Category Archives: Weekend Fun Guide

Weekend Fun Guide (Sept 6-8 2013)

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I hope everyone had a smooth transition this week as the kiddies headed back to school and there were very few tears.  It certainly felt like Fall was in the air all week and our Weekend Fun Guide shows that as well.  This weekend there are tons of Fall Fairs, Fall and Food Festivals to attend.

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Also, be sure to check out our list of local farms that offer Fall Fun and Festivals now through the end of October.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to enter to win Family Passes for a day of fun on some of these great farms!!

Around Town This Weekend…

Aberfoyle

Fall Fair – Packed full of fun as always you will be able o enjoy the midway, hall exhibits, live entertainment, tractor pull, heavy horse show, adult strong person competition and so much more!

Arthur

Agricultural Fair – the Arthur Fall Fair is an annual celebration of community and agriculture held every year on the weekend after Labour Day.  Come out and enjoy the Livestock , parade, food, tractor pull, midway, western horse show, blacksmith demo, shows, prizes, games and more.

Aurora

Ribfest – Not only will there be the tastiest ribs but also roasted yams, roasted corn on the cob, beavertails and many other dishes for every appetite! We also will have great musical guests, a giant midway and activities for kids of all ages. A beer garden will be proudly run by the Aurora Rotary Club.

Aylmer

Clovermead Honey Festival – Come and see how honey is harvested from the hive, dip your own beeswax candle, safely see a live bee hive opened, and ask your questions. A Bee Beard demonstration at 2:30 pm. Don’t forget the wagon rides, bee barrel train rides, jumping pillow, pedal go carts, music, animals and buckets of fresh family fall fun on the Adventure Farm!

Barrie

Worm Rodeo @ Chappell Farms – This is a country fair with a difference! With games for the kiddies, food, refreshments, prizes for the champions and even neighbours you haven’t met yet.  Make friends with the animals already found at Chappell Farms.  There are small animals for the kids, big and little, to see and feed.  Sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, peacocks, and Tom the turkey.  Live entertainment, food, refreshments, and yes (did we mention that we are on a farm) there will even be corn and fresh produce.

Cambridge

Fall Fair – Festivities begin September 5th to September 8th, 2013 with amazing shows, rides, entertainment, food, crafts & vendors, and more!

Dundalk

Fall Fair – It all kicks off with twoonie rides, pizza and movie and the official opening of the fair on Friday night. The rest of the weekend is filled with tractor pulls, competitions, animals, agricultural demos, talent shows, antique car shows and so much more.

Georgetown

Fall Fair – Come out to the annual fall fair and enjoy the midway, Entertainment, Homecrafts, Concessions, 4X4 Truck Pulls, Demolition Derby, Agricultural Awareness Tent, Petting Zoo, 4-H Achievement Show, Horse Shows, Junior Dairy Show, Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull, Children’s Pet Show and Children’s Activities.

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Hamilton

Locke Street Festival – Locke Street Festival is an annual event with stalls, live entertainment, food and everything you need for a fun-filled family day out.

Kingston

Ribfest & Craft Beer Show – Barbequed ribs and chicken, great craft-brewed beer, live entertainment – all in the great atmosphere of Memorial Centre Park. Life doesn’t get much better! Bring your friends, family and co-workers and savour the flavour! Admission is free but please don’t forget a donation for the food bank.

Kitchener

Mighty Machines Showcase @ Bingeman Park – The Mighty Machines Showcase is a family oriented community event that brings Mighty Machines to life, providing adults and kids a chance to see construction and other service vehicles up close.

Milton

Alexander Family Farm Day @ Halton Region Museum – Create – Play – Explore – Dance your Sunday away with  a Geocache Challenge, Discovery Hunt, Farm Game challenges, Pioneer Chores, Farm crafts, Visit the Blacksmith Shop, Enjoy food and beverages provided by Rotary Club of Milton and more.

Niagara

Niagara Food Festival – The Festival features a diverse group of food vendors providing a taste of Niagara; live entertainment on the Festival Main Stage, celebrity chefs on the Festival’s Mobile Culinary Theatre; spectacular fireworks displays, contests and more

Oakville

Oak Park Fall Fair – Rain or Shine there will be fun activities for everyone including: YMCA Skateboard Park, Live Music and Entertainment, Wagon Rides and Inflatables, Huge Silent Auction Inside, Cotton Candy and Face Painting, Beer Garden & Barbeque, Crafts and Games and much more…!

Orillia

Fall Fair – This year there will be lots of new displays, vendors, competitions, and educational booths.  In addition, we are honoured to be able to display the talents and creations of students, farmers, gardeners, photographers, artists, crafters, culinary experts and livestock owners and handlers. There will be  over 400 judged events at this fair so indeed, there will be something for everyone.

Orno

Fall Fair – The fair annually features exquisite displays and competitions involving paintings, photographs, agriculture (fruits, vegetables and crops), livestock (sheep, cattle, poultry and rabbits), flowers, knitting, woodworking, sewing, crafts, school displays, culinary creations and many other artistic works. As well as one of the largest midways throughout the area.

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Owen Sound

Fall Fair – With activities for all ages, this well-loved family event hosts a midway, miniature horse show, 4-H regional show, truck & tractor pull, lawn mower races, demolition derby, music in the entertainment tent nightly, food, displays, quilt show, great camaraderie and so much more.

Picton

Fall Fair – Fun for the whole family with livestock, demonstrations, contests, entertainment, midway and more.

Renfrew

Renfrew Fair – It’s a weekend packed full with agricultural, animal and art shows and not miss  entertainment, food and midway and smash up derby!

Russell 

Fall Fair – Harvest the Excitement! Come discover our agricultural heritage and enjoy fantastic entertainment all weekend long along with the midway, displays, food and fun!

St. Catherines

Greek Festival – Come visit the Niagara Greek Festival for authentic Greek food, pastries, drinks, dancing, entertainment, music and more! See our entertainment schedule for more details and be sure to visit the Children’s Area for plenty of family fun while at the festival!

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Toronto

Taste of the Kingsway Festival – Over 200 exhibitors will be participating in this year’s event along with the ever popular Scotiabank Dog Show, Rock Climbing Walls and Street Performers, Midway Rides, Clowns & Face Painters, Charity Pancake Breakfast . …and so much more

Uxbridge

Fall Fair – Everyone’s favourite events are returning to the Fair like the Demolition Derby and Tractor Pull and new ones like the Cowboy’s Obstacle Challenge are planned. The Midway will be back with some new attractions and all the animals, agriculture and crafts will be here for your enjoyment. Bring the whole family and join our celebration of agriculture and community.

Weekend Fun Guide (Aug 30-Sept 1 2013)

Welcome to the last long weekend of Summer 2013!  It’s back to school time on Tuesday for most kids but there are plenty of things to take your mind off that in our Weekend Fun Guide!  Get out and have some fun with your family this weekend!

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Fall is just around the corner so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to hear all about our Fall Farm Fun Giveaways and enter to win some fun on the farm with your family!

Around Town this Weekend…

Brampton

Wingfest – An all day outdoor event which will included the sale of tasty chicken wings from a variety of locals restaurants, ice cream, corn on the cob and a beer garden.  Family day activities include fun for children with face painting by Pockets The Clown, jumping castle, a magician, a colouring contest with lots of prizes and live bands to entertain everyone.

Burlington

Ribfest @ Spencer Smith Park – Come out for Canada’s largest Ribfest!  This Ribfest is  a family-friendly, four-day food extravaganza with great musical guests, and activities and games for kids of all ages!

Teddy Bear Picnic @ Royal Botanical Gardens –

Bring along your furry friends and enjoy a day full of teddy bear-themed activities. Get your face painted, go on a famous bear scavenger hunt, and meet a life-sized teddy!

Collingwood

Summer Sundown @ Blue Mountain – Bid farewell to summer with a weekend of World Music.  Enjoy live music, street performers, family activities and fantastic fireworks.

Flamborough

Valen’s Lake Corn Roast – It’s a perfect time to take the family for a hike and enjoy some corn!

Keene

Pioneer Corn Fest @ Lang Pioneer Village – Tempt your taste buds with fresh corn on the cob smothered in butter!  There will be musical entertainment, free horse-drawn wagon rides, school yard games and crafts for kids.

Kincardine

Fall FairWho doesn’t love a good ol’ fashion fall fair?!  Complete with 4H demonstrations, a dog show, parade, tractor pull, Exhibits, Food Booth, Cake Wheel, Petting Farm and more this is bound to be a fun event for the whole family..

Kirkfield

Kirkfield Festival – Come on out for the Kirkfield festival where you can enjoy the Antique Car Show , Pancake Breakfast, wagon rides, entertainment,
Vendors and Display Booths and lots Fun for the Whole Family.

London

Fall Fest – A  showcase of public competitive arts, straw maze, pumpkin carving, featuring a celebration of foods and music.  A merriment of harvesting crops and a fall shopping lane.

Long Point 

Bayfest – Bayfest features three days of activities, many for kids, with a fantastic parade Sunday afternoon and fireworks that night. Join us for a midway, rides, food, vendors and great entertainment found down by the waterfront and in town. Plus there are plenty of other family fun events in town and at nearby Long Point.

Milton

Family Outdoor Movie Night @ Kelso Conservation Area – Join family and friends under the stars, as Kelso hosts a Family Outdoor Movie Series showing Rise of the Guardians. The series is sponsored by RecycleYourElectronics.ca, in recognition of Halton Region and its residents for top performance in collecting electronic waste in 2012.

Mitchell

Fall Fair – Come on out to the 159th Mitchell Fall fair for entertainment, 4H demonstrations, pet shows, vendors and fun for the entire family!

Newington

Fall Fair – Newington is pumped full of excitement over the Labour Day weekend with the annual Stormont County Fair. Entering its 146 edition, the fair has always amassed a huge crowd for its exciting events like the demolition derby, the talent show, the midway, the competitive softball tournaments and the live entertainment. With so much to do, the four-day event is a great way to celebrate the unofficial end of summer.

Niagara Falls

Busker Festival – Second Annual Niagara Falls Buskerfest This is a free, all ages, community event showcasing more than 50 performances from world class performers from around the globe, artisan and food vendors and much, much more, in support of arts programming for children and youth.

Paris

Fall Fair – The Paris Fall Fair, held each year over Labour Day Weekend is truly a jewel in the crown of Ontario Fairs. The fair features agricultural displays, a midway, craft exhibits, livestock shows, entertainment, food and more.

Perth

Perth Fair – The Perth Fair kicks off its four days of celebration with a parade. The event, which takes place on the Labour Day Weekend features a plethora of attractions, exhibit and merchant hall, agricultural exhibits and loads of livestock. Bring the whole family as there are events tailored to all age groups.

St, Thomas 

Fire Musters Days – 2 Days of family fun and entertainment, Muster competitions, antique firetrucks and emergency service displays and demonstrations, live stage entertainment, food, vendors, huge car show! Parade, interactive children’s area, firetruck rodeo, and so much more!

Sudbury

Ribfest – Serving the tastiest-lip smakin’ ribs, chicken and pork, this event will also include live music, a children’s area, merchandise village and more food!

Toronto

Hot & Spicy Food Festival – A fiery palette of hot and spicy food, music, dance and the always-popular Iron Chef Competition. It’s free admission for everyone so bring along all your family and friends.

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!

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!

Weekend Fun Guide (Aug. 23-25 2013)

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Sadly, Summer is almost over but the fun and events in Ontario are still going strong!  It looks like the weather this weekend is going to be great so get out and enjoy some family fun time!

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…

Almonte

North Lanark Highland Games – Celebrate the Scottish culture and heritage of the Ottawa Valley at the 30th annual North Lanark Highland Games.  There will be twenty pipe bands, a hundred dancers and champion heavyweight athletes combine to present what is recognized as one of the Ottawa valley’s premier summer events.

Barrie

Latin Fest – Latin Fest is taking over Centennial beach. There will be live music, beer tents, food & service vendors and a kid zone!

Collingwood

Country Music & Rodeo Weekend – Dust off your boots and hat and get ready for a weekend of live country music and our first ever mechanic bull riding & calf roping! There will also be tons of children’s entertainment and a family interactive variety show.

Guelph

Ribfest – Rain or shine this event provides delicious ribs, first class musical entertainment, a kids area and specialized children’s entertainment, classic cars, a bavarian tent, marketplace and of course delicious, mouth watering RIBS!

Ingersoll

Harvest Fest – The fun of this weekend includes; Craft Vendors, Lawn Mower Tractor Races, Demonstrations, Entertainment, Antique Tractor & Machinery Displays, Antique & Classic Car Exhibit, Children’s Entertainment and so much more!

Kingston

Teddy Bear Picnic – Children will be able to enjoy over a dozen activities, old favorites and new, in good Teddy Bear Picnic fashion.  This years picnic is stacked with fun stuff to see and do, including: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides,
Face Painting, Cookie Decorating, Petting Zoo, Reptile Petting Zoo, Sand Castle Station, Air Castles, Water Fun (Bring swimwear), Live Music and SO MUCH MORE!!!!!!!!!!

London

Festa Italiana – Fun free event with cooking demonstrations, contests, folk dancing, fashion shows, children’s activities, face painting, magic shows and music!

Markdale

Fall Fair – Come out for a weekend of fun at the 155th Markdale Fall Fair.  They’ll have events all weekend including exhibits, vendors, LIVE MUSIC, Fall Fair Idol, children’s area and much more.

Midland

Harbour Festival – Come to the Midland Harbour Festival and experience a fun filled weekend with  exhibitors of one of a kind, unique art & crafts and antiques.  Enjoy the many events happening during the Tall Ships  1812 Tour  in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.  Many events are planned by the Town of Midland  during this weekend.

Milton

Kelso Family Outdoor Movie Series Night #3 – Come on out with the family to watch E.T. under the stars at Kelso.  These classic movies under the stars run every Friday night in August.  The series is sponsored by RecycleYourElectronics.ca, in recognition of Halton Region and its residents for top performance in collecting electronic waste in 2012. Ontario’s e-waste diversion program is a success thanks to you!

Ottawa

Midway Magic – Eastern Ontario’s largest midway is in town August 15-25, 2013. You can purchase reduced priced midway ride all day vouchers for $18 (you save almost 50%) at an Quickie store or on line at http://www.midwaymagic.ca

Palmerston

Palmerston Fair – Be Sure to visit this years fall fair at the palmerston fair grounds. With tons of activities for all ages the fair is a great place to spend the weekend with your family.

Peterborough

Wolfstock 2013 – Wolfstock is a three-day event taking place at Beavermead Park in Peterborough.  Enjoy great music all weekend long with over 20 bands performing, be sure to check out the wakeboard competition, as well as the classics car show and vendor village.

Port Credit

Boat Show – Celebrating its 23rd year from August 23-25th, the Port Credit Boat Show is the late summer boat show to attend. Board over 100 new and used power and sailboats or check out the land displays of marine accessories and services. The Speaker’s tent features seasoned boaters who talk about boat handling; boat repair; cruising and more.

Smith Falls

Trainfest – Do you love trains? Ever seen an operating model railway? Ever watched a handcar race, or taken a guided horse-and-wagon tour of our railway history? Well then, gear up and get ready for the 4th Annual Smiths Falls Trainfest. The weekend will feature a variety of vendors, exhibitors, demonstrations, workshops, a kid’s tent, food vendors, and so much more fun for the whole family!

Straffordville

Watermelon Fest – Straffordville Firehall Pancake breakfast 7am, parade at 10am, Silent Auction at the community centre, free admission to enjoy food booths, craft vendors, musical entertainment, games & activities for all ages and family movie in the park at dusk…bring your blankets and lawn chairs!

Tecumseh

Corn Festival – This weekend long event will feature live entertainment, a classic car show, parade, corn eating, tossing and peeling contests and more!

Toronto

Aloha Toronto – Pack your sunscreen, surfer stoke and join us for the largest beach party ever to happen in Toronto! The full weekend event will include an elite, celebrity and leisure SUP challenge, Surfer’s Healing Camp benefitting autism – as depicted in the hit Oprah Network Series “The Swell Life,” classic surf movies, DJs and live entertainment till sundown!

Telus TAIWANfest – Featuring tantalizing cooking demonstrations and musical performances by some of the top acts in Taiwan and much more. This year’s theme is “Children of the Ocean.”

Chinatown Festival – The 13th Annual Chinatown Festival features many cultural dance performances on our two stages (one will be on Huron St. close to the Dundas and Spadina intersection) and of course a variety of vendors selling anything from merchandise to food. We typically attract approximately 150,000 people over our two day event and our visitors consist of families from various cultural backgrounds.

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!

Waterloo

Sun Life Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival – Celebrating its 25th year, the Bucker Carnival is bringing back busker favourites who performed in past carnivals. Enjoy a weekend full of busker street performers, Buskerama Camp Kids, fireworks and family fun!

Windsor

Ribfest – This third annual event will feature over 40 food booths and 50 bands, plus carnival rides for the kids.

Winona

Peach Festival – We have something for everyone!  Arts & Crafts, Commercial Exhibits, Peach of a Car Show, Midway rides and games, FREE Entertainment, Souvenirs, more food than you can eat in a week, never mind a weekend!

Zurich

Bean Festival – Come and visit the Custom Rod & Antique Car Show, Midway, Street Market and grab a plate of our Famous Bean Dinner! Main Stage band performances by Allison Brown, Mozart’s Melody Makers, Rusty Vine, AbraKIDabra, Marcel Gelinas, and our feature ROCK band RIBBED!

 

Weekend Fun Guide (Aug. 9-11 2013)

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Another Summer weekend means lots of great fun in the sun activities planned across Ontario.  You can attend a waterfront festival, go to an event all about celebrating your furry friends, attend an old fashioned fair, celebrate peaches or attend any other of the great events listed across Ontario.  Whatever your plans, have FUN!

Around Town this Weekend…

Ajax

Waterfront Festival – Experience Ajax’s Waterfront like never before at the Region’s largest spanning waterfront festival.  With activities and events taking place at various locations, there’s something for everyone! Walk it!  Ride it! See it all!

Alliston

Potato Festival – It all gets kicked off with a parade and then the weekend will be filled with live entertainment at the refreshment tent, the midway, bingo, the dog agility show, a lumber jack show, a mountain bike show, lawn tractor races, magic show, baby show, scottish dancers, and of course lots of food cooked by our non profit organizations.

Amhertsburg

Woofa-Roo Pet Fest – Woofa~Roo is a fun filled festival for pets and their people featuring live acts including, Dock Diving, Howling Contests, Musical Entertainment, Charity Events and much more! You’ll even have an opportunity to have your photo taken with Zeus, the World’s Tallest Dog!  Specialty vendors, artisans and professionals will be present to showcase various pet & people goods and information.

Brantford

Ribfest – Three days of warm weather and sunshine in August for Brantford Kinsmen Annual Ribfest also known as Brantford’s Own Annual Ribfest held at Cockshutt Park in Brantford, Ontario. An astonishing amount of mouth watering ribs, chicken and beer to be consumed over the weekend while enjoying live entertainment and a midway for the kiddies

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Brockville

Ribfest – If the smell of the ribs isn’t already calling your name, come out and enjoy the live music, rib eating contest, vendor village, kid zone, petting zoo and free pony rides.

Campbellford

Campbellford Fair – A real country fair with a midway, children’s activity centre, petting zoo, novelty games, contests, demolition derby, livestock shows and more.

Drayton 

Drayton Fair – Enjoy some good old family fun at the fair including; midway, tractor & truck pull, livestock shows, magic shows and a demolition derby!

Fenelon Falls

Fenelon Fair – Celebrating their 125th year, the Fenelon Falls Fair will have a midway, demolition derby, truck & tractor pull, food, live entertainment and more.

Fergus

Scottish Festival & Highland Games – Whether you are coming by yourself or with the entire clan there’s something for everyone, you don’t even have to be Scottish! Celtic Music, crafts for the kids, heavy events championships, bagpipes, drums, author appearances, bands, Highland dancing, story telling, singing, clan information and heritage, beer tents and vendors galore! Enjoy the best of Scotland… without the airfare.

Goderich

Celtic Roots Festival – The Goderich Celtic Roots Festival is an annual celebration of the music, craft, and culture of the Celtic nations, immigrants of which form a strong historic background to Huron County.

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Grand Bend 

Aquafest – Aquafest is a free eco festival to promote stewardship of our fresh water resources. It takes place on Aug 5th, 6th and 7th, 2011. Admission to all of our events are free, and the festival goes on rain or shine. Highlights include a presentation on environmental and ethical health practices with Dr John Howard, Chair of the Canadian Physicians for the Environment, a concert with Danny Michel, water themed art and photography exhibits, activities for children including water games, bouncy castle, popcorn, snocones, musical entertainment and story telling. Other highlights include canoe rides, film festival, water demos and exhibitors. On Sunday we are hosting the Great Lakes Chowder Competition, judged by Chef Anthony Walsh. Come on out and sample some great chowder made from sustainable fish products from the Great Lakes. Entertainment by the Cameron Britton trio.

Hamilton

Teddy Bear Picnic – f you go down to the woods today…children will enjoy old-fashioned games, a teddy bear parade and a teddy bear hospital. Don’t forget to bring your own teddy bear to join in on the fun!

Milton

Heavy Horse Field Days – See farming before tractors with Horse drawn wagon rides, Farrier demonstrations, Harness demonstrations, Blacksmith shop, Plowing & disking with horses, Cutting grain and hay with horses, Thrashing demonstrations and the Country Canteen will be open.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Peach Celebration – It’s a Peach of a Celebration as Niagara-on-the-Lake pays tribute to the growers and those who promote fresh peaches. Two full days of activities: live music, historic displays, entertainment, fun, kid’s activities and lots of Greenbelt-grown peaches.  Admission is free.

Oakville

Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival – As always there is a stellar line-up including renowned international and Grammy nominated artists.  This FREE event showcases seventeen bands on five stages throughout the streets of Downtown Oakville. Savour delicious food at our many restaurants and patios surrounded by live entertainment while enjoying Downtown Oakville’s unique boutiques, galleries and friendly service.

Orillia

Orillia Waterfront Festival – Fun for all ages! In-water boat show, cottage & outdoor products, variety of vendors, water ski shows, Kiwanis beer garden, great entertainment including Ronnie Douglas Blues Band, Dr. Krane, The Sensations & Even Steven! Hilarious Cardboard Boat Race Sunday at Noon! Port of Orillia & waterfront parks, Lake Couchiching

Owen Sound 

Buskerfest –  Owen Sound will be hopping with the fifth annual Streets Alive! Buskerfest. Presented by the city’s downtown merchants and businesses through the Owen Sound Downtown Improvement Area, the event provides a mix of local grassroots performers and seasoned veterans, including musicians, aerial acts, jugglers, stilt walkers, and children’s performers.

Perth

Garlic Festival – Perth Garlic Festival is a celebration to the ‘stinking rose’. The warm August air of Ontario’s prettiest town is scented with the pungent aroma of garlic while thousands of ‘garlic heads’ revel in the many attributes of this wonderful herb.  Bring the entire family as there will be cooking demos, face painting, Birds of Prey Show, live music and lots and lots of garlic!!

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Sauble Beach

Sandfest – Sandfest is Sauble Beach’s annual summer party! Join us for an incredible weekend of family fun, including live music, sandcastle building, a classic car show featuring over 450 vehicles, vintage motorcycles, Sauble’s Got Talent and so much more.

St. Catherines

Dog Days of Summer – Don’t miss this great event celebrating our four-legged friends! There will be activities, vendors, food, and more to keep you entertained all afternoon including: a doggie play zone, photo studio, entertainment and contests.

Sutton

Sutton Fair & Horse Show – It’s the 158th year for the Sutton Fair and Horse Show and it is going to be fun for the whole family!  This year’s theme is the Year of the Bee.  Come out for some midway fun, food, entertainment, atv challenge, tractor pull derby, animals and much more.

Toronto

Grange Festival – Join us on Friday August 9th for an afternoon of free activities! This is a family friendly event with lots to see and do. Free activities and games for children, food, a magic show and more! This is a rain or shine event

Taste of the Danforth – GreekTown Taste of the Danforth sponsored by Pilaros is one of Toronto’s signature events, showcasing the best of Hellenic food, culture, and music our multicultural city has to offer – from souvlaki to mezes, authentic Greek music to interactive children’s games! Come enjoy the culture that makes the Danforth a year round destination.

Jerk Festival – Jerk Food Festival 2013 is celebrating its 12th anniversary and you are invited! Come and indulge in a wide array of jerk foods – if you dare, try the jerk Frog Legs or jerk alligator! If not stick to the conventional jerk items like jerk chicken, jerk pork or jerk fish.  Enjoy live entertainment and a kids zone.

Turkey Point

Summerfest – Five days of fun for the whole family including bed races, music, contests, sand sculpting, car show, lots of food, pet show, water safety and more!

Verona

Cattail Festival – This festival has something for everyone.  The weekend will be filled with Musical Entertainment – Live Shows, Performers & Exhibitions, Great Food – Marketplace and Family Fun & Activities.

Woodstock

Summer Streetfest – The Ultimate Annual 4-Day Street Festival in Downtown Woodstock! During the festival Dundas Street will be closed to vehicular traffic and the streets will open to musicians, street performers, outdoor cafes, arts and crafts, BBQs, shopping, inflatables and much more!  Bring a chair, and enjoy the live music in Museum Square!

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 onSaturday 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!

Weekend Fun Guide (Aug. 2-5 2013)

Happy long weekend to you all!  This weekend you can hang with some pirates, enter a sandcastle building contest, enjoy some amazing musical talent or attend one of the many awesome festivals taking place across Ontario this weekend!  Whatever your plans… have a fun and safe weekend with your family!

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 onSaturday 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!

Around Town this Weekend…

Barrie

Kempenfest – With over 350 exhibits, midway, live entertainment, food and family fun, this is one Festival you won’t want to miss!!

Bracebridge

Midnight Madness – Come out and enjoy this shop and play event!  Take a break from shopping and try out the giant hamster ball, try the sports challenge, watch the entertainment or grab some yummy eats.

Burlington

Joseph Brant Day Festival – This all day event will include community exhibitors, a summer BBQ and refreshment stands, splash park for kids, fair-style games, crafts and hands-on activities, a treasure hunt adventure, artisans and vendors, the famous Brant Day Silent Auction and tons of other attractions.

Campbellford

Waterfront Festival – Fill your bellies at the Pancake Breakfast so you are ready for a day of silly fun including duck races, ice cream eating contest, belly flop contest, boat and tub races, kids activities and so much more!

Cobourg

Sandcastle Festival – Looking for a great day out with the family? Want to express your inner artist? Always wanted a beach front property? You can find all of this in a beautiful setting right on Lake Ontario! Cobourg is known for it’s breathtaking waterfront and what better way to experience it then with a friendly little competition.  Families, businesses, adults and youth may enter to create their own sculptures or castles and win great prizes!

Collingwood

Village Beach Party @ Blue Mountain – It’s the summer’s hottest party for all ages – featuring a Bob Marley Tribute Show, Calypso music, Live Music, Yoga, hikes, face painting, movie under the stars and family fireworks by the Mill Pond.

Hamilton

Valens Lake Beach Party – This party on the beach is sure to be a fun filled day for the family.  The day includes games, sand sculpture contest, prizes and more

London

Chalk Festival – There will be 16 artists that will be working all day Saturday and Sunday to complete their work of art while competing for awards. Come experience this great form of art while the artists transform the concrete pad in Victoria Park into an outdoor gallery

Maxville 

Highland Games – Come witness an outstanding display of music, dance, sports, fiddling, pageantry, and tradition. There will be more than 60 pipe bands, more than 200 dancers and giants that hurl telephone pole-sized cabers and 50 pound iron hammers around the infield. It is a memorable and incredible event.

Merrickville

Canalfest – Come out for a fun family weekend filled with food, kids acitvities, live music, craft show, silent auction, animals and canoe rides.

Milton

Pirate Festival – Whether ye be young or old, or just looking for a good time with your mates, the Pirate Festival offers fun for all! Children will enjoy stories, crafts, our Pirate Ship and a wide variety of shows designed to be family friendly. Adults will find much to entertain them  live music, vending marketplace, the Mud show, and a Saturday Night Captain’s Keg for those looking for an entertaining night in our tavern. Our colourful cast is ready to engage and entertain you – how can a weekend spent with Pirates not be fun? Add to the fun, and arrive dressed like a pirate if you choose!

Mount Forest

Hootenanny Hay Days – Haydays features an open jamboree with local entertainment, excellent food and top class entertainment presented locally.  It is an enjoyable weekend for all music fans alike!!!!

Orillia

Orillia Waterfront Festival – Fun for all ages! In-water boat show, cottage & outdoor products, variety of vendors, water ski shows, Kiwanis beer garden, great entertainment including Ronnie Douglas Blues Band, Dr. Krane, The Sensations & Even Steven! Hilarious Cardboard Boat Race Sunday at Noon! Port of Orillia & waterfront parks, Lake Couchiching

Oakville

Waterfront Festival – It’s BIG! It’s BACK! It’s FREE! There is something for everyone at the Oakville Waterfront Festival, from live musical entertainment, to local craft brewers and food trucks, amusement rides and so much more.

Ottawa 

Busker Festival – Amazing shows for the whole family including acrobats, contortionists, hula hoopers, yo-yo’s, musicians, comedians escape acts, magicians, jugglers and more!

Port Burwell

Tub Daze – Port Burwell East Beach plays host to various activities and events for Tub Daze.  See throughout Port Burwell different sites for events and happenings.  Awesome fireworks on Sunday evening at dark.

Rockton

Ice Cream Festival @ Westfield Heritage Village – Celebrate summer with the sweet taste of ice cream at this lively family event.  Edwardian carnival games, amusements, foods, music, ice cream making demonstrations and living history make the perfect…

Simcoe

Friendship Festival – Each year ‘Norfolk’s Largest and Friendliest Summer Festival’ delights thousands of local and visiting friends of all ages with a fun filled weekend of arts, crafts, antiques, food, special events including a soap box derby, car show, free live music, beer garden, bocce ball tournament, kidszone and much much more

Toronto

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario – This festival offers the opportunity to showcase emerging artists as well as more well known international performers. FKZO has grown into one of Ontario’s premier, bilingual and multicultural family festivals. This year, multiple stages will bring a variety of musical genres for the entire family.

Jambana Festival – JAMBANA™ Festival is Canada’s premier ‘Fun For The Family’ festival celebrating the sights, sounds & tastes of the Caribbean mosaic.

Island Soul Festival – One of our most popular festivals! Island Soul celebrates the rich artistic traditions, emerging art forms, innovative expressions and vibrant lifestyles of the Caribbean.

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

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.

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.