Plan an exciting outing to the heart of Ontario wine country this season. Browse all of the exciting events taking place in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2019 and experience a magical Ontario getaway. Take part in a wide variety of activities that show off all the best parts of the season by highlighting the music, food, grapes and gorgeous outdoor spaces that define the Green Belt region. Niagara-on-the-Lake has so many wonderful events that visitors of all ages can enjoy – see what’s happening this season and start planning your Niagara getaway today! Check back for new and exciting events being added.
Summer Events in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Canada Day 2019 in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Join proud Canadians from across Southwestern Ontario, at Fort George for an epic celebration of our amazing country. This will be a day of fun festivities that begins with a delicious pancake breakfast in Simcoe Park. From there, you can join the 41st Regiment Fife and Drum Corps as they carry a massive cake down Queen Street towards the party.
Admission to Fort George is free on this very special occasion. Plus, you’ll get to take in some really neat historical demonstrations as the Friends of Fort George salute the holiday with muskets, music and artillery. Don’t forget the great BBQ feast, additional live entertainment and fireworks that will take you well into the Niagara evening.
Date: Monday, July 1st, 2019
Cost: Free Admission
Location: Fort George National Historic Site, 51 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Summertime Fun at Fort George
Fort George is a must-see when visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake. This historical venue’s vibrancy is kept up with a great deal of TLC from the Friends of Fort George, locals and tourists alike. During the summertime, you can visit this heritage site to learn more about Canada’s involvement in the War of 1812 by witnessing lively military demonstrations and live entertainment of an era long ago.
Read about all the great events at Fort George during the season of sun, so you don’t miss out on all the historically-inspired fun that will entertain your whole family.
Strawberry Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
The hills are alive with the smell of strawberries, so visit St. Andrew’s Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake to touch and taste all things berry-licious in the heart of the Green Belt. From freshly-baked pies to dainty strawberry shortcakes, you and your loved ones will not be able to carry away enough fruity goodness during this daytime celebration.
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 323 Simcoe Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Visit St. Mark’s Church in the centre of Niagara-on-the-Lake for a delicious and delightful family-oriented event during the town’s Cherry Festival. This all-day affair includes artisanal cherry pies, an impressive silent auction and unique shopping opportunities, as well as a BBQ and activities for the little ones.
Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: St. Mark’s Church, 41 Byron St. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
For 29 years, Niagara has been celebrating one of its region’s most prized possessions – the peaches! Come together with locals and travelers alike to enjoy “peachy” treats that regional producers, bakeries and restaurants have teamed up on to make truly perfect.
This event spans the blocks of Queen Street, from Victoria to King, so it’s a great opportunity to spend the day in the sun while enjoying one of the sweetest sides of our historical town.
Dates: Saturday, August 10, 2019 – from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Niagara’s Homegrown Wine Festival
While the fruit festivals above promise visitors of all ages a sweet time in Niagara, everyone knows the Green Belt is most celebrated for its grapes, which produce incredible internationally-renowned wines. During Niagara’s Homegrown Wine Festival, you can sample glasses from 30 different wineries that may also offer tasty treats, live entertainment and chances to tour their estates.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to celebrate the diversity of grape that defines one of the most lush regions in Canada.
Dates: June 15-23, 2019
Cost: Purchase the Discovery Pass to make the most of your time and the 30 Niagara wineries that make up this multi-day celebration.
Niagara Grape & Wine Festival
Continue the celebration of Niagara’s unparalleled production of flavourful wines during this end of summer festival. When you join us for the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival, you will have the opportunity to partake in more than 100 events and interact with wineries, foodies and wine lovers from across the region.
Dates: September 13-29, 2019 (with the Montebello Park Experiences taking place September 20-22 and 27-29, 2019)
Cost: cost is dependent on which events you choose to attend and what you choose to do. Learn more about the Festival and how to make the most of your time and tastings.
Artistry by the Lake in Niagara-on-the-Lake
It’s hard to say which will be more beautiful between Queen’s Royal Park, which overlooks the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, and the amazing array of handcrafted, painted and sculpted creations from countless artists across the region. During Artistry by the Lake, you’ll be exposed to the very best of art and nature and you’ll have the chance to celebrate both during this lively event under the sun.
Dates: Saturday, June 29 to July 1, 2019
Cost: Free Admission
The White Effect Dinner in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Pick out your most spectacular white outfit and prepare for a magical evening under the stars in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Socialize, dance and indulge alongside the Niagara River and the historical Brock Monument in Queenston Heights, as you take part in one of the region’s favourite upscale events.
Bring your picnic setup and take part in a moonlight dinner that includes an extensive array of the area’s best VQA wines, beer and ciders – your choice of which will be chilled and ready for you to enjoy when you arrive.
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Cost: $35 per person or $280 for a table of 8
Concerts and Music Festivals in Niagara
Whether you’re a jazz junkie or a country music connoisseur, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the place to visit during the warmer months if you want to be wowed by internationally-celebrated musicians. From the Music Niagara Series through to the TD Niagara Jazz Festival and Rock at the Winery, you will find the perfect flavour of music for every palette in the heart of wine country.
Polish Sunday Annual Pilgrimage
Commemorate the 26 lives that were lost during World War I by taking part in this special pilgrimage, which begins at the Polish Military Cemetery and proceeds to the Cenotaph of Queen Street. This annual event pays homage to the Polish Blue Army volunteers who passed away before they were able to be deployed to France, due to an influenza outbreak.
The event includes the laying of commemorative wreaths, mass at Chapel and a luncheon at Polonia Park. Those interested in history and those who recognize the importance of preserving our rich history will not want to miss this emotional and educational event.
Date: Sunday, June 9, 2019 – the pilgrimage begins at 12:15 p.m.
Location: St. Mark’s Church, 41 Byron St. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Spring Events in Niagara-on-the-Lake
2019 Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts
Discerning music lovers came together to position Niagara as the venue for a premier international music festival, and over the past several years, they’ve exceeded their vision. Experience every genre of music at Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts, within completely unique outdoor settings and indoor venues, so you can see the best that classical, jazz and popular artists have to offer.
Explore the 2019 season and discover which events you absolutely cannot miss during this internationally-renowned festival. Once you see the quality of performance, taste the foods and wines offered, as well as the transformative event spaces, you’ll want to stay in Niagara for the entire season!
Event Date: Various dates, events taking place between April and May 2019
Cost: Ticket cost vary by performance, visit Bravo Niagara! for details.
Etsy Made in Canada Spring Market in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Step into The Hare Wine Co. and see how more than 35 talented artists have put their heart and souls into countless handcrafted goods. While you experience their talents and explore their colourful and creative products, you and your girlfriends can sip on a glass (or two) of Niagara’s best-loved wines.
Relax, shop, chat and learn about the endless possibilities of Etsy during this empowering pop-up market supported by one of Canada’s favourite companies.
Event Date: April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free
Sip & Sizzle in Niagara-on-the-Lake
As soon as the snow melts, Canadians are ready to engage in one of their very favourite activities – grilling up everything in the fridge on the barbecue. But, instead of being stuck over the grill, why not leave the cooking up to the more than 20 wineries, from across Niagara-on-the-Lake, who will each be offering up unique food and VQA wine pairings during Sip & Sizzle Niagara?
Event Dates: May 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $55 for a touring pass, which entitles the holder to one VQA wine tasting and food pairing at each of the member wineries (taxes and fees not included)
War of 1812 Officers’ Dinner at Fort George
The Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada will host a very special dinner inside of Fort George to honour those who fought in the War of 1812. The evening will include an upscale catered dinner, live music and some interactive comedy, inspired by the early 19th century.
History buffs won’t want to miss this exciting demonstration of Niagara’s passion for history and the heroes who protected ours.
Event Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
War of 1812 Officers Day at Fort George
If you want an authentic historical experience, join the Friends of Fort George for this special celebration of the officers who fought, on behalf of our country, during the War of 1812. Volunteer historians will dawn uniforms that accurately and beautifully replicate their traditional regalia, while engaging with vibrant demonstrations throughout the day.
Event Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Cost: Free admission
The SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Get ready to laugh, cry, clap and sing along during the Shaw Festival’s presentation of a wide variety of fan favourite performances. From modernist works of madness to classic romances, the theatre lovers in your life will all find forays into theatre that suit their unique tastes.
Fort George Murder Mystery
Combine history and mystery during this “who done it?” performance. Act as a detective for the chance to win prizes, while exploring the Fort George historical monument to thwart the guilty party in this “Murder most un-FORT-unate” at Fort George.
Event Date: Friday, May 24, 2019
Cost: A special event rate applies. For more information, call Parks Canada at 905-468-6614.
We look forward to helping you start off your springtime with the very best the blooming season has to offer guests from across Southwestern Ontario.
Experience Spring and Summer Events in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Enjoy the very best festivals and events this spring and summer season in Ontario’s wine country. If you’re visiting us from out of town, book your getaway in Niagara-on-the-Lake with Vintage Hotels and experience an Ontario summer getaway you won’t soon forget.
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