Bet you never thought you’d see those words come together. But get-togethers are really what Niagara-on-the-Lake is all about. Especially in the summer when families, friends and strangers swoop down on our little village nestled on the southern shores of Lake Ontario.

A foodies’ extravaganza!?
Every Wednesday evening until September 18 from 4:30 p.m. to dusk, the SupperMarket comes to town featuring amazing food vendors, local wines and beers, and entertainment. Bring your own acrylic wine glass or purchase a reusable GoVino glass for $2 on-site. Parking is available at the site or off Niven Road. Located at 111 Garrison Village Drive (across from Jackson-Triggs Winery), the SupperMarket is just a 10-minute walk from Globetrotters Bed and Breakfast.

Let the noise begin!?
The Earth & Sky MusicMarkets bring together a delightful mélange of air, food, wine, crafts and sound on the grounds of Château des Charmes Winery. This hub of celebration features workshops, seminars and even the direct involvement of a local recording studio with loads more to come. Entrance and parking to this pay-as-you-go event are free. Join the fun: May 19, June 30, August 4 or September 1.

Not just for film buffs!?
The Niagara Integrated Film Festival will run June 19 to 22 in Niagara-on-the-Lake and other Niagara locations. Programs include “Filmalicious,” a spectacular “dinner and a movie” event hosted at some of the region’s most fabulous vineyards; “Film Feast” featuring events at eight of Niagara’s wineries where you can sample a flight of vintages of each, accompanied by exquisitely prepared hors d’oeuvres and a selection of intriguing short films; and “Niagara Rises.” Tickets range from $15 for a regular movie and $50 for the Gala, which includes a cocktail reception, to $125 for “Film Feast” and $150 for “Filmalicious” events. Purchase tickets online or call 1-800-656-0713.

Swing with the best
Join fellow music lovers at Trius on Saturday, July 12, 2014, for the Jazz Festival and, again, on Saturday, August 9, 2014, for the Blues Festival. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and spend the day in the vineyard, listening to the great sounds of live music. Gates open at 2 p.m. with artists performing from 4 to 8 p.m. Prices range from $40 per person (plus taxes) for lawn seating to $75 per person for the best seats in the house at the Trius Red Lounge. Visit www.triuswines.com.

Music Niagara
The 16th season of Music Niagara kicks in from July 12 to August 9, 2014, featuring performances by accomplished musicians from around the world at a variety of venues such as St. Mark’s, Simcoe Park, Hillebrand Winery, The Epicurea, Jackson-Triggs, Addison Hall, Willowbank, Ravine Winery and others. From young virtuosos to world-renowned jazz musicians, there’s something for every taste and budget. Did I mention some are free? Visit www.musicniagara.org or call 905-468-2172 or 1-800-511-7429 for the full schedule and ticket information.

Hooked on jazz!?
The Niagara Jazz Festival swings into Niagara-on-the-Lake from August 22–24 for three glorious days of musical performances by renowned artists at various venues and wineries throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake. Why not make it a weekend? Ticket prices range from $45 to $69/person for daily events to $149/person for a weekend pass, however some performances are completely free. Purchase tickets online.

Add in all the usual annual festivals and events and you can be assured Niagara-on-the-Lake will be rockin’ this summer!

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Posted by Donna Vieira, owner of Globetrotters Bed & Breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake