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Niagara Falls Civic Holiday Long Weekend Activities

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Another Civic Holiday long weekend is just around the corner (Monday, August 6th, 2018), and its another opportunity for some well deserved time off! In Niagara Falls, we are gearing up along Clifton Hill to accommodate you and your family for a weekend filled with adventures on “The Street of Fun by the Falls.”

Did you know?

The date of the Civic Holiday is historically linked to the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1834 but was chosen primarily for its timing: between Canada Day and Labor Day there were no recognizable holidays; one of the longest stretches on the Canadian calendar without a holiday.

What to do this Civic Holiday in Niagara Falls

If you are coming to Niagara Falls to let loose you will not be disappointed, and if you are staying at any of the Niagara Falls hotels in the Clifton Hill district, you are off to a good start.

See: Top Niagara Falls Hotels One Block to the Falls and Clifton Hill

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It wouldn’t be an amazing Civic Holiday in Niagara Falls without Fireworks. Enjoy the best fireworks show in Niagara Falls on your long weekend. There will be fireworks on the Holiday Monday and daily until Monday, September 3rd at 10 pm. The bottom of Clifton Hill is one of the best spots to capture the fireworks at Queen Victoria Park. Come early at 8:00 pm to enjoy the free concerts in the park on Thursday, August 2nd, Friday, August 3rd, Sunday, August 5th, and on the Holiday Monday, August 6th.

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Another fantastic way to view the fireworks and the beauty of the Niagara Falls is from the 175 foot Niagara SkyWheel. Each gondola can hold up to eight people with panoramic views of the Niagara skyline. Enjoy the comfort of climate-controlled enclosed gondolas. Wheelchair accessible gondolas are also available.

Grab the Clifton Hill Fun Pass and experience the Niagara SkyWheel (with a bonus two time admission when buying online), as well as 5 other popular Clifton Hill attractions, which include the Zombie Attack, Movieland Wax Museum, Dinosaur Adventure Golf or Wizards Golf, Ghost Blasters Dark Ride, and Wild West Coaster.

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The newest addition to the Clifton Hill Fun Pass, the Zombie Attack, challenges you against brain-hungry zombies in this multi-sensory adventure, featuring real-time 6D graphics. Challenge your friends in the scoring battle to prove who is champion of mankind! It is located on Clifton Hill next to KELSEYS Original Roadhouse in the SkyWheel Courtyard plaza.

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The NEW Niagara Speedway combines traditional go-karts with the added fun and excitement of an elevated coaster styled track. This our most talked about attraction, with a track that spans 2000 feet and climbs up a 4-story spiral before you head down the ramp.

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Experience great food, fun, and live entertainment at KELSEYS Original Roadhouse. This patio has been expanded to accommodate more of you, and you can experience the comfort of your own home in one of the outdoor tables with booth seating.

A talented roster of musicians perform everyday throughout the Summer from 11:00 am to 2:00 am. Grab a seat and experience all of Clifton Hill’s exciting action at one of Niagara’s favourite Summer hot spots!

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Port Colborne Canal Days – August 3rd – August 6th, 2018

The Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival offers activities and attractions that will enliven the senses. The Tall Ships gather in Port Colborne each Civic holiday weekend, for a four-day celebration of history and heritage. Explore the decks, try your hand at the wheel, or feel the spray as you cruise a Tall Ship on Lake Erie.

The Canal Days Festival encompasses the entire community, with activities at a dozen different Canal Days, Port Colborne Historical & Marine venues: HH Knoll Lakeview Park hosts Ontario’s largest outdoor classic car and kite show. The Seaway Park children’s area has games, entertainment and kid’s activities throughout the weekend.

At the Port Colborne Marine Museum, the history of the Canal is on display, and heritage artisans can be seen working their trade. At the Roselawn Centre, Saturday & Sunday offers two days of live entertainment. Festival guests can ride the free Canal Days shuttle to the Vale Centre where the indoor Craft Show is held. Festival food and shopping kiosks fill historic West Street, and the Market Square concert venue features top-notch entertainment nightly.

Jeff Dunham at Fallsview Casino Resort

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August 3rd – 9:00 PM
August 4th – 9:00 PM

Tickets start at $80

Named “one of the most powerful entertainers” by Forbes Magazine, American funnyman Jeff Dunham is best known for his acclaimed ventriloquism and highly popular comedy series including “Arguing With Myself”, “Spark Of Insanity” and “The Jeff Dunham Show” as well as appearances on 30 Rock and Dinner for Schmucks.

Buy your tickets at Fallsview Casino Resort’s Box Office (open Noon on show days), at all Ticketmaster locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-833-3110 or online at 

iMela South Asian Music Festival

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This international Mela is held at Queen Victoria Park which includes live performances by various South Asian artists, a dance competition and a raffle draw. In addition to performances there is a free movie night on Saturday, August 4th, before the main event on Sunday, August 5th. Two films will be screened at the Queen Victoria Park. One will be a kid’s-oriented film, and the other will be a family-oriented Bollywood film. The Bollywood movie will be presented with English subtitles to appeal to the larger English speaking audience.

Performances are by some of the very best local Canadian artists and international Punjabi/Indian/Bollywood/Pakistani musical artists. Entertainment will include bands, singers, dancers as well as a few local and international comedy acts.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

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The Hornblower Niagara Cruises let’s you experience Canada’s most spectacular wonder of the world by taking you on an unforgettable journey. An intimate tour that gets you as close as possible to the breathtaking flow of water, power and mist that is the magnificent Niagara Falls. Within the Niagara Great Gorge, the catamarans will journey past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and into the very heart of the famous Horseshoe Falls.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is located on the Niagara Parkway at the north end of Queen Victoria Park, close to the Rainbow Bridge and the Oakes Garden Theatre at the foot of the Clifton Hill tourist area.

Make it a family trip this Civic Holiday long-weekend!

Online only, you can purchase 160 Great Canadian tokens for $50 ($44.25+tax).

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Niagara Falls Parking

You will find plenty of parking over the Civic Holiday weekend at this lot pictured in the map below. It’s only a 5 minute walk down Clifton Hill to the fireworks show. It’s a short walk to the Fallsview Casino and their adjoining restaurants. Queen Victoria Park is where you need to be to watch the fireworks shows, access the Hornblower Niagara Cruises, and the MistRider Zipline to the Falls attraction!

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