With temperatures in the double digits this weekend in Niagara Falls USA, it's the perfect opportunity to go out and explore the region! From live music to a whole week dedicated to food, there is something to do for the entire family!

March 6 - 7: Lewiston Cocktail Festival ($)
Along Center Street, Lewiston / lewistoncocktailfestival.com
5pm. Enjoy a mix of history and cocktails in historic Lewiston! Visit participating "Libation Stations" and sample some of the finest mixology creations known to man! Must be 21 and over to participate. Tickets required.

March 6: Free Music Friday
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St. Niagara Falls
7pm. Live music featuring Nerds Gone Wild.

March 6: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Howard Lapiano

March 7: Sensational Saturday
NYPA - Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston / 866-NYPA-FUN
10am. Enjoy hands-on activities and interactive exhibits and learn about sun safety! Free parking and admission.

March 7: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Ryan Melquist.

March 8: Niagara's Nature
Reservoir State Park, Rt. 265 & 31, Lewiston / 716-282-5154
11:30am-3:30pm. If you are at the park sledding or ice skating stop in the warming pavilion to learn about some of the wildlife found in the Niagara Region. Call for more information!

March 9 - 15: Local Restaurant Week
Niagara Falls USA, Niagara County and Western New York
Celebrate the local independently owned restaurants in Western New York! Be adventurous and try new restaurants and enjoy dining features starting at $20.15.

March 10: Culinary Series - Demo/Dinner ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
6pm-8:30pm. Eastern Indian Vegetarian Cuisine with Chef Scotty! Enjoy making a dinner of flavorful vegetarian fare perfect for any occasion. Discover ingredients to enhance the complexity of vegetarian cooking, some foods that replace the protein found in animal products, as well as other ingredients that may mimic more traditional animal-based foods.

March 11: 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!

March 12: Sippin' Studios ($)
The Lewiston Stone House, 755 Center St., Lewiston
7pm. Instructor will guide you through a themed painting, leading you to create your own a one of a kind work of art! Enjoy yourself with your glass of wine in one hand and your paint brush in the other! For more information and to register, email, Sippinstudios@lewistonstonehouse.com.

March 12: Battle of the Bands at Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls USA 
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St. Niagara Falls
7pm. Live music featuring Dollar Diplomacy, Twin Lions, Nerds in Denial and Grace of Faults. All ages.

March 13: Culinary Series - Demo/Dinner ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
6pm-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.

March 13: Free Music Friday
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St. Niagara Falls
7pm. Live music featuring Sam Marabella.

March 13: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Andrew Beniek.

March 14: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Rob Falgiano.

Ongoing Events in Niagara USA:

February 16 - March 23: Toast & Jam
Brickyard Pub & BBQ, 432 Center St., Lewiston
7pm-10pm. Open mic entertainment which is open to all singers, musicians, poets, actors, dancers, comics and performance artists.

March 1 - 22: Storrs All High Photo Show
Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport / 716-433-2617
Exhibit featuring more than 195 images by high school students from across western and central NYS. Daily hours: Monday - Friday, 12pm-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2pm-5pm.