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Keep checking in here to see the latest in happenings in Niagara-on-the-Lake…There is always lots to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
And if you feel like just relaxing you can enjoy our lovely guest sitting area with Adirondack/Muskoka chairs & firepit table, or the gazebo and/or the hot tub…all available for our guests. So don’t forget to bring along your swimsuit!. Come explore with Explorer House! Book your summer travels now!
The 2017 season of the Shaw Festival is now on sale. Shows includes Dracula, Me & My Girl, The Madness of King George, Dancing at Lughnasa, and more! Don’t miss out!
Get Fresh in the Valley runs weekends from April 8-29, 2017. This is a self-guided wine tour of up to 23 wineries in Niagara’s Twenty Valley wine country.
Sip & Sizzle takes place every weekend in May in over 20 wineries here in Niagara-on-the-Lake. What could be better than a spring weekend afternoon with a few friends, a barbecue, and fine wine?
On May 6, 2017, for the very first time, beer lovers of Niagara will gather for Cask Fest 2017. This will take place at The Agora at Fort George. Participating breweries will include Silversmith Brewing Company, The Exchange Brewery, Teaching Brewery at Niagara College, Kame and Kettle Beer Works, Shawn and Ed Brewing Co. and two up-and-coming breweries — Bench Brewing and Fairweather Brewing Company.
Peller Party in the Vineyard – Food Truck Edition takes place May 20-22, 2017. Don’t miss this fun event!
Niagara’s “Original SupperMarket” invites locals and visitors to a weekly community gathering, featuring 20+ food trucks and food vendors, local beer, wine, cider and local entertainment. For a true taste of Niagara, come join the fun! Join us on Wednesday nights from May 24th to September 20th, 2017 for this fun-filled free event.
Trius Winery will be offering “Trius Red Presents” Movie Nights in June & July.
Music Niagara events kick of June 3, 2017. Numerous events happening all summer long!
Guided Historical Walking tours, offered by the Niagara Historical Museum, take place every Saturday & Sunday at 11 am beginning at the gazebo in Queen’s Royal Park starting June 3, 2017. Tickets are $10 and include Museum admission.
NOTL Shaw Guild Garden Tour will take place on June 10, 2017. It is a spectacular garden tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake that you won’t want to miss.
Oyster Fest Niagara returns June 11, 2017. It takes place at Eagle Valley Golf Club. This event will showcase some of Niagara’s favourite wine, beer, spirit and food purveyors along with Niagara’s own LMT connection and other musical guests. Tickets are $28 in advance and $40 at the gate.
The White Effect happens on June 15, 2017 set amongst the backdrop of the Niagara River and historical Brock Monument in Queenston Heights. Enjoy dinner by the light of the full moon, in typical Niagara-on-the-Lake celebratory fashion. Featuring catered picnics from Signature Kitchens (optional – bring your own if you like), matching VQA wines from local wineries, local craft beer and terrific live music. All that’s missing is you in your Summer whites. Tickets are $35 pp.
Join Parks Canada and the Friends of Fort George as they commemorate the Centenary of the First World War on June 17-18, 2017. Throughout the weekend, re-enactors from across North American will bring Fort George National Historic Site’s roots as Camp Niagara to life with displays and demonstrations honouring those who fought in the “war to end all wars”.
Jackson Triggs Winery has a great line up of concerts again this year from June to September 2017, we are a short walk to the concert venue. They offer a intimate outdoor amphitheatre with an unsurpassed combination of renowned Canadian talent. The line up includes:
- Sam Roberts – June 8, 9, 10
- GlassTiger – June 16
- Amanda Marshall – June 17
- Alan Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies – July 4, 6, 7
- Chantal Kreviazuk – July 8 & 9
- Matt Andersen – July 14
- Dan Mangan & Hannah Georgas- July 15
- Gorden Lightfoot – July 21
- Whitehorse – July 22
- The Trews Acoustic – August 11
- Rheostatics – August 12
- The Sheepdogs – August 18
- Rootstock – August 19
- Blackie & the Rodeo Kings – August 23
- Bahamas – August 26
- The Jim Cuddy Band – September 7 & 8
Niagara-on-the-Lake was originally called Newark and was the first capital of Upper Canada. What a better place to be than the original capital of Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday. It is sure to be a big party, so come join in the celebrations on July 1, 2017 both in NOTL & Niagara.
Artistry by the Lake happens again this year from July 1-3, 2017, open each day from 10am-5pm with free admission. Come see a variety of artists showcasing paintings, fibre arts, jewellery, sculptures, photography, pottery, glass, wood and more.This juried show takes place in picturesque Queen’s Royal Park, overlooking the mouth of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario.
The Tall Ship Regatta
also takes place over the July 1st long weekend. They arrive on July 3, 2017 and will be open to the public on July 4 & 5, 2017
before departing on July 6, 2017.
NOTL Horticultural Society will host their 26th annual garden tour on July 8, 2017. It will be extra special as it is an opportunity to celebrate the Society’s 100th anniversary and Canada’s 150th.
Also on July 8 & 9, 2017 The Battle of Fort George Re-enactment will take place when Fort George commemorate the 204th anniversary of the Battle of Fort George. Re-enactors from all over North America will descend upon Fort George as they re-enact one of the pivotal events in Niagara during the War of 1812. Battle re-enactments will be scheduled throughout the weekend. 1812 programming including musket firings, cannon firings, music presentations and more will be happening both days inside Fort George.
Trius Red Presents Rock at the Winery on July 15, 2017 and Blues at the Winery on August 12, 2017. All guaranteed to be fun events!
The Annual Peach Festival takes place August 12 & 13, 2017 on Niagara-on-the-Lake’s historic Queen Street. Enjoy fresh peaches, peach pies, ice cream, jam and many other peach related treats, surrounded by live entertainment and music. The evening brings a live Salsa band, culinary offerings, wines and local craft beer. Sunday, the peach focus moves to St Vincent de Paul Church, with entertainment, delicious peaches and, of course, peach pies!
Peller Wine Country Fare is back again this year on August 26, 2017.
In addition to being Canada’s 150th it is also the 225th anniversary of Ontario’s 1st Parliament which was held here in NOTL. To commemorate, their will be celebrations at Fort George on Sept. 17, 2017.
Join the Friends of Fort George and Parks Canada on October 7- 8, 2017 as they commemorate the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Queenston Heights and the death of Major General Sir Isaac Brock. Brock’s Monument National Historic Site will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm all weekend. The Monument stairs will also be open for climbing. Venture up the 235 steps to the top of Brock’s Monument and enjoy the scenic view of Queenston Heights and the Niagara River. Commemorative tours of the battle site at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Looking for something different to do in Niagara? The Watering Can is offering the “Vineyard Collection” of workshops hosted by some of Niagara regions’ finest wineries. This fun concept allows you to create a beautiful floral design while enjoying one of the 15 wineries partnered with. Explore the world of floral design, fine wine, paired with various fare…a perfect winning combination.
Perhaps a cooking class is more your style. Wine Country (at Strewn Winery) offer Saturday cooking classes from 10am-3pm. They also offer a number of other food & wine classes.
Can’t make to NOTL this summer? Why not consider a winter visit…A Christmas Carol comes to The Shaw from November 15 – December 23, 2017.
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