May is the time to spring into action and start venturing out to local markets, outdoor festivals and wineries. Here are our top picks for awesome May events you don’t want to miss.
1. Spring Handmade Market – May 12 & 13
Where do you get to shop with over 100 artisan vendors while sipping wine and listening to live music? At 13th Street Winery, that’s where! You don’t want to miss this awesome event which is held outdoors (rain or shine). Plus, when you need to find that little bit of extra shopping energy you can knosh on their world famous butter tarts or visit one of the many food trucks on-site.
2. Niagara Falls Elvis Festival – May 19 – 21
Imagine 3 days of non-stop Elvis celebrations that will get you ‘all shook up’! Attend gala shows, grab brunch or dinner all under one roof at The Greg Frewin Theatre. You won’t want to miss the Elvis competition with the grand champion being crowned on Sunday. This is the ultimate Elvis tribute!
3. Springlicious – May 26-28
Niagara Region’s largest festival featuring music, food, drink, arts, attractions and vendors taking place in historic downtown Niagara Falls. Midway carnival and live music will occur throughout the whole festival. Unique events such as Queen Street pub night, art show, car show and kids zone will provide something to do for the whole family.
Coleman Hell will be this year’s festival headliner!
4. Cask Fest – May 6
Beer, food trucks & live music at the historic Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Come on out to this premier event where $25 gets you admission, cask beer sample from each participating brewery & a souvenir glass. Sweet!
5. Party in the Vineyard at Peller Estates – May 20-22
Trust us, this is the ultimate summer kick-off event! We went last year and what a blast…20 food trucks, fantastic music, wine, pop-up vendors & when the sun goes down you are dancing under the stars. But don’t wait if you want to party in the vineyard ’cause Saturday is already sold out. Tickets still available for Sunday and Monday but this event sells out every year. For $15 (plus taxes & fees) you get admission to the event, one glass of wine and a souvenir glass to keep!
6. Buffalo Pierogi Fest – May 21
This festival is ridiculously GENIUS! You get to sample a variety of pierogies from 10 different vendors at Buffalo’s Outer Harbour. As if that isn’t enough, there will be live music, vendors, games, food trucks (because 10 pierogies may not be enough??) along with local beer & wine for purchase.
Pierogi Maker Headliners
Babcias Pierogi/ Sweet Tallulahs
Chrusciki Bakery, Inc.
Home Cooked Buffalo
Keeping Traditions Buffalo
K Sisters Pierogis
Ms. Judi’s Food Truck
North Star Tavern
Potts Deli & Grille
The Mess Hall
7. Market at the Village – Supper & Farmers’ Markets – May 24 & 27
It’s back for another season! Starting on Wednesday, May 24 the Niagara-on-the-Lake Supper Market will feature food trucks & vendors, local wine, beer & live entertainment. Weather-permitting the supper market will run every Wednesday until September 20.
You will also want to check out the Farmers’ Market featuring local fresh produce, fresh bread, baked goods, jams & jellies, artisans, live music & more! The first market of the season is on May 27 and will take place every Saturday (weather-permitting) until October 7.
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