There are numerous events taking place in Fort Erie, including Crystal Beach and Ridgeway, throughout the coming year 2016. Check out events, festivals, concerts, theatre, car shows, re-enactments and much more!
Polar Bear Dip and Chili Cookoff Challenge
Saturday January 7, 2017 Bertie Boating Club
1010 Point Abino Road S., Ridgeway (Point Abino), just west of Crystal Beach
The 8th Annual Polar Bear Dip will take place again this year at the Bertie Boating Club. The brave challengers will run into the water 3 times to qualify for their certificate. This will be followed by the Chili Cookoff, where contestants offer their version of the hot stuff, and the public can vote on their favourite dish. Drinks and refreshments are also available at the Bertie Boating Clubhouse. A large crowd always turns out to watch the fun. A fee of $5 applies for taking a dip or tasting chili. Organized by the Crystal Beach Business Improvement Association and the Bertie Boating Club. In water monitoring provided by the Fort Erie Underwater Recovery Unit and Scub Club (FEURU). Event runs 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Big Dip at 12:00 noon.
A Mild 2016
Frigid 2015 Dip
2017 Cold & Clear
Mid Winter Pow-Wow Saturday, March 4, 2017 Native Freindship Centre 796 Buffalo Road, Fort Erie
This will be the 22nd Annual Pow-Wow. The Grand Entry takes place at noon, with the elders, dressed in full native regalia, leading carrying the traditional flags. After the opening speeches, there will be dancing all afternoon, with various dances being performed, which may include the Smoke Dance, Jingle Dance, Hoop Dance and Intertribal Dance, A Vendors' Market features native handicrafts and jewelry. Refreshments are available. Native people come from all around to don their colourful regalia, which may be traditional or modern, and dance to the beat of the drums. A large crowd usually attends. Admission free, donations of non perisahable food or monetary are welcome. In the photo below, one of the elders wears a Potawatomi headress made of beaver pelt, porcupine quills, and eagle feathers.
Opening Day Ridgeway Farmers Market & Art by the Market Saturday May 6, 2017 Friendship Trail Parking Lot, Ridge Road Ridgeway 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Saturday morning market across from the Town Square starts its summer season. Farmers offer fresh produce, meats, cheeses, honey, preserves, etc. Continues through October.
At the adjoining Art Market, local artists, crafters, artisans and authors offer their wares. Located along the Trail beside the Farmers Market. Continues through October.
Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs (This event not confirmed)
May, 2017 Windmill Point Park
Off Dominion Road, west of Stonemill Road
Between Fort Erie and Ridgeway
An opportunity for a family fishing day or fishing enthusists of all ages. This event takes place at the pretty Windmill Point Park Campgrounds. Fishing is in a naturalized quarry stocked with fish. Try your luck at catching rainbow trout, yellow perch, large mouth bass, small mouth bass, rock bass, and bluegill crappie. Refreshment booth, modern washrooms. No fishing license required. Free admission.
Opening Day Fort Erie Race Track Tuesday, May , 2017 (exact date TBA) Bertie Road, east of Thompson Road, north of the QEW
The 120th season at the historic Fort Erie Race Track opens. Live thoroughbred horse racing. Post time 4:15 p.m. For more information on the race track visit the Entertainment page.
Stevensville Spring-fest Saturday, June 3 , 2017 Stevensville Memorial Hall, 2508 Stevensville Rd.
Stevensville, Fort Erie
The 15th Annual Stevensville Springfest launches the season of summer festivals in Fort Erie. The event starts with a pancake breakfast at the Stevensville Fire Hall. Then the fair gets underway at the Stevensville Memorial Hall, both indoors and out. Visitors enjoy the offerings of artists, artisans, authors, and food vendors, along with entertainment and kids rides. Event runs 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Free admission. Free parking.
Castle & Train Ride
Outdoor Vendors Market
Ghost Tourof Old Fort Erie (Friday Night Fright Night) Friday, June 9, 2017 350 Lakeshore Rd., south of Central Avenue Fort Erie
Take a tour of the old British Fort with a guide and hear scary tales of the spirits that haunt its walls. 9 - 11:00 p.m. Admission $5.00. Free parking.
Rods & Relics Car Show Sunday, June , 2017 (exact date TBA) Grounds of Fort Erie Race Track
319 Bertie St., east of Thompson Rd.
(Entrance past the race track entrances)
The 26th annual Rods & Relics Car Show sponsored by the Rods & Relics Car Club of Fort Erie will take place on the grounds of the Fort Erie Race Track. A few hundred vehicles are expected to be on display. About forty classes, including all types of autos from antique cars and trucks dating from the 1930 & 40's to 1950's & 60's classics as well as modern custom jobs. There will be door prizes, "Junk in the Trunk" swap meet, food, and DJ music from the rock era. Small admission fee, children free, all proceeds for Tender Wishes. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
1947 Fort Erie Fire Engine
Opening Day Market at the Racetrack Sunday, June , 2017 (exact date TBA) Bertie Road, east of Thompson Road, north of the QEW
Farmers Market with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, etc. Also artisans, crafters, and books. Runs 11:00 a.m. until last race. Outside by the paddock and inside the main hall.
Butterfly Festival Sunday, June 11, 2017 Stevensville Conservation Area, W. Main St. & Ott Rd., Stevensville
This is the 4th Annual Butterfly Festival, celebrating the butterfly. Featuring displays, speaker, guided nature hikes, kids activities, native plants and refreshments. Presented by the Bert Miller Nature Club, in partnership with the Fort Erie Conservation Club. Free admission, donations welcome. Runs from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Ridgeway Summer Festival Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 30, July 1 & 2, 2017
Ridge Road, Downtown Ridgeway
This year the Ridgeway Summer Festival will move to a new date, the Canada Day weekend. Downtown Ridgeway will turn into a carnival for the 27th Annual Festival! Throughout the weekend, the main street, Ridge Road, will be closed to traffic and lined with many crafters and vendors all along the way. The pleasant sounds of 60's/70's rock and folk music will be heard wafting down the street. Includes live entertainment, artisan market, buskers, beer tent, face painting, food, and games. This festival is always enjoyed by a large crowd.
Celebrations will take place on Canada Day weekend in downtown Ridgeway, for the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation in 1867. Presented by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 230 Ridgeway. Parade - Saturday July 1, starting at 11:00 a.m. and lasting about an hour. Heritage Display - Saturday & Sunday - at the Ridgeway Legion Branch 230, Elm Street. More information will be available later.
Canada Day Fireworks Saturday, July 1, 2017 Beside Niagara River at Lakeshore Blvd. & Central Avenue 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy the annual fireworks display from anywhere along the river between the Old Fort and Central Avenue. Starts after dark, usually 10:00 p.m.
Crystal Beach Skyfest Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Bay Beach, Erie Road Crystal Beach
A commemmoration of the Canada's first parachute jump. Displays of Fort Erie's aviation history, living history re-enactors, and a skyjump repeating the jump of Frank Ellis on July 5, 1919. At the beach from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Ghost Tour of Old Fort Erie (Friday Fright Night)
Friday, July 7, 2017
Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Road, south of Niagara Blvd.
Take a tour of the Old British Fort with a guide and hear scary tales of the spirits that haunt its walls. 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Admission $5.00. Free parking.
Waterfront Concert - Kindred - Nova Scotia Roots Music
Sunday, July 9, 2017 Crystal Beach Waterfront Park
3875 Terrace Lane, foot of Ridgeway Road, Crystal Beach
Start Time: 7:00 p.m.
This lively 6 man band will take us on a tour of the music of Nova Scotia, from Scotland and Ireland to Nova Scotia, to Appalachia and down to the Cajun Bayou. The concert takes place in our lovely lakefront park at the bandshell facing Lake Erie. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by The Friends of Crystal Beach. Free admission, free parking. Food truck Crystal Beach Candy Company on site - hot dogs, sausage, sugar waffles, pop, water. For Kindred's Website go to https://www.kindred7.com/home
Friendship Festival Thursday-Sunday, July 13-16, 2017 Mather's Arch, end of Garrison Rd. at Central Avenue, south of the Peace Bridge
The Fort Erie Friendship Festival is celebrating its 31st year commemorating the peace between Canada and the USA.. A large crowd from all over is expected to attend. There is lots of free parking in the vicinity.
Large Midway - Thurs.-Sun.
Market Place - Artists, artisans, crafters, etc. - Thurs. - Sun.
Family Zone - Interactive displays, environmental, reptiles, etc. - Fri. - Sun. Heritage Sesquicentennial - Displays of War of 1812, Native and Multi Cultural Displays - Fri. - Sun.
All Canadian Pageant - babies to teens - Sunday Concerts - Fri. & Sat. night concerts in licensed zone.
Waterfront Concert - Canada 150 History Concert - Fort Erie Legion Band Sunday, July 16 , 2017 Crystal Beach Waterfront Park
3875 Terrace Lane, foot of Ridgeway Road, Crystal Beach
Start Time: 7:00 p.m.
As a tribute to Canada's 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial), this concert will take us on a musical journey to Confederation. Featuring the Fort Erie Legion Band, a historic band that has been playing for nearly 90 years, having been formed in 1928. Joined by the Grimsby Pipe Band, singers and narrators. Listen to stirring patriotic music, and the beat of drums and bagpipes. Located in our beautiful waterfront park facing Lake Erie. Free admission, free parking. Bring a chair or blanket. Food tent Crystal Beach Candy Company on site - hot dogs, sausage on a bun, pop, water, sugar waffles. Presented by the Friends of Crystal Beach.
Fort Erie Legion Band Crystal Beach 2012
Grimsby Pipe Band
Circle of Art
Saturday, July 22 , 2017 Queen's Circle, Crystal Beach
This is the 3rd Annual Circle of Art at Queen's Circle. Local artists and artisans display their work for sale in the circle by the newly renovated Gazebo. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Food Truck by Crystal Beach Candy Company - hot dogs, sausage on a bun, waffles, suckers, pop, water. Presented by the Friends of Crystal Beach.
Circle of Art Queens Circle Crystal Beach
Art by the Market Ridgeway
Farmers Market Ridgeway
Prince of Wales Stakes
Tuesday July , 2017 (exact date TBA) Fort Erie Racetrack
Bertie Road, east of Thompson Road, north of the QEW
The 82nd running of the Prince of Wales Stakes, which is the second jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown, will be an exciting event. The Fort Erie Racetrack is one of the oldest running tracks in Canada, having been an institution since 1897. Free admission, free parking. For more information on the Racetrack see the Entertainment Page.
Checking Contenders at Paddock
Amis Gizmo - Stakes Winner 2016
Huge Crowd attends Stakes Race 2016
Niagara Railway Museum Open House Saturday & Sunday, July 2017 (exact dates TBA) 21 Warren Street, Fort Erie
The old railway depot in Fort Erie has been renovated and turned into a railway museum. The building has been cleaned up, and there are a steel boxcar and 2 locomotive cabs on display. The boxcar holds several artifacts for viewing.
Siege of Fort Erie - Re-Enactment of the War of 1812 Saturday & Sunday, August , 2017 (exact dates TBA) Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Rd. at south end of Niagara Blvd.
The Re-Enactment of the Siege of Fort Erie is a major 2 day event which takes place at the Old Fort every summer. This is the largest 1812 re-enactment in Canada. Re-enactors with authentic costumes and weaponry will bring to life the the Siege of Fort Erie in the year 1814, at the end of the War of 1812. Various battles will depict the taking of the Fort by the American forces, then the British soldiers, local Militia and Native allies attacking the fort in an attempt to retake it. The highlight of the Saturday night battle will be the blowing up of the Fort in a burst of fire and smoke. Tented encampments are set up around the fort grounds. An interesting Vendor & Artisan Market offers 1812 military memorabilia, guns and knives, leather goods, iron work and period clothing. Inside the Visitors Centre is an interactive museum display depicting the men and the battles of 1812-1814, and a theatre where a short video of the war is shown. Access to the Gift Shop, Snack Bar, Vendors' Market, outside grounds and view of battles is free. An all day admission ticket includes access to the museum display and tours of the Fort building. Lots of free parking is available nearby.
Also see Old Fort Erie in the History section of this website.
Call to Arms
The Thin Red Line
Waterfront Concert - Barley Brae
Sunday, August 13, 2017 3875 Terrace Lane, foot of Ridgeway Road
In keeping with our Canada 150 theme, we present the "We've Got Stronger Beer" concert featuring Barley Brae. An all Canadian roster with the likes of Stompin Tom Conners (Sudbury Saturday Night), Gordon Lightfoot (The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald), Great Big Sea, Neil Young, Tim Hicks, and more. Sing along to your favourite rowdy songs (song sheets provided). The concert takes place in our beautiful waterfront park at the bandstand facing Lake Erie. Bring a chair or blanket. Presented by the Friends of Crystal Beach. Free admission, free parking. Food Truck by Crystal Beach Candy Company - hot dogs, sausage on a bun, pop, sugar waffles, water. Barley Brae Website See Barley Brae on Youtube
Ghost Tour of Old Fort Erie (Friday Fright Night)
Friday, August 18, 2017 Old Fort Erie
350 Lakeshore Road, south of Niagara Blvd.
Take a tour of the old British Fort with a guide and hear scary tales of the spirits that haunt its walls. 9 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Admission $5.00. Free parking.
Fort Erie Music Fest
Saturday, August , 2017 Waterfront Park
3875 Terrace Lane
A variety of local bands play at the bandstand in the waterfront park. Event lasts all evening.
Soldiers' Field Day Saturday, August , 2017 (exact date TBA) Old Fort Erie 350 Lakeshore Road, south end of Lakeshore Blvd. Fort Erie 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Reenactros compete in drill competitions, speed loading demonstrations, and more.
Waterfront Concert - Toronto All-Star Big Band
Sunday, August 20, 2017 3875 Terrace Lane, foot of Ridgeway Road
The ever popular Toronto All-Star Big Band will feature famous Canadian bands from the swing era of the 1930's & 40's. A full orchestra of lively young talent. Don't miss the final concert in our Canada 150 series. Takes place in our beautiful waterfront park at the bandstand facing Lake Erie. Presented by the Friends of Crystal Beach. Free admission, free parking. Food Truck on site - Crystal Beach Candy Company - hot dogs, sausage on a bun, pop, sugar waffles, water.
End of Summer Parade & Ceremony
Saturday, September , 2017 (exact date TBA) Downtown Crystal Beach 1:00 p.m.
The traditional Crystal Beach End of Summer event maraks the end of the summer season at the beach. A parade starts it off, weaving through the streets, leading to the finale of the Burial of Old Man Summer. Parade takes a 3 1/2 mile route, starting and ending at the Crystal Chandalier Restaurant at the corner of Erie Road and Ridgeway Road. Start time 1:00 p.m. Presented by the Friends of Crystal Beach.
Parade 2016 Hawiai Float
Friends of Crystal Beach
The Coffin is Brought
Ongoing Summer Events 2017
Ridgeway Farmers Market - Saturdays - Ridge Road at the Friendship Trail Parking Lot, Downtown Ridgeway Fresh produce, baked goods, cheese, honey, meats, plants, resfreshments. Music by local musicians. Ample free parking in the vicinity. Opens May and runs through October. Saturday mornings from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Art by the Market - Saturdays - A display of artists, artisans, and authors. In front of the Farmers Market on Ridge Road in downtown Ridgeway. Runs May to September. 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Market at the Racetrack - Sundays - Farmers Market with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, etc. Also artisans, crafters, and books. Outside by the paddock and inside the main hall. Runs 11:00 a.m. until last race. Fort Erie Racetrack, Bertie Road, east of Thompson Road, north of the QEW.
Bridgeburg Rustic Farmers Market - Outdoor Market in the municpal parking lot at the top of Jarvis Street in downtown Bridgeburg. Vendors offer local fruits, vegetable, flowers, meats and more. Tuesdays June - October.
Murder Mystery at Old Fort Erie
Saturday, September , 2017 (exact date TBA) Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Rd. at south end of Niagara Blvd. south of Peace Bridge
The Murder Mystery is a fun event. Walk through the Old Fort and meet shady characters while solving a mystery. Admission charge.
Taste of Fort Erie Saturday, September , 2017 (exact date TBA) Jarvis Street, Bridgeburg, Fort Erie 12:00 noon - 12:00 midnight
This is the 3rd Annual Taste of Fort Erie. Jarvis Street will be closed off to traffic. Displays, live entertainment, numerous food trucks, vendors' market, licensed refreshment area, kid zone. A big success last year.
Split Rock Farms Alpacas Farm Day Saturday & Sunday, September , 2017 (exact dates TBA) 1652 Ridge Rd. N., Ridgeway
Farm Day at Split Rock Farms is a chance to get out in the country and enjoy a working alpaca farm. The barn will feature fleece displays, alpaca goods, jam preserves, etc. for sale. On the farm, visitors can take a tour or wander by the many pens of the strange but cute looking creatures. Free admission. Runs both days 9 am - 5 pm.
Ridgeway Fall Festival
Saturday, October , 2017 (exact date TBA) Ridge Road at the Village Square and Friendship Trail Parking Lot, Downtown Ridgeway
The Ridgeway Fall Festival is a finale to the Farmers Market. Find fresh produce, meats, honey, flowers, etc. at the Friendship Trail parking lot as usual. In addition the festival is extended onto the street and market square. There will be live music, artisans, kids activities, Fluffy the Clown, pumpkin carving contest, scarecrow competitions, face painting, and hay rides. Farmers Market open 7:30 a.m.
The 13th annual 5 Kilometre Run and Walk will take place along Erie Road in Crystal Beach. This is a flat fast certified course, starting and ending at the Crystal Chandelier Restaurant, 3878 Erie Rd. at corner of Ridgeway Rd. Awards in all age categories. Registration required (fee applies). Pre registration on Friday night Oct. 7 between 4 - 7 p.m. at the convenience store next to Sneakers Tavern 4020 Erie Road. Participants can still register on the day of the race. Kids Fun Race kicks off at 10:15 a.m., then the main event at 11:00 a.m.. Donations of non perishable food items welcome. Post race party at Sneakers Tavern. Sponsored by the Friends of Crystal Beach.
5K Run The Start
Kids Race Warms Up
Crowds at Start Gate
All Hallow's Eve Ghost Tour at Old Fort Erie October 2017 (exact dates TBA) Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Rd. at south end of Niagara Blvd. south of Peace Bridge
Times: 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m.; 8:00 p.m.
Just before Halloween the Old Fort celebrates All Hallow's Eve with a lantern light tour through the rooms of the old stone fort, with tales of ghostly encounters. Followed by hot chocolate and burning the effigy of Guy Fawkes at 8:30 p.m.. Reservations required for the ghost tour. Regular Admisson fee is charged. Free parking.
The Tour Begins
Through the Gate
Into the Guardhouse
Remembrance Day Parade & Ceremony Sunday, November , 2017 (exact date TBA) Mather's Arch, end of Garrison Rd. at Central Avenue Fort Erie
Start Time: 2:00 p.m.
A marching band will precede a ceremony at Mather's Arch to honour the veterans of the 1st and 2nd World Wars and other wars. Parade assembles at the Royal Canadian Legion at 130 Garrison Rd. at 1:30 p.m. then proceeds to Mather Arch for the ceremony at 2:00 p.m.
Red Ribbon Art Show
Saturday, November , 2017 (exact date TBA) Lion's Hall Banquet Centre, Leisureplex
3 Municipal Centre Drive (off Garrison Rd. at Buffalo Rd.), Fort Erie
This art show is the major event produced by the Sanctuary Centre for the Arts. A wide array of art by local artists is featured for viewing and sale, including participation by local high school art students. Refreshments and cash bar. Saturday night only 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. Admission fee $10.00.
Lioness Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, November , 2017 (exact date TBA) Crystal Ridge Community Centre
99 Ridge Rd. S., Ridgeway
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
This annual bazaar is alway popular. Lots of vendors with crafts, jewelery, hand knitted goods, books, and all kinds of goodies. Come and shop early for Christmas.
Santa Claus Parade Saturday, November , 2017 (exact date TBA) Downtown Fort Erie 12:00 noon
The Annual Greater Fort Erie Santa Claus Parade will take place as usual in dowtown Fort Erie. The popular parade will feature numerous floats from local service clubs, Shriners, marching bands, fire trucks and horses, and of course Santa Claus. Note new route this year. Starts at the parking lot of the Fort Erie Racetrack at Bertie Street & Concession Street, proceeds north on Concession Rd., east on Henrietta St. to Central Avenue, north on Central Avenue to Jarvis Street, east on Jarvis St. through the Bridgeburg business district, ending at Klauck St. near Niagara Boulevard. Warm up party at Fort Erie Library at Central Ave. & Gilmore Rd.
Christmas Parade Hummingbird Band
Christmas Parade Candy Cane Float
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Spirit of Christmas Friday & Saturday, December , 2017 (exact dates TBA) Ridge Road, Downtown Ridgeway, west end of Greater Fort Erie
This is the 22nd Annual Spirit of Christmas festival in Ridgeway. It is a special time to enjoy the Christmas spirit while shopping at Ridgeway's unique shops. Stores will be decorated brightly as people come out to enjoy the special offerings of the village business community. Horse and carriage rides up and down Ridge Road, strolling carollers and Santa Claus, children's choirs. Festivities start Friday afternoon, and continue all day Saturday. Sponsored by the Ridgeway Business Improvement Association.
Friday Night Flicks at Old Fort Erie Friday, December , 2017 (exact dates TBA) Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Rd. at south end of Niagara Blvd. south of Peace Bridge
Times: 7:00 p.m.
View Christmas classics in the comfort of the theatre at the Old Fort. Popcorn available. Admission $5.00.
Ringing of the Bells Sunday, December 24, 2017 (event not confirmed) Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71 130 Garrison Rd., Fort Erie 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Originally started in 2014 to celebrate the end of the War of 2012-14 in Ghent, Belgium, this has become an annual event. Speeches, singing, refreshments, and the bell ringing at 4:00 p.m. to coincide with the World Wide Timed Event. Bring a bell if you have one. Open to the public, free admission. Organized by the Heritage Arts Legacy of Fort Erie.
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