Arts and Culture in Niagara Falls
While Niagara Falls attracts thousands of visitors each year with its natural beauty and breathtaking awe, few visitors are aware of the city's booming arts and cultural scene. Critically acclaimed circus performances, galleries, music festivals and a worldwide gathering of outdoor painters are just a few of the artistic opportunities that beautiful Niagara Falls has to offer.
Each year artists from around the world gather in Niagara Falls for the Worldwide Paint Out festival, happening in early September. Visitors in Niagara at this time will see thousands canvasses set up outdoors and 'plein air' or outdoor painters attempting to capture the beauty of Niagara. Guests are welcome to view and purchase pieces, and can even participate in the festival themselves. The Niagra District Art association hosts many annual shows as well, including the Winterfest Arts Show, where members of the district display and sell their works. Visitors are welcome to join the festivities of this artistic organization that helped to produce award-winning director James Cameron. The Niagara Arts and Culture Center, open year round, features 3,600 square feet of gallery space and is home to over 100 different artists' work and shows independent art films regularly in its two theatres. Niagara visitors should be sure to see the Niagara Falls Art Gallery & Children's Museum as well, which houses the William Kurelek Art Collection along with the Niagara Children's Art Gallery.
The Niagara Falls Music Society also puts on a regular three play season during the fall and winter months and has been providing quality theatre performances to Niagara for 48 years in the historic Firehall Theatre. The Niagara Symphony also provides acclaimed musical productions from October till May, and performs at a number of different festivals, forts and wineries during the summer months. The symphony has been performing both pops and masterworks since 1948.
Those visiting Niagara Falls during July and August also won't want to miss Twilight Tuesdays, where they can enjoy live performances outside in the Fireman's Park amphitheatre beneath the stars. Also in Fireman's Park are the Steve Burnside Summer Blues Series and September Blues in the Park, both excellent locations to hear some of the hottest blues music in Niagara. Another unique musical opportunity in Niagara is the Niagara Regional Police Chorus, made up of 44 members of the Niagara Police Department. The chorus performs regularly for a variety of different functions and has been regionally recognized in both Niagara and Ontario.
Niagara is also home to the Ukranian Dunai Dancers, who have toured internationally and been featured on the NBC Today Show. Dunai's program features one hundred dancers of all ages, and children of the original group began in 1967 are still dancing today. Cirque Niagara also provides visitors with a stunning and unique performance, 'Avaia' meaning 'a cherished place.' It is one of the only cirque companies in North America to use 19 horses in its performances.
From flashy tourist hot-spots to small town community arts districts, it is clear that Niagara is a thriving hub of creative activity. Come and see the town like an inside pro and let your inner artist run loose on your next Niagara getaway. Book your lodging accommodations online today!