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Thursday, July 28th, 2022
Image by Chance Mutuku



This weekend Matter of Black (MOB) and Black Owned 905 present the in-person return of #EmancipationDaySTC, an annual celebration set to reawaken old traditions and foster greater solidarity and pride among the Black Canadian community in memory of its remarkable achievements and in face of persistent racism.

Free events that feature workshops, conversations, live performances, film and a vendor market featuring Black Owned 905 businesses will take place from July 29 – August 1, presented in partnership with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and the City of St. Catharines.

You can learn more about #EmancipationDaySTC by clicking the link below!


this Weekend #DowntownSTC


Spend your weekend with us in the heart of the city. Enjoy diverse dining, expanded patios, eclectic shopping, and endless entertainment in and around #DowntownSTC. Take a look at some of the fun happening this weekend!

Friday, July 29th

4PM - 11PM: Downtown Promenade

12 - 11PM: St. Catharines Rotary Ribfest
Montebello Park

2 PM: #EmancipationDaySTC
Flag Raising Ceremony with organizers Matter of Black & Black Owned 905, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, and City of St. Catharines.
St. Catharines City Hall

7 PM: Niagara River Lions vs. Hamilton Honey Badgers
Meridian Centre

8 PM: Open Mic
Mahtay Cafe

8 PM: Vibi

Saturday, July 30th

10AM - 11PM: Downtown Promenade

7AM - 1PM: St. Catharines Farmers Market
Market Square

12PM - 8PM: OPIRG Brock Community Market
James Street

12 - 11PM: St. Catharines Rotary Ribfest
Montebello Park

4PM - 9PM: #EmancipationDaySTC
Black Owned 905 Market + DJ Rennie
St. Paul Street/Carlisle Street

5:45PM - 7PM: #EmancipationDaySTC 
Takin' It to the Streets: SHAD
St. Paul Street/Carlisle Street

6:30PM: Mariachi Fiesta
Taco Embassy

8PM: Open Mic
Brazen Cafe

8PM: Improv Niagara
Mahtay Cafe

8PM: Nick Cooper Album Release
Niagara Artists Centre T.C.O. Rooftop Terrace

Dusk (8:45ish): #EmancipationDaySTC 
Fresh Air Flicks: Summer of Soul
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Backyard

Sunday, July 31st

9AM: Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games Torch Relay
Starts at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

10:30AM & 12:30PM: Drag it to Brunch

12 - 11PM: St. Catharines Rotary Ribfest
Montebello Park

12 - 3PM: I'll Be There for Trivia Brunch! Friends Edition
Rise Above

12 - 4PM: #EmancipationDaySTC 
Open House at Salem Chapel BME Church 
92 Geneva Street

2PM: #EmancipationDaySTC 
Tour Talk with Tubman Tours - Facilitated by Rochelle Bush
92 Geneva Street

Parking Downtown

Please note during this weekend the Downtown Promenade will be in effect with the following pedestrianized roads:
We recommend parking in the Ontario Street or Garden Park Garage.

Parking is free at City metered lots, spaces, and garages after 6pm on weekdays and all-day weekends (unless Special Event Parking is enforced)

Find a full list of parking below.
Where to Park

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80 King Street, Suite 14
St. Catharines, ON L2R 7G1

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