April in Niagara Falls

April in Niagara Falls …

– finally, it’s beautiful walking-around weather again! What a great chance to visit the Horseshoe and American Falls. To stand at the ledge and look over the water, and to experience that dangerous feeling of being drawn in, is one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ thrills.

– what a great time to visit the Niagara Parks Commission greenhouse and botanical gardens and prepare your eyes for the beauty of summer flowers that are coming soon.

– April is a wonderful time to walk up and down Clifton Hill and remember how it felt as a kid to thrill at the site of the wax museums, gaming centres, 3-D rides and cool stores for shopping.

– mostly though, April rocks in Niagara Falls!

To start with, Elvis is in the house!

Who can forget The King, even 41 years after his death at his Graceland mansion? The annual Niagara Falls Elvis Festival runs from April 20 to 22 at the Greg Frewin Theatre on Ellen Avenue, just a four-minute drive from the Holiday Inn By The Falls, on Murray Street.

The festival features some of the very best Elvis Presley tribute artists from around the world.

It kicks off Friday, April 20 with a performance by award-winning Elvis man Dean Z, then competitions and concerts continue through the weekend before the final 10 play Sunday afternoon and the final 5 hit the stage that night for the crowning of the new king.

You’ll be all shook up by the end of the weekend, for sure.

Speaking of live music, this month alone at the Niagara Fallsview Casino’s Avalon Theatre, there are concerts featuring Ann Wilson (the lead singer for Heart) on April 5, then Michael Bolton takes the stage there April 6 and 7.

A few days later, world-famous comic Dane Cook is on stage there April 12 and 13, then it’s Exile (remember I Want To Kiss You All Over?) on April 14.

Legends In Concert moves in from April 18 to 25, featuring the music of stars like Garth Brooks, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Roy Orbison and George Michael. These shows always pack the theatre.

Then it falls to legendary guitarist George Thorogood to close out April at the Avalon with his show on April 27.

And hey, the casino is only a three-minute walk from the Holiday Inn.

That doesn’t even take into account the annual Light of Day Niagara concert at the Seneca Queen Theatre featuring legendary New Jersey rocker (and Bruce Springsteen pal) Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

And if you’re looking for more than just music in Niagara in April, there is the annual Shaw Shivaree on April 7 down the road in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  It features culinary specialties prepared by some of Niagara’s best chefs, dancing and an auction. It’s at the Shaw Festival, 10 Queen’s Parade Avenue in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Several getaway packages are available on the Holiday Inn By The Falls website HolidayInnNiagaraFalls as well as more details on amenities such as the on-site nordic whirlpool spa, indoor swimming pool and Coco’s Pizza Bar and Grill.

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