Arts & Culture


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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.

Arts, Culture & Museum Committee

The Arts, Culture & Museum 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 Arts, Culture & Museum 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.

Culture Forum

In November of 2015, the first Cultural Summit was held at the MacBain Community Centre. The public, artists and cultural organizations were invited to participate in dialogue about the next steps in the City of Niagara Falls Culture Plan.  The results of those meetings will assist in the development of the short term goals for the Culture Plan. Thanks to the Niagara Community Foundation for their support of this summit.  The 2016 Forum will be held on October 13th at 7 p.m. at the MacBain Community Centre.  
Check out the notes from the 2016 meeting.

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

  • 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

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Pyramids, Tombs and Temples -Oh My!

Thursday, August 24, 2017 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

They have captivated travelers for millennia, but why and when were these great structures made? This dynamic presentation will dispel the mysteries and myths and reveal some surprising truths behind these magnificent edifices. Khufu's Great Pyramid, the Cleopatra-era Temple of Hathor & Tutankhamen's tomb. Presented by Laura Ranieri of Ancient Egypt Alive.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Pyramids, Tombs and Temples -Oh My! website link

INDIGENOUS 150+ OFFERS FILM SCREENING: Director in Attendance

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Seneca Queen Theatre, 4624 Queen Street Downtown Niagara Falls ON L2E 2L7

Sacred Water: Standing Rock Part 1 is part of an eight part documentary series called RISE for Viceland showcasing the global Indigenous movement across the Americas which are rising up to protect their ancestral homelands and the environment. Director Michelle Latimer in attendance. Presented with a Traditional Opening and Welcome, a musical segment, a moderated discussion. Subject to change.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Community Art Project

Thursday, August 31, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

August 3, 10 & 31 @ 6-9pm Join local artist, Emily Andrews and take a step back in time to explore the history and technique of silhouette portraiture. Create your own silhouette portrait and have your unique profile become a part of the upcoming art installation, "Portraits of Niagara" unveiled at Niagara Night of Art on September 22, 2017.

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

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Community Art Project

Thursday, September 7, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street

Join local artist, Emily Andrews and take a step back in time to explore the history and technique of silhouette portraiture. Create your own silhouette portrait and have your unique profile become a part of the upcoming art installation, "Portraits of Niagara" unveiled at Niagara Falls Night of Art on September 21, 2017.

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

Historical Walking Tour with City Historian Sherman Zavitz

Sunday, September 10, 2017 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
King's Bridge Park

Chippawa: "A Quaint and Picturesque Village"Join Sherman Zavitz, the City's Official Historian, for a walk into the past as we explore Chippawa.An interesting and informative tour lasting approximately 90 minutes. There is a maximum of 80 participants. All participants MUST be registered BEFORE event. Registration closes Friday, September 8 at 5pm. No registrations permitted day of event.

Historical Walking Tour with City Historian Sherman Zavitz website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Philosophers Cafe

Thursday, September 14, 2017 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street

Come Celebrate and Cerebrate Canada's 150th Birthday with 150 Pieces of Canada! Come and get involved in an open discussion as proud Canadians and consider: What do these 150 objects tell us about Canada's Past? Why are they a cause for celebrating Canada's 150th birthday? How do they help us to define our future?

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Philosophers Cafe website link

Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival Friday Evening Soiree

Friday, September 15, 2017 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Firemen's Park, 2275 Dorchester Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 6S4

Fri Evening Soiree 7pm-11pm - $15/ Sat 9am-6pm - $5 admission / Sun 9am-4pm - $5 admission, kids under 12 are free. Enjoy an incredible array of talent in a variety of mediums of visual and musical arts.There is something for everyone. Fine art, thought provoking and intriguing exhibitions, one of a kind works, interactive community art project, kids art zone, juried art, Up & Coming Artists

Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival Friday Evening Soiree website link

Katmandu: A Tribute to Bob Seger

Saturday, September 16, 2017 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
4624 Queen Street

Katmandu, a tribute band from Ontario, Canada that bills itself as "the original and best tribute" to Seger's signature heartland rock and roll sound.