Weekend Fun Guide (May 17-20 2013)

Victoria Day 5

Happy Victoria Day Weekend!  This weekend marks what many feel is the beginning of summer!  Whether you are headed to the cottage, camping or hanging out at home, the weather looks like it’s going to be nice so be sure to get outdoors and have some family fun this weekend!


May 18th is International Museum Day!  The theme of the International Museum Day 2013Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change, aims at showing that the richness of our historical heritage, preserved and displayed by museums, together with the inventiveness and vitality that have characterised the museum sector’s action in recent years, are where the strength of museum institutions lies today.  Museums take advantage of the International Museum Day to meet their public and organise original activities. Find a Museum near you here


Many more local Farmer’s Markets are opening this weekend!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and of course some flower’s for Mom!


The weather is going to be perfect this weekend to take the family to the drive-in!  Check out a drive-in near you this weekend!


Feel like taking in a family flick this weekend?  Cineplex Theatres offer Family Favourites every Saturday at 11:00am for only $2.50.  http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town this Weekend…

Blue Mountain Village

May Long Weekend Fun – Greet summer on your favorite Village patio!  Enjoy live music, face painting, scavenger hunts, hiking, gondola rides, Grove Dancing and the 5th annual Rusty’s Rib Eating contest.  PLUS FIREWORKS

Georgian Bay

Doors Open – Celebrate spring and join Doors Open Georgian Bay as we open our doors and show you our community.  In 2013, we will showcase two National Historic Sites. Locks 44 and 45 will be open for the public and in full operation. These landmark icons serve as a waterway and bring boaters to our community from around the world. With many other sites to see, and a full day of touring, join us as we take you on a historical and artistic journey through Georgian Bay, and “Discover the Landscape through Arts and Culture.”


Celebrate Victoria Day @ Haliburton Highlands Museum – A party fit for a queen! Join us at the Haliburton Highlands Museum to celebrate Victoria Day as people would have during Queen Victoria’s lifetime! Tour our historic 1882 house, enjoy old-fashioned treats and play games on the lawn! Make sure to enter our Victorian trivia contest to win fantastic prizes!


A Royal Sunday – Please join us for a special interest tour of Dundurn Castle. Costumed staff will take you on a guided tour of the lavish home of Sir Allan MacNab. Discover Queen Victoria’s influence on style and traditions, MacNab’s contribution to suppress the Upper Canadian Rebellion of 1837 for which he was knighted, the MacNab family connection with the Royal Family and their recent visit to Dundurn Castle.


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.


Fanshawe Pioneer Village 54th Season Opening – Doors open on Saturday for another great season!  Come out and celebrate Queen Victoria’s Birthday on Monday  with nineteenth century games, historical speeches, and vintage baseball all in reverence to our longest reigning monarch.   Who knows?  She might just make a sea voyage to the colonies to visit with her subjects in the Upper Canadian town of Fanshawe.


Queen Victoria Birthday Celebration @ Upper Canada Village – Join in the celebration as our 1860s Village celebrates Queen Victoria’s birthday. Sing “God Save the Queen”, hear historical patriotic speeches, see grand military maneuvers, lace up for the 1860s athletic games, help out with the Village’s “Queen” (a hand-pumped fire engine), and enjoy a piece of birthday cake.


Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – The Victoria long weekend also marks the return of Canada’s longest-running fireworks series. Falls fireworks will take place on Friday, May 17, Sunday, May 19, and Monday, May 20 at 10 p.m., and will continue every Friday, Sunday, and holiday until September 1, preceded by the popular Coca Cola Concert Series on the Victoria Park Stage. The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls.


Victoria Day Fair – Starting off with a Dog Walk and Parade, this day will be lots of fun for the entire family!  Fun includes a midway, face painting, entertainers, food vendors, crafts and more!


Spring Tyme Fun @ Bronte Creek Park – Enjoy Spring Tyme on the Farm activities including Sewing on a treadle machine, Baking on a wood burning stove, Heritage spring cleaning chores, Victorian Games, Plant a seed —earn an Official Park Ranger stamp, Tour the Victorian Farmhouse, Self-guided spring walk along the Trillium Trail and more……


Sheep Shearing Festival @ Canada Agriculture Museum – It’s time for our sheep to be shorn at the Canada Agriculture Museum! Highlights include shearing demonstrations, border collies at work, spinning and weaving, felt-making, and much more.

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.

Port McNicoll

Portarama – “Come together” with friends and family for fun including bike decorating, face painting, bbq, carnival, dog show, parade, fireworks and the list goes on and on!

Seeley’s Bay

Spring Opener – Celebrating fun on the water with silly boat races, children’s activities, fishing, entertainment, bbq and more


Calithumpian Days – Activities held during Calithumpian Day include: dances, amusements, a trout brunch, parade, and fireworks and so much more family fun!



Pirates & Princesses @ Black Creek Pioneer Village – Three days of family fairytale fun! Bring your eye patches and tiaras. Celebrate stories such as Cinderella, Peter Pan and Rapunzel. Enjoy interactive entertainment, prince and princess lessons, Village wide treasure hunts and more.

HarbourKIDS Toronto International Circus Festival – It’s time again for the Toronto International Circus Festival! This Victoria Day weekend, dazzling daredevils, amazing acrobats, hilarious buskers and more take over our site. Kids can try out the circus arts: floor acrobatics, mini-trampoline, obstacle courses, trapeze, aerial hoop and more!  Kids will also get to play with fun circus props like ribbons, juggling scarves and bubbles!

Artfest @ the Distillery – A Celebration of the top 85 artists & artisans from across Canada. Artists are exhibiting at the Historic Distillery District for three days only. Come stroll the cobble stone lanes and take in the beauty of the Distillery District. Featuring pottery, glass, jewellery, paintings, wood turning, gourmet foods, live music and more. FREE admission.

Fireworks – Enjoy a the lighting up of the skies with a fireworks show at Canada’s Wonderland or Ashbridges Bay


Victoria Day Family Night & Fireworks (Sunday) – Bring the family out for a night of entertainers, inflatables, kids games, family fun and fireworks!


Victoria Day Activities – Visit the worlds finest shows featuring daily specials, great rides like:  The Scrambler, Hang Glider, Zero Gravity, Cobra Coaster & Raiders Obstacle Course And don’t forget yummy treats like Cotton Candy, Caramel Apples, French Fries, Onion Rings, Gourmet Hot Hotdogs & more


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