Enjoy free family fun, live music, festivals and much more this weekend in Niagara Falls, USA and beyond! 

July 9: 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. 

July 9: Peace Garden Painting Parties ($)
Lewiston Peace Garden, 476 Center St., Lewiston / 716-754-0166
6pm. Join Thomas Paul Asklar, (LCA) with summer painting workshop parties for adults in the Lewiston Peace Garden. No prior experience is necessary! You will be supplied with a canvas, easels, paint, brushes, cups, napkins, plates, & plasticware. Bring refreshments!

July 9: Ron Corsaro & Upstate Express
Hennepin Park Gazebo, 4th & Center St., Lewiston
7pm. Experience jazz at its finest in an intimate and relaxed, outdoor concert setting. The New Upstate Express Jazz Ensemble is a seven-piece group, under the direction of composer/pianist Ron Corsaro. This septet performs original as well as classic jazz repertoire, swing and modern jazz, accompanied by guest artists and student musicians.

July 9: 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.

July 9: Free Flicks on Old Falls Street featuring Despicable Me (Weather Permitting)
Old Falls Street - Middle Block, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-278-2100
9pm. Open-air theater featuring free movies under the stars. Food and beverage vending offered. Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

July 9: 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!

July 10: North Tonawanda Rockin' on the River
Gratwick-Riverside Park, 1100 River Rd., North Tonawanda / 716-695-8000
5pm - 11pm. Enjoy a FREE concert featuring Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker. VIP passes available for sale. Parking opens at 3pm.

July 10: 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+.

July 10: 11th Annual Summer of '69 - Generations
Hennepin Park Gazebo, 4th & Center St., Lewiston
6pm. Don't miss Lewiston's own rock musicians and friends reunite! Featuring students from Lewiston Music and the Loved Ones, the County Orphanage, the Invaders and special guest, Grammy Award winner, Gary Baker.

July 10: Summer Culinary Series ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
6pm. 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.

July 10 - 12: Pirates Weekend & Balloon Fest
Krull Park, 6108 Lake Rd., Olcott / 716-778-9252
Fri., 6pm-12am, Sat., 12pm-12am, Sun., 12pm-6pm. Enjoy rides, food, music, car show, and live entertainment. Parade on Saturday at Noon. Wear your pirate costume! Lots of pirate fun for the whole family! Sponsored by the Olcott Fire Co.

July 10: 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 Kurt & the Loders, food and beverage vendors available and marketplace vendors! Plenty of room to dance!

July 10: Free Music Friday
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St. Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Michael Krisch. All ages. No cover.

July 10: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Pat & Craig.

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

July 10: Fireworks Over Lake Ontario
Krull Park, 6108 Lake Rd., Olcott / 716-628-4007
10pm. Best viewed from Lake Ontario Shoreline, Krull Park, and Olcott. The prettiest fireworks on the lake! Boats sail and motor on the lake while fireworks burst into colors overhead. Fireworks are shot off the west pier. Outdoor event. Free admission.

July 11 - 12: Sweet Chalk Festival
Canal St., Lockport 14094
9am. Third Annual Sweet Chalk Festival with classic art and 3D. Professional artists, students participate and "little chalker" area available.

July 11: 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).

July 11: 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.

July 11: 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! Today's schedule: Music by D+B Karaoke and DJ (12pm-3pm), Lakeview Animal Sanctuary Petting Zoo (12pm-4pm).

July 11 - 12: Lockport in Bloom
City of Lockport / lockportinbloom.com
10am - 4pm. The garden walks are free, self-guided, walking - driving tours featuring more than 40 historic homes and gardens throughout the City of Lockport. Also included are City Parks containing well-maintained flowerbeds and trees. This event will take place rain or shine.

July 11 - 12: Olde Sanborn Days Arts & Crafts Show
Sanborn Fire Co., 5811 Buffalo St., Sanborn
10am. Enjoy the charm of this old fashioned country fair featuring crafters, live entertainment, food, raffles, basket auction, petting zoo, pony rides and a custom vintage car show!

July 11: Free Family Saturdays
Artpark, 450 South Fourth St., Lewiston / 716-754-4375
12pm - 4pm. Enjoy hours of hands-on discovery and fun with weekly themed workshops and live performances! A variety of "Make and Take" workshops are available at all sessions!

July 11: Lockport Power Story ($)
Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride, 5 Gooding St., Lockport
2 - 4pm. Learn about the "city of smokeless power." A historic view of the power story and the Hydraulic Race Company.

July 11: 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!

July 11: Summer Culinary Series ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
3 - 5:30pm. Tempura Vegetables and Dipping Sauce with Chef Scotty! Tips on how to get the right temperatures and ratios of ingredients to get that perfect crispy texture will be discussed and demonstrated.

July 11: Women & the War of 1812
Falkner Park, Main St., Youngstown / 716-745-1271
6pm. A woman's view of the War of 1812 as told by Mrs. Agnes Greensitt focuses on the families who resided in the hamlet of Young's town in the early 1800's and how they survived the War of 1812 when the hamlet was burnt by the British. This walking tour focuses on the period 1750-1815.

July 11: Live Music Saturdays
Legend's Bar & Grill, 240 First St., Niagara Falls / 716-299-0249
7pm. Enjoy live music featuring local musicians!

July 11: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra - John Williams Spectacular ($)
Artpark, 450 South Fourth St., Lewiston / 716-754-4375
7pm. Enjoy the sounds of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra: John Williams Spectacular. Tickets prices $19-$49.

July 11: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Live music featuring Pat & Craig.

July 11: Free Flicks on Old Falls Street featuring 50 First Dates (Weather Permitting)
Old Falls Street - Middle Block, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-278-2100
9pm. Bring your date and enjoy an open-air theater featuring free movies under the stars. Food and beverage vending offered. Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

July 12: Taste Niagara 2015 ($)
Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises, 210 Market St., Lockport / 716-735-7791
5pm - 8pm. Enjoy a wonderful summer evening along the banks of the Erie Canal, celebrating the history of the canal itself. Taste delicious locally sourced food and drinks, all crafted from local historical menus and food love from the mid-1800's. Outdoor event features historical presenations and displays, live music and more. Call for additional details. 

July 12: Evening River Bike Tour
Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls USA / Call to Register: 716-282-5154
6pm. Bring along your bike for a fun bicycle ride along the Niagara Gorge! Ride from Niagara Falls State Park to Devil's Hole State Park and get back in time to enjoy the evening and watch the fireworks!

July 12: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra - 50th Celebration of The Grateful Dead ($)
Artpark, 450 South Fourth St., Lewiston / 716-754-4375
7pm. Enjoy the sounds of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra: John Williams Spectacular. Tickets prices $12-$39.

July 12: Falls Fireworks
Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls USA
10pm. Enjoy a beautiful fireworks display over the Falls!

July 13: One-Day Youth Cooking Class ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
9am - 3pm. Enjoy a Mexican Fiesta! Explore the flavors of our neighbors to the South. Make your own Bolillos, a crusty Mexican sandwich roll. You will prepare a ground beef filling and fresh salsa. For our special dessert, make, cut, and bake Marranitos (Mexican Pig-shaped Cookies).

July 13: 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!

July 13: 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 blues music in the beautiful Village of Lewiston, and don't forget your dancin' shoes!

July 14: Fitness on Old Falls Street (Weather Permitting)
Old Falls Street - Middle Block, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-278-2100
5:45pm. Runners begin at 6 p.m. All levels of runners are welcome. Different paths are taken during the Run Club sessions including 2.5-, 4- and 5.5-mile routes around Goat Island & the Niagara Gorge area.

July 14: Tuesday in the Park at Artpark ($)
Artpark, 450 South Fourth St., Lewiston / 716-754-4375
6:30pm. Enjoy live music featuring Deep Purple with special guest Mick Hayes Band. Call for tickets.

July 14: Taste & Paint ($)
The Winery at Marjim Manor, 7171 E. Lake Rd., Appleton / 716-778-7001
7pm. Finish a painting in 2 hours! Artist Teri Seddon will have a finished painting for you to interpret. Enjoy a glass of wine, camaraderie, and let your inner artist bloom! $40/person includes all materials, wine and instruction. Reservations strongly suggested.

Ongoing Daily Events in Niagara USA:

July 8 - September 30: NFHPS Legacy Tour, Powerful People, Powerful Places
Niagara USA Official Visitor Center, 10 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls / 716-807-6754
Tours Wednesday at 6pm, Friday at 4pm and Saturday at 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.

July 1 - September 26: Lewiston Culinary Tours ($)
Center St. & N Water St., Lewiston / 1-800-979-3370
Tours Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1pm - 4pm. Experience a taste and enjoy a 3-hour walking tour as you taste, drink and learn about interesting historical facts about the Village of Lewiston. Call for additional information and tickets.

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!

June 14 - July 19: 62nd Annual Fine Arts League of Buffalo Spring Juried Open Exhibition
Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport / 716-433-2617
M-F, noon-5 pm; Sat & Sun, 2-5 pm. Exhibit featuring work by members of the Fine Arts League of Buffalo, a 61-year-old organization that is dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of realistic art.

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!