Last year, Buskerfest was held in downtown St. Catharines, bringing in over 20,000 spectators to watch as world class street performers wowed the crowd. This year, the festival has been moved to our very own Queen Street in Niagara Falls with the LyndesFarne Theatre Projects in charge of the festival.
For those of you who don’t know, Buskerfests have been gaining popularity around the world in recent years. Street performers, such as acrobats, jugglers, daredevils and contortionists put on amazing acts right before your very eyes. This year there will be 150 performances and vendors across 5 stages along Queen Street. The event will run for 3 days from August 31st-September 2nd. This will be a great, exciting event to end your summer with! Bring the kids, grab some friends and be ready to be amazed.
For more information about the performances you can look forward to, make sure to check out the event on facebook.
Every Thursday, those who work down town will be hearing some jazz and blues when they get off from work. The city of Niagara Falls is throwing a Jazz & Blues Concert Series outside of City Hall on Queen Street from 4-7pm every Thursday until September 20th to help draw traffic to the downtown area and allow those who work downtown a place to unwind after a long day at work. Admission is free, wine and beer provided by TAPS and of course the option to enjoy some local cuisine instead of rushing home to make dinner. After a good start to the Thursday night at the Jazz & Blues concert series, why not make your way to The Croft Lounge for their 80’s Throwback nights with Ed FM DJs airing live right from the bar!
Thursdays are looking like they could be the night that everyone lets loose in Niagara and maybe moves a little slower Friday mornings!
This summer started with Nik Wallenda bringing in thousands of onlookers to watch as he passed over Niagara Falls on a tightrope. But the tight rope spectacle didn’t stop when Wallenda landed in the United States that afternoon. No, here in Niagara Falls we have a dare devil walking above our heads every day at 7pm for the entire summer! Jay Cochrane, 68, walks 400 m, 50 stories up every night at 7pm. This is the greatest building to building in North America and by the end of the summer, Cochrane will have walked over 30 km high above our heads.
I know that my uncle visiting from Calgary thought that this was just fantastic and although many locals may not find themselves down in the tourist area very often, if you do and it happens to be 7pm… look up because that tiny speck in the sky is Jay Cochrane and you won’t be able to wrap your mind around it!
On August 11, 2012 we encourage anyone interested in some small town country FUN to visit the beautiful historic town of Niagara on the Lake for the annual Peach Celebration. It is a great opportunity for a day of fun for the whole family. There are a wide variety of activities all day long that are sure to catch the eye of anyone participating. The Fife and Drum Procession will be there for everyone’s enjoyment. There is a wide variety of Live Music including Jazz, Celtic, and Honky-tonk. There are also bagpipers in attendance, which are sure to get the blood flowing for anyone of Scottish descent. Antique Steam Tractors will be present celebrating the history of farming, as well as a Classic Car display for the enjoyment of any car enthusiast. Don’t forget to take a walk down the sidewalk sale, which is put on by the local merchants. And last but not least, who can forget about the staple event, the famous Peach Pie Baking Contest, which is sure to twist some taste buds. The event is taking place on Queen Street and Vincent de Paul Church. To whoever decides to participate in this local celebration, absolutely be sure to over indulge in the scrumptious peaches Niagara has to offer, and most of all, Have FUN!!!!!
This past July the Niagara Falls History Museum revealed the new Ferry Street museum and all the hard work that has gone into the renovations. Not only does the museum look wonderful but it also offers some great programming to the city of Niagara Falls. There are currently three galleries in the museum for us to enjoy: The Gale Family War of 1812, Niagara Falls and Ontario Power Generation galleries.
Thursday nights the galleries are open free of charge from 5-9pm, perfect for a cheap date night or showing the kids some of the town’s history. Along with the free galleries, there will also be Thursday night programming throughout the year with the Philosopher’s Cafe and Niagara on Screen. Niagara on Screen is hosted by Professor Joan Nicks and starts at 7pm, exposing films that involve Niagara Falls.
Throughout the last month of the summer, make sure you take advantage of Summer Sun Days. Taking place at Battle Ground Hotel Museum with a donation to participate, there are different themed activities happening from 11am-5pm once a week.
Two weeks ago, you may have noticed a few people walking around Niagara with the loudest golf shorts you’ve ever seen! The Loudmouth Golf Skins Game was being held at Thundering Waters on July 23rd, with John Daly playing in a game the next day. The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel was the official hotel for the event and was even represented on the first whole by some of their awesome staff (rocking out in the Loudmouth Gear of course)!
There were promotions and samplings on every hole: Carlsberg, Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, Callaway Golf and Molson Coors. Everyone who went said it was a wonderful 2 days and all the proceeds went to the John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area and PROJECT Share. Not only did everyone get a pair of their own Loudmouth shorts but 4 golfers randomly chosen got to play against John Daly the next day! What fun! Hope to see you all there next year with a smile on your face and some crazy pattern on your pants.