At last, Victoria Day weekend is here! We can finally usher in the summer weather, and hopefully many of you can enjoy some family quality time over the long weekend. Here are Niagara Families’ top selections for long weekend fun in the Niagara Region.
The Virgil Stampede is a community festival managed by Virgil’s Business Association
with all profit going towards the town’s sports, recreation and community projects. This annual event is in its 45th year and includes many fun-filled activities including Amusement Rides, refreshments stands, silent auctions, mud bogging ATV’s and trucks and football tournaments. Two years ago, the Stampede added another attraction: an indoor Home Show.
May 17-19th, with fireworks at 9:30 pm on Monday.
Adults $5, kids under 15 free.
Spring in the Glen Hiking Tours and Astronomy Event
May 17th, 2014 at Niagara Glen
3050 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls Ontario Canada, L0S 1J0
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Take in some sunshine with your little nature-lovers. Free guided tours led by Parks Naturalists at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Discover the natural beauty of spring in the Niagara Glen. Proper footwear required.
Solar Viewing Event – Niagara Glen
Join the Royal Astronomical Society – Niagara Centre outside the Niagara Glen Nature Centre for this unique opportunity to safely view the sun through a telescope to see and learn about sun spots and solar flares. Visit www.rasc.ca for additional details. 11am – 3pm May 17
Niagara Folk Arts Festival Kick Off
The One World Stage at Montebello Park
Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at 12:00pm
This beautiful multicultural festival runs weekends from May 17 – June 1st in the heart of downtown St. Catharine’s
Enjoy colour and pageantry, fanfare and music as the procession of Festival Ambassadors winds its way from the Folk Arts Multicultural Centre to the One World Stage at Montebello Park. Amidst traditional colourful costumes and swirling flags join us as we kick off the Niagara Folk Arts Festival in style!
The festival offers lots of hands-on fun for kids with multicultural crafts and music demos. Visit the Niagara Folk Arts website for details.
Earth & Sky Music Market
May 19th, 12:00pm, Château des Charmes
Fine foods and fine wines make beautiful music together!
The 2nd annual summer Earth & Sky Music Market kicks off this weekend. This May, June, August & September Château des Charmes will be transformed for one day into a unique all-ages supper market featuring local food, local wine and local music. Grab a nibble and have a family dance party! The line up changes each month so stay tuned for all the details.
Entrance and parking are free. Food and wine is pay-as-you-go.
Musician Workshops 11am-12pm, Music Market 12noon-6pm!
Music Market Dates: May 19th, June 30th, August 4th, September 1st.
The May 19th Music Market will feature a double bill!
Danny Lamb & The Association as well as The Mandevilles
Fireworks at Heartland Forest
May 17th 7pm – dusk. $10 per carload, bring your own lawn chairs and blankets
Hearland Forest offers a fantastic fireworks display with smaller crowds and an earlier start than what you’ll get at the falls. Sparklers and glow sticks sold onsite, and lots of other activities for the kids like Tootsie Express train rides, mini putt and more.
Rain day is May 18th.
Visit the Heartland Forest website for details.
Fireworks at the Falls
The fireworks displays are back at Niagara Falls, with regular displays until the end of August. For full schedule details, check out the Niagara Parks website. Enjoy the Victoria Day fireworks display on May 19th at 10:00 pm, weather permitting. Fireworks at the Falls are very popular, especially on holidays, so plan on huge crowds, and major congestion to deal with as everyone tries to leave at the same time. If you have really little ones, they may find the long trip home unbearable.
Food Truck Eats at Peller Estates – Grown Up Fun
Are you kid-fee for any portion of the weekend? If you’re looking for a fun and delicious way to enjoy some grown ups only time, consider catching one of Canada’s largest food truck events, hosted by Peller Estates. Saturday is completely sold out, but there are still tickets available for Friday and Sunday. Visit the Peller Estates website here to get your advance tickets (recommended) and more details about the delicious vendors on hand.