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Old Falls Street's free weekly programming begins

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Fri, Jun 26th 2015 06:00 pm
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Summer is here, and with it the beginning of Old Falls Street's free weekly programming for local and regional guests. In addition to daily backyard board games featured on the middle block, Old Falls Street is bringing back the "TGI Fridays on Old Falls Street" concert series, presented Friday evenings beginning June 26; a new series of weekly free family fun activities on Saturday afternoons beginning June 27; and the ever-popular Thursday evening "Flicks on Old Falls" free family movie series beginning July 2.

"Over the past few seasons, Old Falls Street has established itself as the Niagara Falls 'Community Welcome Center,' featuring world-class programming for our residents, regional and out-of-town guests," said Jason Murgia, Old Falls Street's general manager. "Our team has partnered with many local and regional organizations, entertainers and performers to present free family programming."

Kicking off the free weekly summer programming is the "TGI Fridays on Old Falls Street" concerts, beginning Friday, June 26, with WidowMaker. The weekly series is from 7 to 10 p.m. through Sept. 4 on the Conference Center block, closest to series sponsor TGI Fridays (located inside the Sheraton At The Falls hotel).

The street concerts feature the area's most popular classic rock and dance bands, local merchandise vendors, food and beer concessions. Guests are encouraged to stay until 10 p.m., when fireworks are launched over Niagara Falls are clearly visible on Old Falls Street.

The "TGI Fridays on Old Falls Free Street" concert schedule is as follows:

  • June 26 - WidowMaker
  • July 3 - Murphy's Law
  • July 10 - Kurt & the Loders
  • July 17 - Kiss This (A Tribute to KISS)
  • July 24 - Zig Zag
  • July 31 - Rumourz (A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac)
  • Aug. 7 - Disco Duck
  • Aug. 14 - Strictly Hip (A Tribute to the Tragically Hip)
  • Aug. 21 - .22 Calibre
  • Aug. 28 - 90 West
  • Sept. 4 - Carrie G & the Runaways

For more information on performers, visit the Old Falls Street USA Facebook page and subscribe to the event listings.

New this summer is Old Falls Street's free family fun activities, beginning Saturday, June 27, and continuing through Sept. 5 on the middle block. These weekly family activites are presented free of charge and feature continuous programming from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each week, with extended hours on specific weekends.

"We are proud to partner with many local and regional organizations to present our free family fun each Saturday afternoon," said  Katie Kielaszek, Old Falls Street's director of events. "There will be something new each week, including cooking demonstations, children's performers, special events, live performances, local merchandise vendors and more."

Two local organizations that will be on hand each Saturday are the Friends of the Niagara Falls Public Library group, which will feature a book sale for adults and children, as well as the F-Bites culinary youth vocation program. F-Bites is facilitated by chef Bobby Anderson, a Niagara Falls native who competed on the television show "Hell's Kitchen" with chef Gordon Ramsay.

From 11 a.m. to noon each Saturday, Anderson will lead a student culinary team in preparing a gourmet meal, while integrating various front- and back-of-house restaurant techniques, leadership skills and interactive fun. Guests will be treated to samples of the meal prepared on-site, served by the participants.

In addition, Old Falls Street will feature is free backyard board games, including foosball, table tennis, shuffleboard, hopscotch, large-scale Jenga, chess and checkers during this time.

A new activity is "Imagination Playground," an innovative play system for children that encourages the importance of creative free play to help them grow up happy and healthy.

Other free family fun scheduled activities are as follows:

Saturday, June 27

  • Wellness kiosk by University Pediatric Dentistry
  • Buffalo Museum of Science activities (noon - 2 p.m.)
  • Explore and More Children's Museum activities (1-4 p.m.)
  • "Flicks on Old Falls" presents "Annie" (2014) (9 p.m.)

Saturday, July 4

  • July 4 celebration with live music by the Kokomo Time Band, White Chocolate and Whiskey Reverb (noon to 10 p.m.)
  • Local merchandise vendors (noon to 10 p.m.)
  • Explore and More Children's Museum activities (1-4 p.m.)

Saturday, July 11

  • Music by D+B Karaoke and DJ (noon to 3 p.m.)
  • Lakeview Animal Sanctuary petting zoo (noon until 4 p.m.)
  • "Flicks on Old Falls" presents "Date Night" featuring "50 First Dates" (9 p.m.)

Saturday, July 18

  • Juggling workshop with Nels Ross - in collaboration with WNY Young Audiences ( (noon until 2 p.m.)
  • Explore and More Children's Museum activities (1-4 p.m.)

Saturday, July 25

  • Kite-making with Meg Albers - in collaboration with WNY Young Audiences (noon until 2 p.m.)
  • Explore and More Children's Museum activities (1-4 p.m.)

Saturday, Aug. 1

  • "Flicks on Old Falls" presents "Date Night" featuring "Dirty Dancing" (9 p.m.)

Saturday, Aug. 8

  • Touch-a-Truck family activity/Stuff-a-Bus charity event (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) Touch-a-Truck is an annual event allowing children to climb on large trucks and municipal vehicles while interacting with the firefighters and police who use the vehicles daily. Stuff-a-Bus is a nonperishable food drive benefitting Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier
  • Explore and More Children's Museum activities (1-4 p.m.)

Saturday, Aug. 15

  • Buffalo Zoo Mobile (noon to 4 p.m.)
  • Explore and More Children's Museum activities (1-4pm)

Saturday, Aug. 22

  • Music by D+B Karaoke and DJ (noon until 3 p.m.)
  • Explore and More Children's Museum activities (1-4pm)

Saturday, Aug. 29

  • Puppet-making workshop with Janice Spagnola - in collaboration with WNY Young Audiences (noon until 2 p.m.)
  • Explore and More Children's Museum activities (1-4 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 5

  • Taste of Niagara Falls Food Festival (11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Event continues Sunday, Sept. 6.)
  • Music by D+B Karaoke and DJ (noon to 3 p.m.)
  • Local merchandise vendors

Additional free family fun programming will be added throughout the summer. For more information, visit the Old Falls Street USA Facebook page and subscribe to the event listings.

Returning this year is the ever-popular "Flicks on Old Falls" free outdoor movie series. This growing event will be hosted at 9 p.m. Thursdays, from July 2 through Aug. 27, on Old Falls Street's middle block (weather permitting).

As presenting sponsor of "Flicks on Old Falls," BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York will offer the "Healthy Zone Cruiser" as part of the free family entertainment prior to each Thursday evening flick. The "Healthy Zone Cruiser" is a van filled with fun, healthy activities such as hula-hoops, beanbag toss, Kan Jam, yoga balls, soccer balls, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes and fun giveaways.

"We are so pleased to partner with Old Falls Street for this great summer activity," said Julie R. Snyder, director of corporate relations, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. "We can't wait to bring the 'Healthy Zone Cruiser' to Old Falls Street on Thursday evenings for pre-movie fun."

In addition, Old Falls Street is partnering with Western New York Young Audiences and D&B Karaoke and DJ to present additional family programming prior to each film, beginning at 8 p.m. The Friends of the Niagara Falls Public Library group also will host a used children's book sale each week.

The Thursday evening "Flicks on Old Falls" free outdoor movie series schedule is as follows:

  • July 2 - "Happy Feet" (D&B Karaoke - dance floor music at 7:30 p.m.)
  • July 9 - "Despicable Me" (hip-hop performance by Differential Flava Crew at 8 p.m.)
  • July 16 - "The Wizard of Oz" (juggling performance by Nels Ross at 8 p.m.)
  • July 23 - "The Lego Movie" (D&B Karaoke - dance floor music at 7:30 p.m.)
  • July 30 - "Frozen Sing-Along" (D&B Karaoke - dance floor music at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Aug. 6 - "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" (wellness activities with University Pediatric Dentistry at 8 p.m.)
  • Aug. 13 - "Finding Nemo" (live music by the Hill Brothers at 8 p.m.)
  • Aug. 20 - "The Goonies" (D&B Karaoke - dance floor music at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Aug. 27 - "Toy Story" (puppetry by Janice Spagnola at 8 p.m.)

Additional free Saturday evening "Flicks on Old Falls" movies include:

  • June 27 - "Annie" (2014)

Old Falls Street also is presenting two free Saturday "Date Night" "Flicks on Old Falls" movies on July 11 and Aug. 1. "Date Night" movies are planned to appeal to an older audience. Beer and wine vending will be available on these evenings.

  • July 11 - "50 First Dates"
  • Aug. 1 - "Dirty Dancing"

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for all "Flicks on Old Falls" movies. Food concessions will be available for purchase. For more information on performers, visit www.FallsStreet.com or the Old Falls Street USA Facebook page.

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