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.

Niagara Falls in Winter

Niagara Falls in Winter

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. In a few weeks it will be time to say good-bye to the 33rd annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights and the 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays. Be sure to get your last viewing before January 31, 2016. Many of the associates have had a chance to see the Festival of Lights this year and the feedback has been outstanding. One of the favourites are the trees wrapped in lights along the Parkway and in Dufferin Islands.


Speaking of Dufferin Islands, this year has been one to remember. From the incredible Canadian Wildlife displays to the dozens of individually wrapped trees and inukshuks, this year’s Winter Festival of Lights is truly wondrous.


Don’t miss the free laser light shows in the Fallsview Boulevard District nightly at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm until January 24th. There is also an interactive laser booth where you can write messages and see them immediately on a near-by building with laser-light. How cool is that?


There are also the spectacular fireworks over the Falls every Friday night at 9pm until January 29th. Plus nightly Niagara Falls illuminations. Check out the 2016 Niagara Falls Illumination and Fireworks Schedule.


– Niagara Icewine Festival which runs until January 31st

– Skate Niagara Ice Show – Meridian Centre – February 26th

– Snowshoeing in the Vineyard –  Thirty Bench – weekends in January, February and March

Niagara Casinos – Shows and Events – Both Sides of the Border  (Taylor Dayne, Michael Bolton, Little Big Town, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan and more)

Plus many of our Niagara Falls Attractions are open year round: Journey Behind the Falls, Bird Kingdom, Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara SkyWheel and many more.

Looking for a Niagara Falls hotel for your Winter Getaway? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to these spectacular and traditional Winter Events. Check out our current special offer, a One Night Package starting at $109 per night. And check back on Monday for our next special offer.

Make Niagara Falls in Winter an annual tradition!

Get Artsy at Artpark

Get Artsy at Artpark

It’s time to “Get Artsy at Artpark.” If you haven’t experienced Artpark before, you are definitely missing out on some entertaining events. The name “Artpark” says it all. There are some incredible “artsy” events in a breathtaking outdoor “park”. Artpark is located in Lewiston, New York (which is just a short drive across the Lewiston Bridge – 23 minutes from the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel, to be exact).

Check out the exciting Artpark events:

“Tuesday in the Park” Artpark Amphitheater

Lynard Skynard  – July 19th

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo/Melissa Etheridge – July 26th

An Evenging with YES – August 2nd

An Evening with Rain, a Tribute to the Beatles – August 9th

Styx – August 16th

Boz Scaggs with special guest Don McLean – August 23rd

Canadian Hall of Fame: The Burton Cummings Band, April Wine and Buffy Sainte-Marie – August 30th

Coors Light Wednesdays 

Ben Folds with yMusic – July 13th – starting at 6:30pm

Slightly Stoopid with ZGE (Zion I, the Grouch and Eligh) – July 27th

O.A.R. XX 20th Anniversary Tour with Special Guest The Hunts – August 3rd

Mainstage Performances

Baila Brazil – July 15th – 16th

There are also artpark events for the family.

Rock Workshop – July 5th – July 29th

Family Saturdays – July 23rd, 30th 

Free Family Movie Night – August 15th (Inside Out) and August 22nd (The Incredibles)

Looking for a place to rest your head after all of this amazing artsy fun?. The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is just a short drive away. Check out our Niagara Falls Packages. From family fun to one or two night packages, there’s something for everyone!

Things to do in Niagara Falls with your Love

Things to do in Niagara Falls with your Love

With the big romantic Hallmark day just around the corner, there is always the question of what to do with your love. And often times that can be A LOT of pressure for one day. While we are big supporters of showing the one you love you appreciate and adore them, our belief is you don’t have to dedicate one day of the year to show them.  So rather than focusing on one day, we are calling the whole month of February – the month of LOVE. Plus if you live in Canada, we certainly need something to celebrate in February, because let’s be honest with ourselves, we’re all silently (or maybe loudly) counting down to Spring.

Here are all the fabulous romantic things to do in Niagara Falls with your favourite someone:

For the Love of Music 

There are a lot of Niagara Falls Concerts for all music enthusiasts happening on both sides of the border.

Seneca Niagara Casino 

Richard Marx (solo) – February 18th (a favourite with the ladies)

Hotel California Eagle Tribute – February 20th (what a great tribute)

Tracy Morgan – February 26th (it’s a night full of laughter)

Fallsview Casino

Taylor Dane – February 12th (okay, it’s a little girly, but it’s because you love her)

Michael Bolton – February 13th and 14th (the ladies love Michael)

Dancing Pros Live – February 18th – 25th (do it for her)

Little Big Town – February 27th and 28th (you’ll be in her good books if you can get tickets for this one)

For the Love of Wine – Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries

Days of Wine and Chocolate – Feb 6th – Feb. 28th (weekends in February). 

It’s a weekend filled with VQA wines and decadently sweet and savoury chocolate pairings (need we say more). 23 Wineries. Touring passes are $35 each.

Wine & Paint Classes – 13th Street Winery – Feb. 8th or Feb. 15th – 6pm – 9pm

Let wine inspire your inner artist during a three hour painting class led by local artists, Melanie Davies Persia or Julie Snider. Classes are $44.95 per class.

Snowshoeing in the Vineyards – Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30am and 1:30pm until the end of March – Thirty Bench Winery.
Get ready for a truly unique, Canadian experience this winter and snowshoe or hike through Thirty Bench’s Riesling vineyards! A local Snowshoe expert will teach you tips and best trekking methods while their wine consultant guides you through samples of Thirty Bench wines amongst the snow covered vines. Afterwards, enjoy a warm cup of soup from The Good Earth, while sitting outside by the fire. $30 per guest, exclusive of taxes. Includes snowshoes, guided trek, wine tastings, and a Thirty Bench souvenir GoVino glass to take home, as well as a warm cup of soup from The Good Earth.

*Soup is Vegan and gluten free

**If mother nature fails to blanket the vineyards with snow, the event will still proceed as a hike through the vineyards. Please provide 48 hours’ notice to cancel your reservation for a full refund. Also, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your start time.

Chicks and Chocolate – Peller Estates Winery

Spend an afternoon with the chicks that you love in your life. From Monday – Friday at 2pm and weekends at 2pm and 4pm, visit Peller Estates Winery for wine and chocolate pairings. Plus learn how the two in combination complement each other and can awaken your senses (the educational aspect and the antioxidants from the chocolate (if dark) and wine will make you feel good).

For the Love of Food – Niagara Falls Restaurants

For all the steak and seafood lovers out there, come and celebrate the month of love at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, located in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. Start with some shareable appetizers, such as Mushrooms Neptune or the Baked Brie. For the main course, you can never go wrong with the Keg classics: Prime Rib, Top Sirloin or a Filet Mignon (this is making me hungry just writing about it). End your romantic evening with their famous Billy Miner pie, crème brulée or sweet minis (a fudge brownie and mango brulée) and be sure to ask for two spoons.

For the Love of Sleep

Nothing is more romantic than getting away for a few days. The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls has a few sweet Niagara Falls Romance Package Deals right now. Our favourite is the Ultimate One Night Romance Package starting at $119 per night which includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet, dinner voucher for The Keg or T.G.I. Fridays, cocktails at the Keg, a bottle of wine and keepsake glasses, hershey kisses, wine tasting, beer tasting, cheese tasting, fudge tasting and a lavender culinary experience and shuttle passes. At this price, how can you resist?

Out of all the Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard is just footsteps from all of the fun: Niagara Falls, Casino Niagara, the Fallsview Casino, Journey Behind the Falls and other Niagara Falls attractions. Check out all the fun in our latest Courtyard Video.

Make room for a little fun this whole month of love.

Niagara Icewine Festival

Niagara Wine Festival & More

Warm up your January with a trip to the Niagara Icewine Festival and other Wintry Niagara Falls Events. Here’s what’s happening for the rest of January:

Peller Estates’ Winery

Icewine Marshmallow Roasting over an Open Fire – 11am – 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until January 31st

Back again by popular demand!  Enjoy a taste … or two … of Peller’s award-winning Icewines, followed by an opportunity to toast Winery Chef and CityLine personality Jason Parsons’ delectable Icewine marshmallows over an open fire.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival – January 23rd – 24th

Embrace the Winter by seeing Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Queen Street transform into an Icewine and Culinary Winter Wonderland.

Purchase a discovery pass and explore the Icewine route starting at $40 per pass. Check out the list of participating wineries.

Icewine Festival at the Scotiabank Convention Centre – January 29th – 31st

Niagara Falls is thrilled to be part of this delicious experience for the second year at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. From January 29th -31st,  enjoy Icewine from 15 participating wineries along with some culinary creations and live entertainment.

Niagara Falls Casino Shows

January is full of entertainment with tons of Niagara Falls Casino Shows to choose from:

Niagara Fallsview Casino

  • Mimi Choo – January 18th
  • World Rock Symphony Orchestra – January 22nd – 30th

Seneca Niagara Casino

  • Bobby Rydell – January 16th
  • Whoopi Goldberg – January 22nd
  • Buffalo Bridal Expo – January 24th
  • Joan Osborne -January 29th

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

The Wonder continues until January 31st with 3 Million Twinkling lights and displays. You’ve got to check out the incredible displays at Dufferin Islands and along the Niagara Parkway.

Niagara Falls Fireworks and Illumination Schedule

The spectacular Niagara Falls Fireworks displays and Illumination also continue into January.

Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks over the Falls every Friday night starting at 9pm.

Niagara River Lions

The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is also proud to support the NEW Canadian Professional Basketball team, the Niagara River Lions. Come out to an exciting game of basketball and cheer on the Niagara River Lions. Check out their schedule to see what game works for you.

Niagara Falls Shows

The Skate Niagara Ice Show is back for the second year at the Meridian Centre on February 26th starting at 7:30pm. This spectacular Ice Show features your ice performer favourites, from Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to Kurt Browning and hometown sweetheart Kristen Moore-Towers with her partner Michael Marinaro. New skaters this year include the 2015 World Champion, Javier Fernandez and Nancy Kerrigan. Get your tickets before this incredible show sells out.

Make Niagara Falls part of your New Year Tradition. The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top 4-star Niagara Falls hotels located in the “centre of it all,” just minutes from Niagara Falls and all of these exciting Niagara Falls attractions and events.

Book our Ultimate One Night Package, starting at $109 per night. This is one of the best Niagara Falls Hotels Deals and includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet, dinner voucher for two at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, wine tasting, beer tasting, lavender culinary experience, cheese tasting, fudge tasting and so much more.

Niagara Casinos – Shows and Events

Niagara Casinos – Shows and Events

In Niagara we are all about entertainment and our Niagara Casinos are the place to be for top-notch concerts and events (both sides of the border).

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

Fallsview Casino Shows

Taylor Dayne – Feb. 12th

Michael Bolton – Feb. 13th and 14th

Dancing Pros Live – Feb. 18th – 25th

A Night of Comedy – Feb. 26th

Little Big Town – Feb. 27th – 28th

Don Felder – March 3rd – 5th

Magique Starring “Kevin and Caruso” March 10th – 19th

Songwriters Featuring Bob DiPiero, Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols – March 19th

Hacken Lee – March 20th – 21st

Duran Duran – March 25th – 26th

Steve Tyler with the Loving Mary Band – March 29th – 31st

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.

The Peking Acrobats – February 12th and 13th

Richard Marx Solo – February 18th

Hotel California – The Original Eagles Tribute – February 20th

Tracy Morgan – February 26th

Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show – February 27th

Live from Daryl’s House Featuring Daryl Hall and John Rzeznik from Goo Goo Dolls – March 25th

Diana Ross – April 9th

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. Here are the next home games:

February 11th, 19th

Book your tickets today!

The Niagara Lock Monsters Lacrosse, part of the Canadian Lacrosse League have also teamed up with the Meridian Centre.

Here are a list of the home games:

February February 13th, 20th

Niagara IceDogs

Come and cheer on Niagara’s OHL team, the Niagara IceDogs. On Valentine’s Day, one lucky winner will win a Romance Package which includes 2 tickets to an IceDogs game,   an overnight stay at the Courtyard Marriott and lots of other goodies.

Here are the upcoming games:

Feb. 14th, Feb. 18th, Feb. 27th, Feb. 28th, March 4th and 5th

Star Trek – The Ultimate Voyage – Feb. 21st

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage is produced by CineConcerts, known for its popular live to projection, symphonic concert experiences including The Godfather, Gladiator and soon to be premiered Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  Original content productions such as A Christmas Dream also tour internationally.

Skate Niagara Ice Show – Feb. 26th

For the second year in row, Skate Niagara brings you some of the most talented and well known skaters in the world. Back this year is fan favourite Kurt Browning, the sensational duo, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and St. Catharines Sweetheart Kirsten Moore Towers and pairs partner Michael Marinaro.  New skaters this year include the 2015 World Champion, Spanish skater, Javier Fernandez and Nancy Kerrigan.  This year’s show will be choreographed by Nancy Kerrigan and Liz Manley.

Johnny Reid – March 15th

Chart-topping, Multi-Platinum selling, JUNO and CCMA Award winning artist Johnny Reid will be taking the stage at Meridian Centre on March 15th

Metric and Death Cab for Cutie – March 22nd

LIGHTS ON THE HORIZON TOUR is coming to Meridian Centre on TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016 with Doors at 6pm and show starting at 6:45.

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.

Feb. 18th – 26th, 2017

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Book your Getaway to Niagara Falls soon. Check out one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals in the City at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. Our Ultimate One Night Romance Package starts at $119 per night (Sunday – Thursday), $129 on Fridays and $139 on Saturdays. This One Night Package includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet, dinner voucher, a bottle of wine and keepsake glasses, chocolates, wine tasting, beer tasting, cheese tasting, fudge tasting, WEGO Shuttle passes and more.

Niagara Falls Christmas Events 2015

Niagara Falls Christmas Events 2015

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. Niagara Falls is the place to be this Christmas Season.

Here is what is happening in Niagara this Holiday Season:

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Over 3 Million lights over a 5km route – how spectacular is that? Don’t miss the 32nd annual Winter Festival of Lights happening just minutes away from our hotel. The magic happens every evening until January 31st. This is one holiday event, you won’t want to miss.

Laser Light Shows

NEW to the Winter Festival of Lights this year are the laser light shows. One is happening right in our neighbourhood at the top of Clifton Hill. From December 19th – 30th, each evening there will be two lights shows, one at 6pm and the other at 9pm. There’s also a fun interactive laser booth where the whole family can write messages or draw pictures with laser light. Plus this Saturday, December 19th visit Santa Claus himself from 5 – 6pm or 7 – 8pm. The next event is happening from January 14th – 24th in the Fallsview District.

Fireworks over the Falls

During the Winter Festival of Lights enjoy Fireworks over the Falls every Friday night at dusk. Plus during the holiday season, December 21st – 26th, celebrate the holidays with fireworks every evening.

Hoot for the Holidays – Butterfly Conservatory – until January 2nd (each Saturday)

You’ll give the gift of nature this holiday season when you visit the Butterfly Conservatory’s special exhibit, Hoot for the Holidays. Featuring a variety of owls and other birds of prey along with its own stunning Owl Butterflies. The exhibit will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., each Saturday until January 2. Join local conservationists David and Kim Gibson as they introduce these beautiful Sky-Hunters or birds of prey and educate us all about their habits, unique abilities and the importance of habitat conservation. Visitors will then have an opportunity to experience and learn more about the Owl Butterflies that call the Conservatory their home and learn how they got their special name.

Floral Showhouse Holiday Display

The Floral Showhouse Holiday Display is a beautiful and exotic annual floral favourite for 65 years! It’s a great way to celebrate the beauty of the holiday season.

Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2015

Don’t miss the Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2015 concert in Queen Victoria Park starting at 8pm. This year’s line up includes: Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, Down with Webster and Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies.

Niagara Wineries

Raise a glass to the holidays and celebrate at one of the 70 Niagara Wineries throughout Niagara Wine Country. Choose your favourites in Niagara-on-the-Lake or Twenty Valley. Plus hop on over to one of the Microbreweries – Niagara Oast or Silversmith.

After all of this holiday celebrating you are going to need a place to rest your head. Check out one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals at the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Our One Night Package has it it: accommodations, breakfast, dinner voucher, beer, wine, cheese and fudge tasting and a lavender culinary experience starting at $109 per night.

Happy Holidays!

The Best Summertime Niagara on the Lake Wineries

The Best Summertime Niagara on the Lake Wineries

So we are halfway through Summer and the fun certainly does not have to end, especially when you visit some of the most breathtaking and delicious wineries of Niagara on the Lake (or as the locals call it…Niagara Wine Country).

The list of incredible wineries of Niagara on the Lake are endless and we’re happy to share our favourite Niagara on the Lake Wineries’ List:

Pop-up Patio – Pilliterri Wineries

The name says it all…who wouldn’t like a pop-up patio every Friday in the Summer from 11:30 am – 3:30pm. Grab some lunch from a different local chef every week and a glass of their favourite summertime vino. Prices range from $5 – $20 per person.

Summer Saturdays at Konzelmann Estate Winery

Gourmet food trucks and great wine every Saturday at Konzelmann Estate Winery from 11am – 4pm. Count us in…

Summer of Chardonnay – Ravine Estate Winery

Take a walk through the Chardonnay vines every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm while tasting three of Ravine’s favourite Chardonnays. Come on…does it get any better than this? Reservations are a must for this wine-der-ful event.

Jackson-Triggs Winery – Music Under the Stars

It’s an experience like no other in Niagara Wine Country. A complete sensory experience to be exact. Featuring top Canadian performers, outstanding VQA wine and local fare.

Here’s the line-up:

Jann Arden – August 14th and 15th

Stars – August 21st

Rootstock – August 22nd

Spirit of the West – August 28th and 29th

Food Freaks & Wine Geeks – Monday – Friday at 3pm throughout July and August

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.

Diamonds in the Rough MusicFest – August 15th

Don’t miss an evening of great music (from new country to indie rock), fabulous food truck eats and dynamite wine.

13th Street Winery Blues and BBQ – August 15th

This is a summer event you can’t miss. BBQ famous food from the Dirty South Food Truck plus rockin’ blues music from Peter Boyd paired with 13th Street wines and the Niagara Brewing Company beer

1st Annual Barn Burner Reserve Release Party – Between the Lines – August 15th – 4pm – 11pm

The name alone should capture your attention.  Kick up your heels under the rafters at the Big Red Barn at an ol’ fashioned Barn Burner. Celebrate the release of their 2012 Reserve portfolio and boogie in your boots at this unforgettable after party. Space is limited.

Niagara Wine Country is where all the fun is at this Summer. Don’t miss some of the best events at some of our most favourite wineries of Niagara on the Lake.

Speaking of fun, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the hotel of Summer Fun. We’ve got a Package with your Name on it. From family fun to grown-up fun, we’ve got you covered.

Niagara Falls Canada Day | Niagara Falls Fourth of July

Here are some of our favourite ways to celebrate Niagara Falls Canada Day and Niagara Falls Fourth of July.

Fireworks over the Falls

We love to celebrate with a big bang every Friday and Sunday throughout the summer. So of course we are going to do something special for our Country’s Birthday and the Birthday of our Great Neighbour (or should be say Neighbor?). Come and join us on July 1st and 4th for some spectacular eye candy in the sky. Plus don’t miss the Coca Cola Concert Series on the Queen Victoria Stage right across from Niagara Falls which happens every evening right before the Fireworks.

Canada Day Parade

Nothing says patriotism like a Canada Day Parade. The festivities start at 11am along Victoria Avenue to Queen Street ending on St. Clair Avenue. Following the parade, get ready for some musical entertainment at City Hall starting at 12:30pm until 9pm. And you can’t have a birthday celebration without birthday cake, plus free face painting and more.

Friendship Festival

Can you believe that we’ve been celebrating the Friendship Festival for 29 years? The Friendship Festival is all about the good relations between Canada and the United States since the end of the War of 1812. Come and celebrate from June 26th – 28th with fabulous food, fun and musical entertainment (live country music – Josh Gracin, Jamie O’Neal, Chadley Chase and Arms of America – U2 Tribute Band) And you can’t miss the “2015 Festivals Got Talent.”

Market at the Village – every Wednesday Night

Every Wednesday starting at 4:30pm until dusk, come to the Market at the Village in Niagara-on-the-Lake and be sure to bring your appetite and your dancing shoes. Featuring some fabulous local food vendors, wineries and microbreweries. This is the perfect place to paint the town red and white in honour of Canada.


Summer of Thrills – every Thursday – Monday starting July 2nd

The name says it all – featuring fabulous street performers and death-defying daredevils. New this year – The Sky Scraping Sway Pole.

Niagara Wineries

Speaking of great wineries and microbreweries, Niagara is definitely not short of some great places to raise a glass to patriotism. Visit Niagara Wine Country where you’ll find over 70 Niagara Wineries to choose from.

Niagara Microbreweries

If something “hoppy” is what you are looking for, check out Niagara Oast House Brewers (just look for the Big Red Barn past the Old Oak) or Silversmith in Niagara-on-the-Lake (just look for the church and old church from 1894 converted in a microbrewery). You will be pleasantly surprised with both.

Get Musical

There are also a few musical events to get you in the holiday spirit.


The Steve Miller Band with special guest Miller and the Sinners – June 30th at 6:30pm. The Steve Miller Band needs no introduction.

Marianas Trench – July 1st at 6:30pm – A Canadian Pop Band from British Columbia. The band has released three full length studio albums, the most recent titled, Ever After, which was nominated for a Juno Award.

Fallsview Casino – Battle of the Voices – July 1st – 8th.

A new epic vocal showdown like never before, hosted by 98 Degrees’ band member Drew Lachey, Battle Of The Voices is a knockout music event featuring artists from American Idol, The Voice and America’s Got Talent. Become part of the battle where you choose the champion!

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!

Great Gifts for Dads in Niagara Falls

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Great Gifts for Dads

Father’s Day is coming soon and we have some great gifts for dads right here in Niagara Falls.

Here are our Top Five Favourite Things to Do with Dad:


Niagara has joined the ranks of the world’s premier golf destinations in terms of challenge, design aesthetics, course conditioning, facilities and service. The Top Five Recommended Courses: 1) Grand Niagara 2) Hunters Pointe, Legends on the Niagara, Whirlpool and Peninsula Lakes. These courses come highly recommended from some golf aficionados we know personally and take this sport very seriously.


Many people don’t know this, but Niagara is well known for its fishing. The popular fishing grounds are the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, where you can fish year-round for a variety of fish:  Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) and Brown Trout.

Your captain Aldo Nava has appeared on the Canadian Sport Fishing Television Series (and does he know fish).

So what are you waiting for? Make your dad’s day with a sweet fishing trip.

Beer Tasting

Niagara is also known for their micro-breweries. Our favourites are Niagara Oast House Brewers and Silversmith.

Niagara Oast is easy to spot. It’s just down the road, past the old oak in the big red barn. They are famous for their Barn Raiser Brew, plus their live music every Friday night and their gourmet food from Gastronomo Vagabundo . You have to try their fish tacos.

Silversmith is another popular micro-brewery and what’s unique about them is that their location is inside an old church, built in 1894 (talk about character). What’s on tap? Black lager, Bavarian Breakfast Wheat, Hill 145 Golden Ale, Dam Buster British Pale Ale. And while you’re sipping one of these popular brews, you have to grab a bite to eat from Tide and Vine’s kitchen, serving pub food classics: oysters, po’ boys, wings and more. Your dad will love it!

Steak Dinner at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

What dad doesn’t love a classic steak and potato meal? Name one, we dare you. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar is known for their mouth-watering steak and succulent seafood.

You can’t go wrong with a Top Sirloin, Filet Mignon or Prime Rib served with potatoes just the way you like them (baked, roasted garlic mashed, twice baked or good old french fries). We look forward to seeing you at the Courtyard Marriot Keg Steakhouse + Bar very soon.

Play Tourist for a Day

Our last favourite thing to do with dad is to play tourist for a day. Why not start with an overnight stay at the Courtyard Marriott? Check out our 1 and 2 Night Packages, which include it all (room, breakfast, dinner voucher at The Keg or TGI Friday’s, WEGO shuttle passes and so much more). What dad doesn’t love steak? The Keg Steakhouse + Bar is located right in the lobby of the hotel and has so many different types of cuts to choose from. After dinner head on down to the Falls where your dad can experience some of the most popular attractions which will leave him speechless (Hornblower Niagara Cruises and Journey Behind the Falls). These two attractions are also part of our Niagara Falls Tour Package. Check out Above the Falls Tours for more information.

So you’ll all set for Father’s Day! You can thank us later!

Make room for a little fun this Father’s Day.