Arts & Culture


Night of Art 2015 showing the back of the Niagara Falls History Museum, artists in the Bike Parade and other activities taking place

Museums

The City of Niagara Falls is home to multiple museums.  Visit the Niagara Falls History Museum to get information about them and their locations and operating hours.

Culture Committee

The Culture Committee endeavours to promote an awareness of and appreciation for arts, cultural, and heritage activities within our community. The committee looks forward to connecting you with many talented organizations and persons in our city. They host art shows, awards ceremonies, provide funding, hold capacity workshops and have links with various Community Groups. Check out the Culture Committee page for details.

City of Niagara Falls Culture Plan

In 2015, City Council for Niagara Falls approved a Culture Plan to identify, leverage and strengthen the community’s cultural resources. It will result in a better awareness of the City’s cultural resources, an improved quality of life for residents, opportunities to recognize and develop the cultural sector as both a cultural asset and an economic engine, as well as create improved opportunities for artists and cultural organizations to network, and to showcase or exhibit their artistic talent.  We are in the process of getting the Culture Plan AODA compliant.  If you require such a copy please contact the city staff listed on this website. You can download a copy of the Plan here.

 

Arts & Culture - Wall of Fame

The Arts & Culture Committee's Purpose is to foster, develop and unite artistic and cultural activities in the community. Through an Arts & Culture Wall of Fame initiative the community will have the opportunity to celebrate the many outstanding accomplishments of its past and present citizens, as well as the works of art that reflect the best of Niagara Falls. View the inductees to the Wall of Fame.

Stamford Collegiate Alumni Association Award In Memory of Barbara Frum

First awarded in 1992, the Barbara Frum Award is presented to an individual or an organization who has enhanced the quality of our lives by virtue of their "outstanding contribution to fostering and developing arts and culture opportunities in Niagara Falls.

The Barbara Frum Nomination Form is available in online.

Past Winners of the Barbara Frum Award

  • Angela Menotti (2018)
  • Elizabeth Manker (2017)
  • Micheal Madden (2016)
  • Philomena McCracken (2015)
  • Dr. John (Jock) Ainslie (2014)
  • Rick Rose (2013)
  • Derek Tidd (2012)
  • Stamford Centre Volunteer Firemen's Association (2011)
  • John Anstruther (2009)
  • Elizabeth Detlor (2008)
  • Anthony J. Smith (2007)
  • Nancy Zimmerman (2005)
  • Niagara Concerts (2004)
  • Carmen Dix (2003)
  • Frances Corfield (2002)
  • Marjorie Slinn (2001)
  • Hilda Corkum (2000)
  • Sherman Zavitz (1999)
  • Egidio (Ed) Fantinel (1998)
  • Pamela Robb (1997)
  • Ruth Redmond (1996)
  • Adam Daniel White (1995)
  • Norma Potter (1994)
  • George and Olive Seibel (1994)
  • William S. Smeaton (1993)

Events Calendar

The City offers a Public Events Calendar for events happening in Niagara Falls.  View the events happening or submit your own community event to our calendar, free of charge. You can also visit CNiagara for a listing of culture events in the region.

Arts and Culture Events

Fifteen Stories High Short Story Contest

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 until Monday, September 30, 2019
Niagara Region

The Canadian Authors Association, Niagara Branch is an association of writers helping other writers in the art of composing and getting published their literary work. They provide monthly programsy between September and June and have an annual short story contest for fiction writers with the top 15 winners published in an anthology. Cash prize for First, Second and Third Place winners.

Fifteen Stories High Short Story Contest website link

Niagara Falls scavenger hunt: A wacky Let's Roam Adventure

Friday, June 14, 2019 until Friday, June 12, 2020 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
6650 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6T2, Canada

Looking for fun things to do in Niagara Falls? Try a Niagara Falls photo scavenger hunt. On Hunt Along Niagara Falls you will be going on an enthralling tour around Niagara Falls checking out the art, history, and culture along the way. You'll see groups of friends competing to unearth fun facts, taking ridiculous pictures, and deciding who will be the next scavenger hunt champion!

Niagara Falls scavenger hunt: A wacky Let's Roam Adventure website link

Niagara Falls 4th Annual Art Show & Competition

Friday, August 2, 2019 until Thursday, August 29, 2019
NIagara Falls Public Library, 4848 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 4C5

The City of Niagara Falls 4th Annual Art Show & Competition will take place at the Victoria Avenue Public Library August 2nd-29th, 2019. The competition is open to all Niagara Falls residents and students over the age of 18. There is no fee to enter; however all participants are asked to register online in advance (registration will close two days before the show). Delivery of all art on Aug 1.

Niagara Falls 4th Annual Art Show & Competition website link

@ the Museum Thursday Night presents: Community Art Project

Thursday, August 8, 2019 until Thursday, August 22, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Local Indigenous beadwork artist Sam Thomas creates this year's community art project which will be unveiled at Niagara Falls Night of Art on September 19. Touching on the issues of environment, land, water, & treaties with Indigenous nations. Thomas is a member of the Lower Cayuga Band of the Iroquois Nation and endeavors to break down cultural divisions through sharing knowledge and the arts.

@ the Museum Thursday Night presents: Community Art Project website link

@ the Museum Thursday Nights presents: Community Art Project

Thursday, August 22, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Local Indigenous beadwork artist Sam Thomas creates this year's community art project and will be unveiled at Niagara Falls Night of Art on September 19. The art work touches on the issues of environment, land, water, & treaties with Indigenous nations. Thomas is a member of the Lower Cayuga Band of the Iroquois Nation & endeavors to break down cultural divisions.

@ the Museum Thursday Nights presents: Community Art Project website link

@ the Museum presents: The Holodomor National Awareness Tour Mobile Classroom

Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

The Canada-Ukraine Foundation presents the Holodomor Mobile Classroom. The Mobile Classroom is a 40 foot RV that has been redesigned into a state-of-the-art technological learning environment. Inside the classroom are five videos, lasting approximately 15 to 50 minutes. Entrance to the Holodomor Mobile Classroom is free all day.

@ the Museum presents: The Holodomor National Awareness Tour Mobile Classroom website link

5th Annual Livestock Music & Arts Festival

Friday, August 23, 2019 until Saturday, August 24, 2019 5:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Niagara Falls Farmers Market 5943 Sylvia Place, Niagara Falls, ON

5th Annual Livestock Niagara Music & Arts Festival August 23 (5pm to 12am) & 24 (3pm to 12am)TICKETS:$25 DAY PASS / $40 WEEKEND PASS

5th Annual Livestock Music & Arts Festival website link