There are numerous events taking place in Fort Erie, including Crystal Beach and Ridgeway, throughout
the coming year 2017. Check out events, festivals, concerts, theatre, car shows, re-enactments and much more!
Opening Day Ridgeway Farmers Market & Art by the Market Saturday May 6, 2017 Friendship Trail Parking Lot, across from the Village Square, Ridge Road Ridgeway 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Saturday morning market across from the Town Square starts its summer season. Local farmers offer fresh produce, meats, cheeses, honey, preserves, etc. Continues through October 14. At the adjoining Art Market, local artists, crafters, artisans and authors offer their wares. Come out for some good shopping and meet your neighboours. Continues through October 14.
Ridgeway Farmers Market
Crafters at Farmers Market
Canadian Snowbirds Airshow EVENT CANCELLED Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The famous Snowbird demonstration team of the Royal Canadian Airforce will be performing over Fort Erie on May 24 just after the long Victoria Day weekend. The planes fly in various formations just a few feet from each other. Their theme this year is the Canada 150 Anniversary. More information available later.
Opening Day Fort Erie Race Track Tuesday, May 30 , 2017 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.
Firetruck Train Ride
Digging Up the Fort Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Old Fort Erie 350 Lakeshore Rd.
On the 30th anniversary of the "Snake Hill" Dig where American soldiers from the War of 1812 were discovered in 1987, a lecture will be presented by Dr. Robert MacDonald of Archeological Services Inc. (ASI) on the findings. In addition a talk will be given by Dr. Joh Triggs of Wilfred Laurier University regarding his recent digs for native artifacts as well as the old fort. Admission $5.00, free parking.
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 11, 2017 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.
1935 Ford Coupe
1939 Plymouth Deluxe
1946 Dodge Pickup
Opening Day Market at the Racetrack Sunday, June 11, 2017 Bertie Road, east of Thompson Road, north of the QEW
Farmers Market with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, sweets, etc. Also artisans, crafters, and books. Opens 12:00 noon and runs until last race. Outside by the paddock and inside the main hall. For times during the summer see below "Ongoing Summer Events".
Outdoor Farmers Market
Market in Wagering Lounge
Market at Paddock
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.
Napoleonic Wars Re-Enactment Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25, 2017 Old Fort Erie 350 Lakeshore Rd.
Camps, displays, weapons demonstrations, battle re-enactments of the Napoleonic period (1799-1815). in Europe. Admission to grounds free, entry to fort is regular admission. Free parking. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Canada 150 Celebration Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 30, July 1 & 2, 2017 Downtown Ridgeway & Royal Canadian Legion, 228 South Mill St., Ridgeway
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. Parade starts at Crystal Ridge Community Centre, north up Ridge Road, turning right (east) on Cutler Street over to Prospect Point Road. Ceremony for Canada 150 Commemoration - Saturday July 1 at 12:15 p.m. Ridgeway Village Square, at Friendship Trail on Ridge Road. Birthday cake at 1:00 p.m. Heritage Display- Royal Canadian Legion, 228 South Mill St. Friday night 4 pm - 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 am - 5 pm; & Sunday 9 am - 3 pm. An indoor and outdoor display of historical memorabilia, artifacts, etc. Re-enactors in War of 1812 encampment, Civil War/Fenian re-enactors. Local history books, author signing and sale. Heritage Display presented by the Heritage Arts Legacy of Fort Erie. Walking Tours Ridgeway Batlefield (Fenian Invasion) - Led by Dr. Peter Vronsky, author & historian. Saturday 12 - 4 p.m; Sunday 12 - 3 p.m. Parachute Jump by Geronimo Skydiving at Crystal Ridge Community Centre, 99 Ridge Rd. S., Crystal Beach. Live Music - Performances by various bands - Ridgeway Village Square - Saturday 1 - 9 p.m; Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wine & Beeer Garden - Ridgeway Village Square -. Saturday 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Farmers & Crafters Market - Friendship Trail - Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Vendor's Market - Ridge Rd. - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open Mike - Ridgeway Village Square - Friday 7 - 9 p.m. Pancake Breakfast - Crystal Ridge Community Centre - Saturday 8 - 11 a.m. Presented by the Ridgeway Lions Club.
Fun with Cut-outs
Canada's 1st flag
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.
Wrap Up Canada 150 Celebration Sunday, July 2, 2017 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 230 Ridgeway 228 South Mill St., Ridgeway 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
A Wrap Up party with music, barbeque, cash bar, popcorn and lots of fun. Featuring band "The Howling Horns". All welcome. Admission by donation.
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.
Ridgeway Summer Festival Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 2017 (Note change of date from earlier published date of July 1&2)
Ridge Road, Downtown Ridgeway
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.
Ridge Road Flowers
Fun for All
Wrap Up Ridgeway Summer Festival Sunday, July 9, 2017 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 230 Ridgeway 228 South Mill St., Ridgeway 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
A Wrap Up party with music, barbeque, cash bar, popcorn and lots of fun. Band TBA. All welcome. Admission by donation.
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
At Crystal Beach July 9, 2017
Kindred in Kilts
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 - Royal Canadian Legion Band, Fort Erie 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 Royal Canadian Band of Fort Erie, a historic band that has been playing for nearly 90 years. Joined by the Grimsby Pipe Band, Singers and Narrators. Listen to stirring military marchs, patriotic music, and the sound of drums and bagpipes. Located in our beautiful waterfront park facing Lake Erie. Free admission, donations appreciated. 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.
Royal Canadian Legion Band Fort Erie
History Concert 2017
Grimsby Pipe Band
Misty LeLay Vocalist
Kevin Proulx Vocalist/Narrator
Brook Aviles Vocalist
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 2017
Circle of Art 2017
Circle of Art 2017
Prince of Wales Stakes
Tuesday July 25 , 2017 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.
Crowds watch Prince of Wales Stakes
Cool Catomine Wins 2017 Prince of Wales Stakes
State of Honor came 3rd
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 12 & 13, 2017 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.
The American Army
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 https://www.reverbnation.com/barleybrae4 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 26, 2017 Old Fort Erie 350 Lakeshore Road, south end of Lakeshore Blvd. Fort Erie 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Re-enactors 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. See the band's website http://www.torontoallstarbigband.com/
Toronto All-Star Big Band Crystal Beach 2017
Talented Young Performers
A Large Crowd Watches the Toronto Big Band
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 6, 2017 and runs through October 14. Saturday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30.
Art by the Market - Saturdays - A display of artists, artisans, crafters, and local authors. Beside the Farmers Market on Ridge Road in downtown Ridgeway. Runs May 6 to October 14. 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Supper Market - Food trucks offer various fast foods. Waterfront Park in Crystal Beach. Every Thursday from 4 - 9 pm. Presented by the Crystal Beach Business Improvement Area.
Horse Racing at Fort Erie Racetrack - Various dates all summer and fall. See the Entertainment page for details. Fort Erie Racetrack, Bertie Road, east of Thompson Road.
Market at the Racetrack - Farmers Market with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, etc. Also artisans, crafters, and books. Outside by the paddock and inside the main hall. Runs from start times below until last race. Fort Erie Racetrack, Bertie Road, east of Thompson Road. Sunday in June & July - 12:00 noon. Saturday in August - 3:00 p.m. Saturday in Sept. & Oct. - 12:00 noon
End of Summer Parade & Ceremony
Saturday, September 2, 2017 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 ceremony at the finale. Parade takes a 3 1/2 mile route, with a new location this year. It starts and ends at the park field on Rebstock Road just east of Ridgeway Road. Start time 1:00 p.m. Ceremony at about 2:00 p.m. A parachte jump landing in the park, with various superheroes, and Old Man Summer will be sent up into the atmosphere to come back next year. Presented by the Friends of Crystal Beach.
The 5th annual Disco & Street Dance is a fun 70's night of street dancing. Derby Road is closed down 8 -11 p.m.
Niagara Railway Museum Open House (Rail Days) Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 21 Warren Street, Fort Erie Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
View the old train warehouse repair depot that has been turned into a railway museum. Old trains on display along with model trains, artifacts, and railway displays. Admission $5.00.
Murder Mystery at Old Fort Erie
Saturday, September 9, 2017 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. Doors open at 6:30 pm., starts at 7:00 pm. Admission $10 adults, kids $5.00.
Split Rock Farms Alpacas Farm Day Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017 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 10 am - 5 pm.
Bridgeburg Street Dance
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Jarvis St., Downtown Bridgeburg
Evening street dance with food vendors. 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Ridgeway Fall Festival
Saturday, September 30, 2017 Ridge Road at the Village Square and Friendship Trail Parking Lot, Downtown Ridgeway
The 7th Annual Ridgeway Fall Festival is celebrated at the Village Square, on the street and at the Friendship Trail. The Farmers Market offers fresh produce, meats, honey, flowers, etc. at the Trail parking lot. 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. Street events from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ridgeway Civic Square
Kiddie Express Train
Beachcombers Craft Show
Satruday, September 30, 2017
Beachcombers Seniors Centre
237 Ridge Road, Ridgeway
In conjunction with the Ridgeway Fall Festival, the Centre will host an Arts and Crafts show, with local artists, artisans and authors offering their wares for sale. Lunch available. Free admission. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.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
Point Abino Lighthouse 100th Anniversary
Presentation by Rick Doan
Fort Erie Public Library Crystal Ridge Branch
89 Ridge Rd. S., Ridgeway
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Learn about the famous lighthouse that was built in 1917 on the shore at Point Abino. Why it was built, why it is special, and what's inside. Rick Doan, local historian tells the story. Presented by the Bertie Historical Society in conjunction with the Fort Erie Public Library. Free admission.
All Hallow's Eve Ghost Tour at Old Fort Erie Sat. Oct. 21, Fri. Oct. 27, Sat. Oct. 28, 2017 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. Admisson adults $12.50, kids $7.15. Free parking.
The Tour Begins
Through the Gate
Into the Guardhouse
Lioness Christmas Magic Craft Show
Saturday, November 4, 2017 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.
Red Ribbon Art Show
Saturday, November 4, 2017 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, music and cash bar. Saturday night only 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. Admission fee $10.00.
Remembrance Day Parade & Ceremony Saturday, November 11, 2017 Mather's Arch, end of Garrison Rd. at Central Avenue Fort Erie
Start Time: 10:45 a.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 10:30 a..m. then proceeds to Mather Arch for the ceremony at 10:45 a.m. (Note - there is only one ceremony this year, on Saturday, instead of one on Nov. 11 and one on Sunday as usually happens.)
Santa Claus Parade Saturday, November 18, 2017 Downtown Fort Erie 4:00 p.m.
The 45th Annual Greater Fort Erie Santa Claus Parade will take place as usual in the old part of town. The popular parade will feature numerous floats from local service clubs, Shriners, marching bands, fire trucks and horses, and of course Santa Claus. Starts at the corner of Jarvis Street and Niagara Boulevard in Bridgeburg, proceeds to Central Avenue, turns south and goes down Central Avenue past Gilmore Road and ends at the corner of Central Avenue and Catherine Street. Note later start time for this year - 4:00 p.m. Look for lights on floats as it turns dark. Pre-parade activities will take place at the Fort Erie Library at Central Ave. & Gilmore Rd. from 2 - 4 pm.
Santa Parade 2017
Pt Colborne Aux Marine
Spirit of Christmas Friday & Saturday, December 1& 2, 2017 Ridge Road, Downtown Ridgeway
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.
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.
Polar Bear Dip and Chili Cookoff Challenge
Saturday January 6 , 2018 Bertie Boating Club
1010 Point Abino Road S., Ridgeway (Point Abino), just west of Crystal Beach
The 9th 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.
Mid Winter Pow-Wow Saturday, March , 2018 (exact date TBA) Native Freindship Centre 796 Buffalo Road, Fort Erie
This will be the 23nd 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.
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