The Civic Holiday long weekend is almost here (August 2nd to 5th) and now is a good time to start planning! This years Civic Holiday is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some time off from work to be with family and friends out in the sun having fun. Clifton Hill Niagara Falls offers the ultimate long weekend destination…everything you could possibly want for an unforgettable holiday is just steps away from one another. What’s better than great food, fun activities, and an epic view with the people you love?
What is the Civic Holiday?
Civic Holiday is celebrated annually on the first Monday in August across Canada, but takes many different names across the provinces and territories. In Ontario, the holiday was created to honour John Graves Simcoe who was the creator of the birthplace of modern Toronto, as well as to celebrate diverse Canadian culture. But each province and territory has adopted it’s own reason to celebrate.
Civic Holiday Weather
The weekend weather will be perfect for the Civic Holiday!
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!
Driving Route Alternatives
Visiting today for the Civic Holiday? Here are a few driving options to consider while getting in and out of the Falls. Have a safe and happy holiday today!
Civic Holiday Weekend Fireworks
And of course, it wouldn’t be a long weekend without fireworks to celebrate! You can expect to be blown away by a special fireworks display on August 5th at 10:00 p.m, and regular scheduled shows every night at 10:00 p.m until September 2nd.
While there are lots of different spots of Clifton Hill to watch the show, the most memorable is by far from 175-feet up in the air. The Niagara SkyWheel carries you up above the hill to reveal a beautiful view of the falls and surrounding landmarks for an intimate experience with the fireworks. And don’t forget that with your Clifton Hill Fun Pass online you get not one, but two rides in the sky!
Making the Most of the Weekend
The Clifton Hill Fun Pass is your ticket to the most fun. For 1 low price you get to experience 6 incredible attractions all within steps of one another. In addition to your skywheel rides you’ll also get admission to Zombie Attack, Movieland Wax Museum, Dinosaur Adventure Golf orWizards Golf, Ghost Blasters Dark Ride, and Wild West Coaster.
Zombie Attack is the newest addition to the Clifton Hill Fun Pass that challenges you against brain-hungry zombies in a multi-sensory adventure, featuring real-time 6D graphics. It’s an awesome way to challenge your friends and spark up some friendly competition with! It is located on Clifton Hill next to KELSEYS Original Roadhouse in the SkyWheel Courtyard plaza.
A Clifton Hill hit that is not to be missed is the Niagara Speedway which combines traditional go-karts with the added fun and excitement of an elevated coaster styled track. 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.
Niagara Falls Restaurants
To keep you fueled and ready to play we have two family friendly restaurants that feature hundreds of menu items. Both Boston Pizza and Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse are the perfect way to take a break from the action while still being able to see the action from a distance that to the outdoor patio dining options.
Niagara Events for Civic Holiday
Along with Fireworks, here is a listing of all the top events for Civic Holiday Weekend in the Falls and the Niagara Region.
Canal Days in Port Colborne
Every Civic Holiday weekend, vessels gather in Port Colborne for 4-days to celebrate history along the beautiful canal. Here you’ll be able to feel the spray from the falls, explore the decks and even maybe try your skills behind the wheel. More information on this even suitable for the entire family can be found here. In Ontario, Civic Holiday is a celebration of John Graves Simcoe. August 3rd to 5th
iMela South Asian Music Festival
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 3rd, before the main event on Sunday, August 4th. 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. August 3rd to 4th
Bridging cross-cultural aesthetics while exploring her own struggle to both fit into and, breakaway from modern Western archetypes has been an important part of Iskwē’s artistic vision since the release of her WCMA nominated self-titled debut album in late 2013. August 3rd at 8pm @ the Illumination Stage in Queen Victoria Park.
The Mackenzie Printery Tour
The Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum holds a special tour on Simcoe Day (August 5th, 2019) to learn about how the printing press helped John Graves Simcoe shape Upper Canada. Find more information here.
The Past is the Past Heritage Festival
The Past is the Past Heritage Festival is putting on historic demonstrations, heritage activities, live music and more to celebrate Civic Holiday. Admission to the event is free for all from 11 to 4 and takes place on the museums front lawn. Learn more here.
Other Civic Holiday Events
- Wild Magic by Greg Frewin @ The Greg Frewin Theatre, Niagara Falls, On.: August 2, 3, 4 & 5th, 6:15pm & 7:30pm
- Disney’s Beauty & the Beast @ The Greg Frewin Theatre, Niagara Falls, On.: August 3rd @ 1:00pm
- Iskwē performs live @ the Niagara Falls Illumination Stage, Niagara Falls, On.: August 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- Wine & Music with an Italian theme: Caroline Leonardelli, harp & Julie Nesrallah, soprano @ Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls, On.: August 3 @ 11 am – 1 pm
- Niagara Falls 4th Annual Art Show & Competition @ Niagara Falls Public Library, Niagara Falls, On.: August 2-29th
- Ladykillers @Shaw Festival Theatre Niagara on the Lake, On.: August 2nd, 2019 @2pm
- Brigadoon @Shaw Festival Theatre Niagara on the Lake, On.: August 4th, 2019 @1pm
- Siege of Fort Erie Re-enactment @Old Fort Erie, Fort Erie, On.: August 3rd from 10am to 5pm
Where to stay in Niagara Falls
If you’re coming in from out of town, the best way to ensure an epic weekend is with the perfect place to stay. Choosing from our list of recommended hotels ensures that you are in the heart of all of the action