Weekend Fun Guide (June 7-9 2013)

Looking to do something different with the family this weekend?  There are lots of cool things happening this weekend including but not limited to radio-controlled planes, Highland games, food festivals and dragon boat festivals.  We know you’ll be able  to find something fun to do in our Weekend Fun Guide!

June 8th is World Oceans Day!  On World Oceans Day people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. Be a part of this growing global celebration!  Find an event in your area here


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!


Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.50



Farmer’s Markets are in full swing across Ontario!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce and  local offerings.


Doors Open Ontario – From April to October each year, communities open the doors to some of our most intriguing and charming heritage sites.  Admission is free! The Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these hidden heritage treasures first-hand. Make your travel plans for Doors Open Ontario events in 2013 and explore the rich heritage that awaits you.

Around Town this Weekend…


Ribfest – This isn’t just about the ribs…well okay it is but there is also some great live entertainment to watch, midway rides for the big and little kids, baseball and some of the best ribs around.


Loafer’s Lake Waterfront Festival – Enjoy the beautiful weather and join in the fun at the 2nd annual Loafer’s Lake Community Waterfront Festival. Learn about water safety for the summer season and participate in our variety of activities for all ages, including: peddle boats, inflatable games, rock climbing, camp games, fitness boot camps, face painting and much much more. There’s no shortage of fun here!


Downtown Cobourg Busker & Street Festival – An exhibition of professional street performers from around the world. Visitors are guaranteed to be entertained and amazed as Downtown Cobourg hosts the best of the best. Experience 3 blocks of street vendors, magicians, aerial acrobats, break dancers, stilt walkers, hula hoops, skateboard fire shows, BBQs, facepainting, dog shows, duck pond, airbrush tattoos, henna, kids’ activities and great food!


Christie Lake Float Fly  – Watch the Burlington R/C Modellers challenge the skies over Christie Lake with their radio-controlled airplanes. Planes take off and land on the water and provide exciting aerial demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Regular park admission applies.

Dundas International Buskerfest – Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all ages; come one come all, step right up – see the marvels, witness the wonders, feel the excitement of the greatest show on Earth!  Buskerfest is a celebration of some of the hardest working folk in showbiz; acrobatics, juggling, breakdancing, music, comedy, sideshow stunts…all out on the street working for gratuities! These talented folk and their craft and attracts performers from around the world who tour these festivals every year. This year in Dundas the countries of Canada, USA, Australia, Germany, Argentina & Israel will be represented.


Mudcat Festival – The festival celebrates one of the Grand River’s most well known inhabitants (the mudcat) and attracts thousands of visitors each year. A parade, kids fishing derby, live music, midway rides and fireworks are just a few of the weekend’s activities: voted by Festival Ontario as one of the top 100 festivals to attend, this event is one to mark on the calendar!


Highland Games – These games are committed to promoting and preserving Scottish Culture and Heritage in our community.  There will be individual and band competitions, highland dancers, heavy weight competitions, vendors, food vendors, cheer garden and clan village!


Guelph & District Multicultural Festival @ Riverside Park – Rain or Shine… food, music and most children’s activities take place inside large tents, so you can enjoy the Festival in all weather!  There will cultural performances, Bands in the Sessions Bar, Kids’ Corner Tent, Guelph Youth Council Activities and Highland Heavy Games.


LOUD Day!  @ Museum of Health Care – Think museums are quiet or boring? Let theMuseumofHealth Carechange your mind! Come make some noise and learn fun facts at theMuseumofHealth Carewith a “Balloon Blast Scavenger Hunt.” For one day only, our galleries will be filled to the brim with balloons. Pop the balloons to get skill-testing questions, then track down the answers within the Museum! While you’re at it, explore our Children’s Gallery and listen to other special sounds using stethoscopes and reflex hammers. No registration is required – drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm!


33rd Annual Greek Food Festival – Eat,Drink, Dance… OPA!Come be Greek for a day. We are celebrating our 33rd annual Greek festival showcasing our Greek culture and cuisine. Admission is $2.00 at the door. Children under 12 are free. So are you with non perishable food item donations for our local food bank. There will be live entertainment, children area, dance performers. All takes place at our community center at 527 Bridgeport Road E. on June 8th & 9th


Strawberry Festival – Local Berries, Local Artists and Local Favourites highlight the 2013 LaSalle Strawberry Festival  With a beauty pageant, parade, live sound stage, huge carnival and midway there is definitely something for everyone!  Come down this year and be treated to a free concert by Canadian recording artists “Crash Karma” on Saturday night.  Join Food Vendors from all across our region and enjoy the carnival brought to you by Robertson Amusements.  The LaSalle Strawberry Festival was selected as a top 100 festival in Ontario for 2013


Fiesta London – Come enjoy Fiesta London as it brings the sounds, culture and taste of Mexico to the City of London. A full-day of fun, food, Mariachi, and fiesta … a cultural experience!  Events include a chihuahua parade, taco, burrito and jalapeno eating contests, and live entertainment!

Muskoka Lakes

Spring Art Tour – Come out to visit the many talented artists and their work during the 11th Annual Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour!

Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Canada’s longest-running fireworks series is underway with fireworks 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.

Comic Con – Niagara Falls Comic Con will be held once again at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, but this time over the course of TWO DAYS: June 8 and 9, 2013. NFCC 2013 will feature more than 50,000 square feet of comic book vendors, artists, celebrities, and more to feed your need for all things comic and pop culture related.


Spring Boat, Cottage & Outdoor Show – Great in-water selection of new & pre-owned private & dealer boats, cottage & outdoor product displays, marine safety demonstrations, variety of vendors & more! Port of Orillia & waterfront parks, Lake Couchiching

Orillia Spring Blues Festival – Exciting live blues at Orillia restaurants, pubs, & waterfront park stage & beer garden! Exceptional lineup includes Juno Award winner Murray Porter with The Pappy John’s Band; The Ronnie Douglas Band; Doc MacLean, & the fabulous Lowrider Band! Downtown Orillia & Couchiching Beach Park


Peony Festival – The City of Oshawa is proud to present the 9th annual Peony Festival. Located in the heart of the beautiful Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, this free event displays 300 types of Peonies in the gardens and 100’s more in Children’s Arena. Artisans, live music, food, gardening seminars, community displays and more are all part of this remarkable flower festival.


The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head – Children’s Museum is celebrating the opening of The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD all weekend. The beloved toy character will lead you on spud-taneous escapades and hands-on activities, and introduce you to different occupations. Become a jungle explorer, command the spud sub under the sea, join the crew of the space SPUD, and team up with other junior archaeologists at King Tato’s ancient digs! Once you’ve completed these tater-ific tasks, head to the Studio to make and decorate a potato sack to collect the treasures you find on your own summer adventures.

Owen Sound

Annual Family Fun Festival – This is a free event, open to all families in the area. This year we have lots of fun activities planned, including bouncy castles, mini-golf, face painting, crafts, magic shows by “The Amazing Magician”, an interactive tent from The Rocking Horse and much, much more! We are happy to provide all these fun activities, water for everyone and a dessert treat for children at no cost. Pizza will be available for purchase at a very low price.


Historical Expo @ Paris Fairgrounds – Classic cars, model trains, antique engines, old time fiddles, entertainment, tractor pull and BBQ cook off are some of the fun things to see at the Paris Fairgrounds this weekend!


Duffins Creek Spring Fair @ Pickering Museum – Entertainers, music, kid’s activities, and steam show are all a part of this heritage fair set in our quaint pioneer village.  Backwoods Players will present, “The Beasts’ Lament”, written by Angela Steyn and Julie Oakes.  Enter the 3rd annual Beard and Moustache Competition with a heritage twist!


Kids Fun Fest –  Sarnia’s one of a kind children’s festival is a destination of choice for thousands of families in June. Children are engaged and entertained with games, crafts, special activities, community performance, outreach programs, the Medieval Village, the Kid’s Safety and Sports Zones, animal demonstrations, inflatables and community information and display areas devised to excite, challenge and educate young minds.

St. Catherines

Dragon Boat Festival –  Come watch these amazing boats compete in the Sport Division, Community/Corporate Division and Breast Cancer Survivor Division.  There will be a beer garden and a Large Vendor and Food Marketplace


Woofstock – Woofstock is the largest outdoor festival for dogs in all of North America.  Woofstock offers shopping, shows, contests, information and more.  Of course you can bring your dog if you want so they can strut their stuff in the Ms & Mr Canine Canada Pageant and other Woofstock contests.

Dundas West Fest – Spanning 12 city blocks from the Village of Brockton into Little Portugal (from Lansdowne to Roxton, just east of Ossington), Dundas West Fest features 3 festival stages, 6 busker areas, 2 kids’ areas, over 40 licensed patios and over many unique vendors.


Dragon Boat Festival – Dragon boat racing is a fun outdoor family event featuring races involving teams of 20 or more paddlers in the largest flat-water canoes in the world. Dragon dancers and vendors also featured.


Carrousel by the River – Celebrate culture @ Riverfront Plaza – This weekend the festival offers festival-goers fine food, music, warm hospitality and a myriad of cultural.  Riverfront Stage will come alive with a mixture of top quality entertainment, The Culinary Explosion Pavilion! will feature cooking demonstrations, seminars and challenges and the Children’s Village will be filled with entertainers, dancers, games, crafts, music and surprises to delight the youngest members of the family.


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