8th Annual Rhythmfest
Date: Friday August 18, 2017 & Sunday August 19, 2017
Location: Barrie – Heritage Park, Simcoe Street in Downtown Barrie
Details: Celebrate the universal language of rhythm including live entertainment, workshops, and vendors. Grab an instrument and be a part of the celebration. This year features the 6th edition of Just Beat It! The Search for Central Ontario’s Best Drummer! This drum solo competition gives you the chance to walk away with cash and amazing prizes from our generous sponsors, plus score the title of Central Ontario's Best Drummer!

Lake of Bays Antique & Classic Car & Boat Show
Date:  Sunday August 20, 2017 from 12:00 PM (Noon) – 4:00 PM
Location: Baysville - Riverfront Docks, approx. 25km northeast of Bracebridge
Details: The Riverfront docks and streets of Baysville are home to the Lake of Bays Antique and Classic Boat and Car Show. The majestic SS Bigwin will be sailing all the way from Dorset to make her usual grand appearance where you can go aboard for a tour of the ship. Enjoy some live music as well provided by the Northern Lights Steel Orchestra Band. At 4:00 PM when the show is over, bagpiper Sharon Mace will play as the procession of boats leave.

19th Annual Carrot Fest
Date:  Friday, August 18, 2017 and Saturday, August 19, 2017
Location: Bradford – Downtown Bradford along Holland Street
Details: Carrot Fest takes place on the streets of downtown Bradford and District Memorial Community Centre. Here you will find a large vendor market with hundreds of vendors, the Ontario Dock Dogs Association, Professional Wrestling events, classic car show, BMX Stunt Shows, Kids Zone,live stage entertainment, buskers, and more! Come discover why Bradford West Gwillimbury is the Heart of the Ontario Vegetable Industry!

The Collingwood Brewery Beer Fest
Date:  Friday, August 18, 2017 and Saturday, August 19, 2017
Location: Collingwood - Collingwood Brewery, 10 Sanford Fleming Drive
Details: A showcase of several local breweries & cideries including Sidelaunch Brewing Co. Wasaga Beach Brewing Co. Northwinds, Barnstormer Brewing Co. Creemore Springs, Sawdust City Brewery, Macleans, Duntroon Cider House and many more! Local food trucks will be on-site to keep everyone well fed, kid friendly activities and amazing local, live bands!

26th Annual Dockside Festival of the Arts
Date: Friday, August 18, 2017 to Sunday, August 20, 2017
Location: Gravenhurst - Muskoka Wharf - Special Events Field, 821 Bay Street
Details: Dockside will be showcasing juried artisans and craftspeople from the Muskoka area and across Canada. There will be live entertainment, craft beer, kid zone, music, prizes and much more! “Shop Till You Drop” for three days at the best craft show in Gravenhurst!

Artists of the Limberlost Open Studio Weekend
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 &Sunday, August 19, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Hunstville Area – Limberlost Road (Muskoka Road 8) off Highway 60
Details: The Artists of the Limberlost is a collective of 7 artists and craftspeople with studios along the scenic Limberlost Road, north of Hwy 60 in Muskoka.  Every August, they open their doors for visitors to explore their art, techniques and working environments.  With guest artists at each location, you'll meet and see the work of 20 diverse and talented artists along a compact, 20 km route. Work includes: Fused Glass, Wood
Turning, Sculpture, Painting, Pottery, Fibre Art, Jewellery, and more.

47th Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Huntsville - Downtown Huntsville, along Main Street
Details: The kids will love the activities. Everyone will love the live music at this street festival. The downtown shops will be bursting out onto the street with bargains during this day-long sidewalk sale. Something new for this year-a portion of the Main St will be covered in grass as part of the Green St. Challenge which is transforming streets across the province into temporary play spaces during the summer of 2017.

2nd Annual Zucchini Mania
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Midland – Little Lake Park, 549 Little Lake Park Road, off Yonge Street.
Details: When summer begins to wane and hot August days yield to cool evenings, zucchinis grow and multiply in gardens everywhere.  It is with this in mind that we offer Zucchini Mania! A one-day celebration where zucchini is the garden celebrity. The day will feature the contest for the Biggest Zucchini, Best Zucchini Dessert, Best Savoury Zucchini Dish and Best Zucchini Chili which are open to the public. There's an all-day line up of family friendly activities, Midland Pipes and Drums Parade at 11am, free horse drawn wagon rides, and all day live music on Rotary Stage. An abundance of zucchini food tastings can be found at our festival market booths, interspersed with artisan food and art and crafts vendors.

Garlic Is Great Festival
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Newmarket - Riverwalk Commons - 200 Doug Duncan Drive
Details: Take part in the annual celebration of Ontario's garlic harvest. At the festival, visitors can enjoy cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and garlic vendors at the Newmarket Farmer's Market. This year's Garlic is Great Festival will feature garlic vendors from across Ontario who will be offering fresh garlic and garlic related products for all to enjoy.   

19th Annual Downtown Orillia Classic Car Show
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Orillia – Downtown Orillia, along Mississaga Street
Details: A jaw-dropping collection of over 400 classic cars line our Downtown streets, including a special tribute to the 1912 Tudhope Car that was made right in Orillia! Enjoy live entertainment, evening concerts, plus great dining and shopping. The largest car show in the region!

32nd Annual Chippewas of Rama First Nation Pow Wow
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 and Sunday, August 20, 2017
Location: Orillia Area – John Snake Memorial Multipurpose Grounds, 6030 Rama Rd
Details: All are welcome to witness Turtle Island's finest Pow Wow singers and dancers at the 32nd Annual Rama Pow Wow! A celebration of culture, heritage & friendship, bringing together singers, dancers & drummers, along with traditional foods, arts, crafts & more!

The Big Feastival
Date: Friday, August 18, 2017 – Sunday, August 20, 2017   
Location: Oro-Medonte - Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 240 Line 8 South
Details: Canada's newest food, music and family-fun festival is coming to Oro-Medonte. The Big Feastival is a summer festival combining top-class food with live entertainment, and plenty of family fun for all ages on the beautiful grounds of Burl's Creek. Headlining the event are Weezer and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, plus over  20 acts on the Main Stage including The Strumbellas, De La Soul, MAGIC!, and many more! For the little ones, there will be entertainment including PAW Patrol, Splash'N Boots, Fred Penner and more.

Summerfolk - 42nd Annual Music & Crafts Festival
Date: Friday, August 18, 2017 – Sunday, August 20, 2017   
Location: Owen Sound – Kelso Beach, located on the shores of Georgian Bay
Details: Featuring more than 40 musical acts from across Canada and the world representing genres from folk, country and bluegrass, to blues, hip-hop and funk.  Like any great folk festival there's also lots of children’s activities, community workshops, artisan booths, dozens of food vendors and licensed areas.

Downtown Car Show
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Parry Sound – Downtown, James, Gibson, and Mary Streets
Details: Antique and Classic Cars on display on James, Gibson and Mary Streets. Food vendors will be set up in the upper James Street Parking lot Wild Willie will be on site playing his oldies but goodies. Batman and the Batmobile will be making a special appearance. Trophies will be presented at 3pm. Come out and vote for your favourite car.

Farm Fresh Food Fest
Date: Friday, August 18, 2017 to Sunday, August 20, 2017
Location: Tiny - 4230 Crossland Road
Details: Farm Fresh Food Fest is a celebration of our agricultural industry and rich local culture in the Heart of Georgian Bay. Attendees can enjoy local food, artisans and entertainment, while they learn about the food they eat through speakers and direct interactions with farmers, industry specialists and food entrepreneurs. Vendors, agricultural exhibitors, food, plowing match, local music, three sisters feast, Simcoe County food alliance awards, 100 mile dinner, animals, crop plots, gardens, children activities, nature tours, speakers, demonstrations,community breakfast, interfaith service.

Wasaga Under Siege
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 to Sunday, August 20, 2017
Location: Wasaga Beach - Nancy Island Historic Site, 119 Mosley Street
Details: Visit British, American. Native and British Naval Encampments on Nancy Island and experience life in 1812. Enjoy musket and Cannon Demonstrations, Native Drumming and Storytelling, War of 1812 Surgeon, Cooking Demonstrations, 1812 Fashion Shows, 1812 Scavenger Hunt, Candy Cannon, Kids Mini Militia and much more! Musical entertainment will be provided by the Zoom Daddy's. 

Huntsville Festival of the Arts
Thursday July 6 – Saturday August 19, 2017 - Huntsville
This year’s summer lineup for the Huntsville Festival of the Arts promises to be better than ever! You can look forward to a broad array of talented performers. From Jesse Cook to Kyung-A Lee, and our own Hawksley Workman, there is something for every musical taste. The Festival covers a broad spectrum of classical and contemporary music events, as well as dance, theatre, literature, children's cultural activities and public celebrations.

Sainte Marie by Candle Light
July 6 – August 31 – Thursdays  - Midland
A guided tour of Sainte-Marie that highlights French and First Nations stories and the people who lived here from 1639 to 1649. Individuals such as Master Carpenter Charles Boivin and Blacksmith Louis Gaubert will be highlighted. The evening concludes in the Longhouse with a traditional First Nations story which is a memorable experience and not to be missed.

Ghost Tours Evening Experience
July 5 – August 30, 2017 – Wednesdays  - Penetanguishene
A spooky guided tour by candlelight featuring encounters with apparitions in the window and footsteps in the hallway.  Tales of actual people associated with the Military and Naval Establishments will include that of the McGarraty brothers who died on the march from York in June of 1831 and the tale of Private James Drury who died New Year’s Eve 1836 on guard duty at Officers’ Quarters.          

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