Opening Ceremonies of Winter Festival of Lights to be a spectacular sight AND sound

witner3The Winter Festival of Lights is something that visitors and locals look forward to year after year. This Saturday, November 9th, the Opening Festivities will be taking place with something that has never been done before… the longest firework show that Niagara Falls has ever seen in the winter season, synchronized with a live performance by the 42 piece Niagara Symphony Orchestra!

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Opening Festivities will begin at 2pm, paying tribute to Niagara’s Korean War Veterans with traditional dance and drum troupes. Musical performances, ice sculptures, food vendors and lots of fun for the kids, will also be taking place at Queen Victoria Park.

The big flip of the switch which will happen at 6pm and will illuminate the Skylon Tower, Zimmerman Fountain, Religions of the World displays, the world’s largest Canadian-American Flag display and a lantern display, new this year. At 8pm, Music Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, Bradley Thachuk, will conduct the 15 minute piece; while spectator’s eyes light up with the sights of the fireworks and their ears are filled with beautiful music.

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If you are staying at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft this weekend, make sure you catch the WeGo Shuttle down to the Falls for what is sure to be an amazing experience!

Thanksgiving Weekend in Niagara Falls

With Thanksgiving Weekend approaching , visitors and locals alike are planning out their long weekend. Luckily for all of us, there are lots of fun activities going on in Niagara Falls. Of course, for many people, this weekend will be spent gobbling down a delicious turkey dinner with the family and being grateful for everything that we have. But we are here to let you know that there is lots of fun happening beyond the dinner table!

Balls FallsBall’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival: This annual festival brings together artisans from the area, selling one of a kind pottery, artwork and clothing. Filled with entertainment and delicious food, this is a great family-friendly option for the weekend. Running from October 11th-14th.

Ridgeway Fall Festival: Another fall festival in a quaint part of the Niagara region is the Ridgeway Fall Festival, happening October 12th on Ridge Road in Ridgeway. With a great market, free children’s activities and a beer tent for mom and dad, this festival is a great way to check out what Ridgeway has to offer.

4 seasons of HeartlandAstronomy Days at Heartland Forest: Free to check out (donation optional) Saturday the Niagara Centre of the Royal Canadian Astronomical Society will be showcasing some great tips for the amateur astronomer at Heartland Forest! From how to view the auroras in your backyard to how to snap a photo with a simple camera, this is a fun and different event. Starts at sunset!

 

Fireworks!Fireworks at the Falls: The last Fall Firework display in Niagara Falls will be happening Friday night.. walk down to Queen Victoria park and make sure to look up at 10:00pm!

 

 

 

Whatever you decide to do this weekend.. we hope that you get to spend time with friends and family! Happy Thanksgiving!

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A BBQ and Band at Queenston Heights

Queenston HeightsWe’ve spent the day at Queenston Heights before and we’ve told you about the family fun you can have. But this Sunday, August 25th, it can be even more special, with the Annual Harvest BBQ and a live band concert before that.

Queenston Height’s Restaurant will be hosting a BBQ, at the foot of Brock Monument at 4:00pm. For only $40/adult and $20/child, you can enjoy delicious seasonal creations. Duck Breast on Yukon Potato Cake with Blackberry Drizzle, Grilled Market Antipasto Salad, Rainbow Trout with Apricot- Jalapeno Salad, Angus sliders, Niagara Peaches and Cream corn, BBQ Baby Back Ribs and more.

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Before the BBQ, spend the day enjoying the park and from 2-4pm, the Lincoln Concert Band will be playing. The Lincoln Concert Band is a community band, made up of 35 volunteer musicians. It’s a great opportunity to take in some big band music for free!

With a beautiful weather forecast for this weekend, I think the day spent at Queenston Heights will be a terrific way to spend a Sunday. Whether you are a local looking for something different to do, or a visitor looking for more than just a Maid of the Mist ride, take advantage of what Queenston Heights is offering!

For tickets to the BBQ, call 905-262-4274.

Niagara New Vintage Festival 2013

new-vintage2Can you think of a better way to kick off summer then with a festival dedicated to celebrating wine? Me either! The Niagara New Vintage Festival is not something to be missed; with wine and food and great live entertainment, it’s going to be a great weekend!

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To get the festival started, Sam Roberts Band will be playing at Jackson-Triggs amphitheatre. If you are lucky enough to have tickets to this sold out show, this band will definitely put you in the summer vibe. The next night, Jackson-Triggs will be hosting another huge name!

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Chantal Kreviazuk will be sharing her musical talents while Niagara sips on some of its talents and good news! There are still tickets available.

 

newvintageThe Discovery Pass is what you are looking for if you want to experience 8 different wineries. The pass can be used over two weekends, June 15-16 and 22- 23, and each winery will have their own take on showcasing their wines. Cattail Creek Estate Winery will be doing a Riesling and Rueben, showing off not only their delicious Riesling wine but also a delicious Rueben sandwich among their picnic tables. Chateau des Charmes will be presenting Sparkling Deconstructed, serving up 4 wines to compare, 2 of their stills and 2 of their sparking. At Diamond Estates Winery, along with a wine tasting, you will also be able to take the Cellar Floor Experience, which will teach you about their entire wine making process. And these are only 3 examples of the great experiences you can have!

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Niagara Home & Garden Show

home and garden2Although Mother Nature hasn’t been making it feel very spring like in Niagara lately, I promise… it is on it’s way! What better way to put some spring in your step then by visiting the Home & Garden show?  This 3 day exhibition is taking place at the Scotiabank Convention Center from April 5th-7th. I wonder if my mom knows about this? I’ll have to let her know, this is righ up her alley!

The convention center will have a complete overhaul with tons of exhibits showing gardens & landscapes, outdoor living, kitchens & baths and other interior design displays. For only $8/adult, you can pay once and visit every day if you want to take in more tips, tricks and trends for your home! Speak with experts about home renovation, planting advice and pretty much anything home and garden related… this show will have something for you! 1275-backyard home and garden

This year, the celebrity speaker will be the cute Ahmed Hassan from DIY Network’s Yard Crasher’s. Ahmed will be speaking on the main stage four times throughout the weekend, Saturday at 1:00pm and 4:00pm and Sunday at 11:30am and 2:00pm. Along with Ahmed, there will be a Decking seminar from Hickory Dickory Decks, a lesson in Easy Entertaining, a Budget Bathroom Reno and Country Basket will put on a few seminars about various flower arrangements and spring planting.

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Don’t worry about trying to find a babysitter, there is an Interactive Kids Zone for the kids and a fun display of birds of prey from the Canadian Raptor Conservancy during the exhibit as well! Speaking of having a little more fun: there will be complimentary wine tasting and a great Art, Gift and Gourmet Center so that you can do some unique shopping too.

Green Niagara Falls on St. Patrick’s Day

Niagra-Falls-Green-528x347This year, Niagara Falls will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day along side more than 20 other cities who will be turning various iconic landmarks green! Tourism Ireland has announced that landmarks such as Niagara Falls, London Eye, Empire State Building and Burj Al Arab hotel will all be turning green.

Tourism Ireland hopes to bring a smile to the world and help promote travel to Ireland, specifically in 2013 when The Gathering will be in full swing. A full year of events and festivals will hopefully help to draw people to Ireland.

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As the only Canadian destination  going green, Niagara Falls is sure to be a spectacle on St. Patty’s day. Locals, visitors and now even the landmarks will be dressed from head to toe in green in honour of Ireland’s patron saint.  Stop on by The Croft Lounge for a pint or two!

Niagara Sugar Bush Adventure

Go on a Sugar Bush Adventure at White Meadows Farm in St. Catharines from now until March 30th. Perfect for families looking for a fun filled day, the Sugar Bush Adventure is a self guided tour back in the bush with presentations, re-enactors, campfires and tons of information on the development of maple syrup production through the years.
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Little Log Chapel

Of course, Niagara Falls has always been thought of as The Honeymoon Capital, so where better to find a romantic, cozy little log chapel to get married in? Elope Niagara offers just that. This private chapel with secluded, serene surrounding outside of Niagara Falls in Stevensville is the perfect place to have an intimate ceremony, holding 2-10 people. Elope Niagara offers packages to help make your ceremony as special as you’d always dreamed it would be; great photography, adorable cupcakes and limo. Continue reading

Jazz & Blues Concert Series Niagara Falls

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!

Jay Cochrane in Niagara Falls

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!