Beat the winter blues and enjoy activities and events this weekend in Niagara Falls and Niagara County. Kick back and relax with live music, or sharpen your cooking skills with a hands-on class.

Music, Arts & Entertainment

Jan. 22 - Feb. 21: Artists of Color: I Can See Canaan Land
Niagara Arts & Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls / 716-282-7530
Mon. - Fri., 9am - 5pm, Sat. & Sun., 12 - 4pm. Select artists of diverse backgrounds featuring a collection of works based on various themes.

February 19: Paint & Taste
Flight of Five Winery, 2 Pine St., Lockport / 716-433-3360
6:30pm. Enjoy an evening out and create a painting entitled Winter Berries. All supplies are included and a glass of wine. Call ahead for reservations.
February 19: Free Music Friday
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls
7pm. Free live music featuring Julian Burgio. All ages. No cover.

February 19: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Free live music featuring Scott Celani.

February 20 - 21: Be Mine with Wine ($)
Niagara Wine Trail, USA
Spend two weekends with your sweetheart sampling wine paired with chocolates from a local chocolatier. Includes a tasting of 3 wines and a sample of chocolate at each participating winery, and a commemorative wine glass from your starting winery. Tickets do not include transportation.

February 20: Paint Night w/ Mixed Media ($)
24 Below Gallery & Café, 435 Third St., Niagara Falls / 716-304-1990
7pm. Create a painting while using some mixed media. All supplies and materials provided. Cash bar available for soft drinks, wine and coffee. Reservations required.

February 20: Live Music Saturday
Legend's Bar & Grill, 240 First St., Niagara Falls / 716-299-0249
7pm. Free live music featuring local musicians!

February 20: Live Music at Wine on Third
Wine on Third, 501 Third St., Niagara Falls
8pm. Free live music featuring Brian Beaudry.

February 21: Family Film Series ($)
Riviera Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 67 Webster St., N. Tonawanda
2pm. Enjoy family-friendly movies at the Riviera. Featuring The Goonies (1985).

February 21 - March 5: Runaway Sun, Paintings & Etchings by Rachel Ostrow
Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport / 716-433-2617
M-F, 12 - 5pm | Sat., & Sun., 2 - 5pm. Native Western New Yorker and now Brooklyn-based artist, Rachel Ostrow presents her first collection of new works in a regional gallery. 

February 22: Toast & Jam
Brickyard Pub & BBQ, 432 Center St., Lewiston / 716-754-0166
7pm. Open mic entertainment - open to all artists who are looking to enjoy a moment to shine.

Feb. 23: Paint Nite ($)
Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls / Pre-Sale: paintnite.com
7 - 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.

Shopping

February 20: North Tonawanda City Market
Corner of Payne Ave. & Robinson St., North Tonawanda
7am - 1pm. Fresh produce, flowers, pastries and more!

Culinary & Wine

Feb. 20: Niagara Falls Culinary Institute Dinner/Demo ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
10am - 12pm OR 1 - 3pm. Psychic Mediumship with Tea & Breakfast Pastries. Everyone will share in the uplifting moments that come from hearing spirit messages. Learn and taste different teas and bake some delicious breakfast pastries to enjoy during the group mediumship.

Feb. 24: Food & Wine Exploration featuring Arrowhead Springs ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
6pm. Enjoy a 4 course meal paired with local wines and good company. Learn characteristics of each wine from a local wine expert along with insights from Savor's Executive Chef discussing why each food and wine pair is selected.

Feb. 25: Niagara Falls Culinary Institute Dinner/Demo ($)
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls / 716-210-2525
6pm. Cooking Without Gluten, Cooking Without Guilt - This class will teach you how to adapt traditional dishes to a gluten free diet. We will be mimicking dishes that contain flour while experimenting with creative ways to substitute the ingredient.