Primavera Concerts –3rd Season Chamber Music Series with some of Canada’s leading musicians. Performed at St. Barnabus Church on Queenston Street, it is just a 5 minute walk from Sanctuary Retreat Bed & Breakfast SPA. The church not only sports great old world charm with its warm arts and craft design, it has fine acoustics to do this concert series justice. For information or tickets: Anne McPherson, Chair, or www.PrimaveraConcerts.ca.  See below:  April 20, May 25. 

S.C.E.N.E. www.scenemusicfestival.com 

Tormasi Gallery 214 King Street, St. Catharines, L2R 3J9, ; ; krisztina@tormasigallery.com

Niagara Ice Dogs: enjoy great hockey. www.niagaraicedogs.net

Niagara Bound Tours; Discover what happened to the Black fugitive slave once they completed their journey on the Underground Railroad. Where did they go? What did they do? Escorted by a descendent of a slave from Kentucky who settled in the Niagara area in 1850. http://www.niagaraboundtours.com/

. Full day tour 10 am to 3:30 pm in the Niagara Region. $50/person includes transportation, admission costs to all sites. 

Historic Ghost Walking Tours; ghost@stcathdowntown.com ; . These guided tours will delve into the haunted tales of the past and present day while sharing historic commentary about the mystery of the Merritt House, the haunting of the Old Court House, the apparations seen on Queen Street and many more. $8/adult. Group discounts available. Ten minute walk from Sanctuary Retreat Bed and Breakfast SPA.

Outdoor Ball Hockey; 1944 Welland Canals Parkway. ; FAX 905-753-4145. ballhockeyinternational.com . Ten minute drive from Sanctuary Retreat Bed and Breakfast SPA.

Malcomson Eco-park; Malcolmson Eco-Park Map ; Malcolmson Eco-Park

Brock University Centre of the Arts: www.arts.brocku.ca , www.brocku.ca/music .  

Rodman Hall Arts Centre: an affiliate of Brock University. 109 St. Paul Crescent. , www.brocku.ca/rodmanhall 

St. Catharines and Area Arts Council: St. Catharines and Area Arts Council 

Niagara Artists Centre: this collective serves the working artists and community of Niagara. One of the oldest artist-run organisations in Canada. 354 St. Paul St., . www.nac.org

Niagara Dance Company: www.niagaradancecompany.com 

Garden City Productions: www.gcp.ca

Happy Rolph Bird Sanctuary and Petting Farm: 10 am Victoria Day til dusk. A 15.06 acre municipal park located on the shore of Lake Ontario. Hosts one of Canada’s most exotic collections of Flowering Rhododendrons. Sports chickens, pigs, horses, rabbits, sheep, goats, ducks, geese, native birds. pond inlet with scores of wild birds. .

Recreational Trails: www.stcatharines.ca

The Niagara Bruce Trail: http://people.becon.org/~nbtc/

YMCA Discovery Centre of Niagara: an exploratorium for the young and the young-at-heart. 360 Niagara Street. . http://ymcaofniagara.org/kids/discoverycentre.html 

The Niagara Symphony:   www.niagarasymphony.org 

The Niagara Youth Orchestra: www.niagarayouthorchestra.ca 

Chorus Niagara: www.chorusniagara.ca

Yoga by Sarah: a two minute walk from Sanctuary Retreat Bed & Breakfast SPA. 105 Queenston Streeet. www.yogabysarah.com 

Carousel Players: , www.carouselplayers.com 

Gallery Players: www.galleryplayers.ca

The Morningstar Mill: Mountain Mills Museum of the 19th Century. One of the first milling operations powered with water turbine at Decew Falls: 7.4 acres. Annual Grist and Chopping Show. . http://home.cogeco.ca/~bottjohn/blacksmiths/Millhistory.htm , http://www.morningstarmill.ca/

The Welland Canal Lock 3 Complex and St. Catharines Museum: viewing platform, information centre, gift shop. , www.stcatharineslock3museum.ca
Lock 7 Viewing Complex, , thoroldtourism@bellnet.ca, www.heritagecorridor.ca 

Yates Street Heritage District Walking Tour; Walking Tour of the Mountain Locks of the Second Welland Canal,  tour of the Old Town of St. Catharines:  http://www.tourstcatharines.com/tours-mountainlocks.shtml

Winter Festival of Lights: , www.WFOL.com 

Niagara Folk Arts Festival: www.folk-arts.ca

Grape and Wine Festival: www.niagarawinefestival.com or www.niagaragrapeandwinefestival.com 

January 22

Full Moon History & Haunts Walking Tour: 7 pm. Tickets: $8. Group discounts available. Advance registration suggested by calling .

February 3, 3 pm

Israelievitch Duo.  Internationally renowned violinist Jacques Isaelievitch, Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, established the Israelievitch Duo in 1999 with his son Michael, recently appointed principal timpanist of the New World Symphony in  Miami. this violin and percussion ensemble performs an eclectic range of repertoire, from tango to atonal, and is committed to reaching people through its accessible presentation of twentieth and twenty-first-century works. The Israelievitch Duo have been noted for their “exciting, fresh, and buoyant” ensemble playing and the ability to share with audiences their joy in performing together.  Tickets: or primaveraconcerts@sympatico.ca

February 15, 16, 17, 18

Outdoor Ball Hockey Fun–Free Open House. 1 hour free floor time with a minimum 12 people/hour. Call and book today: . A $2 donation to Heart Niagara will help to install defibrillators at local recreation facilities and possibly save lives. Lots of prizes to be drawn. Address: see above.  

February 16

 Niagara Bound Tours: see above.

February 19, 7:30 pm

The Spirit of Harriet Tubman: an inspiring one-woman play about the local legendary hero of the Underground Railroad. Recommended for ages 12+. Tickets: .  

February 21:

Full Moon History & Haunts Walking Tour: 7 pm. Tickets $8. Group discounts available. Advance registration suggested by calling .

February 22:

Downtown Chili Cook Off Lunch: St. Catharines Downtown Association; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For  more information: Elizabeth Fritshaw, Communications and Events Coordinator; , elizabeth@stcathdowntown.com 

March 5, 7:30 pm

Mayhem Poets: Jersey-based SLAM poets perform dynamic poetry with positive messages. Recommended for ages 12+. Tickets: .

March 9, 3 pm

Shannon Mercer with accompanist Stephen Philcox. Often described as having a luminous, dazzling voice with musical poise and brilliance, she has been acclaimed by the international press for her music artistry. Hailed as one of Canada’s most promising sopranos and a leader of tomorrow (Maclean’s). She performs major roles with the Canadian Opera Company and Opera Atelier, as well as pursuing a concert career at home and in Europe, with a particular interest in baroque and contemporary music. Tickets: or primaveraconcerts@sympatico.ca .

April 6th to April 19th

Spring-A-Licious: Many restaurants are offering a special “prix fixe” three course manu for you to indulge in great food at great value. A mouth watering culinary experience that you won’t want to miss out on! www.mydowntown.ca  

April 20, 4 pm

Elora Festival Singers. Established in 1980 it is the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir since 1997. Their activities include a popular Winter Series in Elora, toronto and Guelph, plus tours across Canada, the United States (most recently in 2007 to Carnegie hall in New York as part of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir) as well as recording regularly. This concert is generously sponsored by the Cooperators. Tickets: or primaveraconcerts@sympatico.ca .

Fred Penner: for ages 3+. 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Tickets: . www.arts.brocku.ca

May 25, 3 pm

The Janacek Trio. Helena Jirikovska, violin, Marek Novak, cello, Marketa Janackova, piano have performed frequently in Prague and elsewhere in the Czech Republic and on Czech Radio, at the Opera National de Paris, Studio Bastille and the Foundation Juan March in Madrid to name a few. Individually, they have all performed as soloists and chamber players at home and abroad. The trio was founded in 2001. Tickets: or primaveraconcerts@sympatico.ca .

June 7

Art of Peace Festival 

June 21, 10 am – 1 pm

Strawberry Festival: Producers from across the region offer their fresh crops of berries, strawberry preserves and treats, and a variety of locally grown produce. Children’s games, food vendors, children’s crafts, community displays and entertainment for all ages. Market Square, City Hall, Downtown St. Catharines. ext. 1503  

July 1

Canada Day Street Party 

July, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Out to Lunch at Market Square: noon to 1 pm. Local musicians. Stock up on local produce, flowers and baked goods, meats and more at the local Farmer’s Market. A 15 minute walk from Sanctuary Retreat Bed & Breakfast SPA. 

July 26

Dragon Boat Festival: www.stcatharinesdragonboat.org

July 12

Downtown Classic Car Show: or scdta@stcathdowntown.com Free admission. 

August, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Out to Lunch at Market Square: noon to 1 pm. Local musicians. stock up on local produce, flowers and baked goods, meats and more at the local Farmer’s Market. A 15 minute walk from Sanctuary Retreat Bed & Breakfast SPA.

September 13 – November 2

 The Standard Collection at St. Catharines Museum: .

September 27, 8 am -11 am

Pre-Parade Pancake Breakfast: at the Farmer’s Market Square. All proceeds to charity. A wonderful casual environment to meet people pregathering for festivities. For more information: ext 1503.

October 16 – 30, 8 pm

Historic Ghost Walking Tour: 12 Yates Street is one of the featured stops and has been highlighted in many haunted and paranormal articles, websites and television programmes. Advance tickets required. $8. .

October 25, 10 am – 1 pm

Pumpkinfest: a pumpkin-carving contest, costume parade, entertainment and free children’s activities with pony rides, craft table, jump n’ bounce. ext. 1503.

November 21, 5 -7:30 pm

The St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation’s Tree of Lights Campaign: Festivities at Market Square. See Father Christmas, delicious treats, and take in great entertainment to start off the season.

November 30, 2:30 – 5 pm

Santa Claus Parade & Christmas Party: parade travels through Downtown marking the arrival of Santa followed by a Christmas party with lots of family activities at the Market Square.

December 6, 13, 20, 11 am – 3 pm

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides: Complimentary rides departing from the steps of the Old Courthouse at 101 King Street. Right next door at the Market Square from 9 am – noon, visit with Santa and have your picture taken with him.