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!
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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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