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Special Events in

Niagara Falls Canada

There’s always something exciting happening in Niagara Falls. From festivals to special events, the diverse variety of activities that regularly take place are a reflection of the vibrant community here. When you book your stay with us at the Oakes Hotel, be sure to check out our hotel blog to see what’s going on during your stay. Chances are, it’s something pretty spectacular.

Niagara Falls Annual Summer Show

Taking place every summer at the Botanical Gardens, the Niagara Falls Annual Summer Show is a special event that showcases seasonal flowers and plants that have been arranged in extravagant displays. It runs from June to September.

Niagara Parks Summer Music Series

The Niagara Parks Summer Music Series runs almost every night, all summer long, from June to early September. The festival, which is completely free, is a showcase of local Canadian talent. It takes place at Queen Victoria Place.

The Niagara Stage

Happening every Saturday evening through the summer at Queen Victoria Place, the Niagara Stage is a special event and concert series that presents live performances from Canadian artists that have been recognized by the prestigious Canadian Polaris Music Prize. Past performers include Tanya Tagaq and Tanika Charles.

Night of Art

The Niagara Falls Night of Art is a family-friendly special event that include art installations, art exhibitions, live music, and more in support of the talented local arts community here in Niagara.

Queenston Concert Series

Pull up a lawn chair and enjoy sounds of big band, Dixie, and blues at the Queenston Concert Series. The special event runs every Sunday afternoon from June to early September, in the beautiful Queenston Heights Park.

TD Niagara Jazz Festival

The TD Niagara Jazz Festival showcases the best national and international jazz musicians and players, with concerts throughout Niagara. One of the most highly-anticipated festivals of the year, it takes place annually during the last weekend of July.

Niagara Wing Fest

The Niagara Wing Fest is a celebration of all things chicken wing, with local restaurants facing off in cooking showdowns. The tasty and special event runs at Rennie Park in July.

iMela International Festival

The iMela International Festival is a celebration of South Asian arts and culture. The annual festival, which is held in August at Queen Victoria Park, draws talented singers, musicians, and Bhangra dancers from around the world.

Niagara Falls International Marathon

The Niagara Falls International Marathon is an annual special event that challenges runners to race to the falls from Buffalo, New York to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. It was first held in 1974 and has since become a local tradition.

Annual Chrysanthemum Display

On at the Floral Showhouse from October to November, the Annual Chrysanthemum Display is a special event that showcases brush varieties, baskets, and single-stem exhibitions of this beautiful flowering plant. A must for any gardening enthusiasts.

Winter Festival of Lights

The Winter Festival of Lights has become a magical holiday tradition for its spectacular lighting displays and shows. The festival, which takes place every year starting in November and runs through until January, features more than three million lights that sparkle along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands, and Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade

The Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade kicks off the most wonderful time of the year with colourful floats, entertainers, marching bands, and more. Bring the whole family down to Queen Street for this special event and get into the holiday spirit.

Canada Day Fireworks

There is perhaps no better way to celebrate Canada’s birthday than with a spectacular firework display over Niagara Falls. There are plenty of great spots to watch the Canada Day Fireworks, too, including along the falls promenade and Niagara Falls State Park.

Annual Holiday Market

Looking for a unique holiday gift? The Annual Holiday Market has got you covered. Happening throughout November at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, the special event features thousands of hand-crafted gifts made by local artists and artisans from Ontario and Quebec.

Niagara Falls Fireworks

The sky lights up every summer night here in Niagara with spectacular fireworks displays that explode right over the falls. Featuring more than 100 displays, Niagara Falls Fireworks is the longest-running series of its kind in Canada.

Shaw Festival Theatre

A must for any theatre enthusiast. Founded in 1962 in Niagara-on-the-Lake and inspired by the genius of Irish playwright Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival Theatre presents at least 10 contemporary productions every year in a variety of genres from comedy to classic. The season runs from April to October.

Niagara Pride Week Festival

Taking place from June 1 to June 8, the Niagara Pride Week Festival features a wide variety of special events to celebrate Niagara Falls’ LGBT+ community.

Niagara Falls Comic Con

This special event features an impressive selection of exhibitors, comic books, celebrity guests, photo-ops, video games, and more. The Niagara Falls Comic Con runs at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in early June.

Niagara Home Grown Wine Festival

Featuring offerings from more than 30 local wineries, as well as culinary pairings, the Niagara Home Grown Wine Festival is a delicious celebration of discovery and neighbourhood artisans.

Niagara Falls Illumination Schedule

Every night, over Niagara Falls and the Niagara River, the Falls are illuminated and feature a spectacular fireworks display guests can enjoy from their Fallsview hotel room or from our 14th floor Observation ares.

  • January 1 to January 31: 5:00 pm to Midnight
  • February 1 to February 28: 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
  • March 1 to March 9: Mon-Thurs 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • March 10 to March 31: Mon-Thurs 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
  • April 1 to April 30: Mon-Thurs 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm
  • May 1 to August 15: 9:00 pm to Midnight
  • August 16 to September 30: 8:30 pm to Midnight
  • October 1 to November 1: 7:00 pm to Midnight
  • November 2 to December 30: 5:00 pm to Midnight
  • December 31: 5:00 pm to 1:00 am
Note: Illumination times are approximate and subject to change according to light conditions. Fridays to Sundays in March and April “off time” is midnight.