Special Events at Niagara Falls State Park

Special Events in Niagara Falls USA

Niagara Falls State Park is more than just water! There is so much history, lore, ecology and more here that we occasionally offer hikes or walks and talks that focus on some of the items that make us even more special! Great events are held at the park, and also nearby. For more information about special events at Niagara Falls, please visit www.NiagaraFallsUSA.com.

Castellani Art Museum - Niagara in Summer and Winter

April 30, 2022 - October 16, 2022

The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University has one of the largest Niagara Falls collections internationally, spanning over 200 years of history, including the Charles Rand Penney Collection of Historic Niagara Falls Prints. This exhibition pairs the CAM's historic prints with the timely images and texts from a once-popular souvenir book. Niagara in Summer and Winter, appealing to tourists, was published in 1905 by the E.E. Nicklis Publishing Company of Niagara Falls, NY. The book's black and white photographs of Niagara Falls provided views from summers and winters between 1897-1920.

Tourists around the world have long enjoyed images of the mighty Niagara Falls. In the 1900s, visitors clambered for depictions of this famous waterfall in its glimmering winter dress and the full bloom of summer. Views of the green landscape, along with ice jams and crystallized waterflows, were documented from precarious perches along the Niagara Gorge and the newly established State Reservation (1885), now the Niagara Falls State Park.

As the Covid-19 pandemic turns into an endemic and people venture out again, we hope that these snapshots in time will inspire visitors to tour the mighty Niagara in person, in Summer and in Winter.

Niagara Frozen Falls - Castellani Art Museum
Polar Vortex Niagara Falls, 2014, James Neiss, color photograph. Collection of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. Museum Purchase, 2021.

Niagara Falls Pin Cushion - Castellani Art Museum
Niagara Falls Pin Cushion, 1992, Marlene Printup- Cayuga (Bear Clan), beads, velvet. Collection of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. Purchased from the Artist, 1997.

Date: April 30 - October 16, 2022
Delaware North Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park
332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-278-1794

Spring Awakens: Preparing and Celebrating Mother Earth and The Flower Moon

​May 14, 2022 

Artpark has made a commitment to Indigenous Arts programming and awareness with a full season of Indigenous programs built for and by our local Indigenous community. Their programming serves residents from the Indigenous community in Lewiston, Youngstown, and beyond as well as non-Native persons who are interested in learning more about the culture and traditions.

Join us on Saturday, May 14, at Artpark's Native American Peace Garden from 1 PM - 3 PM for the first Spring Awakens event of the summer. All are welcome to join in celebrating May’s Flower Moon and preparing Artpark's Native American Peace Garden for the growing season. This Moon is important as the flowers and medicines are given life and begin to bloom.

Come in circle with gratitude, love and respect to our Mother the Earth, the Flower Moon and join us with traditional Indigenous songs, dances, teachings, Storytelling and planting to honor our plant world.

All ages are welcome and please bring your gardening tools should you wish to partake in getting your hands in the soil, work the garden and help her awaken from her winter blanket.

Date: May 14, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Delaware North Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park
332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-278-1794

Spring Awakens: Re-boot and Energize

​June 4, 2022 

Artpark has made a commitment to Indigenous Arts programming and awareness with a full season of Indigenous programs built for and by our local Indigenous community. Their programming serves residents from the Indigenous community in Lewiston, Youngstown, and beyond as well as non-Native persons who are interested in learning more about the culture and traditions.

This year Artpark and The Plant Shack are pleased to welcome Grandmother Marie Jones - (Mohawk) on June 4 from 1 PM - 3 PM who will share the teachings of the Fourth Sister, the Sunflower and offer her space in Artpark’s Native American Peace Garden.

Listening and exchanging with the earth at the Peace Garden, we will offer gratitude and fuel her with nurturing vibrations with songs for a healthy season and welcome the fourth sister, the Sunflowers to the garden.

Guests will explore alignments with natural rhythms and patterns of the garden and rekindle our connections to the natural world. Followed by the interactive “Re-energize" circle with Artpark's Indigenous Art Producer, Michele-Elise Burnett, and Director of Artpark's Bridges program, Cynthia Pegado. In this mindful movement class, participants will focus on connecting their mind, body and spirit with the landscape and becoming one with the Natural World. Mindful movement class is designed to bring awareness to self and movement in space, centering and grounding the body to the Mother the Earth.

Date: June 4, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Delaware North Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park
332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-278-1794

Strawberry Moon Festival

​June 18, 2022 

Artpark has made a commitment to Indigenous Arts programming and awareness with a full season of Indigenous programs built for and by our local Indigenous community. Their programming serves residents from the Indigenous community in Lewiston, Youngstown, and beyond as well as non-Native persons who are interested in learning more about the culture and traditions.

Strawberry Moon Festival is an international celebration built on the Two Row Wampum Teachings that promote all Nations walk together in parallel, with respect, compassion, and understanding to cultivate an inclusive community for our shared future. The festival on Saturday, June 18 starts at noon and celebrates the Indigenous cultures of the Niagara Region through traditional storytelling, music, dance, arts, workshops, and the mesmerizing Smoke Dance competition. Guests will participate in an inclusive and engaging Native American community gathering.

Audiences will also be entertained by an eclectic lineup of Native artists performing throughout the lower park earlier in the day, and an evening concert in the Artpark Amphitheater featuring Blue Rodeo and Pamyua. This year's concert will also feature a tribute to Native American musical icon Joanne Shenandoah with a performance by her daughter Leah along with Theresa Bear Fox, Perry Ground and Tonemah in The Circle.

The afternoon portion of this program is free. The concert in the evening requires tickets that can be purchased on ticketmaster.com or through our Box Office.

This festival is supported in part by Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Learn More about this festival

Date: June 18, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Concert from 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM)
Delaware North Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park
332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-278-1794

Indigenous Ways of Knowing Series

​July 23, 2022 and July 30, 2022

Artpark has made a commitment to Indigenous Arts programming and awareness with a full season of Indigenous programs built for and by our local Indigenous community. Their programming serves residents from the Indigenous community in Lewiston, Youngstown, and beyond as well as non-Native persons who are interested in learning more about the culture and traditions.

Artpark began infusing parts of their Indigenous Programming into their Free Family Saturdays Series last year with the launch of our Indigenous Ways of Knowing Series: a set of interactive workshops with storytelling and teaching about Native American culture. They are excited to bring this series back this year with a workshop on Lacrosse and Traditional Haudenosaunee Storytelling by Perry Ground on July 23. Sit back and enjoy an acoustic Native American award-winning Tuscarora singer-songwriter Tonehmah on July 30.

These sessions will run from 11 AM - 1 PM at Artpark's Native American Peace Garden in the lower park.

Learn More about these events

Date: July 23 and July 30, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Delaware North Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park
332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-278-1794

The Red Dress Exhibit: If Only These Dresses Could Tell Their Story

​September 2-4, 2022

Artpark has made a commitment to Indigenous Arts programming and awareness with a full season of Indigenous programs built for and by our local Indigenous community. Their programming serves residents from the Indigenous community in Lewiston, Youngstown, and beyond as well as non-Native persons who are interested in learning more about the culture and traditions.

This immersive and poignant exhibit of 13 empty Red dresses hanging from trees tells the story of 13 Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) from 13 Indigenous Peoples in WNY and Niagara whose loved ones fell victim to these crimes.

This three-day exhibit will include a downloadable audio produced documentary tour, narrative signage, public participation of a large loom textile blanket creation, MMIWG wampum string workshop and an Elders Healing Circle of hope teachings. A special opening night will begin with traditional honor songs and jiggle dances to honor our "Sisters in Spirit" followed by an acoustic and intimate concert from 7 PM - 8 PM The Circle of Hope - featuring NAMA nominated Indigenous and allied musicians, Kenny Lee Lewis of the Steve Miller Band, Linda McKenzie, Tonemah and others in an intimate setting sharing the story behind their MMIWG songs.

Learn More about this exhibit

Date: September 2-4, 2022
Delaware North Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park
332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-278-1794

Preparing and Celebrating Mother Earth and the Harvest Moon

​October 22, 2022

Artpark has made a commitment to Indigenous Arts programming and awareness with a full season of Indigenous programs built for and by our local Indigenous community. Their programming serves residents from the Indigenous community in Lewiston, Youngstown, and beyond as well as non-Native persons who are interested in learning more about the culture and traditions.

Closing out the season this year, all are welcome to join us in celebrating the Harvest Moon and the falling leaves at Artpark's Native American Peace Garden where guests can participate in cultural activities, songs, dances, harvest foods and opportunity to shop at over 20 authentic Native American artisans vendor booths. We will celebrate and give thanks for the this year’s harvest, this is also a time we offer our gratitude to Mother Earth as we prepare her for the winter months of rest.

Date: October 22, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM
Delaware North Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park
332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-278-1794