Summer is officially here and this year, there're many opportunities in Niagara to get out and celebrate with others.  Indoors, outdoors, art, history, food, music, sports and garden-related events are taking place, including many this coming weekend.  Which ones will you attend? 

The Shaw Festival is one of those magical places in Niagara that so many of us feel grateful to have right at home.  Theatre has been drawing people together for centuries.  Performative storytelling is in our bones. 

This weekend, several performances are going on: Oscar Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest, Chitra, Damn Yankees, Gaslight, Too True to Be Good, and Everybody.  On Sunday afternoon, A Year With Frog & Toad, an hour-long concert will take place outside.  

There're backstage tours, a 'Continue the Conversation' event and a teen workshop in musical theatre.  It also happens to be the Spring Governors Council Feature Weekend, which includes many activities, such as enjoying dinner with Artistic Director Tim Carroll. 

Across the street from Festival Theatre is Fort George.  This National Historic Site will be doing some performing of its own this weekend!  On Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th, there'll be battle re-enactments as the Napoleonic-era French army pays a visit.  Visitors are welcome from 10am to 5pm both days, with re-enactments taking place at 11:30am and 3:30pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.

After a two year hiatus, the Ridgeway Summer Festival is back!  It takes place this Saturday, July 9th all day and evening long, starting when the farmer's market opens at 8am.  There'll be a lot of activities for both children and adults, including face painting, pony rides, art activities and sports demonstrations.  

Ridgeway's downtown core will also host a sidewalk sale.  There's live music starting at 3pm and street dancing.  A classic car show will feature over 200 vintage vehicles.  

Evening activities include a beer garden, free screening of The Batman at 8pm and a tribute to The Tragically Hip to end off the event at 10pm. 

If the thought of spending the weekend out and about is making you peckish, what do you say to cherry pie?  Just around the corner from both The Shaw Festival and Fort George, and across the street from Simcoe Park, is St. Mark's Cherry Festival.  You can buy yourself a slice or a whole pie on Saturday, July 9th from 9am to 2pm. 

A friendly reminder from one of our previous issues - this Saturday is also host to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Horticultural Society garden tour.

With so much going on, we're curious to hear which events you attend.  And by no means are these the only things going on here in Niagara.  Stay tuned for more exciting news about upcoming happenings soon! 

July 05, 2022 — Antoinette D'Angelo

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