Summer is officially in full swing and so are Niagara festivals. We’ve put together a list of 14 summer festivals that are not to be missed in July.
1. Niagara Lavender Festival – July 8 & 9
This is one of Niagara’s most popular festivals and is held on-site at Neob Lavender in Niagara-on-the-Lake. There will be a tasting tent where you can sample lavender ice cream, lavender pizza, lavender lemonade and more. Arts & crafts, cooking & baking demos & facility tours are some of the activities you can indulge in. There are 2 types of passes available to purchase online with the difference being the number of samples you get.
Insider Tip: The festival is VERY popular and last year the traffic into Niagara-on-the-Lake was backed up onto the QEW. Get there early and pack your patience!
2. Taste of Buffalo – July 8 & 9
Not Niagara we know, but just across the river and definitely worth mentioning! Known as the largest 2 day festival in the U.S.!! Over 55 restaurants and 6 wineries are participating in this ginormous food extravaganza. Indian, Polish, Chinese, Caribbean, Irish and everything in between to please anybody’s taste buds priced between $1.00 to $5.00. Eat to your heart’s content and then hit the dance floor inside the giant beer tent in Niagara Square. The festival takes place in downtown Buffalo along Delaware Avenue beginning just south of Niagara Square by City Hall. Begins at 11am daily with free admission!
Insider Tip: Buy your Taste of Buffalo pre-sale food ticket vouchers and Family Freebie only at Tops until July 9 at 5pm.
3. Muddy Paws Wine Festival – July 8 & 9
No need to leave you furbaby at home for this festival! Vineland Estates Winery and Featherstone Estate Winery will open their doors to dog-lovers and their well-behaved dogs on leash. Sample new and favourite wines by the glass along with delicious fare prepared by renowned chefs. There will be a canine marketplace, live music and pet photography in the Featherstone wine barrel room.
Insider Tip: There is no shuttle service between wineries. If you have the right footwear, it’s a 20 minute hike through the woods on the Bruce Trail. Totally do-able but you and your pup have to be up to it.
4. Ridgeway Summer Festival – July 8 & 9
The 27th Ridgeway Summer Festival features artists, a kids zone, commercial vendors, magicians, pony rides and street eats. There is a Saturday night street dance from 7 – 11pm. Oh yes, let’s not forget a huge pancake breakfast on both days of the event.
Insider Tip: Over 300 vehicles will be a part of the car show on July 9th.
5. Cherry Festival – July 8
Come for the freshly baked cherry pies and stay for the fun at this family friendly event. New this year is a destinations and events silent auction including concerts, dinners and vacation homes.
BBQ breakfast and lunch served, designer and nearly new clothing, treasures, jewelery, music, bake table, children’s activities and bouncy castle. The festival takes place at St. Mark’s Anglican Churchfrom 9:00 – 3:00 pm.
Insider Tip: Fort George Fyfe and Drum Corps performs at noon.
6. Happening at the Forty – July 13 -15
This free community festival in Grimsby is open to all ages over a 3 day period. A local farmers market, live music, food, wine and beer gardens, fireworks and more!
Insider Tip: You can shop at the local farmers’ market on July 13 from 3-7pm on Main St.
7. Pelham Summerfest – July 13-16
Come chill on the Hill! This annual festival is fun for the whole family in Foothill. Music and entertainment for all ages, children’s activities, retail & food vendors, arts, crafts, wine garden, beer pavilion and Sunday morning breakfast in Peace Park. Grab your sunscreen, lawn chairs and dancing shoes and come on down!
Insider Tip: Pancake breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, ham, hash browns, fruit, juices & coffee for $5.00 per person
8. Friendship Festival – July 13-16
One of the best known festivals in the Niagara Region which has been running for 31 years. This festival has it all with FREE concerts, model train and car shows, historic encampment, Robertson amusements, food trucks, vendors and the list goes on. The festival runs for 4 days so check out the calendarof events to plan your weekend.
Insiders Tip: Robertson’s Amusements has a special midway offer of $30 to ride all day on July 14th from 11am – 11pm.
9. Because Beer Craft Beer Festival – July 14-15
We know…..this festival is not in the Niagara region but sometimes there are events just worth mentioning AND worth the drive! This is your opportunity to sample hundreds of craft beers and ciders from 38 craft brewers. Our very own Ironwood Hard Cider and Niagara Oast House Brewers will be serving as well.
Insider Tip: Designated Driver tickets are available for $10/day.
10. BurgerFest 2017- July 15
Celebrating the birthplace of the hamburger in Hamburg, NY. This one day annual outdoor community event features food, music and entertainment on Main & Buffalo Streets in the Village of Hamburg. Samplings from Hamburg’s favourite eateries start at 11:30 a.m.
Insider Tip: Car show registration starts at 9am on Main Street & runs from noon to 4pm.
11. Welland Rib & Craft Beer Fest – July 21-23
Canada’s largest rib and craft beer festival tour is bringing the best BBQ to Welland. This 3 day festival includes FREE admission & parking, an all NEW Craft Beer Market, wine & spirits area, kids zone, life-size board games, backyard BBQ Games, a variety of food & beverage vendors and much more!
Insider Tip: Ribbers include Kentucky Smokehouse, New York BBQ, Oak & Barrel, Louisiana BBQ, Fire Island
12. Livestock Niagara Music & Arts Festival
This FREE festival in the heart of Niagara Falls on Queen Street features 40+ bands, 7 craft beer breweries, outdoor art gallery, health and wellness centre along with an artisan village. The goal of Livestock is to build a platform on which local artists can showcase their talent.
13. TD Niagara Jazz Festival – July 28-30
Festival events start at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and continue all weekend long at parks, wineries and even a boat cruise.
Insider Tip: Weekend passes can be purchased so you can get in to the premiere events.
14. Welland FloatFest – July 30
Grab your inflatable tube, dinghy, or raft, and float down the Welland Recreational Canal while enjoying some great live music, food, product & service vendors. Not to mention that this festival is going for the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ for the longest line of water inflatables.
Insider Tip: Registration takes place between 10-12pm & children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent & wear a life jacket.
Please confirm festival details on their website before heading out to any of these great events as plans can change.