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Grown-Up Things to do in Niagara Falls this Fall

Fall is here (well sort of). The official day of Fall is September 23rd, but for some reason many of us feel like Fall is the day the kids go back to school. In Canada, this day just happened to be Tuesday, September 3rd <insert happy face, sad face>.

It’s a bittersweet feeling. It’s sad to say good-bye to summer, but it’s pretty great to say hello to routine. For those with kids, it’s getting them back to a normal bedtime and for the parents it’s back to packing lunches (wah-wah).

We all know how great and action-packed Niagara Falls is during the Summer, but Niagara Falls (and the Niagara Region) are pretty great during Fall, Winter and Spring.

Seeing we are talking about Fall, let’s chat about "All the Things to do in Niagara Falls in the Fall."

What is great about the Fall and even Winter, is that Niagara Falls isn’t as high on people’s lists as it is in the Summertime. There’s this so-called thing called work and responsibility and it’s often difficult to escape during the week. However, weekends in the Fall in Niagara Falls are pretty amazing and filled with some very cool events.

Let’s get down to business and get talking about Fall

Wine (You Had Me at Wine)

Niagara is known for wineries, there are so many of them, that every week you could be tasting grapes from a new vineyard. However we want to share new events and fun things happening in Niagara that are out of the norm (different from just a regular wine tasting if you will).

13th Street Winery - September 13th and 14th

This just happens to be one of our favourite wineries (shh don’t tell anyone). Their wine is delish and they have some really great events, like their annual Handmade Market. It’s back for it’s 9th year and it’s even more fabulous (150 artisans, food trucks, music and yes there will be wine).

This winery is also having another event on September 21st – 5:30 – 9:30pm

Blues and BBQ. The name says it all. Blues music, by the talented musician/sommelier, Peter Boyd. The BBQ is Southern and it is going to be good (short ribs, corn on the cob, bean salad and slaw). There will be options for the veggies out there. Tickets are going fast for be sure to get yours.

Peller Estates Winery

Firepit Fridays – every Friday from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at the Barrelhouse Grill, get ready to get cozy by the campfire with a glass of vino, wine cocktails or beer and some yummy munchies. Sounds like the perfect Friday night.

Cabernet, All the Way Touring Pass - October 5th - 11am - 5pm

This event returns for another year and you better believe that it’s even better. Celebrate the bounty of harvest at four of Niagara’s award-winning wineries. Sip on cabernet (of course) and nibble on some locally inspired food. Wineries included on this journey: Peller Estates, Trius Winery, Thirty Bench & Wayne Gretzky Estates.

Grape and Wine Festival – September 20th – 29th

This is a whole incredible winery experience that happens annually and us locals look forward to it every single year. There are luncheons, discovery passes (3 weekends of wine and food indulgence, 8 experiences at over 30 wineries, starting September 14th), the Montebello Experience (our emoji of choice for this experience, "two hands up in the air"), parades (we quite enjoy the Meridian Grande Parade)

Inniskillin Winery – weekends in October (12pm – 4pm)

Not Your Kid’s Halloween. There's Caramel Corn and Sparkling Vidal Icewine. Talk about a yummy afternoon.

Grown-up Entertainment (no cartoons or animated characters for these grown-ups)

Michael Moore – Scotiabank Convention Centre – September 28th

Michael Moore, he’s a name we all know. He’s an Oscar and Emmy-winning writer and director of Roger and Me, Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 and will be joining us in September. He’ll be tackling major issues with his quick-witted sense of humour. This is an interactive event with a Q&A segment. Potential Date night? It just might be?

Sloan- Performing Arts Centre – October 9th - Navy Blues 20th Anniversary Tour

This East Coast ‘90s Canadian band have still got it! From their shoegaze/Britpop-influenced Smeared, to their anthemic Navy Blues, and their take on pop perfection and an unprecedented 12 albums, they are ready to blow the lid off Partridge Hall.

Arkells – Meridan Centre - Rally Cry Tour - November 9th – 8pm

Tickets are still available for the high energy, chart-topping Arkells. With the release of their highly anticipated album, Rally Cry, this Hamilton born band has extended their tour with very special guests COIN. This is a perfect date night treat!

Gavin DeGraw - Fallsview Casino - September 19th - 8:30pm

American singer and songwriter,  and performer with multi-platinum credentials. Gavin has released 8 albums and toured around the world performing hits such as Not Over You, Chariot, I Don’t Want to Be, and She Sets the City on Fire. Afterwards why not test your luck at the casino?

Fallsview Casino

A trip to Niagara Falls wouldn't truly be a fun trip without a stop at the Fallsview Casino. Whether you are a gambler or not, it’s a fun place with over 3,000 slots, table games (black jack, baccarat, craps, roulette). You never know what could happen when you test your luck. Some great advice if you do win: START THE CAR!!

Date Night Must Include Dinner

With so many genres of food (not sure if “genre” is a word when it comes to food, but we like it), footsteps from our hotel, the hardest part will be deciding what to eat.

The Best Pizza and Italian (Hands Down) – Antica

The Best Steak + Seafood – The Keg Steakhouse + Bar (inside the Courtyard Marriott)

The Best Korean – Young Garden

The Best Sushi – Suisha Gardens

The Best Greek – Koutouki

The Best Indian - Chef of India

We hope you take some much-needed grown-up time after a busy summer. Niagara Falls certainly is the place to be for Grown-up Fun. And the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls is just footsteps from all the amazing grown-up things to do in Niagara Falls.