Arts & Culture in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara-on-the-Lake is Ontario’s central hub for arts and culture, and it’s the perfect place to spend a weekend getaway filled with all the wonder of creativity and artistic talent. Within the heart of Ontario’s wine country, you’ll discover a flourishing arts scene with a wide array of gifted people who have a passion for the arts and want to share it with visitors who will delight in all that our beautiful town has to offer.
Raise the curtain on internationally renowned talent by attending a production at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Every year, the Shaw Festival theatre offers performances that delight audiences with captivating comedies, tear-jerking tragedies and musicals that you won’t be able to sit still through. If you have not been to the Shaw, this is an absolute must for your next trip to Niagara.
The Niagara Pumphouse used to supply water to the citizens of Niagara-on-the-Lake; now however, it has been converted into a beautiful visual arts centre. This not-for-profit art gallery wants to nurture artists, at all levels, so they are able to share their talents with the broader community. Visit this beautiful heritage building and see what burgeoning artists are contributing to the world of art.
During the Music Niagara season, you’ll be able to hear musicians – of every persuasion – perform in various venues throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake. From classical instrumentals through to contemporary choruses, the shows put on by Music Niagara are truly exceptional representations of the global stage.
Sit under the stars in a stunning amphitheatre and take in musical talent from around the world – right in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Jackson Triggs Summer Music Series draws crowds from all across Ontario and the United States because it’s truly a unique experience. If you’re looking to enjoy one of the most romantic and moving evenings you can imagine, explore the musical offerings during the summer and early fall season.
In Niagara-on-the-Lake, we are proud of our history, and we are careful to protect the rich legacy of our town and Canada more broadly. The Niagara Historical Society was established in 1895, and for more than 100 years, it’s been visited by millions who are invested in learning more about the battles, people and innovations that make our country such an extraordinary place to live and visit.
The Friends of Fort George dedicate themselves to ensuring visitors recognize just how special our heritage town is. Fort George played a pivotal role in the War of 1812, and you can visit this historical site to learn all about the weapons, soldiers and important buildings that empowered the British army during our fight to protect our freedom.
Niagara is renowned for the food and wine produced within our region, so it’s no surprise our quaint little town is home to a superb cooking school where food lovers come together to learn how to create exceptional flavours. There are all different classes to choose from, and the chefs available to engage you in these hands-on learning experiences really love their craft – and can’t wait to share it.