Niagara Falls Civic Holiday Long Weekend Activities

Civic Holiday Niagara Falls

Civic Holiday makes a perfect long weekend getaway to Niagara Falls

Another Civic Holiday long weekend is just around the corner, are you ready for some well deserved extra time off?  Well here in Niagara Falls, we are gearing up along Clifton Hill to accommodate you and your family for a weekend filled with adventures on “The Street of Fun by the Falls.”

Did you know?

The date of the Civic Holiday is historically linked to the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1834 but was chosen primarily for its timing: between Canada Day and Labor Day there were no recognizable holidays; one of the longest stretches on the Canadian calendar without a holiday.

What to do this Civic Holiday in Niagara Falls

Now you know why we celebrate the Civic Holiday, so let’s get to the good stuff…what to do with your extended weekend away from work?  If you are coming to Niagara Falls to let loose you will not be disappointed, and if you are staying at any of the Niagara Falls hotels in the Clifton Hill district, you are off to a good start.

As a start, check out this itinerary as a suggestion of how to start your day off:

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Civic Holiday Fireworks in Niagara Falls!

It wouldn’t be an amazing Civic Holiday in Niagara Falls without Fireworks. Enjoy the best fireworks show in Niagara Falls on your long weekend. There will be fireworks on Friday, Sunday AND the Holiday Monday at 10 pm. The bottom of Clifton Hill is one of the best spots to capture the fireworks at Queen Victoria Park.

Don’t forget about the FREE Coca-Cola concerts occurring before Friday and Monday’s fireworks shows at 8:00 pm down at the Queen Victoria Park stage! Friday, July 29th, 2016 features “Leaky Faucet and the Drips” who perform a wide variety of classic rock tunes, with a few modern rock songs tossed into the mix.

Monday, August 1st, 2016: “The David Love Band” will perform. The band specializes in the super-melodic pop and rock from the Summers of Love of the Baby Boom Generation.

Here are some other fun things to do during the Civic Holiday weekend in Niagara Falls: 

Free Entertainment on KELSEYS Clifton Hill Patio Bar 

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Be a part of experiencing our completely renovated KELSEYS Niagara this Civic Holiday weekend. Great food, fun, and live entertainment await outside on the patio bar. The all-new patio has been expanded to accommodate more of you, and you can experience the comfort of your own home in one of the outdoor tables with booth seating.

Our talented roster of musicians perform everyday throughout the Summer from 11:30 am to 2:00 am!

Niagara Falls Fireworks 

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Date: Friday, July 29th, Sunday, July 31st, and Monday, August 1st, 2016 | Time: 10:00 pm

Fired from the base of the Niagara gorge, directly across from the American Falls, a spectacular pyrotechnic display will kick off the weekend celebrations in style! To get the best view, be sure to watch from the bottom of Clifton Hill. These spectacular Civic Holiday fireworks are provided free for your viewing pleasure in Queen Victoria Park.

Another fantastic way to view the fireworks and the beauty of the Niagara Falls is from the 175 foot Niagara SkyWheel. Each gondola can hold up to eight people with panoramic views of the Niagara skyline. Enjoy the comfort of climate-controlled enclosed gondolas. Wheelchair accessible gondolas are also available.

Port Colborne Canal Days – July 29th – August 1st, 2016

The Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival offers activities and attractions that will enliven the senses. The Tall Ships gather in Port Colborne each Civic holiday weekend, for a four-day celebration of history and heritage. Explore the decks, try your hand at the wheel, or feel the spray as you cruise a Tall Ship on Lake Erie.

The Canal Days Festival encompasses the entire community, with activities at a dozen different Canal Days, Port Colborne Historical & Marine venues: HH Knoll Lakeview Park hosts Ontario’s largest outdoor classic car and kite show. The Seaway Park children’s area has games, entertainment and kid’s activities throughout the weekend.

At the Port Colborne Marine Museum, the history of the Canal is on display, and heritage artisans can be seen working their trade. At the Roselawn Centre, Saturday & Sunday offers two days of live entertainment. Festival guests can ride the free Canal Days shuttle to the Vale Centre where the indoor Craft Show is held. Festival food and shopping kiosks fill historic West Street, and the Market Square concert venue features top-notch entertainment nightly.

Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival 2016 Commercial

The Canal Days 2016 commercial is here! It will be airing on CHCH TV all month. Thank you fourgrounds media inc. for the production!

Posted by Canal Days on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Festival Muevetres Niagara Falls 

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Muevetres: a collective dance movement aligning the worlds of Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba. The name signifies the three waterfalls that serve as the centre point for our location, as we bring our audience together through a shared love of arts, entertainment and culture.

Located at the Sheraton on the Falls in Niagara Falls, Canada, the Festival Muevetres looks into bringing people together to experience the dance culture, while enjoying the many entertainment options the city has to offer. Muevetres looks to bring a fresh experience into the world of latin dance with an opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled summer weekend at one of the top tourist destinations in North America.

With artists from all over North America teaching and performing all weekend long, you will not want to miss out!

For more information and for online ticket sales please visit

Steve Dylan at Yuk Yuks in Casino Niagara

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Delivering smart, insightful potshots at society in his signature laid-back style, this Kingston native has carved out a name for himself as one of the brightest comedians in Canada.

Since leaving his day job in 2005, Dylan has appeared at the Just For Laughs Festival in Toronto and Montreal, the Ha!ifax ComedyFest and the Uptown Waterloo Comedy Festival. He was a finalist in Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off, and had his own national Comedy Now! special air on CTV/The Comedy Network in 2011.

Dylan is an accomplished Comedy Award-winning and Gemini-nominated writer/producer. His writing credits include Mr. D (CBC), Funny As Hell (HBO Canada), The Jon Dore Television Show (The Comedy Network/IFC), Last Car Standing (Discovery), Wipeout Canada (Global Television), This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC), TV with TV’s Jonathan Torrens (TVtropolis), You Bet Your Ass (The Comedy Network), The Canadian Comedy Awards (The Comedy Network), and the animated series Scaredy Squirrel (YTV/Cartoon Network/POP UK), Almost Naked Animals (YTV/Cartoon Network/CITV UK), Camp Lakebottom (Teletoon) and Numb Chucks (YTV).

All prices are plus applicable taxes and service charges. Purchase tickets online through the Yuk Yuk’s website. Tickets may also be purchased at the PAC Booth or by calling 1-888-325-5788. View the Yuk Yuk’s Privacy Policy. All acts subject to change without notice. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter the Casino.

Dancing Queen at Fallsview Casino Resort

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Jul 29 – 9:00PM
Jul 30 – 3:00PM
Jul 30 – 9:00PM
Jul 31 – 3:00PM
Jul 31 – 7:00PM

Tickets start at $25

With “Dancing Queen” you celebrate 70’s disco with a dance extravaganza that brings the timeless hits of Abba, The Bee Gees, Village People and many more to the stage, including “Thank You For The Music”, “Waterloo”, “Winner Takes It All”, “Saturday Night Fever”, “Celebration”, “Y.M.C.A” and “In The Navy”!

Buy your tickets at Fallsview Casino Resort’s Box Office (open Noon on show days), at all Ticketmaster locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-833-3110 or online

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

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The Hornblower Niagara Cruises let’s you experience Canada’s most spectacular wonder of the world by taking you on an unforgettable journey. An intimate tour that gets you as close as possible to the breathtaking flow of water, power and mist that is the magnificent Niagara Falls. Within the Niagara Great Gorge, the catamarans will journey past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and into the very heart of the famous Horseshoe Falls.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is located on the Niagara Parkway at the north end of Queen Victoria Park, close to the Rainbow Bridge and the Oakes Garden Theatre at the foot of the Clifton Hill tourist area.

Make it a family trip this Civic Holiday long-weekend!

There are so many great attractions to enjoy with the family on Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls. With so much to do, you may want to look into a package deal. We let you build the package that YOU want:

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Staycation? Get the Clifton Hill Fun Pass which includes tickets to some of Niagara Falls most popular attractions, such as the Wizards Golf, Niagara SkyWheelWild West Coaster and the Movieland Wax Museum!

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Niagara Falls Parking

You will find plenty of parking over the Civic Holiday weekend at this lot pictured in the map below. It’s only a 5 minute walk down Clifton Hill to the fireworks show, in the middle of it all! It’s a short walk from the Fallsview Casino and their adjoining restaurants. There’s even a jolly cut that allows you to bypass crowds and get from the parking lot to the Queen Victoria Park and Falls in a matter of seconds! Queen Victoria Parks is where you need to be to watch the fireworks shows, access the Hornblower Niagara Cruises, and the brand new MistRider Zipline to the Falls attraction!

Click the image below for directions and more information:

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Hopefully you have enough information to plan your Civic Holiday in Niagara Falls.  We look forward to seeing you!


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  1. Hey you have got a very nice and informative blog on Niagara Falls. Hotels, events, activities, restaurants… you have got it all

  2. beautiful place , romantic place . i met someone there but lost his contact, but next year i’ll definately go there. i just love that place

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