Niagara Falls Tourism – End of Summer Start of Fall

Niagara Falls Tourism – End of Summer Start of Fall

Sadly Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop. In fact, what it means is that Fall is just around the corner. And if you haven’t experienced Fall in Niagara, you are definitely missing out. The changing of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, the warm sweater weather and the ongoing events and activities…we promise you’ll thank us.

Here are a few ways you can spend your last days of Summer/early days of Fall in Niagara.

Last Days of Summer

 Niagara Falls Tourism (kind of stuff)

 A visit to Niagara Falls wouldn’t be a true visit without the traditional Niagara Falls Tourism kind of things, which always deliver…

A face-to-face visit with Mother Nature

This never gets old, even for someone who has lived here most of their lives. More than 168,000 cubic metres (6 million cubic feet) of water go over the Falls every minute during peak daytime tourist hours. That’s about a million bathtubs full of water every minute! Seriously, that’s a lot of water…

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

This is one attraction that is breathtaking every time you get on board this 700 person catamaran. And there are so many ways to change it up – day cruise, illumination cruise, fireworks cruise…You’ll get up close and personal with Mother Nature herself – right in the basin of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. And the best part is that you can cruise right into November. Cold temperatures + Hornblower = a double whammy experience that you can cross off your bucket list.


Journey Behind the Falls

This is another attraction that gets you up close and personal with Mother Nature…but this time you get a backstage pass behind the Falls, through the secret tunnels and portals and then bam, there she is pouring down 13 storeys from above. The Niagara Parks has also been holding some pretty amazing events, like Namaste Niagara, where you get one-on-one with Mother Nature as a yogi.

Check out the event here:


Journey-Behind-the-Falls1 Niagara-Parks-Yoga

This sold out event is happening on August 28th, but stay tuned for more dates to come. Not only do you do yoga by the majestic Niagara Falls, but you get private access to Journey Behind the Falls and a much needed and well deserved brunch at the Whirlpool Restaurant.

WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls

This is the newest attraction to Niagara Falls, but is getting all the attention from adventure and thrill seekers alike. Get ready to #OMG #ICANFLY (is an understatement). This is your chance to get some crazy views of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls via four parallel ziplines. Your 45 second journey might be quick and high (67 metres – 220 feet) from the highest vantage point, but it will surely get your heart racing as you glide 670 metres (2,200 feet), at speeds of 70+ kph (40+ mph), along the edge of the vast Niagara river gorge to the Falls observation landing.


Winery Events

 A visit to Niagara would not be complete without a visit to Niagara Wine Country (and the growing “Niagara Beer Country”).

Sip and Sizzle – Queenston Heights BBQ

Happening this Sunday, August 28th, you can experience an outdoor food and truly extraordinary Niagara sipping experience. Tickets are $45 each and include a very extensive BBQ menu (six stations to choose from) and three cocktails of your choice (beer, wine or spirits).

Niagara Oast House Brewers

This craft brewery knows how to do it right! With the launch of their upcycled patio constructed from double shipping containers and a flip-up bar with not one but two levels and a view of the vineyards to boot…this is how it is done!. Plus the launch of their seasonal and limited-time peach ale with medium body, hop-forward flavour balanced with a mild citrus aroma and subtle peach notes to finish. We won’t have to twist your arm for this delicious visit.


A Bee-autiful Experience at Rosewood Estate Winery

This Summer get ready to interact with Mother Nature (and perhaps with the Queen Bee herself) at the Rosewood Estate Apiary. With the guidance from their beekeepers you’ll open the inside of a hive to see thousands of honeybees working together (that’s something you don’t experience every day). Following the visit in the Apiary, you’ll have a chance to see the winery and taste a flight of wines (& meads) with the beekeeper. Plus you’ll add a new word to your vocabulary while you’re at it!! Or perhaps you already know what mead is….

For those who don’t know (I am raising my hand here).

Mead is the world’s oldest known form of alcoholic beverage. Made using three raw natural ingredients; honey, water, and yeast, it can be highly aromatic and complex, and much like grape-wine can be vintage and varietal specific.

There you have it, and you can try mead firsthand at the Rosewood Estate Winery 

Niagara Wine Festival

The Niagara Wine Festival is the perfect way to say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall. It’s three weekends….celebrating all things from the vine from September 10th – 25th.

From the Montebello In-Park experience, from September 16th – 18th and September 23rd – 25th, where you bring your token “Niagara Wine Festival” glass and get to experience the beauty of some of Niagara’s finest wine and local fare while listening to some great tunes from local musicians. From a local perspective, this is an event we look forward to every year.

On September 24th, there is also the Meridian Grande Parade which is a tradition that has been going on for 65 years, bringing families and friends together to share their love and passion for the Niagara Wine Festival.

If you are a foodie and oenophile (a connoisseur of wines). Add this term to your vocabulary too (insert happy face emoji here), you must purchase a Discovery Pass. It’s your passport to explore and celebrate the Niagara Wine Festival and 35+ participating wineries over three weekends.

After you experience year one of the Niagara Wine Festival, we promise you’ll be back year after year.


Speaking of festivals and culinary celebrations, here is a list of the must experience markets happening in Niagara. Because in Niagara we know how to celebrate or create a celebration to celebrate something celebratory  (say that three times fast).

Wednesday Night Supper Market

We’re letting you in on some local secrets. You have to hit up this Market at least once over the Summer. Every Wednesday night from 4:30pm to dusk. Niagara’s favourite food trucks, local wineries and microbreweries and musicians come together to proclaim their love of food, grapes and hops (need we say more). The fun continues until September 21st.

Port Dalhousie Supper Market

Add Tuesday August 30th to your list and continue the indulgence starting at 4:30pm to dusk. This is an event that typically starts in June and goes all summer long.

Farmer’s Markets Galore

We’ll let you in on a few more secrets….In Niagara we adore our farmers…and are grateful for their pure sun-kissed goodness…

Niagara-on-the-Lake – 8:30am – 1pm every Saturday until October 8th

Niagara Falls – every Saturday year round from 6am – noon.

St. Catharines – 6am – 2pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the Market Square all year round.

Welland – every Saturday from 6am – noon all year round.

Handmade Market

Celebrating its 6th season (which tells you it’s a good event), get ready to sip, savour and shop. Featuring over 100 artisans, fine food vendors and the ever popular food trucks and wine (of course). This event takes shopping to a whole new level. And the handmade love continues from November 4-5th at Honsberger Estate Winery.

These are just a few of our favourite things to do in Niagara to end the summer and start our Fall. Visit soon, visit often because very season there’s something special to see…

Stay at the Niagara Falls hotel, close to it all, the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Check out our current special offer, an Ultimate One Night Romance Package starting at $119 per night.



Concerts in Niagara Falls

Concerts in Niagara Falls

If you answer “yes” to all of the below questions, then you need to pack your bags immediately and head to one of the top Seven Forgotten Natural Wonders of the World (we’re a little biased, but we think it’s the most memorable one).

  1. Do you love impromptu getaways (less thinking, more travelling)?
  2. Do you love music (all different kinds of music)?
  3. Are you a lover of wine (all types of wine – red, white, ice and bubbly)?
  4. Are you adventurous (see #1)?

You must be a multitasker too, because you should be packing for your trip to Niagara Falls. We understand that you can read and pack at the same time, so here are all the happening concerts in Niagara Falls (and the Niagara Region).

Wine + Music in the Vineyard

Jackson Triggs Concerts

Based on experience, this has to be one of the most fun and intimate venues for a concert. Picture this! 200 people in an outdoor setting (a vineyard) where you can place your name on your chair and walk away and mingle, drink wine and listen to music. How amazing is that?

Here are the upcoming performers:

Colin James – July 8th

Rootstock – July 16th

Stars – August 12th

Dan Mangan – August 13th

Bruce Cockburn – August 19th

Royal Wood – August 20th

There were other great performers too, such as Rain Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk, but these tickets are hot and sell out quickly.

Trius Jazz and Blues Festival

In Niagara we also love our jazz, blues, classic rock and country, hence the reason we asked if you like all types of music.

Trius has it all and the best part is that it all happens in the vineyard.

Jazz at the Winery – July 9th – 5 – 9pm

Classic Rock Tribute Party – July 30th – 6 – 11pm

Blues at the Winery – August 13th – 5 – 9pm

Wine Country Fare – August 20th – 6 – 11pm

Wine + Music in the Zoo

Safari Niagara Deals

So here’s the deal with Safari Niagara. If you love classic rock like Led Zeppelin, AC-DC and Pink Floyd, you need to be here to see the live cover bands. Just close your eyes and it’s like you are seeing the real musicians because they are that good. And the best part is that you might even hear a few live performances from some furry fans.

Led Zeppelin – July 9th

AC DC – July 23rd

Pink Floyd – August 13th

Get Lucky with Fallsview Casino Concerts

You’ll be getting a double whammy when you experience the Fallsview Casino Concerts (great music and casino fun).

Here are the upcoming headliners that you can’t miss:

Lady Antebellum – July 12th and 13th

David Cassidy – July 16th

Dancing Queen – July 20th – 31st

The Wallflowers – August 25th

Herman’s Hermits – August 26th – 27th

Seal – September 1st and 2nd

The Beach Boys – September 29th – October 1st

Music in the Park – Artpark Concerts

We weren’t fibbing when we told you about all the concerts in Niagara Falls and the surrounding area.

Artpark is a must-experience adventure. Great performers, an outdoor setting in a beautiful park and really cost effective tickets (starting at $12 if you go on a Tuesday). Yes you heard us correctly, tickets start as low as $12.

Here are some of our favourites:

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – July 6th – starting at $17

Ben Folds with yMusic – July 13th- starting at $12

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo/Melissa Etheridge – July 26th – starting at $12

Slightly Stoopid – July 27th – starting at $12

Yes – August 2nd – starting at $12

O.A.R. – August 3rd – starting at $12

Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles – August 9th – starting at $12

Plus Artpark is so much more than just a music festival, there are lots of fun activities for the family, such as FREE Family Saturdays from 12 – 4pm every Saturday until July 30th (face painting, pottery wheel, costume closet, sand box and the paint space). There’s also a free family movie night in the Park.  On August 15th, it’s Inside Out and on August 22nd, The Incredibles will be playing.

We honestly could be writing a blog that will scroll for days.  Here are some other concerts you must check out:

Free Coca Cola Concert Series by the Falls in Queen Victoria Park all summer long

Canal Days from July 29th – August 1st – music by the canal = pretty cool stuff

And last by not least, don’t forget to stay at the best hotel in Niagara Falls (okay so we are a bit biased), the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Check out all of the outstanding performances by our top Niagara Falls Packages. 




Niagara Falls 4th of July and Canada Day in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls 4th of July and Canada Day Celebrations

One of the biggest weekend celebrations in Canada and the United States is coming up very soon. These celebrations are the official kick-off to Summer (I think a happy dance is in order – don’t you?!)

Here are some of our favourite ways to celebrate not only Canada Day in Niagara Falls, but the 4th of July in Niagara Falls too (we love our American friends).

Niagara Falls Fireworks

Can you think of a better way to kick-off the official start to summer and express our the love for our countries, than with Niagara Falls Fireworks? Start the festivities at 8pm in Queen Victoria Park for the Coca Cola Concert Series followed by Fireworks over the Falls at dusk.

What’s also great is that a portion of the Niagara Parkway from Clifton Hill to Fraser Hill will be off limits to cars on Canada Day. WEGO buses and Niagara Parks service vehicles will be the only vehicles operating, which is perfect if you are a visitor to Niagara Falls.

Canada Day Parade

Nothing says patriotism like a Canada Day Parade. The festivities start bright and early at 9am with a run/walk at Oakes Park and a Citizenship Ceremony happening simultaneously, followed by the Niagara Falls Concert Band at 10am and the famous Canada Day Parade at 11am along Victoria Avenue to Queen Street ending on St. Clair Avenue. The entertainment continues after the parade with free birthday cake, face painting and more.

Niagara Markets

Saturdays are thriving with Markets. From the Farmer’s Market in Niagara-on-the-Lake where all of the locals hang out in search of the freshest fruits and vegetables and unique finds to the Market in St. Catharines with their fresh baked goodies, sun-kissed produce and handmade treasures.

Niagara Wineries

Niagara’s wine scene is also exploding into a grape haven. With over 70 Niagara Wineries to choose from, Niagara is definitely not short of some great places to raise a glass to patriotism. Start Exploring.

There’s also Food Truck Saturdays at Thirty Bench Winery. On July 2nd it’s Mexican night. Grab a glass of vino and enjoy food truck fare from Taco Queso.

Niagara Microbreweries

Continue the “hoppiness” at one of Niagara’s microbreweries. Our favourite finds are: Niagara Oast House Brewers (just look for the Big Red Barn past the Old Oak).  Be sure to check out their NEW upcycled patio. There’s also Silversmith in Niagara-on-the-Lake (just look for the church, an old church from 1894 converted in a hip microbrewery). And last but not least, there’s the newest kid in town, The Exchange Brewery – with lots of ale and porter options to choose from.

Get Musical

The Falls are alive with the sound of music (lots of it).


Whitesnake – Tuesday, June 28th – 6:30pm – 10pm

Ray LaMontagne – Wednesday, June 29th – 6:30pm – 10pm

The Band Perry – Tuesday, July 5th – 6:30pm – 10pm

Noel Gallagher’s High Fly Birds – Wednesday, July 6th – 6:30pm – 10pm

Friendship Festival

It’s a big one this year. The Friendship Festival is celebrating its 30th Year of great Canadian and United States friendship  since the end of the War of 1812. This year the celebration of fun is not on its typical Canada Day/Memorial Day holiday weekend, but rather from July 21st – 24th. These four days are all about fun, food, tribute bands (such as Black Sabbath, Heart, Rolling Stones), original music from Cardinal Street and the famous “Festival’s Got Talent.” So if you decide to postpone your Canada Day/4th of July celebrations, be sure to check out the Friendship Festival.

And we know of the perfect place to stay during the festivities. Make room for A LOT of Fun at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. We’ve Got a Package with Your Name on it: One Night, Two Night, Romance, Family Fun and one for the Girls.

Happy Celebrating!

The Top Five Niagara Falls Canada Attractions

The Top Five Niagara Falls Canada Attractions

Niagara Falls continues to amaze us with ever-evolving new and exciting attractions.

Here are our top five Niagara Falls Canada Attractions that you MUST experience:

#1 Hornblower Niagara Cruises

If you haven’t yet experienced the wonderment of this watercraft attraction, well you simply must. You can experience it day or night, as there are many cruise options to choose from:

Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour

This is a 20 minute exhilarating boat cruise that provides spectacular views of the American, Bridal Veil and gets right into the mist of our personal favourite, the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Hold on tight because this is a thrilling boat tour that will leave you speechless.

Falls Illumination Cruise

Experience 40 minutes of getting to know our natural wonder, Niagara Falls at night. This is a sensory experience that your eyes and ears will love. You won’t believe how close you get to both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls and to see both Falls illuminated in all colours of the rainbow and the spectacular skyline of the city – ummm breathtaking.

Fireworks Cruise

This cruise is similar to the Falls Illumination Cruise, but also includes an extraordinary display of the fireworks over the Falls (your kids might even use the word “epic” to describe this experience).

Check out the Day Cruise for yourself:

#2 Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

This one is equally as exhilarating as #1 and will definitely get your heart racing. This 45 minute to 1 hour journey will be one history and geology lesson you will be talking about for years. You’ll learn important facts about the majestic Niagara River and experience class 5 whitewater rapids first hand. Be sure to hold on to your seats for a ride of a lifetime.



#3 Journey Behind the Falls

With this Niagara Falls attraction, you’ll take a journey deep below (45 metres (150 ft.) through bedrock to tunnels) leading to the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls and YES you WILL get WET! The mighty Niagara Falls mist will tumble from 13 storeys above.

Now here are some cool facts (again more history lessons – it’s a win-win situation for you and your kids):

  • over 2,800 cubic metres of water thunders over the brink every second, traveling 65 kilometres per hour
  • you’ll experience the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down to the basin below


#4 Whirlpool Aero Car

On this spectacular attraction you will soar the Great Gorge above the Niagara River in an antique cable car (your kids might be thinking “archaic”, but by the end (trust us) they will be thinking “awesome”). During this ride you’ll see the thunderous rapids of the Niagara Whirlpool right below you (this is the point where “archaic” turns to “awesome”).

The whirlpool aero car travels safely between two different points of the Canadian shore of the Niagara River over the spectacular Whirlpool. A round trip is about one kilometre (3,600 feet) and can carry up to 35 standing passengers. Be sure to explore the White Water Walk and experience the raging rapids that twist and turn right before your very eyes.

#5 a) Ziplining Niagara Falls

This unbelievable attraction is set to launch on July 15th and is one of the most talked about Niagara Falls Canada Attractions.

The MistRider Zipline will soar high and fast towards the breathtaking Niagara Falls.

This is how it’s set to work:

  • there will be four parallel ziplines travelling at 670 metres (2,200 feet) through the wild river gorge, where you will experience picture perfect views of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls
  • Pricing is currently expected to be $49.99 per person
  • Minimum age is 7 years old (rider must weigh between 65 and 300lbs)
  • Youth under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult


Pre-book your adventure today!

b) Whirlpool Adventure Course

This is a thrilling and adventurous new experience that is sure to bring out your inner child. This course involves suspended obstacles and ziplines high above the Whirlpool and Great Gorge. There will be three self-paced courses which involve climbing, ziplining, jumping, and swinging aerial games.

‘What’s to Fear Jump’

This is a loose line leap from 40-feet (yes you heard us correctly – 40 feet)! The heart-pounding plummet to terra firma (here’s your chance to polish up your latin skills) is a mental and physical adrenaline-rush for people age seven to adult. The ‘What’s to Fear Jump’ can be done as a stand-alone activity, or to enhance WildPlay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course experience.

Prices range from $19.99 to $39.99

We don’t have any cool pictures or videos to share at this point, but when we do you’ll be the first to see them or feel free to send us some shots of your great adventures.

Are you ready for some awe-inspiring new adventures this summer? Be sure to check out all of these incredible Niagara Falls Canada Attractions very soon! And get ready to add some good old memories to that memory bank of yours.


Niagara Vineyards

Niagara Vineyards

Niagara is the place to be this Spring and Summer. With over 70 Niagara Vineyards to choose from, there is always an exciting Niagara Wine Tasting Event just waiting for you. Here’s what’s happening in the Niagara Vineyards:

The Big Cheese Theory – Interactive Pairing Experience – Daily at 1pm and 4pm (Fri. – Sun.), 

Get ready to unleash your inner mad scientist. This is an interactive hands-on experience where you will learn to smoke, infuse and brûlée all of your favourite fromage! While you are learning how to prepare your own custom cheese creations you will sip on a flight of three of  Peller Estates’ award-wining wines.

Vino and Cocoa Interactive Experience – M – T – 3pm and Weekends at 3pm and 5pm

It’s another interactive experience at Peller, but this time you’ll get a lesson in cocoa and wine pairings.

Niagara New Vintage Wine Festival – until June 19th

This is a fruitful event that you cannot miss. Featuring farm fresh flavours and over 14,800 acres of Niagara’s finest vineyards. It’s the perfect way to celebrate summer.

TD Tailgate Party – June 18th – 6 – 10pm

Join Niagara’s celebrated wineries as they share their stories alongside local chefs who will wow you with their fresh culinary delights. It promises to be an unforgettable summer solstice best paired with friends, old and new.

Homegrown Country Music Festival – June 19th 2 – 7pm – Pillitteri Icewine Farm

This is a celebration of Niagara’s finest talent and  agricultural abundance.

Food Truck’s in the Vineyard at Coyote’s Run Estate Winery

Food trucks are all the hype and this summer you can enjoy 12 dates between May – September.

Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Winery Concert Series

Starting in June and running until September, you can enjoy music under the stars paired with your favourite Jackson Triggs’ estate wine.

Here is a list of the upcoming performers:

June 17th – Steven Page

June 18th – Whitehorse

July 2nd – 3rd – Jim Cuddy Band

July 8th – Colin James

July 9th – Moon versus Sun

July 15th – 54/40 Unplugged

July 16th – Rootstock

July 22nd – 23rd – Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies

August 12th – Stars

August 13th – Dan Mangan

August 19th – Bruce Cockburn

August 20th – Royal Wood

September 2nd – The Trews

September 3rd – Bahamas

September 9th – Arkells

Supper Market at the Village

It’s become an annual summer event. Featuring all of your favourite food trucks, wineries, microbreweries and live entertainment every Wednesday starting at 4:30pm until dusk starting May 25th in the Village.

Looking for a little vacation with your wine tasting? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is located in the “centre of it all,” just a short distance from all of this fun. Check out our Niagara Falls Hotel Deals. This month’s special is a great package for couples, families and friends.

Niagara Falls Marathon Racing Events

Niagara Falls Marathon Racing Events

Niagara is filled with running races all throughout the year. Whether you want to walk or run, train as part of a group or run solo, choose the Niagara Falls Marathon racing event that fits your training style and passion.

Red Bull Wings for Life – May 8th, 2016

On May 8, 2016, at exactly 11am UTC, the Wings for Life World Run will simultaneously start all over the world. Make this race your own. It can be whatever you want it to be: a 5k, 10k or a marathon race. Just watch out for the chaser car. Once it reaches you, you’re out of the race. 100% of the registration fee goes towards spinal cord research.

Buffalo Marathon – Sunday, May 29th, 2016 – starts at 6:30am

This course is flat and fast with a beautiful view of the downtown waterfront and its major landmarks. It also has one of the highest Boston qualifying percentages in the country. You can choose to run the full marathon, half marathon, 5K, participate in a relay, take the Team RWB or encourage your kids to run the kids mini marathon.

Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon – June 5th, 2016

This is an exclusive women’s only event (well Sean Astin managed to sneak in the race last year) where you get to experience a view of the Falls as you run by it not once, but twice. So gather your girlfriends and start training for this spectacular event with a great swag bag (cosmetics, wine and more). To receive a special rate, book here.

Niagara Ultra 100k, 50k, Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k – June 18th, 2016

This race takes place on a traffic free, asphalt footpath. Follow the Niagara River Parkway from Niagara-on-the-Lake past Fort George and on to Niagara Falls and back. You’ll need some endurance training if you’re running the 50 or 100k.

Mighty Niagara Half Marathon – September 24th, 2016

Run along the river, past the quaint villages of Lewiston and Youngstown and take in the breathtaking views (from the French Castle to the historic old Fort Niagara’s compound). This is a Niagara race  you don’t want to miss.

Run the Grapes – Half Marathon and 5k – September 25th, 2016

In support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and held in conjunction with the Niagara Wine Festival, this is a fun race where a glass of grape juice is well deserved after you reach the finish line.

Niagara Falls International Marathon – October 30th, 2016

This Boston Qualifier race has a lot of history – celebrating its 19th year of strength, courage and passion. This is one of the only cross border races starting in Buffalo, NY and finishing in Niagara Falls, Canada. You choose your distance – 5k, 10k, Half Marathon or the Full Marathon.

The Niagara Falls International Marathon has partnered with the District School Board of Niagara’s Education Foundation identifying those children in need who are signed up for the race to receive proper running shoe attire for the race and beyond.

Be sure to check out the #daredevilracelegs contest for your chance to win a 2 Night Stay at the Courtyard Marriott along with breakfast, a $40 Keg dinner voucher, 2 passes for dinner and a magic show at Greg Frewin and 2 passes for a spectacular view of Niagara Falls in a helicopter. All you have to do is take a picture of yourself going over the FALLS at any of the Niagara Falls International Marathon race expos, share your pic on Twitter with the hashtags #daredevilracelegs and #NFIM, or the NFIM FACEBOOK page and you could win the ULTIMATE NIAGARA FALLS GIVEAWAY! Book your special rate here.

Stay at the Niagara Falls hotel, located just a short distance away from all of these great Niagara Falls Marathon races. We love our Niagara Falls Marathon runners, receive up 10% off your room when you book our special runners rate. Enter promo code D3Q.

We also offer a variety of Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls Packages, find the most suitable one for you.



Niagara Concerts

Niagara Concerts

Niagara is the place to be for some of the most exciting concerts and events. Check out what’s happening this Spring at the Niagara Falls Casinos (both sides of the border) and the Meridian Centre.

The Fallsview Casino features over 3000 slots and over 100 table games. Plus the list of Niagara Casino Events this Spring are incredible.

Fallsview Casino Shows

Neil Sedaka – April 28th – 29th

Grand Funk Railroad – April 30th

3 Doors Down – May 12th – 13th

Jeff Dunham – May 19th -20th

B.J. Thomas – May 21st

Lord of the Dance – May 25th – June 5th

Rick Springfield – June 9th – 10th

Starship – Featuring Mickey Thomas – June 11th

Vivian Chow – June 12th – 13th

Peter Frampton – June 16th

Gavin DeGraw – June 17th – 18th

Seneca Niagara Casino Shows

Just a short drive over the border and voilá you are at the Seneca Niagara Casino, the place to be for some of the best Niagara Casino Events.

Robin Trower – April 28th

A Flock of Seagulls – April 30th

The Smithereens – May 14th

The Zombies – May 20th

World’s Greatest Chicago Tribute – May 21st

The LALAs Burlesque – June 17th – 18th

Night Fever  – An Evening of the Bee Gees – June 25th

Meridian Centre St. Catharines

There are also a lot of exciting Niagara Events happening in St. Catharines at the Meridian Centre.

If you love basketball, you’ll love the new OBA Basketball Team, the Niagara River Lions, who will be playing Windsor in the playoffs. Check back soon for tickets.

Book your tickets today!

Niagara IceDogs

Come and cheer on Niagara’s OHL team, the Niagara IceDogs during the Eastern Conference Finals. The next game is April 27th at 7pm. Come and see the Dogs play the Barrie Colts.

Book your Playoff Tickets today!

Scottie’s Tournaments of Hearts – Canada’s elite women’s curling teams will be heading to the Niagara region of Ontario for the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

First Niagara Center

Just a short drive over the border, there are so many incredible sporting events and performances:


NHL 2016 Draft – June 24th


Amy Schumer – May 7th

Carrie Underwood – May 24th

Justin Bieber – July 7th

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas – July 17th

Jim Gaffigan – July 19th

Maroon 5 – September 26th

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Niagara Falls Easter Weekend

Niagara Falls Easter Weekend – Hop on Over

Peter Cottontail is going to be hopping on over to Niagara Falls really soon to prepare for all of the great Easter traditions happening in our neck of the woods.

Here are a few of our favourite Easter traditions:

Bird Kingdom – March 25th – 27th

Enjoy an Eggstra special Easter weekend. Kids (4-15) are just $7.00 with a regular adult admission. Enjoy hundreds of free-flying birds in a 50,000 square foot tropical rainforest setting, as well as an Easter egg hunt all day with prizes.

Food and Wine Pairing – 13th Street Winery – March 26th – 28th

Sample homemade Chorizo puffs paired with the perfect glass of wine.

Easter Weekend at the Good Earth – March 26th – 28th

It’s a weekend of Good Earth treats paired with Good Earth grapes (compliments of Mother Nature).

Easter at Heartland Forest – March 26th – 11am – 2pm

It’s a day of family fun in the forest: campfire and marshmallows, scavenger hunt, train rides, mini putt and more.

Floral Showhouse Annual Spring and Easter Show – until Easter weekend

Don’t miss this annual tradition! For over 60 years visitors have come to Discover Paradise at this lush oasis, just a short walk from the Niagara Falls. Collections of orchids, succulents and other tropical plant species are on display throughout the year, along with floral shows that reflect the changing seasons. Flying throughout the greenery are colourful tropical birds that may sing for your entertainment!

The Outlet Collection at Niagara is open all Weekend

With over 100 retail stores, you can shop ’til you drop all Easter weekend long.

Friday, March 25th and Monday, March 28th – 10 am – 6pm

Easter Egg Hunt at Fireman’s Park – Good Friday at 11am

This is an annual event that kids adore, as Fireman’s Park is filled with over 450 pounds of hidden goodies. Admission is $3 per child and the funds raised go towards Project Share and the Park maintenance.

You can also create your own Easter experience with dozens of Niagara Wineries & Microbreweries and Niagara Falls Attractions to choose from and you can’t forget a special visit to see Mother Nature.

Check out our Packages! From family fun to a romantic getaway, we’ve got a package with your name on it.


Niagara Wine Tasting

Niagara Wine Tasting Events this Spring

Niagara is filled with fantastic winery events all year round. With over 70 Niagara Wineries to choose from, there is always an exciting Niagara Wine Tasting Event just waiting for you (all year round). These are a few of our favourites:

Food Freaks & Wine Geeks – Saturdays and Sunday at 3pm

Raise your hand if this is you? Our hands are raised….really high and we’re proud of it. Sample some great eats by celebrity chef Jason Parsons paired with sensational VQA wines.

Chicks and Chocolate Food and Wine Pairing – Monday – Friday at 2pm and weekends at 2pm and 4pm

The name says it all, chicks only for an afternoon of wine paired with chocolate. How fun is that? So grab your favourite friends and get ready to have a delicious time.

 Get Fresh in the Valley – April 23rd – 24th

Get a taste of the valley by touring and tasting up to 23 wineries paired with some of the finest cuisine Niagara has to offer.

 Handmade Market – May 6th – 7th- 13th Street Winery

Mother’s Day is coming up and what better way to spend time with your mom and the lovely ladies in your life than a day trip to the Handmade Market. Sip, savour and shop the amazing creations of 100 artisan vendors.

Food Truck Eats – May 21st – 23rd

This is an event you cannot miss. Three days of food truck bliss, award-winning wine and and local entertainment with the beautiful Peller Estates’ Vineyard as your backdrop. Book soon because these tickets sell out fast.

Food Truck’s in the Vineyard at Coyote’s Run Estate Winery 

Food trucks are all the hype and this summer you can enjoy 12 dates between May – September.

Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Winery Concert Series

Starting in June and running until September, you can enjoy music under the stars paired with your favourite Jackson Triggs’ estate wine.

Here is a list of the upcoming performers:

June 9th – 11th – Sam Roberts Band

June 17th – Steven Page

June 18th – Whitehorse

July 2nd – 3rd – Jim Cuddy Band

July 8th – Colin James

July 9th – Moon versus Sun

July 15th – 54/40 Unplugged

July 16th – Rootstock

July 22nd – 23rd – Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies

August 12th – Stars

August 13th – Dan Mangan

August 19th – Bruce Cockburn

August 20th – Royal Wood

September 2nd – The Trews

September 3rd – Bahamas

September 9th – Arkells

Supper Market at the Village

It’s become an annual summer event. Featuring all of your favourite food trucks, wineries, microbreweries and live entertainment every Wednesday starting at 4:30pm until dusk starting May 25th in the Village.

Looking for a little vacation with your wine tasting? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is located in the “centre of it all,” just a short distance from all of this fun. Check out our Niagara Falls Hotel Deals. This month’s special is a great package for couples, families and friends.

Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls for Families

Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls for Families

January is just flying by and before you know it, it will be time for our mini break with our families. Whether it’s just for a few days or a week away, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the place to be this Family Day and/or March Break. It’s the little things in life that make us happy and having fun with our family is one of the greatest things.

Here are our favourite fun things to do in Niagara Falls with our families:

 Bird Kingdom – great Family Specials

Spend a day with your little munchkins and thousands of free flying munchkins (a.k.a birds) and reptiles. The Bird Kingdom is offering $2.00 off each regular admission on a daily basis. However check out this great deal: during March Break (March 14 – 20), receive 50% off your child’s admission. This promises to be a fun-filled day.

March Break at Niagara Falls Museums – March 18th – 10am – 5pm

This FREE event has fun written all over it. Explore the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with Club Rex @ 11am & 1pm! Get hands-on with their collection of dinosaur skulls, claws, teeth and real fossils! After the show, join museum staff to make a craft and search the museum for clues about our past! Finish the day off with a movie @ 3pm.

March Break Fun at Heartland Forest 

Get one with nature during March Break at Heartland Forest. While there are no scheduled events or activities, bundle your kids up (weather permitting) and explore the trails, see what’s lurking in the pond and let your kids get dirty in the playground area. After all that’s what childhood is all about – exploring and learning.

Butterfly Conservatory

The learning never ends at the Butterfly Conservatory. Explore this lush, tropical setting with over 2000 colourful  butterflies fluttering about freely (you might even be lucky enough to have one land on you). Plus check out the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare for their very first flight!! You also can’t miss the “We are the Insects” Exhibit – it’s a perfect family day adventure. The renowned Montreal Insectarium will be occupying the Butterfly Conservatory’s main atrium until March 31st. There will be educational displays along with live specimens including varieties of Praying Mantis, Flower Beetles, Cockroaches and Scorpions. Click here for additional information and workshop schedules.

Niagara Parks Wonder Pass

Explore the most wondrous Niagara Falls attractions including Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory. Save 55% when you book the Niagara Wonder Pass. Adults $21.95 plus tax | Kids 6 – 12 $16.95 plus tax.

White Meadows Farms Sugar Bush Adventure 

The Sugar Bush adventure is a real treat for the whole family. Get one with nature and learn how the magic of Maple Syrup is created…right in the heart of the Sugar Bush. This is what your adventure will look like…Visit interactive stations along your route where the Natives retell the tales of maple syrup’s discovery and modern sugarmakers measure the girth of their trees. Jig with the pioneers to their favourite fiddle tunes while maple syrup boils over an open fire, or clasp the handles of a lumberjack’s saw to cut your own sugar bush bling. Whether you go to zigzag through the boggling sap line maze, swagger across the old rickety bridge, or test your wingspan back-to-back with a mighty bird, fun times await in the sugar bush for the whole family. Let our period-dressed re-enactors answer your maple questions while they transport you across the awe-inspiring world of 100% Pure Maple Syrup.  And don’t miss the legendary, stick-to-your-lips delicious, sugaring-season tradition — Taffy-on-Snow!

Clifton Hill – “the street of oh so much fun”

A trip to Niagara Falls wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Clifton Hill. From the spooky haunted houses to bowling and the Canadian midway, there’s lots of fun to be had on Clifton Hill.

Stay at one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott. We’re minutes away from all of these Niagara Falls family activities. Plus we have tons of on-site amenities (like our indoor pool and games room) and our Kids Love Niagara Package to keep your family entertained all day long. This package includes it all: accommodations, one dinner voucher for The Keg ($40 value) or T.G.I. Friday’s ($35 value), movie and popcorn night in your guest room, 4 Ultimate Fun Passes (Niagara SkyWheel, Movieland Wax Museum, Galaxy Glow in the Dark mini putt, Ghostblasters Haunted House Ride and XD Theatre – 6D Motion Ride Experience), plus fifteen tokens at the Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill.

Check out our current One Night Family Fun Package which starts at $189.99 per night and includes: accommodations, breakfast, one dinner voucher for The Keg Steakhouse + Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, four SkyWheel Passes and a movie and popcorn night in your guest room.