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

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

Goat Island Evening Walk

​July 29, 2022

Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls in the twilight on a guided tour with a Park Naturalist.

​For information and registration, please call 716-282-5154.

Location: Niagara Falls State Park
Date: July 29, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Delaware North Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park
332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-278-1794

Goat Island Evening Walk

​August 5, 2022

Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls in the twilight on a guided tour with a Park Naturalist.

​For information and registration, please call 716-282-5154.

Location: Niagara Falls State Park
Date: August 5, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Delaware North Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park
332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-278-1794

Frederick Law Olmsted: Bringing Nature to the City

August 8, 2022

April 26, 2022 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, the master designer of public parks and a founder of the field landscape architecture. Join historian and filmmaker Laurence Cotton (originator of and consulting producer to the PBS special "Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America" as he does a deep dive into the remarkable life and career of the Renaissance-man Olmsted--writer, philosopher, social reformer, advocate for the preservation of natural scenery, and creator of some of the most beautiful public and private parks and gardens in all of N. America. Laurence will also give a visual tour of representative masterful landscapes designed by Olmsted, Senior, as well as his two sons and the Olmsted Bros. landscape architecture firm, as the footprint of their works literally stretch across the entire continent of N. America. Additionally, Laurence will offer an additional tour of select Olmsted landscapes in the Great Lakes states and upstate New York.

Laurence Cotton, currently based in Portland, Oregon, a city that benefits from an Olmsted-master planned park system, originally hails from Boston, renowned for its Olmsted landscapes and the home base for generations of landscape design practitioners working for the Olmsted Bros. firm. A practicing public historian, and writer/producer of historical films for PBS, Mr. Cotton was trained as a cultural anthropologist and brings that lens to bear on much of his work. He has worked with the tribal populations on throughout the Columbia River watershed and has also worked on open space acquisition and the designs of parks and trails in Pacific Northwest. He also brings training as an interpretive naturalist, and he is a birder and a photographer.

Frederick Law Olmsted event August 2022

Location: The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center
1201 Pine Ave
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Date: August 8, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM
Delaware North Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park
332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-278-1794

Goat Island Evening Walk

​August 12, 2022

Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls in the twilight on a guided tour with a Park Naturalist.

​For information and registration, please call 716-282-5154.

Location: Niagara Falls State Park
Date: August 12, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Delaware North Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park
332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-278-1794

Goat Island Evening Walk

​August 19, 2022

Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls in the twilight on a guided tour with a Park Naturalist.

​For information and registration, please call 716-282-5154.

Location: Niagara Falls State Park
Date: August 19, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Delaware North Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls State Park
332 Prospect St
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-278-1794

Goat Island Evening Walk

​August 26, 2022

Explore and experience the beauty of Niagara Falls in the twilight on a guided tour with a Park Naturalist.

​For information and registration, please call 716-282-5154.

Location: Niagara Falls State Park
Date: August 26, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 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