Niagara-on-the-Lake: There’s Music in the Air

What does your heart say or want? Pay attention! July is all about taking a restorative break and slipping off the radar for some tender loving self-care and celebration. Surprise your honey with a couple of relaxing days of simple pleasures. Ladies, maybe it’s time to spend a couple of days with your nurturing and supportive sisters, mother or friends. Gentlemen, playing hooky with the guys or Dad might be just the midsummer fix you need. Or perhaps you’ve put off your own needs for far too long, and you just want some time out on your own, taking in the calming beauty of nature, dancing to the beat of your own drum and going where the wind blows, guilt-free.

Whether you enjoy cherished time with family or trusted friends or just relish your sweet, serene solitude, refilling your tanks now will keep you fueled up for months to come. And where better to enjoy the height of summer than in Niagara-on-the-Lake at your favourite STAY Niagara-on-the-Lake getaway spot?

Music to Soothe the Soul
Wherever you find yourself in Niagara-on-the-Lake, chances are you’ll hear the sweet sound of music in the summer air. 

Music Niagara has been entertaining audiences since mid-June and the celebration continues through August. With performances ranging from the classical brilliance of the Odin Quartet and the Ensemble Obiora to the golden age of the big bands, the Music Niagara Festival is an important component of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s cultural landscape and something you should not miss.

Big Band Sounds at Music Niagara

Jazz-lovers? The TD Niagara 2023 Summer Festival is just your style. Jazz Under the Stars at Jackson-Triggs Winery on July 15, Jazz Picnic at Willowbank in Queenston on July 16, Soul Jazz in the Vineyard at the Hare Wine Company on July 20 and the Late Night Music Jam at The Irish Harp on July 22 are just a sampling of what’s in store for you here in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

Speaking of Jackson-Triggs, check out their Summer 2023 Concert Series featuring such performers as the James Barker Band, Chantal Kreviazuk, Randy Bachman, Bahamas and many more.

Not to be outdone, the Shaw Festival presents a musical revue showcasing the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein at its BMO Stage. On stage at the Festival Theatre, Royal George, Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre and the Spiegeltent, there’s something for everyone, including kids! 

Barrelhead at Pillitteri

Local venues love to get in on the action, too. Take in the vibes of Summer Fridays with some tapas and a drink on the patio at Ironwood Cider House. Head over to Spirit in Niagara for Monday Blooz & Jazz or Thursday Night Delight with Ed Pizzo on the Piano. From open mic nights to jazz and blues nights and Wednesday night patio performances, there’s always something going on at The Irish Harp Pub. The Niagara Oast House Brewers invites you to celebrate TGIF with a couple of pints, food and live music from 5 p.m. to midnight. Just up the road at the Barrelhead at Pillitteri Estates Winery, it all comes together from noon to 10 p.m. with delicious wood-oven pizza, salads, wine and local entertainment in their cherry orchard.

As you can see, there’s plenty to keep you entertained during your stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Your STAY Niagara-on-the-Lake hosts are always eager to offer recommendations on where to go and what to see.

More to Come
While July is jam-packed with events and things to do, there’s much more fun in the works:
Until August 29: Music Niagara Summer Festival Concert Series
Until September 15: Jackson-Triggs Summer Concert Series
July 10–14: Kids’ Summer Art Camp at RiverBrink Art Museum
July 15-16: Battle of Fort George Re-enactment
July 15–23: TD Niagara 2023 Summer Festival 
August 6: Bell Concert at St. Mark’s Anglican Church
August 12: Peach Festival
August 12: Sip, Savour & Stroll
August 13: Shades of Rosé
August 23: Shades of Summer Dinner
August 19-20: Fife & Drum Muster & Soldiers’ Field Day
August 31: Heritage Garden Party at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum 
September 3: Bell Concert at St. Mark’s Anglican Church

Niagara-on-the-Lake Deals

Everybody loves a deal! Here are some great ways to enjoy Niagara-on-the-Lake without breaking your wallet:

Ghost Walks of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Did you know Niagara-on-the-Lake is Canada’s most haunted town? Learn more about our old town and its ghostly, dark history on a walking tour with Ghost Walks. Stops include the Courthouse, the Prince of Wales Hotel, the Apothecary, the Royal George Theatre, The Angel Inn, a house that makes cameras go crazy and more.

And there’s a special deal for guests staying at any of our Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association (BBA) members. Instead of $13 per adult, pay only $10. To take advantage of this discount, all you have to do is show proof (receipt or confirmation) of your stay at a member B&B, inn or cottage rental on the night of your ghost walk or ask your host to make a reservation on your behalf.

Explore Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada's most haunted town!

Explore Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada’s most haunted town!

Plenty to eat for less

So you’ve booked your favourite room at your favourite spot. You’ve heard that Niagara-on-the-Lake is a destination of culinary excellence and now you’re looking for something to eat. Here are some deals to get you through those hunger pains most days of the week:

Fridays: Order fish and chips for just $10 at the Vintages Lounge in the Pillar & Post or indulge in a bowl of pasta for just $ at the Bacchus Lounge in the Queen’s Landing. Later, head over to the Churchill Lounge at the Prince of Wales Hotel for live entertainment from 9 to 11 p.m. where you can sit back and enjoy the music with a $5 glass (5 oz) of Sommelier Select Red or White Niagara VQA Wine. (By the way, live entertainment and the $5 Wine Feature are also available on Saturdays from 8 to 11 p.m.)

Enjoy live entertainment and a $5 glass of wine at the Churchill Lounge on Fridays and Saturdays.

Enjoy live entertainment and a $5 glass of wine at the Churchill Lounge on Fridays and Saturdays.

Sundays and Mondays: After 4 p.m., indulge in April Wine & Cheese for two at the Churchill Lounge at the Prince of Wales Hotel for just $25. This deal includes baked brie cheese for two, with rhubarb chutney, a crisp baguette and a half-litre of select Konzelmann, VQA Red or White. Life is good!

Tuesdays: It’s all you can eat mussels and bread for $10 (plus a beverage purchase) all day Tuesday at the Vintages Wine Bar and Lounge at the Pillar and Post.

Wednesdays: After 4 p.m., pop into the Churchill Lounge at the Prince of Wales Hotel for a $5 fat, juicy burger and fries (plus a beverage purchase). Life just got better!

Bon appétit!


Posted by Donna Vieira on behalf of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association.