Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons for the Niagara Falls region. Temperatures are cool and comfortable, trees burst into flames of reds and browns while their leaves prepare to fall, and the falls are simply as gorgeous as ever. If you’ve heard of the majesty of Niagara Falls in autumn and know you want to experience it for yourself, you should consider booking a trip to Niagara during September. The wealth of festivals and festivities accompanying the overwhelmingly beautiful change of season is sure to provide a fulfilling vacation for everyone in your group. Here are just a handful of Niagara’s September events to whet your appetite for your fantastic Niagara Falls vacation.
The Shaw Festival Featuring “Cabaret”
Nearby Niagara Falls proper is the small but lively and beautiful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Every year, this town hosts the Shaw Festival, a tribute to Bernard Shaw in the form of witty and powerful theater. The plays shown on stage during the Shaw Festival are anything but ordinary, and this year in September you have the opportunity to see the groundbreaking and celebrated musical “Cabaret.” A challenging story set in pre–World War II–era Berlin, the play is as emotional as it is entertaining, though it does contain adult themes perhaps less suitable for any vacationers under 15.
Niagara Wine Festival
By now you’ve probably heard plenty about the burgeoning wine culture in and around Niagara Falls. The quality of wines available from local vineyards certainly is only improving as vintners discover the plentiful soils and beneficial climate of the region.
The 63rd annual celebration of Niagara’s wine country occurs September 18th through 28th, and features over 100 different wine-related events. Here’s a short list of the activities you can look forward to if you indulge in the festival:
- Winery tours
- Wine tastings
- Regional cuisine
- Wine seminars
- Street parades
Most varietals of wine are seeing expansive growth, so wine lovers of all stripes can find a vintage to sample. Plus, as you can see from the list, there are plenty of non-drinking events, so the younger set or those choosing to abstain will still have plenty to do.
Who’s Live Anyway?
Improv comedy is usually a crowd-pleaser, as it mixes quick wit with ridiculous situations to include a variety of comedy styles to excite any sense of humor. Attending a comedy show is a must in Niagara at any time of year — the Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Theater has won plenty of awards and runs almost every night — but in September, travelers and natives alike will have the opportunity to see some of the best comedians in action, live.
Due to popular demand, the well-known cast of TV’s improve hit “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” are coming back to Niagara at the end of September. Join the prolific Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff Davis and Joel Murray of “Mad Men” fame for more than 90 minutes of uproarious improve comedy and song. If you love laughing to tears after these funny men do their work on TV, you’ll be rolling on the floor during their live show. You’ll get to give them your own suggestions, and you might even be asked to participate on stage! This is a no-lose event for comedy-lovers looking for vacation ideas.