Summer is Niagara-on-the-Lake’s most popular season – and for good reason! There are numerous festivals taking place in our stunning town that appeal to locals and visitors alike. With the Shaw Festival well underway, we’ve put together a list of some of our other favourite summer festivals in the Niagara Region that you won’t want to miss.
- Niagara New Vintage Festival – June 11-19, 2016
The Niagara New Vintage Festival takes place over two weekends and is jam packed with events and activities that celebrate food, wine and vineyards. From sampling different types of grilled cheese at the Comforts of Grilled Cheese food experience on June 11 to dancing to your favourite country artists at the Homegrown Country Music Festival on June 19, we know there is something you’re going to love. If you are excited to try different wine and food pairings in Niagara’s 14,800+km of vineyards, we suggest purchasing a Discovery Pass. This is a cost-effective and convenient way to experience the flavours of summer!
- Niagara Integrated Film Festival – June 10-19, 2016
Launched in 2014, the Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) was created by Toronto International Film Festival co-creator Bill Marshall. This unique film festival screens some of the world’s best independent films outdoors at various wineries across the region. You’ll love being able to sit outdoors and enjoy the summer weather while taking in films from across the world. Including comedies, dramas, actions and thrillers, there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy. Tickets are available online.
- Strawberry Festival – June 18, 2016 from 9am to 3pm
One of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s most popular festivals of the year is the Strawberry Festival and it takes place on the third Saturday in June at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. If you love strawberries as much as we do, you’ll be excited to try the various strawberry jams, pies, ice creams, shortcakes and so much more. You’ll also be able to take part in a silent auction, tour the historic church that was built in 1831 and also be treated to lots of other entertainment. Entrance to the event is free and all proceeds raised from the festival go directly to the church.
- Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre Concert Series – June-September, 2016
For music lovers who enjoy the outdoors, the Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre Concert Series is perfect for you. Enjoy a glass of wine and kick back and relax while some of Canada’s top artists serenade you at the winery’s outdoor amphitheatre. Want to enjoy an upscale candlelit dining experience before the show? The Cellar Dinner is a popular pre-concert activity for people who wish to enjoy a four-course tasting menu that pairs local fares with Jackson-Triggs’ finest VQA wines. Tickets are available online for each concert.
If you’ve visited Niagara-on-the-Lake during the summer, what was your favourite festival that you took part in?