The Niagara Falls festival season makes the most of the warm months and natural beauty of the region. Whether your tastes run toward live music, arts and crafts, food and drink, or history, there’s an event sure to hit the mark. Check out the variety of festivals there are to choose from in the region.
Memorial Day Weekend
May 23–25, 2020
Join Old Falls Street, USA for a Memorial Day celebration all weekend. Situated just outside of Niagara Falls State Park, bring the family and enjoy free hands-on activities, food trucks and vendors, live music and more.
Fairy House Festival
Dates to be announced
Celebrate life, happiness and nature at Artpark's Fairy House Festival in Lewiston, where members of the communities and artists alike make the whimsical structures on display. Families can enjoy interactive and hands-on art activities throughout the park, along with theater troupe and dance performances. Of course, all summer, the park provides a plethora of concerts and events, including performances by Earth, Wind & Fire, Brothers Osborne and Bon Iver.
Lockport Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival
June 27–28, 2020
June also sees the return of the Lockport Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival — now in its 45th year and featuring 200 vendors to browse and purchase from. The little ones can enjoy face painting and country-line dancers along with live music throughout the day on Saturday.
Canal Fest of the Tonawandas
July 19–26, 2020
History fans will love the Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, an eight-day festival (and largest of its kind) celebrating the Erie Canal and its chronicles. Craft enthusiasts will enjoy the two-day-long Canal Fest Arts & Crafts Show while music fans will appreciate the band shell performances. Parades range from the Main Street parade to the boat parade. Watch water shows on the canal, thrill to fireworks display, take in amusement rides on the midway and check out the antique car show!
Niagara USA Uncorked!
July 25–26, 2020
Oenophiles will want to mark the calendar for Niagara USA Uncorked. With the region known for its wine production, especially the beloved ice wine, this is an event any wine lover will enjoy. Each ticket purchased entitles the holder to three tastings at each of the participating (pace yourself, there are 17 wineries in total!). Also, purchase food from local restaurants, food trucks and farmers markets. And, of course, there’s live music, wine seminars and demos all weekend long.
Lewiston Art Festival
August 8–9, 2020
A signature regional event is the Lewiston Art Festival, which is now running for over 50 years. More than 175 artists and fine crafters set up booths where you can shop as well as meet the artists themselves. The annual Chalk Walk Competition is a highlight, while young artists will want to stop by the ArtZone for a Make and Take Activity (they may even see their own work showcased at the College Alley exhibition for high school and college students). Enjoy music and food as a break from taking in all the art!
War of 1812 Grand Encampment
September 5–6, 2020
History buffs won’t want to miss the War of 1812 Grand Encampment, this year’s designated “Grand Tactical” re-enactment of the war. The event at Old Fort Niagara, set to be the largest War of 1812 military re-enactment of the year, will feature U.S. and British land forces, naval vessels and artillery, and pull in visitors from all over the U.S., Canada and beyond. Each day will have a full schedule of military life, skill and uniform demos, and vendors selling period-appropriate wares. And, of course, each day will star the daily tactical re-enactments themselves.