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7 Niagara Falls Festivals You Can't Miss This Summer

Live music, great food and drinks and more — summer is arguably the best time to visit Niagara Falls USA. Get your fill of fun and warm weather this festival season.

The Niagara Falls festival season makes the most of the warm months and natural beauty of the region. Whether your tastes run toward live music, arts and crafts, food and drink, or history, there’s an event sure to hit the mark. Check out the variety of festivals there are to choose from in the region.

Lewiston GardenFest

June 18-19, 2022

Presented by the Lewiston Garden Club in celebration of its 95th anniversary, the Lewiston GardenFest is the perfect place to foster your green thumb. Peruse open gardens, as well as vendor booths from area nurseries, landscapers and garden suppliers on historic Center Street. Take part in demonstrations and listen to noted speakers to learn everything there is to know about gardens. Vote in the Container Garden Contest, which features gardens creatively curated in a variety of funky containers.

Lockport Outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival

June 25–26, 2022

Situated along Main Street in Lockport, the 46th Annual Lockport Outdoors Arts & Crafts Festival features over 100 artists, crafts, and food vendors. This two-day event takes places from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday only, visit the nearby Lockport Community Market, open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and shop a variety of vendors including fresh fruits and veggies, honey and bees wax products, savory relishes, and much more!

Lewiston Art Festival

August 13–14, 2022

A signature regional event is the Lewiston Art Festival, which is now running for over 50 years. More than 175 artists and fine crafters set up booths where you can shop as well as meet the artists themselves. The annual Chalk Walk Competition is a highlight, while young artists will want to stop by the ArtZone for a Make and Take Activity (they may even see their own work showcased at the College Alley exhibition for high school and college students). Enjoy music and food as a break from taking in all the art!

Northwest Jazz Festival

August 26-27, 2022

The largest free outdoor jazz festival in Western New York, the Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston is always a blast. For the festival’s 20-year anniversary, nearly 130 local, regional and national jazz artists will perform on five different stages. While you enjoy the live music, taste delicious food from the area’s finest chefs and sip on drinks from local wineries, distilleries and breweries. 

War of 1812 Grand Encampment

September 3–4, 2022

History buffs won’t want to miss the War of 1812 Grand Encampment. Immerse yourself into the lives of Fort Niagara’s American garrisons during 1812 and 1813, with musket and cannon firings, living history camps and tactical demonstrations. The encampment is the largest binational 1812 event of the year and one of the largest reenactment weekends at Old Fort Niagara.

Niagara County Peach Festival

September 8-11, 2022

Think parades, pageants, and peaches galore! For the 64th year in a row, the Niagara County Peach Festival will be jam packed with entertainment. This old-fashioned, four-day festival has live music, carnival rides, vendors and of course, food. (Don’t leave without trying the peach shortcake!) Other highlights include the parade, the peach taste-off, and the Peach Fuzz, Peach Blossom, and Peach Queen pageants. 

Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival

September 17-18, 2022

Come celebrate the end of summer – and the Celtic heritage – at the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games. Wander about the Niagara County Fairgrounds and experience the traditions of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Delight in live Celtic music, dancers, clans, living historians and vendors. Sports and contests include the stone throw, sheaf toss and caber pole toss, where over 60 athletes from across the United States and Canada compete to win!

View a full list of special events and activities here.