Weekend Fun Guide (August 16-18 2013)

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So it might feel like Fall is already here but trust me that there is still lots of summer left.  Our weekend fun guide is proof that there are lots of fun summer activities taking place across Ontario this weekend! Get out and have some fun with your family this weekend!

Drive-in

There are some great family movies in theatres right now so why not take the family for a night out at a local drive-in?!   You can also check out what’s playing on Saturday morning at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.50!

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Ontario Farmer’s Markets are in full swing bringing you the best and freshest produce around.  Support the Farmers of Ontario by shopping at your local farmer’s market this weekend!

Know of an upcoming fun family event?  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca and we’d be happy to share your event!

Around Town this Weekend…

Barrie

Caribfest – This cultural celebration will feature an African and Caribbean Arts exhibition cultural celebration Reggae, Soca, Steel Pan music and dance on the main stage.   Food will be a big part of the celebration with a number of vendors providing a wide variety of tasty Caribbean dishes.

Bayfield

Fall Fair – Our fair promotes family friendly activities, healthy competition in many areas, and entertainment for all ages. It presents facts about many aspects of agriculture and especially focusses on beans with our theme this year.Enjoy a wonderful weekend meeting old friends and making new ones. Be part of the community which meets annually at the Bayfield Fall Fair.

Bracebridge

Highland Games – “Scot or not, come enjoy a wee bit o’ the Highlands in the Heart of Muskoka”.  Come on out to beautiful Bracebridge for a weekend of dance, music, strongman competition, pipe bands and more!

Bradford

Carrot Fest – Carrot Fest takes place on the streets of downtown Bradford, Ontario.  Here you will find a street market, with over 300 vendors, Ontario DockDogs Association Competition, Pro Wrestling, CarrotFast 5km Charity Run, Gable Bros. Midway, inflatable amusement rides, main stage, strolling entertainment, buskers, live music, artisans and much more!

Burlington

Children’s Festival – The 22nd Annual Children’s Festival is being planned for Saturday August 17th & Sunday August 18th, 2013. Get ready to juggle more fun than you can handle… Children’s Festival fun has run away to join the circus!

Cobourg

Ribfest – Northumberland Ribfest isn’t just about ribs. We also had a great line-up of entertainers appearing at the historic Victoria Park Band Shell and our popular Marketplace will also be back.

Dunnville

Agricultural Fair – The 19th Annual Dunnville Agricultural Fair will feature competitions in home/hand craft,(quilting, knitting, fancy work, crafts & clothing), canning, baking, horticulture, amateur photography, art (any medium), community challenge, junior competitions, school fair, home craft demos, goats, novice goat keepers, sheep, future shepherds, light/heavy horse show, miniature horse show, baby show, pet show, petting zoo, kid’s games & activities, entertainment, food, fun, Emergency Personnel Chilli contest!

Elora

Riverfest – Elora celebrates their town and music with an awesome line up of musical talents!

Jacksons Point

Splash Festival – The Festival is a fun-filled weekend with sports and water activities for kids, teens and adults; not to mention plenty of food, music and art!

Kitchener

Kidspark – Kidspark is an exciting day full of activities, entertainment, music, art, crafts and more!  Because Kidspark is celebrating it’s 25th Birthday be sure to stop by the Rogers TV birthday party zone to create a make and take birthday party hat, decorate a cookie and have a turn at one of our carnival games.  Cookies and birthday party hats available while quantities last.  Happy birthday Kidspark!

Leamington

Tomato Festival – A free festival that is packed with family fun!  Throughout the weekend there will be live entertainment, craft and food vendors, children’s village, splash pad, custom car show and a parade.

Lindsay

Ribfest – The Lindsay Ribfest is the event of the summer! Mouth watering ribs will be fired up on the grill all weekend long, waiting for you to bite in. If ribs are not your thing, we have pulled pork, hamburgers, fries, and plenty of sugary goodness for your sweet tooth.  Don’t forget to take time to enjoy the great rides at our Midway, tour the wide variety of vendor booths, or grab a seat and enjoy some of the live music we have all weekend long.

London

Pawlooza – Pawlooza is the ultimate dog party! It’s a festival for dogs and animal lovers! Join an estimated 25,000 people and 6,000 dogs for Canada’s most unique and dog-friendly festival experience. You can take your dog dock diving, go swimming in the Pawlooza pond, test your dog’s agility, go offleash in the FunZone, get trick advice, get obedience advice, get readings from a pet psychic, run the lure course, learn about pet first aid, watch agility demonstrations… shop from 175 vendors and get free samples!

Markham

Jazz Festival – The Markham Jazz Festival is a premier event now entering its 16th season. Bring your friends and family to experience all the cool Jazz and the warm hospitality in a fabulous and quaint heritage village environment.

Midland 

Tugfest – Tugfest hosts both historical and distinctive tug boats from around the world, there will be plenty to do down at the harbour, including the new interactive event, Homemade Tugboat Race!

Art Walk – This year will be the 5th annual Art Walk happening downtown Midland Friday August 16th through to Sunday August 18th. Come downtown for live music, childrens activities, artisan markets, art sales, food, chalk drawing and more.

Milton

Corn Harvest Festival – Come out to the festivities where you can eat Fresh Ontario sweet corn and hot dogs, make a corn husk doll, take a tractor drawn wagon ride and tour all that Country Heritage Park has to offer.

MInden

Haliburton Fair – Now in its 149th year, the Haliburton Fair has lots of family fun and kids activities. Some of the adventures awaiting you: Free children events and entertainers, Rock Climbing Wall, Rope Ladder Challenge, Mutt Show, Demolition Derby, Horse Pulls, Miniature Horse Show, Lawnmower Pull, Arts and Crafts exhibit building, Antique Car Show, Auction, Music and entertainment from the stage all day, camping available, and much more.

Ottawa

Lumiere Festival  – Lumiere Festival Board are pleased to announce the 2013 performance line-up which features a broad variety of arts and entertainment experiences for the whole family including music, story telling, fire dancing, film and circus arts.

Owen Sound

Tall Ships – The tall ships are sailing into scenic Owen Sound Harbour this August. Experience deck tours on thePride of Baltimore II and Playfair as well enjoy historical re-enactors adjacent the ships. This three-day event also features live music, children’s activities, historic dramatizations, food, artisans, and much more. On the final day, take in the spectacular Parade of Sail as the ships depart.

Summerfolk 2013 – Over 40 acts and 40 artisans come together for 3 days of folk on the water. In addition to all the talent, there will be an area for the children and lots of food.

Port Dover 

Summer Festival – Antique vendors will be returning to their usual location on Market Street along side the very popular book and magazine tables. There are wonderful eateries throughout the town – some near the park and others down by the harbour front and beach for you to enjoy.

Richmond Hill

5 Senses Festival – Check out all the activities including East Side Gallery Richland Imagination Station, Ontario Science Centre, the Marketplace, and more!

Toronto

Mabuhay! Philippines Festival – Celebrating its 13th year of showcasing the best Filipino arts and culture in Canada, the festival is going full circle going back to its original location at Harbourfront Centre.  Join us on August 16, 17 and 18, 2013 for three days of FREE multi-disciplinary entertainment that is guaranteed to bring joy to every member of the family.

CNE – The Canadian National Exhibition is a much anticipated favourite for families in the GTA.  Come out for a day of fun and enjoy the midway, musical entertainment, horse show, shopping, animals, fun for kids and the list just goes on and on.  Not to be missed!

Windsor

Balloonapalooza – Featuring a kaleidoscope of colour and endless excitement, Balloonapalooza is the family event of the summer! Comprised of over 80 cold air balloons and other inflatables, Balloonapalooza is destined to transform downtown Windsor into a dazzling array of activities for people of all ages.  This breathtaking event that will bring thousands of people to the city centre for two days of fun, food and festivities.

Woodstock

Cowapolooza – A 3 days free family fun festival in Woodstock Ontario. It’s an exciting blend of music, entertainment, and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

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