 to reserve yours.
If you’re planning to overnight, we still have a few nights available in June, July and August at Globetrotters B&B/Gallery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Be sure to book directly with us to secure our best online rates.
Posted by Donna S. Vieira, owner of Globetrotters B&B/Gallery, Niagara-on-the-Lake