Spring has officially arrived in Niagara Falls, USA! The Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds, located inside Niagara Falls State Park open this weekend. In addition, there are plenty of events and activities to keep you and your family busy throughout Niagara USA.

May 1: Greater Lewiston Smelt Festival
Water Street Landing, 115 S. Water Street, Lewiston
6pm-10pm. Lewiston celebrates one of its natural resources; the Smelt! Enjoy free smelt samples (donations are welcome as they help support programs supported by the Niagara River Anglers) and live music on the Lewiston Waterfront! Hosted by the Niagara River Anglers and the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce. Food and beverage available for purchase.

May 1: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Keith & Aaron.

May 1: Free Music Friday
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St. Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Beautiful Remedy.

May 2: I Love My Park Day
Artpark, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston / ptny.org/ilovemypark
Show State Parks some love by volunteering at any of our participating Niagara Region Parks! To find a Park in Niagara USA visit the website.

May 2: Scottish Tartan Night
The Mug & Musket Tavern, 418 Main St., Youngstown / 716-745-9938
6pm. A celebration of Clans & Tartans (wear yours!), with Scottish music featuring O'Ryans Belt, Step in Time, Celtic Circle Ceilidh Band, Scottish food specials and more!

May 2: Live Music Saturday
Legend's Bar & Grill, 240 First St., Niagara Falls / 716-299-0249
7pm. Enjoy live music every Saturday, from great local musicians!

May 2: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Paul Beringer.

May 5: Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale ($)
Artpark, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston / 716-754-4375
10am & Noon. Let your hair down in this charming new musical by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman. With a dragon who's lost his poof, a neurotic gypsy woman and a magical cast of characters, this hilarious twist on the classic fairy tale will delight princes and princesses of all ages.

May 5: Paint Nite ($)
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St. Niagara Falls / www.paintnite.com
7pm-9pm. Drink, paint and connect! A professional artist will guide you, step-by-step, from a blank canvas to a final unique masterpiece in about two hours. Pre-sale tickets only!

May 6: Ladies Night at The Giacomo Lounge
The Giacomo, 222 First Street, Niagara Falls / 716-299-0200
6pm. Bring your girlfriends and enjoy yourself in a beautiful, relaxing ambiance. Drink specials!

May 7: Blue October ($)
The Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls / 716-205-8925
7pm. Blue October hits The Rapids Theatre stage on Thursday, May 7th in honor of their "Fear" Tour in 2015. Tickets are only $22 in advance for this show, so they will go fast! Get yours today at The Rapids Theatre Box Office, www.ticketfly.com, or charge by phone 877-435-9849!

May 7: Karaoke Thursdays
Legend's Bar & Grill, 240 First St., Niagara Falls / 716-299-0249
9pm. Sing your heart out to over 90,000 song to choose from!

May 8: Culinary Series - Demo/Dinner ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
6-8pm. Fundamentals of Wine with Sommelier Kurt Guba! Enjoy an introduction to a systematic approach to wine tasting. Learn how to: analyze a wine visually, aromatically and structurally. Taste a flight of eight major wine styles.

May 8: Woodland Flower Walk
Wilson Tuscarora State Park, 3371 Lake Rd., Wilson / 716-285-0516
6:30-8:30pm. Spring is in the air! Mother Nature awaits you with her annual display of wildflowers! Stroll through woods filled with old growth trees, listen for the birds overhead, and behold the beauty seen only this time of the year! End your evening with a Lake Ontario sunset!

May 8: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Paul Beringer.

May 8: Free Music Friday
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St. Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Christina Custode.

May 9: Gorge Hiking Series / Artpark
Artpark, 450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston / 716-282-5154
10am-12pm. See where Niagara Falls formed over 12,000 years ago. Hike and learn about the various rock layers, geography, as well as plants and animals in the area. Call for more information and registration.

May 9: Sensational Saturday
NYPA - Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston
10am-3pm. Enjoy hands-on activities and interactive exhibits about energy, history, the environment and more!

May 9: Live Music Saturday
Legend's Bar & Grill, 240 First St., Niagara Falls / 716-299-0249
7pm. Enjoy live music every Saturday, from great local musicians!

May 9: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Michael Krisch.

May 10: Mom's The Word
The Winery at Marjim Manor, 7171 East Lake Rd., Appleton
12-5pm. Treat mom to a free tasting and a gift. It's her day, make her feel like royalty!

May 10 - 11: 4th Annual Wilson Harbor Invitational Salmon Tournament
The tournament is back for another battle of salmon seekers. $1000 entry fee includes Big Fish and a one day-six fish big bucks tournament during prime time for spring fishing. Grand prize for a full field will be $25,000.

Ongoing Events in Niagara USA:

May 1 - 10: Lake Ontario Counties Spring Trout and Salmon Derby
This premier spring kick-off classic, offering a $15,000 Grand Prize for the largest salmon caught overall, also sports over $30,000 in cash and prizes overall. More than 60 percent of all the winning fish come from the waters off Niagara. For more information, call (888) REEL-2-IN or visit their website at www.loc.org.

May 3 - June 7: Extraordinary Forms IV: The Ceramics Legacy of Robert Wood
Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport / 716-433-2617
M-F, noon-5 pm; Sat & Sun, 2-5 pm. Featuring the ceramic sculptures of Robert Wood, professor and coordinator of the ceramics program at Buffalo State College, along with alumni. Opening reception, Sun, May 3, 2-5 pm. Closed May 23-25, 29 & June 1. Special hours Sat, May 30, 11am-5pm & Sun, May 31, noon-4 pm.