Friendship Festival

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This article is about the Friendship Festival celebrated in the Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada area. For the celebrations in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada, see Simcoe Rotary Friendship Festival.

The Friendship Festival is an annual celebration of the bond between Canada and the United States. This event is held in Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York, which are connected by the Peace Bridge. The festival began in 1987 and is held from June 29 to July 4. These dates encompass Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4). The festival also marks the nearly 200 year state of official peace between the two neighbors since the end of the War of 1812.

The festival features several free events including: Car shows, concerts each year with local and big name bands, A midway with rides, vendors, beer gardens, complimentary breakfast each morning, exotic animal displays and much more. The 2007 Friendship Festival featured an Aerosmith cover band, and was a free event. For 2008, Theory of a Deadman played. In 2010, Hedley was the headlining act. In 2012, in lieu of a big name band, Fort Erie's Festival opted to put on a concert series throughout the entire festival, featuring 27 bands from the Niagara and Buffalo areas.

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