There are numerous events taking place in Fort Erie, including Crystal Beach and Ridgeway, throughout
the coming year 2018. Check out events, festivals, concerts, theatre, car shows, re-enactments and much more!
Polar Bear Dip and Chili Cookoff Challenge THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
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.
Old Fort Erie History Symposium Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 350 Lakeshore Rd., south of Central Avenue, Fort Erie
This symposium features speakers in the theatre and workshops on the War of 1812. Presented by the Upper Thames Military Reenactment Society. 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Lunch included.Registration fee required. www.historysymposium.com/registration
Mid Winter Pow-Wow Saturday, March 3, 2018 Native Freindship Centre 796 Buffalo Road, Fort Erie
This will be the 23rd 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.
Old Fort Erie - Presentation by Adam Shoalts
350 Lakeshore Rd. W., Fort Erie
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Adam Shoalts, from Pelham Ontario, is a Canadian adventurer and explorer who has written 2 books about Canada's north. In 2017 he made a solo 4,000 km. trek across the Arctic. Adam will be tatlking about his amazing journey and sharing his love of nature. Free admission. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Opening Day Ridgeway Farmers Market & Art by the Market Saturday May 5, 2018 Friendship Trail Parking Lot, across from the Village Square, Ridge Road Ridgeway
The Saturday morning market across from the Town Square starts its summer season. Local farmers offer fresh produce, meats, cheeses, honey, preserves, etc. At the adjoining Art Market, local artists, crafters, artisans and authors offer their wares. Come out for some good shopping and meet your neighboours. Farmers Market open 7:30 a.m., Art Market open 8:00 a.m., close 1:00 p.m. Markets continue through October 13.
Ridgeway Farmers Market
Crafters at Farmers Market
Opening Day Fort Erie Race Track Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Bertie Road, east of Thompson Road, north of the QEW
The 121st season at the historic Fort Erie Race Track opens. Live thoroughbred horse racing. Post time 4:20 p.m. For more information on the race track visit the Entertainment page.
Stevensville Spring-fest Saturday, June 2, 2018 (exact date TBA) Stevensville Memorial Hall, 2508 Stevensville Rd.
Stevensville, Fort Erie
The 16th 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
Ghost Tourof Old Fort Erie (Friday Night Fright Night) Friday, June 8, 2018 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. Tour lasts about 2 hours. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Admission $7.50. Free parking.
Rods & Relics Car Show Sunday, June 2018 (exact date TBA) Grounds of Fort Erie Race Track
319 Bertie St., east of Thompson Rd., Fort Erie
(Entrance past the race track entrances)
The 27th 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, 2018 (exact date TBA) 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 (event not confirmed) Sunday, June , 2018 Stevensville Conservation Area, W. Main St. & Ott Rd., Stevensville
This will be the 5th 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.
Canada Day Fireworks Sunday, July 1, 2018 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.
Ghost Tour of Old Fort Erie (Friday Fright Night)
Friday, July 6, 2018
Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Road, south of Niagara Blvd., Fort Erie
Take a tour of the Old British Fort with a guide and hear scary tales of the spirits that haunt its walls. Doors open 8:30 p.m.Tour lasts about 2 hours. Admission $7.50. Free parking.
Ridgeway Summer Festival Saturday & Sunday, July 2018 (exact date TBA)
Ridge Road, Downtown Ridgeway
Downtown Ridgeway will turn into a carnival for the 28th 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 (event not confirmed) Sunday, July, 2018 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 230 Ridgeway 228 South Mill St., Ridgeway
A Wrap Up party with live music, barbeque, cash bar, popcorn and lots of fun. All welcome. Admission by donation.
Waterfront Concert - McPherson's Rant
Sunday, July 15, 2018 Crystal Beach Waterfront Park
3875 Terrace Lane, foot of Ridgeway Road, Crystal Beach
Start Time: 7:00 p.m.
A lively band playing Irish and down east music, with guitar, banjo, drums, piano and bagpipe. 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 band website go to:
McPherson's Rant Crystal Beach 2014
McPherson's Rant the Band
Crystal Beach 2014
Friendship Festival Thursday-Sunday, July 2018 (Exact date TBA) Mather's Arch, end of Garrison Rd. at Central Avenue, south of the Peace Bridge, Fort Erie
The Fort Erie Friendship Festival is celebrating its 32nd year commemorating the peace between Canada and the United States. 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. Heritage Sesquicentennial - Displays of War of 1812, Native and Multi Cultural Displays.
All Canadian Pageant - babies to teens. Concerts - Fri. & Sat. night concerts in licensed zone.
Circle of Art
Saturday, July 21, 2018 Queen's Circle, Crystal Beach
This is the 4th 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. 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 2016
Circle of Art 2017
Circle of Art 2017
Waterfront Concert - The Saltshakers Tribute to Jimmy Buffett Sunday, July 22, 2018 Crystal Beach Waterfront Park
3875 Terrace Lane, foot of Ridgeway Road, Crystal Beach
Start Time: 7:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand, we bring the Saltshakers with the lively songs of icon singer Jimmy Buffett. His island music of the the 1970's continues to be popular today. Concert is located in our beautiful waterfront park facing Lake Erie. Free admission, donations appreciated. Free parking. Bring a chair or blanket, and come early for best spot . 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.
Crystal Beach 2013
Crystal Beach 2014
Prince of Wales Stakes
Tuesday July 2018 (exact date TBA) Fort Erie Racetrack
Bertie Road, east of Thompson Road, north of the QEW, Fort Erie
The 83rd 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
Siege of Fort Erie - Re-Enactment of the War of 1812 Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12, 2018 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 War of 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. 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 - Toronto All-Star Big Band
Sunday, August 12, 2018 3875 Terrace Lane, foot of Ridgeway Road
An all time favourite, the Toronto All-Star Big Band returns with the Music of the big band era of the 1930's & 40's. A vibrant young cast brings a fresh performance. 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, donations appreciated. Free parking. Food Truck by Crystal Beach Candy Company - hot dogs, sausage on a bun, pop, sugar waffles, water.
All-Star Big Band at Crystal Beach
Crystal Beach 2016
Crystal Beach 2015
Ghost Tour of Old Fort Erie (Friday Fright Night)
Friday, August 17, 2018 Old Fort Erie
350 Lakeshore Road, south of Niagara Blvd., Fort Erie
Take a tour of the old British Fort with a guide and hear scary tales of the spirits that haunt its walls. Doors open 8:30 p.m. Tour last about 2 hours. Admission $7.50. Free parking.
Waterfront Concert - A Simple Gesture
Sunday, August 19, 2018 3875 Terrace Lane, foot of Ridgeway Road
This 4 piece band brings us easy listening pop and rock. The concert takes place in our beautiful waterfront park at the bandstand facing Lake Erie. Presented by the Friends of Crystal Beach. Free admission, donations appreciated. Free parking. Food Truck on site - Crystal Beach Candy Company - hot dogs, sausage on a bun, pop, sugar waffles, water.
Fort Erie Music Fest
Saturday, August 2018 (exact date TBA) 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 25, 2018 Old Fort Erie 350 Lakeshore Road, south end of Lakeshore Blvd., Fort Erie 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Re-enactors from the War of 1812 compete in drill competitions, speed loading demonstrations, and more.
Ongoing Summer Events 2018
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, 2018 and runs through mid October. Saturday mornings.
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 to mid October.
Supper Market - Food trucks offer various fast foods. Waterfront Park in Crystal Beach. Thursdays. 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, artisans, crafters. Outside by the paddock and inside the main hall. Sundays during race times. Fort Erie Racetrack, Bertie Road, east of Thompson Road.
FALL EVENTS & WINTER EVENTS
End of Summer Parade & Ceremony
Saturday, September 2018 (exact date TBA) Downtown Crystal Beach
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. Presented by the Friends of Crystal Beach.
Mayor's Car in Parade
Old Man Summer and Superheroes
Captain Canada Arrives
Crystal Beach Street Dance Saturday, September 2018 (exact date TBA) Downtown Crystal Beach
The 6th 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, 2018 (exact date TBA) 21 Warren Street, Fort Erie Time:
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 8, 2018 Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Rd. at south end of Niagara Blvd. south of Peace Bridge, Fort Erie
The Murder Mystery is a fun event. Walk through the Old Fort and meet shady characters while solving a mystery. Prizes. 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 2018 (exact date 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.
Ridgeway Fall Festival
Saturday, September 2018 (exact date TBA) Ridge Road at the Village Square and Friendship Trail Parking Lot, Downtown Ridgeway
The 8th 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.
Ridgeway Civic Square
Kiddie Express Train
Crystal Beach 5K Run/Walk Saturday, October 2018 (exact date TBA) Erie Road, downtown Crystal Beach
Time: 11:00 a.m.
The 14th 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). 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 Sat. Oct. 20, Fri. Oct. 26, Sat. Oct. 27, 2018 Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Rd. at south end of Niagara Blvd. south of Peace Bridge, Fort Erie
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 the burning the effigy of Guy Fawkes at 8:30 p.m.. Movies of a Hallowe'en theme will be shown in the theatre at 9:00 p.m. Reservations required for the ghost tour. Regular Admisson. Free parking.
The Tour Begins
Through the Gate
Into the Guardhouse
Lioness Christmas Magic Craft Show
Saturday, November 2018 (exact date TBA) Crystal Ridge Community Centre
99 Ridge Rd. S., Ridgeway
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 2018 (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, music and cash bar. Admission fee.
Remembrance Day Parade & Ceremony Sunday, November 11, 2018 Mather's Arch, end of Garrison Rd. at Central Avenue, Fort Erie
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.. then proceeds to Mather Arch for the ceremony.
Santa Claus Parade Saturday, November 2018 (exact date TBA) Downtown Fort Erie
The 46h 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. Pre-parade activities will take place at the Fort Erie Library at Central Ave. & Gilmore Rd.
Santa Parade 2017
Pt Colborne Aux Marine
Spirit of Christmas Friday & Saturday, December 2018 (exact dates TBA) Ridge Road, Downtown Ridgeway
This is the 23rd 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 Area.
Ringing of the Bells Monday, December 24, 2018 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71 130 Garrison Rd., Fort Erie
Originally started in 2014 to celebrate the end of the War of 2012-14 in Ghent, Belgium, this has become an annual event. A short ceremony with speeches and singing is followed by the bell ringing at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments available. Bring a bell if you have one. Open to the public, free admission. Organized by the Heritage Arts Legacy of Fort Erie.