Monthly Archives: July 2013

Weekend Fun Guide (July 19-21 2013)

Happy Weekend!  Be sure to get out and enjoy the sunshine (and hopefully less humidity) with the family this weekend at a fun festival in Ontario!

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Tim Horton’s FREE Swim

Tim Horton’s is sponsoring FREE swim times at community pools across Ontario until the end of August.  Need to cool down and escape the heat?  Check out where these free swims are located

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National Ice Cream Day

Did you know that Sunday July 21st is National Ice Cream Day?!  Guess this means you can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner right?  And as if that wasn’t exciting enough,  the first 200 guests at each Cold Stone Creamery location will receive free ice cream

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Thinking about taking in a movie with the family this weekend?  Check out what’s playing on Saturday mornings at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.50!  You can also load the family into the car and head to a drive-in near you for some family fun!

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Visit a a Farmer’s Market near you this weekend to get some super fresh local produce and support the Farmers of Ontario.

Around Town this Weekend…

Ajax

Community Family Day – Looking for a great, free, family event that’s sure to please this summer? Then come to our 4th Community Family FUN Day! It’ll be jam-packed with sports, games, food, prizes, and face painting. Expect great fun for the whole family, especially for youth and with you there, it’ll undoubtedly be the best year yet!

Almonte

Almonte Fair – The annual fair of the North Lanark Agricultural Society is one of the oldest fairs in the Ottawa Valley.  Come with the family to enjoy the midway, tractor pull, vendors, food and fun!

Belle River 

Sunsplash Festival – Come see top racers from all over North America compete for national championships right here in Belle River on the Lake!  There will fun for the entire family with TD Family entertainment tent, live entertainment, a parade, vendors and food!

Blue Mountains

Famarama Children’s Festival – Come celebrate the family all weekend with amazing shows and activities!  Weekend schedule starts with a 10:30am hike, 11-5 Lego playcation, Bubble tower, The Silly People Variety Show, Balloon Twisting, Groove Dancing, Magic Show and The Second City Family Impro Show at 5pm!

Bracebridge

Muskoka Arts & Crafts Show – Now in its 51st year, Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ Summer Show is Muskoka’s oldest and largest outdoor art show. Set in a beautiful park, the Summer Show features 200 creative artists from across Canada. Approximately 20,000 to 25,000 enthusiastic people visit the Summer Show to meet the makers and see their work.

Caledon

Cuisine Art – Mark your calendar for the culinary event that celebrates the region’s best food, drink, and creativity! Join artists, taste makers, market vendors and thespians for a weekend to savour all summer long. Watch chefs in action and artists in action! Enjoy tasting stations, a gourmet market, dueling chefs at cook-offs with hosts Ali Hassan and Theresa Albert, and more.

Cayuga

Cayugafest – A great family festival along the banks of the Grand River including live entertainment, contests, craft and food vendors, kid fun zone and so much more for a fun family weekend.

Clarksburg

Raspberry Festival – Come for an hour and end up staying for the full day; try your hand at some of our games, relax while you feed the animals, pick your own raspberries and mingle with both old friends and new.

Fonthill

Summerfest – Pelham Summerfest is a four day celebration of local artisans, buskers, business exhibits, local farmers and street food vendors.

Hanover

Sights and Sounds Festival – Sights & Sounds is a celebration of Art & Music that’s fun for all! Day time enjoy live music under the sun, games, art and more. Evening enjoy theatre, band tour pub crawl and street dance.

Kitchener

Ribfest and Craft Beer Show – Barbequed ribs and chicken, great craft-brewed beer, live entertainment – all in the great atmosphere of Victoria Park.  Life doesn’t get much better!  Bring your friends, family and co-workers and savour the flavour!

Lansdowne

Lansdowne Fair – Agricultural Fair featuring horse pull and harness racing competitions, demo derby, arts & crafts, culinary, floral, vegetable, photography, antique displays, grandstand entertainment and more.

Listowel

Agricultural Fair – The theme for 2013 is “Picture Perfect North Perth!”
There are almost all of the same great events at the fair plus a few new ones! Plan to attend the Listowel Fair where ‘the town & country meet!’

London

Home County Music & Art Festival @ Victoria Park London – Home County presents its 40th Anniversary festival in downtown London. Hear some of Canada’s finest songwriters sharing the stories behind their songs on three afternoon workshop stages, and sit back and enjoy the evening main-stage concerts at the Kiwanis Memorial Bandshell.  Home County is renowned for its juried craft show, showcasing 120 Canadian artisans. Craft booths include pottery, glass, jewelry, fine art, textiles, metal, wood, photography and gourmet foods.

Longlac

Summerfest – Lots of activities for all ages. Baseball tournament (non-competitive and competitive). Fish fry, parade, beef on the bun, fish derby, family dance, beer gardens. Pop and hot dog sale, Show and Shine. Volunteer of the year award. Entertainment by local artists. Pony rides (free). And much much more.

Mississauga

Rotary Ribfest – Not only can you indulge in some sticky yummy ribs from many different ribbers but you can also enjoy some live entertainment, carnival and midway!

Mount Forest

Fireworks Festival – Amusement Park, Live Entertainment, One of the Largest Classic Car Shows in Ontario, Motorcycle Show n’ Shine, Helicopter Rides, A&W Outdoor Movie, Award-Winning Mega Magic Show, Friday Night Video Dance, Kids Entertainment, Vendors, Sidewalk Sales and the highlight: Saturday Night Fireworks Extravaganza!

Orangeville

Ribfest – Come on out to the fourth annual Orangeville Rotary Ribfest at the Alder Street Rec Centre, July 19-21, for a weekend of fantastic ribs and great music! There will be six energetic ribbers serving up thousands of mouth-watering-barbecued-fall-off-the-bone-get-your-hands-messy ribs. There will also be a beer tent, midway for the kids and continuous live-entertainment on the big stage.

Orillia

Scottish Festival – A Scottish celebration! Ceilidh at Orillia Legion Friday & Sunday; parade Downtown at Noon, pipe & drum competitions, entertainment & vendors at Couchiching Beach Park Saturday!

Ottawa

Ice Cream Festival – Do you like ice cream? Visit the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on Sunday, July 21 (National Ice Cream Day), and learn about the journey from cow to cone. Practice your milking technique on the Museum’s wooden cow and get the scoop on how dairying technology now includes milking machines, and even robotic milkers.  Try your hand at an old-fashioned manual ice cream maker, and taste your own yummy creation, as well as gelato, frozen yogurt and an ice cream smoothie.

Perth

Stewart Park Festival – Under a canopy of majestic maple trees, the Stewart Park Festival in Downtown Heritage Perth brings together an eclectic variety of Canadian and International musicians for a great weekend of over 30 outdoor concerts. The weekend has entertainment for everyone including children’s entertainment and an international food and artisans market.

Sault Ste. Marie 

Summer Festival – Savour the lip-smackin’ BBQ at the Ribfest…Revel in the antics of the street entertainment at Cirque du ROTARYFEST…Frolic in the PlayZone where you get hands-on and creative, Boogie to the continuous free entertainment and take a ride on the midway!

St. Thomas

Day out with Thomas – Thomas is charged up and ready to GO GO for the 2013 Day Out With Thomas tour! Presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, Day Out With Thomas provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride with their favorite tank engine, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in Imagination Station, and much more in a city near you! Ready, Set… Go, Go Thomas!

Toronto

Beaches International Jazz Festival – We are Toronto’s signature Jazz event, attracting millions of people far, wide, and across the street. Each component that makes up the festival is filled with great music, large crowds and an engaging atmosphere. Experience the robust stylings of Toronto’s fine music artists! Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul, Disco, Swing, Ska, Reggae, World Beat, Hip Hop, Pop, Samba, Flamenco and more embody the symphonic fusion of sounds that make up Toronto and beyond.

Tirgan Festival @ Harbourfront Centre – Through music, dance, theatre, cinema, literature, visual arts, food and crafts, Tirgan Festival highlights the richness of the contemporary and traditional art and culture of Iran. Most events FREE.

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Weekend Fun Guide (July 12-14 2013)

Another summer week has flown by and it’s time to get out and have some Weekend Fun with the family.  Check out what’s going on across Ontario …

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Family Fishing Week

Ontario Family Fishing Events is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card.  Events such as festivals, clinics, derbies and workshops are hosted across the province. To find an event near you, visit the Events List from Ontario Family Fishing. Each event provides a great opportunity to get outside, spend some wholesome time with the family, and develop a strong connection with conservation through the enjoyment of fishing.

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Around Town this Weekend…

Belleville

Waterfront & Ethnic Festival – This 4-day family fun event is FREE!  Check out the tasty Ethnic Food Village, fun-filled Midway, top quality Main Stage Entertainment, large Vendor Exposition and children’s Movie & TV Stars!

Blue Mountain 

PedalFest – All for the love of the BIKE!  Enjoy the kids bike parade, bike demos, bike vendors, unicycle demos, bike movies, live music and guided rides including Centurion training rides.

Bolton

Rotary Ribfest – The Rotary Club of Bolton invites you all to join us for our first annual ribfest. We promise to have one incredible weekend of mouth-watering ribs, entertainment and family fun! We will feature some of the most renowned professional ribbers as well as many other food vendors, to satisify everyone’s tastebuds.  There will also be entertainment for all ages all weekend long including bands, midway, crafters, marketplace….

Brampton

Carabram – Carabram provides an opportunity for families to experience the rich culture, food, crafts, drink and entertainment of different ethnic groups in Brampton and the surrounding community attracting thousands to this event.

Cornwall

Lift-Off Hot Air Balloon Festival – The festival features 25 majestic hot air balloons, flying each morning and evening.  Take a balloon ride, watch them float overhead and enjoy the entertainment.

Essex

Funfest – A three-day family-friendly fun packed event!  Midway parade, youth talent show, pageants, live entertainment, a Bavarian garden, carnival rides, food, art & craft booths, sports tournaments and Sunday night fireworks.

Gananoque

Pirate Days – Join us July 11th to 16th for some swashbuckling fun for the whole family. Before setting sail on the Mighty St. Lawrence, aboard a Gananoque Boat Line tour; bring the children for face painting and lots of other fun surprises for everyone!  Have your picture taken with Celebrity Impersonator Ronnie Rodriguez.

Goderich

Summerfest – Come downtown Goderich for Carnival and Midway rides, entertainment, face painting, food vendors and live entertainment!

Guelph

Festival Italiano – Some of the many annual events that happen over the weekend include a children’s and adults bocce tournament, children and adult cheese rolling contest and the ever popular men’s Grease pole climb.There is plenty of delicious Italian food loads of musical entertainment and fun for the whole family.

Holstein

Rodeo Weekend – Ontario’s #1 Rodeo is BACK in Holstein!  The 12th Annual Holstein Rodeo returns, July 11th-14th, with great music, delicious food, and of course more wild rodeo action!

Kingston

Buskers Rendezvous –  We have performers coming from all over the world doing things that you can’t even imagine! Jugglers, chalk artists, fire throwers, acrobats, comedians, face painters, stuntmen and much, much more!

Markham

Night it Up! – An outdoor night market styled in the vein of night markets from Taiwan and Hong Kong and many others from across Asia. There will be over 100 food and merchandise vendors selling street cuisine and trinkets similar to what you would find at an authentic night market in Asia.

Ottawa

RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest – This award winning, multi-staged music extravaganza is the biggest outdoor music festival in Canada and is considered one of the most important music events in North America. Thousands of national and international performers are featured annually at LeBreton Flats Park, in downtown Ottawa.

Paris

Streetfest – Visit Paris Streetfest for contests, entertainment, bouncy castles, vendors and lots of fun for the entire family!

Parry Sound 

Ribfest –  Join us for the 2ND ANNUAL Parry Sound Ribfest! Live entertainment, Kids area, 3 Ribbers from across North America, Beer garden, 4 great days full of LIP-SMACKIN’ fun!!

Port Severn

Just Add Water Festival – Enjoy this 3-day waterfront festival with a midway, face painting, games, beer tent, artists, crafts, displays, vendors, food and of course entertainment!

Toronto

Brickfête – Don’t miss the biggest LEGO Fan event in Canada!!  Amazing, jaw dropping, outstanding LEGO creations built by hobbyists.  These unique and detailed builds include robots, buildings, modes of transportation, space crafts, pirates, mosaics and more!  Build your own masterpiece, buy the set you’ve been looking for or enter to win great prizes!

Fringe Kids! – Presented annually as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, FringeKids! features eight productions chiefly for the littlest of Fringers. Performances range from puppet shows and interactive musicals to fantastical tales and charming classics. FringeKids! is the perfect chance to introduce children to the magic of performing arts without hurting your budget. Children’s tickets (ages 12 and under) are just $5! Adult tickets are $10. Babes in arms are free.

Festival of India – This unique festival launches with a dynamic, high-energy parade down world-famous Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The celebrations then shift over to Centre Island for two days of festivities. 40,000+ people expected.  The festival is open to the public and is FREE for everyone.

Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival – St. Clair Avenue West will be transformed into a showcase of Latin Life where live music, dance lessons, fiery food and family fun take over the street.

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Thinking about taking in a movie with the family this weekend?  Check out what’s playing on Saturday mornings at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.50!  You can also load the family into the car and head to a drive-in near you for some family fun!

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Visit a a Farmer’s Market near you this weekend to get some super fresh local produce and support the Farmers of Ontario.

Wanted: Little Scientists in the Making!

Have a child that is full of curiosity?  

Mad Science Camp is where they need to be this Summer!  

Mad Science Summer Camp

Join Us For “The Best Summer Camp Ever!”

Kids everywhere LOVE Mad Science Summer Camp!  Look for this awesome day camp in your town!  Each camp day is jam packed with awesome demonstrations, tons of hands-on activities and lots of indoor and outdoor fun.

Children from grades 1-6 will enjoy learning about a variety of science principles, interacting with our awesome Camp Counselors and having fun with friends!

Our hands-on approach to science learning instills in each child, a love for all things science and a confidence in their ability to grasp a sometimes feared area of learning!

Crank up your cranium with an awesome week of Mad Science Summer Camp! 

Choose any or all of our four cool themes!

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Beast,Bridges & Brews

Campers will shake, rattle and roll the world of simple machines as they are challenged to build bridges and a four foot high Geodesic Dome. Everyone will speak bird and be a bit buggy while they build bug and bird houses. Mixing, mashing and brewing will result in cool sidewalk chalk and bath fizzers during a day in the chemistry lab. The wonders of photography will be revealed as children learn about cameras, light and colours.  Daily themes include:  Jr. Engineers, Machine Mania, Crazy Chemistry, The Birds & The Beasts, Shutterbugs

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Flight Academy

The week will fly by as we travel through time looking at the earliest flying machines right up to modern day rocket launches. We’ll cover it all. Become a Junior Aviator and discover the principals of flight and aerodynamics. Zip up your space suit for a planetary tour while we investigate the wonders of our very own Milky Way.  Join your fellow astronauts as we send an awesome Mad Science rocket to the moon…well at least into the sky! As Mad Science Technicians, you will build sundials, telescopes, parachutes and an incredible wind tunnel simulator.   It will be a blast!  Daily themes include:  The Wright Stuff, It’s An Up Thing!, The Milky Way, Newtons Loco-Motion, Rockin’ Rockets

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Rocket Camp

Yes we are Rocket Scientists! All things rocket will be explored. This action packed week focuses on the physics of rocket flight, the parts of a rocket and rocket launches. Campers will build several types of rockets and participate in the launching of at least 10 different rockets. Children will be divided into three groups for each rocket launch; Altitude Trackers, Launch Preparers and Launchers. They will have the opportunity to experience all three roles over the course of the week. Daily themes include:  Rocket Basics, Rocket Flight, Mission Control, Rocket Propulsion & Recovery, Go for Launch!

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Claws, Codes & Constellations

A week of sleuthing, investigation and discovery await campers. Secret code wheels, Morse code and hidden messages will be decoded. We will hunt down animal tracks and follow scent trails during a day of nature discoveries. The wonders of gravity, balance and the science behind the elusive sweet spot will be investigated. Everyone will be challenged not to break an egg during our crazy egg toss. A renewed appreciation for the earth and the role science can play in preserving our planet will emerge. The marvels of astronomy will be revealed when we make a telescope. Daily themes include: Mad Messages, Earth Awareness, The Science of Sport, Nature, Space Day

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 FAQs about Mad Science Camp

Did you know Mad Science also offers cool Birthday Parties, In-School Programs and Workshops?  Well, it’s true and full of FUN!

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Weekend Fun Guide (July 5-7 2013)

Summer

Loving this short week as it means the weekend is just around the corner again!  Temperatures are expecting to stay high this weekend so try to keep cool by hitting the beach or a local Water Park.  There are also lots of fun things to keep you busy in our Weekend Fun Guide!

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Family Fishing Week 

Ontario Family Fishing Events is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card.  Events such as festivals, clinics, derbies and workshops are hosted across the province. To find an event near you, visit the Events List from Ontario Family Fishing. Each event provides a great opportunity to get outside, spend some wholesome time with the family, and develop a strong connection with conservation through the enjoyment of fishing.

dogs-in-movies

Thinking about taking in a movie with the family this weekend?  Check out what’s playing on Saturday mornings at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.50!  You can also load the family into the car and head to a drive-in near you for some family fun!

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Visit a a Farmer’s Market near you this weekend to get some super fresh local produce and support the Farmers of Ontario.

Around Town this Weekend…

Almonte

Celtfest  – A three day fun-for-all ages celebration of the Ottawa Valley’s music, song, and dance heritage. Held in Almonte’s Gemmill Park amphitheatre, local pubs and Old Town Hall, Celtfest features excellent concerts, workshops, artisans and food venues and children’s activities. Admission is by donation.

Amherstburg

Rotary Ribfest –  This is a family event – there is something for everyone – food, entertainment, midway rides, children’s activities, a licensed area, and best of all – great ribs! As an added bonus, parking and admission are FREE but donations are greatly appreciated.

Blue Mountain

Jazz on the Mountain – It’s Canada’s newest Jazz festival!  Over 30 free and ticketed concerts, master class workshops and the late night club series.  Children can enjoy outdoor animated acoustic musicians, face-painters and street performers.  This is a family-friendly fun for all ages.

Bracebridge

Reggae Muskoka – We invite you to join the celebration, as Bracebridge comes alive with the sound of reggae music, the sweet aroma of Caribbean food and the many vendors’ booths, decked out with a variety of crafts and other products.

Cambridge

2013 Forbes Park Music Festival – A fun-filled family day featuring clowns, jugglers, children’s rides/games, playground, splash pad, arts and crafts and food vendors. Various live bands on stage, refreshment tent and many other exciting activities for the entire family.

Chatham

Lavendar Festival – $3 admission (12 and under free) helps support the Growing Chefs! Classroom Gardening Project  As always there will be more lavender, local musicians, artisans and local producers bringing you the best Chatham-Kent has to offer!

Flamborough

John Burns Memorial Fishing Derby @ Valens Conservation Area – Catch the Big One and win great prizes for children and adults.  Prizes for the largest northern pike, largemouth bass and, for children, panfish.  Bait and boat rentals are available.  Runs from sunrise to 2 p.m.

Goderich

Festival of Arts & Crafts – The Festival of Arts and Craft is held in a park in beautiful historic Goderich. The event hosts as many as 150 craft persons who display their wares. The festival draws thousand of tourists to our lake-side town every year. You do not want to miss the opportunity to see and purchase unique, hand-crafted items. The festival is also the largest fund raiser for Huron Women’s Shelter.

Huntsville

Rotary Dockfest – Come out for this FREE day of family fun!  The starts with a yummy pancake breakfast and there will be face painting, children’s crafts and a magician.  Be sure to check out the DockFest parade of boats as well as the main events, the bathtub races!  The day winds down with a live band at the band shell.

Kincardine

Scottish Festival – Regarded as a world class Scottish Festival, patrons will be invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of Scotland on the shores of our own Loch Huron.  With 30 Pipe Bands, 200 Highland Dancers and plenty of talented Celtic performers, the Festival is a sure crowd pleaser.  The Festival offers a vast array of activities for young and old.  From our competitions of Piping and Drumming, Highland Dancing and Heavy Events, to the Parade, Clan Avenue and evening concerts, there is something for everyone.

Lakefield

Jazz, Art & Craft Festival – The 15th annual Lakefield Jazz Art Craft Festival invites you, your friends and family to come to a breezy day of outdoor summer living July 6 beside Lakefield’s scenic Otonabee River to enjoy a wide variety of Jazz music, colourful works for sale by artisans and crafters, plus interesting foods and ice cold beverages.

London

Victorian Teddy Bear Picnic – On Sunday, July 7th all the bears are gathering for a Victorian Teddy Bear Picnic.  Bring out your favourite stuffed friend for an afternoon of games in the park.  Watch a puppet show and make your very own teddy bear puppet.  Join Victorian Bear for a parade and enjoy a picnic of lemonade and cookies served in a china tea cup. Children and teddies alike will love many more activities throughout the Village.

Sunfest – TD Sunfest is Canada’s Premier celebration of World Music & Culture which is held over 4 days each July in beautiful Victoria Park, London, Ontario.

Milton

Farm Fun for Kids – Come to Country Heritage park all weekend for some good old fashioned fun!  Go for a tractor and wagon ride, play in the play barn, tour the buildings and pack a picnic!

Orangeville

150th Birthday Bash – Come out an celebrate the town’s 150th Birthday with a Community breakfast & lunch, Kids Zone, Strolling buskers, heritage walking tours,  juried art show, and lots of live entertainment.

Orillia

Mariposa Folk Festival – For more than 50 years, Mariposa has been presenting world class creators and performers of folk, roots, blues, gospel, acoustic and world music traditions in a beautiful, family-friendly setting.

Owen Sound

Music & Movies – On Friday nights for the month of July, see a family favourite under the stars at Harrison Park for FREE. The evening starts at 8 p.m. with supervised playtime for children, followed by an up-and- coming musical act at 8:30 and movie at 9:00.
Ottawa

RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest – This award winning, multi-staged music extravaganza is the biggest outdoor music festival in Canada and is considered one of the most important music events in North America. Thousands of national and international performers are featured annually at LeBreton Flats Park, in downtown Ottawa.

Toronto

Taste of Lawrence – This is an international food and cultural festival, celebrating the cultural diversity of the Wexford Heights community. The event features food from India to Italy to Jamaica, live entertainment, children can take part in arts and crafts and a chance to break a Guinness Book World Record to create the World’s Largest Necklace in the Kids Zone.

Afrofest – Afrofest is a FREE festival featuring music, dance, mouth-watering food, a large bustling marketplace and much more. It will take place on July 6 & 7, 2013 at Woodbine Park

Corso Italia Annual Street Festival – Enjoy streets lined with vendors offering a world of delicacies, amazing live entertainment, world-class shopping, fun contests and more!  Join us for a can’t-miss weekend of fun for all ages!

Warkworth

Warkworth Western Ram Rodeo Weekend – The Percy Agricultural Society (Warkworth Fair Board) and the RAM Rodeo Tour are pleased to announce this year’s RAM RODEO!  For 16 years the Warkworth Western Weekend has provided the thrills and live action of real Rodeo in the amazing little town of Warkworth just east of the GTA. Friday night starts the Weekend off with the Annual Western Gaming Show and Saturday and Sunday it’s the Ram Rodeo.

Wasaga Beach

Georgian Triangle Music Festival – A multi-venue, multi genre, three day music festival with over 60 Musical Acts all at the mouth of South Georgian Bay