The annual Friendship Festival is a celebration of the national holidays of both Canada and the United States that originally took place from July 1 to July 4 every year. Due to scheduling issues, the Friendship Festival now takes place from Thursday to Sunday of the 4th weekend of July.
The Canadian part of the Festival takes place along the Niagara Parkway under the Peace Bridge at Mather Park. The American Part of the Festival (4th at Riverside, Buffalo NY) takes place at Riverside Park in Buffalo. Fort Erie is at the end of the QEW and is just across the river from Buffalo, NY.
Every year, the Friendship Festival has free concerts with top bands performing at the show along with local entertainment. If you’re up for a great party, bring your car as any antique car or show car that arrives at the Festival is welcome to enter Festival grounds and park in a designated area "Car Show" site (i.e., free inside preferred parking). Plus, you will receive refreshment tickets (beer, wine, coolers, pop, or water) for all adults in the car. For those of you coming from out-of-town, there are plenty of accommodations as well as good food in Fort Erie. For more information, please visit the Friendship Festival's web site.