Blues at Blue
Date:   Saturday, July 14 – Sunday, July 15
Location: Blue Mountains - Blue Mountain Village - 156 Jozo Weider Blvd
Details: A weekend of rhythm and blues featuring the soulful sounds of Juno nominated BLACKBURN BROTHERS with 2 days of special guests and blues tribute by the Summit Band. Family activities and a mountain of fun! Other highlights include BAMBALAMB INTERACTIVE DRUMMING, UKULELE LESSONS, and SEAN PINCHIN.  See website for complete schedule.

Annual Muskoka Pioneer Power Show
Date:      Saturday, July 14 – Sunday, July 15
Location:  Bracebridge - J.D. Lang Activity Park Fairgrounds - 331 Fraserburg Rd
Details:    This year’s event will mark the 34th Annual Show. The theme is “FORD”. Join in this year to celebrate Henry Ford and all things Ford. Cars, trucks, tractors and more. Have an Antique or Collector Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Snowmobile etc.? Bring it out to the show so others can enjoy them too. Popular features at the show include heritage display rooms, Waterous saw mill demonstrations, Mowry shingle mill, log cabin, blacksmith shop, Linn tractor, engine displays, country store, antique tractor pulls, classic & antique vehicles, engine displays and a Grand Parade on Sat. (All Colours & Large Equipment Welcome) Tractor games, camping sites, vendors & free kid games. Food and beverages available at on-ground concessions. Consider coming out to this great community event!

Heritage Days
Date:      Sunday, July 15 from 10:30am to 4pm
Location:  Coldwater - Coldwater Canadiana Museum - 1474 Woodrow Rd
Details:    Celebrate Heritage Day at Canadiana, featuring “Letters from the Front” an Exhibit to honour the sacrifices of the men and women on both sides of the line during WW1. Re-enactors, Demonstrations, Church Service, Silent Auction, Family Fun, BBQ lunch. See the new additions: Children’s Play House, Postal Station refurbished and Equipment Storage Barn.

Makerfest
Date:      Saturday, July 14 from 10am to 3pm
Location:  Innisfil - Lakeshore Branch of Innisfil ideaLAB & Library - 967 Innisfil Beach Road
Details:    Don't Miss Out on the Biggest Maker Celebration North of the City! Free for all ages, this is bound to be a memorable day of epic proportions, bringing together educators, entrepreneurs, artist and engineers as they unveil their latest creations, interactive activities and inspire curious onlookers.

Heritage Day
Date:      Saturday, July 14 from 11am to 3pm
Location: Burk’s Falls - Watt Century Farmhouse Heritage Centre - 827 Chetwynd Road
Details:    Visit Burks Falls for Heritage day for a fun fill day for everyone! Teams of firefighters will converge on the field to test their skill, strength, and stamina! We invite families to come out and meet the five competing fire departments from Almaguin! This event offers an opportunity for the public to interact with fire crews and witness the demands of being a firefighter. Also in attendance will be the Royal Canadiana, a vintage hydroplane! This 1963 race boat still holds the world speed record for its class! The Royal Canadiana was Canada’s first 7 Litre hydroplane. There will be a 50 foot inflatable obstacle course for the big kids. There will also be games, popcorn and face painting. A BBQ lunch is available for purchase from the Almaguin Trefoil Guild and the Burk’s Falls Skating Club will be hosting a bake sale. Visitors are encouraged to visit the Historical Farmhouse, to take a step back in time, to check out all the historical artifacts and to drop a donation to our Historical Society.

17th Annual Purple Turtle Festival
Date:      Saturday, July 14 – Sunday, July 15
Location:  Jackson’s Point - The Briars Resort, Spa & Conference Centre - 55 Hedge Road
Details:    Come see amazing and original paintings, sculptures, photography, pottery, jewellery, woodcraft, native art, and other mediums. More than 35 artisans from Toronto to Tory Hill, Ontario, as well as local artists, have been selected. Stroll around the lush meadow, enjoy a BBQ prepared by the Briars’ chefs and shop with our vendors, keeping in mind holidays, birthdays, weddings and any other special occasions.

Ramara Classic Car Show
Date:      Saturday, July 14 from 10am to 4pm
Location: Lagoon City - Dry-Dock Marina - Lagoon City - 150 Laguna Pkwy
Details:    Six years ago the Ramara Chamber of Commerce held its first Ramara Classic Car Show at Crate’s Marina, now Brechin Dry Dock Marine, Lagoon City, Brechin, Ontario. Since then the event has grown to attract approximately 2000 visitors and 150 automobile exhibitors. This year, visitors will once again enjoy DJ’d music, browse the Vendor Booths, and enjoy the Brechin Legion’s BBQ as they tour the amazing vehicles; from antique legends and classic cars & trucks to muscle & modified cars. Visitor admission to the show is free!
 

Georgian Bay Garden Tour
Date:      Saturday, July 14 from 9am to 4pm
Location:  Various locations in the Midland Area (Penetanguishene, Tay, Tiny)
Details:    The Georgian Bay Garden Tour is an annual event held in the communities of Midland Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay, surrounding Southern Georgian Bay. Local gardeners open their home property for viewing on the day of the Tour.  The event features a self-guided tour ticket with maps and garden descriptions for over 12 gardens that are open to ticket holders during the tour. It features real gardens created by their owners with an occasional professionally landscaped property design.  The properties are both urban and rural, ranging from tiny intimate spaces, to acreage in the country. There is also a local farm featured because the importance of sustainable, local and organic food sources cannot be overstated. The Georgian Bay Garden Tour is a fund raising event supporting community charity agencies and organizations. This year, the Tour is partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters North Simcoe.
 

Culture Bridge Festival
Date:      Saturday, July 14 – Sunday, July 15
Location:  Newmarket - Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive
Details:    Experience your neighbour’s culture here in your own community – no passport needed. Culture Bridge Festival (CBF), a Celebration of Cultural Diversity, plans a variety of social experiences for everyone, children through to grandparents, that will bring them out of their homes and into the community to sing, dance and eat together in Newmarket (and East Gwillimbury). Be entertained by the various World artistic and cultural contributions, to the vibrant Canadian mosaic. Revel in the exciting, inviting intercultural exchange of songs, dances, magicians, food vendors, food trucks (come hungry), a marketplace, workshops and a Kidzone, along with a huge splash pad for the little ones.
 

Kids Downtown
Date:      Tuesday, July 10 from 7pm to 8pm and EVERY Tuesday in July
Location:  Newmarket - Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive
Details:    This family oriented entertainment show allows you to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to delight in the evening's kid-friendly entertainment. July 10 – Sing along with Russ. July 17 – Magic Show with Scott Dietrich. July 24 – Doo the Clown (as seen in the movie Billy Madison).  July 31 – TBD. Inclement weather location is inside the Community Centre & Lions Hall.

10th Anniversary - Island Lake Bass Fishing Derby
Date:      Saturday, July 14 – Sunday, July 15
Location:  Orangeville - Island Lake Conservation Area - 673067 Hurontario Street
Details:    There will be 10 tagged bass, each worth $100 to be caught during the derby!
6000+ in prizes on the line for the top 10 bass and the top pike, perch, and crappie. The two day catch & release derby was hosted by the Friends of Island Lake as a fundraiser for Island Lake Conservation Area.
 

Muskoka Butter Tart Festival
Date:      Saturday, July 14 from 10am to 5pm
Location:  Port Carling - Muskoka Lakes Museum - 100 Joseph St
Details:    The 2018 Muskoka Butter Tart Festival is adding more food-related displays this year!  Butter tarts priced by vendors. Butter tarts are on sale from opening at 10am, so be there on time as they usually sell out by noon! Come on over for a delicious treat and learn about the history of butter tarts in Muskoka with our butter tart display spread throughout each room of the museum!

Stayner Arts Festival
Date:      Saturday, July 14 from 9am to 4pm
Location:     Stayner - Station Park - 7259 Hwy 26
Details:    6th Annual This summer Stayner celebrates the local artists in our community and the surrounding area at the Stayner Art Fest. Located in the park on our main street, there will be arts and crafts, live music, and great food. Come see great works of art and meet the artists who made them. This year there will be free painting demonstrations by 4 established artists throughout the day.

Barrielicious
Date:      Friday, July 6 – Sunday, July 22
Location:  Barrie - Various restaurants in the Barrie Area
Details:    Barrie's premier food festival celebrating local restaurants and chefs. You can expect
prix fixe full course meals - ranging from $15 - $30, Go on a culinary journey and indulge in multicultural delicacies. Experience new menus – exceptional festival menus with delectable results.  Meet established and aspiring chefs. Support your local restaurants, enjoy a great meal with friends and family, and celebrate good food!

8th Annual Collingwood Art on the Street
Date:      Saturday, May 19 to Saturday, October 6
Location: Various locations throughout downtown Collingwood
Details:    For the 8th annual year, the streets of Downtown Collingwood will become an outdoor gallery of art. Artists hand paint original Muskoka chairs and artistic banners that are displayed throughout the town from May to October. Art on the Street showcases the diversity and talent of the creative community while enlivening the streets of Collingwood. Presented by Collingwood Downtown and the Town of Collingwood.

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons - 2018 Season
Date:      Opening for the season – Tuesday, May 1 to mid-October
Location:  Midland - Sainte-Marie among the Hurons - 16164 Hwy 12 E
Details:    Opens for the season! Ontario’s first European Community, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron Wendat people. Visitors get a unique opportunity to see the earliest Canadian pioneer life, through guided or self-guided visits, school group tours, interactive education programs and special events.  Visit the Interpretive Museum and themed gift shop, and complete your stay with a delicious meal in Restaurant Sainte-Marie. Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is pleased to offer fun and informative demonstrations and “hands-on” activities that share aspects of life in the 17th century. These include 17th century fire-starting, historic clothing and medicine, native games, 17th century music, historic cooking, and more. Additional activities for children will feature quill pen writing, candle making and corn husk doll making.


2018 Huntsville Festival of the Arts
Date:      Friday, July 6 – Sunday, August 17
Location: Huntsville – Various locations –
Details:    26th Annual! This year’s summer lineup for the Huntsville Festival of the Arts promises to be better than ever! We can look forward to a broad array of talented performers. From Queen Flash to Kyung-A Lee & Jihwan Cho, 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.

Ghost Tours at Discovery Harbour
Date:      Wednesday, July 4th (Opening Day) to Wednesday, August 29
Location:  Penetanguishene - Discovery Harbour - 93 Jury Drive
Details:    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.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Jazz In The Park
Date:      Tuesday, July 3 – Tuesday, August 28
Location: Wasaga Beach - Oakview Woods Gazebo or the Rotary Band Shell – Mosley Street
Details:    Your favourite Tuesday evening 7pm activity during July and August! Entertainment includes:  Huronia hot Springs, Lisa Hutchinson Band, Sultans of Strings, Georgian Sound Big Band, The Toronto All-Star Big Band, The Mike McCarthy Band, The Climax Band, Simcoe County Band, and the Regal Jazz Band.

South Georgian Bay Film Festival
Date:      Saturday, July 7 to Saturday, July 14
Location:     Collingwood at Simcoe Street Theatre and Wasaga Beach at CountryLife Resort
Details:    The South Georgian Bay Film Festival's (SGBFF) mission is to give regional, national and international filmmakers a platform to express their ideas and visions, as well as provide a venue to showcase the products of their creativity inclusive of the visual and dramatic arts, music industry and cultural background. The 2018 South Georgian Bay Film Festival is scheduled to take place July 7th to 14th, 2018, consisting of a week of View and Vote Events taking place at various venues throughout South Georgian Bay leading up to the Red Carpet Awards Gala on July 14, 2018, at the Wasaga CountryLife Resort, 91 Theme Park Drive, Wasaga Beach, Ontario.

2018 Huntsville Festival of the Arts
Date:        Saturday, June 30 – Saturday, August 18
Location: Huntsville – most performance will be at: Algonquin Theatre - 37 Main Street East
Details:   26th Annual! This year’s summer lineup for the Huntsville Festival of the Arts promises to be better than ever!  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. 

Moreston Heritage Village Opening Day
Date:      Opening July 1 for the season
Location:     Owen Sound - Grey Roots Museum and Archive - 102599, Grey County Rd 18
Details:    Moreston Heritage Village is officially opening for the summer season! Come wander our picturesque ten acre historical village, chat with the costumed interpreters, and see our farm animals! Opening Day festivities on July 1st include: • Live music • Blacksmith demonstrations • Costumed presenters • A chance to try your skill at milking “Milkyway”, the mechanical milking cow • Tasty treats at the bandstand • And much more!

Discovery Harbour – 2018 Season
Date:      Saturday, May 19 to Sunday September 2nd – 10am to 5pm daily
Location:  Penetanguishene - 93 Jury Drive
Details:    Experience what life was like at the 19th century outpost that was built to safeguard Upper Canada. Discovery Harbour is a picturesque waterside historic site situated on beautiful Penetanguishene Bay. It tells the story of the intriguing British Naval and Military outpost and its role in the War of 1812. Come aboard the magnificent replica ships H.M.S. Tecumseth and H.M.S. Bee.
Features: Daily guided War of 1812 themed tours on the historic site | Costumed staff, 19 reconstructed buildings and original Officer’s Quarters | On-deck activities aboard replica ships H.M.S. Bee and H.M.S. Tecumseth | Above and below deck tours on re-fitted replica ship H.M.S. Tecumseth based on 1815 log | Above and below deck tours on re-fitted replica ship H.M.S. Bee | Special summer activities including sailor’s ropework, 19th century cooking, dockyard demonstrations, quill pen writing and historic games (July-August) | Waterside Restaurant and Gift Shop

Music, Market, & Park It
Date:      Thursdays from June 7 to August 30
Location:  Stayner - Station Park - 7259 Highway 26
Details:    Every Thursday night during the Summer at Station Park in Stayner! Enjoy live music, local vendors, artists, kids entertainment and delicious food. While at the market enjoy a display of classic cars and trucks!

Music in the Park
Date:            Sunday, July 1 – Sunday, Aug 12
Location:     Thornbury - Bayview Park - 106 Bay Street East
Details:        Bring your lawn chair or blanket and relax on the grassy lawns by the shore of Georgian Bay while listening to different jazz artists each week. Picnic suppers available at the park provided by Sustenance Catering. To order ahead please call Jean at 705-888-6710.

The Ontario Travel Information Centre is at Mapleview Drive and Highway 400 in Barrie. They are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit www.ontariotravel.net for more.

 


 

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