10 Free Things to do in Niagara Falls for September
Niagara Wine Festival
When: Saturday, September 10th to Sunday, September 25th, 2016
Don’t forget all the exciting festivities that go on at Montebello Park (64 Ontario St.) in Downtown St.Catharines during the second and third weekend of the event. Montebello Park will have a variety of wine tasting and food pairing vendors lined up that are participating in the Niagara Wine Festival.
Wristbands will be in effect for those wishing to drink, however families are welcome as there will be a stroller and wagon entrance through the Lake St. entrance. Apart from the obvious celebration of Niagara’s finest wines, there will be plenty of live entertainment with a list of concerts.
On Saturday, September 24th, enjoy the colours and the pageantry of one of North America’s foremost street parades! Featuring an outstanding procession of marching bands, drum corps, community groups, majorettes, floats and amazing performances. This is one of my absolute favourite aspects of the Niagara Wine Festival.
For more information on the Niagara Wine Festival and all its events, participating wineries, tastings and every day occurrences go to www.niagarawinefestival.com
Coca Cola Concert Series (until September 5th) and Niagara Falls Fireworks
From May 1st until October 30th, 2016, every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and Holidays at 10 p.m., enjoy a spectacular Niagara Falls fireworks displays in Queen Victoria Park. Come early from September 1st until September 5th, and you will get to enjoy free Coca Cola concerts daily at 8 p.m.
Thursday, September 1: Sandy Vine and the Midnights
Friday, September 2: The Associates
Saturday, September 3: The Athertones
Sunday, September 4: The Shananigans
Monday, September 5: Chris Anton Band
Fireworks displays are weather permitting.
Note: All dates and times are approximate and subject to change.
Onguiaahra Sound and Light Show
When: Friday, August 26th to Monday, September 5th from 8:15 pm to 10:30 pm
This FREE event happens at the foot of Murray Street in Queen Victoria Park with a large fountain display that will be set up across from the American Falls.
Expect to see a fountain of an ever-changing multitude of colours that will reflect off the spraying water to sights and sounds to astonish and mesmerize the whole family!
There will be THREE shows nightly at these times: *8:15 pm *9:15 pm *10:15 pm
What makes this extra exciting, is that the Onguiaahra: Thunder of Waters will commence during the Coca-Cola concert series (8:00 pm), with the final showing right after the Niagara Falls Fireworks displays (10 pm).
Merritton Lions Club Community Festival
When: Friday, September 2nd to Monday, September 5th
Admission to the Festival is Free, but donations are gladly accepted and greatly appreciated, as this weekend is the Merritton Lions Club’s biggest fundraiser for the year.
Friday, September 2nd: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Saturday, September 3rd: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday, September 4th: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm with FREE fireworks as dusk
Monday, September 5th: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
The festival features Robert Townsend Amusements Midway and Games (regular fees apply — see website).
Please visit www.MerrittonLions.com for all event and Midway details
Finding Dory in Chippawa Park
When: The evening of Friday, September 9th at approximately at 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Watch a movie under the stars for FREE!
A large screen will be set up in Chippawa Park on the evening of September 9th, to watch the film “Finding Dory”.
Approximate start time for the movie will be at sundown, around 8:00 pm. Food and concession will be made available during the event.
Come on down and support your local community, and the Welland SPCA. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted.
Taste of Fort Erie
When: Saturday, September 17th from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
The 2nd Annual “Taste of Fort Erie” event showcases great food and retail vendors. The event will also include live entertainment, and activities for all ages.
Bring the kids for free fun exploring, climbing, tossing, bouncing and meeting and greeting their favourite Disney Characters.
Featuring incredible local talents including Spencer MacKenzie, The Associates, Guilty Pleasures & Split Second. ALL FREE!
12-3PM SPENCER MACKENZIE
3-6PM THE ASSOCIATES
6-9PM GUILTY PLEASURES
9-11PM SPLIT SECOND
For more information please visit www.bridgeburgdistrict.com
When: Saturday, September 10th at First Grantham United Church (415 Linwell Rd, St Catharines) to Sunday, September 11th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Stamford Lions Club )3846 Portage Rd., Niagara Falls)
At this event there will be vendors set up where you get to “Shop ’til you drop!” Drop by for an exciting day of shopping and a chance to support your local businesses.
This is completely FREE admission and the first 50 customers to the Stamford Lions Club event will receive a free loot bag.
Enter to win 1 of 2 Gift Baskets!
The Lions Club will have hamburgers and hot dogs on sale.
Visit www.utopiabazaar.ca for more details.
Music for Miracles *Entry by Donation*
When: Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
This is a festival held at Fireman’s Park (2275 Dorchester Road, Niagara Falls) to benefit Childhood Cancer Research at Sick Kids, In memory of Miranda Bauer. The event will feature live music, vendors, and food trucks!
Entry is not free, but it is by any cash donation. So please come and have a good time for a great cause.
Click here for more information.
Historical Walking Tour: Rails, Bridges, and Butcher Shops
*Pictured Above: July 1925 – Niagara Falls 21st birthday Old Home Week parade – crowds at City Hall Queen Street and Erie Avenue* Photo cred Niagara Falls Public Library
When: Sunday, September 18th at 1:30 pm at Niagara Falls City Hall (4310 Queen Street, Niagara Falls)
Join Sherman Zavitz, the City’s Official Historian for a FREE walk into the past as he explores parts of Queen Street, Erie Avenue, Park Street, Zimmerman Avenue, Cataract Avenue, and Bridge Street.
This is an interesting and informative tour lasting approximately 90 minutes.
In order to participate, individuals must complete, submit and print out a form at www.niagarafalls.ca/walkingtour. Bring your printed copy with you as this serves as your ticket and proof of registration. There is no cost.
“Culture Days” at the Niagara Falls History Museum
When: Friday, September 30th to Sunday, October 2nd
On “Culture Days” you will have an opportunity to explore the storage area, learn about the stories behind some of the artifacts that are not on display, and understand what they collect and why.
Tours will be delivered twice a day at 11:oo am and 1:00 pm and will be on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of 20 people.
Contact the Niagara Falls History Museum at 905-358-5082