Things to do this July in St. Catharines

Posted on June 30, 2024

Things are heating up in St. Catharines and with the warmer weather comes all the summer things we love to #getoutinSTC and do!
From live music and music festivals, pro basketball, a world-premier from Canada’s most prolific playwright Norm Foster and so much more, July in St. Catharines is packed with fun things to do for the whole family.

Here’s some of what you can look forward to:

Emancipation Day STC

Emancipation Day 2024 is set for Sunday, July 28 at Lakeside Park in St. Catharines.

You do not want to miss Emancipation Day at Lakeside Park Sunday, July 28, an incredible day of music and celebration with live performances, workshops, face painting celebration, beach games, dancing, vendor market and food truck.

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Downtown Block Party

The Downtown Block Party returns to the heart of St. Catharines Saturday, July 27.

Surrounded by the unique backdrop of scenic Downtown St. Catharines, this free family-friendly music festival features multiple stages of diverse music, vendors, family games and activities and more. Enjoy a wide variety of diverse dining and eclectic shopping while dancing through the streets!

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Niagara River Lions basketball

Join the hunt and catch pro basketball in St. Catharines with the Niagara River Lions and the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).

River Lions’ home games are played at the Meridian Centre and feature non-stop entertainment before, during and after world-class professional basketball games.

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Lakeside Long Weekend

Enjoy a spectacular Lakeside Long Weekend celebration at Lakeside Park in St. Catharines on June 30 and Canada Day on July 1.

Lakeside Long Weekend promises two days of family-friendly fun and entertainment against the picturesque backdrop of the St. Catharines waterfront in Port Dalhousie. Some highlights include:

  • Kids’ yoga, story time sessions, arts and crafts and more activities
  • Delicious treats and refreshing beverages from food trucks and craft beverage vendors
  • Live music featuring  Yukon Blonde, Terra Lightfoot, Altameda and more

Don’t miss this weekend of fun, music and more in St. Catharines.

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Those Movies by Norm Foster

The Foster Festival presents the world premier of Those Movies by Nom Foster at the Mandeville Theatre in St. Catharines.

Exciting professional theatre returns to the heart of Niagara! The Foster Festival is thrilled to kick off its 2024 Mainstage Summer Season July 4-14 with another world premier from Canada’s most prolific playwright, Norm Foster.

Those Movies is a heartwarming tale about how love can surprise you and be found in unexpected places … perhaps not always in the romantic sense. If you love to laugh, you’ll love this hilarious Foster comedy performed by some of our nation’s top artistic talent.

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Born and Raised

Alexisonfire, City and Colour, Dine Alone Records and Live Nation Canada are bringing back the Born and Raised concert series to St. Catharines July 5-6.
Back for its second year, the two-day event features a City and Colour and Alexisonfire playing hometown concerts at Montebello Park with a stacked lineup of friends joining them in rocking Downtown St. Catharines.

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Jelly Roll

Grammy-nominated country music star Jelly Roll is coming to St. Catharines this summer for his first show in Canada!
On July 8, the multi-genre entertainer makes his historic first performance in Canada at the Meridian Centre! Featuring fellow performers Allie Colleen and Callie Twisselman, the show is in direct support of local charity the Heather Winterstein Foundation.

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 International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration

Immerse yourself in Niagara from July 18-21, 2024, and connect with the creators of exceptional cool-climate Chardonnay at the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4C).

  • Try more than 130 world-class cool climate wines
  • Mingle with winemakers, wine experts and wine enthusiasts
  • Experience truly one-of-a-kind events

Enjoy tastings and tours at the many wineries across Niagara hosting special i4C Explore Wine Country Ontario brunches, lunches and i4C Insider wine tastings, including Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery and 13th Street Winery.

i4C Lobster Lunch

July 20

Join Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery Saturday, July 20th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a delicious lobster roll lunch for two paired with a bottle of award-winning Three Hills Estate Chardonnay.

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i4c Chardonnay and Seafood

July 20

Join 13th Street Winery and a special guest from Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars for an extraordinary tasting experience featuring Chardonnay and perfectly paired seafood.

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Steven Page

2024 World Rowing presents Steven Page and a celebration of Niagara’s rowing community at the Oars and Encore Concert Friday, July 26 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in Downtown St. Catharines.
As the Niagara Region prepares to host the 2024 World Rowing Senior, Under 23, and Under 19 Championships from August 18-25, everyone is invited to come together and celebrate.

On July 26, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre hosts a special evening combining a concert headlined by acclaimed Canadian musician Steven Page, a founding member of the Barenaked Ladies, with a recognition ceremony honouring key champions in Niagara’s rowing community.

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Niagara’s own singer/songwriter Evan Rotella will make an opening guest appearance.

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