List of Upcoming Niagara Festivals and Fairs

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Can you feel that crisp breeze in the air? Have you noticed the leaves gently transitioning to their glorious golden hues? And oh, that unmistakable aroma of pumpkin spice teasing your senses? It can only mean one thing โ€“ autumn is just around the corner! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ

Let’s be real, who doesn’t adore this enchanting season? It’s the time for snuggling up in cozy sweaters, navigating thrilling corn mazes, embarking on rustic hayrides, and savoring everything with a delightful pumpkin twist.

But wait, there’s something even more exhilarating to look forward to. Niagara is primed to transform your autumn fantasies into reality with a spectacular lineup of festivals and fairs. These events will seamlessly carry you from late summer to the very heart of fall. And here’s the cherry on top โ€“ our list is expanding! ๐ŸŒ†

So, grab those calendars, hit that share button, and gear up for a season filled with unforgettable fall adventures! Be sure to stay tuned as we unveil more exciting updates. ๐Ÿ—“๏ธโœจ

Niagara Grape and Wine Festival

When: Weekends, September 8-10 & 15-17 & 22-24, 2023
Where: Montebello Park 64 Ontario St, St. Catharines, ON L2R 5J5, Canada

Experience the ultimate Niagara adventure at the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival! Get ready for a delightful journey through the world of VQA wines, culinary wonders, and 6 wine and culinary pairings with a Discovery Pass. Plus, don’t miss the TD Tailgate Party and Brunch by the Lake for some exceptional pairings that will tantalize your taste buds.

Founded way back in 1951, the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival has grown from a local harvest fest into the oldest and largest celebration of its kind in Canada! We now offer a year-round extravaganza of Grape & Wine delights, featuring flagship events in January, June, and September. Dive into our website to uncover the best of Niagara wine country and trace our journey from bud to bottle.

Join us in Montebello Park, St. Catharines, for “Letโ€™s Grape & Wine.” This six-day festival in September brings the region to life with over 100 Niagara VQA wines, mouthwatering local cuisine, more than 50 hours of live music, and unique experiences that’ll keep you entertained. Entrance to Montebello Park is absolutely free!

The Montebello Wine & Culinary Village is where the magic happens, celebrating the finest food and wine from Niagara. From rich Cabernet Sauvignons paired with pulled pork sliders to bright Sauvignon Blancs complementing Vietnamese bรกnh mรฌ, we’ve got it all. In addition, we’re introducing some exciting new experiences this year:

  • Food + Drink Marquee: Sponsored by Niagara College, this spot focuses on female chefs and winemakers, offering ticketed informational sessions.
  • In Good Spirits Lounge: Returning with a menu of wine-infused cocktails, located in the historic rose garden.
  • Regional Bars: Sample featured wines from different Niagara regions while visiting our winery booths.

Of course, it’s not just about the wine; we’ve got an incredible lineup of live music, family fun zones, and fabulous parades. Join us for this unforgettable festival where there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Niagara County Peach Festival

When: Thursday, September 7-10th, 2023 from 5:30pm to 10pm
Where: 841 Center St, Lewiston, NY 14092, United States

The 65th Annual Niagara County Peach Festival is back from September 7-10, 2023, and it’s happening at the charming Academy Park in Historic Lewiston, NY!

Here’s your guide to exploring the Niagara County Peach Festival:

Amusements of America Rides: Get ready for an adventure! We’ve got thrilling rides and games for all ages. Want to save some cash? Purchase your tickets in advance!

Peach Festival Parade: Join the excitement on September 9th at 11 AM as Center Street comes alive with our annual parade.

Peach Queen Contest: A beloved tradition! Watch as we crown the new Peach Queen on Sunday night at 8 PM on the stage.

Live Stage Entertainment: Throughout the festival, our main stage is bursting with fantastic live entertainment to keep you entertained.

Delicious Peach Shortcake: Prepare your taste buds for a treat! We’ll be serving up over seven tons of mouthwatering peach shortcake during the four-day festival.

Annual 5k Run: Lace up your running shoes! The annual 5k run is a fantastic family event, and all proceeds go to support local charities.

The Food!: Oh, the food! We’ve got a delectable array of food options that will satisfy every craving.

Peach Blossom & Peach Fuzz: Even the little ones get to join in on the fun tradition! Don’t miss out on these adorable events.

Come on down to the Niagara County Peach Festival for four days of peachy fun!

Celebration of Nations

When: Sunday, September 8-10, 2023
Where: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre: 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON, Canada

Celebrate Indigenous Arts, Culture, and Tradition in Niagara!

Get ready for an exciting event that honors Indigenous arts, culture, and tradition in the Niagara Region. The highly esteemed Celebration of Nations has unveiled its plans for a hybrid edition. It will feature in-person programs at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, along with virtual offerings from September 8th to 10th, 2023.

Marquee Concerts: Highlighting the festivities are two incredible marquee concerts that you won’t want to miss!

This event is the result of a wonderful partnership and a gathering of Indigenous arts, culture, and tradition right in the heart of downtown St. Catharines.

It’s all part of a long-term vision shared by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Kakekalanicks, and the City of St. Catharines. This vision draws inspiration from the Two Row Wampum philosophy, promoting unity among all nations, walking together in parallel with respect, compassion, and understanding. The goal? To nurture an inclusive community that we all share for our future.

So, mark your calendars and get ready to be part of this incredible celebration that brings people together, pays tribute to heritage, and showcases the rich tapestry of Indigenous arts and culture. Whether you choose to attend in person or virtually, it’s an experience that will leave a lasting impression!

Niagara Falls Blues Festival

When: Tuesday, September 15-16, 2023
Where: Old Falls Street in downtown Niagara Falls, NY.

Get Ready for a Blues Extravaganza in Downtown Niagara Falls, NY!

Mark your calendars for the 14th annual Niagara Falls Blues Festival, happening on Friday, September 15th, and Saturday, September 16th, 2023, right on Old Falls Street in downtown Niagara Falls, New York. It’s a fantastic event where you can revel in live blues music, indulge in delicious local food and drinks, all just steps away from the iconic Niagara Falls.

Live Music Lineup:

Friday, September 15th:

  • 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Groove to the tunes of Cleveland’s Backstreet Blues Band.
  • 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Let Spencer MacKenzie sweep you away with his blues.
  • 9:00-10:30 p.m. – Feel the rhythm with Joe Louis Walker.

Saturday, September 16th:

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m. – Tommy Z will kickstart your Saturday with bluesy vibes.
  • 3:00-4:30 p.m. – Get ready to groove with Studebaker John & The Hawks.
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Mike Morgan and The Crawl will keep the blues alive.
  • 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Lurrie Bell’s blues melodies will captivate your soul.
  • 9:00-10:30 p.m. – Shemekia Copeland will wrap up the evening with a soulful performance.

This is a free festival, and it’s the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the blues, enjoy delectable local cuisine, and have a fantastic time. Don’t miss out on this bluesy extravaganza in the heart of Niagara Falls!

Lincoln Harvest Pioneer Day

When: Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Museum & Cultural Centre – 3800 Main Street, Jordan, Ontario

Experience the 57th Annual Harvest Pioneer Day Event!

As autumn paints the trees in vibrant hues, Lincoln comes alive to celebrate the bountiful fall harvest right here on our museum grounds.

Harvest Pioneer Day is a vibrant gathering filled with captivating folk arts and crafts demonstrations, lively music, toe-tapping dances, and a delightful array of artisan vendors. It’s a day for the whole family to savor the rich tapestry of sights and sounds!

Getting in is a breeze! Tickets can be snagged online or right at the gates. It’s just $5 per person (ages 4 and up), or gather the family for only $20.

Please note, on-site parking won’t be available. To ensure those with specific accessibility needs have convenient parking near the museum, kindly leave the road-side parking open. If you require accessible parking, drop an email to [email protected].

For parking, head over to the Jordan Fire Station at 3763 Nineteenth St, Jordan. (Remember to use the public parking lot to avoid any disruption to the Fire Service.)

We look forward to celebrating the harvest season with you at our 57th Annual Harvest Pioneer Day!

Niagara Jeep Fest

When: Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 10am to 4pm
Where: Merrittville Speedway, 2371 Merrittville Highway, Thorold, ON, Canada

Jeep Fest 2023

Niagara Jeep Fest rolls around every year, and it’s more than just a Jeep show. It’s a heartwarming charity event that brings Jeep lovers, vendors, thrilling events, awards, prizes, games, and so much more all under one open sky. And yes, it’s a whole-family kind of fun!

This festival isn’t just for those who own Jeeps. It’s for anyone who enjoys the spirit of adventure and community. So, mark your calendar because this is not your typical auto show; it’s an experience.

Whether you’re a Jeep aficionado, someone looking for a good time, or just want to enjoy a day out with your loved ones, you won’t want to miss this annual gathering. It’s about celebrating the rugged spirit of these iconic vehicles, having a blast, and doing some good while we’re at it.

We’re talking about exciting events, from jaw-dropping custom Jeeps to thrilling competitions. There are awards for those who’ve truly put their hearts into their rides, prizes to be won, and games that’ll get your heart racing.

Welland Foodfest

When: Saturday September 30th (noon – 11:00 pm) | Sunday October 1st (noon – 6:00 pm)
Where: Merritt Island in Welland On, Canada

Welland’s Food Festival is Back!

Get ready for a foodie extravaganza in Welland! After past successes with Food Festivals, our city has blossomed into a vibrant hub of activity. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce TWO DAYS of entertainment that’ll bring our community together through fantastic food, music, and drinks, all while giving you that comforting sense of nostalgia.

Rediscover Old School Vibes: It’s a chance to reconnect with old friends and relive cherished childhood memories. Our goal is to provide that warm, old-school feeling that’s all about good times.

Delightful Food & Wine: With up to 29 food and wine vendors, there’s something to satisfy every craving. Whether you’re into pizza and wings, ribs, Italian cuisine, vegan delights, Chinese classics, or Colombian flavors, we’ve got you covered. And that’s just the start!

Treats Galore: Don’t forget to save room for treats like chocolates, churros, and Filipino specialties. We believe in offering a wide variety to please every palate.

Groove to the Music: While you savor the delicious bites, you’ll also be grooving to an incredible lineup of musical acts that’ll set the perfect mood and keep you entertained.

Back to Where It All Began: We couldn’t think of a more fitting location than beautiful Merritt Island, where the original Welland Foodfest first started. It’s the ideal backdrop for this event.

Mark your calendars for the weekend of September 30th and October 1st. We can’t wait to see you there! Please note that outdoor public spaces on Municipal and Regional properties are smoke-free under Regulation by-law 112-2013.

Cicada Music & Arts Festival

When: Saturday, September 30, 2023 to Sunday, October 1st, 2023
Where: Henley Island, Saint Catherines, ON, Canada

Get Ready to Rock on Henley Island, St. Catharines!

We’re all set to celebrate Canadian music on the picturesque Henley Island in St. Catharines. What’s even better? We’re proudly supporting the Pathstone Foundation.

Here’s the scoop on this year’s festival happening on September 30th and October 1st:

Awesome Lineup: We’ve got an incredible lineup featuring Canadian favorites like July Talk, The Sheepdogs, Sloan, and more. Get ready to groove to the tunes of JJ Wilde, Tim Baker, and Yukon Blonde, among others.

Three Stages, Endless Fun: Our festival spans two days and boasts three stages. Each stage hosts performances of different styles, so you can bounce around and catch your favorite acts as you please.

Family-Friendly Fun: Family-friendly vibes are a big part of our festival. We’ve always had children’s performers, and this year is no different. So bring the kids during the day, and if you want to enjoy the evening shows, you can easily arrange for a babysitter. It’s all about making memories together.

A Feast for the Senses: Besides the music, we’ve got plenty more to offer. You can explore a variety of Ontario craft beverages, local food vendors serving up delicious treats, and craft vendors. Plus, you’ll be treated to live art installations for a visually stunning experience.

A Bit of History: The Cicada Festival traces its roots back to the early 2000s when it started in the Lepp family’s backyard. It was a neighborhood affair, and everyone was invited. Fast forward to today, and it’s evolved into a fantastic music extravaganza!

So mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable weekend of music, good food, and great company. You won’t want to miss this. Here’s a sneak peek of our lineup: Wild Rivers, July Talk, Evan Redsky, and many more. See you there!

Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival

When: October 6-9th, 2023 from 10am to 5pm Daily
Where: 3292 Sixth Avenue, ON L0R 1S0

Celebrate the 49th Festival of Fall Favorites!

Get ready for the 49th Festival, where we’re bringing back all your fall favorites. This includes a fantastic lineup of 150+ unique craft and artisan vendors, mouthwatering foods, craft beverages and wines, fresh produce from local farmers, live music on the main stage, and a delightful array of children’s entertainment. But that’s not all! You’ll also find historical demonstrations, heritage tours, and guided nature hikes to make your experience even more enriching.

Fall in Love with Autumn: Take in the breathtaking beauty of the fall season along the stunning Niagara Escarpment. As you explore the festival, you’ll be surrounded by the vibrant colors of the forested trails. It’s a sensory journey filled with captivating sights, sounds, and mouthwatering scents.

Create Thanksgiving Memories: Gather your friends and family, and let’s create some unforgettable Thanksgiving memories together! Enjoy top-notch musical entertainment, engage in family-friendly activities, and catch exciting shows throughout each day of the festival.

It’s the perfect way to welcome the season of giving thanks, surrounded by the warmth of autumn and the joy of shared moments. Don’t miss out on this incredible celebration!

Admission Fees*:

General Admission: $9.00
Seniors (65+): $7.00
Children (3 โ€“ 11): $7.00

Frightmare in the Falls

When: October 27-29th, 2023
Where: 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y9

๐Ÿ‘ป Get Ready for the Ultimate Horror Experience – Frightmare in the Falls! ๐ŸŽƒ

Attention, Horror Fans…are you ready to dive headfirst into the most spine-tingling Horror Festival in North America? Frightmare in the Falls is back, and it’s bigger and scarier than ever! Mark your calendars for October 27 to 29, 2023, and head to the stunning Niagara Falls Convention Centre, nestled in the breathtaking beauty of Niagara Falls, Canada.

๐ŸŒŸ What Awaits You:
Prepare to be immersed in a 50,000 square feet world of horror delights. This festival is your gateway to all things macabre and mysterious. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Memorabilia Galore: Dive into a treasure trove of horror memorabilia.
  • Captivating Panels: Engage in riveting discussions with celebrated horror personalities.
  • Spine-Chilling Movies: Get ready for some seriously scary movie screenings.
  • Meet & Greet: Meet your favorite horror stars and grab those coveted autographs.
  • Eerie Displays: Witness captivating and spine-tingling displays.
  • Iconic Movie Cars: Check out famous cars from horror flicks.
  • Cosplay: Get your creep on with thrilling cosplay.
  • Special Effects: Explore a world of special effects props that will blow your mind!

๐Ÿ‘ป An Unforgettable Experience:
This is your chance to step into the horror world like never before. Meet your horror heroes, participate in thought-provoking discussions, and witness the eerie magic that only the horror genre can deliver. Frightmare in the Falls promises to satisfy your curiosity and passion for all things spooky and fantastical.

Get ready for a unique and unforgettable experience that brings horror enthusiasts together in a spine-tingling celebration of the supernatural and mysterious. Join us at Frightmare in the Falls – an event that will take your love for horror to new heights! ๐ŸŒŒ

Additional Festivals & Fairs

August 31st: Niagara Sunflower Festival for Ukrainian Relief โ€“ Donations, Vineland ON

September 14-17th: Welland Poutine Feast, Welland ON

September 16th: Fall Mystical Market, Fort Erie ON

September 16th: Great Canadian Butter Tart Festival Niagara, Grassie ON

September 16th: Niagara Wellness Fair, Niagara Falls ON

September 21st – 23rd: Wainfleet Fall Fair, Wainfleet ON

September 23rd: Port Colborne Harvest Festival, Port Colborne ON

September 23-24th: Lewiston Harvest and Hops Festival, Lewiston NY

September 23-24th: Niagara Wine Trail Harvest Festival Western NY

September 24th: Apple Blossom Festival, Newfane NY

September 30th: Fort Erie Conservation Club Fall Fair, Fort Erie ON

September 30th: Niagara Falls Oktoberfest, Niagara Falls NY 

October 1st: Niagara Falls Psychic & Wellness Fair, Niagara Falls ON

October 5th: Harvest Pie Festival, St. Catharines ON

October 6th – 9th: Boo at the Zoo, Stevensville ON

October 13th: Fall Into Ridgeway, Ridgeway ON

October 21st: Tap & Craft Festival, Niagara Falls ON

November 17th – 19th: Holiday Handmade Market, Niagara Falls ON

Stay connected for more information on upcoming events in the Niagara Region!

For these Niagara Festivals and Fairs, you will need accommodations! Choose a Niagara Falls Hotel close to the event that you wish to see!

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