Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls Ontario: Free Summer Concert Series at Fort Erie Race Track

July 9, 2019 9:00 am

There’s nothing like heading outside in Niagara Falls in summer, being entertained by a live concert as you enjoy the gorgeous weather. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Niagara Falls, Ontario, add this free event to your list. Through the end of August, the Fort Erie Race Track hosts live music entertainment every Tuesday night, from a variety of bands spanning diverse musical genres.Couple at a show

There are a couple Niagara Falls attractions to check out when you come to the free summer concert series at Fort Erie Race Track. After thoroughbred horse racing, which begins at 4:20 p.m., head to the outdoor Tiki Bar for shows featuring top Canadian and global musical talent. Each concert starts at around 7:30 p.m. and goes until around 10 p.m.

The shows go on rain or shine. If the weather is inclement, the concert will be moved indoors. Shows are free for all ages, and there’s free parking on site.

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Fort Erie Race Track: What to Expect

The Fort Erie Race Track is the only horseracing venue in the Niagara Region. It first opened in 1897, and racing is open to all ages. The track can pack in as many as 4,000 racing fans.

There are several food stands throughout the venue, as well as an on-site restaurant called the Turfside Bar and Grill. The restaurant overlooks the finish line and opens an hour before the first race. The menu includes a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, tacos and entrees like fish and chips.

Horse lovers and those who love sports, gambling and a good time will enjoy the Fort Erie Race Track. And with free summer concerts, you can linger and enjoy a full night out at the track.

Large crowd at a concertUpcoming Concerts at the Free Summer Concert Series

Whatever type of music you’re into, you have lots of options with the free summer concert series line-up at the Fort Erie Race Track. Here’s a look at the performers you can expect to see this summer:

July 9: LMT Connection

LMT Connection is a Toronto-based funk band that has been together for more than 30 year. They’ve recorded 6 albums, played more than 6,500 shows and have gone on dozens of tours around the world, including through Europe and Asia. Catch them in Niagara Falls before they head to Holland, Austria and Germany later this summer.

July 16: Split Second

Split Second is a band from Fort Erie playing a variety of well-known tunes with an energetic stage show.

July 23: Jonesy

Jonesey is a pop-rock band that has been together for 12 years, playing a variety of covers from bands like Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, The Police and Imagine Dragons. They’ve played shows with more than 40,000 people in attendance, and they definitely know how to rock a stage.

July 30: Helix

For more than 40 years, Canadian metal band Helix has been entertaining crowds. The group has amassed a significant following in Europe, where they’ve played some notable venues. The band is known for a flashy and raucous live show.

August 6: Westwind

Westwind is a five-piece country band giving Niagara Falls locals and visitors country tunes to jam out to.

August 13: Marty Allen Band

Honky-tonk rockabilly band Marty Allen Band is inspired by the sounds of classic artists like Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Frontman Marty Allen has released five albums. He and his band will play a mix of originals and covers that evoke the feeling of 1950s recordings that influence him today.

August 20: The Howling Horns

The Howling Horns pack up to more than eight people on a stage in each show, playing feel-good, singalong covers like “Sweet Caroline” and “Jump Jive an’ Wail.” Check them out for a dance party vibe.

August 27: Sinfully Hip

The Sinfully Hip is a Las Vegas-based tribute band to The Tragically Hip, one of Canada’s biggest bands from Ontario. After the passing of The Tragically Hip’s singer Gord Downie in 2017, the band announced an official retirement. The Sinfully Hip helps keep the memory of the band they’re paying tribute to alive.

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