Niagara on the Lake Events and Festivals

(Niagara on the Lake, Ontario - ON, Canada)

Photo of seasonal marching processionAlthough there may not be a large number of festivals around Niagara on the Lake, the annual events and various things to do tend to be of a particularly high quality. Always popular is the world-famous Shaw Festival, a major theatrical event established in 1962, which take place each at Niagara on the Lake's Court House Theatre and Royal George Theatre on Queen Street, and at the Festival Theatre on the Queen's Parade.

The Shaw Festival is actually the only event in the entire world devoted entirely to the works of George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) and his contemporaries, and no less than ten plays and musicals are staged in Niagara on the Lake each year. Past favourites have included Getting Married, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Man and Superman, and also Pygmalion, along with other plays, such as An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley.

Further view of the parade

Niagara on the Lake Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015

Brightening up the cold winter months is the very colourful Winter Festival of Lights, which takes place at Niagara on the Lake Calendar from November until the early part of January, and features literally millions of small lights, which illuminate Queen Victoria Park is a rather magical and enchanting way. The Winter Festival of Lights is a time for much celebration and also offers a series of concerts and local events, aimed to attract visitors to the area. Soon after at the end of January, the Niagara Icewine Festival runs lasts until the beginning of February and celebrates the local wine route.

The sunny summer season is always a busy time for Niagara on the Lake, with many popular events being staged, such as the gastronomical New Vintage Festival in the middle of June, and the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, which attracts leading musicians from throughout Canada and beyond. September sees the arrival of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, which dates back some 60 years and lasts an entire week, comprising a host of different wine-related events. At the Grape and Wine, there is always plenty of opportunity to enjoy a spot of wine tasting, guided tours of local wineries, artisan shows and an enormous street parade, which remains one of Canada's biggest.

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