Spring is in the air and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate in Niagara Falls USA! Save the dates and explore Niagara USA this week!

April 17: Free Music Friday
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St. Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Ed Koban and Darrell Porter.

April 17: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Stevie Fleck.

April 17 - 19: Taste of the Trail ($)
Niagara Wine Trail, USA, niagarawinetrail.org
Experience wine & food pairing all weekend! Taste a different sample paired perfectly with a wine at each winery. Tickets include a tasting of 3 wines and one sample of cuisine at 11 wineries and a commemorative wine glass from your first winery. Tickets do not include transportation.

April 18: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Zak Ward.

April 18 - 19: Patriots' Day ($)
Old Fort Niagara, 4 Scott Ave., Youngstown / 716-745-7611
10am - 4pm. Patriots Day weekend commemorates the opening of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. Reenactors present special displays and demonstrations including musket firings and military exercises of the era. The program also includes a special ceremony honoring veterans.

April 19: Krafts with Kelly ($)
The Winery at Marjim Manor, 7171 E. Lake Rd., Appleton / 716-778-7001
2pm-4pm. Feeling creative? Create painted flower pots. Reservations strongly suggested.

April 19: Brickyard Thai-Pa Beer Tasting Dinner ($)
Brickyard Pub & BBQ, 432 Center Street, Lewiston / 716-754-7227
5pm. Enjoy a Beer Pairing Dinner Series, Thai-PA. Featuring seasonal must-haves and some rare IPA's this dinner will be a hop heads dream. Chef Thomas McCormick will blend Thai-Fusion with some of the highest rated IPA's in the country.

April 22: The Used ($)
The Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls / 716-205-8925
6pm. The Used with special guests Every Time I Die, Marmozets, and The Eeries Wednesday. All ages Show, Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 18+. Tickets available at The Rapids Box Office, www.ticketfly.com, charge by phone 877-435-9849, Terrapin Station, Record Theatre, Allentown Music, Airport Music Center.

April 22: 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!

April 23: Culinary Series - Demo/Dinner ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
6pm-8:30pm. It's April and the trout are running! Learn to prepare a scrumptious meal to delight your family and friends with your fresh caught or store bought trout. Cook with Chef Scotty and make trout au bleu with jasmine rice and green beans.

April 23: 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! 

April 23: Happy Hour
Midnight Run Wine Cellars, 3301 Braley Rd., Ransomville / 716-751-6200
6pm-9pm. Enjoy specials on wine, hard cider and wine slushies. Pizza will be available for sale. Live music by LakeSideDuo. No cover charge.

April 23: No Bones About It - William Kincaid & The Spirella Corset Company
Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston.
7pm. The Historical Assoc. of Lewiston presents "No Bones About It: William Wallace Kincaid and the Spirella Corset Co." Douglas W. DeCroix, Executive Editor of Western NY Heritage Press, will bring you the history of the company that was located years ago on Lewiston Road in Niagara Falls, NY. This is a free event and open to all; refreshments will be served.

April 23: 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! 

Ongoing Events in Niagara USA:

March 29 - April 26: Wood, Paper, Scissors Exhibit
Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport / 716-433-2617
Exhibit featuring the work of bookmaker Diane L. Bond, book sculptor, Jodi Harvey-Brown, collage artist Marie Prince, and marionette & figurine crafter Doris Timkey. Monday-Friday, noon-5pm / Sat. & Sun., 2pm-5pm.