Events from April 24 to April 30
Staff, CTV Barrie
Craft Beer & Wine Expo
Saturday Apr 29 - Barrie
Beer and wine drinkers unite at Barrie's first Annual Craft Beer & Wine Expo! The 2017 Expo will showcase beer, wine and spirits from Ontario Craft Brewers. Independent ownership, smaller batches, artisanal styles, quality ingredients, all-natural and undiluted - the products are sure to entertain your palate and delight your taste buds. 19+ Event
Barrie Spring Art Tour
Saturday and Sunday - Barrie
Discover the Art and Soul of Barrie. Now in it's 9th year, the Barrie Spring Art Tour features exceptional art and artists at over 13 studio locations. All of the studios are a short distance of each other, giving you the best opportunity to purchase unique work directly from the artists. Enjoy a self-guided tour to visit the studios throughout Barrie and meet over 34 artists to learn more about their creative process.
Annual Borden Spring Craft Sale
Saturday Apr 29 - CFB Borden
Come on out to the Borden Spring Craft Sale 2017 where over 35 vendors will present a variety of items to get your spring shopping going! You’ll find embroidery and sewing, soaps and bath products, clothing, gourmet food, beautiful things for the home, and so much more. Proceeds will be donated to the Sweet Charity Medical Assistance Dogs.
Bond Head Lions Spring Arts & Crafts Sale
Saturday Apr 29 - Bond Head
There will be a wide range of vendors offering everything from jewellery and home décor.
Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival
Saturday, April 29 - Elmvale
Every year the town of Elmvale explodes in a celebration of Nature’s rites of Spring – the running of liquid gold – Ontario Pure Maple Syrup. The town transforms into a shoppers’ mall. Vendors line the streets with offerings of maple syrup, food galore, book sales, collectible sales and other country treasures. Visit the Sugar Shack information booth to get directions, tickets for the bus to sugarbush tours as well as your copy of the Festival Directory. Head to the Community Hall for the all-day pancake breakfast, and enjoy the sweet sounds of North of 50 and musical talents from the many special guests. There’s also a midway, and arts, crafts and quilt show, log sawing competition, the firefighters pancake eating contest and so much more.
Muskoka Home & Cottage Show
Friday to Sunday - Gravenhurst
Everything you need for your home or cottage renovations. This annual show features numerous vendors offering everything from the latest in home and cottage concepts and designs, to the supplies and services required to make them a reality. So come on out to get all the latest information on the best products and techniques at the premier home show in Muskoka!
Alpaca Ontario Spring Show & Canadian National Cavalcade of Champions
Saturday and Sunday - Newmarket area
Come and visit the lovely animals and view the many vendor tables displaying wonderful alpaca products for sale. This halter show has almost 200 alpacas in every colour of the alpaca rainbow. In addition to a world class contest, you can look forward to a fantastic fibre arts competition, vendors and more. A great opportunity for the public to connect with the alpaca community!
Saturday Apr 29 - Oro-Medonte
Come on over to the Carley Community Hall for a delicious pancake breakfast with McCutcheon's pure maple syrup, sausages, and juice, tea, or coffee.
6th Annual Jazzmania Weekend
Friday to Sunday - Thornbury
Three days of music and dancing featuring Jazz, Big Band Swing, Blues and Rock ‘n Roll. Friday night is Jazz Night; Saturday features a Big Band Dance in the afternoon and a Rock n Roll evening with the Desotos that night; and on Sunday there’s a breakfast, brunch or lunch to choose from – all featuring great performers! Proceeds from this event go toward The Blue Mountains Arts & Culture Group to support music and promote special events in The Blue Mountains.
South Georgian Bay Film Festival - Red Carpet Gala Awards
Friday Apr 28 - Wasaga Beach
Featuring all of the festival category award winners at this celebration to remember with special guest performers including multiple Juno Award and Grammy Award winner Liberty Silver, among others. Enjoy an evening of hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and a cash bar. This is one event you won't want to miss!
Canada's Wonderland - Opening Day
Sunday Apr 30 - Vaughan
Get ready for live entertainment, thrills and a whole season of family fun! Canada’s Wonderland is bringing fun to another level for 2017 with the addition of two new rides: Soaring Timbers - spiral through the sky on two massive rotating gondolas that swing through sweeping arcs while rotating 360°.
37th Annual Orillia Perch Festival
Saturday April 22 to Saturday May 13 - Orillia
One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies! Over 60 tagged perch worth $500 each, plus thousands of dollars in daily, weekly, and grand prize draws - All you have to do is fish to win! Thousands of anglers from across Canada and the northern US will take to the waters of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe, in search of the specially tagged perch. Live-release draws will take place daily.
Tap Into Maple
Wed March 1 to May 31 - Lake Country
The Tap into Maple route was created to support and showcase local maple syrup, maple products and events. Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering. Come and experience maple history, taste local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products. You can even stay awhile; local accommodators have some sweet maple packages available for you! Bring your family or getaway as a couple; Ontario's Lake Country & Heart of Georgian Bay has something for everyone. Make sure to pick-up your Tap into Maple passport at participating locations - 22 in all!
Elmvale’s Winter Market
Saturday Dec 17, then every Friday until May 25 - Elmvale
Featuring produce, baking, pressure canned soups, preserves, pickles, artisan cheeses, wood working, hand crafted soaps and jewellery.
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