(Annual Event) Fort Erie Friendship Festival: Celebration of the bond between Canada & U.S. (FREE)

Fort Erie Friendship Festival

The Friendship Festival is an annual celebration of the bond between Canada and the United States. This event is held in Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York, which are connected by the Peace Bridge. The festival began in 1987 and is held from June 29 to July 4. These dates encompass Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4). The festival also marks the nearly 200 year state of official peace between the two neighbors since the end of the War of 1812.

The festival features several free events including: Car shows, concerts each year with local and big name bands, A midway with rides, vendors, beer gardens, complimentary breakfast each morning, exotic animal displays and much more. The 2007 Friendship Festival featured an Aerosmith cover band, and was a free event. For 2008, Theory of a Deadman played. In 2010, Hedley was the headlining act. In 2012, in lieu of a big name band, Fort Erie’s Festival opted to put on a concert series throughout the entire festival, featuring 27 bands from the Niagara and Buffalo areas.

Friendship Festival Schedule

June 28 – July 1

  • OPENING 11 am
  • Midway : Daily Specials
  • Vendors : FOOD & Commercial
  • CONCERT SERIES -nightly 7 pm – midnight

June 29- July 1

  • FESTIVAL’S GOT TALENT info deadline June 20
  • Family Interactive area- Kids Zone
  • Spirit of Youth POW WOW
  • 1812 encampment & demonstrations.picture
  • Heritage Arts Legacy Artists
  • Marketplace – Crafters, Artists, Artisans, community and others
  • Special Community fundraisers
  • Rotary Club of Fort Erie “Spin to Win”
  • Shaker Maze

Daily Specials

Saturday, June 29

  • Heritage Arts Chalk Walk Competition- Fun for All Ages – Free to enter
  • Border Town Showdown Round 3
  • Rollin at nine am – Judging from 1pm – 4pm – Awards at 5 pm
  • Antique Classic Car Club of Canada – Rainbow Region

Sunday, June 30

  • New for 2013 Niagara’a largest Flea Market! clear out your clutter
  • Hands Across the Border – 6 pm
  • All-Canadian Pageants
  • Niagara British Car Show & Shine
  • The Niagara Region Model Flying Club Inc. demonstrations and static displays

Monday July 1, CANADA DAY

  • CUPCAKE WARS
  • Celebrate Canada Day with family of friends, lots of entertainment, Canadian trivia contest crafts
  • Spectacular Fireworks Display at 10 pm.

Friendship Festival 2014

Fort Erie, ON – June 27 – July 1, 2014 — Buffalo, NY – July 3 – July 7, 2014

SEE you in 2014 as we continue to celebrate the Bicenntenial of War of 1812-1814