Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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May 15, 2014
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I’ve got my summer calendar out and am trying to figure out how I can make it to all of the fantastic Ontario festivals that are on throughout the summer.  From food, wine & beer, to art & music & more, there are so many festivals to enjoy, I don’t know how we are going to choose!
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Ribfests:
Sandcastle Festivals:
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For all of the carnivores out there, there’s nothing quite like visiting a Ribfest during the summer months.  Here are 3 delicious suggestions: Timmins Rotary Ribfest (Northern Ont.)  June 27-28, 2014
Stouffville Country Ribfest (GTA) Aug 8-10, 2014 & Lindsay Ribfest (Eastern Ont.) Aug 14-17, 2014. There are lots more on the Summer Fun Event calendar too!
What better way to enjoy the summer than in a sandbox? These festivals showcase incredible creations all made out of sand!  Master sand sculptors and amateurs alike come out to compete at the Cobourg Sandcastle Festival (Central Ont.) Aug 2, 2014 & the Sauble Beach Sandfest (Southwestern Ont.) Aug 8-10, 2014.
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Now that we can finally get outdoors, summer nights can be filled with the sounds of music!  Three festivals celebrating great music are:  RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest July 3-13 2014, (Ottawa) the Porquis Blues Festival (Northern Ont.) July 18-20, 2014 & the Sound of Music Festival – Canada’s largest free music festival (GTA) June 7, 12-15, 2014.  Other festivals range from Jazz to Classical to Rock to Indie and World to Country.
One thing I always look forward to when the warmer weather comes is relaxing on the patio with a glass of wine or a cold beer.  These next festivals are a great way to discover some new summer tastes.  Niagara Wine Festival (Niagara)  June 14-22, 2014, Toronto’s Festival of Beer (GTA) July 25-27, 2014 Eastern Ontario Festival of Beers (Eastern Ont.) May 31st, 2014 & the London Beer & BBQ Festival (Southwestern Ont.) June 20-22, 2014. There are also a bunch of great foodie festivals too!
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Kids' Festivals:
Arts Festivals:
It’s always easier to drag kids out to an event that’s geared especially to them. This summer there’s the 1000 Islands Pirate Festival  (Eastern Ont.) Aug 2-4, 2014, Puppets Up – International Puppet Festival (Eastern Ont.) Aug 8-10, 2014 & the Burlington Children’s Festival – full of superhero fun. (GTA) Aug 16-17, 2014.
The best Ontario artisans are on full display at these incredible summer arts & crafts festivals. Here are just 3 of the many art events happening this summer:  Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is the largest juried outdoor art exhibition in Canada (July 4-6, GTA),  the 31st Annual Picton Art & Craft Sale features over 200 vendors (Picton, July 31) and
Kempenfest features a huge Arts & Crafts Show, Antique Show, Music & Midway (Aug 1-4, Barrie).
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There are truly so many incredible festivals and events on this summer – I’m just sorry that I couldn’t include them all here.  The remaining challenge for me is how to fit as many as possible into my summer plans – hmm….
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Dog lovers from all over Canada and the US come out to celebrate their favourite pups at this well loved festival. Canada’s largest dog festival is set in Woodbine Park in the Toronto beaches
May 24-25, 2014

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4 days of family fun – and free admission too! Indie music, midway, ethnic food village, kids' activitoes and loads of entertainment. What a great way to spend the day.
July 9-13, 2014

(Eastern Ont)
Wellington County has plenty of action all summer long.  Their event calendar is full of festivals like art, music, food & drink but also has some more unique offerings like plunger tossing & belly flopping. Talk about variety! 

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Residence and Conference Centres-Toronto & King City
If you’re looking for a great place to stay while traveling to one of the festivals in the GTA, the Residence & Conference Centers in Toronto & King City are 2 great choices.  The Toronto location is minutes from downtown Toronto and the King City one is minutes for Canada’s Wonderland.  You couldn’t be closer to the action!
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This year is the 25th anniversary of Canada's Largest Live Outdoor Country Music & Camping Fest! Pretend you’re in Nashville at the Havelock Country Jamboree, a huge country music festival with 25+ entertainers incl Josh Turner, Alan Jackson & Dierks Bentley!
Aug 14-17, 2014


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