Summer festivals launched in Port Colborne

Posted by Michelle Cuthbert on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

During the Mayor’s Luncheon at Sugarloaf Marina, Port Colborne’s summer festival line-up and the Canal Days Concert Series line-up was announced. With the first day of summer just a few days away there are a variety of festivals, events, and recreation opportunities occurring in Port Colborne this summer, providing residents and visitors the opportunity to #PORTicipate.

 Port Colborne 2019 Summer Festival Listing:

August 2-5, 2019 – 41st Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival – Title Sponsors, Rankin Construction Inc. and Vale.


The Canal Days Concert Series returns to H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park with top-notch entertainment:

Friday, August 2, 2019 - Featuring David Wilcox with Honeymoon Suite, and Revive the Rose, presented by 91.7 Giant FM.


Saturday, August 3, 2019 - Featuring I Mother Earth with Finger Eleven and Drop Top Alibi, 97.7 HTZ-FM Rock Search Winners, presented by 97.7 HTZ-FM.


Monday, August 5, 2019 - Featuring the Caverners, Canada’s Premier Tribute to the Beatleswith Tim E. Hendry, the 2013 King of the World Elvis Tribute Artist World Champion, presented by 610 CKTB & 105.7 EZ ROCK.


The City of Port Colborne is also proud to announce that they have received funding from the Government of Ontario through Celebrate Ontario 2019 for the 41st Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival. Funding received will be going towards additional entertainment at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park on Sunday, August 4, 2019.


The Scotiabank Patio on West returns, featuring great Niagara based talent all weekend.

On Friday, August 2, 2019 the Scotiabank Patio on West kicks off with Heather Glabb (5:15 – 7:45 p.m.) and the Hard Rock Hooligans (8:15 – 11 p.m.)


On Saturday, August 3, 2019 Thorn and Roses (12 – 2:45 p.m.), Walter James Duo (3 – 5:45 p.m.), Tin Roof (6 – 7:45 p.m.), and Blush (8:15 – 11 p.m.).


On Sunday, August 4, 2019 Country 89 will present Studio 89 Live from 12 - 5 p.m. with Whiskey Sunset, Chelsea Crites, Brad Battle, Greg Rider and Daylight Burners.

From 5 – 7:45 p.m. the Rock of 80’s duo will entertain Patio goers, followed by Ruckus, sponsored by Genesis Niagara, from 8:15 – 10 p.m., with the Boat Parade of Lights, sponsored by Canada Steamship Lines, and Fireworks Display to close out the evening.  


On Monday, August 5, 2019 Brook Georgeneau will perform from 1 – 3:45 p.m.


Canal Days offers an opportunity to cruise both northbound and southbound through the locks on the tall ship, Empire Sandy.  For more information about tickets call 905-834-4512 or visit


Festival goers will also be able to explore the decks of the Buffalo, NY fireboat E.M. Cotter, the HMCS Oriole, and, new for 2019 the CCGS Limnos.


Festival favourites return for the 41st Annual signature event, including:

  • The Historical & Marine Museum, where Canal Days began in 1979, with FREE admission sponsored by Lower Lakes Towing Ltd.;

  • The renowned International Kite Festival on Saturday, August 3, which offers a unique night fly, will return to Killaly Street West and Westside Road;

  • The ever-popular Car Show, which is cruising into its 27th year on Sunday, August 4, are proud to welcome everyone to their new location at the Vale Health & Wellness Centre, 550 Elizabeth street;

  • The 13th Annual Indoor Craft Show returns the Vale Health & Wellness Centre;

  • Sugarloaf Marina is home to the 5th Annual Lighthouse Tours, sponsored by Friends of the Port Colborne Lighthouses and Hamilton Port Authority;

  • 5th Annual Sawhorse Races at Lock 8 Gateway Park, hosted by the Main Street BIA;

  • Tim Horton’s Kids Zone at Seaway Park;

  • Boat Parade of Lights, sponsored by Canada Steamship Lines followed by Fireworks Display;

  • West Street vendors, and more.


New attractions for festival goers include:


  • Maui Jim Canal Days Walleye Fishing Tournament on Saturday, August 3, with funding provided by Celebrate Ontario

  • Water Ski Show on Sunday, August 4, at Sugarloaf Marina, with support from Boardpass Niagara and Don Cherry’s.

  • ‘Real pirates, real history’, keep any eye out for pirates roaming the festival all weekend long and be sure to snap a photo with them! Funding provided by Celebrate Ontario.

  • Visiting Canal Days by bicycle? Visit our bike valet at Mariner’s Park, 29 Charlotte Street, and leave your bike for a $5 fee per day.


Looking to volunteer at Canal Days? Positions are currently available for bartenders, ticket sales, donation gates, marshals, information liaison, kids zone, and more! To volunteer e-mail or call 905-835-2900 ext. 566.


To stay up to date with information about the 41st Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival, visit, like on Facebook (@CanalDays), or follow on Twitter (@CanalDaysPC) and Instagram (@CanalDaysPC).

Canal Days sponsors include:

Title – Rankin Construction Inc. and Vale

Quartermasters – Pinty’s Delicious Foods, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, and NAPA Auto Parts.

First Mates – Algoma Central Corporation, Scotiabank, Canada Steamship Lines, Tim Hortons, CapServCo/Grant Thornton, Molson-Coors, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd, and McAvoy, Belan & Campbell / Frank Cowan Company.

Boatswains – Brandon’s No Frills, Brock University, Canadian Niagara Power / Fortis ON, Enbridge, Sid Grabell Contracting, and Sullivan Mahoney LLP.

Deckhands -  Hamilton Port Authority, Chamber of Marine Commerce, Port Colborne Marine Terminal, Aquicon Construction, B&C Truck and Auto Industrial, Bosch Rexroth, Canadian Tire, CIBC, Circle P Paving, David Chev, Pizza Hut, King Contractors of Niagara, Barber Hymac, Stolk Construction, Subway, Ultramar, Shisler Bros. Landscaping Material, Harvey’s Swiss Chalet, and Port Colborne Grain Terminal a division of Parish and Hiembecker Limited.

Media Partners – 610 CKTB, 105.7 EZ Rock, 97.7 HTZ-FM, 91.7 Giant FM, Country 89.1, CHCH, YourTV Niagara, Niagara this Week, and Niagara Dailies.

Additional Festivals & Events:


  • Farmer’s Market every Friday at Market Square from 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Arabella’s Tea Room open daily until September from 2 – 4 p.m. Enjoy afternoon tea in Edwardian style for $5.

  • Museum Exhibit: Solid Comfort: Tales of Tennessee. What does Port Colborne have in common with Tennessee? Until December visit this new exhibit as the fascinating history of the exclusive “Solid Comfort” summer cottage community is revealed through photographs and artifacts from the museums collection.

  • Museum Exhibit: Deadly Dust – Dominion Grain Elevator Explosion1919. Located at the southern terminus of the Welland Canal, the grain elevator played an important role in the movement of grain through the Great Lakes. Until November, this exhibit not only examines this role, but also the tragic fatal explosion that occurred 100 years ago.  

  • Museum Exhibit: Tugboats on the Welland Canal. Narrow channels, small canal locks, and lots of ship traffic on the third Welland Canal meant plenty of business for the tugs and their crews. Until December, peer into the Marine Exhibit Lighthouse to catch a glimpse of this vital part of the canal scene.

  • Cruise Nights every Thursday night in June, July, August, and September starting at 5 p.m., presented by the Port Colborne Downtown Cruise Association on Clarence Street between West St. and Catharine Street. 

  • Showboat Festival Theatre has returned to the Roselawn Centre with five performances: Sexy Laundry (June 12-23), Early August (July 3-14), Hurry Hard (July 24 – Aug. 4), Prairie Nurse (Aug. 11 – 25), and Lunenburg (Sept. 11 – 23).

  • Hometown Story Time – starting Thursday, June 20, every third Thursday of the month the Port Colborne Public Library Pop Up Library and the Hometown Real Estate Team will be at the Vale Health & Wellness Centre from 11 – 11:30 a.m. after swimming sessions with complimentary snacks & stories.

  • Nickel Beach Bonfires – There are s’more ways to PORTicipate at Nickel Beach this summer with community bonfires. These free family-friendly evenings will include a bonfire, marshmallow roast with s’more making and live acoustic music. Dates include Fridays June 21, July 26, and September 20 from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Special thanks to sponsors Brandon’s No Frills and Oskam Steel. For more information, visit www.portcolborne/page/NickelBeachBonfires.

  • June 21 – 22 – Budweiser CanAm Walleye Shootout at Sugarloaf Marina. Big Fish Friday, tournament Saturday, inclement weather date Sunday.

  • June 22 – Art Crawl - Artists from across Niagara partner with downtown businesses in stores, on sidewalks, and on the street. Experience art, live music, artful activities and surprise performances.

  • June 25 - Sugarloaf Marina and the Sugarloaf Sailing Club will host the Lake Erie Interclub cruise and race.   

  • June 29 – July 7 is Ontario Family Fishing Week. This is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. This is a great time to introduce friends and family to fishing.

  • June 29 - July 1 – Niagara Antique Power Association’s 47th Annual Heritage Day at Learn Heritage

    Farm, 1957 Wilhelm Road, off of Hwy #3 Sherkston. This year’s show feature will be Cockshutt and Oliver.  

  • July 1 – Canada Day / Optimist Day in the Park

    10 a.m. – 6 p.m. H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park

    1 pm. Opening Ceremony

    Fireworks display at dusk at the Canal. Join us for this FREE family day of fun and entertainment, with different live entertainment hourly. There will be inflatables, crafters, magician, food vendors, face painting, Birds of Prey, Pony Rides and of course birthday cake!

  • July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 / Aug 5, 12, 19 & 26 – Guided Tours of Museum Heritage Village and “Tales of Tennessee” – For more information, call 905-834-7604 or visit

  • Moonlight Flicks – July 3, 10, 17, 24, and August 17 - Enjoy movies at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park on Wednesday evenings at dusk. Bring your own chairs and blankets.

  • July 4 – 7 – Port Colborne Lions Annual Charity Carnival - Great fun for the whole family. The Carnival offers rides, games, nightly bingo, draws and raffles. All carnival proceeds are used to support youth sport activities, community projects and charitable donations.

  • Port Colborne Concert Band - July 4, 22, 18 & 25 - A summer tradition, performances by the Port Colborne Concert Band under the direction of Brenda Fairchild-Green at 7:20pm (rain or shine) at the Mark Fairchild Memorial Bandstand in H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park. Come early and bring your own chair. Donations accepted.

  • July 5, 12, 19 & 26 West Street Walking Tours. For more information, call 905-834-7604 or visit

  • August 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Joe Crawford Summer Concerts in the Park. Join Joe Crawford Tuesday in August at 7 p.m. for music in King George Park. Bring a lawn chair & non-perishable food items that will be collected for Port Colborne St. Vincent De Paul Society Food Band and funds collected for local charities through Port Colborne Knights of Columbus. For more information, call 289-241-2128 or visit

  • August 10 – 11 – South Niagara Artist Summer Studio Tour. Take part in this free, self-directed, artistic adventure travelling throughout Wainfleet, Port Colborne to Ridgeway/Crystal Beach. Visit the artists at their studios along this scenic route from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, visit

  • Saturday, August 18 we welcome the return of the SunRype TRiKiDS Triathlon Series to the Vale Health & Wellness Centre. The SunRype TRiKiDs Triathlon Series offers safe, non-competitive, confidence-building races for children and youth ages 3 to 15. For more information, or to register, visit



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