The first of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s annual festivals celebrates Niagara’s sweet strawberries. The event takes place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. This will be the 36th year the festival has been running, operated by volunteers from the church. The festival offers a variety of activities and strawberry-themed products. And, of course, strawberry pies. They sell out fast, so you’ll want to get there early to get one.
Where: St. Andrew’s Church, 323 Simcoe St., Old Town
When: Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The second annual fruit festival of the season celebrates Niagara cherries. The event takes place at St. Mark’s Anglican Church across from Simcoe Park in Old Town. Also organized by members of the church congregation, the festival offers a variety of activities and cherry-themed treats, as well as the famous bake sale, penny sale and clothing sale. Cherry cola floats are one of the signature things to indulge in — and like most NOTL festivals, the pies sell out just as fast as the strawberry festival, with patrons lined up before the gates open to get one of the homemade treats.
Where: St. Mark’s Church, 41 Byron St., Old Town
When: Saturday, July 6, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The annual peach festival takes place both along Queen Street, and at St. Vincent de Paul church. Like its sisters, this festival is run by the members of the church. Everyone pitches in to help make pies, set up events and celebrate one of Niagara’s most-grown stone fruits. The festival offers a variety of activities and peach-themed treats. The festivities on Queen Street have become a large draw, having been adopted from the original festival by the Chamber of Commerce.
Where: Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Old Town
When: Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The annual lavender celebration at NEOB Lavender Boutique will be a little different this year. Instead of a two-day event, NEOB will be hosting pick-your-own lavender days and lavender luncheons among the fields of purple.
Where: Neob Lavender Boutique, 758 Niagara Stone Rd.
When: 11:30 every Saturday, starting in flowering season.