Niagara Falls and its surrounding region offer exciting activities year-round– and September is no exception. If you’re thinking of visiting at this time of year, you’re in luck.
There are so many inspiring things to see and do. Whatever your interests– music, art, shows, history, hockey, wine, or food– you’ll find no shortage of activities and festivals to keep you busy.
Read on to learn how to make the most of September in Niagara Falls. We’ve created a guide that includes our favorite seasonal activities for you to enjoy, as well as some truly unique and fun events to attend. We start off with a weather and packing guide so you know what to expect during your trip. Enjoy!
September Weather in Niagara, & What to Pack
Weather conditions are generally still quite mild in September, making this an ideal time for outdoor activities. Especially at the beginning of the month, temps can be almost balmy. On sunny days, it may still feel like summer.
Rainy days are not uncommon, so make sure to pack a good rainproof coat and waterproof shoes. This is also important since it can get quite misty and wet around the Falls.
- Typical low temperature: 13 C/55.4 F
- Typical high temperature: 21C/70F
- Average temp: 17C/62.5F
- Average monthly rainfall: 2.3 to 2.7 inches (depending on the time of the month)
How to Pack Your Suitcase?
It’s still relatively warm at this time of year, but we recommend that you bring a mixture of cool-weather and summery clothing to layer, just in case temperatures dip. Mornings and evenings can be quite chilly, especially near the Falls, so layering is always a good idea.
As mentioned above, a good waterproof jacket and shoes are essential. We also recommend that you pack a couple of scarves and warm socks for chillier moments.
Make sure to bring along any travel photography gear in waterproof cases to make sure it’s well-protected. A good regional print map is also essential, in case you run out of phone battery.
Top Things to See and Do This September
As we mention above, there are a ton of inspiring things to see and do at this time of year. These are just a few of our favorites—including some “semi-secret” activities that you aren’t as likely to see recommended in your typical guidebook.
Enjoy the Falls: Consider the Niagara Adventure Pass
Let’s start with the obvious: Your September trip to Niagara wouldn’t be complete without fully exploring the Falls themselves. To take advantage of all the sights and attractions on the Canadian side, we recommend that you consider buying the Niagara Adventure Pass.
The Pass offers you entry to most of the main attractions, including Hornblower boat rides and access to Journey Behind The Falls. These and other popular activities at the Falls are still open for the month of September. Make the most of this beautiful time of year to fully enjoy their beauty and grandeur.
See our complete guide to the Niagara Adventure Pass for more information, and advice on whether you should purchase it. .
For even more information on the different types of Adventure Passes, how best to get around and all manner of great tips for your next visit, see here to read about and purchase our downloadable book: A Practical Guide to Niagara Falls, Canada.
Visit Some Niagara Wineries & Taste the Bounty
Looking for something really special? We don’t think a visit to Niagara is complete without a stop at a local winery (or two). Take a short, spectacular drive north from the Falls along the Niagara Parkway to the historic, picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Drop in to one of the many wineries along the way, and taste some distinctive local wines.
Of course, especially in late September, you’ll have the added pleasure of enjoying breathtaking fall foliage in forests and vineyards alike.
The Niagara Grape and Wine Festival: 2018 Dates
Want to visit more than one winery? Here’s how: get the Niagara Discovery Pass, and visit your choice among eight of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s 40 participating wineries on weekends from September 15 – 30. Click here to view the full line-up for the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival which runs from September 12 – 30. It features a multitude of events, from parades to outdoor concerts at the festival hub in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Montebello Park.
For Cycling Enthusiasts: Enjoy the Outdoors on Wheels
Niagara is a paradise for cyclists. Novices and experts alike can take advantage of the many scenic trails during a September visit. Whether you’re on an extended cycling trip or just want to take a bike out for an afternoon jaunt, all options are open to you.
With the promise of cooler weather and days still filled with bright sunshine, this is an ideal time of year for cycling. Bike rentals are readily available: this company is especially popular and reliable.
Up for the challenge of on an all-inclusive, two-day tour of the trails in the southern part of the Niagara Peninsula? If so, consider taking this tour from September 22 to 23, 2018.
If that seems like a little too much, see this page for a full resource including maps for all the cycling routes and trails. Enjoy all or any part of what is known as the Great Niagara Circle Route, taking you through the entire region on your choice of the following trails: the Welland Canal Parkway Trail, the Friendship Trail, the Niagara River Recreational Trail and the Waterfront Trail.
Calling All Ice Hockey Fans
Hockey fan? This might be the right month for you to visit. The Toronto Maple Leafs will be holding the start of their pre-season annual Training Camp at Gale Centre Arena, Niagara Falls, the weekend of September 14-16. The Arena is located at 5152 Thorold Stone Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 0A2. Watch this ever-popular NHL team as they host practices, contests and a Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Game. See them in action right before they embark on their marathon attempt to reach the top of the League.
Do you enjoy other sports? How about lacrosse, Canada’s second national winter sport? Did you know that the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame is located right in the region? Even better, it’s at Lock 3 on the Welland Canal, so you can visit the Canal Presentation Centre and viewing deck at the same time. This is another favorite pastime as giant cargo ships navigate the locks of the Welland Canal. Find both at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre (1932 Welland Canals Parkway (at Lock 3), St. Catharines).
Soak up Some Local History– With A Twist
Courtesy of the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, participate in a Guided Spirit Walk at the Victoria Lawn Cemetery. This is not a ghost tour– even if it sounds like it! (See below for one if you’re after a more ghoulish experience.) It’s a performance piece with actors, billed as a “historical and theatrical walk” through the Cemetery that brings to life local people from the area’s history.
This year’s focus is on 1918 and the end of the First World War. Dates and times are September 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2018 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m, rain or shine. This is a very popular event with limited attendance, and tickets are selling out quickly. Call now to book: +1 905-984-8880 or 1-800-305-5134
Enjoy Some Shivery Fun on This Niagara Ghost Tour
Ghost tour, anyone? Niagara-on-the-Lake prides itself as being the most haunted town in Canada! Take a walk around the old town at dusk for a fascinating historical tour with lots of creepiness thrown in. With tours running seven days a week at 8 p.m. throughout September, you’ll have no lack of spooky options. Click here for more info.
Bask in Some Local Art: September Exhibits
For a truly special and unique artistic experience in Niagara Falls, visit the Angie Strauss Gallery and meet Angie Strauss herself, Canada’s renowned impressionist-style painter. Welcoming you to her gallery, home and garden, the friendly artist will share conversation and her love of art with you– so make sure you have some time to linger.
The gallery is located at 6509 Dalena Place, Niagara Falls. Strauss includes wearable art– scarves, tops and other items– as well as home decor in her collection. These are ideal for a special gift; however please be aware that custom items must be ordered from her online store.
Riverbrink Art Museum
For a wonderful art tour just minutes from The Falls with plenty of local flavor and history, visit the tiny village of Queenston and the Riverbrink Art Museum. At the end of the month on Thursday, September 27th, take pleasure in meeting local artist Mary Prittie of Port Colborne for the opening of her exhibit. If you’re there earlier in the month you can enjoy the museum’s current exhibits as well as permanent ones; these include the extensive Samuel E. Weir Collection featuring Canadian, American and European artworks.
MacKenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum
If you take the time to stop in Queenston you’ll also find the Laura Secord Homestead and the MacKenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum. Just a quick travel tip: these two sites (but not the art museum) are included in some but not all Adventure Passes.
Continue on from Queenston to the historic village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, which features a number of shops with artworks available for purchase. Visit the distinguished King Street Gallery, showcasing original works from approximately 25 local and regional Canadian artists. Gallery owner Gina Edwards also offers an evening of tasting wine or spirits and light fare in the beautiful decor of her art gallery, Friday evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Call ahead to inquire and make a reservation: + 1-905-321-6516.
Throughout September 2018, the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre will feature an exhibit by Robert Crosby, a Canadian contemporary artist who chiefly loves and paints scenes from Canada’s east coast. Join the crowd at the free opening of this exhibit on Thursday, September 6th from 7 – 9 p.m.
If you love paintings of wildlife visit the Edward Spera Collection at 91 Queen Street. Is Alex Colville a particular favorite? He’s one of many featured artists at the Niagara Image Gallery, located at 1627 Niagara Stone Road. Or how about a visit to watercolor artist Irene Mackenzie‘s studio at R.R.#3, 8 Fire Lane 2A, Niagara-on-the-Lake? This exhibit is by appointment only: call 1-905-468-0818.
Looking for an artistic gift? Browse the streets and shops of lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake for even more opportunities for a found piece of art.
Enjoy Stargazing With the Niagara Astronomical Society
Astronomy fan? Click here for the Facebook invitation to a free star-gazing event put on by the Royal Astronomical Society’s Niagara Chapter. Members will be there with their telescopes at the ready to share their enthusiasm for the stars and planets of the night sky.
When and Where: September 15, 2018, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Walker’s Creek, St. Catharines. Here’s hoping for clear skies!
More Inspiring Ideas for Your September Visit
The above is a just a small sampling of things to do in Niagara this September. Visit the sites below for even more extensive events listings for Niagara Falls and nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake:
- From Niagara Falls Tourism: A complete listing of events, shows and festivals
- Niagara-on-the-Lake: An all-inclusive events calendar
As always, feel free to leave your comments and questions below, or use our Contact Us form to get in touch. If you attend any of the events we recommend here, let us know your thoughts– we’d love to hear back about your experiences!
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