Start planning your weekend and explore Niagara Falls, USA and the surrounding region. Enjoy live music, family-friendly activities and plenty of fireworks displays!

August 13: Teddy Bear Picnic ($)
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda
11am - 2pm. Kids can bring their favorite friend to the Teddy Bear Picnic and enjoy an afternoon of games, crafts, stories and treats right here at the museum! At 1:00 PM, the Omnipresent Puppet Theater will give a special performance of Puss in Boots. No reservations necessary.

August 13: T-NT Gateway Market
Gateway Harbor Park, Sweeney & Webster St., North Tonawanda
5pm - 8pm. Family-friendly event featuring food trucks, artisan market and live acoustic music every Thursday night. Also live crafting demonstrations.

August 13: Summer Film Series ($)
Riviera Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda
7:30pm. Join the fun and stay cool Thursday evenings while watching movie musicals on the silver screen! All movies feature Tom Hanks! General admission is only $3.

August 13: Free Flicks on Old Falls Street featuring Finding Nemo
Old Falls Street - Middle Block, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-278-2100
8pm. Open-air theater featuring free movies under the stars. Food and beverage vending offered. Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. Weather permitting. Live music begins at 8pm; movie at 9pm.

August 13: 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!

August 14: NFHPS Legacy Tour, Powerful People, Powerful Places ($)
Niagara USA Official Visitor Center, 10 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls / 716-807-6754
4pm. Walk along Buffalo Avenue and explore the past for a 90-minute tour. View the homes and meeting places for some of America's greatest thinkers, inventors, and industrialists, and see how they changed the shape of history.

August 14: 10th Annual Newfane Bike Night
Newfane Town Hall, 2720 Maple Ave., Newfane / 716-628-2570
5pm. All makes & models of motorcycles welcome. Food available for purchase from 5pm - 9pm, vendors and live music.

August 14: Take a Hike - Nature Makes Sense
Whirlpool State Park, 2 miles North of the Falls / Call to Register: 716-282-5154
5 - 7pm. Explore the stunning scenery of the Niagara Gorge in a whole new way. Experience all the sights, sounds, smells, and other senses that the gorge offers! Call to register.

August 14: Free Wine Tasting
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
5pm. Enjoy free wine tastings from local wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail, USA. Must be 21+.

August 14: Niagara Falls Culinary Institute Demo/Dinners ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
6 - 8pm. 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.

August 14: Summer Flower Walk
Wilson Tuscarora State Park, 3371 Lake Rd., Wilson / Call to Register: 716-282-5154
6:30pm. Take a hike and explore meadow trails in search of wildflowers. Bring a camera if you like. At the end of the hike, view a Lake Ontario sunset. Call to register, 716-282-5154.

August 14: TGI Fridays on Old Falls Street
Old Falls Street - Conference Center Block, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-278-2100
7pm. Live music by Strictly Hip (A Tribute to the Tragically Hip), food and beverage vendors available and marketplace vendors! Plenty of room to dance!

August 14: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Chris Borgatti.

August 14: Free Music Friday
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls
9pm. Enjoy free live music featuring Lost & Found.

August 14: Falls Fireworks
Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls USA
10pm. Enjoy a beautiful fireworks display over the Falls!

August 15: Lockport Community Market
Canal St., Lockport 14094
9am - 2pm. Open-air market featuring live entertainment, activities, vendors, gifts and more! Yoga classes offered at 7am (bring own mat, blanket, towel and water).

August 15: Fitness in the Park (Weather Permitting)
Artpark, 450 South Fourth St., Lewiston / 716-754-4375
10am. Enjoy a FREE Zumba class in the Park! No registration is required. Classes are held outside of the Information Center in the Lower Park. Enter the park at 4th street and park in Lot D.

August 15: NFHPS Legacy Tour, Powerful People, Powerful Places ($)
Niagara USA Official Visitor Center, 10 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls / 716-807-6754
10am. Walk along Buffalo Avenue and explore the past for a 90-minute tour. View the homes and meeting places for some of America's greatest thinkers, inventors, and industrialists, and see how they changed the shape of history.

August 15: Artsparked
Artpark, 450 South Fourth St., Lewiston / 716-754-4375
11am - 7pm. A celebration of music, dance, food and visual arts!

August 15: Free Saturdays on Old Falls Street
Old Falls Street - Middle Block, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-278-2100
11am - 4pm. Food demonstrations, children's activities, merchandise vendors, live performances and more!

August 15: BlackBird Cider Works Summer Cider Festival V ($)
BlackBird Cider Works, 8503 Lower Lake Rd., Barker
12 - 6pm. Ticketed events include tasting packages that allow you to sample an exciting collection of New York State ciders. Music by Dave Stoll Acoustic Trio (Blues) and Acoustic Jelly (pop). New York State cider tasting packages allow you to sample the entire selection of draft or bottled ciders representing the cider regions of New York State including Western, NY, Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, and other areas. Prices vary.

August 15: Youngstown, NY's Mermaids of the Mighty Niagara
Main Street, Youngstown / 716-288-5510
1 - 5pm. Enjoy Island/Jimmy Buffett-style music, live mermaids, a dunk tank and more! Hosted by P.Y.R.B.A. (Porter, Youngstown, Ransomville Business Association).

August 15: Free Culinary & Baking Demos
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
3pm - 4pm. See free demos and enjoy samples in the Culinary Institute's Barnes & Noble bookstore!

August 15: Live Music Saturdays
Legend's Bar & Grill, 240 First St., Niagara Falls / 716-299-0249
7pm. Enjoy live music featuring local musicians!

August 15: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Julian Burgio and DJ G Money at 11pm.

August 16: Free Music in the Woods
Artpark, 450 South Fourth St., Lewiston / 716-754-4375
4pm. Concert series presented in the Historic Artpark Woods featuring Capriccio Chamber Orchestra presents "From Bach to Rock." Enter at the South 4th St. Entrance, park in Lot D, enter the woods at the trail just after the toll booth.

August 16: Falls Fireworks
Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls USA
10pm. Enjoy a beautiful fireworks display over the Falls!

August 17: Free Culinary & Baking Demos
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
3 - 4pm. See free demos and enjoy samples in the Culinary Institute's Barnes & Noble bookstore!

August 17: Blue Monday
Hennepin Park Gazebo, 4th & Center St., Lewiston
7pm. Experience Blues at its finest in the intimate, outdoor concert setting of the famous Hennepin Park Gazebo in Lewiston. Pack a cooler, grab the kids, and enjoy a unique, laid back evening of music!

August 17: Family Movie Night - Frozen Sing-Along
Artpark, 450 South Fourth St., Lewiston / 716-754-4375
7:30pm. Watch Frozen "Sing-Along" on a giant Jumbotron screen in the Upper Park, overlooking the Niagara River Gorge. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for this free, ticketless event. Light concessions will be available for purchase.

August 17: Free Outdoor Movie Screening - The Sandlot
Hyde Park Babe Ruth Baseball/Softball League, Hyde Park Blvd. & Linwood Ave., Niagara Falls
8:45pm. Enjoy a family classic, The Sandlot! Bring your family, friends, lawn chairs & blankets to this free screening as park of #PlayBall Week. Movie Night presented by the City of Niagara Falls.

Ongoing Daily Events in Niagara USA:

August 12 - 16: Outdoor Entertainment: High Wire Motorcycle Act (Weather Permitting)
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls
6pm, 7pm, 8pm. Experience a thrilling show featuring a high wire motorcycle act and also some trapeze stunts. Shows are FREE. Acts perform at Seneca Square, located between 3rd and 4th Streets in front of the Casino.

June 19 - August 24: Beyond the Barrel Art Exhibition
Niagara Arts & Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls / 716-282-7530
Weekdays: 9am-5pm / Weekends: 12-4pm. Explore the Main Gallery, Garden Gallery and Niagara Gallery featuring over 100 works by over 40 regional artists and more!

May 25 - September 7: Old Falls Street Food Carts & Backyard Board Games
Old Falls Street - Middle Block, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-278-2100
11am-4pm. Enjoy delicious food options from the vending carts! Relax at the picnic tables, or play the FREE backyard board games! Bring your own lunch and enjoy the view!