Showboat Festival Theatre

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296 Fielden Ave, Port Colborne, ON L3K 5X7 905-834-7572

Description: A Niagara Peninsula tradition since the late 80s, the Showboat Festival Theatre brings topnotch musical and theatrical productions to the region each summer. Shows have included titles such as “Vegas Nights”, McHarge & Stewart’s tribute to crooners of the 50s, 60s and 70s, and Norm Foster’s hilarious glimpse at the tumultuous world of aging singles, “The Love List”.

Hours:
June 16 – September 3, 2011

Website:
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Niagara Wine Festival

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Lake St, Montebello Park, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3B3

Description: Held in September, this 10-day celebration salutes the Niagara Region’s haute side via a busy slate of winery tours, wine tastings, artisan shows, regional cooking events and terrific concerts and family-friendly entertainment. The good times culminate on the final Saturday with the Pen Centre Grande Parade through downtown St. Catharines. NB Buying a festival Discovery Pass gets you discounts, deals and free admission on everything from tastings to winery tours.

Hours:
September 16 – September 25, 2011

Website:
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Niagara New Vintage Festival

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135 Taylor Rd, Niagara Culinary Institute, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0 905-688-0212

Description: The Niagara Region has made great strides over the years when it comes to viticulture, and each spring you can feel the buzz and excitement of season’s new vintages. You can get into the spirit yourself by visiting Niagara restaurants and vineyards and taking part in tours, tastings and other wine-related events. Be sure not to miss the opening weekend’s Wine and Cheese Seminar Series, hosted by the Dairy Farmers of Canada. NB Buying a festival Discovery Pass gets you discounts on restaurants, hotel stays and wine country excursions.

Hours:
June 18 – June 26, 2011

Website:
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Niagara Icewine Festival

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5875 Falls Ave, Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7 905-374-4445

Description: If you’re thinking you have to wait until spring to savor the bounty of Niagara’s VQA wine country, think again! This celebration spans 10 days and celebrates one of region’s most valuable resources: Ontario Icewine. Events include fancy dinners, wine and food seminars and even outdoor tastings. NB Buying a festival Discovery Pass gets you discounts, deals and free admission on everything from tastings to winery tours.

Hours:
January 13 – January 29, 2012

Website:
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Niagara Food Festival

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Main St, Historic Downtown Welland, Welland, ON L3B 3J2

Description: If you love food (and, really, who doesn’t?), make plans to attend this food festival, which is billed as the “Peninsula’s Tastiest Party.” Held in Welland’s historic downtown area, the festival features the tasty efforts of dozens of chefs, vintners and brewers. There’s also plenty of great live music, performances by buskers, a children’s area and one pretty competitive apple pie baking contest.

Hours:
September 30 – October 2, 2011

Website:
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Niagara Falls International Marathon

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Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E

Description: It’s not often that you’re allowed to run — legally — across the imaginary line diving Canada from its neighbor to the south. But that’s just what folks who participate in the Niagara Falls Marathon get to do. The course starts in Buffalo, NY, in front of the Albright-Knox Gallery, and from there crosses the Peace Bridge, follows the scenic Niagara Parkway and concludes just in front of the majestic Falls. NB There are shorter runs held on race day as well as Health and Fitness Expo (Friday-Saturday), Saturday night Pasta Party and other family-friendly events.

Hours:
October 24 – October 23, 2011

Website:
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Marshville Heritage Festival

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Hwy 3 and Park St, Heritage Village in Wainfleet Village, Niagara Falls, ON

Description: To celebrate the history of the rural village named Marshville, the surrounding Niagara Falls region holds the annual Marshville Heritage Festival. Now known as the Village of Wainfleet, the community has restored 14 buildings. After touring these prestigious buildings, take part in a horse-drawn wagon ride, view hundreds of arts and crafts or try a delicious bite to eat. You won’t want to miss all the fun and activites here!

Hours:
September 3 – September 5, 2011

Website:
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Candy Cane Lane 5K Race & Fun Run

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6400 Lundy’s Ln, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1T6 905-356-1161

Description: Starting in front of the Best Western Cairn Croft Hotel, the Candy Cane Lane 5k Race is a fun, competitive way to kick off the holiday season. If you decide to lace ’em up and join in, don’t be surprised to show up on race day and find that most of the other runners are dressed in funny, often themed costumes. Medals and prizes are given to the winners of various categories, including the top male and female finishers.

Hours:
November 20, 2011

Website:
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Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival

About:
Lakeview Park, Port Colborne, ON L3K 4T6

Description: Port Colborne has always played an important role in the shipping heritage of both Lake Erie and the Niagara Region. Today, folks gather each August to celebrate this nautical tradition during the four days given to the Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival. Concerts and family-friendly entertainment abound at Lakeview Park and along the Wells Canal, and there are also plenty of chances to hop aboard ships of shapes and sizes, from Canadian Coast Guard vessels to the Empire Sandy, a tall ship based out of Toronto.

Hours:
July 29 – August 1, 2011

Website:
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