Oh how I just love, love, LOVE this weather. Spring makes me happy! I love all the outside time my kiddies get, the exercise from riding bikes and scooters and catching up with the neighbours as we dust off the Winter cobwebs. Be sure to get outside with your family this weekend and welcome Spring with open arms!
Spring is in the air and that means that fresh produce and local items will be available at Farmers Markets. Many are already open or opening soon. Check for a Farmer’s Markets near you!
Did you know that May 4th is FREE Comic book day? Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. Check for store near you here
Around Town this Weekend…
Maple Festival & All That Jazz – Where you’re once again tempted by the Maple Syrup Products, especially the maple donuts! This is a festival that appeals to young and old alike, made better by the spirit of the town’s residents. Enjoy a hot pancake breakfast, stroll through the historic town with its many boutique shops and services and to see the joy on the faces of the children as they wait to go on the latest rides. While enjoying maple products sit a listen to some of the many jazz bands sprinkled throughout the town.
Migration Mania @ Presqu’ile Park – Yellow, green, indigo, orange streaking across the sky and into the new leaves of the trees in Presqu’ile! It can only mean one thing: Spring Migration!If you are new to bird life in the Park — or want to sharpen your skills — come for the spotting, and the tips on how to find these dazzling gems by sight and sound. Participants would be expected to bring their own binoculars.
Home & Garden Show @ RBG – There will be exhibitors, seminars and a kids zone where they can make and decorate a coconut pot, then plant a seed to take home with you.
Auxiliary Plant Sale @ RBG – Bring a piece of Royal Botanical Gardens to your own garden. Specialty annuals, herbs, veggies, Native Plant, ferns, perennials, shrubs, iris & hemerocallis from RBG’s collection, Auxiliary Favourites, and more . . .
Frog Watchers Hike @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – The swamps and ponds at Mountsberg are alive with the calls of frogs and toads! Experienced guides help guests search for these amazingly vocal creatures as well as the elusive salamanders. A Puppet show and pond study bring this night alive for young naturalists. The event takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration required
Studio Art Tour – The annual Grand Bend Area Studio & Gallery Tour in Grand Bend and Port Franks, Ontario, Canada features more than 34 artists working in a range of media from fine art in oils, pastels, watercolours, acrylics, glass, textiles, wood and photography. Studio tour brochures can be picked up at Grand Bend’s Welcome Centre, open Monday to Friday noon to 4pm and on Saturday
Hawkwatch Season – Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in Grimsby is Niagara’s best viewing location of the annual migration of birds of prey. See hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures overhead as they migrate north from South and Central America, the Caribbean and the United States to their Canadian nesting areas. Experience this natural phenomenon at Beamer.
Doors Open – Doors Open Hamilton celebrates and informs visitors and citizens alike of the rich architectural and cultural heritage of this former steel town as it evolves into a diverse, eclectic and creative community. Our 11th annual event, organized by community volunteers, will open 50 sites across the city
Doors Open – (Saturday only) – Come out and discover Innisfil’s gems on May 4. Highlights for 2013 include historical walking tours, street entertainers, a behind-the-scenes theatre tour, agricultural tours and emergency services demonstrations.
Cinco de Mayo Festival – The Kitchener Market will heat up on Saturday, May 4 with Latin cultural activities for the whole family, including crafts, face painting, and cooking classes for children and adults, featuring Mexican menu items. Live entertainment will commence at 10:30 a.m.
Festival of Birds @ Point Pelee National Park – Become part of spring migration at Point Pelee National Park, the special place where birds and birders meet. Lush forest meets expansive wetlands, offering up opportunities to find a wide variety of species. Check out their website for specifics on hikes and activities.
Farm Spring Craft Show @Country Heritage Park – “An extravaganza of talent and originality”! Over 135 juried craft vendors, Quality handcrafted jewellery, fashion, art, furnishings and Live entertainment and food
Mompreneur Showcase – Join us as we we showcase over 100 local mom-owned businesses from Milton and surrounding areas! Enjoy FREE Family fun, activities, interactive stations, and of course lots of unique shopping!
Orillia Perch Festival – One of Canada’s Largest Registered Fishing Derbies! Over Sixty Tagged Perch worth $500 Each! Plus … Thousands of Dollars in Daily, Weekly and Grand Prize Draws! JUST FISH TO WIN !!! On April 20th until May 11th
Mama and Chicks @ Quality Hotel (Friday only) – A fabulous Shopping day out with over 55+ Vendors selling unique products, many of them handmade! Vendors are all are either small local businesses or mompreneurs. Come and support our many mompreneurs and small businesses in our community.
New Learning Centre Grand Opening @ Canada Agricultural Museum – Come see our brand new space and see what a great addition it will make to the Museum. While you’re at it, visit the Museum for a fun-filled day of activities and demonstrations, such as ice cream making, butter making, grooming a calf, making an edible craft, and seeing tools and farm machinery in action. With so much already going on, visiting the animal barns and playing on the play structure are just icing on the cake!
Tulip Festival – The Canadian Tulip Festival is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting some 600,000 visitors annually. The festival’s mandate is to preserve this heritage and celebrate the tulip as a symbol of international friendship by engaging local organizers, volunteers, artists, performers, tourists and festival-goers in what has become an annual ritual of spring and one of Canada’s best loved and well-known cultural events.
Handmade Harvest SPRING Show – Join us, and 50+ vendors as we revisit the home of good old fashioned barn dances, pie eating competitions, and the ever popular Handmade Harvest SPRING Show
Doors Open – (Saturday only) Come and discover Peterborough’s most exciting STARS as Doors Open Peterborough celebrates some of the most popular sites from the past 10 years. Doors Open Peterborough will offer residents and visitors a chance to connect and engage with the architectural and cultural heritage of this community. Free fun for family and friends!
Home & Living Show – Lots to see & do with over 70 exhibits, demonstrations, speakers and entertainment.
M4S show @ Queen Elizabeth Exhibit Hall, Exhibition Place – What do toothpaste, diamonds and Magnets have in common? Find out at M4S! M4S is a FREE public Mining, Minerals, Metals and Materials show. Hands-on educational activities for the whole family. Plus, attendees can enter for a chance to win a De Beers diamond valued at over $3,500!
Four Winds Kite Festival @ Kortright Centre – It’s time to look up, way up, and watch the fabulous and fascinating kites that will fly through the air. This is a great great way to get out for some family as everyone looks sky-high at the professional kite flying demonstrations and enjoys some Spring themed activities.
14th Annual Spring Toad Festival @ Toronto Zoo – Celebrate the arrival of spring by experiencing the sights and sounds of amorous male toads in search of that special someone! There will be heaps of fun activities for children and adults alike, including: face painting, froggy games like “Fish for a Prize,” Toady the Mascot, lessons on tracking wildlife using GPS technology, and information on how to become a Frog Watcher or Turtle Detective. It’s “toad-ally” fun for the whole family!
Walleye World Fishing Derby – The 2013 Walleye World is shaping up to be a major event once again with some exciting new additions and new friends coming to join us on the waters of the Bay of Quinte. This year we have upsized our entertainment, activities and contests.
Doors Open – (Saturday only) – Whitby’s unique identity is showcased through both new and historical sites. The provincewide theme this year – Cultural expressions – will celebrate the relationship between heritage and the arts, giving visitors the opportunity to view some of Whitby’s most interesting landscapes through the eyes of an artist. Explore the creativity, special programming, demonstrations, tours and musical performances at our various sites
Petapalooza Pet Expo – Join the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society May 4 & 5 at Roseland Golf and Curling Club for the second annual Petapalooza Pet Expo. Come check out the businesses and services providing products to Windsor area pet owners, get professional advice about your pets, and sample the many great products available for purchase. The first 500 paid entries will receive goody bags full of awesome coupons, swag and other valuable information. Admission is $2 per person and free for kids under 12. Dogs and cats welcome!