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.
Olcott Mermaid Festival
June 15, 2024
Come flip and frolic in your most magical mermaid finery along Lake Ontario in Olcott! Whether you have kids in tow or are a kid-at-heart, the Olcott Mermaid Festival is the perfect way to spend an afternoon like Ariel. Enjoy a parade, costume contest, and music, as well as activities like a seashell treasure hunt, face painting, hair braiding and more!
June 15–16, 2024
Presented by the Lewiston Garden Club in celebration of its 97th anniversary, the Lewiston GardenFest is the perfect place to foster your green thumb. Peruse open gardens, as well as vendor booths from area nurseries, landscapers and garden suppliers on historic Center Street. Take part in demonstrations and listen to noted speakers to learn everything there is to know about gardens. Vote in the Container Garden Contest, which features gardens creatively curated in a variety of funky containers.
Lockport Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival
June 29–30, 2024
Situated along Main Street in Lockport, the 48th annual Lockport Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival features over 100 artists, crafts, and food vendors. On Saturday only, visit the nearby Lockport Community Market, open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and shop a variety of vendors including fresh fruits and veggies, honey and beeswax products, savory relishes, and much more!
July 12–14, 2024
Yo ho ho! Enjoy a pirate’s life for the weekend at the annual Pirate Festival at Krull Park in Olcott. This weekend is jam-packed with activities and entertainment for all ages, including a parade, car show, live music, vendors, rides, games, and delicious food and drinks.
July 13, 2024
Now in its 14th year, Artpark’s Fairy House Festival welcomes visitors of all ages to marvel at fairy house creations by professional and community artists. Interact with the whimsical and enchanting Artpark Fairies outfitted in extravagant costume creations. Witness live puppetry, orchestra and music performances, too!
August 23–24, 2024
The largest free outdoor jazz festival in Western New York, the Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston is always a blast. Since 2001, nearly 130 local, regional and national jazz artists come together to perform across five different stages. While you enjoy the live music, taste delicious food from the area’s finest chefs and sip on drinks from local wineries, distilleries and breweries.
War of 1812 Grand Encampment
August 31 – September 1, 2024
History buffs won’t want to miss the War of 1812 Grand Encampment. Immerse yourself into the lives of Fort Niagara’s American garrisons during 1812 and 1813, with musket and cannon firings, living history camps and tactical demonstrations. The encampment is the largest binational 1812 event of the year and one of the largest reenactment weekends at Old Fort Niagara.
September 5–8, 2024
Think parades, pageants, and peaches galore! For the 66th year in a row, the Niagara County Peach Festival will be jam packed with entertainment. This old-fashioned, four-day festival has live music, carnival rides, vendors and of course, food. (Don’t leave without trying the peach shortcake!) Other highlights include the parade, the peach taste-off, and the Peach Fuzz, Peach Blossom, and Peach Queen pageants.
Niagara Falls Blues Festival
The highly anticipated Niagara Falls Blues Festival has brought fantastic tunes to Old Falls Street in downtown Niagara Falls for the past 15 years. With legendary lineups, tons of food and drink vendors, and a vibrant setting just footsteps from the Falls, this festival will have you singing, dancing and smiling all weekend long.
September 14–15, 2024
Come celebrate the end of summer – and the Celtic heritage – at the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games. Wander about the Niagara County Fairgrounds and experience the traditions of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Delight in live Celtic music, dancers, clans, living historians and vendors. Sports and contests include the stone throw, sheaf toss and caber pole toss, where over 60 athletes from across the United States and Canada compete to win!
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