Music, Arts & Entertainment 

October 16: Free Music Friday
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Kirstie Lovelady & Them Dirty Roses. 

October 16: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Free live music featuring Stevie Fleck.

October 17: Energy Awareness Month
NYPA - Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston
10am - 4pm. Special events and activities all day!

October 17: Aladdin with Missoula Children's Theatre ($)
Historic Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave., Lockport / 716-433-2617
3pm & 7pm. Kenan Center presents the original musical, "Aladdin," with a cast of more than 50 student performers.

October 17: Live Music Saturday
Legend's Bar & Grill, 240 First St., Niagara Falls / 716-299-0249
7pm. Free live music featuring local musicians!

October 17: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Free live music featuring Chris Borgatti.

October 4 - November 14: Whalen: A Legacy
Market Street Art Studio, 247 Market St., Lockport / 716-609-0433
Wed.-Sat., 10am-5pm | Sun.-Mon., 11am-4pm | Closed Tues. Unique show of Joe Whalen's work throughout his career. Dozens of original works for sale.

Haunts & Harvests

October 15 - 17: Evening Lantern Light Tours on the Erie Canal ($)
Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride, 5 Gooding St., Lockport / 716-438-0174
7pm. Walk along the banks of the Erie Canal, tour the cave by lantern light and experience the underground boat ride. Reservations are highly recommended.

October 16: Spooktacular ($)
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda / 716-693-1885
5:30pm. Spook-free Halloween party! Wear your favorite costume and enjoy games, crafts, snacks and carrousel rides!

October 16: Haunted Hayride ($)
Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards, 3724 Quaker Rd., Gasport / 716-772-2211
7pm. If you dare, solve the puzzle to find your way out of the Castle Labyrinth with its twists and turns and then begin a terrifying Haunted Hayride!

October 16 - 17: Candlelight Tours ($)
Town of Newfane Historical Society and Van Horn Mansion, 2165 Lockport Olcott Rd., Burt / 716-622-6709
7pm. Ghost of 'Malinda' and other hosts offer candlelight tours and eerie stories of the previous and current residents of this 1800's Victorian mansion. Come if you dare...

October 17 - 18: Annual Pumpkin Fiesta ($)
Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards, 3724 Quaker Rd., Gasport / 716-772-2211
12pm. Live music from 1-4pm, food available for purchase, Becker Bazaar and more!

October 17: Haunted Harbor
Gateway Harbor Park, Sweeney & Webster Sts., North Tonawanda
6pm. Enjoy not-very-haunted activities! View decorated boats, pirates and trick-or-treat stations.

October 17: A Haunted Night at the Gallery
24 Below Gallery, 435-3rd St., Niagara Falls / 716-304-1990
6pm. Join Zombies from Terror Technologies and participate in card readings and zombie makeovers (w/ donation).

October 17: Paranormal Investigation ($)
Niagara Arts & Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls / 716-282-7530
7pm. Join a crew of Paranormal investigators and explore the supernatural inside this former high school.

October 17: The Haunted Fortress ($)
Old Fort Niagara, 4 Scott Ave., Youngstown / 716-745-7611
7pm. See the dark side of the Fort's history as it emerges in menacing ways, as you wind your way through centuries old buildings and walk the grounds where so much death and destruction occurred over centuries of occupation. Call for your reservation!

October 17: Marble Orchard Ghost Walks ($)
Lewiston Peace Garden, 476 Center St., Lewiston / 716-754-0166
7pm. Hear ghost stories, myths and tales of tragedy, crime and mayhem of Lewiston's best - and worst. Bring a flashlight!

October 1 - 31: River Region Scarecrow Expo
Main Street of Lewiston, Youngstown, Sanborn & Ransomville.
View the creative and unique displays created by residents, businesses and local organizations.

Shopping

October 17: North Tonawanda City Market
Corner of Payne Ave. & Robinson St., North Tonawanda
7am - 1pm. Fresh produce, flowers, pastries, cheese and more!

Culinary & Wine

October 17: Midnight Run Harvest Fall Dinner ($)
Midnight Run Wine Cellers, 3301 Braley Rd., Ransomville / 716-751-6200
6pm. Harvest-themed dinner while sampling wines. Price includes food and wine. Must book in advance.

October 19 - 25: Local Restaurant Week ($)
Celebrate local independently owned restaurants in Western New York and Niagara USA with dining features starting at $20.15. See participating restaurants here, localrestaurantweek.com.

October 21: Niagara Falls Culinary Institute Dinner/Demo ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
6pm. This class features preparation of classic fall time comfort food for those cold nights: sausage with white bean cassoulet and bread pudding.

Tours

Sept. - October: Behind the Scenes Tour / Meet a Seal / Penguin Encounter ($)
Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls / 716-285-3575
Fri., Sat., or Sun. Enjoy one or both of these can't miss opportunities and get up close and personal with the Aquarium! Call for info!

Outdoors

October 17: Pet-Friendly Adventure Walk
Artpark, 450 S. 4th St., Lewiston / Call to register: 716-282-5154
1pm. Join a park naturalist with your furry friend and explore the history and beauty of this park. Dogs must be on a leash and under your control at all times while on the walk. After the walk, allow your furry friend to run off-leash at the Lewiston Dog Park located in the park.

October 18: Fall Foliage Walk
Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, USA / Call to register: 716-282-5154
2pm. Join a park naturalist and venture through a kaleidoscope of color walking along the Niagara River. Call to register!

October 21: Fitness on Old Falls Street - Sprint to the Spirits
101 Old Fall St., Niagara Falls / 716-278-2100
5:30pm. Run or walk 3 miles from Old Falls Street, around the Park and then to Wine on Third. Maps and water provided. Drink and appetizer specials at the bar - bring cash or credit card to enjoy.
New in Niagara USA

October 16, 18-19, 23, 25-26, 30: Niagara Wine Trail, USA Tour & Tasting ($)
Gray Line Tours of Niagara Falls / 1-877-285-2113
Fri., Sun. & Mon., at 12pm. Experience a 5-hr. guided tour, exploring up to 4 wineries and enjoying the spectacle of color of the autumn leaves.